Dallas, Texas

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Dallas is in the northeast Texas plains on the Trinity River. Settled in 1841, it grew from a trading post to a major cotton market by the 1870s. Dallas boomed with the oil business and was Texas’ first big city; today it is a major regional financial and commercial center.

Once viewed as a brash new city, it is now the proper Grande Dame of five Texas cities with metro area populations over one million. The “Big D” is thought of as a business town, but it is also a major tourist destination and the newer cosmopolitan attitudes have not erased Texas hospitality. The city prides itself on cultural assets like the Dallas Museum of Art, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, and Arts District Theater. Dealey Plaza memorializes President Kennedy’s assassination.

Cuisine is international and excellent, but local specialties are country cooking, barbecue, and Tex-Mex. Worthwhile day trips include Fort Worth’s excellent Kimbell, Amon Carter, and Modern Art Museums, the Fort Worth Zoo, and Six Flags theme park. There is fine bass fishing in nearby reservoirs and lakes, and a wide variety of professional and college sports teams for your entertainment.

The Highland Dallas

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Welcome to The Highland, ideally located between Dallas's upscale Park Cities and vibrant Lakewood neighborhoods. Here, the key elements of an elevated hotel experience converge to create your perfect stay, designed your way.  At the buzzing corner of Mockingbird Lane and North Central Expressway, this hotel opened Summer 2014.  At The Highland, award-winning dining at Knife, relaxation and wellness at Exhale Spa, an on-site pool and fitness center await you. Deluxe guest rooms feature a Flat-screen TV, DVD player, WiFi, large desk, seating area, luxurious bedding, mini-bar,  iHome docking station, Clock Radio w/ MP3 Connection,  hair dryer, iron/board, exclusive bath amenities and more. The Highland's location is a top amenity, too: Hotspot dining, shopping, and entertainment are quick walk or drive away, while Mockingbird Lane and North Central Expressway provide a direct shot to places like the SMU campus, NorthPark Center, downtown Dallas, Love Field Airport (DAL), the Dallas Convention Center, the Arts District George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Lakewood Theater and more.

Concurrent Workshops
PALS - March 10
ACLS - March 11
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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.

Topics in Anesthesia
Dallas, Texas
March 9-12, 2017

Thursday, March 9

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0730 Emergent Airway Management: Tips, Tricks, and Evidence H.DeSoto  
  0830 Anesthesia for Routine and Advanced GI Endoscopy H.DeSoto  
  0930 Break
  0945 Anesthetic Practices That Drive Me Crazy! H.DeSoto  
  1045 Dexmedetomidine, Ketamine, and Friends: TIVA Is Not Just Propofol J.Sanders  
  1145 Preoperative Optimization of the Pediatric Patient J.Sanders  
  1245 Adjourn
2.1 Pharmacology

Friday, March 10

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Office Based Anesthesia: Is It Safe? H.DeSoto  
  0830 Can We Really Bypass the PACU: Update on Fast-Tracking H.DeSoto  
  0930 Break
  0945 Safety in the Operating Room: The Human Side H.DeSoto  
  1045 Perioperative Fluid Management in Pediatric Anesthesia J.Sanders  
  1145 Preoperative Cardiac Evaluation: Do the Guidelines Tell Us What We Need to Know? E.Lobato  
  1245 Adjourn
1.9 Pharmacology
  1330 Optional PALS*

Saturday, March 11

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Regional Anesthesia in Children J.Sanders  
  0830 Diabetic Management in Anesthesia J.Sanders  
  0930 Break
  0945 Preoperative Pulmonary Evaluation: Why Is It Important and What Do We Really Need to Know? E.Lobato  
  1045 Intraoperative Myocardial Ischemia: Diagnosis and Management E.Lobato  
  1145 Anesthetic Management of the Patient With Valvular Heart Disease During Noncardiac Surgery: Who Is High Risk? E.Lobato  
  1245 Adjourn
1.4 Pharmacology
  1330 Optional ACLS*

Sunday, March 12

  0700 Registration Mandatory Sign In Continental Breakfast
  0730 A Few Things We Thought We Knew, but We Were Wrong J.Sanders  
  0830 Anesthesia for the Child With Neuromuscular Disease J.Sanders  
  0930 Break
  0945 Perioperative Evaluation and Management of Patients With Coronary Stents E.Lobato  
  1045 Anesthesia in the Elderly Patient: Clinical Pearls E.Lobato  
  1145 The Cocaine Positive Patient Scheduled for Elective Surgery: Cancel, Delay, or Press On? E.Lobato  
  1245 Adjourn
2.3 Pharmacology

20 CME

20 Class A CEC

7.7 Pharmacology Hours†

    *Separate schedule and tuition apply  


Hernando DeSoto, MD
Chief of Anesthesia University of Florida Proton Institute
Chief of Pediatric Anesthesia and Airway Services
UF Health Hospital
Jacksonville, Florida

Emilio B. Lobato, MD
Anesthesiology Services
North Florida/South Georgia VAMC
Gainesville, Florida

John C. Sanders, FRCA, MB, BS, BA, MA
Attending Anesthesiologist, Shriners
Hospitals for Children, Salt Lake City
Associate Professor, Pediatric Anesthesiology, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah


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 #1033375; Expiration Date 3/12/17.

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: 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, Austin, Texas, and 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 8, 2017 to February 7, 2017. No refund after February 7, 2017; 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 on a CD 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.