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Join us for an exciting, interactive two-day preceptorship in ultrasound guided regional anesthesia designed for physicians at any level wishing to strengthen and improve their skills at placing and managing a wide variety of peripheral nerve and fascial plane blocks.


Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia Book

This dynamic and interactive program is designed for practicing anesthesiologists, acute pain physicians and emergency medicine physicians who wish to learn and observe a wide variety of ultrasound guided regional anesthesia (UGRA) techniques as practiced at Duke University Medical Center. This two-day clinical observership affords participants a unique peer-to-peer exchange of knowledge and experience with expert faculty, and the sharing of cutting-edge best practices in ultrasound guided peripheral and truncal blocks. This highly specialized program is designed to provide tools and resources for the physician to implement UGRA into his/her home institution and to address pitfalls and barriers to implementing and growing a regional anesthesia service.

The observership program also features didactic and case-based learning, as well as hands-on ultrasound scanning practice on volunteer live models. The preceptorship is limited to four participants per session in order to maintain an intimate teaching environment.

Course Features and Topics

  • Preceptorship experience can be customized to the needs and goals of participants. The Duke Anesthesiology Orthopaedics, Plastics and Regional Anesthesiology Division will work with you ahead of time to plan the experience that best suits your needs depending on the size and type of institution, mix of case types, inpatient vs. outpatient, etc.
  • Develop a framework for the establishment of a regional anesthesia service using strategies to increase surgical, anesthetic and hospital buy-in
  • Learn how to set up and grow a preoperative block room, purchase equipment, manage a block nurse team, and the “nuts and bolts” of day-to-day operations
  • Network with expert regional anesthesiologists, observe them in action and discuss cases of interest with them
  • Observe cutting-edge block techniques for a wide variety of surgical procedures, including:
    • Knee, hip and shoulder joint replacement
    • Orthotrauma cases
    • Elective upper and lower limb orthopedic and plastic surgery
    • Abdominopelvic surgery
    • Cardiothoracic surgery
    • Rescue blocks in the PACU
  • Observe the placement and management of continuous peripheral nerve catheters including management of outpatient pumps
  • Gain valuable insights into these techniques through focused didactic and case-based discussion
  • Practice what you’ve just learned by scanning sonoanatomy on volunteer live models

Target Audience

Physicians at any level of practice or training who wish to improve their skills and knowledge regarding ultrasound guided regional anesthesia. The course is designed primarily for anesthesiologists, acute pain physicians, and emergency medicine physicians.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Interpret various sonographic artifacts and outline a plan for troubleshooting these using various transducer maneuvers and ultrasound machine setting adjustments
  2. Demonstrate the correct sonographic technique for identification of the brachial plexus and individual nerves of the lower extremity, and associated vascular and musculoskeletal structures
  3. Demonstrate the correct sonographic technique for performance of truncal blocks including transversus abdominis plane block, quadratus lumborum block, rectus sheath block, paravertebral and erector spinae plane blocks
  4. Develop a framework and a value-based proposition for the establishment of a regional anesthesia service using strategies to increase surgical, anesthetic and hospital buy-in

Preceptorship is observation only. Hands-on experience is limited to knobology and the scanning of volunteer live models. No patient contact is permitted.

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Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Provider Statement

Directly provided by the Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development.

Education Credits

Category 1: Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development designates this CE activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Resolution of Conflicts of Interest

Duke University Health System Clinical Education and Professional Development has implemented a process to resolve any potential conflicts of interest for each continuing education activity in order to help ensure content objectivity, independence, fair balance, and the content that is aligned with the interest of the public.

Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of the Duke University Health System Clinical Education and Professional Development to require the disclosure of anyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity. All relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests and/or manufacturers must be disclosed to participants at the beginning of each activity.


The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

Special Needs

The Duke University School of Medicine’s Department of Anesthesiology is committed to making its activities accessible to all individuals. If any participant in this educational activity is in need of accommodations, please do not hesitate to notify us by phone or email in order to receive service. Please contact Keith Woods, activity coordinator, at (919) 613-4560 or

How to Register:

  1. Review the available dates below.
  2. Please contact Keith Woods at (919) 613-4560 or to hold your date before you register for the course. We may also be able to accommodate custom dates. Please discuss availability with Keith before registering.
  3. To register online, click on the registration button below.
  4. If you are a new user, you will need to create an account. If not, please sign-in with your username and password.
  5. Complete all registration steps.
  6. Pay by credit card or other convenient payment options. Please see online payment options below.
  7. A printable itinerary and registration confirmation for the session will be sent to you by email upon completing the online registration form.

What is included:

  1. Registration fees for the two-day preceptorship session
  2. CME certificate fees
  3. Preceptorship completion certificate
  4. Breakfast and lunch both days
  5. Dinner with faculty the evening of the first day
  6. A copy of the Grant & Auyong textbook “Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia”
  7. Complimentary parking at Duke North Hospital

Available Dates

2020 Monday Tuesday
September 21 22
October 26 27
November 9 10

Registration Fee: $2,499 USD


Cancellation/Refund Policy:

A written notice of cancellation must be received 15 days prior to the start of the activity. A $25 cancellation fee will be assessed at that time, as well as a 3% credit card processing fee. After that date, cancellation requests cannot be honored. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact Keith Woods, Activity Coordinator, at (919) 613-4560 or

Photography, Video, and Audio/Visual Recordings Policy:

The Duke University School of Medicine’s Department of Anesthesiology (DOA) reserves the exclusive right to use any photographs/videos/audio recordings taken at any event hosted by DOA without the expressed written permission of those included in the photographs/videos/audio recordings. As a participant, attendee, exhibitor, sponsor, and/or guest at the Duke Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia Preceptorship, you acknowledge that photographs/videos/audio recordings may be taken of you, therefore granting permission to DOA (and its agents) to use the photographs/videos/audio recordings in publications or other media materials produced by DOA, including but not limited to: websites, social media pages, newsletters, brochures, etc. Registrants attending a DOA event who do not want to have their images/voices recorded for distribution, must send a written request to DOA at 315 Trent Drive, DUMC 3094, MS #48, Durham, NC, 27710 at least two weeks before the start date of the event. Unauthorized recording at the event is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, recordings of presentations or reproductions of supporting audio/visual materials, exhibits, and other supporting continuing education materials.

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Please use the links below for directions, maps and other information. We hope you enjoy your visit.

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Raleigh/Durham International Airport

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Explore Durham, NC

There are several local hotels in the area. Participants are responsible for arranging accommodations and transportation to and from Duke.*

Courtyard by Marriott

Courtyard by Marriott - Durham/Duke University
Map | Driving Directions to Duke
1815 Front Street
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 309-1500
$109.00 + tax & fees per night

The Hilton Durham

Hilton Durham
Map | Driving Directions to Duke
3800 Hillsborough Road
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 383-8033
$159.00 + tax & fees per night

JB Duke Hotel

JB Duke Hotel
Map | Walking Directions to Duke
230 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 660-6400
$169.00 + tax & fees per night

Millennium Hotel

Millennium Hotel
Map | Driving Directions to Duke
2800 Campus Walk Avenue
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 383-8575
$78.00 + tax & fees per night

Residence Inn Durham McPherson

Residence Inn Durham McPherson
Map | Driving Directions to Duke
1108 West Main Street
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 680-4440
$129.00 + tax & fees per night

The Lodge at Duke University

The Lodge at Duke University
Map | Walking Directions to Duke

2306 Elba Street
Durham, NC 27705
(833) 313-2165
$99.00 + tax & fees per night

University Inn

University Inn
Map | Walking Directions to Duke
502 Elf Street
Durham, NC 27705
(800) 313-3585
$99.00 + tax & fees per night

The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Map | Driving Directions to Duke
3001 Cameron Blvd.
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 490-0999
$219.00 + tax & fees per night

*Rates are subject to change without notice. Please contact the specific hotel to confirm rates.

  1. The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing medical education purposes only. It is meant for the sole use of persons intending to enhance their ultrasound guided regional anesthesia skills, and is NOT meant to substitute the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
  2. Every effort has been made in supplying information that is accurate and current. However, the Regional Anesthesia Division at Duke University Medical Center does not accept responsibility for errors or omissions and accepts no liability for any loss or damage howsoever arising.
  3. Visiting preceptors must make their own travel arrangements, including lodging and boarding during the Preceptorship session. The Regional Anesthesia Division staff can assist the preceptors in booking accommodation, but does not guarantee availability thereof.
  4. International visitors must make their own travel arrangements as stated above, including travel visa at their closest US Embassy/Consulate (information on locations available on the internet at
  5. Please apply for and obtain the necessary visa well in advance. The refund policy on the registration page remains the same for international travelers. The Regional Anesthesia Division, Department of Anesthesiology or Duke University Medical Center cannot be held responsible for visa denials at the US Embassy/Consulate. International visitors must also register with Duke Visa Services. On arrival, the Preceptorship coordinator will assist with registration procedures with Duke Visa Services.
  6. Although every effort will be made to provide the best experience of ultrasound regional anesthesia cases, we cannot guarantee that a fixed number of appropriate surgeries will be performed during the Preceptorship session and cannot be held responsible for surgery cancellations for whatever reasons. In the event of cancelled surgeries or low case volumes, we will hold didactic teaching with emphasis on interactive scanning sessions and case reviews with expert faculty.