Chicago, Illinois

Come discover Chicago’s famed restaurants, renowned museums, stunning waterfront, groundbreaking music, award-winning theatres, over 300 parks and green spaces, and iconic architecture. Here, 77 vibrant, ethnically diverse neighborhoods make up the heart and soul of Chicago. These are just some of the reasons why Condé Nast Traveler ranked Chicago the #1 on their list of Best Large Cities in the U.S. for six years in a row.

Chicago is home to more than 7,000 restaurants, from Michelin star winners and James Beard Award medalists to world-famous cheese burgers and classic deep dish pizza. If shopping is your thing, the Magnificent Mile will entertain you for hours. Sports buffs will want to grab tickets to any number of sporting events to watch legendary teams compete. Other popular attractions include the historic Water Tower, Museum of Contemporary Art, John Hancock Observatory, and Millennium Park.

Enjoy outdoor escapes and urban adventure, with the stunning city skyline as your backdrop. Go kayaking along the award-winning Riverwalk or cycle the 18-mile Lakefront Trail, dotted with harbors, beaches, restaurants and bars. And don’t forget to explore Navy Pier or to experience a river boat cruise on Lake Michigan.

Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown

Experience this luxurious hotel located in the heart of downtown Chicago. With breathtaking river and city views, The Royal Sonesta is centrally located within walking distance to the Millennium Park, Lyrics Opera of Chicago, Tribune Tower, Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, and just 4 miles away from Wrigley Field.

Take a step outside and immerse yourself in the picturesque Chicago Riverwalk for a revitalizing jog or keep up with your workout routine in the state-of-the-art fitness facility featuring the latest cardio and strength training equipment, including a Peloton bike, to elevate your workout. Practice yoga and mindfulness exercises while enjoying the invigorating views of the river.

Experience the inviting ambiance of a loft-like indoor dining room and enjoy a fresh breakfast or delicious dinner at the Hoyt’s American Tavern. Satisfy your cravings at Market by choosing a grab or go snack or drink from a curated selection of locally-sourced beer, wine, prosecco, and cocktails.

Newly renovated guestrooms feature 1 king or 2 queen* beds (based on hotel availability), complimentary Wi-Fi (excludes meeting room), mini-fridge, flat-screen television, a laptop-size safe, and Keurig coffee maker, iron/board, and more to ensure a comfortable stay. *Rooms with 2 queen beds are extremely limited.

The Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown is located approximately 13 miles from Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) and 18 miles from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD). The hotel offers self-parking for guests, located at nearby facilities for approximately $58 per car, per night or valet for approx. $75 per night. Parking fees subject to change without notice.

Concurrent Workshop
May 21, 2025 - EKG Interpretation Seminar (separate schedule and tuition applies)
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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 22-25, 2025

Wednesday, May 21 - Preconference Worshop - EKG Interpretation Seminar (extra schedule and tuition applies)


Thursday, May 22

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff
  0730 Cardiac Evaluation of the Patient for Noncardiac Surgery: Do You Really Need a Cardiology Consult? D.Sutherland
  0830 Pulmonary Hypertension: What You Don't Know Might Make Your Day Interesting D.Sutherland
  0930 Break
  0945 The New ASA Airway Guidelines: What's Different? I.Osborn
  1045 Supraglottic Airways: Past, Present and Future I.Osborn
  1145 Antibiotics, Allergies and Anaphylaxis: We Brought It on Ourselves M.Murphy
  1245 Adjourn

Friday, May 23

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Burnout in Healthcare: Past Time to Do Something M.Murphy
  0830 Wellness and Mental Fitness: Don’t Expect HR to Provide It M.Murphy
  0930 Break
  0945 Anesthesia and Technology: Have We Forgotten the Patient? D.Sutherland
  1045 Myths vs. Reality in Anesthesia D.Sutherland
  1145 Sustainability in Anesthesia I.Osborn
  1245 Adjourn

Saturday, May 24

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Medications for Intraoperative Blood Pressure Control: “Going Up or Down?” I.Osborn
  0830 Perioperative Fluid Management: Can We Do Better? I.Osborn
  0930 Break
  0945 Production Pressures and Outcome Measures: The New Norm M.Murphy
  1045 Positioning Injuries: Risks and Responsibilities M.Murphy
  1145 Vascular Anesthesia: Stents Are Great but What About Open Procedures? D.Sutherland
  1245 Adjourn

Sunday, May 25

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Perioperative Surgical Home: Do We Need an Extreme Makeover? D.Sutherland
  0830 Opioid Crisis 2025: Yikes! D.Sutherland
  0930 Break
  0945 PTSD: What Is It? How Can We Effectively Manage the Patient? I.Osborn
  1045 The Obesity Epidemic Is Getting Bigger M.Murphy
  1145 Ethics Challenges You Will Face M.Murphy
  1245 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 Class A CE

5.5 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 2/14/24


Mark T. Murphy, MD
Retired Anesthesiologist
St. Petersburg, Florida
Medical Director
Northwest Anesthesia Seminars / Northwest Seminars
Pasco, Washington

Irene P. Osborn, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology
Director, Division of Neuroanesthesia
Montefiore Medical Center / Albert Einstein College of Medicine
New York, New York

Dale F. Sutherland, MD
Delaware Anesthesia Associates
Director, Cardiac Anesthesia
Pain Management
Lewes, Delaware 


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 is designed to meet requirements for Class A CE credit. Once approved by AANA, this will be indicated.

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 March 23, 2025 to April 22, 2025. No refund after April 22, 2025; 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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