Lake Tahoe (Truckee), California

More than three million people visit Lake Tahoe each year, drawn by its pristine natural beauty and promise of year-round outdoor adventure. A favorite with families, Lake Tahoe offers skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling and other activities, all set against the beauty of North America’s largest alpine lake.

When it's time to explore, access The Village at Northstar by taking the Highlands Gondola directly from our host hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. The Village at Northstar offers outdoor shopping with a mix of dining, specialty boutiques and a two-screen movie theater all centered around a skating rink the entire family can enjoy.

You can also venture to Truckee, just ten minutes from the resort. Truckee is a historically rich mountain town surrounded by rugged Sierra Nevada scenery. Its authentic charm and small town character will captivate you. Truckee’s quaint historic downtown is full of unique dining options and specialty boutiques.A winter wonderland, Truckee is within minutes of eight major ski resorts. There is also dog sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating, snowmobiling and tubing.

The Ritz-Carlton - Lake Tahoe

Set mid-mountain at Northstar California is The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, where guests will find the ideal après-ski destination. Allow the mountain concierge to handle all aspects of your equipment, escorting you to your skis or snowboard waiting on the slopes just steps out the backdoor. Recharge with a restorative treatment at the spa, delight in roasting s’mores by the fire pit or cozy up next to one of the three fireplaces in the spacious Living Room.

Enjoy dining on artfully crafted cuisine at Manzanita and the slope-side Backyard Bar and BBQ with ski-in/ski-out outdoor dining. Kids can take part in the Vibrant Ritz Kids program with interactive games, educational activities and opportunities for young guests to connect with and create memories amid the mountains.

Luxury Run of House guest rooms are approximately 455 square feet and feature 1 king or 2 queen beds (based on availability). Other amenities include in-room gas fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows with varying views of the region, flat screen TV, iPod docking station, gourmet coffee and tea presentation, fully-stocked honor bar, spacious closets with safe, oversized deep-soaking tub and separate shower, dual bathroom sinks, Asprey bath amenities, lighted make-up mirror and hair dryer, Ritz-Carlton signature terry bathrobes, iron/board, and more.

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is located approximately 43 miles from the Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO). Due to the mid-mountain location, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers valet parking only; self-parking is not available. Valet parking is approximately $55 per night. Parking cost subject to change without notice.

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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
Lake Tahoe (Truckee), California
January 31-February 4, 2022

Monday, January 31

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0655 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0700 Anesthesia for Tracheostomy R.Ball  
  0800 ASA, Plavix, and Coronary Stents R.Ball  
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Substance Abuse and Pregnancy: What Do I Need to Know? K.Quisenberry  
  1700 Preoperative Evaluation of the Pediatric Patient M.Brockel  
  1800 Adjourn
1.6 Pharmacology Hours

Tuesday, February 1

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Tonsillectomies in Children M.Brockel  
  0800 Pediatric Airway Management M.Brockel  
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices R.Ball  
  1700 Updates on Anesthesia for Cesarean Deliveries K.Quisenberry  
  1800 Adjourn
0.8 Pharmacology Hours

Wednesday, February 2

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Anesthetic Considerations for the Obese Parturient K.Quisenberry  
  0800 Post-Dural Puncture Headache K.Quisenberry  
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Pediatric Enhanced Recovery After Surgery M.Brockel  
  1700 Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement(TAVR) R.Ball  
  1800 Adjourn
1.1 Pharmacology Hours

Thursday, February 3

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Anesthesia Management of Aortic Aneurysm Repairs R.Ball  
  0800 Anticoagulation and Regional Anesthesia R.Ball  
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1600 THRIVE: What Is It? K.Quisenberry  
  1700 The Pregnant Trauma Patient K.Quisenberry  
  1800 Adjourn
1.2 Pharmacology Hours

Friday, February 4

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Burnout and the Medical Professional
  0800 What You Need to Know about Your Patient with Asthma K.Quisenberry  
  0900 Break
  0915 Pediatric Emergencies M.Brockel  
  1015 PBLD/ Pediatrics Case Discussions M.Brockel  
  1115 Adjourn
1.1 Pharmacology Hours

20 CME

20 Class A CE

5.8 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 12/1/21


Ryan D. Ball, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
UPMC Passavant Anesthesiology
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Megan A. Brockel, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology,
University of Colorado
Children's Hospital Colorado
Aurora, Colorado

Kerry L. Quisenberry, DNP, CRNA 
Faculty at Case Western Reserve University
Staff  CRNA, Cleveland Anesthesia Group , Inc
Cleveland, Ohio
Staff  CRNA,  Aultman Ohio Based Physicians Corporation
Canton, Ohio


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 American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology for 20 Class A CE credits; AANA Code #1040774; Expiration date 2/4/2022.

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, LLC, Treasure Island, Florida, 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 December 2, 2021 to January 1, 2022 . No refund after January 1, 2022; 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.

*Effective January 1, 2023, net hotel 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.