Palm Beach, Florida

Palm Beach is home to legendary resorts, exquisite mansions and historic landmarks just waiting to be explored. Gilded Age architecture, chic restaurants, luxury shops, ocean views, and the Lake Worth Lagoon will captivate and make any visitor feel like a VIP.

Bring your umbrella and beach gear. Mid-Town Municipal Beach is easily accessible and perfect for a swim. Grab a gelato and window shop the length of Worth Avenue, which hosts a plethora of high-end retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Kate Spade, Armani, Tiffany's and more.

Marvel at the art and architecture of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum. Built by 19th century business tycoon Henry Flagler, this mansion is defined by extravagance in its attention to detail. Every corner is adorned by crown mouldings, beautiful damask patterns, metal and masonry work. Visitors can even get a glimpse of Flagler's private railcar and great rooms full of antiques of every kind.
Next, get some fresh air at The Society of the Four Arts, where you'll discover themed gardens and an eclectic collection of metal sculpture.

Rent a bike or stroll the Lake Trail to view local attractions from another angle including the Flagler Museum, gorgeous mansions and estates, a giant Kapok Tree, and pleasure yachts in the harbor. Golf fairways overlooking the ocean at Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course, a fun course to practice your short game. There's so much to do in fabulous Palm Beach!

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

Welcome to Palm Beach re-imagined. An intimate ocean retreat; a breath of fresh air. Modern, playful and indulgent. Situated on the sweeping back drop of Florida’s gold coast and with the Atlantic as its playground, Eau Palm Beach invokes the relaxed glamour of America’s first resort destination; a chance to refresh, play and rediscover time. One of only two Forbes Five-Star resorts in Palm Beach and eight in Florida, Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa is where effortless living meets relaxed luxury.

Situated on a private beach on seven acres of oceanfront with lush tropical gardens, guests are welcomed with champagne, breathtaking ocean views and cooling tropical breezes. Here, you'll find an Active Resort Pool and Adult Tranquility Pool, 3,000 square-foot oceanfront terrace with fire pit, 24-hour access Business Lounge, aquatic sports, boating, fishing and more. Indulge in the warm Florida sunshine, sumptuous accommodations designed by Jonathan Adler, and the award-winning Eau Spa. Eau Spa is 42,000 square feet of pure wonderland. This world-class and award winning spa offers a sublime retreat with a distinct setting to engage in a magical spa experience with a variety of sensational beauty treatments and surprising touches throughout. Lift, spin and flow as you work on your fitness with beachside yoga, spin classes and state of the art equipment. Guests can also join tennis pros daily on of three Har-tru clay tennis courts. Kids can partake in Camp AquaNuts where each week features a new theme to explore in the afternoon, and a morning full of fun in the ocean and pool! Coast Camp for Teens is also available with surfing, Science and more! (Fees apply for all Kids Clubs and for some activities).

When it's time to dine, Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa presents a multi-sensory experience with its choices of fine eateries and oceanfront venues. Taking advantage of the bounty of fresh local ingredients while infusing imported luxury items such as rare caviar and artisanal cheese, Eau Palm Beach's Master Chefs are renowned for innovative and savory cuisine. Toss in location and you’ve got an oceanfront fête second to none.

Every guestroom provides the backdrop for your effortless living. Enter your dream space with stylish, custom-made, and intelligent interiors, top-of-the-line entertainment and earth-saving technologies. Retreat in style to your private balcony and engage your senses with refreshing breezes, the rhythmic sounds of the ocean and stunning vistas. Submerge into comfort at night and rise into your next day of adventure and play. Your escape starts here. Resort view rooms are approximately 418 sq feet and feature a private furnished balcony, marble bath with 2 vanities, plush robes, LCD HDTV, complimentary WiFi access, twice daily housekeeping and more.

The Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa is located approximately 8 miles from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) and 43 miles from the Ft. Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Approximately parking fees are $29 per night, or $20 for day parking.


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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.


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
Palm Beach, Florida
December 13-16, 2021

Monday, December 13

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0730 Pharmacogenomics: The Future of Individualized Medicine and Anesthesia S.Clendenen  
  0830 The Opioid Crisis in America: Where Are We, How Did We Get Here, and How Do We Solve the Problem? S.Clendenen  
  0930 Break
  0945 Acute Pain Management for the Patient With Chronic Pain S.Clendenen  
  1045 Preoperative Management of the Cardiac Patient Undergoing Cardiac and Noncardiac Surgery: Assessments and Plan of Care J.Shields  
  1145 Anesthesia Considerations in Patients With Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices J.Shields  
  1245 Adjourn
2.5 Pharmacology Hours

Tuesday, December 14

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Point-of-Care Assessment in the Cardiac Patient: How to Avoid the Bend and Snap J.Shields  
  0830 Perioperative Use of the Extended Focused Assessment Using Sonography for Trauma (eFAST) J.Shields  
  0930 Break
  0945 Basic Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiograph J.Shields  
  1045 Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia for Orthopedic Surgery S.Clendenen  
  1145 Ultrasound-Guided Central Neuraxial Block: Spinals, Thoracic and Lumbar Epidurals S.Clendenen  
  1245 Adjourn
1.7 Pharmacology Hours

Wednesday, December 15

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Current Controversies in Pediatric Anesthesia H.De Soto  
  0830 Can Anything Go Wrong With This Child? H.De Soto  
  0930 Break
  0945 Anesthesia for Obstetric Emergencies H.De Soto  
  1045 Transthoracic Echo and the FATE Assessment J.Shields  
  1145 Epidural, Paravertebral, Transversus Abdominus Plane and Erector Spinae: Is There an Ideal Block? S.Clendenen  
  1245 Adjourn
2 Pharmacology Hours

Thursday, December 16

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Regional Anesthesia Complication: Nerve Injury and Local Anesthesia Toxicity S.Clendenen  
  0830 Anesthesia in Pediatric Trauma H.De Soto  
  0930 Break
  0945 Emergent Airway Management: Tips, Tricks, and Evidence H.De Soto  
  1045 Allergy and Anaphylaxis H.De Soto  
  1145 Patient Safety in Anesthesia: Are Medical Errors Unavoidable? H.De Soto  
  1245 Adjourn
1.6 Pharmacology Hours

20 CME

20 Class A CE

7.8 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 9/20/21


Steven R. Clendenen, MD
Chair, Division of Regional Anesthesia
Vice-Chair Practice, Department of Anesthesiology
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, Florida

Hernando De Soto, MD
Chief of Anesthesia, University of Florida Proton Institute
Chief of Pediatric Anesthesia and Airway Services
University of Florida Health Hospital
Jacksonville, Florida

John Shields, DNP, CRNA
Academic Faculty Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia
Department of Anesthesiology
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 Anesthesiology for 20 Class A CE credits; AANA Code #1040779; Expiration date 12/16/2021.

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 October 07, 2021 to November 06, 2021. No refund after November 06, 2021; 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)

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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 Going Places. 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.