Playa Conchal, Costa Rica

Here, the water of the sparkling Pacific is always at a comfortable temperature for swimming, snorkeling or surfing. North Guanacaste plays host to an abundance of stunning natural landscapes including semi-active volcanoes, savannahs and tropical dry forests. While at Playa Conchal, many of Costa Rica's wildlife refuges and national parks are within a few hours' reach. Playa Conchal's temperature averages 85°F year round.

In addition to swimming and snorkeling, visitors to Playa Conchal can enjoy deep sea fishing excursions and hiking trips to the nearby national parks or nature reserves. There are even a few areas along the beach where overnight camping is permitted, and what better way to end the day, than beneath a starry sky?

Indulge your adventurous side with a visit to the underground caves at Barra Honda National Park. Kayak tours through mangroves and estuaries allow for ideal nature watching. Take a float tour on the Corobicí River to view monkeys in the tree tops and iguanas on the riverbanks.

Westin Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal

All-inclusive concept includes 7 nights accommodations, domestic and imported alcoholic beverages, all meals and snacks, mini-bar drinks, 24 hour room service, exercise facilities, unlimited leisure activities, non-motorized water sports, nightly entertainment, kids mini-club activities, government taxes/service charge and bellman/waitstaff gratuities at the resort.

The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal is set on 2,400 acres and offers everything you need to revitalize and thrive. Nestled between lush forests and the sparkling azure waters of the Pacific Ocean, this hotel offers a lagoon-style pool, gardens, tennis courts, a championship golf course, the Westin Kids Club®, fine dining,  WestinWORKOUT® facilities, THE SPA and much more. Deuxe Junior Suites are approixmaetly 581 square feet and feature a living area, Westin Heavenly Bed®, sleek bathroom with Heavenly Bath® amenities, private terrace or balcony, plasma TV,  daily stocked minibar, coffeemaker, iron/board and more.

Ground transportation is available to and from both Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) and Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), with private transfers and shuttle service offered by different companies. Transfers are not included.

If you choose to stay elsewhere you will be charged approximately $85 per person for 8am-5pm entry into the resort, even if you are only attending the seminar. This is a firm resort policy. This fee is subject to change and limited day passes may be issued without notice at the discretion of the resort management.

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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 Topics
Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
March 15-20, 2020

Sunday, March 15

  0800 Registration - Mandatory Sign In*
  0825 Welcome

NWAS Staff

  0830 The Patient With Cardiac Disease 1: Preop Clearance Is Not So Clear
  0930 The Patient With Cardiac Disease 2: Periop Management, Monitoring and Meds
  1030 Break
  1045 How Chemical and Biologic Agents Will Affect the Anesthesia Service Part I
  1145 How Chemical and Biologic Agents Will Affect the Anesthesia Service Part II
  1245 Adjourn
2.8 Pharmacology Hours

Monday, March 16

  0815 Registration - Mandatory Sign In*
  0830 The Obesity Epidemic: The Clinical Challenge Is Getting Bigger
  0930 Update on Regional Anesthesia and Anticoagulation
  1030 Break
  1045 The Patient With Cardiac Disease 3: Management of CIEDs in the OR
  1145 I Think I Remember My Surgery
  1245 Adjourn
2 Pharmacology Hours

Tuesday, March 17

  0815 Registration - Mandatory Sign In*
  0830 Is There Anything New in PONV?
  0930 If the Procedure Went Well, Why am I Blind?
  1030 Break
  1045 Fire in the OR
  1145 A Routine Case, Then Anaphylaxis
  1245 Adjourn
1.3 Pharmacology Hours

Wednesday, March 18 - Day Open

Thursday, March 19

  0815 Registration - Mandatory Sign In*
  0830 Do You Know What Is in the Recent Literature?
  0930 Risk Management I: The Clinical Minefields Where You Work
  1030 Break
  1045 Risk Management II: The Ethical Minefields Where You Work
  1145 OSA in Your Patient: What to Do? What to Document?
  1245 Adjourn
0.5 Pharmacology Hours

Friday, March 20

  0815 Registration - Mandatory Sign In*
  0830 Herbs, Supplements and Other Substances Your Patients Are Taking, but Not Telling You Pt I
  0930 Herbs, Supplements and Other Substances Your Patients Are Taking, but Not Telling You Pt II
  1030 Break
  1045 Cases From the Anesthesia Quality Institute
  1145 Challenges in the Anesthesia Field: A Group Discussion
  1245 Adjourn
2 Pharmacology Hours


20 CME

20 Class A CE

8.6 Pharmacology Hours†

*Please plan to eat breakfast prior to the meeting.
Rev. 3/16/20


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


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 American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 20 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1037581; Expiration Date 3/20/2020.

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 January 15, 2020 to February 14, 2020. No refund after February 14, 2020; 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.