St. Pete Beach, Florida

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White shores sprinkled with seashells and calm turquoise waters for miles with no drop-offs make St. Pete Beach a family-friendly coastal destination. Relax with a swim or sun yourself on the sands where stress doesn’t stand a chance. Umbrellas and beach chairs are conveniently available to rent. A variety of drinks and snacks can be purchased in various spots along the beach including beach concessions and seaside bars. 

For a more adventurous approach, take a fishing charter boat out on the open ocean, go parasailing high above the open ocean, or rent jetskis to satisfy the need for speed. Kayak tours are also available for all levels of sports enthusiast. Remember to keep your eyes open for spoonbill pelicans, egrets, ospreys, and even dolphins and manatees!

The fun continues on dry land with a charming downtown area sporting a variety of restaurants and shopping opportunities that will keep you busy no matter your budget. Pass-a-Grille, a strip of land between an extension of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, is only a few blocks south of the beach resorts of St. Pete’s Beach and offers shops, the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum, a park, and a few eateries and bars as well.

Tradewinds Island Grand Resort

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A 20-acre beachfront playground, TradeWinds Island Grand was created with fun in mind. Fly with a water jetpack up to 30 ft over the ocean, or master a stand-up paddleboard as you navigate the waves. Play in the offshore water park, feast on the freshest Florida seafood, or relax by one of five heated pools. Indulge in a massage or escape to a beachside hammock. Kids can party with Redbeard the Pirate and his high-seas storytelling or join in with kids-only KONK daycamp activites and crafts. Guests will also enjoy walking an immaculate stretch of award-winning beach. 

The fun continues with a visit to the neighboring Guy Harvey Outpost. Dine on cutting-edge seafood at RumFish Grill, showcasing a 33,500 gallon aquarium featured on Animal Planet’s hit show “Tanked,” or relax at indoor/outdoor bars with live entertainment. When it’s time to explore, the Suncoast Beach Trolley stops right outside. The trolley allows visitors to explore the beach communities from Clearwater to Pass-A-Grille without the worry of driving and parking. The trolley also has connections to regular bus service in Pinellas County.

Balcony guest rooms feature 1 King or 2 Queen beds (based on availability), and balcony that overlooks tropical landscape and meandering waterways. Other amenities include flat screen TV, wet bar area with mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker, toaster and tableware, hairdryer and more. Suite Balcony rooms offer a Double bed sized sofa bed in the living area and 2 Queen beds in a separate bedroom plus balcony overlooking the tropical landscape and waterways. Other amenities include flat screen TV, kitchenette with full-size fridge, microwave, coffee maker, toaster and tableware, hairdryer and more.

The TradeWinds Island Grand Resort is located approximately 21 miles from the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport (PIE) and 30 miles from Tampa Int’l Airport (TPA).

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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
St. Pete Beach, Florida
June 11-14, 2018

Monday, June 11

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0730 Managing the Patient With Cardiac Disease I: What Does Cardiac Clearance Really Mean? M.Murphy  
  0830 Managing the Patient With Cardiac Disease II: Beta Blockers, Statins, Alpha Agonists --Oh My! M.Murphy  
  0930 Break
  0945 Obstetrical Emergencies I R.McAllister  
  1045 Obstetrical Emergencies II R.McAllister  
  1145 Monitoring Cerebral Oximetry: Can We Improve Outcomes When the Brain Is at Risk? C.Petrovitch  
  1245 Adjourn
1.3 Pharmacology Hours

Tuesday, June 12

  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 Update on Regional Anesthesia and Anticoagulation. M.Murphy  
  1045 A Routine Case, Then Anaphylaxis M.Murphy  
  1145 Vision for the Future: Update on Postoperative Vision Loss R.McAllister  
  1245 Adjourn
2.2 Pharmacology Hours

Wednesday, June 13

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Local Anesthetic Systemic Toxicity History and the Latest Recommendations R.McAllister  
  0830 Update on the Role of Lipid Emulsion in Clinical Practice: New Roles and Research Into Future Roles R.McAllister  
  0930 Break
  0945 Risk Management: The Minefields Where You Walk and Work M.Murphy  
  1045 Anesthesia for the Patient With Diabetes Mellitus C.Petrovitch  
  1145 Anesthesia for Orthopedic Surgery C.Petrovitch  
  1245 Adjourn
2.5 Pharmacology Hours

Thursday, June 14

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 The Dangers of Social Media in Medical Practice R.McAllister  
  0830 Acute Pain Management with Non-Opioids C.Petrovitch  
  0930 Break
  0945 Acute Pain Management Using Opioids: What's Your Choice? C.Petrovitch  
  1045 How Federal Regulations Affect Anesthesia Practice M.Murphy  
  1145 Fire in the OR: Who Really Gets Burned? M.Murphy  
  1245 Adjourn
2.4 Pharmacology Hours

20 CME

20 CEC

8.4 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshements served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.


Mark T. Murphy, MD
MSN Education, LLC
Austin, Texas
Medical Director
Northwest Anesthesia Seminars
Pasco, Washington

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

Russell Keith McAllister, MD, DABPM
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Assistant Dean of Quality and Patient Safety
Residency Program Director
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
Scott & White Medical Center
Temple, Texas


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 #1035007; Expiration Date 6/14/18.

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 April 12, 2018 to May 12, 2018. No refund after May 12, 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)

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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.

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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.