Amelia Island, Florida

Situated along 13 miles of pristine, picturesque Atlantic coastline, Amelia Island is the southernmost of the Sea Islands, a chain of barrier islands along the eastern U.S. seaboard. Claimed by the French, fought over by Spain, and named for an English princess, this legendary island is a storied place sought after for hundreds of years. Today Amelia Island and its city, Fernandina Beach, remain an authentic Victorian seaport village, locked in the charm and enchantment of a bygone era.

On Amelia Island, the opportunity for adventure awaits around every corner. Whether you enjoy chasing adventure in the water, along the beach, or through a forest of massive live oaks, you will be tempted by your surroundings. Embark on a sunset cruise down the Amelia River, partake in a seaside game of golf, kayak through Amelia’s salt marshes, go for a bike ride through ancient maritime forests, or enjoy an evening carriage ride though Fernandina Beach’s historic district. With a warm, mild climate year-round and endless activities, Amelia Island is the ideal place for fun and rejuvenation.

Amelia Island’s wide range of retailers offer treasures you won’t find anywhere else. Local shops, antique stores, and galleries abound. You’ll find everything you’re looking for – from handmade items to the brands you covet and things you’ve never seen. The island is full of shopping destinations.

The variety of dining options will satisfy even the most selective taste. An eclectic mix of cuisine ranges from Japanese fusion and Provencal-inspired to Italian and Coastal Fusion. Diners can choose from over 40 restaurants ranging from waterfront seafood dives for an authentic shrimp Po’ Boy sandwich, culinary masterpieces presided over by world-renowned chefs, and the quiet intimacy of a romantic bistro.

Amelia Island is located at Florida’s northeastern shore, just 15 miles east of Interstate 95, and is a short, 30-minute drive from Jacksonville International Airport.

The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island

Southern hospitality at its finest is on display at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. This beach front resort features four restaurants and lounges, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, fitness center, indoor and outdoor heated pools with whirlpool, 18 holes of PGA championship golf, and nearby tennis facilities. Families will appreciate the Ritz Kids program, children’s pool, playground, nanny service, and the Our Space teen lounge.

Relax in casual but elegant accommodations that offer private balconies and beautiful views of the Atlantic. Coastal-view guest rooms are approximately 410 square feet and feature 1 king or 2 double beds (based on hotel availability), private balcony, flat screen TV, coffee/tea maker, honor bar, bathrobes, safe,  alarm clock, dual vanity marble bathroom with luxurious bath essentials, makeup mirror, hair dryer, iron/board, twice-daily maid service, and 24-hour in-room dining options.

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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.


Anesthesia Update
Amelia Island, Florida
September 24-27, 2024

Tuesday, September 24

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff
  0730 Perioperative Use of the Focused Assessed Transthoracic Echocardiography (FATE) Exam J.Shields
  0830 Anesthesia Considerations With Airway, Gastric and Pulmonary Ultrasound J.Shields
  0930 Break
  0945 Less Is More: Preoperative Workup for Cataract Surgery and Other MAC Cases M.Jeffries
  1045 Sedation Techniques for MAC Cases and Why We Should Care About Opiate Use Disorder M.Jeffries
  1145 Patient Selection and Preoperative Evaluation for Ambulatory Surgery T.Tran
  1245 Adjourn

Wednesday, September 25

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Optimizing Care for Patients With Obstructive Sleep Apnea for Ambulatory Surgery T.Tran
  0830 Identifying and Managing Risks: Medically Complex Patients Scheduled for Low-Risk Surgery T.Tran
  0930 Break
  0945 Perioperative Cardiac Events During Noncardiac Surgery J.Shields
  1045 Eye Blocks: Why We Need to Know How to Do Them and What Are the Basics M.Jeffries
  1145 What's Hot in Anesthesia? Update on Malignant Hyperthermia M.Jeffries
  1245 Adjourn

Thursday, September 26

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Anesthesia Considerations for Patients Undergoing Heart Valve Surgery J.Shields
  0830 Anesthesia Considerations for Transcutaneous Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and MitraClip J.Shields
  0930 Break
  0945 Anesthesia for Pediatric Patients: Pearls for the Adult Anesthesia Provider T.Tran
  1045 Collaborations in the Ambulatory Surgical Centers T.Tran
  1145 Trauma Informed Approach to Patient Care T.Tran
  1245 Adjourn

Friday, September 27

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Anesthesia Considerations for Electrophysiology Procedures / Cardiac Ablation J.Shields
  0830 Anesthesia Considerations in Patients With Cardiac Electronic Implantable Devices J.Shields
  0930 Break
  0945 The Opioid Crisis in America: Where Are We, How Did We Get Here, and How Do We Solve the Problem? S.Clendenen
  1045 Pharmacogenomics: The Future of Individualized Medicine and Anesthesia S.Clendenen
  1145 You Can’t Go to Sleep! Using Regional Anesthesia to Avoid General Anesthesia in High-Risk Patients S.Clendenen
  1245 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 CEC

6.1 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 10/2/23



Steven R. Clendenen, MD
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Professor of Anesthesiology
Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, Florida

Maggie Ann Jeffries, MD
Managing Partner, Anesthesiologist
Avanti Anesthesia
Houston, Texas

John Shields, DNP, CRNA
Academic Faculty
Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia
Department of Anesthesiology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee

Tina Tran, MD
Chief of Anesthesia for the Wilmer Eye Institute
Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Taussig Faculty, Colleges Advisory Program
Co-Director of Clinical Preceptorship in Anesthesiology
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
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 1043819; Expiration Date 09/27/2024.

Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) 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 July 26, 2024 to August 25, 2024. No refund after August 25, 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.

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

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