Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago offers an exciting, international city with a friendly Midwestern attitude and is an easy destination to travel to. Attractions include historic Water Tower, Museum of Contemporary Art, John Hancock Observatory, and exciting Navy Pier. If shopping is your thing, the Magnificent Mile is a shopper’s paradise.

The Loop district, in the heart of the city, adds to the cultural edge with the glorious Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Chicago Cultural Center. Walk north from the massive Merchandise Mart to see galleries that rival those of Manhattan’s Soho.

Just a 10-minute cab ride north of downtown are amazing Lincoln Park Zoo, Lincoln Park Conservatory, and The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Chants of “Go Cubs Go” fill the air when the Chicago Cubs are at home at Wrigley Field.

If you enjoy fine dining, area chefs will whisk your taste buds away on a culinary journey. The city’s restaurants offer much more beyond Chicago mainstays like a perfectly cooked steak, deep-dish pizza, and hot dogs with all the fixings. The city’s 29 miles of lakefront paths are just one reason Chicago is one of the world’s most walkable and beautiful cities.

Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile

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Experience the culture and urban energy of downtown Chicago when you stay at the Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile. Nestled in the heart of Michigan Avenue, this recently renovated Magnificent Mile hotel is an oasis of style and comfort. Enjoy an afternoon at the indoor pool and whirlool—a refuge from the buzz of the Windy City.

Indulge in an after work cocktail or dine at Level Two while enjoying unique art. Enjoy a day filled with entertainment starting at Navy Pier followed by fashionable shopping on the Magnificent Mile, and fantastic cuisine at local Chicago restaurants. Enjoy a walk along the Lakefront Trail showcasing vast views of Lake Michigan adjacent to the Chicago skyline. When you are not exploring Chicago, get recharged in our Hyatt StayFit™ Gym.

Deluxe guest rooms feature 1 king or 2 queen beds (based on availability), remodeled bathroom, flat panel LCD HDTV, mini-refrigerator, stereo iPod® docking station, safe, hairdryer, iron/board, KenetMD™ bath products, coffee maker and more. The Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile is located approximately 18 miles from O'Hare International Airport (ORD), and 13 miles from Chicago Midway Airport (MDW). The hotel uses Laz Parking Garage, Valet aprking only. Rates are approximately $65 for up to 24 hours.

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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.

Topics in Anesthesia
Chicago, Illinois
May 9–12, 2019

Thursday, May 9

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0730 Ultrasound-Guided Femoral, Sciatic and Popliteal Blocks C.Franco  
  0830 Understanding the Ultrasound of the Lumbar Spine and Neuraxis C.Franco  
  0930 Break
  0945 PECS and Serratus Blocks in Breast Surgery C.Franco  
  1045 Anesthetic Considerations for Patients With Rheumatologic Conditions E.Martin  
  1145 Maternal Physiologic Changes of Pregnancy: How Do We Compensate? E.Martin  
  1245 Adjourn
1.2 Pharmacology Hours

Friday, May 10

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Transition from PREoperative Evaluation to PERIoperative Management A.Visan  
  0830 The World of Cosmetic Surgery: Expect the Unexpected A.Visan  
  0930 Break
  0945 Issues in Anesthesia Consent With a Specific Focus on Consent for Regional Anesthesia K.Schroeder  
  1045 Pain Management of Burn Patients K.Schroeder  
  1145 Awareness Under Anesthesia E.Martin  
  1245 Adjourn
1.9 Pharmacology Hours
  1355 Optional PALS Workshop*

Saturday, May 11

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 PBLD: Interscalene Nerve Block Catheter for Pain Control Following Shoulder Surgery in an Obese Diabetic Patient With Obstructive Sleep Apnea K.Schroeder  
  0830 Inhalation Anesthetics: A Review E.Martin  
  0930 Break
  0945 Social Media, Vigilance and Professionalism in Anesthesia: Can They Coexist? E.Martin  
  1045 Value, Quality and Safety: Challenges and Opportunities for Anesthesia Professionals - Part I A.Visan  
  1145 Value, Quality and Safety: Challenges and Opportunities for Anesthesia Professionals - Part II A.Visan  
  1245 Adjourn
1.5 Pharmacology Hours
  1355 Optional ACLS Workshop*

Sunday, May 12

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Healthcare Regulatory Trends: Impact on Anesthesia Providers A.Visan  
  0830 Anesthesia Practice: Transition From Hospital to Office Setting A.Visan  
  0930 Break
  0945 Airway Anatomy K.Schroeder  
  1045 Airway Assessment K.Schroeder  
  1145 Supraglottic Airway Exchange/Intubating Through an LMA K.Schroeder  
  1245 Adjourn
0.5 Pharmacology Hours

20 CME

20 Class A CE

5.1 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
*Separate tuition and schedule applies.


Carlo D. Franco, MD
Chairman Regional Anesthesia
JHS Hospital of Cook County
Professor Anesthesiology and Anatomy
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois

Erin E. Martin, CRNA, DNP
Department of Anesthesiology
Associate Program Director
Nurse Anesthesia Graduate Programs
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

Kristopher M. Schroeder, MD
Associate Professor
Section Head for Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesia
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin

Alexandru Visan, MD, MBA
CEO, Executive Cortex Consulting, LLC
Miami, Florida


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 #1036393; Expiration Date 5/12/2019.

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), and the Georgia 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 March 10, 2019 to April 9, 2019. No refund after April 9, 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 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.