Orlando, Florida

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 Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal CityWalk; 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:


Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

At Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, fun gets an Italian accent - and everyone gets to have an unforgettable time. Since this hotel is located bayside, right on the grounds of Universal Orlando, the thrills couldn’t be any closer. Nestled along the water, and with details like cobblestone streets and towering Italian cypress trees just like the seaside town of Portofino, Italy, you’ll swear you’re actually in Europe. Here, you’ll find  three stunning pools to choose from playful to chill. The Beach Pool is ideal place for the family  featuring a Roman aqueduct-themed water-slide, sandy beach, adjacent children’s pool, two hot tubs and three colorful beach cabanas. For those who’d like to indulge in a little pampering, the full-service Mandara Spa® offers a personal oasis where you can relax, rejuvenate, and renew. Enjoy an invigorating workout at Mandara Spa®’s Fitness Center. From free weights to a variety of cardio machines, the facilities are designed to keep your workout routine. If you like to shop, you'll find an amazing variety of stores here, offering everything from character-themed souvenirs and apparel to valuable collectibles. Explore five wonderful boutiques right inside Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, where you can find European fashions, jewelry, rare works of art and more. After hours of excitement at the parks, come back to the hotel and take the time to sip an espresso or enjoy a creamy gelato in the Harbor Piazza as you listen to live music. Every evening, the hotel’s Harbor Piazza comes alive with a musical celebration that captures the romance and charm of Italy and the allure of Mediterranean hospitality. When it's time to dine, choose from 8 restaurants and lounges with everything from gourmet dining to grab and go options. Newly renovated guest rooms have Italian flair and offer amenities such as mini refrigerator, Keurig coffeemaker with gourmet coffee and teas, laptop safe, free Wi-Fi, iHome iPod docking station, iron/board, hair dryer and much more.

But the magic doesn’t stop there. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel guests receive exclusive theme park benefits that will make your time at Universal Orlando even sweeter. Right next door are two amazing theme parks plus the Universal CityWalk entertainment complex. Walking paths and shuttle buses connect all of Universal Orlando's on-site resort hotels to Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk. Universal's Volcano Bay is accessible via complimentary shuttle.

Guests of ALL Universal Orlando Resort Hotels Enjoy:
Breeze into Universal’s Volcano Bay an hour earlier than other guests with Early Park Admission*. Valid theme park admission required (select attractions).
It’s a quick hop from Universal Orlando Resort hotels to the parks with free water taxis or Shuttles.
Everything’s in walking distance. Most of Universal Orlando Resort hotels and parks are connected with paths that are awesome for a nice stroll or a healthy jog. There's even a walking path straight to Universal's Volcano Bay from select hotels.
Keep it simple when you dine and shop by charging purchases across the Resort to your room key card.
Want to shop without carrying your purchases around? There's free merchandise delivery from Resort shops to your Universal hotel.
Wake up with a star. Get an exclusive Universal Orlando wake-up call each morning.

Plus, Guests of Loews Portofino Bay Hotel also enjoy:
Forget the regular lines with FREE Universal Express Unlimited ride access at Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure†. Valid theme park admission required (select attractions).
Save time with priority seating at many Universal Orlando restaurants for guests of Premier hotels. Just show your valid room key to the hostess.

Terms and conditions may apply. Inclusions subject to change without notice.

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is located approximately 18 miles from the Orlando International Airport (MCO).

Universal Orlando Resort is happy to offer a unique ticket link for convention attendees. 

Although most of the ticket products available via this ticket link are priced in alignment with their general online pricing, they are offering an exclusive specially priced After 4PM convention ticket. 

To purchase tickets, visit https://purchase.universalorlando.com/webstore/shop/ViewItems.aspx?CG=UOConvention&C=UOConvTPT11

Terms and conditions apply. After 4pm tickets are specially designed for meeting attendees; please click on “Full Details” for more information in the ticket link prior to purchasing.

Pick up your ticket(s) at any of the front gate ticket windows (located at the entrances to Universal Studios Florida™, Universal's Islands of Adventure™ or Universal's Volcano Bay™) during regular theme park operating hours.

Attendees must show conference name badge, plus valid photo ID (a valid Florida photo ID for any Florida Resident products purchased) for each individual ticket or Annual Pass purchased, plus the credit card used to purchase the tickets.

A note on the Hogwarts™ Express: Be aware that because the Hogwarts™ Express will transport guests from one theme park to another, you will need a park-to-park admission ticket to ride the train.

Prices are subject to change without notice.

Universal Orlando Resort: Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2023 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.
Universal CityWalk: Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2023 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.
Universal’s Volcano Bay: Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2023 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando: Portofino Bay Hotel TM & © 2023 UCF Hotel Venture. All rights reserved.
Mandara Spa®: Portofino Bay Hotel TM & © 2023 UCF Hotel Venture. All rights reserved.
*Early Park Admission: Early Park Admission begins up to one (1) hour prior to regular scheduled park opening to either Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure as determined by Universal Orlando. Early Park Admission begins up to one (1) hour prior to regular scheduled park opening for Universal’s Volcano Bay. Valid at select attractions at each park. Attractions are subject to substitutions without notice. Additional restrictions may apply.

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To purchase specially priced Walt Disney World® Meeting/Convention Theme Park tickets, CLICK HERE or call 407-566-5600.

Tickets are valid 7 days before, during, and 7 days after the meeting dates. To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid ticket on the same day are required. To make park reservations, you will need to sign-in to an existing Disney® Account or create a new one and link each ticket. Park reservations are subject to availability – please check the Park Availability Calendar. For details on making a park reservation, please visit Disney Park Pass Experience Updates.

Whether it’s your first visit or your 100th, we recommend reviewing the Walt Disney World® Resort Experience Updates.

Contact us here or call (800) 222-6927 • (509) 547-7065
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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.

Topics in Anesthesia
Orlando, Florida
February 15-18, 2024

Thursday, February 15

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff
  0730 Seeing Is Believing: Point-of-Care Ultrasound R.Isaak
  0830 The Silk Road: Anesthetic Considerations for Endovascular Surgery R.Isaak
  0930 Break
  0945 Risk Management: Clinical Minefields Where You Walk and Work M.Murphy
  1045 The Obesity Epidemic Is Growing Even Larger M.Murphy
  1145 Pharmacogenetics B.Berry
  1245 Adjourn

Friday, February 16

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Multimodal Anesthesia: Can It Impact Length of PACU Stay? B.Berry
  0830 Hot Topics in Anesthesia: Respiratory Issues B.Berry
  0930 Break
  0945 Myths and Facts Regarding Perioperative Anaphylaxis and Anaphylactoid Reactions R.Isaak
  1045 Folklore, Fairy Tales, and Fantasy: Examining Dogmas in Anesthesiology R.Isaak
  1145 An Abbreviated History of Anesthesia: A Long and Winding Road M.Murphy
  1245 Adjourn

Saturday, February 17

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Burnout in Healthcare Personnel: Past Time to Do Something M.Murphy
  0830 How to Incorporate Wellness Into the Healthcare Environment M.Murphy
  0930 Break
  0945 Geriatrics: Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction and Other Concerns B.Berry
  1045 It’s Not Just a Small Adult: Pediatric Review and Update B.Berry
  1145 It’s No Piece of Cake! Perioperative Management of the Cirrhotic Patient R.Isaak
  1245 Adjourn

Sunday, February 18

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Nonobstetric Surgery During Pregnancy B.Berry
  0830 Advances in the Practice of Anesthesiology: Gameshow Style!! R.Isaak
  0930 Break
  0945 To Infinity and Beyond!! Challenges of Care During Commercial and Interplanetary Flights R.Isaak
  1045 Ethical Challenges You Will Face: Case Discussions - How Will You Respond? M.Murphy
  1145 Outcomes and Incomes: The Answer Is Money - How This Affects the Anesthesia Service M.Murphy
  1245 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 Class A CE

7 Pharmacology Hours†

Rev. 3/9/23


Brian D. Berry Jr., CRNA, MS, MBA
Adjunct Faculty at the University of Pittsburgh
Director, Perioperative Services
System Chief Nurse Anesthetist
Excela Health
Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Rob Isaak, DO, FASA
Professor of Anesthesiology
Division Chief - Liver Transplant / Vascular Anesthesiology
Vice-Chair of Education
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Durham, North Carolina

Mark T. Murphy, MD
Owner, MSN Education, LLC
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Medical Director
Northwest Anesthesia Seminars
Pasco, Washington


Northwest Anesthesia Seminars / Northwest Seminars is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Northwest Anesthesia Seminars / Northwest Seminars 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: This activity contributes to the CME component of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website, www.theABA.org, for a list of all MOCA 2.0® requirements.

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 Anesthesiology for 20 Class A CE credits; AANA approval number 1043184; Expiration Date 02/18/2024.

Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) 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/NWS is an approved provider for the following state nursing boards: Arkansas State Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480), 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).

The AANA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP #10862.

This program offers 20 contact hours.

†Pharmacology hours subject to change.


Mark T. Murphy, MD, MSN Education, LLC, Treasure Island, Florida, Medical Director, Northwest 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 days notice will be given to those registered and 100% of tuition paid will be refunded. NWAS/NWS 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 17, 2023 to January 16, 2024. No refund after January 16, 2024; however, 50% of tuition paid may be applied toward tuition for another NWS/NWAS program within the next 12 months. Cancellation must be made in writing. No tuition credit or refund will be issued for attendees that are no-shows for the program.

FAP (Frequent Attendee Points)

We value your patronage and have a simple program to reward you. Our Frequent Attendee Points (FAP) program gives you an added bonus for money spent on our seminars, as well as cruise cabins booked through our in-house travel agency, Northwest Worldwide Travel.

You are automatically enrolled in this program with your paid registration. Click here for more information.

*Effective January 1, 2023, net hotel stays for 2023 and beyond will no longer be included in FAP calculations.

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.


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.

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For flights starting in 2024:

Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for Northwest Anesthesia Seminars / Northwest Seminars.

Please click here to book your flights.

You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1-800-328-1111* Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (EST) and refer to Meeting Event Code NM36A

*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via the Delta Meeting Network® reservation 800 number.