Denver, Colorado

Welcome to Denver, where 300 days of sunshine, a thriving cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods, and natural beauty combine for the world’s most spectacular playground. A young, active city at the base of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Denver’s stunning architecture, award-winning dining and unparalleled views are all within walking distance from the 16th Street pedestrian mall.

The 16th Street Mall is over a mile long, it has shuttle rides going end to end, giving you easy access to more than 250+ stores lining the street making it a favorite tourist destination. Cherry Creek is Denver’s premiere upscale shopping and dining neighborhood, just five minutes from downtown. Boasting 320 independently owned shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and spas, Cherry Creek North offers 16 blocks of retail bliss.

But it’s not all shopping, galleries, and tasty diversions. Denver’s seven professional sports teams entertain year-round as do numerous history, art and cultural museums and attractions. And don't forget the Denver Botanic Gardens, Dinosaur Ridge, amusement parks, sports museums and nearby outdoor adventures galore! Rocky Mountain National Park offers an unforgettable trip into the heart of the Rocky Mountains and is located 71 miles west of Denver.

The 22-mile Cherry Creek Bike Path connects to downtown and beyond, creating the perfect route for a morning run or an afternoon ride. The Mile High City is an outdoor adventure and pro sports paradise. Get out and enjoy!

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

From the moment you arrive at Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, you’ll feel a powerful sense of belonging and a deep connection to the lively city that surrounds you. The hotel has recently completed a massive $80 million transformation journey bringing a new arrival experience, a lobby with town-square energy, world-class culinary experiences, open and collaborative work spaces, and redesigned guest rooms. You'll find new spaces for you to work, meet or simply relax, with a reinvented lobby. Unwind at the redesigned rooftop swimming pool, one of the only outdoor heated pools open year-round in Denver that features a big-screen TV, plenty of comfortable seating, plus a game room where adults can unwind and have fun. Keep up your routine in the well-equipped Sheraton Fitness Center or by exploring this walkable city and the endless outdoor adventures that the surrounding area has to offer, including hiking, climbing and exploring in Rocky Mountain National Park.

With Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel as your home base, the city is yours to explore. Directly outside the hotel's doors, you'll find the 16th Street Mall, a mile-long pedestrian promenade brimming with shopping, dining, nightlife, and entertainment. Nearby attractions beckon; catch a game at Coors Field, experience an exhibit at The Denver Art Museum or enjoy a trip to the Denver Zoo.

Back at the hotel, delight in enticing, creative, locally sourced and inspired cuisine, features the distinctive flavors of the American West. The newest culinary offerings include the unique and captivating Bezel lounge, and the always-bustling 16th Street Commons Coffee Bar. Relax in newly renovated guest rooms, enhanced to provide a premium experience. Larger Guest Rooms are approximately 680 square feet and offer 1 King or 2 Queen platform-style Sheraton Sleep Experience Beds that feature integrated reading lights and ample bedside charging. Updated bathrooms are outfitted with a stylish vanity unit and elegant shower room. You'll also find ergonomic workspaces and deluxe in-room amenities like a refreshment center with a mini-refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, safe, alarm clock, hair dryer, iron/board and more.

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel is located approximately 26 miles from the Denver International Airport (DEN). Onsite Valet parking is available for approximately $54 per day. Parking rates subject to change without notice.

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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.

Topics in Anesthesia
Denver, Colorado
September 14-17, 2023

Thursday, September 14

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff
  0730 Informed Consent for Anesthesia Procedures: Obtaining Informed Consent in Grey Zone Patients K.Schroeder
  0830 Airway Assessment: Moving Beyond Mallampati K.Schroeder
  0930 Break
  0945 What You Don't Know About Ultrapotent Opioids Can Kill You K.Schroeder
  1045 Obstetric Hemorrhage: Why Is She Bleeding and How Bad Is It? A.Traynor
  1145 Obstetric Hemorrhage: The Team Approach to Treatment A.Traynor
  1245 Adjourn

Friday, September 15

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Preparing Children for the Operating Room: What Are the Current Practices? A.Chandrakantan
  0830 Drug-Induced Sleep Endoscopy: Anesthetic Considerations A.Chandrakantan
  0930 Break
  0945 Navigating Operating Room Emergencies K.Schroeder
  1045 Pain Management for Trauma Patients K.Schroeder
  1145 Pediatric Anesthesia and Neurodevelopment: Long-Term Impact of Our Drugs A.Chandrakantan
  1245 Adjourn

Saturday, September 16

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 The Opioid Epidemic and the Anesthesia: How Much Is Too Little? A.Chandrakantan
  0830 Caudal Blocks and Kids: What You Need to Know A.Chandrakantan
  0930 Break
  0945 Current Thinking About Post-Dural Puncture Headache A.Traynor
  1045 Anesthesia for Postpartum Tubal Ligations: Why It Is Such an Important Case and How to Get It Done A.Traynor
  1145 Cardiac Arrest in Labor and Delivery A.Traynor
  1245 Adjourn

Sunday, September 17

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 My Name Is Not Anesthesia: Communication in the OR A.Traynor
  0830 Troubleshooting Epidural Analgesia A.Traynor
  0930 Break
  0945 Troubleshooting PACU Problems A.Chandrakantan
  1045 Perioperative Pain Management for Shoulder Surgery: Novel Techniques to Spare the Diaphragm K.Schroeder
  1145 Frontiers of Regional Anesthesia K.Schroeder
  1245 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 Class A CE

7.5 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 9/12/23



Arvind Chandrakantan, MD, MBA, FAAP, FASA
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics
Texas Children’s Hospital
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

Kristopher M. Schroeder, MD, FASA
Vice Chair of Faculty Development
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Madison, Wisconsin

Andrea J. Traynor, MD
Clinical Professor
Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship Director
Co-Editor in Chief, Manual of Clinical Anesthesiology
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Management
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, California


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 1042524; Expiration Date 09/17/2023.

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 July 6, 2023 to August 5, 2023. No refund after August 5, 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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