Memphis, Tennessee

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There are few cities with as much to do as you’ll find in Memphis. Music is still the city’s main attraction. In fact, Beale Street has been cited as second only to Bourbon Street as the best entertainment district in America. No trip to Memphis would be complete without a visit to Graceland, Elvis’ 14-acre estate.

The area today also offers a fascinating collection of shops, restaurants, nightspots, theaters, and parks. Explore A. Schwab’s, the Beale Street Substation Police Museum, the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, or the Center for Southern Folklore. Memphis shopping offers everything from big-name national chains to boutiques, antiques, local artists treasures, and one-of-a-kind gifts. From a five-star French masterpiece to hole-in-the-wall barbecue joints and nationally known fusion restaurants, travel writers regularly remark that there is a surprising share of remarkable dining offerings.

Don’t let Memphis’ legendary reputation for nightlife overshadow the city’s scores of remarkable family activities. From the educational attractions that give a vivid glimpse of important American history to the acclaimed zoo or the long list of places that are just plain fun, Memphis is a memorable treat for tourists of all ages.

The Peabody Memphis

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In the heart of “Blues City,” you’ll find The Peabody Memphis, a magnificent Forbes Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond historic hotel, located just blocks from Memphis attractions like Beale Street, the Memphis Rock N Soul Museum, Gibson Guitar Factory, Fed-Ex Forum, National Civil Rights Museum, Sun Studio, Orpheum Theatre, and the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

The Peabody itself is also one of Memphis’ most popular attractions. The Peabody Ducks march to and from the Grand Lobby daily at 11am and 5pm in a time-honored tradition dating back to 1933. Legendary, charming, elegant, and grand are adjectives that perfectly describe this luxury Memphis hotel. Enjoy the heated indoor pool and day spa, fun shops, and award-winning dining.

Guest rooms feature amenities such as flat screen television, hairdryer, bathrobe, iron/board, in-room safe, and more. Memphis International Airport (MEM) is just 15 minutes from The Peabody.

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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
Memphis, Tennessee
April 20-23, 2017

Thursday, April 20

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0730 Evidence-Based Pre-Anesthesia Evaluation W.Buhrman  
  0830 Trauma Anesthesia: Notes From the "Urban Battlefield" W.Buhrman  
  0930 Break
  0945 Extubation! The Landing Is Just as Dangerous as the Take Off W.Buhrman  
  1045 Evaluation for the Broken Hearted Patient D.Sutherland  
  1145 Myths of Anesthesia: What's Real and Why Do We Believe It? D.Sutherland  
  1245 Adjourn

Friday, April 21

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 New Insights Into Hypertension D.Sutherland  
  0830 The New Face of Cardiac Surgery: Robots, Catheters, and Beating Hearts D.Sutherland  
  0930 Break
  0945 Anesthesia Liability and Risk Management I: Consent and Damage Control W.Buhrman  
  1045 Anesthesia Liability and Risk Management II: Investigation, Response, and Resolution W.Buhrman  
  1145 Anesthesia Liability and Risk Management III: Unfortunately, You Are Now a Defendant W.Buhrman  
  1245 Adjourn
  1345 *Optional PALS

Saturday, April 22

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0730 Management of the Difficult Pediatric and Adult Airway J.Saltzman  
  0830 Anesthesia and Sedation Outside the Operating Room J.Saltzman  
  0930 Break
  0945 Thoracic and Aortic Aneurysms Disease D.Sutherland  
  1045 Transesophageal Echocardiography: What's That Funny Looking Thing? D.Sutherland  
  1145 Anesthesia for Vascular Surgery: What You Need to Know from Head to Toe D.Sutherland  
  1245 Adjourn
  1345 *Optional ACLS

Sunday, April 23

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Working Harder, Faster, and Longer, With Less, for Less It's What We Do! W.Buhrman  
  0830 Anesthesia for the Pediatric Trauma Patient J.Saltzman  
  0930 Break
  0945 Pediatric Neuroanesthesia J.Saltzman  
  1045 Corneal Abrasion Prevention and Treatment J.Saltzman  
  1145 Pediatric Pain Management J.Saltzman  
  1245 Adjourn

20 CME

20 Class A CEC

Pharmacology Hours TBD†



William Currie Buhrman, MD
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
UNC School of Medicine
Charlotte Campus
Section Chief
General Surgical and Transplant Anesthesia
Carolinas Medical Center
Charlotte, North Carolina

Joel A. Saltzman, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Tennessee
Medical Director, Pediatric Anesthesiology
Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center
Memphis, Tennessee

Dale F. Sutherland, MD
Delaware Anesthesia Associates
Director, Cardiac Anesthesia
Pain Management
Lewes, Delaware


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 CEC; AANA Code #1033533; Expiration date 4/23/17.

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 February 19, 2017 to March 21, 2017. No refund after March 21, 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 on a CD 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.