New Orleans, Louisiana

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This is a city everyone MUST visit at some time. Come listen to some fabulous jazz, one of the things that has made New Orleans so famous. Don’t like jazz? No problem. New Orleans has enough attractions and activities to meet anyone’s desire, from dining to shopping, gambling, and touring. New Orleans has always been known for its delightful cooking: Creole, Cajun, French, Southern, and almost every other ethnic variety you can think of.

Another hallmark of the “City that Care Forgot” is the variety of sightseeing activities available. Riverfront activities include River Boat Tours, Bayou Tours, and The Aquarium of the Americas. Historic tours of Antebellum mansions and the above ground cemetery are available. You can visit the lovely zoo or visit the Museum of Art with the largest collection of Faberge items in the world!

Shoppers will have a field day here. From six-mile-long Magazine Street, with its century-old cottages offering collections of local and regional art, specialized clothing, decorator shops, and restaurants of unique and varied cuisine, to the antique stores of the French Quarter, New Orleans offers just about any merchandise you could possibly want. Within walking distance of our hotel is Canal Place containing Saks Fifth Avenue, Brooks Brothers, Gucci and other upscale stores, while just a few blocks away is Riverwalk Mall with over 220 stores. The French Quarter offers Preservation Hall, where jazz is performed nightly, the French Market, Jackson Square, beautiful architecture, Creole cooking classes, and the famed beignets at Café du Monde!

Astor Crowne Plaza

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The newly renovated Astor Crowne Plaza is located at the gateway to the French Quarter where Canal Street meets Bourbon Street offering easy access to nearby attractions.

Guest rooms feature in-room safes, high speed internet access (fee may apply), hair dryer, iron/board, CD player, coffee/tea maker as well as Crowne Plaza’s Sleep Advantage bedding with sleep amenities.

The hotel’s services include a 24-hour business center, fitness room, outdoor pool and terrace, and a concierge to assist you with your plans for an exceptional New Orleans hotel experience. The hotel is home to Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House Restaurant and Seafood Bar. Enjoy true Southern Cuisine and fresh seafood selections – for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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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.

New Jazz in Anesthesia
New Orleans, Louisiana
April 26-29, 2018

Thursday, April 26

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0730 The Neurosurgical Airway: Challenges, Myths, Innovations I.Osborn  
  0830 Look Ma, No Tube! Exploring the Noninvasive Ventilation Techniques I.Osborn  
  0930 Break
  0945 Patient Cardiac Evaluation for Noncardiac Surgery P.Kempen  
  1045 Cardiac Stents: Newest Guidelines and Stents P.Kempen  
  1145 Transition From PREoperative Evaluation to PERIoperative Management A.Visan  
  1245 Adjourn
1.4 Pharmacology Hours

Friday, April 27

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 The World of Cosmetic Surgery: Expect the Unexpected A.Visan  
  0830 Healthcare Regulatory Trends: Impact on Anesthesia Providers A.Visan  
  0930 Break
  0945 Time Is Brain! Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke I.Osborn  
  1045 What's New in Neuroanesthesia? I.Osborn  
  1145 Allergy, Anaphylaxis, and Anesthesia P.Kempen  
  1245 Adjourn
1.8 Pharmacology Hours

Saturday, April 28

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Periop Beta Blockade: Important or Not? P.Kempen  
  0830 Antiplatelet Medications and Anesthesia P.Kempen  
  0930 Break
  0945 Essential USGRA for Anesthesia Providers: Part I A.Visan  
  1045 Essential USGRA for Anesthesia Providers: Part II A.Visan  
  1145 Awareness in Anesthesia: What Are the Current Facts? I.Osborn  
  1245 Adjourn
2.3 Pharmacology Hours

Sunday, April 29

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 ECT and Anesthesia P.Kempen  
  0830 Perioperative Management of Patients With Morbid Obesity I.Osborn  
  0930 Break
  0945 PBLD: The Morbidly Obese Patient for Craniotomy I.Osborn  
  1045 Anesthesia Practice: Transition From Hospital to Office Setting A.Visan  
  1145 The Payment Model Structure Evolution: Challenges and Opportunities for Anesthesia Practice A.Visan  
  1245 Adjourn 1.1 Pharmacology Hours  

20 CME

20 Class A CEC

6.6 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.


Paul Martin Kempen, MD, PhD
Staff Physician
Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management
Weirton Medical Center
Weirton, West Virginia

Irene P. Osborn, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Director, Division of Neuroanesthesia
Montefiore Medical Center/ Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, New York

Alexandru Visan, MD, MBA
CEO, Executive Cortex Consulting, LLC
Miami, Florida


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 #1034626; Expiration Date 4/29/2018.

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 February 25, 2018 to March 27, 2018. No refund after March 27, 2018; 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 Kilmer: Phone number: (858) 456-7887 - 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.