Upcoming Dates

August 20, 2019
December 3, 2019


Course Director: 

Jason Snyder MD, FACS
ssistant Professor of Surgery
Section of Acute and Critical Care Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine

Participants in BEST learn endovascular techniques such as arterial access and resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) to temporize life-threatening hemorrhage. The course offers hands-on training with perfused cadavers including ultrasound guided common femoral arterial (CFA) access, percutaneous and open cannulation of the CFA, and CFA repair. 

Program Overview

  • To demonstrate indications for Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA)
  • To demonstrate access and closure of common femoral artery
  • To demonstrate tools required for REBOA
  • To demonstrate technique of REBOA
Target Audience

The following practitioners are eligible to take the BEST Course and receive a certificate of completion and CME credits:  Trauma/Acute Care Surgeons (trauma, emergency general surgery); Trauma/Acute Care Surgery Fellows; Active duty military Emergency Medicine physicians; EM physicians with board certification in critical care or credentialed to perform advanced arterial access procedures (ECMO, IABP); Surgeons (or fellows) in any specialty who are active duty military and perform the duties of a trauma/general surgeon when deployed; Surgeons (or fellows) in any surgical specialty who may encounter life-threatening hemorrhage (vascular, pediatric, surgical oncology, hepatobiliary, transplant, etc.); Surgery residents, fellows, or attendings from outside the US in any specialty; Interventional Radiologists, Interventional Cardiologists

The following practitioners are eligible to audit the BEST Course: General Surgery residents; Anesthesiologists with or without critical care certification; OB/GYN physicians who care for high-risk patients, GYN oncologists, and others who may encounter severe hemorrhage; EM physicians (attendings/residents/fellows) without critical care board-certification; First responders including EMT, BLS providers; Anesthesia staff, OR support staff, Emergency Room staff


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Credit

The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 4 credits meet the requirements for Self-Assessment.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 4 credits meet the requirements for Trauma.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 4 credits meet the requirements for Surgical Critical Care.

For more information:

Gay Sellers
Phone: (314) 362-1272
Email: sellersgj@wustl.edu