Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

Long recognized as an iconic destination, Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit stands out for its vast Mexican culture, warm hospitality and beautiful natural landscapes. Nestled on the northern edge of Banderas Bay and surrounded by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains, Grand Velas is enveloped in the tranquility of Riviera Nayarit's beautiful waterways and beaches. Stroll the streets of downtown Puerto Vallarta and explore restaurants, bars, cafés, shops, art galleries and markets. See famous landmarks, such as the Virgin of Guadalupe Church and Los Arcos Amphitheater, or visit the Plaza Principal to enjoy concerts and an open-air market. Play on Puerto Vallarta's most spectacular championship golf courses just moments away, including Vista Vallarta Golf Club, Marina Vallarta Golf Club, El Tigre and the Mayan Palace Country Club. The natural beauty of Puerto Vallarta inspires adventure. Explore beautiful beaches,  snorkel or scuba dive in coral reefs, sail into radiant sunsets on the Bay of Banderas, and discover local culture and nightlife in downtown Puerto Vallarta. Anything is possible.

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Resort

Experience the essence of luxury and the natural beauty of Mexico's Pacific Coast at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Just 15 minutes to Marina Vallarta, 25 minutes to historic downtown Puerto Vallarta and El Malecón, and 15 minutes from the airport,  this luxury resort is in the perfect location. From the moment you enter the lobby, you will be greeted with a hibiscus tea infusion, scented towel and relaxing massage. Rejuvenate at the spa, savor global cuisine, dive into the infinity pool, lounge on the beach or play a round of championship golf. At Grand Velas, you are free to indulge at your own pace. Their "Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare" concept creates a sublime vacation experience with gorgeous ocean view suites, incredible dining and recreation. Play in paradise with their Activities Program, which sets up snorkeling, kayaking, water aerobics, pickleball, tennis, basketball, beach volleyball, and scuba diving classes, and enjoy live music in the beautiful amphitheater, with fiestas and theme nights that celebrate the culture of Puerto Vallarta. It's all here.

Kids will have their fill of fun as well, with the Kids' Club Garden, designed for children under 5 years old, Kids' Club Terrace, created for kids aged 6 to 12 with activities ranging from games and crafts, to a climbing wall and table games. Teens age 13-17  will enjoy making new friends while exploring video gaming booths with big screens and seats with built-in speakers, pool table, Foosball, air hockey, lounge areas and more. Take a break at the cafeteria, or show off your skills singing your favorite karaoke songs. In the evenings, the club turns into a mini disco with dance floor.

When night falls, Guests are treated to an array of vibrant nighttime entertainment experiences at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. Delight in the spectacular fire shows that illuminate the night sky with dazzling displays of flames and artistry. Additionally, immerse yourself in the rhythmic beats and melodies of live music performances, offering a diverse range of genres to suit every taste. Whether you prefer the excitement of the fire shows or the soul-stirring tunes of live music, you will find unforgettable evenings filled with enchantment and delight.

Still need more? The Fitness Center is equipped with modern fitness equipment. The exercise room is the perfect place to stretch before or after your workout or to enjoy an exercise class such as Pilates, Zumba, Salsa and Yoga. The exercise room is equipped with Yoga mats, steps and fit-balls.

Our Group room block consists of Master / Parlor Suite (and you will receive the hotel's choice at time of check in): Master Suites are approx. 1,000 square feet and showcase a private terrace with sitting area, full open living area with bed and sofa and a large bathroom with walk-in shower and jacuzzi tub. Parlor Suites are approx 1,000 square feet and feature a private terrace with sitting area, separate living room with sofa and TV, separate bedroom and full-size bathroom with tub. Both Suite types include 1 king or 2 queen beds (based on hotel availability), and amenities such as a pillow menu, daily-stocked premium minibar with refreshments and snacks, Nespresso coffee maker and gourmet tea, safe, beach bag, umbrella, HD flat screen with digital cable, bluetooth player, Molton Brown bath essentials, bathrobes and sandals, scale, hairdryer and more.

The Resort is located approximately 15 minutes from Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR). All inclusive package does not include airport transfers or luggage delivery fee (mandatory round trip portage tip of $5 USD per guest. The fee includes check-in and checkout luggage delivery and will be due upon check in.

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is an all-inclusive resort. If you choose to stay elsewhere, you will be charged per person per day for entry into the resort, even if you are only attending the seminar. This is a firm resort policy. 
Day Passes are available for approx. $250 USD per person, per day which includes the access and use of facilities as well as the All Inclusive plan from 9am-5pm. It is necessary to register at the Front Desk where a photo ID will be required plus payment of the Day Pass fee. Payments may be done at the property in cash or credit card. This fee is subject to change without notice at the discretion of resort management.

Breakfast will NOT be served at this meeting. Breakfast is included in the Resort's all-inclusive package for those that book via NWAS/NWWT. Please plan to eat prior to the meeting.

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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
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
May 11-16, 2025

Sunday, May 11

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0755 Welcome NWAS Staff
  0800 Update on Resuscitation of the Trauma Patient T.Grissom
  0900 In Search of the Perfect Clot: Management of the Actively Bleeding Patient T.Grissom
  1000 Break
  1015 Update on Preoperative Cardiac Guidelines for Noncardiac Surgery E.Lobato
  1115 Periop Management of Patients With CIEDs: Why Is This an Anesthesia Responsibility? M.Murphy
  1215 Adjourn

Monday, May 12

  0745 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0800 Burnout in Healthcare. Beyond Time to Do Something M.Murphy
  0900 Wellness Solutions: Don’t Wait for HR to Fix It M.Murphy
  1000 Break
  1015 Anesthetic Considerations for Care of the Patient With Traumatic Brain Injury T.Grissom
  1115 Intraoperative Myocardial Ischemia: Importance of Diagnosis E.Lobato
  1215 Adjourn

Tuesday, May 13

  0745 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0800 Strategies to Prevent Perioperative Myocardial Infarction in Noncardiac Surgery E.Lobato
  0900 The Patient With Heart Failure Undergoing Noncardiac Surgery E.Lobato
  1000 Break
  1015 Opioid and Other Street Drugs: More Anesthesia Challenges M.Murphy
  1115 Ketamine: Sooner or Later, Everything Old Is New Again T.Grissom
  1215 Adjourn

Wednesday, May 14 – Day Open


Thursday, May 15

  0745 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0800 Ethical Challenges You Will Face M.Murphy
  0900 When Production Pressure Gets Carried Away M.Murphy
  1000 Break
  1015 There Is a Fracture, I Need to Fix It: Management and Operative Timing for Orthopedic Trauma T.Grissom
  1115 Perioperative Management of the Patient With Pulmonary Hypertension E.Lobato
  1215 Adjourn

Friday, May 16

  0745 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0800 Renin-Angiotensin Inhibitors and Anesthesia: Withhold or Continue? E.Lobato
  0900 Perioperative Management of the Patient Using Cocaine E.Lobato
  1000 Break
  1015 Top Ten Anesthesia Papers in the Last Year: How Will They Affect Your Practice? T.Grissom
  1115 Perioperative Considerations for the Patient With Spinal Cord Injury T.Grissom
  1215 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 Class A CE

8 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 4/8/24


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

Emilio B. Lobato, MD
Anesthesiology Services
North Florida/South Georgia VAMC
Gainesville, Florida

Mark T. Murphy, MD
Retired Anesthesiologist
St. Petersburg, Florida
Medical Director
Northwest Anesthesia Seminars / Northwest Seminars
Pasco, Washington 


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: This activity contributes to the CME component of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website, www.theABA.org, for a list of all MOCA 2.0® requirements.

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 1044461; Expiration Date 05/16/2025.

Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) 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 12, 2025 to April 11, 2025. No refund after April 11, 2025; 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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