Physicians committed to patient safety and comfort.

2018 Spring Conference

Spring Conference Handouts

Dear Colleagues,

The current opioid crisis is of an epidemic scale with over 30,000 overdose deaths involving opioids in the United States in 2016. In Minnesota alone, there was over 1 death per day due to an overdose involving opioids. As anesthesiologists, we handle and prescribe opioids to the vast majority of patients under our care. With the current opioid crisis boiling, we need to examine our role in the problem and determine how we can continue to provide the safest care possible for our patients. At the Minnesota Society of Anesthesiologists (MSA) Spring Conference on April 28th, we have a morning program of speakers discussing various perspectives of the opioid crisis and how it will impact us and our patients.

The speakers at the spring conference will include an addiction medicine specialist, drug enforcement detective, pharmacist on the Minnesota Department of Health Opioid Taskforce, a legislator, and a pain physician. This broad base of speakers will help to illuminate the issues from various perspectives, so that we can more fully understand the situation and how to actively address it.

The opioid epidemic is now household news, and will inevitably force our society into further action. As anesthesiologists, relieving our patients’ pain and suffering is one of our core goals, and opioids are quite often a key component of our therapy. Thus, it is absolutely crucial that our specialty helps lead the ongoing critical evaluation of perioperative opioids in order to ensure that our core values of patient safety and relief of suffering remain strong. The spring conference is sure to be an enlightening and enjoyable day, and we hope you will attend!


Adam Niesen, MD
Chair, MSA Education Committee

J. Kyle Bohman, MD
Member, MSA Education Committee

Thank You to Our Exhibitors!

Event Details

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 7:00am
Radisson Blu Mall of America
2100 Killebrew Dr
Bloomington, Minnesota 55425
United States


Complimentary self-parking is available in the East and West parking ramps. If you are a registered hotel guest and parking overnight in either ramp, you must bring the make and model of your vehicle, as well as your license plate number, to the hotel front desk upon check-in. The hotel team will inform the Mall of America team of your information. Mall of America’s team will tow cars which are parked overnight in either ramp that have not been registered with the hotel as staying at the hotel on that same night.


MSA Members: Complimentary
Wisconsin (WSA) Members: Complimentary
Non-Members: $100

No Show Policy

Cancellations received by the office at least five (5) business days prior to the event are eligible for a refund of the registration fee. No refunds will be provided for cancellations received fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event. No-shows will be billed for any unpaid registration fees.

Schedule of Events

7:00 - 7:55 AM
Registration and Coffee with Exhibitors

7:55 - 8:00 AM
Welcome Remarks

J. Kyle Bohman, MD, Mayo Clinic

8:00 - 8:30 AM
Perioperative Opioid Prescribing Update
Charles Reznikoff, M.D., University of Minnesota, HCMC and Northfield Hospital

8:30 - 9:00 AM
Introduction and Update: Street Level Narcotics

Sergeant Tim Parkin, Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office

9:00 - 9:15 AM
Expert Panel Discussion – Question & Answer

Charles Reznikoff, MD, HCMC & Sergeant Tim Parkin

9:15 - 10:15 AM
Brunch with Exhibitors

10:15 - 10:45 AM
Overview of the Minnesota Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
Julie Cunningham, Pharm.D., MN DOH Opioid Task Force

10:45 - 11:15 AM
Political Perspective of the Opioid Crisis

Senator Julie Rosen

11:15 - 11:45 AM
What to Do When Your Patient is on Buprenorphine – A Concise Review and Recommendations for Perioperative Management
Nafisseh Warner, M.D., Mayo Clinic

11:45 - 12:15 PM
Expert Panel Discussion – Question & Answer
Julie Cunningham, Pharm.D., & Nafisseh Warner, M.D., Mayo Clinic

12:15 - 1:00 PM
MSA Business Meeting and Officer Elections

1:00 PM
Adjournment and Executive Committee Meeting

Continuing Medical Education Credit Offered

Accreditation Statement:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Minnesota Medical Association and the Minnesota Society of Anesthesiologists. The Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Statemen: The Minnesota Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOCA Statement: This activity contributes to the CME requirement for Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self Assessment of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s (ABA) redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® (MOCA®), known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website,, for a list of all MOCA 2.0 requirements.