Dim Sum, Napa Wines, Hog Island Oysters, Maybe a Ferry Ride to Alcatraz—

  • Mariano, Edward, MD, MAS
| Feb 09, 2015

What’s not to like about a tax-deductible trip to San Francisco that includes CME credits?

On behalf of the CSA Educational Programs Division, I invite you to join us in San Francisco for the 2015 Annual Anesthesia Meeting & Workshops, to be held April 16–19.

As chair of this meeting, I set out to emphasize the most positive aspects of CSA education — access to experts, innovative teaching, and timely, relevant topics. We start on Thursday afternoon with three pre-conference workshops that will provide participants with hands-on, small-group teaching. 

Christopher Barnett, MD, MPH, teaching an ultrasound workshop at last year's Annual Meeting

The plenary lectures will be short, high-yield, and organized by subjects based on specialty interest, with a panel discussion at the end of each session to promote interaction between attendees and speakers.

In parallel with the lecture sessions, we will have small-group Problem-Based Learning Discussions (PBLDs) featuring some of the same expert faculty but focusing on case-based and practical take-home points. Lecture sessions and PBLDs covering similar subjects will never overlap, so attendees can plan their own personal subspecialty “learning tracks” during the meeting.

Some key topics featured at this meeting include the Perioperative Surgical Home, regional anesthesia in children, the future of medical education, changing the emphasis from volume to value in anesthesia, goal-directed fluid therapy and blood management, clinical pathways for joint replacement patients, genetics and pain, and much, much more!

Most importantly, this meeting happens to be in my “neck of the woods” — one of the greatest cities in the world, San Francisco, Calif. Here are a few things you may or may not have known about San Francisco:

San Francisco is the biggest little city. At just under 47 square miles and with more than 200,000 inhabitants, San Francisco is second only to New York City in terms of population density. Despite its relatively small size, “the City” (as we suburbanites refer to it) consists of many small neighborhoods, each with its own charm and character: Union Square, the Financial District, Pacific Heights, the Marina, Haight-Ashbury, Chinatown, Little Italy, Nob Hill, Russian Hill, SoMa (South of Market), the Fillmore, Japantown, Mission District, Noe Valley, Twin Peaks, Castro, Sunset, Tenderloin, and others. For this reason, San Francisco may arguably be the only option for die-hard New Yorkers who wish to relocate away from snow.

Sunrise view from the Hyatt Embarcadero

Even though it doesn’t snow, San Francisco weather is incredibly unpredictable, even when going from one side of the city to the other. “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco,” a quote often mistakenly attributed to Mark Twain (no one really knows who actually said it), is nevertheless often true. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, our local meteorologists provide daily forecasts for each of the region’s microclimates. The western side of the City along California’s coast is regularly plagued with fog while the eastern side of the City tends to be sunny most days of the year. It’s always a good idea to check the microclimate forecast before heading over to see the Golden Gate Bridge just in case it happens to be shrouded in fog. Also, average July temperatures in the City are in the 50s to 60s Fahrenheit (no different than average November temperatures), so summer tourists often contribute to the local economy by buying “SF” logo sweatshirts for their walk across the City’s most famous bridge.

Take a ride in one of San Francisco's famous cable cars!

San Francisco is very family-friendly. If you’re debating whether or not to make a family trip out of the CSA 2015 Annual Anesthesia Meeting & Workshopsmy advice is to do it. Right around the conference hotel, the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, there are a number of attractions and events worth checking out. Every Saturday there is a huge farmers’ market at the Ferry Building across the street from the hotel. As you’ve probably figured out, from the Ferry Building you can also take a ferry ride to a number of other destinations in the Bay Area (I recommend Sausalito, a short trip that takes you past Alcatraz). For kids, there are three parks within walking distance, plus the San Francisco Railway Museum, the Exploratorium, and the cable car turnabout at Powell and Market streets; trips to Fisherman’s Wharf or the Aquarium of the Bay are a short taxi or cable car ride away. In addition, runners will love running up and down the Embarcadero, which gives you a view of the Bay Bridge and takes you past the City’s many piers; shoppers will be in heaven; and foodies have an impossible decision to make when choosing the location for every meal (try Slanted Door at the Ferry Building at least once).

Enough about San Francisco — you’ll have to see it for yourself. To register for the CSA Annual Meeting click here. I hope to see you there!

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