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Colorado Review of Anesthesia for Surgicenters & Hospitals (CRASH)

SAVE THE DATE! The 2022 CRASH Conference will take place February 27-March 4, 2022. More details will be posted here as they become available. Questions? Contact Chrissie Butz at



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