SKMC Office of Continuing Medical Education
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can we perform other procedures on cadavers that are not formally included in course?
The course focuses on airway procedures and does not allow for the placement of central lines, chest tubes, thoracotomies, etc. the cadavers are designated for other uses/procedures once the lab concludes.
- Are there vegetarian, kosher, or Halal options for lunch?
A group luncheon is provided on both days. There are vegetarian selections on both days, but no kosher nor Halal food is available. Participants do not need to stay with group during lunch and can eat on their own. If you do decide on lunch on your own, the conference resumes at 1:15 on Thursday and the Lab will resume at 1:15 on Friday.
- How much time should I leave for getting to BWI Airport from the lab on day 2?
Without traffic the trip usually only requires 30 minutes. It is recommended that you give yourself an hour plus whatever additional time you will need in advance of your flight. The surgical airway procedures on day two concludes at 3:30 pm. There are bathrooms but no showers at the cadaver lab. There are also small lockers, but there is no space to store baggage at the lab.
- Is there parking at the cadaver lab? What should I do with my car on day 2? What about my bags?
We suggest you leave your vehicle at the Hampton Inn. The Hampton Inn is only a few blocks from the cadaver lab, and it is easier to park there than to move your vehicle to another parking facility. The group meets in the lobby at the Hampton Inn at 7:45 AM to walk together to the cadaver lab in the morning on day 2. It is a restricted access facility and it would be very difficult to have participants go individually to the lab. There are small lockers for coats, but no dedicated space for baggage at the cadaver lab. It is best to leave large luggage at the Hampton Inn and return there after the lab finishes.
- Does the cadaver lab provide scrubs?
No. The lab has personal protective equipment, but participants must bring their own scrubs. We strongly advise participants to not wear regular clothes or heavy single-layered clothing. With PPE it is easy to get over-heated and be uncomfortable.
- Are there group discounts?
Yes. Groups with ten or more persons over the course of the year should contact the Jeff CME office (1-888) JEFF-CME to arrange a 10% discount.
- In case of emergency, can I cancel and attend another course?
The refund and cancellation policy is defined in the course brochure. Last minute cancellations cannot be refunded, since the course has already paid the expenses of acquiring the cadavers and it is often difficult to fill a last minute open spot. It is OK to switch out participants as long as the Jeff CME office is contacted. Cancellations far in advance of a course entail a minimal registration penalty. If a last minute cancellation occurs, it may be possible on an ad-hoc basis to have the participant attend, as an add-on, to another course. This may mean, however, that they will not have guaranteed access to a fresh neck for a surgical airway, since we will be exceeding the number of regular attendees for the planned number of cadavers.
- Is it guaranteed that there will be 18 bodies for 18 participants? Will I get a fresh neck to do a surgical airway?
We don't control the final number of specimens provided. In 95% of courses we have had a 1:1 cadaver to paying participant ratio. 18 cadavers are requested each month. In addition to course attendees, there are between 2 and 5 resident physicians at every course, affiliated with the course faculty. The residents practice procedures fitting into the gaps between course participants as we go around the room on the 18 specimens. Given the large number of specimens this has historically not been a problem in terms of crowding. Residents are told to let the participants perform surgical procedures first, before practicing at a different level on the neck. On rare occasion some of the specimens we are provided will have had a prior surgical airway. If this is the case, participants will use a different level of the trachea to perform a surgical airway, instead of the cricothyroid membrane.