4th International Tracheostomy Symposium - GTC 2018 (RP1802A)

Dallas, TX US
February 2, 2018 to February 3, 2018

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This activity is designed to educate and enlighten those involved in the care of patients with tracheostomies with a focus on quality improvement, and patient safety. Participants are expected to develop an understanding of the landscape of quality and patient safety efforts ongoing on an international stage with a focus on multidisciplinary efforts.   The format will focus on active discussions leveraging the knowledge of participants as well as the feature speakers and content experts.  Didactic sessions will be de-emphasized to encourage more active discussions and learning experiences.  The conference will include: (1.)  a Global Tracheostomy Collaborative introduction and a discussion around tracheostomy care internationally,  (2.) a Patient and Family Session and a concurrent session covering practical approaches to implementing tracheostomy quality improvement efforts, (3.) a scientific session will showcase scholarly work around tracheostomy and patient safety and finally, (4.) interactive discussions around excellence in tracheostomy care. 

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Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians and allied healthcare professionals (nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, speech language pathologists) from anesthesia and critical care medicine, emergency medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, pulmonology, interventional pulmonology, and surgical specialties including otolaryngology, general surgery, pediatric surgery, and trauma surgery. This activity is also intended to include patients with tracheostomies or laryngectomies and their family members and caregivers.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to link the educational objectives to Core Competencies (Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-Based Learning, Communication, Professionalism, System Based Practice, Interdisciplinary Teams, Quality Improvement, and Informatics) and be able to:

  • Identify the elements crucial to high quality tracheostomy care.
  • Discuss strategies shown to improve the quality and safety of tracheostomy care in other institutions. 
  • Explain the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach to tracheostomy care.
  • Discuss elements to being an effective agent of change in advocating for improvements at an institutional level.
  • Describe effective methods to disseminating information and engaging patients, families and staff in education around tracheostomy care.
  • Discuss the advantages of standardizing tracheostomy care and implementing tracheostomy care protocols and guidelines. 
  • Identify metrics used to benchmark tracheostomy care internationally.
  • Describe strategies that have been utilized to improve metrics such as patient satisfaction, length of stay, readmission rates, and adverse events.
  • Identify opportunities for improvement at his/her institution related to tracheostomy care. 
  • Describe the benefits of participating in a global multidisciplinary effort to improve patient care. 


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 13.75 AMA
  • 13.75 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
02/02/2018 - 7:30am CST
Event ends: 
02/03/2018 - 5:00pm CST
Renaissance Dallas Hotel
2222 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
United States


A block of rooms is being held at:  
Renaissance Dallas Hotel
2222 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, Texas 75207
Phone: (214) 631-2222

We have secured a group rate of $129 + tax. To assure your reservation, please call the Central Reservations Office, at (800) 468-3571 or direct (214) 631-2222 and identify yourself as a participant in the “UTSW-International Tracheostomy Symposium” to be eligible for the group rate. Reservations may also be made online at

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**Please note: This rate is only guaranteed until room block is full.  Reservations received after January 12, 2018 are subject to space and group rate availability.

Course Director:

Eric Gantwerker, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Otolaryngology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas
Michael Brenner, MD, FACS
Associate Professor
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
University of Michigan School of Medicine
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Rebecca Brooks, MSN, RNC-NIC, PCNS-BC
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Center for Pulmonology
Children's Medical Center
Dallas, Texas


Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of hte Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of UT Southwestern Medical Center, the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative and Children's Health. UT Southwestern Medical Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical educaiton for physicians.

UT Southwestern Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Credit Designations

Children’s Health is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association-Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Contact hours will be awarded.
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Program accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME. Physician Assistants may receive a maximum of 13.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits for completing this program.
Application has been made to the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) for continuing education contact hours for respiratory therapists.
Application will be made to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for continuing education hours for speech language pathologists.
UT Southwestern Medical Center has approved this activity for 13.75 contact hours for non-physicians.

Available Credit

  • 13.75 AMA
  • 13.75 Attendance


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Please note that online registration for this course has been closed. Onsite registration will be available.


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  1. Create an account in EthosCE, online learning management system, by selecting the "create an account" link at the bottom of the page or "log-in" to your existing account.
  2. Return to this course page, select the designated fee and click on "add to cart" 
  3. In the following "checkout" pages you will verify and process your payment.
  4. After registration is completed, a confirmation will be sent by email.
Registration Fees
Registration TypeEarly Bird by 12/21/17Post-12/21/17
Advanced Practice Providers and Fellows$325$350
Nurses, Speech Language Pathologists, Respiratory Therapists, Residents$300$325
Advanced Practice Providers, Fellows, Nurses, Speech Language Pathologists, Respiratory Therapists, Residents$175/day$200/day

Patients and/or Families (For up to 2 people, $25 for each additional)

Wine and Cheese Friday Night Reception Ticket$50$50


Due to low response, Live Streaming Options are no longer available.

Refund Policy

A $25 handling fee will be deducted from cancellation refunds. Refund requests must be received by email prior to January 26, 2018.

No refunds will be made thereafter.