Lake Tahoe (Truckee), California

More than 15 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 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, spacious closets with safe, oversized deep-soaking tub and separate shower, dual bathroom sinks, unique 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 $60 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 22-26, 2024

Monday, January 22

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0655 Welcome NWAS Staff
  0700 Ultrasound for Regional Anesthesia: Tips and Tricks for Clinical Success D.Auyong
  0800 Innovations in Orthopedic Anesthesia D.Auyong
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Registration - Mandatory Sign in
  1600 Dysrhythmias in OR: Knowing the Ps, Qs and Those Pesky U Waves L.Guzzi
  1700 Current Status of Anticoagulation and Reversal of Coagulation: Thrombosis in the OR L.Guzzi
  1800 Adjourn

Tuesday, January 23

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Epidural Equinox: Ten Tips to Optimize Your Labor Analgesia L.Tsen
  0800 Reducing Obstetric General Anesthesia: Ten Practical, Tested Tips L.Tsen
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Interscalene Block Versus Alternatives for Shoulder Surgery: Are We Making Regional Anesthesia Safer or Overly Complicated? D.Auyong
  1700 Anaphylaxis for Anesthesia: An Unexplained Risk L.Guzzi
  1800 Adjourn

Wednesday, January 24

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Goal-Directed Volume Resuscitation in the OR and Beyond: Part I L.Guzzi
  0800 Goal-Directed Volume Resuscitation in the OR and Beyond: Part II L.Guzzi
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1600 My Two Cents: Clinical Conundrums in Obstetric Anesthesia L.Tsen
  1700 New Approaches to Old Problems: Truncal Blocks - Erector Spinae, Quadratus Lumborum, PECS D.Auyong
  1800 Adjourn

Thursday, January 25

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Pro Con: Catheters vs. "Long" Acting Local Anesthetics D.Auyong
  0800 Nerve Injury D.Auyong
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Optimizing and Managing the Parturient With Cardiac Pathology L.Tsen
  1700 CSE, DPE, and Epidural Techniques: Is There an Optimal Technique for Labor Analgesia? L.Tsen
  1800 Adjourn

Friday, January 26

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Nuclear, Biologic and Chemical Terrorism: A Need to Know for CCM and Anesthesia - Survive and Care for the Injured: Part I L.Guzzi
  0800 Nuclear, Biologic and Chemical Terrorism: A Need to Know for CCM and Anesthesia - Survive and Care for the Injured: Part II L.Guzzi
  0900 Break
  0915 Beating Burnout: A Meditation on Health, Integration and Presence L.Tsen
  1015 Local Anesthetic Toxicity D.Auyong
  1115 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 CE

5.7 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 5/20/23



David B. Auyong, MD
Staff Anesthesiologist, Department of Anesthesiology
Medical Director, Lindeman Ambulatory Surgery Center
Section Head, Orthopedic Anesthesiology
Chair, Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Guiding Team
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Seattle, Washington

Louis Guzzi, MD, FCCM
Clinical Professor of Anesthesia and CCM
Florida State University School of Medicine
Director Cardiovascular and Vascular Intensive Care Unit
Orlando Regional Medical Center
Orlando, Florida

Lawrence C. Tsen, MD
Associate Professor in Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School
Director of Anesthesia, Center for Reproductive Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Associate Director, Center for Professionalism and Peer Support
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts


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,, 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 1043505; Expiration Date 01/26/2024.

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.


No penalty if canceled by November 22, 2023. Cancellations between November 23, 2023, and December 23, 2023, incur a $100 fee. Cancellations after December 23, 2023, are not eligible for a refund. However, 50% of the tuition paid can 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.

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