Allopathic and Osteopathic Residency Programs are invited to join an initiative to improve patient safety through resident airway education. Airway Management Education Center (AMEC) is making available a milestone- and evidence- based airway curriculum for use by residency programs. The curriculum can be used to teach a one-day airway course or to offer multiple airway sessions throughout the year.

AMEC also offers a complete one-day course to be held at the residency program’s location that is taught by AMEC faculty and organized by AMEC staff. This course can be customized to accommodate any number of residents and specialties.

Benefits of Participation

  • Patient Safety — Develop each resident’s ability to predict and manage the difficult airway, give them a plan B and C and help them avoid the pitfalls of inexperience.
  • Milestones — Help your residents achieve key airway milestones in a safe learning environment.
  • Definitive Education — Provide the best airway education available. Time-tested and physician-approved for over 20 years — now available for residents!
  • Faculty Development — Training for faculty included with membership!

Didactic and Hands-on Training

Core Topics

  • Foundational airway skills
  • Extraglottic devices
  • Video laryngoscopy
  • Surgical airway management
  • Code Airway™ stations and more!

Optional Topics

  • Flexible endoscopy
  • Pediatric airway management

This course should be a mandatory course for recent graduates and Emergency Department doctors.

Recent Attendee

By providing our residents with a 'hands-on' evidence-based approach to airway management, their education — and our patient's care — has been positively impacted.

Seth Krupp, MD Medical Director — Quality Henry Ford Health System

The course was extremely useful in helping to organize pathways to take during a difficult intubation.

Recent Attendee

Two Great Options for One Great Curriculum

The curriculum can be taught by your own faculty as a one-day airway course or you can offer multiple airway sessions throughout the year. Get maximum flexibility and affordability with this option!

Program Membership and Faculty Development
To be eligible to teach the curriculum, faculty must take The Difficult Airway Course and then participate in instructor training which takes place on-line and on-site before the first course. Upcoming Emergency Course Dates

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Residency Program Members will  receive on-going support from the AMEC National Course Directors and home office staff.  For example, AMEC will:

  • Provide evidence-based,  user-friendly curriculum and materials; and continuously improve course offering.
  • Provide web-based technology to facilitate course administration.
  • Provide on-going support through consultations and faculty education opportunities.
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Residency programs that wish to use the airway curriculum are required to appoint a Local Course Director. In addition, all faculty must attend The Difficult Airway Course and participate in faculty development activities before teaching.

Additional requirements:

  • Provide each course participant with a copy of the Walls Manual of Emergency Airway Management (print or VitalSource on-line and downloadable version) and The Airway Card™. Residency Programs can house multiple copies of the Manual in a library to fulfil this requirement.
  • Present a certificate of completion only to residents who have completed the entire curriculum. [Teaching the entire curriculum is not mandatory; any portion of the program may be used as long as it is clearly delineated as AMEC curriculum.]
  • Send the Local Course Director (or designee) to The Difficult Airway Course: Emergency every three years.
  • Pay a one-time initiation fee for access to course presentations, videos, student handouts, and instructor manual.
  • Pay an annual renewal fee for curriculum updates, new materials, faculty development opportunities and to retain access to the on-line course materials, ensuring that all materials used are current and reflect the latest evidence.
  • Fund one AMEC faculty member and one AMEC staff member to participate in teaching/coordination at the first course. This will cost $3,500 plus travel and hotel expenses.
  • Enter into a written agreement with Airway Management Education Center that articulates the details of this program.
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Membership Fees
Tier 1
(Up to 20 Residents)
Tier 2
(Up to 50 Residents)
Tier 3
(Unlimited Residents)
Initiation Fee (One-time)
Annual Renewal Fee
Materials Fees
Walls Manual of Emergency Airway Management (print with eBook code)
Walls Manual of Emergency Airway Management (VitalSource; on-line and downloadable)
The Airway Card™
Other Start-Up Fees
The Difficult Airway Course (Emergency or Critical Care)
$1,500 or $1,395
AMEC faculty and staff at first course
$3,500 plus travel and hotel

¹This rate is available to current members via promo code. Publisher retail price is $99.99.
²This on-line option is only available to members.
³This rate is only available to members. Retail price is $14.95.

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If you are interested in improving airway safety through resident education, please contact Jennifer Beightol, Director for Residency Programs at (860) 679 – 9285 or or submit the form on the right.


Interested? Let Us Know!

    As an alternative to the Membership Program, Residency Directors can simply host a one-day airway course for their residents. Airway Management Education Center will send faculty, logistics staff, and course materials to your hospital. Using your simulators and airway devices, we will run the complete program for you. Your residents will interact with our renowned, expert faculty and learn from their experiences.

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    Course Fee
    Up to 16 residents
    Up to 24 residents
    Up to 32 residents
    Please add $6,000 for each addition 8 participants.


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    If you are interested in hosting The Difficult Airway Course: Residency Edition, please contact Jennifer Beightol, Director for Residency Programs at (860) 679 – 9285 or or submit the form on the right.


    Interested? Let Us Know!


      [expand title=”What preparations must be undertaken by faculty before teaching?”]

      All faculty must take The Difficult Airway Course: Emergency or Critical Care and attend a faculty training session that normally takes place the evening before the first course. In addition to this, the Local Course Director must participate in an on-line orientation.


      [expand title=”Can a resident be on the faculty of The Difficult Airway Course: Residency Edition?”]

      Yes. Residents who meet the following criteria can teach: 1. Senior resident 2. Have 35 + intubations 3. Have taken The Difficult Airway Course: Emergency 4. Have some teaching experience.


      [expand title=”How recently does a faculty member need to have taken The Difficult Airway Course: Emergency before teaching the Residency Edition for the first time?”]

      Within the last three years. There is normally a critical mass of changes that accrue in that time period.


      [expand title=”What is the required faculty to resident ratio?”]

      We recommend a 1 to 6 faculty to resident ratio for the hands-on sessions and simulations. The maximum number of residents per faculty is 8.


      Contact Information

      Dave Caro, MD Residency Director
      Associate Professor
      University of Florida College of Medicine
      Jacksonville, Florida
      National Course Director
      Leslie V. Simon, DO, FAAEM Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
      Medical Director, Multidisciplinary Simulation Center
      Fellowship Director, Medical Simulation & Education
      Mayo Clinic Florida
      Jacksonville, Florida
      National Course Director
      Terry T. Steele Executive Director
      Airway Management
      Education Center
      (860) 679-9285
      Home Office