Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Begin your trip to Halifax along the water. The Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk offers everything from fine dining to food trucks, street buskers, ship tours, and a plethora of shops to browse for souvenirs. Grab a brew at one of several small pubs or wine bars, or head south down the boardwalk to hit up the farmer's market for the freshest in local produce. Nearby Dartmouth is just a ferry ride away. Be sure to check out the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, featuring Titanic artifacts, steam and sailing ship exhibits, and even a history of piracy.

Centrally located in Halifax are the Halifax Public Gardens, where abundant beds of roses, other seasonal blooms, and various tree and shrub species grow in beautiful contrast to their urban surroundings. Watch geese meander their way along the water, take a leisurely stroll, and enjoy the statues, fountains, and perhaps even a concert at the bandstand in one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian garden.

If you're a history buff, the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is full of treasures. In its heyday, this stunning fortress was charged with the protection of Halifax and fortified with a moat, numerous cannons, and impregnable stone walls. Tour guides, clad in kilted uniform, will take you on a trip through time to Halifax's colonial era. Hike up the ramparts to take in sweeping views of the surrounding city and harbor.

Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

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Head for the water and discover an unparalleled travel experience at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. Offering guests a superb harbor-facing location in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, this hotel is one of the city’s premier destinations.

Wake up each morning and enjoy a coffee beverage in the lobby Starbucks® before venturing out to explore downtown Halifax and beyond; this hotel is close to notable attractions including Halifax Scotiabank Centre, home to area’s best concerts and events. Guests will appreciate the full 24-hour fitness facility and an indoor pool and whirlpool. Escape to a restoring environment at Interlude Spa, offering a variety of treatments designed to give you the ultimate relaxation experience to rejuvenate mind and body. Wind down each evening at Harbourstone Sea Grill & Pour House, which serves Canadian coastal cuisine in a sophisticated setting.

Guest rooms feature 1 King or 2 Double beds (based on availability), luxurious bedding, free Wi-Fi access, mini-refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, iron/board, safe, alarm clock, hair dryer, marble bathroom and more. The Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel is located approximately 22 miles from Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ).

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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
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
August 28-31, 2017

Monday, August 28

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0730 Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Bioterrorism: An Update for the Anesthesia Provider: Are You Ready? L.Guzzi  
  0830 Blast Injuries and Acute Lung Injury: An Anesthesia and Critical Care Review L.Guzzi  
  0930 Break
  0945 Hard Lessons Learned From Unexpected Bad Outcomes: Part I J.Drummond  
  1045 Hard Lessons Learned From Unexpected Bad Outcomes: Part II J.Drummond  
  1145 A Routine Case, Then Anaphylaxis M.Murphy  
  1245 Adjourn

Tuesday, August 29

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 The Obesity Epidemic M.Murphy  
  0830 The Procedure Went Well, but the Patient Is Blind! Postop Vision Loss M.Murphy  
  0930 Break
  0945 The Anesthesia Record: Documentation and Clarity L.Guzzi  
  1045 A Perioperative Event Has Occurred: Defense and Litigation L.Guzzi  
  1145 Tight Perioperative Glucose Control: Where Are We Now and How Did We Get Here? J.Drummond  
  1245 Adjourn

Wednesday, August 30

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Infectious Disease and Risk for the Anesthesia Provider: Hepatitis, HIV, MRSA, The New Threats L.Guzzi  
  0830 Should Our Patients (Some? All? None?) Take Statins Perioperatively? J.Drummond  
  0930 Break
  0945 Should Anyone Else in the OR Be Taking Statins Too? J.Drummond  
  1045 Managing the Patient With Cardiac Disease I: What Does Cardiac Clearance Really Mean? M.Murphy  
  1145 Managing the Patient With Cardiac Disease II: Stents and CIEDs in the Perioperative Period M.Murphy  
  1245 Adjourn

Thursday, August 31

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Enhanced Recovery after Surgery: General Guidelines L.Guzzi  
  0830 Enhanced Recovery after Surgery: Anesthesia Implications L.Guzzi  
  0930 Break
  0945 Common Misunderstandings and Misadventures in Neuroanesthesia J.Drummond  
  1045 Does Avoidance of "Deep Anesthesia" Reduce Mortality, POCD, or Delirium? J.Drummond  
  1145 Ethics and Risk Management in Our Business: Update for 2017 M.Murphy  
  1245 Adjourn

20 CME I

20 Class A CEC

Pharmacology Hours TBD†


John C. Drummond, MD, FRCPC
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
University of California, San Diego
Staff Anesthesiologist, VA Medical Center
San Diego, California

Louis Guzzi, MD
Attending in Anesthesia and CCM
Clinical Professor of Anesthesia and CCM
Florida State University School of Medicine
FHMG Medical Group
Orlando, Florida

Mark T. Murphy, MD
MSN Education, LLC
Austin, Texas
Medical Director
Northwest Anesthesia Seminars
Pasco, Washington


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 #1034085; Expiration Date 08/31/17.

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 June 29, 2017 to July 29, 2017. No refund after July 29, 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 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.