Kissimmee, Florida

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Kissimmee is a city in central Florida's Osceola County, just south of Orlando. It’s defined by its proximity to the region’s multitude of amusement parks, including the massive Walt Disney World Resort complex. The city lies along the northwest shore of Lake Tohopekaliga (nicknamed Lake Toho), and its verdant Kissimmee Waterfront Park encompasses walking paths, playgrounds, and a fishing pier.

Get up close with alligators, or take a trip to the Everglades. You're just minutes away from family fun that will last a lifetime.

Specially Priced Disney Tickets:tickets

To purchase specially priced Disney tickets reserved for our attendees and their families only, please visit this link:

Attendees and their families will enjoy a significant discount on Multi-Day and Partial-Day park tickets with a complimentary bonus visit to additional Disney experiences listed in the weblink provided.

During our meeting dates, you may enjoy the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Along with over 35 International Food Kiosks, a large variety of beers & wines, cooking demonstrations and celebrity chefs, this event also features concerts each evening by well-known performing artists. 

Guests MUST purchase their tickets before October 29, 2017Plan to purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

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Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center

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Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center combines old-world charm with exceptional service. The resort features 2.2 million square feet on 65 acres, 4.5-acres of tropical gardens under glass atriums, award-winning dining options including 6 on-site restaurants, and signature entertainment.

Guests will also enjoy convenient access to golf courses, Walt Disney World®, and other popular attractions nearby (see below for more information.) The Resort's preferred partner, Celebration Golf Club, is located just 2.7 miles from property. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Jr., the 18 holes facility features a fully stocked pro shop, rental clubs, driving range, and PING nFlight Fitting and Instruction studio.

Explore the resort's indoor gardens or play at the Cypress Springs Family Fun Water Park, featuring a multi-level tree house with four twisting water slides along with a zero entry lagoon-style family pool. Alternatively, adults can relax at the specially reserved adults-only South Beach Pool.

Next, browse six on-site boutiques and shops, including a PGA Tour® Shop. Partake in themed dining events, or check out Florida Live with alligator feedings and interaction with live baby animals.

Kids will enjoy the Game arcade while adults can rejuvenate and recharge with the resort's spa and fitness offerings. The Award-winning Relâche Spa provides an array of services including body massages, facials, and body treatments in a setting inspired by the natural springs of Florida. Relâche Fitness Center is complete with cardiovascular equipment, free weights, and fitness classes (additional fee applies).

Standard guestrooms boast outdoor views of the Orlando area and are outfitted with a host of amenities including Simmons Beautyrest mattresses, one King or two Queen beds (based on hotel availability), LCD flat-panel TV, refrigerator, personal coffee maker, in-room safe, wireless internet access, and spacious work desk. Guest rooms are approx. 410 sqft. in size, with one King or two Queen-size beds (based on hotel availability).

Falcon's Fire Golf Club (1.9 miles)
Hawk's Landing Golf Club (2.2 miles)
Magic Kingdom Park®
Disney's Hollywood Studios®
Disney's Animal Kingdom®
Disney Springs®
Disney's Blizzard Beach® and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon®
Universal Studios Florida®
Universal's Islands of Adventure®
I-Drive 360
Orlando Premuim Outlets Shopping Mall
Kennedy Space Center

Stay close to these major theme parks and attractions, or partake in outdoor activities such as boating, jet-skiing, kayaking, sailing and more, all within four miles of the resort!

Distance from Orlando International Airport (MCO): 15 miles
Discounted Shuttle Service available at $36.00 pp round-trip

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center is also accessible by three other area airports: Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), Orlando Executive Airport (ORL) and Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM).

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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 Topics in Anesthesia
Kissimmee, Florida
October 29 - November 3, 2017

Sunday, October 29

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0755 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0800 Blowin' in the Wind: Pulmonary Function Tests for Assessment I.Osborn  
  0900 The Neurosurgical Airway: Challenges, Myths, Innovations I.Osborn  
  1000 Break
  1015 Pacemakers and ICDs: Anesthesia Considerations C.Smith  
  1115 Multimodal Analgesia J.Ortiz  
  1215 Adjourn

Monday, October 30

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0800 Checklist for Trauma and Emergency Anesthesia C.Smith  
  0900 Golden Hour to Golden Day: Concurrent Polytrauma C.Smith  
  1000 Break
  1015 Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia of the Upper Extremity J.Ortiz  
  1115 What's New in Neuroanesthesia? I.Osborn  
  1215 Adjourn

Tuesday, October 31

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0800 Ultrasound-Guided Truncal Blocks and Neuraxial Techniques J.Ortiz  
  0900 Regional Anesthesia in the Febrile Patient With an Abnormal INR: Should I Proceed? J.Ortiz  
  1000 Break
  1015 Time is Brain! Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke I.Osborn  
  1115 Anesthetic Issues in Orthopedic Trauma C.Smith  
  1215 Adjourn

Wednesday, November 1 - Open Day


Thursday, November 2

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0800 Look Ma, No Tube! Exploring the Noninvasive Ventilation Techniques I.Osborn  
  0900 Massive Transfusion Protocols in Trauma Anesthesia C.Smith  
  1000 Break
  1015 Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia of the Lower Extremity J.Ortiz  
  1115 Complications of Regional Anesthesia J.Ortiz  
  1215 Adjourn 0.5 Pharmacology  

Friday, November 3

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0800 Cardiac Anesthesia and Trauma: Part I C.Smith  
  0900 Cardiac Anesthesia and Trauma: Part II C.Smith  
  1000 Break
  1015 Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Pathophysiology and Anesthetic Considerations I.Osborn  
  1115 PBLD: The Morbidly Obese Patient for Craniotomy I.Osborn  
  1215 Adjourn 0.6 Pharmacology  

20 CME

20 Class A CEC

3.5 Pharmacology Hours†



Jaime Ortiz, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Director of Regional Anesthesia
Co Director of Acute Pain Management Service
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

Irene P. Osborn, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Director, Division of Neuroanesthesia
Montefiore Medical Center/ Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, New York

Charles E. Smith, MD
Professor of Anesthesia
Attending Anesthesiologist
Director, Anesthesia Research
MetroHealth Medical Center
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio


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 #1034088; Expiration Date 11/3/17.

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 August 30, 2017 to September 29, 2017. No refund after September 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:


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.