Duck Key, Florida

Ditch city life and head for the islands of the Lower Keys. Snorkel and dive over the Looe Key coral reef, bike through Key Deer country, or take a fishing excursion in the back country. At Marathon’s Crane Point, visitors can hike through a perfectly preserved tropical hardwood grove and visit the home of an early 20th Century settler family. Marathon’s natural environment has activities for everyone including sailing, fishing, diving, snorkeling, scuba, and more.

Sombrero Reef, a federally protected section of the United States’ only living coral barrier reef, lies just a few miles offshore. Discover the island’s impeccably maintained Sombrero Beach and a host of eco-attractions and marine-based environmental programs such as turtle encounters. Beyond that are the deep blue waters of the Florida Straits, which host world-class wreck diving on artificial reefs. Hawks Cay Island Resort, located midway down the Florida Keys on the secluded 60 acre island of Duck Key, offers excellent fishing, water sports, dolphin interaction programs, five gorgeous swimming pools, and luxurious accommodations. Plan a vacation with your family and friends where you can dine in exquisite restaurants and relax in a full-service spa, while kids and teens have fun, all in the casual, relaxed pace of the Keys.

Daily flights are offered into nearby Miami (90 miles), Fort Lauderdale (130 miles), and Key West (60 miles) International airports. Having a rental car is advised. For those who prefer to travel via water, Hawks Cay can easily be reached via the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico and offers a full-service marina, with dockage for vessels up to 110 feet.

Hawks Cay Resort

Hawks Cay has a long history of honors, including being named as one of  the Top 10 Resorts in Florida Keys – 2021 Reader's Choice Awards Conde' Nast, among others. Hawks Cay Resort is the only resort in the continental United States that features an on-site dolphin research facility, with a variety of educational and exciting programs for adults, children, and the entire family to enjoy. Located just a few miles from the dock are the only living coral reefs in the continental United States, the strong Gulfstream currents, the fish-filled waters of Everglades National Park, and many productive local flats and bridges.

Hawks Cay Marina features knowledgeable and friendly Florida Keys fishing captains and guides and a complete fleet of both charter boats, rides, and rentals to accommodate anglers and water lovers of all ages and skill levels. The resort also offers plenty of activities for little ones, tweens, and teens. For adults, the Calm Waters Spa offers locally-influenced treatments and therapies that utilize the natural ingredients and aromas of the islands. You'll also find a salon services, a modern fitness center, and Cliff Drysdale Tennis®. When its time to dine, the restaurants at Hawks Cay embrace the true flavor of the islands and you're never more than a short stroll from your next meal or cool drink. Enjoy a romantic dinner at Sixty-One Prime, a cozy glass of wine by the fire pit or a toes-in-the-sand lunch at Oasis Cay or sit back and relax dockside as you savor some of the Key's favorite dishes or bring your own catch for a Hook and Cook meal. Guest rooms provide a laid-back tropical setting where you can relax, sip a cool drink and bury your worries in the sand. All rooms feature amenities such as premium bedding, bathrobes, flat screen TV, mini-fridge, safe 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 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
Duck Key, Florida
March 2-5, 2023

Thursday, March 2

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff
  0730 Pulmonary Hypertension: Management Essentials for Anesthesia Providers D.Sutherland
  0830 Vascular Surgery Update 2023: It's a World of Stents but Don't Forget the Past D.Sutherland
  0930 Break
  0945 Perioperative Use of the Focused Assessed Transthoracic Echocardiography (FATE) Exam J.Shields
  1045 Perioperative Use of the Focused Assessment Using Sonography for Trauma (FAST) Exam J.Shields
  1145 Patient Selection and Preoperative Evaluation for Ambulatory Surgery T.Tran
  1245 Adjourn

Friday, March 3

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Updates on Ambulatory Surgery T.Tran
  0830 Sedation Techniques for Ophthalmic Surgery T.Tran
  0930 Break
  0945 Preoperative Considerations for the Cardiac Patient Undergoing Noncardiac Surgery D.Sutherland
  1045 Myths of Anesthesia: Why Do We Do What We Do? D.Sutherland
  1145 Anesthesia Considerations for Transcutaneous Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and Mitraclip J.Shields
  1245 Adjourn

Saturday, March 4

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Anesthesia Considerations for Left Ventricular Assist Device J.Shields
  0830 Anesthesia Considerations for Electrophysiology Procedures / Cardiac Ablation J.Shields
  0930 Break
  0945 Identifying and Managing Risks: Medically Complex Patients Scheduled for Low-Risk Surgery T.Tran
  1045 Anesthesia for Pediatric Patients: Pearls for the Adult Anesthesiologist T.Tran
  1145 Distracted Care: How Technology Is Driving Us Away From the Patient D.Sutherland
  1245 Adjourn

Sunday, March 5

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Disruptive Provider Behavior: There Is No Room for Poor Citizenship in Healthcare D.Sutherland
  0830 Provider Wellness 2023: How Do We Keep Ourselves Afloat? D.Sutherland
  0930 Break
  0945 Collaboration in ASCs T.Tran
  1045 Basic Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography J.Shields
  1145 Anesthesia Considerations in Patients With Cardiac Electronic Implantable Devices (Pacemakers, ICDs, Ventricular Assist Devices) J.Shields
  1245 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 CE

5.1 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 1/10/22


Dale F. Sutherland, MD
Delaware Anesthesia Associates
Director, Cardiac Anesthesia
Pain Management
Lewes, Delaware

John Shields, DNP, CRNA
Academic Faculty Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia
Department of Anesthesiology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee

Tina Tran, MD
Chief of Anesthesia for the Wilmer Eye Institute
Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Taussig Faculty, Colleges Advisory Program
Co-Director of Clinical Preceptorship in Anesthesiology
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland


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: 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 1041934; Expiration Date 03/05/2023.

Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) 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 January 1, 2023 to January 31, 2023. No refund after January 31, 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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