Honolulu, Hawaii

Located on the south shore of Honolulu, the world-famous neighborhood of Waikiki was once a playground for Hawaiian royalty. Today, Waikiki is Oahu’s main resort area and a vibrant gathering place for visitors from around the world. Waikiki is most famous for its beaches - with Leahi (Diamond Head) as your backdrop, the calm waters of Waikiki are perfect for a surfing lesson or catamaran ride. But there’s more to Waikīkī than just the beach. Attractions like the Honolulu Zoo and the Waikīkī Aquarium offer fun for the whole family.  High-end boutiques, shops, and restaurants can be found all along Kalākaua and Kūhiō Avenues and at gathering places like the Royal Hawaiian Center, the Waikīkī Beach Walk and the International Market Place. Waikīkī is within a half hour of a variety of Oʻahu attractions, including Pearl Harbor, ʻIolani Palace, the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout and Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Nature Preserve, a marine life conservation district. While most visitors spend the majority of their time in Honolulu and Waikīkī, there are treasures waiting to be discovered throughout the island.

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach is proudly named after the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Queen Lili'uokalani and welcomes you to a fresh perspective on resorts and was voted #8 AMONG TOP 25 RESORTS IN HAWAII BY CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2021. Located on the fashionable Kalakaua Avenue, it presides over the most famous shoreline in the world, just steps away from the Waikiki Beach. Surrounded by the ocean, Diamond Head and Waikiki, 'Alohilani is a modern oasis offering a refreshing balance of energy and relaxation in a lively, urban location. Attractions within walking distance include the Honolulu Zoo, International Market place, Waikiki Aquarium, and the Royal Hawaiian Center to name a few.

Be greeted by the open-air lobby and two story 280,000 gallon Oceanarium. Revel in the 17,000 square foot seascape pool deck, infinity pool and hot tub, or relax with a treatment at the Island Club and Spa. Stay fit at the rooftop fitness center offering sunset yoga, tennis lessons, batting cages, and more. Find the perfect treasure or souvenir at the resort's retail boutiques, featuring a curated mix of local and international brands. Finally, don't forget to elevate your beach day with a rental from nearby Beach Candy Waikiki offering a range of rental gear such as surfboards, paddle boards, beach chairs and beach toys to enhance your experience.

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach features four dining outlets, including two Asian restaurants from Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Sample casual ramen, dim sum and traditional wok fried dishes, peruse the expansive buffet at Makana Lani, or visit Piccola Onda for casual Italian. Round out your meal with ice cream from Double Fat Ice Cream or Haagen-dazs, Waikiki or cool off with a specialty drink at one of the resort bars.

Guest rooms are approximately 330 square feet and blend luxury with local elements and most have a private lanai. Guest room amenities include 1 king or 2 queen beds (based on hotel availability), flat screen TV,  compact refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, iron/board, safe, hairdryer, and more.

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach is located approximately 9 miles from the Daniel K. Inouye Honolulu International Airport (HNL). Resort parking is discounted for guests that reserve their room via NWAS/NWWT reservation methods only: Self-parking $25 per vehicle, per day (normally $48 per vehicle, per day); Valet parking $45 per vehicle, per day (normally $55 per vehicle, per day). 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
Honolulu, Hawaii
July 21-25, 2025

Monday, July 21

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff
  0730 Preoperative Cardiac Evaluation for Noncardiac Surgery: What the Guidelines Do Not Tell Us E.Lobato
  0830 Perioperative Risk Calculators: How Many Do We Need? E.Lobato
  0930 Break
  0945 Aortic Stenosis and Anesthesia: Taking the Fear Out of Fearsome S.Khoche
  1045 Inotropes and Vasopressors S.Khoche
  1145 Perioperative Acupuncture: An Overview of the Evidence J.Ortiz
  1245 Adjourn

Tuesday, July 22

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Obstetric Anesthesia: Hot Topics J.Ortiz
  0830 Point-of-Care Applications of Ultrasound (PoCUS): Improving Perioperative Management J.Ortiz
  0930 Break
  0945 Preoperative Pulmonary Evaluation: What Do I Need to Know? E.Lobato
  1045 Perioperative Management of Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices E.Lobato
  1145 Factor Concentrates, Hemostasis and New Developments S.Khoche
  1245 Adjourn

Wednesday January 23 – Day Open


Thursday, January 24

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Post-Spinal Hypotension in C-Sections: Keeping It Up S.Khoche
  0830 Stress Dose Steroids Prior to Anesthesia S.Khoche
  0930 Break
  0945 Regional Anesthesia for the Trauma Patient J.Ortiz
  1045 Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management: Outcomes and New Frontiers J.Ortiz
  1145 Cocaine and Elective Surgery: Delay or Press On? E.Lobato
  1245 Adjourn

Friday, January 25

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Intraoperative Diagnosis of Myocardial Ischemia: Why It Is Important E.Lobato
  0830 Coronary Stents and Noncardiac Surgery: Challenges and Controversies E.Lobato
  0930 Break
  0945 Perioperative Care of the Elderly: How Can We Improve Outcomes? J.Ortiz
  1045 Pulmonary Hypertension and RV Failure: Ever-Present Danger S.Khoche
  1145 The Logic of Glycemic Control for the Anesthesia Team S.Khoche
  1245 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 Class A CE

20 CE

6 Pharmacology Hours†

  Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.  
  Rev. 2/20/24  


Swapnil Khoche, MBBS, DNB, FCARCSI
Associate Professor
University of CA, San Diego
San Diego, California

Emilio B. Lobato, MD
Anesthesiology Services
North Florida / South Georgia VAMC
Gainesville, Florida

Jaime Ortiz, MD, MBA, CMQ, FASA
Professor of Anesthesiology
Vice Chair for Clinical Quality, Outcomes and Research
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas 


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 1044500; Expiration Date 07/25/2025.

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 of the AR, DC, FL, GA, KS, KY, MI, MS, NH, NM, ND, SC, WV, and WY nursing boards. 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 May 21, 2025. Cancellations between May 22, 2025, and June 21, 2025, incur a $100 fee. Cancellations after June 21, 2025, 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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