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  Day Date Port Arrive Depart
  Mon Aug 19 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 5:00PM
  Tue Aug 20 Catania, Sicily 12:00PM 8:00PM
  Wed Aug 21 Valletta, Malta 8:00AM 5:00PM
  Thu Aug 22 At Sea
  Fri Aug 23 Santorini, Greece 7:00AM 7:00PM
  Sat Aug 24 Athens (Piraeus), Greece 6:00AM 6:00PM
  Sun Aug 25 Mykonos, Greece 7:00AM 7:00PM
  Mon Aug 26 Nafplion, Greece 7:00AM 7:00PM
  Tue Aug 27 Katakolon, Greece 9:00AM 7:00PM
  Wed Aug 28 At Sea
  Thu Aug 29 Naples, Italy 7:00AM 6:30PM
  Fri Aug 30 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 5:00AM

Monday, August 19 – Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

Rome (Civitavecchia), ItalyPlan your time here carefully, as the Eternal City’s sights are endless: The Colosseum, the Forum, the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican, Venice Square, Trajan Markets, Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and so much more. Countless museums and art galleries are also to be found. Additionally, some of Italy’s finest shopping incorporates entire streets: Via Nazionale, Via del Corso, Via Frattina, Piazza di Spagna, and Via del Tritone.

Tuesday, August 20 – Catania, Sicily

Catania, Sicily Volcanic Mount Etna towers over the landscape of Catania, a beautiful little Mediterranean city with a tough history. Historically, Catania has been burned and toppled seven times, victim to lava flows, earthquakes, and occupation over the centuries by Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab and Norman invaders. At the heart of Catania sits the Piazza Duomo. From here you can find transport to local tours, small eateries, a fish market, and city hall. Marvel at the baroque architecture of the Monastero dei Benedettini, a monastery turned university building that offers guided tours.

Wednesday, August 21 – Valletta, Malta – Day Open

Valletta, MaltaFounded in 1565, the tiny capital of Valletta, Malta is a piece of living history. Once a refuge for Crusaders of the Order of St. John, this fortified city overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and features sights like the spectacular Co-Cathedral of St. John whose intricately carved stone vaults and famed painting by Caravaggio exemplify the city’s status as a UNESCO world heritage site. The Grand Masters’ Palace, the official residence of the Maltese president and former home to Malta’s parliament, features a grand collection of 5000 suits of 16th- to 18th-century armor.

Thursday, August 22 – At Sea

Friday, August 23 – Santorini, Greece – Day Open

Santorini, GreeceThe harbor on this island was created by a volcano in 1,500 BC and the effect is still explosive; 1,000 foot-high cliffs rise from sea level and dazzling white houses cling to the cliffs. Santorini offers a wealth of scenery. Visit the Mountain of Prophet Elias 2,000 feet above sea level offering panoramic views of the island. From the caldera viewpoint, you can see how Santorini’s three islands form a crater rim left by a massive eruption in 1,600 BC.

Saturday, August 24 – Athens (Piraeus), Greece – Day Open

Athens (Piraeus), GreeceThe remains of ancient Athens constitute one of the brightest jewels of the Mediterranean—a city that has stood for more than 25 centuries. Athens features the Acropolis, Constitution Square, Hadrian’s Arch, the Olympic Stadium, and more. Ancient Athens was a powerful city-state, center for the arts, learning, philosophy, and home of Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum.

Sunday, August 25 – Mykonos, Greece – Day Open

Mykonos, GreeceMykonos Town (Chora) is a stunningly picturesque Cycladic town with a maze of tiny streets and whitewashed steps, lanes, houses and churches, gathered around its harbour. Although the streets are lined with little shops, boutiques, art galleries, cafes, stylish bars and restaurants, Mykonos Town has not completely lost its Aegean charm.

Monday, August 26 – Nafplion, Greece – Day Open

Nafplion, GreeceTour Greece’s most prized ruins: the Ascelpion in Epidaurus, sanctuary of the god of healing; the Grand Palace at Mycenae, once King Agamemnon’s domain. The four-mile-long Corinth Canal facilitates shipping between the Ionian sea and the Aegean, as it has for a hundred years.

Tuesday, August 27 – Katakolon, Greece – Day Open

Katakolon, GreeceKatakolon is a small port on the Ionian Sea coast of the Peloponnese Peninsula, close to Pyrgos. While Katakolon’s main street is just a five-minute walk from the pier, you will probably want to venture farther out to see the ancient site of Olympia, the storied place where the Olympic Games originated in 776 BC. A look at the impressive monuments, including the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, and the famous stadium, along with a visit to the nearby Archaeological Museum, offers a fascinating introduction to the Games and ancient mythology.

Wednesday, August 28 – At Sea

Thursday, August 29 – Naples, Italy – Day Open

Naples, ItalyMeticulous excavation has bared the soul of a city frozen in time since 79 AD. Discover Pompeii, perfectly preserved, and gain an insight into the lives of the ancient Romans as you discover baths, theaters, temples, markets, and the huge forum. For a breath of fresh air, sail across the bay to the flowery Isle of Capri or visit the ostentatious boutiques of Sorrento, a village brimming with character, picturesque streets, and charming people. Sorrento inspired the Greeks’ and Romans’ art and industry, and you will find an extraordinary collection of wood work, mosaics, furniture, embroidery, and porcelain.

Friday August 30 – Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy – Disembark

The Ship: Celebrity EdgeSM

Celebrity EdgeCelebrity EdgeSM marks a turning point in approach to ship design. From the incredible new Magic Carpet to the private plunge pools in the new 2-story Edge Villas, this ship design is the most unique at sea. The outward facing design breaks from traditional ship design in dramatic style.

Ffeel more connected with the sea and the places you’ll visit while relaxing in a variety of spaces ranging from the Edge Staterooms with Infinite VerandasSM, to the re-imagined, terraced pool deck that offers even greater views of the destinations and shimmer of the ocean.

Ship Features:

Rooftop Garden: The Rooftop Garden is full of unexpected pleasures day and night. Find a cozy chair, sink in, and get lost in a good book. Sip a refreshing cocktail as you gaze out over the open ocean. Satisfy your cravings with gourmet burgers, brisket, and BBQ at the Rooftop Garden Grill. Drift away to the rhythm of live musical performances coming down to you from treetop sculptures. Get caught up in a friendly game of giant chess with fellow vacationers.

Pool Deck: Designed by Tom Wright, the Celebrity Edge main pool and surrounding areas showcase the terraced Pool Deck—a stunning asymmetrical space that makes ocean views and landscapes the focal point.

At the center of this space is a 25-yard lap pool, the largest in our fleet, featuring in-pool loungers. Positioned magnificently above the Pool Bar is an oversized and ever-changing mirror installation. Along with unique tree sculptures that add an air of whimsy, it’s part of a remarkable poolside gallery that sets this space apart from any other at sea.

Another attention-grabbing addition to the pool deck—and another first for Celebrity—are two striking, two-story martini hot tubs, that take unwinding at sea to new heights.

Private Cabanas: Just off the pool deck are the outward-facing, private cabanas. Spacious (165 square feet) and airy (more than 18 feet high), these luxurious coves invite you to climb in and get lost in the plush seating and incredible views of the sea. At night, ambient lighting turns the cabanas into intimate spaces perfect for enjoying cocktails and the moonlight glimmering off the ocean.

The Solarium: The Solarium now features a three-dimensional art wall that represents the beautiful colors and movement of the ocean. It’s the perfect complement to the serene atmosphere where you can restore both your tan and your sanity.

A Taste of Film: Catch a movie at A Taste of Film for an interactive fusion of food and film. Dance the night away as a live band plays your favorite songs. Or just lie back on a comfy lounger and gaze up at the sea of stars above you as you glide over the sea below.

The Magic Carpet: The Magic Carpet is designed with comfortable seating, a full bar, and space for live music performances. Depending on the positioning, its mood and function changes—providing exciting new venues, incredible visual perspectives, and a distinct experience on every deck it visits.

At the very top of the ship, the Magic Carpet becomes an extraordinary venue high in the sky where mouthwatering experiences such as Dinner on the Edge are hosted. Down to Deck 14, the Magic Carpet becomes a stunning extension of the main pool area, while on Deck 5, it serves as an unforgettable, open-air dining experience. Then at the bottom on Deck 2, the Magic Carpet becomes an extension of modern luxury at The Destination Gateway.

Eden: Eden, like so many aspects of Celebrity Edge, represents another revolution in modern luxury travel. It’s a space where nature is so present, it is “a room that lives.” It’s an experience so multi-faceted and innovative, you won’t find anything else like it at sea. No two visits to Eden are ever the same.


Veranda Stateroom

ocean view veranda

Spacious staterooms located throughout the ship, each with its own private veranda.

Oceanview Stateroom

ocean view

Window staterooms with a sitting area where you can kick back and relax after a day that has been as busy or easy as you want.

Inside Stateroom


Staterooms with ample living space, including a flat screen TV.

We have a block of cabins for seminar participants.
Once this block is sold, cabins are on availability only and may be at a higher rate.
Cruises sell out early

Travel Arrangements

To receive these discounted cruise fares you must book your cruise through NWAS. We have all of the information regarding the cruise and seminar and can make your cruise reservations.


Reservations will be secured and cabins assigned upon receipt of passenger deposit of $500 per cabin. Final payment as instructed by our travel agent. Due to the number of details needed to complete cruise cabin booking accurately, a cabin will not be booked for you until you have spoken with one of our cruise agents via phone or via direct email correspondence. Please contact our office at 1-800-222-6927 or 1-509-547-7065 to complete your cruise reservation.

Discounted Fares

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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.

Current Anesthesia Practice 11-Night Amalfi Coast and Greek Isles Cruise August 19–30, 2019

Monday, August 19 - Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

  1700 Ship Sails (subject to change)

Tuesday, August 20 - Catania, Sicily

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0640 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0645 The Obesity Epidemic M.Murphy  
  0745 Breakfast
  0830 Anesthesia for the Patient With Obstructive Sleep Apnea C.Petrovitch  
  0930 Mechanisms of Coagulation: Round Up the Usual Suspects C.Petrovitch  
  1030 Common Bleeding Disorders: What to Do? C.Petrovitch  
  1130 Adjourn

Wednesday, August 21 - Valletta, Malta - Day Open

Thursday, August 22 - At Sea

  0815 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0830 Drugs That Affect the Hemostatic Mechanism: Part I C.Petrovitch  
  0930 Drugs That Affect the Hemostatic Mechanism: Part II C.Petrovitch  
  1030 Break
  1045 A Routine Case, Then Anaphylaxis M.Murphy  
  1145 Is There Anything New in PONV? M.Murphy  
  1245 Lunch Break
  1330 Herbs, Supplements and Other Substances Your Patients Are Not Reporting M.Murphy  
  1430 If the Procedure Went Well, Why Am I Blind? POVL M.Murphy  
  1530 Break
  1545 Monitoring Cerebral Oximetry: Can This Improve Patient Outcomes? C.Petrovitch  
  1645 Preoperative Evaluation, Preop Testing: Is There a Short Cut Out of the Maze? C.Petrovitch  
  1745 Adjourn

Friday, August 23 - Santorini, Greece - Day Open

Saturday, August 24 - Athens (Piraeus), Greece - Day Open

Sunday, August 25 - Mykonos, Greece - Day Open

Monday, August 26 - Nafplion, Greece - Day Open

Tuesday, August 27 - Katakolon, Greece - Day Open


Wednesday, August 28 - At Sea

  0815 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0830 Preoperative Evaluation of the Patient With Heart Disease: What Are the Current Guidelines? C.Petrovitch  
  0930 The Patient With Cardiac Disease: Management, Monitoring and Meds! M.Murphy  
  1030 Break
  1045 Managing the Patient With Cardiac Disease: Stents and CIEDs in the Perioperative Period M.Murphy  
  1145 I Think I Remember My Surgery M.Murphy  
  1245 Lunch Break
  1330 Postoperative Delirium: Does Our Anesthetic Management Make a Difference? C.Petrovitch  
  1430 Acute Pain Management: Opioids and Non-Opioids: What's Your Choice? C.Petrovitch  
  1530 Break
  1545 Recent Cases From the Literature M.Murphy  
  1645 Risk Management: The Minefields Where You Walk and Work M.Murphy  
  1745 Adjourn

20 CME

20 CEC

Pharmacology Hours TBD†


Thursday, August 29 - Naples, Italy - Day Open

Friday August 30 - Rome (Civitavecchia) Italy - Disembark


Mark T. Murphy, MD
MSN Education, LLC
St. Petersburg, FL
Medical Director
Northwest Anesthesia Seminars
Pasco, Washington

Charise Petrovitch, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology
George Washington University
Washington, District of Columbia


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 is designed to meet requirements for Class A CE credit. Once approved by AANA, this will be indicated.

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 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.


$100 between June 20, 2018 and July 20, 2018. No refund after July 20, 2018; however, 50% of tuition paid may be applied toward tuition for another NWAS program within the next 12 months. Cancellation must be in writing.


Penalties apply for cancellation of the cruise for any reason. We strongly recommend purchase of the cancellation insurance. Ask us for details. Please be aware that premiums paid for insurance are non-refundable.


We reserve the right to cancel a course for any reason. In such case, a minimum of 60 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 cruise fare, airfare, hotel, or other liabilities you may incur. We highly recommend purchase of travel insurance. Travel at your own risk.

FAP (Frequent Attendee Points)

FAP lets you accumulate points based on dollars spent with NWAS including net cruise, 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! FAP is an especially valuable bonus when you book your cruises through NWAS. Not only do you receive the lowest fare, but you get a 1.5% of net cruise fare credit toward future tuition!. 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. 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.

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