Anchorage, Alaska

Whether you are looking  for unlimited outdoor adventure opportunities or city vibes, Anchorage has got you covered!

Downtown Anchorage is the heart of the city, packed with shops and restaurants, vibrant public art installations, picture-perfect views, and charming city parks. Learn about local history, soak up the culture, or explore an unexpected urban oasis. Anglers hoping to hook a monster salmon under the midnight sun can cast their lines just steps from downtown.  Check out the Anchorage Market & Festival where you'll find Alaskan treasures, fresh produce, tasty food and live entertainment.  Anchorage is home to the state’s largest museum while  a trip to the Alaska Zoo and Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center offer up-close encounters with some of Alaska’s most iconic animals. Anchorage is also home to over 15 breweries as well as distilleries with on-site tasting rooms.

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. 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. For access to spots beyond the reach of road or rail, with many sightseeing tours by plane or helicopter take off from the city.

Marriott Anchorage Downtown

Perfectly situated, the Marriott Anchorage Downtown provides a convenient home base for your Alaska adventures! This hotel's superb location places you just moments away from numerous shopping and dining venues, the Anchorage Museum, Alaska Law Enforcement Museum, parks, nature trails, monuments, and much more. Enjoy picturesque city and mountain views while taking advantage of amenities such as the fitness center with state of the art equipment or the indoor heated pool. Enjoy breakfast or dinner and drinks in a warm, inviting atmosphere at Cafe Promenade and unwind at the Lobby Bar. After a busy day exploring, newly renovated standard guest rooms offer 1 king or 2 queen beds (based on hotel availability), large windows, flat-panel TV, coffee/tea maker, alarm clock, iron/board, hair dryer, and more to ensure a refreshing stay.

Marriott Anchorage Downtown is just 6 miles away from the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC). Valet Parking is available at a discounted* rate of $12 a day or $24 for overnight parking (*available to those who book their room via NWAS/NWWWT group reservation methods only (normally $35 daily; parking fees subject to change).
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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 22-26, 2024

Monday, July 22

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff
  0730 An Update in Resuscitation: The Bleeding Patient Part I R.Sikorski
  0830 An Update in Resuscitation: The Bleeding Patient Part II R.Sikorski
  0930 Break
  0945 Perioperative Arrhythmias: Diagnosis and Management Part I R.Lenhardt
  1045 Perioperative Arrhythmias: Diagnosis and Management Part II R.Lenhardt
  1145 Preoperative Evaluation of the Pediatric Patient M.Brockel
  1245 Adjourn

Tuesday, July 23

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Preoperative Anxiety and Emergence Agitation in Children M.Brockel
  0830 Pediatric Airway Management M.Brockel
  0930 Break
  0945 ERAS and Fluid Management Part I: What’s the Latest?? R.Sikorski
  1045 ERAS and Fluid Management Part II: What’s the Latest?? R.Sikorski
  1145 Anesthesia for the Morbidly Obese Patient R.Lenhardt
  1245 Adjourn

Wednesday, July 24 – Day Open


Thursday, July 25

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Prevention and Treatment of Perioperative Hypothermia R.Lenhardt
  0830 Hyperglycemia in the Perioperative Period R.Lenhardt
  0930 Break
  0945 Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Tonsillectomies in Children M.Brockel
  1045 The Second Victim M.Brockel
  1145 Endpoints of Resuscitation: Can We Do a Better Job? R.Sikorski
  1245 Adjourn

Friday, July 26

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 The Monitoring of Coagulation: Are We Behind the Times? R.Sikorski
  0830 Mass Casualty Scenarios: Caught in the Middle R.Sikorski
  0930 Break
  0945 PBLD: Pediatric Case Discussions M.Brockel
  1045 Modern Fasting Guidelines R.Lenhardt
  1145 Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke R.Lenhardt
  1245 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 Class A CE

4.3 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 1/13/24


Megan A. Brockel, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
University of Colorado
Children’s Hospital Colorado
Aurora, Colorado

Rainer Lenhardt, MD, MBA
Professor and Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky

Robert A. Sikorski, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Medical Director of Trauma Anesthesiology
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
The John Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland


Northwest Anesthesia Seminars / Northwest Seminars is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Northwest Anesthesia Seminars / Northwest Seminars 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: This activity contributes to the CME component of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website,, for a list of all MOCA 2.0® requirements.

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 Anesthesiology for 20 Class A CE credits; AANA approval number 1043431; Expiration Date 07/26/2024.

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/NWS is an approved provider for the following state nursing boards: Arkansas State Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480), 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).

The AANA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP #10862.

This program offers 20 contact hours.

†Pharmacology hours subject to change.


Mark T. Murphy, MD, MSN Education, LLC, Treasure Island, Florida, Medical Director, Northwest 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 days notice will be given to those registered and 100% of tuition paid will be refunded. NWAS/NWS 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 23, 2024 to June 22, 2024. No refund after June 22, 2024; however, 50% of tuition paid may be applied toward tuition for another NWS/NWAS program within the next 12 months. Cancellation must be made in writing. No tuition credit or refund will be issued for attendees that are no-shows for the program.

FAP (Frequent Attendee Points)

We value your patronage and have a simple program to reward you. Our Frequent Attendee Points (FAP) program gives you an added bonus for money spent on our seminars, as well as cruise cabins booked through our in-house travel agency, Northwest Worldwide Travel.

You are automatically enrolled in this program with your paid registration. Click here for more information.

*Effective January 1, 2023, net hotel stays for 2023 and beyond will no longer be included in FAP calculations.

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.


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.

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