Point Clear, Alabama

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The Gulf Coast of Alabama is steeped in history. Here numerous museums, forts, and historical parks dot the landscape, just waiting to share their secrets. Visitors can satisfy a passion for golf on challenging courses, launch a sailboat or cruiser from one of many marinas and launch sites, fish, or keep fit with tennis, swimming, or horseback riding. Be sure to stroll the Eastern Shore Trailblazers trail that winds 33 miles throughout the Eastern Shore all the way to Weeks Bay to experience an abundance of wildlife and the beauty of State Champion trees, wild flowers, and landscaped beds blooming year round.

The main attraction here is miles of sparkling turquoise Gulf waters and stunningly white sand that’s so soft it squeaks under your feet. You’ll find a variety of public beaches each special in its own way and each offering a different experience. Shopping along the Eastern Shore is truly an exclusive experience where you can find unique clothing, home furnishings, native crafts, antiques, and collectibles. Year-round cultural activities include live theatre productions, fine art exhibitions, and concerts.

History buffs will not be disappointed - the region’s small towns have museums dedicated to their fascinating history. Near Mobile, be sure to visit Battleship Memorial Park, America’s most unique military attraction. Prepare your imagination for takeoff as you walk the flight line of the historic aircraft inside the huge Aircraft Pavilion. Experience life the way it was over seven decades ago on one of America’s most decorated Battleships, the U.S.S. Alabama and the submarine USS DRUM, a World War II veteran with 12 Battle Stars.

When it’s time to eat, sample fresh seafood, Creole and Southern favorites, innovative café cuisine, and ethnic delicacies served by the area’s diverse restaurants.

Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club, and Spa

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The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club, and Spa at Point Clear dates back to 1847 and even has a Confederate cemetery on the grounds. Today it offers a dramatic departure from standard Gulf Shores resorts and boasts two challenging golf courses as part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, as well as a luxurious 20,000 square foot European-style spa, a fabulous array of exceptional dining options, and a sizeable marina for sailboats, yachts, and fishing boats. The delightful beaches, extraordinary pool complex, and kids Fun Camp offer plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Guest rooms feature new deluxe Revive® bedding, coffee/tea maker, safe, Internet access, hair dryer, iron/board, and more. Located 46 miles from Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) and 65 miles from Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport (PNS). Having a car here is handy so you can explore the entire coast line.

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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.

Anesthesia Update
Point Clear, Alabama
June 19-22, 2017

Monday, June 19

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0730 Airway Management in the Trauma Patient: Dogma and Controversy T.Grissom  
  0830 Managing the Difficult Extubation T.Grissom  
  0930 Break
  0945 NOAC Reversal Agents: A Dream Come True? L.Pelinka  
  1045 Sugammadex: My Favorite Doughnut L.Pelinka  
  1145 Antibiotic Prophylaxis: What We Knew, What We Know, and What We Will Need to Know N.Connelly  
  1245 Adjourn
2.7 Pharmacology

Tuesday, June 20

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Ultrasound-Guided Upper Extremity Blocks in Outpatients N.Connelly  
  0830 Morbid Obesity N.Connelly  
  0930 Break
  0945 Ketamine: Sooner or Later, Everything Old Is New Again T.Grissom  
  1045 Top Ten Anesthesia Papers in the Last Year: How Will They Affect Your Practice? T.Grissom  
  1145 Issues With the Elderly: Case Reports L.Pelinka  
  1245 Adjourn
2.5 Pharmacology

Wednesday, June 21

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Natural Disaster Management: Theory and Practice L.Pelinka  
  0830 Managing Blast Injuries: Are You Ready? L.Pelinka  
  0930 Break
  0945 Labor Analgesia N.Connelly  
  1045 Obstetric Anesthesia Case Complications N.Connelly  
  1145 Bringing the Patient With Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Into the OR With Their Ventilator T.Grissom  
  1245 Adjourn
1.4 Pharmacology

Thursday, June 22

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Is There a Medical Professional Aboard This Aircraft? L.Pelinka  
  0830 Challenges at 35,000 ft: Case Discussions L.Pelinka  
  0930 Break
  0945 Complications Associated With Cesarean Section N.Connelly  
  1045 Damage Control Radiology in Trauma: What the Anesthesia Provider Needs to Know T.Grissom  
  1145 Management of the Septic Patient: Bringing the ICU Into the OR T.Grissom  
  1245 Adjourn
2.6 Pharmacology

20 CME

20 Class A CEC

9.2 Pharmacology Hours†


Neil Roy Connelly, MD
Springfield Anesthesia Services, Inc
Department of Anesthesiology
Baystate Medical Center
Professor of Anesthesiology
Tufts University School of Medicine
Springfield, Massachusetts

Thomas E. Grissom, MD, MSIS, FCCM
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Division of Trauma Anesthesiology
R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
Baltimore, Maryland

Linda E. Pelinka, MD, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology and
Critical Care Medicine
University of Vienna and
Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of
Experimental and Clinical Traumatology
Vienna, Austria, European Union


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 CEC; AANA Code #1033538; Expiration date 6/22/17.

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: 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 April 20, 2017 to May 20, 2017. No refund after May 20, 2017; 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 on a CD 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.