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2018 Annual Spring Meeting
Chico Hot Springs Resort
Paradise Valley, Montana
April 12-14, 2018


Meeting Venue
The meeting will be held 60 miles (1 hour) from the Bozeman airport, in the heart of Montana's Paradise Valley (featured in the 1992 film, A River Runs Through It). The venue is Chico Hot Springs Resort ( Here, the AHA has reserved a limited number of conventional hotel rooms that should be reserved by calling the front desk (406-333-4933). Please mention that you are reserving a room in the AHA block. The deadline for reserving AHA-designated rooms is March 13, 2018.

Schedule Outline
Thursday, April 12. In the afternoon. bus service will transport attendees from Chico Hot Springs to a pre-meeting event the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman. This private, after-hours event will Include food, drink, and lecture.
Friday, April 13. A full day of AHA meeting presentations are featured. Meals will be provided by the Chico Dining Room. The evening will include a reception, dinner, and lecture.
Saturday, April 14. Following breakfast, AHA meeting presentations will resume and continue until noon. In the afternoon, bus service will be provided for a day trip into Yellowstone National Park (40 minutes away).

Abstract Submission
Abstracts are invited for presentation at the meeting. Abstracts should be one page in length and relate to some historical aspect of anesthesiology, pain medicine, or critical care medicine. Submitted abstracts will be evaluated and accepted on a rolling basis. Accepted abstracts will be scheduled for 20-minute, podium-style oral presentations at the meeting and published in the Journal of Anesthesia History ( The deadline for abstract submission is February 28, 2018. Details regarding abstract submission can be found here.

AHA members (before February 28, 2018)$350 per person
AHA member guests (before February 28, 2018)$300 per person
Non-AHA members and guests (before February 28, 2018)$400 per person
Students, residents, and fellows (before February 28, 2018)$200 per person
An addtional $50 fee will be charged for all registrations after February 28th. Payment can be made to Anesthesia History Association using check, credit card, or PayPal.

To register online click here.

Continuing medical education application has been submitted; approval is pending.
Objectives of the meeting are to:
1. Describe and identify historical aspects of anesthesia and other medical techniques and their relationship to modern-day practice.
2. Explain the history of important medical discoveries as they relate to present day issues.
3. Identify contributions made by individuals to the development of anesthesia.

Details of Highlights
Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa
Established in 1900, 'Chico' is a Montana tradition. The resort is on the National Register of Historic Places and has rightly been deemed "Quintessential Montana" (Magic City Magazine, October/November 2016). The venue offers accommodations from very affordable shared-bath rooms (as inexpensive as $61/night) to private luxury cabins. Although the AHA has a designated block of reserved rooms, attendees are encouraged to take advantage of the atypically-wide selection of lodging options (see for details). Meals during the meeting will be prepared by the award-winning Chico Dining Room, which is widely regarded as one of the finest restaurants in the state. The resort enjoys naturally heated geothermal spring water that is used to fill two unchlorinated open-air mineral water swimming pools (see: 15 of the Best Natural Hot Springs You Can Find Around the Country. Reader's Digest, August 3, 2017). A full-service spa complements other available leisure activities, which include fishing, sporting clays, and horseback riding.

Museum of the Rockies
A premier destination in Montana, the MOR ( is rated by TripAdvisor as #1 of 60 things to do in Bozeman. True to its location, it features one of the largest collections of dinosaur fossils in the world. museum_of_the_rockies

Yellowstone National Park As the first national park in the world, Yellowstone generally needs no introduction. An underappreciated aspect of 'The Park' (as it is termed by locals) is the tremendously seasonal nature of visitation. With elevations typically over 7,000 feet above sea level, it should come as no surprise that around 70% of visitors to Yellowstone see the park between the Memorial and Labor Day holidays. The only road kept open year-round in Yellowstone goes through the Gardiner entrance, Mammoth Hot Springs, upper Grand Loop Road to Tower Junction, and Highway 212 into the Lamar Valley (and on to Cooke City). The Paradise Valley provides optimal access to the park in April. Spring is prime time for wildlife viewing in Yellowstone. Common sights - particularly in the vibrant Lamar Valley - include bear, wolves, elk, and bison (with their young).

Helpful Notes
Travel Arrangements Attendees travelling by air should plan to arrive in Bozeman (the 'Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport'). Connections are generally excellent into Montana's busiest airport, with seasonal non-stop flights from many major US cities. A variety of major rental car options are available at the airport.

Montana weather in April Hopes are high for excellent weather during the 2018 AHA meeting! However, 'capriciously unpredictable' might be the best way to describe springtime weather in the Paradise Valley! During the week of April 9-15, 2017, daily high temperatures were anywhere between 33 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit (and precipitation included trace amounts of snow). Fortunately, Chico is a year-round resort that anticipates such eventualities and presents various activities regardless of the weather. Attendees are naturally advised to plan for possible inclimate weather (i.e. dress in "layers")!

Return Departure Plans Morning flights departing Montana often leave very early (6:00 a.m. or earlier). If attendees wish to schedule early morning flights, they are advised to consider accommodations for the night before departure that are close to the airport (i.e. Bozeman or Belgrade).

Working Group
Hosts:Dr. Brian and Molly Harrington
Directors:Brian Harrington, MD
Seth Jacob, MD
Planning:Raymond C. Roy MD - 2018 AHA President
Manisha Desai MD
Gallatin Valley Anesthesia Associates
Abstracts Editor: Stephen Dierdorf MD

For additional information regarding the 2018 Annual Anesthesia History Association Spring Meeting, please contact the 2018 AHA Meeting Host, Brian Harrington, MD, at: