Los Angeles, California

The City of Los Angeles (LA) holds many distinctions and many reasons to visit. LA is the entertainment capital of the world, a cultural mecca boasting more than 300 museums, and a paradise of great weather. From tourist attractions like the Walk of Fame's collection of stars to miles of beaches, fabulous shopping, and exquisite dining, LA is the place to be.

Several nightlife venues offer entertainment options galore. Lucky Strike Lanes features 18 state-of-the-art bowling lanes, and LA's preeminent Latin music venue, The Conga Room, dishes out Latin gourmet cuisine and an eclectic lineup of live entertainment. During your stay, stroll Venice Beach to see America's most zany (and amazing) street entertainers - chainsaw jugglers, swamis on rollerblades, and street dancers.

Visit Hollywood and Highland Center for some “that's so LA” shopping and then move on to major attractions such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman's Chinese Theatre. They are one-of-a-kind and undoubtedly a part of American pop culture. Whether it's the majesty of the architecture, the purity of sound, or the beauty of its public garden, Walt Disney Concert Hall has become the cultural symbol of Los Angeles. Make sure to stop by other cutting-edge architecture: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Caltrans District 7 Headquarters, and the U.S. Bank Tower.

Whatever kind of activities you enjoy, you will find them within your grasp in LA!

Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills invites you to discover this luxury hotel, blending Hollywood glamour with European elegance. In this chic, urban escape, you'll enjoy a Sofitel experience that enchants, intrigues and refreshes. Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills boasts a prime location, adjacent to the elite shopping experience at the Beverly Center, minutes from the vibrant nightlife of the Sunset Strip and world-class couture on Rodeo Drive. The city’s best attractions are just moments away. 

This hotel offers guests unsurpassed service and amenities including the Estérel restaurant and Riviera 31 lounge-bar, full-service Vendome Clinique Spa, outdoor heated pool with deck, Sofitel Fitness state-of-the-art fitness center, and Le Salon with BReady Beauty: a Celebrity Hair Salon to experience the Hollywood Glamour. Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills’ Superior King or Double Room features SoBed™—Sofitel’s luxurious feather bed and duvet sleep system, complimentary Wi-Fi, minibar, Bose® Wave® music system, hair dryer, in room safe, and luxurious French toiletries. King rooms are located on the third and fourth floors of the hotel, on either side, and the superior double rooms are located on the Beverly Boulevard side of the hotel.

The Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is located approximately 13.5 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), 14 miles from Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR), 49 miles from John Wayne Airport (SNA), and 53 miles from the LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT). Transportation from area airports to the hotel is available via taxi, shuttle service, Uber and Lyft. Overnight valet parking at the hotel is available for approximately $65.99 including tax, per car, per night. Parking price 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.


Topics in Anesthesia
Los Angeles, California
December 3-6, 2024

Tuesday, December 3

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign in – Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff
  0730 Cardiac Anesthesia for the Non-Cardiac Anesthesiology S.Yu
  0830 Remimazolam Induction for Pulmonary Hypertension S.Yu
  0930 Break
  0945 How to Handle a Catastrophe in the Operating Room J.Sanders
  1045 Pediatric Sedation: Procedures, Politics and Pitfalls J.Sanders
  1145 Substance Abuse and Pregnancy: What Do I Need to Know? K.Quisenberry
  1245 Adjourn

Wednesday, December 4

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign in - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Updates in Anesthesia for Cesarean Deliveries K.Quisenberry
  0830 Anesthetic Considerations for the Obese Parturient K.Quisenberry
  0930 Break
  0945 Eliminating Stigma and Bias in Patients With Substance Use Disorder S.Yu
  1045 Perioperative Management of VAD S.Yu
  1145 Preoperative Optimization: Your Patient and Your Mind J.Sanders
  1245 Adjourn

Thursday, December 5

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign in - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Modern Patient Blood Management: EPO Is Not Just for Cyclists J.Sanders
  0830 Dexmedetomidine, Ketamine and Friends: TIVA Is Not Just Propofol J.Sanders
  0930 Break
  0945 My Patient Has a PDPH: What Should I Do Now? K.Quisenberry
  1045 What You Need to Know About Your Patient With Asthma K.Quisenberry
  1145 Pacemaker Management S.Yu
  1245 Adjourn

Friday, December 6

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign in - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Sugammadex vs. Neo/Glyco for Reversal in ERAS Colorectal Patients S.Yu
  0830 Perioperative Management for Patients on GLP-1 Agonists S.Yu
  0930 Break
  0945 How Resilient Are We? Anesthesia Burnout K.Quisenberry
  1045 What Went Wrong? Surprise Complications and Error Traps J.Sanders
  1145 Ethics and Anesthesia J.Sanders
  1245 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 Class A CE

Pharmacology Hours TBD†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 2/6/24


Kerry L. Quisenberry, DNP, CRNA
Assistant Professor
Department of Nurse Anesthesia
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia Program
Magee-Womens Hospital, OB CRNA
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Aultman Ohio Based Physicians Corporation, Staff CRNA
Canton, Ohio 

John C. Sanders, MA, MBBS, FRCA
Professor, Emeritus
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Soojie Yu, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Associate Program Director
Anesthesiology Residency Program
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Mayo Clinic
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 1043598; Expiration Date 12/06/2024.

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/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.


$100 October 4, 2024 to November 3, 2024. No refund after November 3, 2024; however, 50% of tuition paid may 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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