Orlando, Florida

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With over 40 million visitors every year, Orlando has long been one of the most popular vacation spots in the country. Most people automatically think of the mouse, but Orlando has a lot more to offer, no matter what you like to do on vacation. There’s golf, shopping, nearby beaches, large theme parks, and exciting nightlife.

Orlando is not just for kids anymore! From the thrill of new attractions at the world-famous theme parks and restaurants serving scrumptious foods to enlightening cultural excursions, Orlando offers a completely new vacation experience for first-time and repeat visitors.

Here are just a few of the attractions:

Universal Studios Escape & Island of Adventure + “Citywalk”; The Wizarding World of Harry Potter; Titanic: The Experience; SeaWorld; Disney’s Animal Kingdom®; Test Track ride at Epcot®; Magic Kingdom® Park; the Brevard Zoo; and La Nouba™ - Cirque du Soleil®. Then there is the dining with entertainment. Orlando has the world’s largest Hard Rock Café, a Planet Hollywood, Harley Davidson, NASCAR Café, and almost every other themed restaurant that exists. In addition there is a wonderful collection of ethnic eateries. For a complete list visit:


Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

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Take advantage of on-site activities including 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf, a racquet club, a 21-acre lake with water sports, a 1/2-acre lagoon swimming pool with waterfalls and waterslides and Camp Hyatt children’s programs. This family-friendly resort offers an ideal location adjacent to Disney World – kids of all ages will love exploring area attractions.

This legendary resort has completed its extensive transformation with a modern restyling. Buena Vista View guest rooms feature balcony, flat screen TV, iHome stereo with iPod® docking station, hair dryer, iron/board, coffee/tea maker, cool box and more.

Daily hotel fee includes: wired and wireless Internet access, in room laptop safe, unlimited local calls, in room coffee/tea, intra-property transportation, use of the Health Club, 9-hole Pitch & Putt course, golf driving range access, court time at the Racket Club, basketball, volleyball, rock climbing wall and water sports (including non-motorized boats), as well as resort bicycles and quadricycles, twice daily complimentary shuttle to Premium Outlet Mall, Disney, SeaWorld, Universal Studios/Island Adventure theme parks. (See concierge for shuttle times.)

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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
Orlando, Florida
February 8-11, 2018


Thursday February 8

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0730 Review of Pediatric Anesthesia, Premeds to Emergence Delirium A.Adler  
  0830 Preparing Children for the Operating Room: What Are the Current Practices? A.Adler  
  0930 Break
  0945 New Drug Advancements in Anesthesiology M.Welliver  
  1045 Neuromuscular Block: Where We've Been and Where We Are Going M.Welliver  
  1145 Airway Surgeries and Fire Risk M.Welliver  
  1245 Adjourn
2.6 Pharmacology Hours

Friday, February 9

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Anesthesia and Neurodevelopment: What I Need to Know! A.Adler  
  0830 Mediastinal Masses in Children: What Do I Do? A.Adler  
  0930 Break
  0945 PBLD: Help This Kid Showed Up With a Ventricular Assist Device, What Do I Do? A.Adler  
  1045 Propofol Clinical Concerns M.Welliver  
  1145 Propofol Abuse: An Analysis of Case Reports M.Welliver  
  1245 Adjourn
3.1 Pharmacology Hours

Saturday, February 10

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 The Future Is Now: ERAS Enhanced Recovery After Surgery C.Goldstein  
  0830 Back to the Future: GDT: Non-Invasive and Invasive Goal-Directed Therapy C.Goldstein  
  0930 Break
  0945 Cardiovascular Evaluation and Management of Patients Undergoing Noncardiac Surgery C.Goldstein  
  1045 Point of Care Ultrasound for the Anesthesia Provider A.Adler  
  1145 Caudal Blocks and Kids: What You Need to Know! A.Adler  
  1245 Adjourn
0.9 Pharmacology Hours

Sunday, February 11

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Hypoxemia in the Perioperative Setting C.Goldstein  
  0830 One Lung Ventilation: Tracheo-Bronchial Anatomy and Management Considerations for the Hypoxemic Patient C.Goldstein  
  0930 Break
  0945 Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Bioterrorism: An Update for The Anesthesia Provider: Are You Ready L.Guzzi  
  1045 Blast Injuries and Acute Lung Injury an Anesthesia and Critical Care Review L.Guzzi  
  1145 The Anesthesia Record: Documentation and Clarity L.Guzzi  
  1245 Adjourn
0.6 Pharmacology Hours

20 CME I

20 Class A CEC

7.2 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshements served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.


Adam C. Adler, MS, MD, FAAP
Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine 
Baylor College of Medicine
Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, Texas

Joseph Christopher Goldstein, MD
Acting Assistant Chief B Department of Anesthesiology
Director of Medical Informatics
Director of Anesthesia Clinical Affairs
Department of Veterans Affairs
Co-Director TAVR Program
Department of Anesthesiology
Department of Veterans Affairs
Gainesville, Florida

Louis Guzzi, MD
Attending in Anesthesia and CCM
Clinical Professor of Anesthesia and CCM
Florida State University School of Medicine
FHMG Medical Group
Orlando, Florida

Mark D. Welliver, DNP, CRNA, ARNP
Associate Professor of Professional Practice
School of Nurse Anesthesia
Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, Texas
Director of Research and Clinical Staff Member
SunBelt Anesthesia Services
Jacksonville, 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 #1034624; Expiration Date 2/11/18.

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, 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 December 10, 2017 to January 9, 2018. No refund after January 9, 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.