In the wake of the devastating wild fires in Maui, Hawaii, our thoughts are with those impacted by this historic event.
While the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort did not suffer direct fire damages, due to the significant impact in the Lahaina area of Maui, Hawaii, we have made the difficult decision to relocate our November 5-10, 2023, Maui, Hawaii, Current Topics in Anesthesia meeting and hotel block from the Hyatt Regency Maui in Maui, Hawaii to The Westin Hapuna in Kona, Hawaii. Attendees should check their email for more details.
Donations for Maui residents affected by fires can be made by visiting here.

Kona, Hawaii

On the Big Island, you'll find diverse rainforest ecosystems, tumbling waterfalls, and a warm and compelling culture whose people embody an authentic and heartfelt Aloha Spirit. The Kohala Coast, also referred to as the Gold Coast because of year round sunshine, stretches of beautiful white sand beaches, and spectacular championship golf courses, is located on the west coast of the Big Island, north of the Kona Coast. The Kohala Coast is Hawaii's golf mecca with world-class courses carved out of ancient lava flows, nestled among historical Hawaiian landmarks and fronting some of the most beautiful coastline of the Pacific. Waimea is home to Parker Ranch where fluorescent green pastures give way to lush valleys and a host of vibrant natural greens.

Within short driving distances of your hotel you can play tennis or go horseback riding. Take a hike into spectacular valleys (Waipio Valley and Pololu Valley are a hiker's paradise) and to hidden waterfalls. Explore the Pacific waters with tropical fish and turtles, go deep sea fishing, scuba diving, or boogie boarding. Visit the world's most famous observatories on majestic Mauna Kea (13,796 feet) for incredible scenery and star gazing. Watch for manta rays at night, delight in a helicopter flight over an active volcano, or go on a sunset cruise. Spring for a guided tour and discover places you normally would not find, be allowed to visit, or explore on your own. Walk to ancient fish ponds, sacred Hawaiian sites, heiaus, and petroglyphs on the Big Island.

Puukohola Heiau, built by King Kamehameha in Kawaihae next to Spencer Beach Park, is worth a visit to learn and experience Hawaiian history. Flume the historic Kohala Sugar Plantation irrigation ditch by kayak on a unique ecotour. Last but not least, the Kohala Coast shoreline offers plenty of opportunities for sunbathing, swimming, and watching the Humpback whales. We advise booking a rental car well in advance.

The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort

Located on Hapuna Beach, part of Mauna Kea Resort, The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort stretches along its namesake white-sand beach on the Island of Hawaii. The Kohala Coast is known for its world-class shoreline as well as for the cultural and archaeological gems nestled between its centuries-old lava fields. This resort's contemporary style contrasts perfectly with the lush, manicured gardens and the endless blues of the sky and the ocean.

Enjoy several dining venues throughout the Mauna Kea Beach Resort complex. Hit the links on the award-winning 18-hole Hapuna Golf Course designed by Arnold Palmer. Cool off in two swimming pools, including a 6,800-square-foot free-form family pool and an adult-exclusive infinity pool, overlooking Hapuna Beach. Stay on the top of your game in The WestinWorkout Center and Crossfit Studio or unwind with a luxurious treatment in the full service Hapuna Spa.

The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort features oversized guest rooms, all with beautiful ocean and sunset-facing views from their private lanai (balcony). Guest rooms are designed for Hawaii’s tropical ocean breezes with a brilliant double entry door design that allows guests to open the solid door and secure an outer one, with its wooden privacy louvers, for air flow. With the lanai door also open, sweet tropical breezes, and sounds of the ocean fill the room. Other amenities include 1 King or 2  Queen Westin Heavenly beds (based on hotel availability), coffee/tea maker, mini fridge, flat-screen TV, and much more.

The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort is located 22 miles from the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA). 

Self-parking and valet parking is reduced for NWAS attendees to $15 + tax, per day (normally $30 + tax, per day). Maximum 1 vehicle per room. Parking fees 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.

Current Topics in Anesthesia
Kona, Hawaii
November 5-10, 2023

Sunday, November 5

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0755 Welcome NWAS Staff
  0800 Cardiovascular Pharmacology I: Coronary Artery Disease J.Kaplan
  0900 Cardiovascular Pharmacology II: Heart Failure J.Kaplan
  1000 Break
  1015 Innovations in Orthopedic Anesthesia D.Auyong
  1115 Preoperative Evaluation T.Trentman
  1215 Adjourn

Monday, November 6

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0800 Anesthesia, the Autonomic Nervous System, and a Murder Mystery T.Trentman
  0900 Anesthesia and Hepatic Disease T.Trentman
  1000 Break
  1015 Updates on Cardiovascular Monitoring J.Kaplan
  1115 Interscalene Block Versus Alternatives for Shoulder Surgery: Are We Making Regional Anesthesia Safer or Overly Complicated? D.Auyong
  1215 Adjourn

Tuesday, November 7

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0800 Old and New Approaches to Old Problems: Truncal Blocks - Erector Spinae, Quadratus Lumborum PECS and Rectus Sheath D.Auyong
  0900 Continuous Nerve Blocks: Improving Outcomes D.Auyong
  1000 Break
  1015 OR Professionalism and the Age of Social Media T.Trentman
  1115 Management of Valvular Heart Disease Patients J.Kaplan
  1215 Adjourn

Wednesday, November 8 - Day Open


Thursday, November 9

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0800 Uncommon Cardiac Diseases and Noncardiac Surgery J.Kaplan
  0900 Dangers in Patients With Pulmonary Hypertension J.Kaplan
  1000 Break
  1015 Non-Opioid Analgesia D.Auyong
  1115 What's New With Aging Anesthesia Providers? T.Trentman
  1215 Adjourn

Friday, November 10

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0800 Case Studies in Disruptive Anesthesia Providers T.Trentman
  0900 Anesthesia, Burn Out, and Resilience T.Trentman
  1000 Break
  1015 Management of Cardiovascular Complications in PACU and ICU J.Kaplan
  1115 Local Anesthetic Toxicity D.Auyong
  1215 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 Class A CE

9 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 4/5/22


David B. Auyong, MD
Staff Anesthesiologist, Department of Anesthesiology
Medical Director, Lindeman Ambulatory Surgery Center
Section Head, Orthopedic Anesthesiology
Chair, Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Guiding Team
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Seattle, Washington

Joel A. Kaplan, MD
Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
University of California at San Diego and University of Louisville
Dean Emeritus, School of Medicine
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky

Terrence L. Trentman, MD
Chair Emeritus, Mayo Clinic Arizona
Professor of Anesthesiology
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Phoenix, Arizona


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, www.theABA.org, 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 1042439; Expiration Date 11/10/2023.

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.


No penalty if canceled by September 5, 2023. Cancellations between September 6, 2023, and October 6, 2023, incur a $100 fee. Cancellations after October 6, 2023, are not eligible for a refund. However, 50% of the tuition paid can 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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