Minneapolis, Minnesota

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With its gleaming skyscrapers set amid glittering lakes, Minneapolis makes for a fun getaway. A truly year-round destination, the city offers activities for every season. Explore the downtown area through more than seven miles of glass-enclosed skyways which create a lively thoroughfare filled with specialty shops, restaurants and services. The Mall of America offers a massive shopping experience, with dining and entertainment options for every member of the family.

Art enthusiasts will be well occupied at the Minneapolis Art Institute, Walker Art Center and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, all of which host world-renowned collections. Minneapolis's theater scene is also thriving. With more than thirty theaters, there are more seats here per capita than any U.S. city except New York. See a Broadway show and enjoy dinner and live jazz at a fabulous restaurant. With kids in tow, check out the Science Museum of Minnesota, where visitors can produce their own video, or come face to face with a shark at the UnderWater Adventures Aquarium.

Known as “The City of Lakes,” Minneapolis has 22 lakes located within city limits and many more in the surrounding area. In town, locals and tourists skate or stroll around Lake Calhoun, stopping for ice cream along the way. Just outside of town, Fort Snelling State Park offers outdoor recreational activities from hiking to biking and golf to boating. No matter when you visit, Minneapolis offers more than enough for everyone to enjoy.

Loews Minneapolis Hotel

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Let the Loews Minneapolis Hotel treat you to their blend of signature service and amenities and an inimitable Midwestern friendliness you won’t soon forget. Loews Minneapolis Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, minutes from the city’s best shopping and entertainment and walking distance to Fortune 500 companies via Skyway.

When it's time to dine, the on-site restaurants, Apothecary and Cosmos, offer sophisticated dining paired with a robust wine list and cocktail menu. If you're looking to get your blood pumping, try a workout in the Fitness Center. If you’re looking to unwind, take the elevator to the sixth floor—and prepare to enter a world of tranquility. This is where you’ll find Embury Spa, a full-service spa offering facials, massages and body treatments. If you only have time for a small dose of pampering, they can accommodate that, too, with Embury Spa Express options—25-minute treatments focused on a specific area. Newly renovated guest rooms feature amenities such as 1 king or 2 queen beds (based on hotel availability), plus complimentary guest room Wi-Fi access, comfortable linens, flat screen TV, fully stocked minibar, Keurig coffeemaker with gourmet coffee, magnifying makeup mirror, iron/board, hair dryer, in-room laptop safe, and more. Loews Minneapolis Hotel is located approximately 11 miles from the Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport (MSP).

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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 Challenges in Pain Management
Minneapolis, Minnesota
September 17-20, 2020

Thursday, September 17

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0655 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0700 Advanced Assessment, Diagnosis, and Psychology of Pain: Part I D.Hart  
  0800 Advanced Assessment, Diagnosis, and Psychology of Pain: Part II D.Hart  
  0900 Neuroanatomy for Pain Management and Neuropathic Pain V.Patel  
  1000 Break
  1015 Radiation Safety in Interventional Pain V.Patel  
  1115 Imaging the Lumbar Spine: Basic Review of Plain Lumbar Films and MRI N.Strand  
  1215 Ketamine: Perioperative Analgesia, CRPS, and Migraine Infusion Therapy N.Strand  
  1315 Adjourn
0.5 Pharmacology Hours

Friday, September 18

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Gender Differences in Pain Management? N.Strand  
  0800 Pain Rehabilitation Programs: How to Wean Patients off of Procedures, Clinic Visits, and Emergency Rooms N.Strand  
  0900 Complex Regional Pain Syndromes: Diagnosis and Treatment D.Hart  
  1000 Break
  1015 There Is a Receptor, I Must Block It: Finding New Pain Management Modalities D.Hart  
  1115 Low Back Pain: Diagnosis and Treatment V.Patel  
  1215 Disc as a Pain Generator and How to Treat Discogenic Pain V.Patel  
  1315 Adjourn
0.9 Pharmacology Hours

Saturday, September 19

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Lumbar Radiofrequency Denervation of the Facet Joints: How and Why N.Strand  
  0800 Peripheral Neuropathy: Diagnosis and Management N.Strand  
  0900 Radiofrequency Ablations for the Knee and Hip V.Patel  
  1000 Break
  1015 Whiplash Injuries and Cervical Facet Joint Procedures V.Patel  
  1115 Perioperative Management of the Chronic Pain Patient D.Hart  
  1215 Acute and Chronic Pain Management in a Rural Setting D.Hart  
  1315 Adjourn
0.5 Pharmacology Hours

Sunday, September 20

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Will Epigenetics Ever Make an Impact in Your Practice? D.Hart  
  0800 Steroid Choices in Interventional Pain Management D.Hart  
  0900 Opiate-Free Anesthesia: Fad or Future? N.Strand  
  1000 Break
  1015 Headaches V.Patel  
  1115 Spinal Cord Stimulation: Indications and Methods V.Patel  
  1215 Establishing Your Own Pain Practice V.Patel  
  1315 Adjourn
2.1 Pharmacology Hours

24 CME

24 Class A CE

4 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.


David Hart, DNP, CRNA, NSPM-C
Adjunct Faculty
University of South Florida
Advanced Pain Management Fellowship
Staff CRNA
Atchison Hospital
Atchison, Kansas

Vikram B. Patel, MD, DABA, FIPP, DABIPP
Chairman - IMG section, Illinois State Medical Society
Secretary - Illinois Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
Vice President - McHenry County Medical Society
Advisor - AMA-CPT, AMA-RUC
Alternate Delegate to AMA from Illinois State Medical Society
Board Member - Board of Examination (American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians)
Director - Phoenix Interventional Center for Advanced Learning
Algonquin, Illinois

Natalie H. Strand, MD
Division of Pain Medicine
Assistant Professor Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
Director of Pain Research
Director of Neuromodulation Practice
Phoenix, Arizona


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 24 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 American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 24 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1038297; Expiration Date 9/20/2020.

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 24 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.

Registered Nurses: NWAS is an approved provider for the following state nursing boards: Arkansas State Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480), 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 24 contact hours.

†Pharmacology hours subject to change.


Mark T. Murphy, MD, MSN Education, LLC, Treasure Island, Florida, 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 July 19, 2020 to August 18, 2020. No refund after August 18, 2020; 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 Gray: Phone number: (858) 456-7962 - Email: kellee@universaltravel1.com


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.