Pediatric Difficult Airway Management Course

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Date & Location
Friday, May 18, 2018, 6:30 AM - Saturday, May 19, 2018, 5:00 PM, Center for Life Sciences, 3 Blackfan Circle, Boston, MA


This is a multidisciplinary ‘advanced’ hands-on pediatric airway management course intended for practitioners from Anesthesia, Critical Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Otolaryngology. The two day course will combine didactic lectures, hands-on workshops, interactive real-life case discussions and high fidelity simulated multidisciplinary code scenarios. 

The course content will cover the approach to a critical pediatric airway, and will include:

  • Airway assessment, identification and management of children with anatomically challenging airways and physiologic derangements
  • Hands-on emergent surgical airway access, training with basic and advanced techniques and devices for oxygenation and intubation

Didactic lectures will be given by experts in the field and cover topics such as airway maldevelopment and anatomy, assessment of the pediatric airway, pharmacology to facilitate critical airway access, and management of airways with difficult physiology (e.g. cardiac, trauma, sepsis). 

Workshops will be facilitated each day by experts and will include hands on sessions using BCH SimPeds mannequins and equipment such as direct laryngoscopy, videolaryngoscopy, glidescopes, intubating LMAs, flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy, and rigid bronchoscopies. Supraglottic airways and surgical airway access are examples of the skills that will be included in the daily workshop sessions. 

Following the workshops on each day, participants will participate in high fidelity scenarios followed by group debriefings. These sessions will use state-of-the-art simulations designed by the Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program (SIMPeds) using real hospital settings and cutting edge airway devices, facilitated by leaders in the field of pediatric airway management. The scenarios will emphasize the stepwise approach to an evolving airway emergency, team work and crisis resource management.

Case discussions included in this course will give participants the opportunity to discuss and work through real-life scenarios contributed by experts and participants. 

Target Audience

The content of this course is intended for practitioners of critical care medicine, emergency medicine, otolaryngology, and anesthesia.  
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Describe the anatomic and physiologic characteristics of infants and children relevant to airway management.
  2. State the paramount importance of oxygenation and demonstrate familiarity with techniques and devices used to maintain oxygenation during airway management.
  3. Practice with specialized equipment and techniques used to secure a difficult airway in pediatric patients.
  4. Apply an algorithmic approach to difficult airway management specific to the pediatric patient.
  5. Integrate skills and knowledge in simulated scenarios of difficult pediatric airway management.
  • Physicians: $750.00
  • Fellows: $500.00

Registration and Refund Policy

  • Registration by credit card can be made by clicking the register button above.
  • Registration by check (draft on a United States bank): please make payable to Boston Children’s Hospital and contact the CME Department at to discuss payment.
  • Telephone, fax, or cash payments for registration are not accepted.  

Upon receipt of your paid registration, an email confirmation from the Boston Children’s office will be sent to you. Be sure to include an email address that you check frequently. Your email address is used for critical information, including registration confirmation, evaluation and certificate.

Fifty-percent (50%) refunds will be issued for all cancellations received prior to the start of the course. Refund requests must be received by postal mail, email or telephone. “No shows” are subject to the full course fee, and no refunds will be issued once the conference has started.


In support of improving patient care, Boston Children's Hospital 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.

Boston Children’s Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

Disclosure policy

Boston Children's Hospital adheres to all ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies. It is Boston Children’s policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that Boston Children's may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.