Rancho Mirage (Palm Springs), California

Thanks to the abundance of sunny days and warm winter weather, Greater Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley are a year-round playground for those who enjoy being active—and those who like to take it easy. From amazing art and culture to incredible outdoor adventures, you'll find plenty of things to do during your stay.

Play at one of more than 110 local golf courses, swing a tennis racquet on the same tennis courts where legends have played, find your bliss at an area spa, explore the desert on a sightseeing tour, wow the kids with a trip to The Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Garden, or visit museums and boutique shops in Palm Springs. Next, check out the local world-class film, music, and art festivals happening year-round.

Visitors can also explore lush outdoor gardens, or enjoy indoor and outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment. With some of Greater Palm Springs’ most exciting attractions within the city limits, Rancho Mirage offers plenty of interests for all ages.

The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

Perched on a desert ridge above Coachella Valley sits one of Palm Springs' premier luxury hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage. A modern oasis embraced by desert warmth, the resort's natural surroundings reveal a casually elegant ambiance where guests can surrender to the serenity of a relaxing spa, indulge in fine dining, or play one of the more than 100 world-class golf courses that have made Palm Springs an unparalleled golf destination. Known as the “Playground of the Stars”, Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley have played host and home to Hollywood’s “A” list and the world’s political leaders, who flock to its desert luxury resorts and world-class golf courses.

The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage is just minutes from renowned shopping, dining, and sightseeing including: architectural tours of Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park, Palm Springs Aerial Tramway climbing to 8,500 feet, hot-air ballooning, and the Living Desert Museum The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Rancho Mirage is surrounded by the splendor of the Palm Springs desert and rugged mountain tops, providing the perfect retreat for those who seek a holistic approach to health and wellness. Outdoor enthusiasts can also enjoy more than 20 miles of mountain and hiking trails originating right from the hotel. Carved into the earth on multiple levels, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Rancho Mirage includes 16 treatment rooms, many with private terraces; an outdoor relaxation lounge offering refreshing plunge pools; fitness center with indoor/outdoor yoga and meditation spaces; full-service salon; men’s and women’s locker rooms; retail boutique and indigenous treatments designed to awaken the senses, refresh the body and renew the spirit. The Ritz Kids program at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage — one of the most kid friendly Palm Springs family resorts — offers a variety of supervised physical and creative activities designed especially for children aged 5-12.  Ritz Kids has something for every family, with immersive and adventurous programs focused on the natural wonders and rich cultural traditions of the local area. Culinary boundaries are pushed at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, where restaurants highlight the area in creative ways. The Edge Steakhouse overlooks the Coachella Valley from its glass-enclosed space, and State Fare Bar & Kitchen taps into the rich bounty of local farms and wineries.

The beauty of the accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage is celebrated in the natural elements of its Palm Springs surroundings, where rooms offer spacious layouts, luxurious bathrooms and indulgent bedding, tempting one to forgo exploration for welcome seclusion. Deluxe Resort rooms feature 1 King or 2 Queen beds with Frette luxury bed linens, balcony with resort views, LCD flat-panel HD televisions, alarm clock radio with docking station, mini-refrigerator, safe, luxurious Asprey bath amenities, plush bathrobes, oversized bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and a glass-enclosed shower, lighted make-up mirror, hair dryer, scale, iron/board and more. The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage is located conveniently located just 10 minutes from the Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) and 60 minutes from Ontario International Airport (ONT). Two hours from the Los Angeles (LAX), Orange County (SNA) and San Diego (SAN) International Airports. Valet parking only at the hotel is approximately $30 per night. Parking prices subject to change without notice.

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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.

Current Topics in Anesthesia
Rancho Mirage (Palm Springs), California
August 2-5, 2021

Monday, August 2

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0655 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0700 Preoperative Evaluation of the Pediatric Patient M.Brockel  
  0800 Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Tonsillectomies in Children M.Brockel  
  0900 Pediatric Airway Management M.Brockel  
  1000 Break
  1015 The Opioid Epidemic Gripping America: Pain, Euphoria, and Avarice - How Opium, Big Pharma, Medicine, and the Search for Deliverance Created a
National Crisis J.Lanzillotta-Rangeley  
  1115 A New Surgical Complication: Prolonged Postoperative Opioid Use J.Lanzillotta-Rangeley  
  1215 Fighting the Opioid Crisis: Guidelines and Institutional Strategies on the Management of Postoperative Pain J.Lanzillotta-Rangeley  
  1315 Adjourn

Tuesday, August 3

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Preop Clearance Is Not So Clear M.Murphy  
  0800 What Do You Mean the Patient Had an MI? T2MI to MINS M.Murphy  
  0900 Medication-Assisted Therapy: Perioperative Pain Control Guidelines and Strategies J.Lanzillotta-Rangeley  
  1000 Break
  1015 The Opioid Crisis: Harm Reduction Strategies J.Lanzillotta-Rangeley  
  1115 Pediatric Enhanced Recovery After Surgery M.Brockel  
  1215 Pediatric Emergencies M.Brockel  
  1315 Adjourn

Wednesday, August 4

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Preoperative Anxiety and Emergence Agitation in Children M.Brockel  
  0800 PBLD: Pediatric Case Discussions M.Brockel  
  0900 Periop Management of Stents and CIEDs: Why Is It an Anesthesia Issue? M.Murphy  
  1000 Break
  1015 Burnout in Healthcare: Beyond Time to Do Something! M.Murphy  
  1115 The Quadruple Aim: Keep Healthcare Personnel Healthy M.Murphy  
  1215 Substance Use Disorder and Stigma J.Lanzillotta-Rangeley  
  1315 Adjourn

Thursday, August 5

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Clinical Minefields Where You Work M.Murphy  
  0800 Ethical Challenges Where You Work M.Murphy  
  0900 The Answer: Outcomes = Money - What Is Your Question? M.Murphy  
  1000 Break
  1015 A Routine Case, Then Anaphylaxis M.Murphy  
  1115 How Do We Turn the Tide? Part I J.Lanzillotta-Rangeley  
  1215 How Do We Turn the Tide? Part II J.Lanzillotta-Rangeley  
  1315 Adjourn

24 CME

24 Class A CE

Pharmacology Hours TBD†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 7/7/21


Megan A. Brockel, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
University of Colorado
Children’s Hospital Colorado
Aurora, Colorado

Jennifer Lanzillotta-Rangeley, PhD, CRNA
Assistant Professor
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio

Mark T. Murphy, MD
MSN Education, LLC
St Petersburg, Florida
Medical Director
Northwest Anesthesia Seminars
Pasco, Washington


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 24 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 24 Class A CE; Code Number 1037824; Expiration Date 8/5/2021.

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 24 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 24 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 June 3, 2021 to July 3, 2021. No refund after July 3, 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: kellee@goingplacestravel.net


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.