Albuquerque, New Mexico

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At the heart of New Mexico beats the pulse of a vibrant city. In Albuquerque, diverse cultures, authentic art and centuries-old traditions have come together to help shape its unique story.

Soar high above the city in the hot air ballooning capital of the world. Hiking trails follow the meandering path of the Rio Grande, while the Sandia Mountains provide fantastic terrain for hikers and bikers. Get a bird’s-eye view from the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway. From nature centers and museums to amusement parks and sports venues, families are guaranteed to have plenty of fun options to choose from. Visit ABQ BioPark and tour the aquarium, botanic garden, zoo, and fishing lakes at Tingley Beach. Forested mountains, lush river valleys, and high desert plains combine to make Albuquerque a dream landscape for golfers. Golf Digest and Golf Magazine have ranked several Albuquerque golf courses among the best in the country, including Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club, Twin Warriors Golf Club, Santa Ana Golf Club, and others.

In New Mexican cuisine, green and red chiles take center stage, supported by squash, blue corn, seasoned pork, and frybread. Try local favorites like stacked enchiladas, posole, tamales, and stuffed sopapillas. Pair your meal with a variety of spirits from local wineries and breweries.

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

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Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town delights travelers with a distinctive blend of historic grandeur and contemporary comfort.

This landmark Albuquerque luxury hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Old Town in a historic district easily accessible from I-40. Here, you’ll be within walking distance of historic landmarks, restaurants, local shopping favorites, and the emerging Sawmill District among other popular attractions. Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town offers amenities including on-site restaurants and bars, a year round outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, fitness center, Casa Esencia Nightclub, a gift shop and more. Enjoy tapas and wine with authentic flamenco performances Thursday through Sunday.

Traditional Guest Rooms feature genuinely crafted Southwestern furnishings. All Traditional rooms have an expansive view of the Albuquerque Sandia Mountains as well as a flat screen TV, Keurig coffee/tea maker, clock radio, hairdryer, iron/board and more. Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town is located 8 miles from the Albuquerque International Airport (Sunport) (ABQ).

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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 Challenges in Pain Management
Albuquerque, New Mexico
November 21–24, 2019

Thursday, November 21

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0655 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0700 Advanced Assessment, Diagnosis, and Psychology of Pain: Part I D.Hart  
  0800 Advanced Assessment, Diagnosis, and Psychology of Pain: Part II D.Hart  
  0900 Neuroanatomy for Pain Management and Neuropathic Pain V.Patel  
  1000 Break
  1015 Radiation Safety in Interventional Pain V.Patel  
  1115 Opioids: the Bad and the Ugly P.Sloan  
  1215 Opioids: What Is New and Potentially Good? P.Sloan  
  1315 Adjourn

Friday, November 22

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Opioid Guidelines for Long-Term Opioid Therapy: Opportunity or Barrier? P.Sloan  
  0800 Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing Practices P.Sloan  
  0900 Opiate-Free Anesthesia: Fad or Future? D.Hart  
  1000 Break
  1015 There Is a Receptor, I Must Block It: Finding New Pain Management Modalities D.Hart  
  1115 Low Back Pain: Diagnosis and Treatment V.Patel  
  1215 Disc as a Pain Generator and How to Treat Discogenic Pain V.Patel  
  1315 Adjourn

Saturday, November 23

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Radiofrequency Ablations for the Knee and Hip V.Patel  
  0800 Whiplash Injuries and Cervical Facet Joint Procedures V.Patel  
  0900 Tapering Opioids for Patients With Chronic Pain P.Sloan  
  1000 Break
  1015 Opioids and Cannabinoids for Pain Management: Friends or Enemies? P.Sloan  
  1115 Perioperative Management of the Chronic Pain Patient D.Hart  
  1215 Acute and Chronic Pain Management in a Rural Setting D.Hart  
  1315 Adjourn

Sunday, November 24

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Will Epigenetics Ever Make an Impact in Your Practice? D.Hart  
  0800 Steroid Choices in Interventional Pain Management D.Hart  
  0900 Complex Regional Pain Syndromes: Diagnosis and Treatment P.Sloan  
  1000 Break
  1015 Headaches V.Patel  
  1115 Spinal Cord Stimulation: Indications and Methods V.Patel  
  1215 Establishing Your Own Pain Practice V.Patel  
  1315 Adjourn

24 CME

24 Class A CE

Pharmacology Hours TBD†

  Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.  


David Hart, DNP, CRNA, NSPM-C
Adjunct Faculty
University of South Florida
Advanced Pain Management Fellowship
Staff CRNA
Atchison Hospital
Atchison, Kansas

Vikram B. Patel, MD, DABA, FIPP, DABIPP
Chairman - IMG section, Illinois State Medical Society
Secretary - Illinois Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
Vice President - McHenry County Medical Society
Advisor - AMA-CPT, AMA-RUC
Alternate Delegate to AMA from Illinois State Medical Society
Board Member - Board of Examination, (American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians)
Director - Phoenix Interventional Center for Advanced Learning
Algonquin, Illinois

Paul Alexander Sloan, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology
Vice Chair for Research
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Opioid Management


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 CE; AANA Code #1037331; Expiration Date 11/24/2019.

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 September 22, 2019 to October 22, 2019. No refund after October 22, 2019; 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)

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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 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.