Montego Bay, Jamaica

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For those of you who pictured yourself lying back on perfectly white, sandy beaches, the sky above blue and sunny, while cooling down with delicious drinks at your leisure - Montego Bay is your ideal destination. In ‘MoBay’, you’ll never be without something amazing to see. Known as one of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean, this is the island of happy days, vivid nights and dreams that come true. Paradise in Jamaica can be whatever you want it to be – lose yourself in the adventure and take it all in.

Get back to nature in the magic of rainforests, which seem to be as alive as any of the tropical animals that live there. Take your loved ones to hike the Blue Mountains and look at the world through new eyes. Tour a coffee factory - rich with the scent of coffee beans, visit a rum distillery, or sample fresh fruit at a local plantation. Meet friendly people, try unique food and watch the sunset over the Caribbean Sea to the sound of slow reggae rhythms and good times.

There is also plenty of history to explore, including historical houses. One of these is the infamous Rose Hall Estate. Dead more than a century, Annie Palmer still stirs memories of her reign as the mistress of the Rose Hall Great House. The Great House is but one of many attractions on the 6,600-acre Rose Hall Plantation. Here, visitors can experience the complete spectrum of island living-mountain villages, cane fields, and miles of beautiful beaches and well-maintained golf courses.

For art and handicraft lovers,  you'll find diverse and colorful works, in a variety of styles, modes and forms. Jamaica has its own style, and you can find all kinds of treasures to buy and share at marketplaces, malls and stalls so that even when you return to reality, a bit of the island can live on with you.

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall

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Highlighted by manicured gardens and pristine Caribbean beaches, Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall welcomes vacationers and families to explore the colorful culture and activities of Montego Bay. Sophisticated, yet approachable, this luxurious Montego Bay all-inclusive hotel elevates your Jamaica vacation with artisan dining experiences, deep relaxation, infinite adventure, and family entertainment.

Experience a stunning island escape with all-inclusive splendor. Tucked between Jamaica’s Blue Mountains and the crystalline sea, Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall is a paradise of relaxation and recreation. Rejuvenate body and soul at the Zen Spa or enjoy shopping and dining at Rose Hall Village. Sip a Red Stripe by the resort pools with views of the sea while the kids play in the KidZ Club. From delectable cuisine, pool and beach butlers and a fitness center, Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall is a Caribbean paradise that captivates your spirit.

Ziva guest rooms are approximately 493 square feet and feature 1 King bed or 2 Double beds (based on availability), furnished terrace, designer toiletries, bathrobes, slippers, iron/board, hair dryer, coffeemaker, refreshment center stocked daily with water, beer and soft drinks, LCD satellite TV, alarm clock with Bluetooth or MP3 player dock, laptop-size safe, complimentary wireless Internet access and more. Resort view rooms offer magnificent views of swimming pool areas or gardens. Ocean view rooms overlook the coastline. The Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall is located approximately 7 miles from the Sangster International Airport Montego Bay (MBJ).

Please be aware that Hotel Ziva is an all-inclusive resort. If you choose to stay elsewhere, you will be charged approximately $125 per person per day for entry into the resort even if you are only attending the seminar.

This is a firm resort policy. This fee is subject to change without notice at the discretion of resort management.

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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
Montego Bay, Jamaica
January 15-20, 2017

Sunday, January 15

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In*
  0755 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0800 Preoperative Evaluation of the Patient With Heart Disease: What Are the Current Guidelines? C.Petrovitch  
  0900 Fluid Management and Goal Directed Therapy: Should We Say Goodbye to the CVP Catheter? C.Petrovitch  
  1000 Break
  1015 Labor Analgesia: State of the Art S.Dunn  
  1115 Spinal Cord Injury and Its Surgery: From Stem to Stern E.Frost  
  1215 Adjourn
0.8 Pharmacology

Monday, January 16

  0745 Registration - Mandatory Sign In*
  0800 The Brain Is in Bad Shape: Can We Help Fix It? E.Frost  
  0900 What Would You Do if the Patient Has Been Extubated and Now Is Not Breathing Among Other Scenarios E.Frost  
  1000 Break
  1015 Monitoring Cerebral Oximetry: Can This Improve Patient Outcomes? C.Petrovitch  
  1115 Spinal Anesthesia for Cesarean Section S.Dunn  
  1215 Adjourn
1 Pharmacology

Tuesday, January 17

  0745 Registration - Mandatory Sign In*
  0800 The Difficult Airway: Part I S.Dunn  
  0900 The Difficult Airway: Part II S.Dunn  
  1000 Break
  1015 Where Is the Basement Anyway? What Goes on in Interventional Radiology? E.Frost  
  1115 Avoiding Fires in the OR C.Petrovitch  
  1215 Adjourn 0.4 Pharmacology

Wednesday, January 18 Open Day

Thursday, January 19

  0745 Registration - Mandatory Sign In*
  0800 Anesthesia for the Patient With Diabetes Mellitus C.Petrovitch  
  0900 Anesthesia for the Patient With Obstructive Sleep Apnea C.Petrovitch  
  1000 Break
  1015 Implantable Cardioverter Defib and No Cardiologist: What Now? S.Dunn  
  1115 Herbal Stuff: It's All Safe, Right? E.Frost  
  1215 Adjourn 1.2 Pharmacology

Friday, January 20

  0745 Registration - Mandatory Sign In*
  0800 The PACU Nurse Calls: The Patient Is Very Sleepy E.Frost  
  0900 How Do We Know Our Drugs Are Safe for Our Patients? E.Frost  
  1000 Break
  1015 Drug Abuse Among Anesthesia Providers S.Dunn  
  1115 Acute Pain Management: Opioids and Non-Opioids: What's Your Choice? C.Petrovitch  
  1215 Adjourn

2.5 Pharmacology

    *Please plan to eat breakfast prior to the meeting.    

20 CME

20 Class A CEC

5.9 Pharmacology Hours†


Steven Dunn, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology
Tufts University Medical School
Baystate Medical Center
Springfield, Massachusetts

Elizabeth Frost, MD
Professor of Anesthesia
Mount Sinai Medical Center
New York, New York

Charise Petrovitch, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology, George Washington University
Washington, District of Columbia


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 #1033240; Expiration Date 1/20/17.

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 November 16, 2016 to December 16, 2016. No refund after December 16, 2016; 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.