Nashville, Tennessee

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Travel & Leisure Magazine recently named Nashville “America’s Friendliest City” – Come see why! Attractions cover the spectrum from the Civil War to Faith Hill’s dress to a priceless Picasso and Warhol; there’s something for everyone in Music City. Take a tour of an Antebellum home rich in history, or take in a comedy while enjoying dinner with your date. You like the nightlife? You’ve come to the right place, because the “stars” come out at night. Hear blues, rock, country, gospel, jazz, or contemporary Christian. Only in Nashville can you step into a honky tonk on Broadway, look around and see famous faces. Throughout the city, small dives hidden away from the limelight showcase Nashville’s true legends – songwriters.

Every night the music scene in Nashville is vibrant and contagious. Fans rush to get a seat in the clubs while the latecomers crowd the walls and dance floors. By late evening, the clubs are alive and rocking, and there are still many hours left before the clubs close. Let Chopin and Mozart carry you away as you watch the Nashville Ballet or listen to the Grammy-nominated Nashville Symphony. Take in a performance of the Nashville Opera or enjoy an off-Broadway performance at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Beyond the great sounds is shopping. Posh boutiques, guitar stores filled with instruments, chic clothing and fashionable shops – Nashville’s shopping scene covers the gamut in style and appeal.

When hunger strikes, Nashville’s plate has many unique options to tempt your taste buds. Known for “meat and threes” and zesty barbecue, Nashville also specializes in New Southern and Southern fusion, a blend of down-home cooking and uptown dining. Are you asking yourself what makes Nashville family-friendly? Then think no further. Explore the Adventure Science Center, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, Fort Nashborough, Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, or Valley Amusement Park. For the sports fan, Nashville boasts three professional sports teams as well as Busch and Indy series car racing. Nashville is surrounded by lush, rolling hills and sparkling blue lakes. Walk 18 holes on Nashville’s five resort courses or eight public golf courses. Ride amusement park rides or slide down Tennessee’s largest waterslides. Rent a jet ski for the day or just cruise upon the world’s largest showboat. When it’s time to unwind, enjoy a day of pampering and relaxation at one of many great day spas.

Hilton Nashville Downtown

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Stay in the heart of ‘Music City’ at Hilton Nashville Downtown. You’ll be treated to true Southern hospitality and premier accommodations. Dine in style at four on-site restaurants. You’ll relish the hotel’s central location in the midst of all there is to see and do in Nashville. Explore the history of country music, catch live performances and take in all the sights and sounds of the entertainment district, all near by. Celebrate all things country music at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Hilton Nashville Downtown is an all-suite hotel. Each suite has 1 king bed or 2 double beds (based on availability), plus a sofa sleeper in a separate parlor area with chair and ottoman. Suites also feature amenities such as a coffeemaker, mini-refrigerator, two flat screen HDTVs, personal work station, iron/board, hairdryer, safe and more. The Hilton Nashville Downtown is located approximately 7 miles from the Nashville Internatioanl Airport (BNA). Valet parking only at the hotel; approximately $34 per night with in/out privileges.

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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.

Relevant Topics in Anesthesia
Nashville, Tennessee
May 4-7, 2020

Monday, May 4

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0730 Understanding Pharmacokinetics (PK) and Dynamics (PD) Through Computer Simulation: Stuff Every Clinician Should Know T.Egan  
  0830 Fat Pharm: the Clinical Pharmacology of Intravenous Anesthetics in Obese Patients T.Egan  
  0930 Break
  0945 Enhanced Recovery: Nuts and Bolts B.Dunworth  
  1045 Clinical Application of a Short-Acting Opioid T.Egan  
  1145 Are Opioids Essential for General Anesthesia? T.Egan  
  1245 Adjourn
4 Pharmacology Hours

Tuesday, May 5

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Perioperative Optimization of the Hip Fracture Patient C.Bowens  
  0830 Three Things That Kill You in Induction! M.Leersnyder  
  0930 Break
  0945 Anesthesia Considerations During Electrophysiology Procedures J.Shields  
  1045 Basic Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography J.Shields  
  1145 Transthoracic Echo and the FATE Assessment J.Shields  
  1245 Adjourn
1.9 Pharmacology Hours
  1355 Optional PALS Workshop*

Wednesday, May 6

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Perioperative Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea C.Canlas  
  0830 Pushing the Limits of Ambulatory Surgery: Is This Patient Appropriate for My Freestanding ASC? C.Canlas  
  0930 Break
  0945 Complications of Regional Anesthesia: Is General Anesthesia Better? C.Canlas  
  1045 Intraoperative Awareness: Is It a Problem? What Can We Do About It? T.Egan  
  1145 TIVA vs. Inhalation Anesthesia: a Practical Comparison T.Egan  
  1245 Adjourn
1.6 Pharmacology Hours
  1355 Optional ACLS Workshop*

Thursday, May 7

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Pediatric Fluid and Electrolyte Management M.Kynes  
  0830 Anesthesia and the Child with a Respiratory Tract Infection M.Kynes  
  0930 Break
  0945 Common Myths in Perioperative Pediatric Pain Management M.Kynes  
  1045 Advanced Cardiovascular Pharmacology Update J.Shields  
  1145 Anesthesia Considerations for Airway Laser Surgery J.Shields  
  1245 Adjourn
2 Pharmacology Hours

20 CME

20 Class A CE

9.5 Pharmacology Hours†



Clifford Bowens, Jr., MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Medical Director, Orthopedic Anesthesia
Rotation Director, Orthopedic Anesthesia
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology
Nashville, Tennessee

Christopher L. Canlas, MD
Interim Division Chief, Ambulatory Anesthesia
Medical Director, Vanderbilt Surgery Center
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology 
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee

Brent Dunworth, CRNA, DNP, MBA
Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Director of Advanced Practice Division Chief, Nurse Anesthesia
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Nashville, Tennessee
Adjunct Professor, Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia
Madison, Tennessee

Talmage D. Egan, MD
Professor and Chair
KC Wong Presidential Endowed Professorship
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

J. Matthew Kynes, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Monroe Carell, Jr Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Nashville, Tennessee

Michael Leersnyder, CRNA, MHSc
CRNA Nurse Educator
Department of Anesthesiology
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Nashville, Tennessee

John Shields, DNP, CRNA
Academic Faculty Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee


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 American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 20 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1038005; Expiration Date 5/7/2020.

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 20 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 20 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 March 5, 2020 to April 4, 2020. No refund after April 4, 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:


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.