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.

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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 8-11, 2018

Thursday, March 8

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0730 Anesthesia for Trauma: Part I S.Barker  
  0830 Anesthesia for Trauma: Part II S.Barker  
  0930 Break
  0945 Anesthesia for the Elderly S.Barker  
  1045 The Massive Transfusion Protocol and Damage Control Resuscitation J.Waters  
  1145 Introduction to Patient Blood Management J.Waters  
  1245 Adjourn
0.8 Pharmacology Hours

Friday, March 9

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Management of Obstetrical Hemorrhage J.Waters  
  0830 Neuraxial Anesthesia and Coagulation Dysfunction J.Waters  
  0930 Break
  0945 New Developments in Oxygen Transport and Monitoring: Part I S.Barker  
  1045 New Developments in Oxygen Transport and Monitoring: Part II S.Barker  
  1145 Propofol Clinical Concerns M.Welliver  
  1245 Adjourn
1.2 Pharmacology Hours
  1355 Optional PALS Workshop*

Saturday, March 10

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 How Has Technology Affected Outcomes in Anesthesia? S.Barker  
  0830 Flying the Anesthesia Machine: So Easy a Caveman Can Do It? S.Barker  
  0930 Break
  0945 Neuromuscular Block: Where We've Been and Where We Are Going M.Welliver  
  1045 Muscle Relaxation: Is Residual Paralysis Still a Problem? M.Welliver  
  1145 Sugammadex: Clinical Applications M.Welliver  
  1245 Adjourn
3.1 Pharmacology Hours
  1355 Optional ACLS Workshop*

Sunday, March 11

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Airway Surgeries and Fire Risk M.Welliver  
  0830 Specific and Unintended Lung Isolation: Techniques and Consequences M.Welliver  
  0930 Break
  0945 Update on the Role of Lipid Emulsion in Clinical Practice: New Roles and Research Into Future Roles R.McAllister  
  1045 Vision for the Future: Update on Postoperative Vision Loss R.McAllister  
  1145 The Dangers of Social Media in Medical Practice R.McAllister  
  1245 Adjourn
1.2 Pharmacology Hours

20 CME

20 Class A CEC

6.3 Pharmacology Hours†

*Separate tuition and schedule applies.
Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.


Steven J. Barker, PhD, MD
Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Tucson, Arizona

Russell Keith McAllister, MD, DABPM
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Assistant Dean of Quality and Patient Safety
Residency Program Director
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
Scott & White Medical Center
Temple, Texas

Jonathan H. Waters, MD
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
School of Medicine University of Pittsburgh
Vice Chair, Clinical Research
Program Director Regional and Acute Pain Fellowship Program
Department of Anesthesiology, University of Pittsburgh
Medical Director Acute Interventional Pain Program of UPMC
Professor Swanson School of Engineering
Department of Bioengineering
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Mark D. Welliver, DNP, CRNA, ARNP
Associate Professor of Professional Practice
School of Nurse Anesthesia
Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, Texas
Director of Research and Clinical Staff Member
SunBelt Anesthesia Services
Jacksonville, Florida


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 #1034623; Expiration Date 3/11/2018.

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 7, 2018 to February 6, 2018. No refund after February 6, 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.