Anchorage, Alaska

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Looking for outdoor adventure? Anchorage has got you covered. Stroll or bike the 11-mile Tony Knowles Coastal Trail which follows the shoreline of Cook Inlet from downtown Anchorage to Kincaid Park. For a scenic drive, take the Seward Highway south to Chugach State Park and beyond into the great Alaskan wilderness were you’re sure to spot wildlife from eagles to moose. Another popular mode of transportation is the Alaska Railroad. Head to the Anchorage Depot and catch a train to Denali Park, Fairbanks, Seward, and Whittier giving you access to cruise tours, glacier viewing, and all the scenery you could hope for along the way.

You don’t have to leave town to glimpse Alaska’s native wildlife. Visit the Alaska Zoo for a wide variety of animals, many rescued or rehabilitated and now living in comfortable habitats, some recently expanded including the polar bear habitat. A great way to get a taste of Alaskan history is the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Exhibits include artwork, audio, video, and text displays covering Alaskan Native history, nature, and even a planetarium.

Shopping opportunities include the 5th Avenue Mall, with five floors of shops including a few Alaskan themed gift stores. The downtown area is very walkable and also offers a selection of gifts including jewelry, native art, and even furs!

The Lakefront Anchorage

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The Lakefront Anchorage Set on the shore of Lake Spenard next to Lake Hood, The Lakefront Anchorage has daily flightseeing and fishing pickups from its own dock, from which you can also gaze at floatplanes with the majestic Chugach Mountains behind. 

This lodge-style hotel is for adventure seekers and business travelers alike, with welcoming hospitality, comfortable amenities, fitness center and more. Take in your Last Frontier adventure and try a bison burger or jumbo king crab legs paired with an icy pint of Alaskan Amber at the Flying Machine Restaurant, or dine lakeside at the Deck at Lake Hood. Newly renovated Deluxe Guest Rooms offer 350 square feet of comfort, complimentary Wi-Fi access, safe, mini-fridge, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron/board and more. Getting here is a breeze. 

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) is just 1 mile away and free 24 hour airport shuttle service is provided by the hotel. As a bonus, downtown Anchorage is just 4 miles out.

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This course is designed for physicians, certified registered nurse anesthetists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and other medical care providers who must maintain state-of-the-art knowledge of the specialty or are impacted by it.


Presentations are designed to facilitate the physician, nurse specialist, and other providers maintaining skills of the same kind to review and update knowledge and abilities in one or more of these areas vital to the practicing professional:

Possess the scientific background for clinical practice

Maintain state-of-the-art knowledge of not only the specialty, but also of all additional related disciplines which may impact it

Maintain an up-to-the-minute armamentarium of knowledge and skills for the selection and use of complex equipment, pharmacological agents, and procedures necessary for the provision of quality patient care

Manage self and colleagues to function toward common goals in the clinical setting, the clinical and educational institutions, and the community in which the practice resides

Serve as an expert in matters involving health care delivery; serve as an informed manager of clinical and educational services provided, including the acquisition and distribution of resources necessary in meeting professional goals

Provide assistance with and support of other service providers, departments, institutions, and organizations dependent upon the professional expertise of the practitioner


At the conclusion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

Apply the pertinent physical and behavioral sciences - to include but not be limited to advanced anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and social sciences - as they impact and are affected by the planning, delivery, and monitoring of anesthesia and related services inherent in the anesthesia professions.

Explain the selection, dosing considerations with methods of administration, safe use, and contraindications and precautions of presented pharmacological agents through the understanding of their physico-chemical properties, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, updated uses, and more recently developed additional, related, and similar drugs.

Outline comprehensive management plans for the group of patients discussed, whether related in age, physical status, cultural background, invasive procedure, anesthetic or analgesic requirements, clinical setting, adverse reactions, and/or goals of care.

Apply the principles of safety and asepsis in the performance of anesthetic procedures and administrations, equipment use, and other applications encountered during the provision of anesthesia and analgesia whether in the surgical unit, the labor and delivery suite, the pain management clinic, or other more remote location of anesthetizing services.

Incorporate the appropriate recommendations and/or requirements of pertinent external organizations, institutions, and professional groups - recognized as serving as the authority for and/or holding the responsibility to compile and approve such tenets - in the provision of anesthesia and related services, whether medical, legal, philosophical, ethical, or health care management standards.

Apply the new techniques in the clinical setting of the participant.

Current Topics in Anesthesia
Anchorage, Alaska
August 20-24, 2018

Monday, August 20

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0730 Steroids and Surgery S.Lowson  
  0830 Beta Blockers and Statins S.Lowson  
  0930 Break
  0945 What Is New in Obstetric Anesthesia? B.Clayton  
  1045 Perianesthesia Management of Preeclampsia / Eclampsia B.Clayton  
  1145 Ultrasound 101: Lights Out, Now It's a Snow Storm! H.Nagavelli  
  1245 Adjourn
2.8 Pharmacology Hours

Tuesday, August 21

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Medical Mission Anesthesia: Far From Your Comfort Zone S.Donnelly  
  0830 Hot Blocks in Anesthesia: PEC 1 and 2, Paravertebrals, I-PACK, and Quadratus Lumborum Blocks H.Nagavelli  
  0930 Break
  0945 Arrhythmias: The Tachycardias S.Lowson  
  1045 Arrhythmias: The Bradycardias and Others S.Lowson  
  1145 Code in the OB Unit: Resuscitation Efforts for Mom and Baby B.Clayton  
  1245 Adjourn
2.2 Pharmacology Hours

Wednesday, August 22 - Day Open


Thursday, August 23

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Management of Massive Obstetric Hemorrhage B.Clayton  
  0830 AANA Foundation Closed Claim Study: Lessons Learned B.Clayton  
  0930 Break
  0945 Sleep Endoscopy and Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Can We Have Some Peace and Quiet? S.Donnelly  
  1045 Enhanced Recovery and Anesthesia: Sprinting to Recovery H.Nagavelli  
  1145 Perioperative Glucose Control S.Lowson  
  1245 Adjourn
2.3 Pharmacology Hours

Friday, August 24

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 The New Anticoagulants: What to Do With Them and How to Reverse Them S.Lowson  
  0830 The Darkside of Opiates for Perioperative Pain Control S.Lowson  
  0930 Break
  0945 Medical Legal Considerations Related to Obstetric Anesthesia B.Clayton  
  1045 The Bright Side of Pain Management: Non-Opioid Analgesics H.Nagavelli  
  1145 Anesthesia for Grafts and Fistulas: Technique DOES Matter! S.Donnelly  
  1245 Adjourn
3.2 Pharmacology Hours

20 CME

20 Class A CEC

10.5 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.


Beth Ann Clayton, DNP, MS, CRNA
Program Director, Nurse Anesthesia Major
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
College of Nursing
Cincinnati, Ohio

Sarah Donnelly, CRNA
Deputy Chief Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
Co-Chair Moderate Sedation Committee
Medical Records Committee Member
Anesthesia SharePoint Co-Designer
Veterans Administration Medical Center
Washington, District of Columbia

Stuart Lowson, MD, BSc, MBBs, MRCP, FRCA
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Department of Anesthesiology
Director, Surgical/Trauma ICU
University of Virginia Health System
Charlottesville, Virginia

Harika R. Nagavelli, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Service Coordinator
Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Washington, District of Columbia


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 The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Scott & White Health and Northwest Anesthesia Seminars. The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Scott & White Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Scott & White Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Board of Anesthesiology: CME credit will be sent directly to The American Board of Anesthesiology to fulfill the Part 2 requirement for the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA®).

Canadian Physicians: This activity is eligible for Section 1 credits in the Royal College’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. Participants must log into MAINPORT to claim this activity.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists: This program has been prior approved by the AANA for 20 Class A CEC; AANA Code #1035413; Expiration date 8/24/18.

Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accept CME from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Osteopathic Physicians: This program is eligible for Category 2 credit with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) 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. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 20 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.

Registered Nurses: NWAS is an approved provider for the following state nursing boards: Arkansas State Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480), California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider Number 4833), District of Columbia Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480), Florida Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480), Georgia Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480), and the South Carolina Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480). This program offers 20 contact hours.

†Pharmacology hours subject to change.


Mark T. Murphy, MD, MSN Education, LLC, Treasure Island, Florida, Medical Director, Northwest Anesthesia Seminars, Pasco, Washington


Factors beyond our control sometimes necessitate changes in the schedule and faculty. If time permits, we will inform all registrants of any changes prior to the program. Changes on site due to local conditions will be announced in class.


We reserve the right to cancel a course for any reason. In such case, a minimum of 30 days notice will be given to those registered and 100% of tuition paid will be refunded. NWAS and NWWT will not be responsible for any non-refundable airfare, hotel, or other liabilities you may incur. We highly recommend purchase of travel insurance. Travel at your own risk.


$100 June 21, 2018 to July 21, 2018. No refund after July 21, 2018; however, 50% of tuition paid may be applied toward tuition for another NWAS program within the next 12 months. Cancellation must be made in writing.

FAP (Frequent Attendee Points)

FAP lets you accumulate points based on dollars spent with NWAS including net hotel and tuition booked through NWAS (but not air). Once you have enough points to cover a full tuition they can be redeemed for tuition (no cash value). A great program to reward you for supporting NWAS! Click here for more information.

Lecture notes will be provided via download in PDF format.

You must sign-in every day you attend to receive credit.

While we strive for accuracy at all times with our published information, we cannot be responsible for typographical and other errors.

Please note that children and non-registered guests are not allowed to attend the lectures. The concierge can provide you with childcare information.

Travel at your own risk.

Airfare available through Universal Travel. Be sure to mention Northwest Anesthesia Seminars when booking (booking fees may apply.) Contact Kellee Kilmer: Phone number: (858) 456-7887 - Email:


We recommend that you register early to assure your spot. We reserve the right to close registrations to a course at any time without notice. We may not be able to accommodate onsite registrations.