Program Overview

This workshop introduces gastric ultrasound (POC_US) technique and interpretation through didactic/case presentations and hands-on practice.

Gastric ultrasound is not just a reliable and validated tool, but an asset for practicing CRNAs. It is particularly useful in cases of unconfirmed fasting history, delayed gastric emptying due to GLP-1 agonist use, diabetic gastroparesis, and other conditions. This skill will empower attendees to objectively visualize gastric contents, enabling them to make informed decisions for appropriate risk stratification in anesthesia care.


Join us in our state-of-the-art facilities within the VCU College of Health Professions building.

VCU Department of Nurse Anesthesia 
College of Health Professions.
900 E. Leigh Street, Suite 3030
Richmond, VA 23298


The parking fee is included with registration. The VCU 8th Street Parking Deck is located across the street from our building at 659 N. 8th Street, Richmond, VA 23298.


Saturday, September 7, 2024

6:30 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.  Breakfast, Welcome, and Overview

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.  Ultrasound Basics and Gastric Anatomy Review


  • Explain ultrasound basics
  • Describe the anatomy of the stomach and nearby organs
  • Describe pulmonary aspiration: risks, M&M and treatment

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Ultrasound Equipment and Technique


  • Explain the indications and limitations of a gastric ultrasound examination
  • Describe the necessary equipment for a gastric ultrasound exam
  • Describe the proper technique for performing gastric ultrasound
  • Hands-on: Demonstrate live model scanning of the empty stomach

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Break

9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Imaging and Interpretation


  • Describe imaging findings associated with gastric contents, type, and estimate volume
  • Interpret the findings of gastric ultrasound examination
  • Hands-on: Demonstrate live model scanning after ingestion

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Risk and Application in Special Populations/Q&A


  • Summarize how gastric contents can determine the risk of pulmonary aspiration
  • Explain current application in specialty populations


Nicole Damico, PhD, CRNA, CHSE, FAANA

Herbert T. Watson Endowed Professor Chair and Associate Professor

VCU Nurse Anesthesia

Nicole Damico

Rebekah Carmel, PhD, CRNA

Assistant Professor,
Director of Clinical Education

VCU Nurse Anesthesia

Carmel headshot


Register now.

Saturday, September 7, 2024
Gastric Ultrasound Workshop - $625

Fee includes

  • Lecture and hands-on workshop components
  • Continental breakfast
  • Parking in VCU 8th Street Parking Deck

Early Bird - Register by July 30, 2024
Gastric Ultrasound Workshop - $525

Fee includes

  • Lecture and hands-on workshop components
  • Continental breakfast
  • Parking in VCU 8th Street Parking Deck

Cancellation & Refund Policies

You may cancel your registration up until August 7, 2024 to receive a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee. After that date, no refunds will be given. Cancellations must be received via email at

In the unlikely case that an event is cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments or unforeseen circumstances, the NAFA will fully refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including change or cancellation charges, to include but not limited to airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations.

AANA Prior Approved CE

This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology for 5.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1044583; Expiration Date 9/6/2025.