Austin, Texas

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Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World and is a city with a heart and a soul. Austin is just simply not like the rest of Texas. From the quirky cast of characters that populate Congress Avenue to burnt orange-clad University of Texas students, bats to Longhorns, four-star restaurants to down-home barbecue joints, corporate CEOs to struggling musicians, Texas’ capital city stands apart from the rest. If you’re into music, Austin can provide for your tastes. The city is a cradle of musical talent, nurturing everyone from the late Stevie Ray Vaughan and Janis Joplin, and is currently serving home to such music legends as Willie Nelson and The Dixie Chicks.

And the places to admire Austin art are just as varied: The nation’s largest university-owned collection is exhibited at the Blanton Museum or tour a number of intimate galleries. For the outdoor enthusiast, Austin has miles of hike and bike trails, more than 200 parks, and was recently named the nation’s number one golf destination by Austin is made up of a diverse blend of cultures and lifestyles, and invites you to come as you are to explore this unique city.

Fairmont Austin

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This newly opened 37-story luxury hotel is a towering icon.  Situated within a vibrant Central Business District, Fairmont Austin is uniquely located amid the lush greenery of Palm Park and Waller Creek. Fairmont Austin engages guests with the city’s famed music scene, as well as the area’s celebrated cuisine and diverse artistic lifestyle. Experience resort-style amenities within a sophisticated city center hotel. The 7th floor terrace features an elegant, seasonally heated pool with zero entry for chaise lounging in the water, 13 exclusive cabanas and 1 grand cabana. The Fairmont Austin Spa, downtown's largest and most impressive spa, indulges guests with nine rejuvenating treatment rooms, Jacuzzi, steam, sauna, private men’s and ladies’ locker rooms, relaxation spaces, extensive fitness center and full-service salon. Fairmont Austin offers five distinct restaurant and bar experiences highlighting the city’s thriving culinary culture to suit every palate.

Dine at Rules & Regs or watch the big game from expansive outdoor media screens. With more than 300 sunny days a year, Austin provides the ideal climate to get out and enjoy the area’s many lakes offering boating, paddle boarding and canoeing, miles of hike and bike trails, and local and state parks. It’s no wonder Austin is ranked as one of America’s best cities to visit by U.S. News & World Report, Money, Kiplinger and Forbes. Both the Fairmont rooms and Deluxe Fairmont Rooms are elegantly appointed with vibrant accents, contemporary décor, luxurious pillow top mattresses and French style duvets and feature amenities such as bedside charging hubs, work desk with upgraded technologies, lavish bathrooms with plush bathrobes, Le Labo toiletries and a stylish barn door providing a private water closet. Other amenities include 50" HDTV, Nespresso coffee, teapot, hair dryer, iron/board, safe and more.

Fairmont Rooms are 410 square feet and situated on the 8th through 14th floors with striking cityscape views. Fairmont Deluxe rooms are 410 square feet and overlook the lush greenery of Palm Park and feature striking views of Austin’s cityscape from the 15th through 31st floors. Fairmont Austin’s service professionals await the opportunity to ensure your expectations are exceeded and your time in the Texas Hill Country is unforgettable.  Fairmont Austin is located approximately 7 miles from the Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). The hotel offers self-parking and valet parking at a fee.

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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
Austin, Texas
May 21-24, 2019

Tuesday, May 21

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0655 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0700 The Patient With Cardiac Disease 1: Preop Clearance Is Not so Clear M.Murphy  
  0800 The Patient With Cardiac Disease 2: Stents and CIEDs in the Perioperative Period M.Murphy  
  0900 Difficult Airway Part I S.Dunn  
  1000 Break
  1015 Difficult Airway Part II S.Dunn  
  1115 Cardiac Disease in Pregnancy J.Kryc  
  1215 Amniotic Fluid Embolism J.Kryc  
  1315 Adjourn
1.4 Pharmacology Hours

Wednesday, May 22

  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 Do You Know What Is in the Recent Literature? M.Murphy  
  1000 Break
  1015 The Obesity Epidemic M.Murphy  
  1115 Labor Analgesia: State of the Art S.Dunn  
  1215 IV Fluids: There’s Something in the Water S.Dunn  
  1315 Adjourn
1.6 Pharmacology Hours

Thursday, May 23

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Controversies in Pediatric Anesthesia S.Dunn  
  0800 What Does It Take to Make the Perfect Clot? J.Kryc  
  0900 Trigger, Targets and Antithrombotics J.Kryc  
  1000 Break
  1015 Neuraxial Anesthesia and Anticoagulation: Is This a Good Idea? J.Kryc  
  1115 Herbs, Supplements and Other Substances Your Patients Are Not Reporting M.Murphy  
  1215 Fire in the OR: Who Also Gets Burned? M.Murphy  
  1315 Adjourn
3.5 Pharmacology Hours

Friday, May 24

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Risk Management: The Minefields Where You Work M.Murphy  
  0800 Ethics in Our Business: Update for 2019 M.Murphy  
  0900 Drug Abuse Among Anesthesia Practitioners S.Dunn  
  1000 Break
  1015 Anesthesia Jeopardy S.Dunn  
  1115 Postoperative Pain Management J.Kryc  
  1215 PONV: The Big Little Problem J.Kryc  
  1315 Adjourn
1.5 Pharmacology Hours

24 CME

24 Class A CEC

8.0 Pharmacology Hours

  Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.  


Steven Dunn, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology
Tufts University Medical School
Baystate Medical Center
Springfield, Massachusetts

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

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


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.

This course has been designated for 3 credit(s) of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

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 24 Class A CEC; AANA Code #1036363; Expiration Date 5/24/2019.

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 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 March 22, 2019 to April 21, 2019. No refund after April 21, 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)

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) 456-7962 - 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.