Cozumel, Mexico

For beauty, beaches, and Mexican sunshine, there’s nowhere like Cozumel. Brilliant emerald water, white sand beaches, spectacular scuba diving and fishing - plus bargain prices, ancient ruins, and friendly hosts - all in a relaxed, no hustle atmosphere. Cozumel is famous as a diver’s resort, but its laid-back pace, barefoot charm, and magnificent beaches hold something for everyone.

Cozumel is rated as one of the top ten sportfishing “hotspots” in the world. Cozumel offers the best shopping in the Yucatan for craft items, leather, hammocks, clothing, and jewelry items. You will enjoy the hassle-free shops and boutiques. For the diver, or those wishing to take up this fascinating sport, Cozumel offers the ultimate in Caribbean diving. There is an unmatched assortment of spectacular reefs, tunnels, cliffs, coral of every description, and sea life beyond compare. Where else can you pet a 200 pound grouper or huge Moray eel?

March is the ideal time to visit Cozumel. The water is calm and the visibility is almost unlimited. Water temperature will be 80+ degrees making a wetsuit unnecessary.

Cozumel Dive Packages:

• $TBA Package (12 tank, boat dives)

Rental Equipment can be rented directly through the dive shop and resort. This would be charged to your room on-site at $TBA per day, per person. No credit will be given for any unused dives.


Occidental Cozumel

Occidental Cozumel is a unique resort, masquerading as a Mexican hacienda. A trip to this idyllic island in the Mexican Caribbean, only 45 minutes by ferry from Playa del Carmen, is something that you should do at least once in your lifetime. This all-inclusive resort is perfectly integrated in its natural surroundings of mangroves, white sand beaches and tropical gardens, offering guests an unparalleled experience.

Since Occidental Cozumel is located close to the beautiful Palancar Reef, one of the top 5 scuba destinations in the world, the resort is prepared to provide diving enthusiasts with everything they need and also offers a wide range of other sports such as kayaking, sailing, snorkeling and water polo. And if that’s not enough, the Occidental Cozumel offers 3 pools, a spa, kids club, playground, gym, beach club and 7 restaurants. Get sporty on two tennis courts, or join in on volleyball, water aerobics, water polo or a scuba diving demonstration.

Four bars and a nightclub with a DJ provide the ideal place to enjoy a pleasant evening, have a cocktail or dance to the rhythm of Caribbean music. The Occidental Cozumel hotel features a full spa with many personalized treatments as well as a sauna and hot tubs. The beauty salon offers all the services you need to be radiant while on vacation.

Deluxe rooms are approximately 420 square feet and are located between floors 1 and 3, with 2 double beds or a king-size bed (based on hotel availability), featuring a bathroom with shower and separate bath tub, minibar (soda, beer and water), coffee maker, hair dryer, iron/board, safe, alarm clock/stereo with iDock, wi-fi access (fee applies), terrace or balcony and more.

Royal Level Luxury rooms are 420 square feet and offer a boutique hotel feeling within the Occidental Cozumel for those who prefer exclusive services and facilities. Royal Level Luxury rooms are located on the first and second floors, and have an extra touch of distinction with their exclusive Royal Level status. Enjoy all the amenities of a deluxe room, plus complimentary Wi-Fi access (only in the Royal Level area), welcome fruit basket, shoeshine kit, full bathroom with hydromassage bathtub, robe and slippers, turndown service, private reception desk with business center, Concierge service, access to the swimming pool with hydromassage, Free 24-hour room service (no extra charge), preferential bookings at specialty restaurants and La Carreta restaurant, exclusive of the Royal Level and more.

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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
Cozumel, Mexico
March 21-26, 2021

Sunday, March 21

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In*
  0755 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0800 Neuroanesthetic Emergencies C.Smith  
  0900 Trauma Anesthesia: Initial Evaluation and Management C.Smith  
  1000 Break
  1015 Preoperative Cardiac Disease Risk Evaluation and Management H.Patel  
  1115 Does It Matter What Fluids I Use in the OR? S.Brudney  
  1215 Adjourn
  1330 Boats depart for two dives (optional dive package)

Monday, March 22

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In*
  0800 An Overview of Carotid Surgery S.Brudney  
  0900 Transfusion Medicine Update S.Brudney  
  1000 Break
  1015 Trauma Airway Management C.Smith  
  1115 Anesthesia and Common Bleeding Disorders H.Patel  
  1215 Adjourn
  1330 Boats depart for two dives (optional dive package)

Tuesday, March 23

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In*
  0800 Positioning Problems You Hope to Never Encounter H.Patel  
  0900 Perioperative Ventilatory Management: Strategies for Preventing Postoperative Pulmonary Complications


  1000 Break
  1015 Morbid Obesity and Anesthesia S.Brudney  
  1115 Anesthesia Considerations for Head Trauma and Increased ICP C.Smith  
  1215 Adjourn
  1330 Boats depart for two dives (optional dive package)

Wednesday, March 24 - Day Open

  0800 Boats depart for two dives (optional dive package)

Thursday, March 25

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In*
  0800 General Anesthesia for Trauma C.Smith  
  0900 Bleeding in Spine Surgery C.Smith  
  1000 Break
  1015 Optimizing Pain Control and Minimizing Opioid Use Following Cesarean Delivery H.Patel  
  1115 Multimodal Anesthesia for 21st Century Perioperative Medicine S.Brudney  
  1215 Adjourn
  1330 Boats depart for two dives (optional dive package)

Friday, March 26

  0830 Boats depart for two dives (optional dive package)
  1345 Registration - Mandatory Sign In*
  1400 Brain Function Monitoring: Should This Be a Part of Our Standard Monitoring? S.Brudney  
  1500 ERAS: Should This Now Be Standard Care? S.Brudney  
  1600 Break
  1615 Electrophysiology Procedures: Anesthesia Considerations C.Smith  
  1715 Ambulatory Surgery on the Pediatric Patient: Are All Candidates Ideal? H.Patel  
  1815 Adjourn

20 CME

20 CEC

Pharmacology Hours TBD†

*Breakfast is not served at the meeting. Please plan to eat breakfast before the meeting.
Rev. 2/20/20


Charles S. Brudney, MB, BCh, FRCA
Professor of Anesthesia and Intensive Care
University of Manitoba
Chief Medical Officer, St Boniface Hospital
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Hemal Patel, MD
Medical Director
Epix Healthcare
Memorial Health HCA
Associate Professor
Mercer University, School of Medicine
Savannah, Georgia

Charles Smith, MD
Attending Anesthesiologist
Montreal Neurological and Montreal General Hospitals
Professor of Anesthesia
McGill University
Montreal, Quebec, Canada


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 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 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 20, 2021 to February 19, 2021. No refund after February 19, 2021; 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.