Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Santa Fe is most famous for its scenic beauty, historic sites, and Indian culture, but there are also many other diversions to enjoy. Conde Nast Traveler consistently names Santa Fe as one of its top 25 cities in the world to visit.

For the more active, golf, horseback riding, hot-air ballooning, fly-fishing, hiking, climbing, ice-skating, swimming, pilates, yoga, and even skiing can be found close by. In fact, you’ll find some of the best places to ski in the Southwest right here in the Santa Fe area. There’s also plenty of sightseeing and culture to take in including the Santa Fe Opera, the Plaza de Santa Fe, Canyon Road, Sena Plaza, San Miguel Chapel, St. Francis Cathedral, Loretto Chapel, or the Palace of the Governors.

One of the world’s major art centers, Santa Fe is a place where artists are equally at home working with the traditions of their ancestors and experimenting with contemporary techniques. But it’s not just the visual artists who find their muse in this capital city. Musicians, dancers, actors, writers, and chefs tap into endless ways to express their creativity, contributing to a rich blend of artistic activity.

Shopping in Santa Fe takes you on an odyssey, into charming historic buildings filled with treasures handmade and hard to find anywhere else. There are also Casinos and a large array of nightlife offerings to be had.

La Posada de Santa Fe

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Located in the heart of Santa Fe, just steps from the Historic Plaza, La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa combines the upscale amenities and refined accommodations of a modern resort with authentic adobe architecture. From the property’s roots as an 1880s brick mansion to its 1930s expansion and recent renovation and refurbishment, this historic Santa Fe resort has transformed into one of the Southwest’s most unique destinations. Known as The Art Hotel of Santa Fe, for its role in exhibiting the work of local artists before galleries were established, La Posada maintains a professionally curated gallery of inspiring American art. Nestled on six carefully manicured acres, La Posada de Santa Fe provides award-winning service, diverse dining options, and a subtle sense of Southwestern magic and charm.

Dine under a starlit New Mexico sky on the Patio Restaurant. Savor carefully crafted cocktails and spectacular bar fare in at The Staab House, named “Santa Fe’s Coziest Bar” by Travel+Leisure Magazine. Embrace the art of relaxation at the luxurious on-site La Posada de Santa Fe spa and salon, Spa Sage. This full-service spa was named #4 Best Hotel Spa in the Nation by USA Today, and provides an array of healing treatments. Guests can also enjoy the 24-hour access to a state-of-the-art fitness center, saline pool and hot tub, and yoga classes. With views of the charming resort grounds, Superior Rooms offer 1 King or 2 Queen beds (based on hotel availability), coffee/tea maker, iron/board (available in most rooms), hairdryer, custom mini-bar and in-room safe, high speed Internet access, work desk, LCD flat screen TV and more. The bathroom boasts custom C.O. Bigelow® bath amenities, and either a shower or a shower/bathtub combination.

La Posada de Santa Fe is located approximately 50 minutes from the Albuquerque International Sunport Airport (ABQ), and approximately 20 minutes from the Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF), which provides limited service.

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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
Santa Fe, New Mexico
May 7-10, 2018

Monday, May 7

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0730 Noncardiac Surgery in Patients With CIEDs, VADs, or Transplants J.Kaplan  
  0830 Anesthesia Care for TAVR (Transcutaneous Aortic Valve Replacement) or MitraClip Procedures J.Kaplan  
  0930 Break
  0945 Sugammadex: Let's Relax Everybody? L.Clark  
  1045 Pheochromocytoma: What if You Don't Know? L.Clark  
  1145 Monitoring Cerebral Oximetry: Can We Improve Outcomes When the Brain Is at Risk? C.Petrovitch  
  1245 Adjourn
2.3 Pharmacology Hours

Tuesday, May 8

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Risks and Complications of Blood Transfusion C.Petrovitch  
  0830 Anesthesia for the Patient With Morbid Obesity and Obstructive Sleep Apnea C.Petrovitch  
  0930 Break
  0945 Congenital Heart Disease in Adults for Noncardiac Surgery J.Kaplan  
  1045 Goal Directed Fluid Therapy During Surgery: How to Improve Outcomes J.Kaplan  
  1145 Ethical Dilemmas in Anesthesia L.Clark  
  1245 Adjourn
1 Pharmacology Hours

Wednesday, May 9

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Coronary Stents: New Guidelines—Help or Confuse? J.Kaplan  
  0830 Postoperative Delirium: What Can We Do to Help? L.Clark  
  0930 Break
  0945 Substance Abuse in Anesthesia Providers L.Clark  
  1045 Anesthesia for the Patient With Diabetes Mellitus C.Petrovitch  
  1145 Anesthesia for Orthopedic Surgery C.Petrovitch  
  1245 Adjourn
1.9 Pharmacology Hours

Thursday, May 10

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Acute Pain Management With Non-Opioids C.Petrovitch  
  0830 Acute Pain Management Using Opioids: What's Your Choice? C.Petrovitch  
  0930 Break
  0945 TAP Blocks and Exparel: The New Kids on the Block L.Clark  
  1045 Fire in the OR: A Hot Topic L.Clark  
  1145 Case Discussion: Treatment of Rhythm Problems in the OR, PACU, and ICU J.Kaplan  
  1245 Adjourn
3.3 Pharmacology Hours

20 CME

20 Class A CEC

8.5 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshements served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.


Laura D. Clark, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology
Residency Program Director
Director of Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesia
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Louisville, Kentucky

Joel A. Kaplan, MD
Editor in Chief
Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
University of California at San Diego and University of Louisville
Dean Emeritus, School of Medicine
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky

Charise Petrovitch, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology
George Washington University
Washington, District of Columbia


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 Class A CEC; AANA Code #1034742; Expiration Date 5/10/18.

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: 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, 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 March 8, 2018 to April 7, 2018. No refund after April 7, 2018; 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 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 Universal Travel. Be sure to mention Northwest Anesthesia Seminars when booking (booking fees may apply.) Contact Kellee Kilmer: Phone number: (858) 456-7887 - Email:


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.