Special Events & Programs

Companion Program

Cost: $290 on or before March 2, 2018; $340 after March 2 and on site in Palm Springs, California.

The Companion Program offers activities designed to encourage connecting with others, seeing old friends and making new ones. In addition to a complimentary ticket to the Welcome Reception and to the President’s Reception and Banquet, the Companion Program includes exclusive access to a Companion Hospitality Room Thursday through Saturday, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served each day (a $45/day value!) and a professional concierge will be on hand to assist companions with making plans in the Palm Desert area. Registered companions must present their badge for admittance.

APSA Welcome Reception

Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: JW Pavilion/The Grove
Cost: One ticket is included in each APSA 2018 full and companion registration. Additional tickets are $75 USD per person and are available during registration and on site in Palm Springs.

Catch up with colleagues you may only see a few times a year and use this time to expand your network. A buffet dinner will be served along with one complimentary drink of your choice. Cash bar will be available.

Benjy Brooks Society Meeting 

Date: Friday, May 4
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Springs Ballroom B
Cost: $75 USD per person; lunch is included

Discuss issues that women are currently facing in the pediatric surgery arena and talk about the society’s future. All are welcome.

Pediatric Ultrasound Course

Date: Friday, May 4
Time: 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Cost:  APSA Member $550; Nonmember $650; APSA Resident Member $355; Resident Nonmember $425
Lunch will be provided.
Course Chair: Marcus Jarboe, MD
Course Co-Chair: Stefan Scholz, MD
Maximum Attendance: 20

Ultrasound can be an extremely useful tool for the pediatric surgeon, resulting in increased speed, safety and positive outcomes in the operating room. This course is intended to introduce and develop ultrasound knowledge and skills for the practicing pediatric surgeon, particularly in precision needle guidance for vascular access. The course includes didactic sessions in the fundamentals of ultrasound, scanning techniques, tips to avoid common pitfalls and clinical applications for the neonatal and pediatric populations. The hands-on stations will focus on learning, using and practicing interventional ultrasound-guided procedures for surgeons using phantom models.

APSA designates this live course for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


  • Knobology- fundamental and necessary knowledge to use ultrasound for a pediatric surgeon
  • Basic anatomic evaluation using ultrasound
  • Diagnostic imaging for trauma (FAST) and critical care
  • Vascular access using true ultrasound-guidance both central and peripheral
  • Wires and catheters- properties and uses in interventions
  • Ultrasound use outside of vascular access for the pediatric surgeon
Learning Objectives
As a result of taking this course, participants will be able to:
  • Provide a description of the ultrasound machine and how to quickly and efficiently optimize image quality to ensure success in diagnosis or intervention
  • Demonstrate scanning techniques and describe ultrasound anatomy especially as it pertains to pediatric surgery
  • Explain and demonstrate skills for advanced ultrasound needle guidance in the pediatric population

Essentials of Surgical Critical Care Course

Spots are still available! Register on site in Palm Desert beginning May 2.

Friday, May 4
Time: 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Cost: APSA Member $400; Nonmember $500; APSA Resident Member $325; Resident Nonmember $375
Lunch is included.
Course Chair: Samir Gadepalli, MD
CME: 4 CME available
Target Audience: Current pediatric surgery fellows, interested pediatric surgeons who may benefit from having increased critical care skills
Maximum Attendance: 30 

Due to concerns for a deficit in knowledge and comfort with management of critically ill children, this course will provide a systematic training experience for pediatric surgeons and pediatric surgery fellows to supplement current curricula and training. The course will feature hands-on stations for scenario-based simulations as well as didactic sessions on key topics.

Learning Objectives for Interactive Didactic Sessions
As a result of attending these sessions, participants will be able to:

Sepsis and Antibiotic Therapy

  1. Recognize and describe the changes in the national guidelines for the diagnosis and management of sepsis and septic shock
  2. Comprehend and apply an algorithm for the timely management of pediatric sepsis, including fluid resuscitation, antibiotics, vasopressors, steroids
  3. Appreciate and explain the controversy and evidence behind adjunct modalities such as renal replacement therapy, therapeutic plasma exchange, intravenous immunoglobulin and ECMO

Neurotrauma and ICP Management

  1. Describe the approach to traumatic brain injury management including use of intracranial pressure monitoring
  2. Appreciate and apply knowledge of the availability of novel management strategies including the role of brain tissue oxygenation and transcranial Doppler
  3. Demonstrate how to anticipate, diagnose and manage post-traumatic seizures

Fluid Overload and Kidney Injury

  1. Appreciate and explain the diagnosis of fluid overload in the ICU and the morbidity associated
  2. Describe the disease processes commonly affected by fluid overload including acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), congenital diaphragmatic hernia, congenital heart disease and other surgical conditions
  3. Understand and explain the need for diuresis, treatment modalities to balance acute renal and respiratory failure, and indications for dialysis in the pediatric surgical patient

Learning Objectives for Hands-On Simulations
As a result of attending these sessions, participants will be able to: 

Airway Management and Bronchoscopy

  1. Identify airway compromise and indications for intubation, and to demonstrate the proper preparation for intubation, the ability to bag-mask ventilate (BVM), the act of laryngoscopy and endotracheal tube placement on airway models
  2. Identify the patient with a difficult airway and be aware of airway adjuncts that may assist in obtaining a difficult airway, as well as describe methods for establishing an airway when endotracheal intubation cannot be accomplished (can’t intubate, can’t ventilate)
  3. Describe airway anatomy and anatomical relationships, differences in children as compared to adults, and to demonstrate the ability to perform bronchoscopic airway inspection and basic diagnostic procedures utilizing the virtual bronchoscopy simulator

Ventilator Management

  1. Apply the basics of mechanical ventilation, including the characteristics of different modes of ventilation, and to identify technical problems that may be encountered in the ventilated patient in the intensive care unit or the operating room
  2. Understand and explain when to escalate to more invasive ventilator modes (APRV, HFOV), to demonstrate how to adjust these settings based on physiologic parameters, and be familiar with other adjuncts that may be used to assist with oxygenation and ventilation
  3. Identify when a patient is ready for ventilator weaning, and to demonstrate what is necessary for a safe and successful extubation

Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Circuit Management and Troubleshooting

  1. Understand and discuss the indications for ECMO, the different types of ECMO (veno-venous and veno-arterial), the equipment necessary for ECMO circuit and the types of pumps utilized
  2. Explain parameters necessary to monitor for the ECMO patient including ventilatory goals, pump flow rates, line pressures, temperature, antibiotics and anticoagulation
  3. Use case-based scenarios to identify and manage the complications of ECMO to include hypoxia, bleeding, hemolysis, circuit clotting, circuit failure, air embolism and circuit rupture

Residents Reception

Date: Friday, May 4
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Springs Ballroom D
Cost: Complimentary for general surgery residents and students attending the APSA 2018 Annual Meeting

Build your network and get insider knowledge on the pediatric surgery field. Interact with current fellows, program directors and pediatric surgeons who practice in both academic and private practice. Light refreshments will be served.

President's Reception and Banquet

Date: Saturday, May 5
Time: 6:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Location:  Reception is in the Desert Ballroom Foyer, and the Banquet is in Desert Ballroom 8.
Cost: One ticket is included in each APSA 2018 full and companion registration. Additional tickets are $150 USD per person and are available during registration and on site in Palm Desert.

Celebrate your profession and honor the year's award recipients. Attendees will savor a wonderful dinner customized by the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa chef especially for the President’s Banquet.

Your ticket includes dinner and limited complimentary wine service during dinner. Cash bar service will be available during the reception and will continue throughout the President’s Banquet.

Town Hall Meeting

Date: Sunday, May 6
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Weigh in on APSA's new strategic goals and the future and direction of your Association and the profession.