General Information

The annual Winter/Spring Meeting will focus on topics of interest to those who provide anesthesia, sedation, pain management, and critical care services to infants and children. The overall goals of this program are to: enable attendees to reinforce their existing fund of knowledge; to introduce them to new, state-of-the-art techniques; and to provide them with information that will improve the perioperative care of children.

The program brings together experts from clinical and basic science disciplines related to pediatric medicine, anesthesia, and surgery. General topic areas include anatomy, pathophysiology, anesthetic pharmacology, sedation, pain management, patient safety, and child advocacy. We will also discuss practice and career management issues. The presentation format is varied, and includes lectures and refresher courses, panel discussions, hands-on workshops and problem-based learning discussions. Additionally, an important part of the program is the presentation of new clinical and basic science research in oral and moderated poster-discussion forums. Significant attendee involvement and feedback are encouraged in all aspects of the program, and will be facilitated by the use of real time computerized audience polling as well as sessions where the audience directly participates in case discussions. Program content is, in fact, the direct result of membership input and extensive audience polling at prior meetings.

This program is intended for anesthesiologists and other practitioners who care for children in their practice of anesthesiology and/or critical care. It is also intended for clinical and basic science researchers whose areas of investigation relate to pediatric anesthesia.

SPA/AAP Program: The Society for Pediatric Anesthesia is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Society for Pediatric Anesthesia designates this Live activity for a maximum of 30.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Society for Pediatric Anesthesiology is pleased to offer several opportunities to help fulfill your American Board of Anesthesiology® Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA)® Part II Patient Safety requirements at the SPA-AAP Pediatric Anesthesiology 2018 meeting!

By attending the following sessions, you are eligible to receive up to 4.25 credits that may be applied towards Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment Patient Safety requirements.

  •          Anesthesia and Concussion
  •          Analgesic Options for Pectus Excavatum Repair - Lessons Gleaned from the Multi-center Registry
  •          Caudal Anesthesia for Hypospadias Repair - Friend or Foe?
  •          Sleep or not to Sleep: A Regional Question?
  •          Pediatric Surgery in Low and Middle Income Countries - A Surgeon's Perspective
  •          Pediatric Surgery and Anesthesia Capacity Building Model in Low and Middle Income Countries
  •          Responsible Participation on International Volunteer Surgical Teams
  •          Button Battery Ingestion - Be scared, be very scared
  •          How to Intubate the Difficult Airway on your First Attempt

This patient safety activity helps fulfill the patient safety CME requirement for Part II of the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA) of the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA). Please consult the ABA website,, for a list of all MOCA requirements.

Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® and MOCA® are registered certification marks of The American Board of Anesthesiology®.

The Society for Pediatric Anesthesia has fully complied with the legal requirements of the ADA and the rules and regulations thereof. If any participant in this educational activity is in need of accommodations, please contact SPA at (804) 282-9780 by March 15, 2018 in order to receive service.