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Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia Symposium

CRNA Continuing Education | Memphis, TN

LifeLinc Academy is excited to announce its inaugural cadaver-focused hands-on ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia lab held at the nationally recognized Medical Education & Research institute (MERI) and the Westin Memphis Beale Street.

This technologically innovative, hands-on and didactic symposium is built to provide attendees with the latest techniques and skills needed in ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia. The conference will feature a Dinner with the Experts at to kick off the weekend, offering attendees the opportunity to participate in face-to-face interactions with our team of multi-specialty experts.

Saturday will feature didactic instruction focusing on not only ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia but also peripheral matters that affect anesthetists in their day-to-day operations. Our instructors will cover topics on medical law, best billing practices and orthopedics.

Sunday will be the cadaver-focused, hands-on portion of the symposium. This session will begin with an introduction to the Uniformed Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA) and consist of a minimum of eight stations, each facilitated by an expert in the field of ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia. All dissections will be performed by Dr. John Halle, PhD. Dr. Halle’s dissections will be done according to customized specifications geared towards regional anesthesia and neural anatomy. 

Of the (8) stations, (6) will consist of un-embalmed cadavers. Of the (6) un-embalmed cadavers, (2) will remain unencumbered to preserve sonographic optimization during needling sessions. The remaining (2) stations will consist of live medical models for in-suite simulation-based live scanning. Two ultrasound machines will be available at each station. 

Dissected cadaver stations will be as follows: 

  1. Cervical and Brachial Plexuses, Supine 

  2. Anterior Trunk, Supine 

  3. Sacral Plexus, Posterior Trunk, Prone 

  4. Lumbar Plexus, Supine 

Facilitator to participant ratios will NEVER exceed 1:7 to preserve small group intimate adult learning environments. Each participant will rotate through each station twice with the second rotation facilitated by a different facilitator in hopes of gaining additional practical hands-on knowledge. Rotation one will take place prior to lunch, and rotation two will take place after lunch. 

All state-of-the-art ultrasound machines will be provided by SonoSite.

Medical models will be provided by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Nurse Anesthesia



FRIDAY 6/22 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM 


The Westin Memphis Beale Street - Tennessee Ballroom

170 Lt. George W Lee Ave

Memphis, TN 38103


Dinner and cocktails will be served buffet style beginning at 5:30. Attendees will then rotate among 6 tables throughout the evening. One expert will facilitate discussion at each table, and each rotational session will last approximately 30 minutes. The format will revolve around Problem-Based Learning Discussions (PBLDs). 

PBLDs to be presented are as follows: 

  1. Performing peripheral nerve blocks in the awake vs asleep patient. Is it really a conundrum? 

  2. I’m ready to create an Acute Pain Service. How to create buy-in and who are my stakeholders? 

  3. Ambulatory Total Knee surgery: anything I should know? 

  4. When to and when not to block: that is the question! An orthopedic surgeon’s perspective. 

  5. TAP, Erector Spinae, Intercostal, Paravertebral, Quadratus Lumborum: when and why? 

  6. How to stay out of hot water when running an acute pain service: a lawyer’s perspective. 

PBLD Leaders:


  1. Rudy Robbe, MD

  2. Rick Piliponis, JD

  3. Christian Falyar, DNAP, CRNA

  4. Stace Dollar, MS, CRNA

  5. John Edwards, MS, CRNA

  6. Patrick Moss, DNAP, CRNA


SATURDAY 6/23 6:30 AM - 5:30 PM 


Medical Education & Research Institute (MERI)

Auditorium, 3rd Floor

44 South Cleveland

Memphis, TN 38104


5:30 Breakfast-To-Go / 6:00 Shuttle to MERI 

Grab a breakfast sandwich or wrap. Shuttle is provided for transportation from the Westin to MERI.

6:30 Welcome 

Welcome with Introduction of Faculty 

Sponsor Acknowledgement 

7:00 Acute Pain Service Construction 

Tracie Goodwin, MHA/Ed, BSP 

8:00 Introduction to Ultrasound Guidance 

Christian Falyar, DNAP, CRNA 


9:00 There is a Fracture

Dr. Rudy Robbe, MD 


10:00 Break


10:15 Dollars and Sense 

LifeLinc/Patrick Moss, DNAP, CRNA 


11:00 Preventing Neural Injury 

Patrick Moss, DNAP, CRNA 


11:30 Anatomy of a Lawsuit 

Rick Piliponis, JD 


12:30 Boxed Lunch 

Q & A Expert Panel 

Patrick Moss, Christian Falyar, John Edwards, Stace Dollar, Bill Johnson 


1:15 USGRA Upper Extremity 

Patrick Moss, DNAP, CRNA 


2:35 Truncal Techniques

John Edwards, MS, CRNA 


3:55 Break 


4:10 USGRA Lower Extremity 

Stace Dollar, MS, CRNA 


5:30 Adjourn / Shuttle to Westin


SUNDAY 6:30 AM - 5:30 PM 



Medical Education & Research Institute (MERI)

Cadaver Lab, 1st Floor

44 South Cleveland

Memphis, TN 38104




  1. Mark Ritter, MS, CRNA

  2. Stace Dollar, MS, CRNA

  3. Christian Falyar, DNAP, CRNA

  4. Bill Johnson, DNAP, CRNA

  5. Joseph Hampton, MS, CRNA

  6. John Edwards, MS, CRNA

  7. Patrick Moss, DNAP, CRNA


5:30 Breakfast-To-Go / 6:00 Shuttle to MERI 

Grab a breakfast sandwich or wrap. Shuttle is provided for transportation from the Westin to MERI.

6:30 John Halle, PhD 

Introduction to Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA) 


Upper Extremity Techniques 

  • Cervical Plexus 

  • Deep 

  • Superficial 

  • Brachial Plexus 

  • Interscalene 

  • Supraclavicular 

  • Infraclavicular 

  • Costoclavicular 

  • Retroclavicular 

  • Axillary 

  • Suprascapular 

  • Circumflex 

  • Elbow 

  • Forearm 

  • Wrist/Hand 

  • Digit 


Lower Extremity Techniques 

  • Lumbar Plexus 

  • Fascia Iliaca Compartment 

  • Lateral Femoral Cutaneous 

  • Obturator 

  • Femoral 

  • Ilioinguinal 

  • Iliohypogastric 

  • Genitofemoral 

  • Adductor Canal 

  • Sacral Plexus 

  • Sciatic 

  • Infra/Sub-gluteal 

  • Mid-Thigh 

  • Popliteal 

  • iPACK

  • Tibial 

  • Common Peroneal/Fibular 

  • Ankle


12:00 - 1:00 Lunch 


Anterior Truncal Techniques 

  • PECs I/II 

  • Serratus Plane 

  • Subpectoral Fascial Plane 

  • TAP/Subcostal Oblique/Transversalis/ Rectus Sheath 

  • Quadratus Lumborum (I, II) 


Posterior Truncal Techniques 

  • Paravertebral 

  • Intercostal 

  • Erector Spinae 

  • Quadratus Lumborum (III) 


5:30 Adjourn / Shuttle to The Westin

Cancellation / Refund Policy *

Any refund requests received by LifeLinc Academy 30 or more calendar days prior to the course will be honored, subject to a 10% cancellation fee. Refund requests received by LifeLinc Academy less than 30 calendar days but not later than the end of the second business day prior to the course will be honored, subject to a 50% cancellation fee. No refunds are available if not received by the end of the second business day prior to the course unless otherwise determined by LifeLinc for good cause shown. You may transfer your registration to another person or transfer to another course location at no cost. Please contact Patrick Moss, Director of Education, for any cancellation or transfer request.

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