Phoenix, Arizona

The year-round good weather in Phoenix, Arizona creates perfect conditions for world-class outdoors experiences and desert fun.

Golfers rejoice!—Phoenix has a course for every level of play from the challenging fairways of Wildfire Golf Club, an upscale golf course designed by Arnold Palmer, to municipal courses offering lessons for the kids. A hiker’s paradise, Phoenix also offers a handful of challenging trails including Camelback Mountain, Cholla Trail, Echo Canyon Trail and others. You don’t have to scale mountains for a lesson in desert ecology. Look no further than the Desert Botanical Garden and its wonderful collections of permanent trailside exhibits, temporary art exhibitions and seasonal experiences including live music and performances.

For cultural enlightenment, visit the world-renowned Heard Museum and its extensive collection of Native American art and historical exhibits. Next, browse the Phoenix Museum of Art, take in a ballet performance at the Orpheum Theater, or gets tickets for a concert at the Comerica Theatre. Travelling with kids? Bring the little ones to the Phoenix Zoo. You’re sure to spot an elephant, Sumatran tiger, and a monkey or two.

When you’re ready to dine, downtown Phoenix is brimming with restaurants of every kind of cuisine. Order southwestern and Mexican favorites, surf’n’turf, or American barbecue.

Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort Known as “The Jewel of the Desert,” the Arizona Biltmore provides an unmatched blend of style, elegance and comfort. Since the hotel opened in 1929, many presidents and dignitaries have vacationed amidst the lush gardens and sun-kissed palm trees. Ronald and Nancy Reagan celebrated their honeymoon at the resort, and every president from Herbert Hoover through George W. Bush has been a guest.

The Arizona Biltmore is a living architectural masterpiece. As the consulting architect, Frank Lloyd Wright collaborated with a former student, Albert Chase McArthur. Wright’s dramatic style is evident throughout the resort’s design. The Biltmore was erected entirely of “Biltmore Block,” a variation on a textile block first used by Wright to construct private homes. The pre-cast blocks were made from desert sand on-site and created in 34 different geometric patterns inspired by the trunk of a palm tree.

Explore the array of amenities and services at Arizona Biltmore, including eight swimming pools and seven tennis courts, salon and fitness center, an array of dining options, golf courses at the adjacent Arizona Biltmore Country Club and much more. The award-winning Spa Biltmore is a tranquil haven where experienced spa and beauty therapists relax and rejuvenate you with specialty massages, facials, stone therapies, scrubs and much more. Spa Biltmore features a sauna, steam room and whirlpool for an unforgettably indulgent experience. Tee-off at two PGA 18-hole golf courses with rolling fairways and impeccable sportsmanship.
For shoppers, retail therapy is just outside your guest room. You can also ride the complimentary shuttle to Biltmore Fashion Park, offering shops including Saks Fifth Avenue, Ralph Lauren, Escada, Apple and more. Classic guest rooms are 400 sqft. and are located in the resort’s historic Main Building and Villas, and feature one King bed or two Queen beds. Other room amenities include Hilton Serenity Collection Bed and Bedding, alarm clock radio with connection for .mp3 player, flat screen TV with premium cable, safe, iron/board, hairdryer, and mini-refrigerator and more.

The renowned Arizona Biltmore is only half an hour away from Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport (PHX). Parking: 24-hour valet parking is available at the Resort. Overnight Valet is $28 per night; overnight self-parking is also available in our parking garage at $12 per night. Parking rates are subject to change without notice.


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
Phoenix, Arizona
November 10-13, 2022

Thursday, November 10

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff
  0730 Perioperative Arrhythmias: How to Recognize Them - Part I R.Lenhardt
  0830 Perioperative Arrhythmias: How to Recognize Them - Part II R.Lenhardt
  0930 Break
  0945 Perioperative Optimization of Cardiovascular Disease in Patients Undergoing Noncardiac Surgery S.Rajagopalan
  1045 Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices S.Rajagopalan
  1145 Resuscitation Strategies to Manage "Lethal Triad" of Trauma S.Rajagopalan
  1245 Adjourn

Friday, November 11

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Patient Hyperthermia, Fever and Anesthesia R.Lenhardt
  0830 A Case of Malignant Hyperthermia R.Lenhardt
  0930 Break
  0945 Anesthesia for the Morbidly Obese R.Lenhardt
  1045 Management of Traumatic Brain Injury S.Rajagopalan
  1145 Nuts and Bolts of Geriatric Anesthesia S.Rajagopalan
  1245 Adjourn

Saturday, November 12

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Drug Diversion, Coming to a Practice Near You T.Trentman
  0830 Case Studies in Disruptive Anesthesia Providers T.Trentman
  0930 Break
  0945 Anesthesia, Burn Out, and Resilience T.Trentman
  1045 Modern Fasting Guidelines R.Lenhardt
  1145 Hyperglycemia in the Perioperative Period R.Lenhardt
  1245 Adjourn

Sunday, January 13

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Anticoagulants and Reversal Before Surgery R.Lenhardt
  0830 Sepsis Guidelines in 2022 R.Lenhardt
  0930 Break
  0945 OR Professionalism and the Age of Social Media T.Trentman
  1045 Anesthesia, the Autonomic Nervous System, and a Murder Mystery T.Trentman
  1145 What's New With Aging Anesthesia Providers? T.Trentman
  1245 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 Class A CE

5.4 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 6/19/22


Rainer Lenhardt, MD, MBA
Professor and Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky

Suman Rajagopalan, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
Director, Pre-Anesthesia Clinic and Testing Center
Director of Trauma Anesthesia
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

Terrence L Trentman MD
Chair Emeritus, Mayo Clinic Arizona
Professor of Anesthesiology
Mayo Clinic College Medicine
Phoenix, Arizona


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 approval number 1041575; Expiration Date 11/13/2022.

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/NWS 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 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 September 11, 2022 to October 11, 2022. No refund after October 11, 2022; however, 50% of tuition paid may be applied toward tuition for another 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.

*Effective January 1, 2023, net hotel 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.