American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists Vital Anesthesia Practice Optimization Review

69th Annual Convention & Conclave

September 25-28, 2021  |  Palm Beach, Florida

We are Back Bigger and Better than Ever - Join Us Live or On-Demand

AOCA is so excited to announce that VAPOR will be a live, in-person meeting, with limited capacity in compliance with current COVID restrictions in Palm Beach, Florida. We will continue to monitor the situation and make capacity adjustments as the county guidelines evolve. We thank you in advance for your flexibility if there is a sudden change.

Our attendees remain a priority during the ongoing pandemic, and we continue to respond with your needs at the forefront of our planning efforts. We recognize that every member’s situation is different, so AOCA is giving you a choice. For those of you who can travel -- we offer an amazing on-site venue and location. And for those who are unable to travel and want to participate and earn credits – there is a on-demand, virtual option.

We are excited to provide meeting attendees with up to 29 hours AOA category 1A and AMA category 1 credit. A phenomenal program has been planned that will engage all attendees and provide access to world-renowned presenters.

As Dana Darwish, DO, Program Chair, and the AOCA planning team prepares for this year’s meeting, we are encouraged by the opportunity to meet in person AND an opportunity to provide virtual content. We look forward to connecting with you September 25-28, 2021.

Who should attend VAPOR?

VAPOR, The AOCA Annual Convention & Conclave provides educational activities to physicians, residents, fellows, non Physician Allied Health professionals, medical students, and scientists.  AOCA supports a multi-disciplinary and inter-professional approach to continuing education and patient care by also providing relevant education for other healthcare professionals.

  • Physicians - DO & MD
  • Fellows/Residents/Students
  • Non-Physician Allied Health Professionals

Meet Our Keynote Speaker Jerome M. Adams, MD

Dr. Jerome Michael Adams is board certified anesthesiologist and a former Vice Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps who served as the 20th surgeon general of the United States from Sept 5, 2017 until Jan 20, 2021.

Meeting Highlights


  • Jerome M. Adams, MD -- Anesthesiologist & former United States Surgeon General
  • Richard Urman, MD, MBA, FASA -- Editor-In-Chief of the Journal, Perioperative Care and Operating Room Management (PCORM)
  • David McDonagh, MD -- Professor of Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Neurological Surgery, and Neurology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Director of the Division of Neuroanesthesiology
  • Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, FACOFP -- Dean & Chief Academic Officer of the proposed Minnesota College of Osteopathic Medicine (MNCOM) and Provost of the Minnesota Medical University
  • Karen Nichols, DO -- ACGME Board Chair, President Dean of the Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine from 2002 to 2018. 
  • Hank Chaudhry, DO, MACP -- CEO of the Federation of State Medical Boards


  • Living the Osteopathic Legacy: Dr. Karen Nichols, Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee and Dr. Hank Chaudhry
  • Living Through a Pandemic-Best Practice in Caring for COVID
  • Critical Care and Cardiac Anesthesiology Updates from Leading Experts
  • Paging an Anesthesiologist: Common Anesthesia Consults
  • Keep Your Skills Fresh for Regional Anesthesia
  • Chronic and International Pain Considerations
  • The Impact of Obesity on Your Care for Patients
  • All You Need to Know about ERAS
  • Scientific Poster Session
  • New this year! Problem Based Learning Discussions

Join us for a comprehensive clinical review and professional development symposium that prepares you for the challenges in the current anesthesia practice environment.  The presenters are nationally recognized speakers. This activity has been approved for AOA Category 1-A Credit. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.

"Worry Free" Registration - Cancel up until September 1st with no penalties.  AOCA encourages you to register for the conference TODAY.  If you need to cancel, you may do so before September 1, 2021, and receive a full refund or attend virtually.

Registration TypeEarly Registration until 8/1Late Registration after 8/1On-Demand
Member Physician$ 700$ 800$ 350
Non-Member Physicians$ 800$ 900$ 450
Retired Member$ 350$ 350$ 250
Non-Physician$ 550$ 650$ 250
Member Residents$ 100$ 150$ 50
Non-Member Residents$ 200$ 250$ 50
Medical Students$ 100$ 100$ 50

Accreditation Statement

PLEASE NOTE:  An OnDemand format of the program will be available September 27 - December 27, 2021, and available for continuing education credits.

AOA Accreditation*
The American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists designates this program for a maximum of up to 33.0 hours of AOA Category 1-A credits (credit hours broken down as 26.0 main conference, 4 ACLS, 3 PBLDs). The AOCA will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician's participation in this activity to the AOA.

AMA Accreditation
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and Well Assembled Meetings. 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.

Credit Designation Statement
Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 30.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM (credit hours broken down as 23.50 main conference, 4.00 ACLS, 3.00 PBLDs). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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