Willemstad, Curacao

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The dynamic capital of Curacao is a friendly, cheerful destination with two unique districts divided by the beautiful St. Anna Bay, an inlet that leads into the Schottegat, a large natural harbor. Punda’s ordered narrow streets are full of shops offering everything from Indonesian batiks to French perfumes, all of which speaks to the Dutch predilection for international trade. The restored ramparts of The Riffort, once a military installation to protect the bay, now shelters Riffort Village, a shopping and entertainment center that offers panoramic views of Punda and the sea. Otrobanda, or “The Other Side,” is a maze of twisting residential streets featuring the best examples of Dutch colonial architecture in the Caribbean. Willemstad’s colorful colonial architecture has even won it UNESCO Heritage site designations.

Willemstad offers a plethora of diving and swimming opportunities. Get a fish’s eye view of coral reefs full of sealife or swim with dolphins. On the northern tip of the island, Kenepa Beach boasts some of the best views on the island and is great for swimming. Sea meets desert at Shete Boka National Park. Watch waves come crashing into shore while walking the manicured trails to viewpoints and an ocean cave. If land excursions excite you, visit Hato Caves. Once home to Amerindian Arawaks, and later shelter for escaped slaves, Hato Caves hosts curious rock formations, cave drawings, petroglyphs, and colonies of bats.

Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino

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Discover the perfect combination of Caribbean charm and European sophistication when you book a stay at Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino. Here, you'll enjoy easy access to a variety of popular attractions, including Christoffel National Park, the Sea Aquarium, Dolphin Academy, Curacao Museum and upscale shopping, dining and nightlife. After an exciting day of exploring the island, relax in guest rooms offering plush bedding, LCD TV, spacious balconies, safe, iron/board, coffee/tea maker, mini-fridge, alarm clock, robes and more. Or lounge on the private beach, which boasts sugary white sands and crystal-clear Caribbean waters. Enjoy a memorable meal at one of five celebrated restaurants, which offer everything from prime cuts of steak to tropical cocktails. This Curacao resort is also home to a luxurious spa, enticing casino, state-of-the-art fitness center, and infinity pool. Experience an unforgettable stay in the Dutch Caribbean. the Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino is located approximately 10 miles from the Curacao International Airport (CUR).

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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 specialty or are impacted by it.


Presentations are designed to facilitate the physician, nurse specialist, and other providers maintaining skills of the same kind to review and update knowledge and abilities in one or more of these areas vital to the practicing professional:

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

Provide assistance with and support of other service providers, departments, institutions, and organizations dependent upon the professional expertise of the practitioner


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 Update
Willemstad, Curacao
May 14-18, 2018

Monday, May 14

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Breakfast
  0755 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0800 Evidence-Based Preanesthesia Evaluation W.Buhrman  
  0900 Anesthesia for Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy W.Buhrman  
  1000 Break
  1015 Perioperative Cardiac Risk Reduction A.Wallace  
  1115 How Do You Implement Something New and Dangerous? A.Wallace  
  1215 Checklist for Trauma and Emergency Anesthesia C.Smith  
  1315 Adjourn
1.0 Pharmacology Hours

Tuesday, May 15

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Breakfast
  0800 Massive Transfusion Protocol in Trauma Anesthesia C.Smith  
  0900 Emergency Airway Management in Trauma C.Smith  
  1000 Break
  1015 Working Harder, Longer, and Faster for Less W.Buhrman  
  1115 Reducing Variation in Anesthesia Care: Evidence-Based Guidelines and Policies W.Buhrman  
  1215 Drug Use and the Addicted Physician A.Walllace  
  1315 Adjourn
1.3 Pharmacology Hours

Wednesday, May 16 - Day Open

Thursday, May 17

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Breakfast
  0800 Electronic Medical Records and Medical Informatics: How Do You Avoid Suffering, Wasting a Lot of Money, or Completely Failing While Adopting a New System? A.Wallace  
  0900 Sedation A.Wallace  
  1000 Break
  1015 Anesthesia and Cardiac Trauma: Case Presentations C.Smith  
  1115 Anesthetic Considerations for Ocular and Maxillofacial Trauma C.Smith  
  1215 ERAS: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery "Coming to a Hospital Near You!" W.Buhrman  
  1315 Adjourn
1.7 Pharmacology Hours

Friday, May 18

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Breakfast
  0800 Monitoring and Reversal of Nondepolarizing Relaxants: Impact of Sugammadex C.Smith  
  0900 Goal-Directed Fluid Management W.Buhrman  
  1000 Break
  1015 Anesthesia for Cardiac Electrophysiology Lab Procedures: Pacemakers and ICDs W.Buhrman  
  1115 Cardiac Output Monitors A.Wallace  
  1215 Anesthesia Machines A.Wallace  
  1315 Adjourn
1.0 Pharmacology Hours

20 CME

20 Class A CEC

5.0 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.


William Currie Buhrman, MD
Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Chairman Anesthesiology
Chief of Anesthesia
Carolinas Medical Center
Charlotte, North Carolina

Charles E. Smith, MD
Professor of Anesthesia
Attending Anesthesiologist
Director, Anesthesia Research
MetroHealth Medical Center
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio

Arthur Wallace, MD, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology
University of California
San Francisco, California
Chief Anesthesia Service
Veterans Affair Medical Center
San Francisco, California


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 CEC; AANA Code #1035573; Expiration date 5/18/18.

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 March 15, 2018 to April 14, 2018. No refund after April 14, 2018; 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 Kilmer: Phone number: (858) 456-7887 - Email: kellee@universaltravel1.com


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.