For important information and COVID-19 requirements for travel to Mexico, visit:

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?

Spring 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.

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.

Contact us here or call (800) 222-6927 • (509) 547-7065
Click Here to Register


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.

Giant Strides in Anesthesia
Cozumel, Mexico
April 10-15, 2022

Sunday, April 10

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0755 Welcome NWS Staff  
  0800 Noncardiac Surgery I: Preop Clearance Is Not So Clear M.Murphy  
  0900 Noncardiac Surgery II: What Do You Mean the Patient Had an MI? T2MI to MINS M.Murphy  
  1000 Break
  1015 The Neuroanesthesia Questions I Hear Over and Over and Again J.Drummond  
  1115 Patient Selection for Ambulatory Surgery: What's "Too Risky"? D.Jones  
  1215 Adjourn
1.6 Pharmacology Hours

Monday, April 11 - Morning Open

  1345 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1400 Management of the Combative Patient D.Jones  
  1500 Hypotension / Shock: Review of Vasopressors and Inotropes D.Jones  
  1600 Break
  1615 Blood Pressure and the Brain: How Low Can You Go? J.Drummond  
  1715 Tales From the Crypt (or Worse, From the SNF): CNS Ischemia Case Studies J.Drummond  
  1815 Adjourn
1.3 Pharmacology Hours

Tuesday, April 12 - Morning Open

  1345 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1400 Risk Management I: The Clinical Minefields Where You Work M.Murphy  
  1500 Risk Management II: Ethics and Morals - Case Discussions M.Murphy  
  1600 Break
  1615 What Is ERAS? Enhanced Recovery After Surgery D.Jones  
  1715 Perioperative Renal Protection D.Jones  
  1815 Adjourn
1 Pharmacology Hours

Wednesday, April 13 - Day Open

Thursday, April 14

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0800 Where Does Dexmedetomidine Fit in an OR Practice? J.Drummond  
  0900 Risk Management III: The Answer Is Outcomes and Money - What Is Your Question? M.Murphy  
  1000 Break
  1015 Anticoagulants and Anesthesia D.Jones  
  1115 Difficult Airway: An Interesting Case D.Jones  
  1215 Adjourn
2 Pharmacology Hours

Friday, April 15 - Morning Open

  1345 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1400 Hypoxemia Post-Caesarean Section D.Jones  
  1500 Anesthetic Neurotoxicity in the Young: What Will You Say to Anxious Parents? J.Drummond  
  1600 Break
  1615 Do You Know What Is in the Recent Literature? M.Murphy  
  1715 Burnout in Healthcare: Time to Do Something M.Murphy  
  1815 Adjourn
1.1 Pharmacology Hours

20 CME

20 Class A CE

7 Pharmacology Hours†

*Breakfast is not served at the meeting. Please plan to eat breakfast before the meeting.
Rev. 2/26/21


John C. Drummond, MD, FRCPC
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
University of California, San Diego
Staff Anesthesiologist, VA Medical Center
San Diego, California

Dean R. Jones, MD, FRCPC
Associate Dean, Faculty of Medicine
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Mark T. Murphy, MD
MSN Education, LLC
St. Petersburg, 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: 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 has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology for 20 Class A CE credits; AANA approval number 1040864; Expiration Date 04/15/22.

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 February 9, 2022 to March 11, 2022. No refund after March 11, 2022; 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.

Click Here to Register