Anchorage, Alaska

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

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 anesthesia specialty or are impacted by it.


The practitioner of anesthesiology must 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; and provide assistance with and support of other service providers, departments, institutions, and organizations dependent upon the professional expertise of the practitioner. Presentations are designed to facilitate the healthcare provider in reviewing, updating, and/or expanding knowledge and abilities in one or more of these areas vital to the practicing professional.


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
July 5-9, 2021

Monday, July 5

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0655 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0700 Preop Cardiac Clearance Is Not So Clear M.Murphy  
  0800 What Do You Mean My Patient Had an MI? M.Murphy  
  0900 Enigmas of a Mothers' Heart: Peripartum Cardiomyopathy and Acute Myocardial Infarction During Pregnancy J.Kryc  
  1000 Break
  1015 Anesthetic Management of Obstetric Emergencies J.Kryc  
  1115 Recognition and Management of Perioperative Electrolyte Emergencies J.Szalados  
  1215 Implications of Common Chronic Neurologic Diseases on the Anesthesia Plan J.Szalados  
  1315 Adjourn
2.3 Pharmacology Hours

Tuesday, July 6

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Management of the Acutely Septic Patient J.Szalados  
  0800 Management of the Patient With Bronchospasm and Reactive Airway Disease J.Szalados  
  0900 Periop Management of Stents and CIEDs: Why Are They an Anesthesia Issue? M.Murphy  
  1000 Break
  1015 Positioning Injuries and Other Non-Anesthesia Related Risks We Take M.Murphy  
  1115 Amniotic Fluid Embolism: Can We Affect the Outcomes? J.Kryc  
  1215 COVID-19 in Pregnancy: Recent Developments and Management Considerations J.Kryc  
  1315 Adjourn
2.1 Pharmacology Hours

Wednesday, July 7 - Day Open

Thursday, July 8

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Introduction to Nanotechnology: Honey I Shrunk the Kids J.Kryc  
  0800 Nanomedicine: The Cyborg Era Begins J.Kryc  
  0900 Aspiration Pneumonia and Pneumonitis: Legal and Clinical Analysis of Risk, Response, and Litigation
  1000 Break
  1015 Whoops - Medical Error! Prevention, Mitigation, and Response J.Szalados  
  1115 COVID: What Did We Learn; Where Are We Now? M.Murphy  
  1215 Outcomes, Ethics and Money: What Is Happening Behind the Scenes? M.Murphy  
  1315 Adjourn
1.4 Pharmacology Hours

Friday, July 9

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Burnout in Healthcare: It's Time to Notice M.Murphy  
  0800 Recent Cases From the AQI: Lessons Learned M.Murphy  
  0900 Statins and Noncardiac Surgery: Can We Reduce the Perioperative Risk? J.Kryc  
  1000 Break
  1015 Substance Abuse During Pregnancy J.Kryc  
  1115 Avoiding and Managing Postoperative Delirium, Cognitive Dysfunction, and Confusion
  1215 Informed Consent and Informed Refusal in an Era of Patient Autonomy J.Szalados  
  1315 Adjourn
2 Pharmacology Hours

24 CME

24 Class A CE

7.8 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 10/21/20


Joseph J. Kryc, MD, MBA
Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Banner University Hospital
Tucson, Arizona

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

James Emery Szalados, MD, JD, MBA, MHA,
Attorney and Counselor at Law
The Szalados Law Firm, Hilton, New York
Director, Surgical Critical Care and Surgical / Trauma Intensive Care Unit
Director, Neurocritical Care Program and Neurocritical Care Unit
Director, Telemedicine Critical Care Medicine Outreach Program
Adjunct Clinical Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester General Hospital at Rochester Regional Health System
Rochester, New York


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 24 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 American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 24 Class A CE; Code Number 1037991; Expiration Date 7/9/2021.

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 24 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 24 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 May 6, 2021 to June 5, 2021. No refund after June 5, 2021; 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 Going Places. Be sure to mention Northwest Anesthesia Seminars when booking (booking fees may apply.) Contact Kellee Gray: Phone number: (858) 456-7962 - 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.