Below is a list of questions that we put together to help you better understand us and our goals.  Enjoy.

First and foremost, we are devoted to providing the highest possible level of education in regional anesthesia and sharing our enthusiasm about regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine. We believe that with good training we will be sending ambassadors to perform high quality regional anesthesia into the community. This can only improve patient care, safety and satisfaction.

Second, we would like to spread our skills and experience beyond our immediate borders by also offering international training. We will use the net proceeds generated by the workshop to send instructors to both Central America and Africa to train local anesthesiologists and residents in modern techniques and concepts in regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine.

There are now several chronic pain stations and several lectures dedicated to chronic pain management so we may turn into more comprehensive pain management symposium.

Our workshop provides comprehensive coverage for all your practice-based educational needs. The curriculum covers techniques for inpatient and outpatient regional anesthesia including continuous nerve catheters and single injection nerve blocks utilizing ultrasound, nerve stimulation, and anatomic landmark-guided techniques. We will also have several stations where one can learn basic fluoroscopy guided and ultrasound guided chronic pain procedures .The GatorRAP workshop provides formal lectures, small group discussion, and more than twenty simulator-based stations. Throughout the day you will participate in up to 8 hours of hands-on training with ample time for practice of techniques taught. Next day if you wish to stay longer we will have more than dozen lectures and PBLDs.

Unlike other workshops, the 2015 GatorRAP workshop utilizes cadaver and mixed reality simulation for unparalleled learning opportunities under the direct supervision of expert anatomists and world- renowned physicians in the field. We ensure that each participant gets the hands-on time needed until he or she feels comfortable with all skills taught throughout the day.

Such educational experiences are not possible at many other workshops due to high cost and the significant multidisciplinary resources required. At the GatorRAP workshop, you will participate in some of the finest didactic and practical educational experiences possible in the field of acute pain and regional anesthesia. We have more than twenty high-end ultrasounds that can be used throughout the day, and individualized instruction tailored to each practitioner’s needs.

Beyond the tremendous educational opportunities available during the GatorRAP workshop sessions, we provide handouts, lecture materials, and instructions on how to bring these new skills to your practice including help with billing and best-practice utilization. CME credits are also available.

Even with the excellent educational experiences available at the GatorRAP workshop and low instructor- to-participant ratio, we are still able to be one of the most affordable workshops in regional anesthesia. A typical two hour cadaver workshop can cost over $400; an ultrasound-only workshop can be upwards of $1,500 over two days. We provide eight hours of practical skills teaching with top-notch educators, simulator sessions, and equipment for much less. Beyond this, we offer a 30% group discount for five or more participants from the same practice. Physicians in training and UF faculty will have free admission. This educational value is unmatched in the field.

All net proceeds from the workshop will be put towards the Regional Anesthesia Development Fund which aims to facilitate mission trips to developing countries to teach these essential skills around the world.

GatorRAP has a diverse group of internationally recognized instructors. In addition, many very experienced and well published instructors employed by the University of Florida are volunteering as faculty for the workshop, and will be available for both teaching and questions. We also have guest leaders in the field that will be lecturing and leading small groups. An important component to having diverse exposure to regional anesthesia is to include experts from both academic and private practice settings. Our experts have many years of varied experiences and will be able to offer many perspectives. The list is expanding, but some of the highlights already are Professors Andre Boezaart, Carlos Franco, and Roy Greengrass.

We conduct the course at the University of Florida’s Veterinary College. This state of the art facility has the most up to date equipment and lecture halls. The area used for the GatorRAP workshop small group stations is large enough to allow all stations to be in one common area. This allows for the best opportunities for maximizing hands-on time by all participants.

Workshop stations are organized into small groups. The stations vary from cadavers to human models and simulations, all maximizing one-on-one teaching time. Stations vary from two to seven participants per station at any given time in an effort to provide the best personalized teaching opportunity available.

A list of workshop stations will be available on the registration webpage. We will have more than 20 stations and each station will last for about one hour. The entire workshop will last for 8 hours so you will need to choose up to 8 stations of interest. .

Each applicant will be able to review the objectives and teaching points of each station and then list their first, second and third choices for each rotation throughout the day. We will do our best to meet your requests. We hope to have a workshop that will provide a customized curriculum to the participants. For instance, if your interest is learning how to perform a continuous femoral nerve block, you can build your curriculum around this goal by learning applied anatomy on cadavers, reinforcing sonoanatomy learning of the groin area on human models, doing blocks on phantoms, doing single

injection US guided blocks on cadavers and finally putting stimulating and or ultrasound guided femoral catheters on anesthetized pigs. If you are inexperienced or are unsure of what would best satisfy your needs you can email our experts the types of surgeries you envision using regional anesthesia for in your practice, and we will design your workshop around your needs. Each participant will receive station assignments during registration.

Our work shop is primarily designed for hands on practice for improving clinical skills, but we do offer 2 lectures on Saturday during breakfast and lunch break and next day on Sunday we entirely dedicate to formal didactic sessions for those who also want to either listen to a lecture or participate in a small group in which an expert will answer several questions regarding the particular small group topic. This should enable the instructors at the workshop stations to focus on more practical drilling of those who came to get the most from hands on experience while providing for theoretical discussions for those who are comfortable with their practical skills.

We will have a list of lectures and small group discussion topics available for you on our website (see below), so that you can plan your participation. For highly popular topics, we will provide an organized formal lecture, while for more specialized topics we will do short 15-20 minute “ask the expert” small group discussions. We will try our best to meet your demands and announce the schedule for these lectures and small group topics within one week prior to the workshop. If your particular interest is not presented on the final schedule, then just plan to speak directly to a faculty member during breaks or during reception. For those who cannot stay longer and cannot attend Sunday lectures, remember that many lectures will be available on our website about month before and after the workshop for self- study CME credits–see CME section of FAQ.


Here are the topics that we will cover for you:

  1. “Essential orthopedics for anesthesiologists” –During this session a professor of orthopedic surgery will explain differences between commonly performed orthopedic procedures with the emphasis on issues that anesthesiologist face, e.g., tourniquet placement, cementation, need for muscle relaxation, positioning, differences in some variation of typical procedure, post- operative care, DVT prophylaxis,
  2. Physical therapy after orthopedic surgery, what anesthesiologist needs to know.
  3. “Our frameworks for anesthesia and analgesia for routine total joint surgeries”—you can ask

    about our choice of blocks, local anesthetics of choice, post-operative infusion strategies, multi-

    modals, etc.

  4. “Regional anesthesia for the challenging patient”—We will share our experiences with common

    medical conditions that can make Regional Anesthesia difficult, such as as morbid obesity, OSA,

    anti-coagulation, etc.

  5. “Billing issues in regional anesthesia”—We explain how to get paid for what you do without

    breaking rules and getting in trouble.

  1. “Complication of regional anesthesia 1” —we will discuss risk and prevention strategies for preventing wrong side blocks, local anesthetic toxicity, and respiratory complications.
  2. “Complication of regional anesthesia 2”—we will cover RA and peripheral nerve injuries, compartment syndrome, bleeding and infections related to our procedures.
  3. “Regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine for trauma and ICU patients”—We will discuss management for multiple rib fractures, epidurals for thoracotomies and upper laparotomies, unitization of continuous nerve blocks for orthopedic trauma in ICU, etc.
  4. “Organization of an acute pain service”—we will be happy to share our experience and teach you how to start or just improve APS in your hospital.
  5. “Overview of pharmacology of opioids and multimodals for acute pain management”
  6. “Regional Anesthesia for out-patient surgery” We will talk about how to choose an appropriate

    block and /or LA (continuous vs. single injection, axillary vs. supraclavicular, ropivicaine vs. mepivicaine) , cover management of patient with OSA and give or prescriptions for commonly performed outpatient procedures)

  7. “Thoracic paravertebral blocks, anatomy and common techniques” ”—in these 2 (see #13) comprehensive lectures we will cover many important issues that you need to know about TPVB before you start practicing them.
  8. “Thoracic paravertebral blocks our preferred techniques”—in these 2 (see #12) comprehensive lectures we will cover many important issues that you need to know about TPVB before you start practicing them.
  9. “Devastating complications of paravertebral blocks”—Professor Boezaart will share his vast experience in catastrophic complications that may occur when paravertebral blocks are performed and will teach you how to stay safe.
  10. “Update in regional anesthesia”—we will discuss controversial intra-neural injection, role of nerve stimulation and ultrasound, new pharmacological developments, new development in nerve catheters, etc.
  11. “RA and cancer any new evidence?”—We will discuss recent data on effect of utilizing RA for oncological surgeries on cancer recurrence as compared to GA.
  12. Thoracic epidurals from A to Z. Several lectures covering all practical aspects of this technique
  13. We will have several lectures dedicated to ultrasound guided blocks for upper and lower

    extremity surgeries

  14. We will have lecture on truncal blocks beyond TPVB and thoracic epidural: intercostal blocks,

    TAP block, ilioinguinal block, rectus sheath block, etc.

  15. We will have a lecture on ophthalmic regional anesthesia
  16. One lecture will be dedicated to adjuvants to LA with the intention to prolong the analgesia

    after single injection block

  17. Lecture on perioperative pain management of the complex patient (opioid tolerant, opioid

    dependent, patient on Subaxon, etc.)

  18. We will have several basic lectures on chronic pain management as well. TBA

We will have 2 lecture auditoriums utilized simultaneously so you will not be able to attend all lectures and PBLDs, but you can see some lectures that you missed on our website.

Phantoms are available to improve needle to nerve psychomotor skills. Faculty members are available to help demonstrate on specially designed phantoms that represent anatomy for popliteal, femoral, infraclavicular, supraclavicular, interscalene, and axillary nerve blocks. A new award winning mixed reality phantom developed by UF for ultrasound-guided or landmark-based paravertebral blocks and thoracic epidurals is also available for learning and teaching. 

Last year’s workshop was accredited for 16 CME hours and we plan to offer CME accreditation again this year.  More information will be released in November, but you can email Dr. Ihnatsenka if you have further questions.

We are devoted to training excellence in regional anesthesia. If after your experience at GatorRAP you need additional training or more one on one time, we have an exciting offer. Some of our sponsors have agreed to help finance more training with our UF experts throughout the year. Please notify us of your needs and we will do our best to accommodate your requests.

Our belief is that the more participation from providers in the same practice group with the same level of skill, the better retention of knowledge from the course and the greater the likelihood of use in every day practice. Because of this, we are offering a 30% discount to groups of three or more. This is parallel with our mission to encourage use of safe, high quality regional anesthesia to improve patient care.

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