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Colorado Review of Anesthesia for Surgicenters & Hospitals (CRASH)

CRASH 2021 Announcement

Announcement on CRASH 2021

BucklinI’m Brenda Bucklin, the current course director for the Colorado Review of Anesthesia for Surgicenters and Hospitals, otherwise known as CRASH. We hope this finds you safe and well. 

Thank you to those of you who completed the recent survey we sent out related to CRASH 2021. We greatly value your opinion!  The survey results indicated that you all really want to be in Vail for this meeting and not participate in a virtual conference. Given this, and after many internal discussions, we’ve made the very difficult decision to cancel the CRASH 2021 Conference, scheduled to take place February 28-March 5, 2021. 

During the upcoming year, we’ll continue to communicate with you with updated event information and some teasers for the 2022 Conference.  In the 28 years the CRASH conference has taken place, this is unprecedented, but in the interest of everyone’s safety we feel that it’s the best decision. We will miss seeing you all in 2021, but we’ll be hard at work creating some exciting new programming for the 2022 conference, so stay tuned. 

Thank you for your past participation and please know how grateful we are to all of you, especially those of you who’ve been caring for critically ill COVID-19 patients in the front lines. Stay safe and be well.



CRASH is a week-long anesthesia conference starting Sunday evening and ending Friday morning. We have lectures in the morning and workshops or panels in the afternoons. We bring in top speakers from all throughout North America as well as using many of our own nationally renowned faculty. There are workshops to choose from including ultrasound and difficult airway management. In addition, we have specialized panels that cover a wide variety of topics. CRASH typically hosts over 250 physicians, nurse anesthetists, anesthesiology assistants, residents, and other health care providers, representing many countries as well as the USA. Over fifty percent of our participants return each year to gain the valuable knowledge offered at this conference!

The CRASH conference, located at the Vail Marriott at Lionshead Village, is family-friendly and enables attendees to obtain the most CME while still enjoying a plethora of outdoor activities within walking distance to the Gondola Ski Lift, very competitive room rates, and group rates on lift tickets.

Presented by University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology
Sponsored by University of Colorado School of Medicine, 
Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development

Why are there so many choices at CRASH?

Most mountain conferences have lectures in the morning and afternoon and not much else to offer. We offer lots of options for several reasons:

  1. Studies show that most people learn best using a variety of techniques; the least effective is sitting in a room while someone gives a lecture. That is still the best way to get a lot of information to a large group of people, but retention is limited. The most effective educational techniques include hands-on and interactive sessions with smaller groups..
  2. We are lucky to have an incredible faculty at the University of Colorado that includes many nationally and internationally renowned speakers, so we don’t invite many guest speakers.
  3. Participants have different needs and interests; being able to offer choices helps improve patient outcomes by catering to different peoples education gaps.
  4. Lectures after a hard day on the mountain can be challenging to keep participants engaged. We offer hands-on workshops and panel discussions to create a dynamic learning environment at the end of the day.  

Future CRASH Conference Dates

Downtown in Winter
CRASH 2021

CRASH 2022
Feb 27-March 4, 2022

CRASH 2023
Feb 26-March 3, 2023