Willemstad, Curaçao

The dynamic capital of Curaçao 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.

Sandals Royal Curaçao


The amazing Curaçao climate awaits you, making it the perfect escape for you. World-famous for its vibrant culture, pristine beaches, and coves, Curaçao also boasts 65 spectacular dive sites and exotic marine ecosystems. Nestled on 3,000 acres along the Spanish Water Bay, the all-new Sandals Royal Curaçao is a romantic, adults-only paradise featuring 12 all-new dining concepts, including Sandals first-ever floating restaurant and three food trucks, this resort is redefining the Luxury Included® experience. You'll also find entertainment day and night, 10 bars, including Sandals first floating bar, PADI® Certified Scuba Diving**, unlimited water and land sports, state-of-the-art fitness center, and a full service Red Lane® Spa (fees apply for spa services and some activities). Guest rooms offer a private balcony furnished with a bistro set, modern furnishings, including a king-size bed, seating area with a loveseat or a large sofa chair, complimentary basic WiFi in guest room and common areas, HD Smart TV, well stocked in-room bar, coffee/tea maker, safe, iron/board, hairdryer, spa-style bathroom with walk-in shower with a glass window into the bedroom, and more. Carisia Club Level  guests also enjoy Club Sandals concierge services to take care of any reservations and special requests, private check-in, all-day room service, and access to the Club Sandals Lounge. Sandals Royal Curacao is located approximately 15 miles from the Curacao International Airport (CUR).

Legendary All-inclusive Concept includes 7 night's accommodations, round-trip airport transfers to/from Curacao International Airport (transportation gratuities are an additional cost, suggested at $2/bag), all hotel taxes and gratuities (except as otherwise noted), hotel porterage,  unlimited 5-Star Global Gourmet®, unlimited Premium brand spirits,  land and water sports, Scuba diving is included for certified divers**, complimentary welcome beverage, nightly entertainment, complimentary access to fitness center, access to neighboring golf course (fees apply for golfing) and complimentary basic WiFi in guest room and common areas. Gratuities not included for those with Butler service.

**Please note: Scuba diving at the resort is geared toward the novice and is offered in the mornings which conflicts with scheduled meeting times.

Please be aware:

You must stay at this resort to attend the meeting at this time. All day passes into the Resort have been suspended due to Island Covid-19 Protocols. No exceptions for any reason.

This is a firm resort policy. This fee is subject to change without notice at the discretion of 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.

Current Topics in Anesthesia
Willemstad, Curaçao
May 7-12, 2023

Sunday, May 7

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0755 Welcome NWAS Staff
  0800 Long-COVID: Does It Impact Our Anesthetic Care? E.Frost
  0900 Herbs: Can They Impact Our Anesthetic Care? E.Frost
  1000 Break
  1015 New Noninvasive Monitoring and AKI: Anesthesia Role L.Guzzi
  1115 Preoperative Testing and Screening Guidelines: Do They Really Matter? M.Murphy
  1215 Adjourn

Monday, May 8

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0800 What Does It Mean That the Troponin Bumped? T2MI to MINS M.Murphy
  0900 Perioperative Management of Stents and CIEDs: Why Is It an Anesthesia Issue? M.Murphy
  1000 Break
  1015 The Big Debate: Colloids vs. Crystalloids...An Update E.Frost
  1115 Intraoperative Cardiac Arrhythmias Recognition and Management L.Guzzi
  1215 Adjourn

Tuesday, May 9

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0800 ABG: Part I L.Guzzi
  0900 ABG: Part II L.Guzzi
  1000 Break
  1015 Clinical Minefields Where You Work M.Murphy
  1115 Vaping? A Good and Safe Alternative to Smoking? E.Frost
  1215 Adjourn

Wednesday, May 10 - Day Open


Thursday, May 11

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0800 Anesthesia in the Basement...What Fun E.Frost
  0900 My Name Is Not Anesthesia: Improving Communication in the OR E.Frost
  1000 Break
  1015 Anesthesia and Obesity: A Growing Problem L.Guzzi
  1115 Ethical Challenges You Will Face M.Murphy
  1215 Adjourn

Friday, May 12

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0800 Biological and Chemical Bioterrorism: An Update for The Anesthesia Provider - Are You Ready?
  0900 The Transgender Patient: How Does That Impact Our Anesthetic Care? E.Frost
  1000 Break
  1015 Burnout in Healthcare: Beyond Time to Do Something M.Murphy
  1115 The Quadruple Aim: Keep Healthcare Personnel Healthy! M.Murphy
  1215 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 Class A CE

5.5 Pharmacology Hours†

Please note that breakfast will NOT be served at this meeting. Breakfast is included in the Resort's all-inclusive package for those that book via NWAS/NWWT only. Please plan to eat prior to the meeting.
Rev. 3/13/23


Elizabeth Frost, MD
Clinical Professor of Anesthesia
Icahn Medical Center at Mount Sinai
New York, New York

Louis Guzzi, MD, FCCM
Attending in Anesthesia and CCM, Advent Health
Clinical Professor of Anesthesia and CCM
Florida State University School of Medicine
FHMG Medical Group
Chief, Internal Medicine Advent Health Waterman Hospital
Orlando, Florida

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


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 has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology for 20 Class A CE credits; AANA approval number 1041970; Expiration Date 05/12/2023.

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 8, 2023 to April 7, 2023. No refund after April 7, 2023; 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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