AIA Advanced Cadaver Course

Injector Training in Clinically Relevant Anatomy

Anatomy is more than an image on a page. Through injector-specific lecture topics and hands-on cross-sectional dissection, gain practical knowledge of facial anatomy including:

✓ The role depth plays in injection safety in different areas of the face;
✓ How different facial structures can help guide where you inject for the best results;
✓ The way different filler products behave beneath the skin to inform which product you use where.

Safety Is More Than Skin Deep

Safe, confident injections come from a deep understanding of facial anatomy. See beneath the surface with a hands-on cadaver dissection lab and a live in-person introduction to ultrasound for injectors. This two-day medical aesthetic training course will help established and advanced injectors take the next leap in skill and safety.

This facial aesthetics anatomy and technique course features:

✓A hands-on cadaver lab giving attendees a 3-D understanding of facial anatomy;
✓A detailed panel diving deep into addressing filler complications;
✓Focus on common areas of concern including tear troughs, temple and jaw;
✓Classroom instruction on facial anatomy specifically related to injectable treatments;
✓An introduction to using ultrasound for injectables.

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The Academy for Injection Anatomy Advanced Cadaver Course is approved for 13 CME hours for physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice registered nurses and registered nurses.

The Academy for Injection Anatomy Advanced Cadaver Course is approved for 13 CME hours for physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice registered nurses and registered nurses.

  • Academy for Injection Anatomy
  • February 2-4, 2024 Kansas City
  • “This activity is jointly provided by Global Education Group and American Med Spa Association.”
  • global education group
  • This activity is supported by an educational, in-kind grant of dermal fillers, provided by AbbVie, Galderma and Merz.

Target Audience

The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in the treatment of patients with undergoing medical aesthetic procedures.

Statement of Need/Program Overview

The sessions are designed to increase participants knowledge and competence and give them techniques that can be directly applied to their performance in their practice to increase positive patient outcomes and avoid complications using the latest advances in treatment.

Educational Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Identify the anatomical areas prone to adverse events if neurotoxin or dermal fillers are injected improperly
  • Recognize the three-dimensional architecture of the face as it related to facial injection procedures
  • Cite the rheological properties in Hyaluronic Acid (HA) fillers
  • Discuss the complications from dermal filler injections
  • Outline the topographic vascular anatomy of the facial artery and the superficial temporal artery
  • Describe the ligamentous and layered anatomy of the temple, tear trough, midface, lips, and jawline
  • Discuss the fat compartments of the face relative to facial injection procedures including the unique behavior of the deep and superficial fat compartments during the aging process
  • Describe the layered anatomy of the nose with particular emphasis on the SMAS (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System) and the vasculature
  • Identify potential risk factors of patients to minimize filler complications
  • Demonstrate how to use ultrasound to evaluate an aesthetic patient
  • Recognize how to identify various tissues (skin, muscle, fat, bone, vessels) with ultrasound

Program Agenda

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Physician Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Global Education Group (Global) and American Med Spa Association. Global is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit Designation

Global Education Group designates this live show for a maximum of 13 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ANCC accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Nurses may receive a maximum of 13 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Global Contact Information

For information about the accreditation of this program, please contact Global at 303-395-1782 or

Instructions for Obtaining Credit

In order to receive credit, participants must complete the Live activity. Participants must also complete the final evaluation. An evaluation link will be emailed to you after the event has ended. Certificates will be emailed within 2 to 3 weeks from the event end. If expedited certificates are needed, please contact Lauren Sinclair, Global Education Group at

    System Requirement (not required if attendees do not need to use technology)

    1.4 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or faster processor (or equivalent)
    Windows 10, 8.1 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
    512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended)

    Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 or later, Windows Edge browser, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome

    For HTML Client – Google Chrome (v70.0 & above), Mozilla Firefox (v65.0 & above), and Edge (v42.0 & above)

    1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo or faster processor
    512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended)
    MAC OS X 10.12, 10.13 and 10.14

    Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome

    For HTML Client – Google Chrome (v70.0 & above), Apple Safari (v12.0 & above), and Mozilla Firefox (v65.0 & above)

    Fee Information& Refund/Cancellation Policy

    • All registration fees are in U.S. dollars. Registrations will NOT be processed without full payment.
    • No refunds: all sales are final. In cases of emergency (as determined by AmSpa) that prevent you from attending the event, your AmSpa account can be credited the amount of your registration. This credit can be used toward any future AmSpa hosted event within one year of the date of the original registered event. Cancellation made less than 10 days prior to the event will be subject to a $150 fee per registrant. In the event AmSpa cancels the Medical Spa Show or experiences a force majeure event beyond AmSpa’s control that prohibits the event from taking place in any fashion, AmSpa may, at their sole discretion issue refunds or credits to all attendees.

    Disclosures of Relevant Financial Relationships

    Global Education Group (Global) adheres to the policies and guidelines, including the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited CE, set forth to providers by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and all other professional organizations, as applicable, stating those activities where continuing education credits are awarded must be balanced, independent, objective, and scientifically rigorous. All persons in a position to control the content of an accredited continuing education program provided by Global are required to disclose all financial relationships with any ineligible company within the past 24 months to Global. All financial relationships reported are identified as relevant and mitigated by Global in accordance with the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited CE in advance of delivery of the activity to learners. The content of this activity was vetted by Global to assure objectivity and that the activity is free of commercial bias.

    All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

    Faculty Disclosures

    George Baxter-Holder, DNP, ARNP, CANS

    Consulting Fee (e.g., Advisory Board): Allergan, Galderma, Alastin

    Stock Options Holder: (Individual stocks/Stock options; diversified mutual funds do not need to be disclosed): Rion Aesthetics

    Christopher Surek, D.O., FACS

    Consulting Fee (e.g., Advisory Board): Galderma, Allergan, Revance, Cyprus Medical

    Michelle Doran, MSN, APRN, BC, CANS

    Nothing to disclose

    Steven Weiner, MD

    Consulting Fee (e.g., Advisory Board): Galderma

    Contracted Research (Principal Investigators must provide information, even if received by the institution): Galderma

    Honoraria: Clarius Mobile Health

    Speakers' Bureau: Clarius Mobile Health, Galderma, Tixel

    The planners and managers at Global Education Group have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

    The planners and managers at American Med Spa Association have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

    Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

    This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Global Education Group (Global) and American Med Spa Association do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

    The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization associated with this activity. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


    Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

    Why Attend

    "We learn a lot of anatomy in books throughout our careers but this has been a really good experience in translating the books into real life."

    Iris Graham, PA, Owner, Millefiori Skin Care

    "I do not believe that any injector should be practicing on a live patient until they are actually able to dissect a face and look at the anatomy."

    Stephanie Porter, ANP-C, Owner, Tenth Avenue Aesthetics


    As an injector I think we all sometimes get lost in what product to use, what area, what technique, what depth and this course has covered all of that so eloquently.

    Shelby Miller, APRN, DNP

    Owner, Ruma Medical Aesthetics


    The cadaver lab was great. We had the opportunity to work closely in small groups, hands-on. As injectors we all get into what we like to do on a day-to-day basis and hearing other perspectives and integrating them into my practice has been amazing.

    Gretchen Frieling, MD

    Owner, GFaceMD


    Coming into this I have been pleasantly surprised at the different methods that were taught and different approaches that were taken in showing us the anatomy that I have never seen before. Even if you work in an area that you think you're familiar with the anatomy it's important to consider taking this course because you'll definitely learn something new.

    Lily Nizam, PA-C

    Owner, Alabama Surgical Arts


    I've taken a lot of courses, and this is the most beneficial course that I've taken. It not only explains all of the anatomical structures we interact with as injectors, but also the filler that we should use and why for the different areas of the face.

    Mary Moosavi, APRN, CRNA, DNP

    Owner, Dream Aesthetics


    The hands-on cadaver course experience was like walking into a dream for a nurse injector. It gives you such a respect and appreciation of the deep anatomy, especially in the cross-sectional portion to show you how to be safe and to get the best outcomes.

    Victoria Senyk, RN, LE

    Owner, Aesthetics Temple (North Shore)


    Dr. Surek and all of his co-faculty are so knowledgeable and so patient and encouraging and I'm leaving here feeling extremely empowered and ready to take my learning back to my practice.

    Kacie Avey, RN, CANS

    Founder, Taylor Aesthetics Medical Spa



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    AIA injection training is limited to medical practitioners holding state licenses of Registered Nurse (RN) and above (RN, APRN, PA, MD/DO).

    Please contact us directly if you have questions.

    Dates & Locations

    February 3 - 4, 2024 (Sold Out!)

    Kansas City, MO
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    2101 Central Street, Kansas City, MO 64108

    AmSpa Group Rate:  The AmSpa room block is now closed. You can still book at the best available rate online. If you need assistance, please contact Maren Finn at

    Crossroads is a thoughtful reimagining of the Pabst Brewing Depot, built in 1911. A time when Percheron horse-drawn teams paraded the streets with wagons loaded with beer. Found in the heart of the Arts District, The Crossroads is flawlessly located to explore all the city has to offer. Crossroads hotel is 18 miles from Kansas City International Airport. Overnight valet parking is $30/day and day use parking is $14/day.

    July 26 - 28, 2024

    Houston, TX
    Registration Closes: Registration Closes July 17, 2024
    Early Bird Registration Closes: Early Bird Registration Ends June 25, 2024
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    September 20 - 22, 2024

    New York, NY
    Registration Closes: Registration Closes September 11, 2024
    Early Bird Registration Closes: Early Bird Registration Closes August 19, 2024
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    October 18 - 20, 2024

    Nashville, TN
    Registration Closes: Registration Closes October 9, 2024
    Early Bird Registration Closes: Early Bird Registration Ends September 17, 2024
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    November 8 - 10, 2024

    Orlando, FL
    Registration Closes: Registration Ends October 30, 2024
    Early Bird Registration Closes: Early Bird Registration Ends October 7, 2024
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    Day 1 - Friday

    6:00 PM ~ 7:30 PM
    Friday Kickoff Networking Reception

    Meet other medical aesthetic professionals attending the Advanced Cadaver Course as well as the Medical Spa Boot Camp and the Ultrasound Fundamentals for the Aesthetic Injector training.

    Features a full open bar and passed hors d'oeuvres.

    Speakers: Sponsored by Allergan

    Day 2 - Saturday

    7:30 AM ~ 8:00 AM
    8:00 AM ~ 8:40 AM
    Global Approach to Facial Anatomy for the Injector

    Speakers: Christopher C. Surek , DO, FACS

    8:40 AM ~ 9:10 AM
    Facial Assessment for the Injector

    Speakers: Christopher C. Surek , DO, FACS

    9:10 AM ~ 10:25 AM
    Anterior Midface - Facial Vasculature/Pyriform Injections

    Speakers: Christopher C. Surek , DO, FACS

    10:25 AM ~ 10:40 AM
    Lateral Midface - Cheek Projection and Tear Trough

    Speakers: Christopher C. Surek , DO, FACS

    10:40 AM ~ 11:10 AM
    11:10 AM ~ 11:55 AM
    Temple, Forehead and Peri-orbital Rejuvenation

    Speakers: Christopher C. Surek , DO, FACS Steven F. Weiner , MD

    11:55 AM ~ 12:40 PM
    Anterior and Posterior Jawline

    Speakers: Christopher C. Surek , DO, FACS

    12:40 PM ~ 1:00 PM
    reJAWvenation Anatomy and Technique

    Speakers: Christopher C. Surek , DO, FACS Steven F. Weiner , MD

    1:00 PM ~ 1:50 PM
    1:50 PM ~ 2:00 PM
    How Ultrasound Saved Me During a Significant Vascular Occlusion

    Speakers: Christopher C. Surek , DO, FACS

    2:00 PM ~ 2:55 PM
    Ultrasound for the Injector and Deeper Dive into Temple & Pyriform

    Speakers: Young Cho , MD, PhD

    2:55 PM ~ 3:25 PM
    Rheology “Gel Science” Review

    Speakers: George Baxter-Holder , ARNP, DNP, CANS

    3:25 PM ~ 3:55 PM
    3:55 PM ~ 4:25 PM
    Nasal Anatomy for the Injector and Anatomy Wrap-up and Review

    Speakers: Christopher C. Surek , DO, FACS

    4:25 PM ~ 5:35 PM
    Filler Complications - Case Examples and Live Panel Discussion

    Speakers: All Faculty

    5:35 PM ~ 6:00 PM
    6:00 PM ~ 6:30 PM
    Drinks and Appetizers with Vendors
    6:30 PM ~ 7:30 PM
    Cocktails and Photo/Book Signing Opportunity with Dr. Surek
    7:30 PM ~ 9:00 PM
    Educational Keynote and Session

    *Not available at Kansas City training date.

    Speakers: Sponsored by Galderma

    Day 3 - Sunday

    7:30 AM ~ 8:00 AM
    8:00 AM ~ 12:45 PM
    Hands-on Cadaver Lab

    Hands-on cadaver dissection in small groups featuring close instruction and guidance from AIA course faculty. Put your classroom anatomy training into practice by appropriately marking the specimen before injecting product and dissecting down to see how product interacts with the structures of the face.

    12:45 PM ~ 1:45 PM
    2:15 PM ~ 3:15 PM
    Choosing the Right Treatments for Your Medical Aesthetics Practice

    AIA Advanced attendees are invited to join our Medical Spa Boot Camp attendees for this session after the conclusion of the AIA program.

    Although it may seem like a no-brainer, identifying the right treatments for your practice to offer is dependent on many factors that differ and evolve throughout the various stages of your business. In this session, learn how to weigh and assess the right treatments for your practice to offer, from injectables to lasers to ancillary treatments, like hair restoration and sexual wellness offerings. These decisions will be made by reviewing a variety of important factors, including:

    • Up-front capital;
    • Cost of consumables;
    • Staff composition and scope of practice; and
    • Unique value proposition.

    COVID-19 Update: AIA Advanced Cadaver Course

    Attendee Information and Requirements

    While there are no mask requirements for attendees, we ask that you please continue to follow CDC guidelines to protect our medical aesthetic community.

    • Do not attend the event if you are sick or have tested positive for COVID-19.
    • If you are at an increased risk for severe illness or live with or spend time with someone at higher risk, consider wearing a mask during our event.
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.


    Christopher C. Surek

    DO, FACS

    Dr. Surek is a board-certified plastic surgeon and internationally recognized facial anatomist. He is an assistant professor of anatomy at Kansas City University and clinical assistant professor of plastic surgery at the University of Kansas Medical...

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    Steven Weiner


    Steven F. Weiner, MD, is a board-certified head, neck and facial plastic surgeon. He interned and spent his residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he became an instructor for two years. In mid-2005, he laid...

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    Young Cho

    MD, PhD

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    George Baxter-Holder


    George Baxter-Holder, DNP, ARNP, CANS, ISPAN-F, has first-hand knowledge of how beauty-obsessed today’s Hollywood actors are. As a child actor in Hollywood he played the role of a genetically perfect boy on Star Trek: The Next...

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    Carl Clarke

    MHS, RPA-C

    Carl Clarke, MHS, RPA-C, is a board-certified physician associate who graduated from St. John’s University, Bayley Seton Medical and, later, St. Francis University, where he earned his master’s degree in health science/education. He is an aesthetic...

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    Michelle Doran


    Michelle Dyment Doran is a board-certified nurse practitioner and certified aesthetic nurse specialist. She is the co-founder, owner and clinical director of RN Esthetics. In addition, she is a trainer for Allergan Aesthetics, serves on the...

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    Morgan Renfro

    RN, CANS

    Morgan Renfro, RN, CANS, completed her registered nursing degree at Carrington College, where she graduated at the top of her class. As the training lead and senior injection specialist for a top-10 practice in the nation...

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    Sarah Safa

    MS, PA-C

    Sarah Safa MS, PA-C is a Certified Physician Assistant, Aesthetic Specialist and National, Expert Injector. With over 16 years of plastic and reconstructive surgery experience she is one of the top expert injectors in the Mid-Atlantic...

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    Hermine Warren


    Hermine Warren, a doctor of nursing practice (DNP), has been in nursing since 1974, with an advanced practice degree since 1980. She is also a certified aesthetic nurse specialist (CANS) in Southern California, an educational/clinical trainer...

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    Anita Wolf


    Anita Wolf, RN is the owner of Face It Medical Spa and co-founder of The Central Connecticut Aesthetic Training Center. She has been an aesthetic medicine practitioner since 2004 and has earned the coveted spot of...

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