Reno, Nevada

Reno offers so much to see in do - whether your ideal getaway involves bright lights and urban hustle, or the solitude of the desert or mountains, you’ll find it all in reach in Reno. Quintessential Reno offers numerous opportunities for 24/7 casino gaming, arcade fun, and nightlife. As the home of vibrant events year-round and the gateway to Black Rock City, the Biggest Little City in the World is teaming with an eclectic mix of art and music. You'll find murals covering walls throughout downtown and Midtown, and Burning Man art fills open spaces around the city. Reno is also undergoing a renaissance of sorts, and you'll find Reno's MidTown District a refreshing gem, offering unique shops, art installations, galleries, and a booming food and drink scene. Take a stroll along the Reno's Riverwalk to savor the scenery and you'll also discover shopping, restaurants, bars and taverns, entertainment, even a whitewater park - all in a area that celebrates Reno’s arts, culture, and history year round. The National Automobile Museum in downtown Reno houses some of the rarest cars known to man. Admire yourself in the side of a copper and teak Rolls Royce or check out celebrity rides like The Duke’s ‘53 Corvette.The Basement underground marketplace is another must-stop destination in downtown Reno - a basement of the historic 1933 U.S. Post Office building was transformed into a gorgeous space filled with local retailers offering everything from home décor and jewelry to coffee and cocktails.

If you're still looking for more, the surrounding towns offer plenty to explore. Check out Scheels sporting goods in Sparks - it's so large it houses an indoor 65-foot Ferris Wheel, two massive 16,000-gallon aquariums, a cafe, candy shop, arcade games, and sporting goods, of course! Less than 30 minutes from downtown Reno lies Virginia City, a historic mining town. Live through the history of the Wild West as you walk in the shoes of thousands before you, who reveled in the town’s riches of silver and gold.

Reno is perfectly situated for outdoor adventures. Hiking trails in Reno don’t demand you to be a seasoned hiker to get the most out of them. For golfers, there are more than 50 courses within a 90-minute drive to choose from for every level of play. Reno is a fisherman’s dream, and the Truckee River is a popular spot for anglers, whether rod fishing or fly fishing, to catch rainbow trout. Pyramid Lake and Lake Tahoe fishing are also great options. BaseCamp, in downtown Reno, is home to the tallest rock climbing wall on the planet (coming in at 164 feet). This amazing rock climbing wall allows visitors to scale the side of Whitney Peak Hotel for unparalleled views of the downtown area, including the iconic Reno Arch. Go inside and check out the more than 7,000-square-foot bouldering park (with more than 3,200 square feet of climbable space), complete with a separate area specifically designed for kids.

Reno is also less than an hour's drive from Lake Tahoe. Hike in the foothills or along the Tahoe Rim Trail, mountain bike or climb in some of the most epic terrain, or just gaze at the beauty of Lake Tahoe. Located at the base of the Heavenly Mountain Resort Gondola, Heavenly Village Lake Tahoe boasts the region’s best shopping - with over 40 shops featuring local and national brands–and Lake Tahoe’s top-rated and most popular restaurants, as well as a vibrant live music scene.

Whether you choose to visit Reno for one of it's the world-class spas, showrooms, rivers, lakes or museums, there are thousands of ways to pursue your passions – indoor and out – when you visit Northern Nevada’s high desert playground.

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

Experience the eco-conscious Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Reno’s Premier AAA Four Diamond resort, boasting luxurious, newly renovated guest rooms.

Resort amenities include a posh 9,900-square-foot fitness center; two beautiful pools and three outdoor jetted spas, heated with on-site geothermal energy; and boutique shopping. Embark on a pampered journey at the remarkable three-story, 33,000-square-foot Spa & Salon Toscana featuring 24 treatment rooms, Northern Nevada’s only Caldarium with indoor pool, sun deck and full-service salon. Enjoy slots, table games and poker in the 82,000-square-foot casino and race & sports book. Experience the excitement and fun at Reno's best arcade, Peppermill's Game Lab offering the hottest video games, the newest ticket and prize games, Reno's best collection of retro arcade games, and prizes galore!

When it's time to dine, you'll find an exciting assortment of bars and lounges, including the iconic Fireside Lounge; and 9 award-winning restaurants offering authentic Chinese, inspired Italian, steaks and chops, seafood, deli and café dining.

Peppermill Tower Rooms offer creature comforts that set The Peppermill apart from all other Reno resorts such as custom made, plush double pillow-top mattresses with luxurious triple sheeting and linens, mini refrigerator, Keurig Coffee maker, writing desk, safe, alarm clock with USB ports, iron/board, bathroom with walk in shower, hair dryer and more.

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino is located approximately 3 miles from Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) and The Peppermill features an easy airport shuttle for guests.

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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
Reno, Nevada
May 9-12, 2024

Thursday, May 9

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff
  0730 Anesthesia for Sitting Craniotomy and Other Complex Craniotomy G.Latson
  0830 Anesthesia for Cerebral Aneurysm Clipping G.Latson
  0930 Break
  0945 Preoperative Evaluation T.Trentman
  1045 Cardiometabolic Disease, Anesthesia and Outcome T.Trentman
  1145 Sickle Cell Disease and Anesthesia P.Firth
  1245 Adjourn

Friday, May 10

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Updates in Pediatric Anesthesia: Pulmonary Complications P.Firth
  0830 Anesthetic Management of Inhaled Foreign Bodies P.Firth
  0930 Break
  0945 Anesthesia for Emergency Stroke Treatment G.Latson
  1045 Intracranial Pressure, Regulation and Treatment G.Latson
  1145 Regional Anesthesia and Peripheral Nerve Injury T.Trentman
  1245 Adjourn

Saturday, May 11

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Anesthesia and Disruptive Providers T.Trentman
  0830 Anesthesia, Burnout and Resilience T.Trentman
  0930 Break
  0945 High Altitude Anesthesia P.Firth
  1045 Antarctic Anesthesia P.Firth
  1145 Anesthesia for Neuromuscular Disorders G.Latson
  1245 Adjourn

Sunday, May 12

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Ketamine, Dexmedetomidine, Lidocaine and Other Adjuncts to General Anesthesia G.Latson
  0830 Postoperative Delirium and Cognitive Decline G.Latson
  0930 Break
  0945 Napoleon and Hot Pigs: Malignant Hyperthermia P.Firth
  1045 Aging and Anesthesia Providers T.Trentman
  1145 Professionalism, Anesthesia and the Age of Social Media T.Trentman
  1245 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 Class A CE

6.6 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 5/8/23



Paul G. Firth, MBChB, BA
Pediatric Anesthesiologist
Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical school
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Gary W. Latson, MD, CAPT, MC, USN (retired)
Former Division Director Neurosurgical Anesthesiology
Baylor Scott and White Healthcare
Temple Memorial Hospital
Temple, Texas
Associate Clinical Professor
Texas A&M University College of Medicine.
Bryan, Texas

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


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: 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 is designed to meet requirements for Class A CE credit. Once approved by AANA, this will be indicated.

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), 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 March 10, 2024 to April 9, 2024. No refund after April 9, 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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