Stamford School of Regional Anesthesia Online

Regional Anesthesia Online

SSRA Online CME Divided Into 8 Unique Courses

Previously available only as a master course, SSRA Online CME has now been divided into 8 unique courses, allowing you to pursue the subjects that are most relevant to you and your practice.

Looking to improve patient health, improve care delivery, and reduce the costs of care? Register for the SSRA Online CME master course and earn 13 credits, or select the individual course of your choice.

In the News

New BONUS Chest Wall Block Lecture

We’ve lowered the price and raised the value! Our new bonus lecture covers PECS I, II, & Serratus Plane blocks and highlights the highly successful surgical home model of care initiated at Stamford Hospital. We’ll discuss improvements in HCAHPS scores, patient satisfaction, pain control, time to discharge, & cost savings.


Stamford Advocate: Pain-free recovery a goal at Stamford Hospital

Dr. Theresa Bowling, chairwoman of Stamford Hospital’s Department of Anesthesiology, discusses new technique aimed at making surgery easier, and recovery faster with Keila Torres Ocasio from the Stamford Advocate.


The Stamford School of Regional Anesthesia ultrasound guided seminar seeks to meet the need for high quality training in the management of acute pain by teaching participants how to perform nerve blocks within the context of a catheter program.

We will focus on the use of ultrasound for performing regional nerve blocks and placing catheters. We will also address strategies to launch a successful ambulatory nerve block catheter program.

This online activity is approved for a maximum of 13 AMA Category 1 credits.


What people are saying about Stamford School of Regional Anesthesia Online Course:

“The SSRA regional anesthesia course is comprehensive and current. I was able to complete the course on my own time, which is so important as a solo provider in a rural hospital.”

“I was using the nerve stimulation technique for my peripheral blocks. Now I can’t imagine doing a block without ultrasound.”

“I was a bit leery of the TAP block, I considered it a “boutique” block until I took the SSRA course. In one month I have completed over 30 TAP blocks.”

“My patients are very comfortable and do very well post op! Thank you SSRA staff! You are my go to site when I want to improve my technique and try the most up to date regional block.”

“Without a doubt this course is the best value for the money.”

“I found the course to be very clinically orientated. The lecture that resonated most with me and my practice was the lecture on how to not only launch a peripheral nerve block program but also how to sustain it.”

“I chuckled at the slides in Dr.Bowling’s slides showing quotes from surgeons and anesthesiologists on why they don’t want peripheral nerve catheters for their patients. My favorite was, “my patients have no pain”!

“My group has been struggling with getting paid for regional anesthesia. Dr. Frenk’s lecture on Billling for regional anesthesia and getting paid for it was so helpful”.


Course Modules

How to Develop a Robust Nerve Block Program and Overcome the Common Obstacles Created by Your Partners, Surgeons, Administrators, and Nurses
1. Nerve block program development
2. Learn how to overcome common obstacles
3. Understand HCHAPS scores and how they will affect pain management

A Surgeon’s Perspective of Why Regional Anesthesia is Good For the Surgeon
1. Why regional anesthesia is good for your surgeon
2. How to get “buy-in” from the surgeon.
3. Why TAP blocks are great for hernia repairs

Billing For Regional Anesthesia and Getting Paid For It
1. Coding for regional anesthesia
2. Tips for negotiating payment for regional anesthesia
3. Billing for regional anesthesia

Upper Extremity Blocks
1. Techniques for interscalene, supraclavicular, and infraclavicular single shot blocks and catheters
2. Anatomy of the brachial plexus
3. Ultrasound imaging of the brachial plexus
4. Indications, contraindications, and literature review for upper extremity blocks
5. Understanding the use of brachial plexus catheters in the outpatient setting
6. Video tutorial of ultrasound imaging of the brachial plexus

Lower Extremity Blocks
1. Techniques for femoral, fascia iliaca, sciatic (posterior and anterior approach), saphenous, and popliteal single shot blocks and catheters
2. Anatomy of the nerves in the lower extremity
3. Ultrasound imaging of the nerve in the lower extremity
4. Indications, contraindications, and literature review for lower extremity blocks
5. Understanding the use of lower extremity blocks in an outpatient setting
6. Video tutorial of ultrasound imaging of the nerves in the lower extremity

Truncal Blocks: TAP and Paravertebral Blocks (PVB)
1. Techniques to perform TAP blocks (mid-axillary and sub-costal approaches) and thoracic paravertebral blocks
2. Anatomy, sonoanatomy, indications, contraindications, and literature review for TAP and PVB single shot blocks and catheters
3. Video tutorial of ultrasound imaging of TAP and PVB

The Role of a Dedicated Block Nurse in a Successful Regional Anesthesia Program
1. Understand the role of a block nurse in a regional anesthesia program
2. Pre-block, assisting with the block, and post-block roles

Pediatric Regional Anesthesia
1. The history of pediatric regional anesthesia
2. Anesthesia and learning disabilities
3. Advantages of regional anesthesia in a pediatric population
4. Anatomic, physiologic, pharmacologic, and psychiatric differences of pediatric patients compared to adults

Teaching Method

  • Top faculty based on education, work experience, and talent for teaching
  • Superior equipment providers — tools for training and for practice
  • Comprehensive curriculum — all the methods you need to know
  • Preparing you for the future of anesthesia practice and how HCAHPS will affect you
  • Continued support post seminar to reinforce skills and refine your ability
  • How to enlist support of your partners, surgeons and the administration
  • Billing management and best practices