Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia Preceptorship - Physician and Block Nurse Tracks

WHAT:    Choice of Physician Track or Block Nurse Track
WHEN:    Book your 2-day Preceptorship around your schedule!
WHERE:  Andrews Research & Education Foundation (AREF), Gulf Breeze, Florida

Course Overview:

The Andrews Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center is a beautifully constructed 26,000-square-foot medical pavilion which includes eight digital operating rooms with multi-specialty surgical capabilities. Sixty-five percent of the surgical procedures performed at AI are orthopaedic, and the vast majority of orthopaedic patients receive a regional anesthetic as part of their comprehensive perioperative care. Each year anesthesiologists at the Andrews Institute ASC perform over 3000 ultrasound-guided nerve blocks including over 1600 continuous ambulatory perineural catheters. 

Common blocks performed at Andrews include interscalene, supraclavicular, infraclavicular, axillary, popliteal, tibial, fascia iliaca, femoral, adductor canal / saphenous, TAP, PECS, and rectus sheath.  Since our USRA preceptorship courses are held on the busiest block days, the result is an incredible opportunity for visiting physicians and block nurses to witness a vast number of blocks, while interacting with the experts as they perform these procedures.

The USRA preceptorship track for nurses occurs on the same days as the physicians thus getting to experience the ASC at Andrews Institute on it's busiest block days. You will observe physicians as they perform upper and lower extremity catheter and single shot blocks. Your experience will also focus on shadowing the block nurses in their role. You will see in person how the block nurses maintain the efficiency of a block program, while learning the skills they use to keep their patients safe and happy.  There is a lecture and scanning component also included in the two-day preceptorship.

Target Audience:

Anesthesiologists, block nurses and administrators who would benefit from: observing an established ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia practice; learning an array of single-shot and continuous catheter techniques; understanding the specific roles of the anesthesiologist-block nurse care team model of regional anesthesia delivery; observing approaches to effective documentation and billing; and learning the key steps in setting up a successful continuous ambulatory catheter program.

Course Directors:

  • Gregory V. Hickman, M.D.
  • Brandon Winchester, M.D.

Preceptorship Goals:

  • Didactics reviewing ultrasound basics
  • Peripheral vascular and neuro-sonoanatomy
  • Specific ultrasound-guided regional blocks
  • Observation at a high volume

Daily Ultrasound-guided blocks:

  • Interscalene
  • Infraclavicular
  • Femoral
  • Saphenous
  • Supraclavicular
  • Axillary
  • Popliteral
  • TAP


Course fee

  • Physician Track, $2,000
  • Block Nurse Track: $1,000
  • See registration page for available dates

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The fee for this two-day session includes course tuition, handouts, VIP website access, CME certificate fees, completion certificate, parking and daily lunch catered by the Legends Café.

Course Agenda:

Day 1:

  • Meet the doctors
  • Nerve block observation
  • Lecture: "Intriduction to Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia"
  • Lecture: "Nerve Blocks Above the Clavicle"
  • Lunch lecture: "Nerve Blocks Below the Clavicle"
  • Guided tour
  • Lecture: "Sciatic Nerve Blocks"
  • Hands-on US scanning workshop
  • Wrap-up and adjourn

Day 2:

  • Meet the doctors
  • Nerve block observation
  • Lecture: "Femoral & Saphenous Nerve Blocks"
  • Lecture: "Transversis Abdominis Plane (TAP) & Paravertebral Blocks"
  • Lunch
  • Lecture: "Regional Anesthesia Billing"
  • Lecture: "Block Nurses: the key ingredient to a successful block program"
  • Hands-on US scanning workshop
  • Wrap-up and adjourn


Baptist Hospital is accredited by the Florida Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Hospital CME designates The Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia Preceptorship at Andrews Institute for a maximum of 20 hour(s) AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Each participant will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance showing Category 1 credits earned in the course. Many attendees will find useful for submission to credentialing boards, managed care organizations and accreditation bodies.


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Andrews Research & Education Foundation
1020 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561

Located on the Andrews Institute Campus


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