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SPAQI Perioperative Medicine Certificate Program

SPAQI Perioperative Management: Core Knowledge Certificate

We are not currently accepting applications for the program due to summer program updates. Please check back again in August for information on how to apply.

We are excited to announce a new program for SPAQI members designed to provide core knowledge essentials for those new to preoperative evaluation and management and/or those looking to update their knowledge base.  This asynchronous program includes twenty educational sessions from fifteen experts who provide up to date information regarding best practice in preoperative optimization and perioperative management. Upon completion of the video series, there is an examination to assess knowledge and provide continuing education for those with a passing score on a post-session test. A SPAQI certificate will be presented to everyone who completes the course and the final exam.  This is a way to demonstrate competency and expertise in this unique subspecialty!

HOW: This will be offered as an asynchronous, 100% virtual learning opportunity that can be accessed on the individuals timeline. The clinician will have access to the video content for three months with a total of 6 months to complete the examination with a passing score of 80% or higher. 

WHO: This program is offered to SPAQI members who are actively practicing clinicians (APP and MD/DO level) - in perioperative medicine such as preoperative clinic. Applicants must have a letter of recommendation from a supervisor or chief confirming  current or anticipated (for new hires) clinical practice in a preoperative clinical setting. Only active SPAQI members may participate at this time.

Topics to Include:

  1. Introduction to the Basics Program:  Preoperative Evaluation: Roles and Expectations
  2. Anesthesia for Non-Anesthesiologists
  3. Basic Diagnostic Testing 
  4. Medication Management I. and II.
  5. Ischemic Cardiac Disease Risk Assessment & Management
  6. Anemia Management 
  7. Nonischemic Cardiac Disease Assessment & Management 
  8. Liver Disease Management 
  9. Geriatric-Specific Preoperative Evaluation 
  10. Thrombotic Risk Assessment and Management 
  11. Endocrine Disease Management 
  12. Renal Disease Management 
  13. Pulmonary Risk Assessment & Management 
  14. Neurologic Disease Management  
  15. Substance Use Disorder 
  16. Chronic Pain Management and Opioid use disorder 
  17. Managing Vulnerable populations   
  18. Anticoagulation Management 
  19. Preoperative Considerations in the Pediatric patient 
  20. Preoperative considerations in the pregnant patient 


Angela F. Edwards, MD, DFPM, FASA
Program Director
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist
Winston-Salem, NC