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2021 Annual Conference


COVID-19 Precaution Plan - Updated 10/19/21

Dear Colleagues,

I am excited that the Minnesota Society of Anesthesiologists (MSA) 2nd Annual Conference is approaching quickly and will be held in person from November 13 to 14 at the Radisson Blu Mall of America, in Bloomington, MN.  I wanted to take a minute to share our plan to ensure the safety of all our attendees at the Annual Conference.

Following the lead of the ASA Annual Conference this fall, we have established COVID-19 precaution plans for our MSA Annual Conference next month.  All participants (attendees, speakers, facilitators, exhibitors and live models) at our MSA 2nd Annual Conference we be required to complete an attestation form verifying their COVID-19 vaccination status or that they will provide negative COVID-19 PCR testing within 72 hours of the Conference.  A link to the required attestation form can be found at:; please complete the attestation form as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, November 8, 2021.  Additionally, mandatory masking will be required unless presenting at the podium or while eating during scheduled break and meal times. 

On behalf of the MSA Education Committee and the entire MSA Board of Directors, we are excited to see you all in person again, happy to have compiled such an accomplished group of speakers and educators, and glad to have found a way to do so safely.

J. Kyle Bohman, MD
MSA Education Chair


It is with great joy that I have the privilege of announcing the Minnesota Society of Anesthesiologists (MSA) 2nd  Annual Conference to be held in person from November 13 to 14 at the Radisson Blu, Mall of America, in Bloomington, MN. 

This year’s scientific meeting will include several impactful invited speakers, a small group session for problem-based learning discussions (PBLDs), and a hands-on ultrasound, regional anesthesia and PoCUS workshop. To enhance learner experience and ensure COVID precautions, we will be limiting the total number of participants for the PBLDs and hands-on workshops, so please register for the MSA 2nd Annual Conference early to reserve your spot for these activities.

As you will be able to see in this year’s conference agenda, presentations will include high-yield topics such as pediatric fluid management, quantitative neuromuscular blockade monitoring, the risks of burnout amongst Anesthesiologists, and much more.  In addition, there will be ample opportunities for us to re-connect with our colleagues, visit with exhibitors, and hear the latest legislative updates pertaining to our specialty. 

On behalf of the MSA Education Committee and the entire MSA Board of Directors, we are excited to see you all in person again and happy to have compiled such an accomplished group of speakers and educators to make this a high-yield conference for you.

J. Kyle Bohman, MD
MSA Education Chair


Health Acknowledgement 

Please make sure that you have reviewed any advisories or restrictions that may be in place for travel to any event hosted by the Minnesota Society of Anesthesiologists (MSA). By attending a MSA event, you are confirming that you and all persons in your party:

  • Are not experiencing any of the following symptoms of COVID identified by the CDC at, including:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • Have not been in contact with someone with confirmed or suspected COVID symptoms without completing a 14-day quarantine
  • Are not under any self-quarantine orders

Attendees who cannot confirm all the above criteria must not attend a MSA event. If at any point during your attendance you or your guest do not meet this criteria, you both will be required to isolate and may be relocated or asked to leave the property.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID exists in any public place where people are present. COVID is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and attendees with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. For up-to-date local information, visit the Minnesota Department of Health website.

By attending an MSA event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID and further acknowledge that you understand and will follow all health and safety protocols established by MSA and the venue of the MSA event. Failure to abide by all health and safety protocols implemented for the event is grounds for being asked to leave the event, without refund.

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  • Call for Abstracts
  • Schedule
  • CME Information

Event Details

Saturday, November 13, 2021 - 7:00am
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 11:10am
Radisson Blu Mall of America
2100 Killebrew Dr
Bloomington, Minnesota 55425
United States


Hotel Block
A discounted room rate has been secured at the Radisson Blu Mall of America for the Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13 for $159/night. To make your reservation, call 800-333-3333 and book your room under the "MSA 2021 Annual Conference" block.

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.

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MSA & WSA (Wisconsin) Members: $0
Non-Members: $450

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

Saturday November 13, 2021

Registration & Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

Welcome Remarks
J. Kyle Bohman, MD, Mayo Clinic, Program Chair

Anesthesia and the Developing Brain

Yu Shi, MD, MPH, Mayo Clinic

Physician Burnout and Suicide

John Mrachek, MD, University of Minnesota

Question & Answer Panel

Break with Exhibitors

Perioperative Fluid Management in Pediatric Patients
Jakob Guenther, MD, University of Minnesota

Neuro Gadgets in Non-Neurologic Surgery
Tasha Welch, MD, Mayo Clinic

Question & Answer Panel

Annual Business Meeting

Break with Exhibitors

Luncheon & ASA Update

Randall Clark, MD, ASA President-Elect

Break with Exhibitors

Exhibitor Giveaway Announced

Legislative Update
Nate Mussell, Lockridge Grindal Nauen

Preexisting Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Anesthesia
Brian Tolly, MD, Minneapolis VA Medical Center

Everything You Believe about Neuromucular Blockade and Monitoring is Wrong

Mike Todd, MD, University of Minnesota

Question & Answer Panel

Problem Based Learning Discussions

Pediatric Unanticipated Difficult Airway
Martina Richtsfeld, MD, University of Minnesota
Devon Aganga, MD, Mayo Clinic

Pediatric NORA/MRI
Kumar Belani, MD, University of Minnesota
Vinh Nguyen, DO, University of Minnesota

Anesthesia for Neonatal Surgical Emergencies
Anna Swenson, MD, University of Minnesota
Dawit Haile, MD, Mayo Clinic

Non-Cardiac Surgery Anesthesia for Adult Congenital Heart Disease Patients
Lisa Corbett, MD, University of Minnesota
Susanne Rupert, MD, University of Minnesota

Closing Remarks

Sunday November 14, 2021

Continental Breakfast

Ultrasound for Difficult Access-Getting the Needle Tip in the Target Every Time

Gregory Schears, MD, Mayo Clinic

Regional Anesthesia and Ultrasound Workshop

  • Paravertebral and ESB
    • Dawit Haile, MD, Mayo Clinic
  • Infraclavicular Block
    • Katie Handlogten, MD, Mayo Clinic
  • Knee Surgery Blocks
    • Kristopher Schroeder, MD, University of Wisconsin
    • Roberto Blanco, MD, University of Minnesota
  • Transversus Abdominis Plane Block
    • Balazs Horvath, MD, FASA, University of Minnesota 
  • Ultrasound Peripheral IV Access
    • Gregory Schears, MD, Mayo Clinic
    • Mike Nemergut, MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic
  • Gastric Ultrasound
    • Sudarshan Setty, MD, University of Minnesota

Closing Remarks

CME Information

Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and the Minnesota Society of Anesthesiologists. Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Picture1.pngPhysician (ACCME) Credit Designation
Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) MOCA 2.0® Credit

This activity offers up to 10.00 CME credits, of which 3.00 credits contribute the patient safety CME component of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s redesigned Maintenance of Certification in AnesthesiologyTM (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website,, for a list of all MOCA 2.0® requirements. Maximum of 10.00 hours available. You must request your certificate within 30 days of the activity to meet the deadline for submission to PARS.