Locations

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands 

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Providenciales, often called Provo, is one of seven inhabited islands in the 40-island chain, Turks and Caicos, which forms the southeast tip of the Bahamas. This heavenly, 38 mile-long island set in crystal turquoise waters boasts a 14 mile-long white sand beach and provides spectacular scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities. Off the shore, an extensive barrier reef system subdues the power of the Atlantic while producing miles of shallow reefs, sloping and vertical mini-walls, and deep reefs.

Paralleling the coastline is one of the most exceptional walls in the Caribbean from steep cascading Plate Corals to dramatic Black Coral trees and delicate invertebrate structures cloaked in elaborate sponge formations. Beautiful tropical fish flow in schools across the reef; eagle rays, sharks, turtles, dolphins, and manta rays are seen with some regularity in these waters. These dive sites are pristine, many seeming to be untouched by man. However, there is one creature in these waters who seems to prefer the company of humans. Jojo the Dolphin regularly leaves his comrades at sea to join the swimmers in Grace Bay.

Is there anything for the non-diver? Aside from the unsurpassed opportunity to relax and enjoy the warmth of the sun, breathe the pure air, and walk the sugar beach, Provo hosts the only 18 hole golf course on Turks and Caicos. Windsurf, yacht, fish, play tennis, work out in a state-of-the-art fitness center, or bicycle. Take a drive, tour by scooter, or hop a chartered boat or flight to some of the uninhabited islands for beachcombing “par excellence,” or explore the artifacts and buildings of an old sisal and salt industry. Enjoy varied cuisine and meet new friends in a variety of nightclubs.

Beaches Resort and Spa

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Just over an hour from Miami, Beaches Resort and Spa is nestled amid groves of palms and tropical foliage that fronts a 12-mile stretch of pristine beach.

For everyone who has ever dreamed of getting away from it all and finding a tropical hideaway far removed from all the hustle, bustle, fuss and muss of modern life—Turks & Caicos is that rarest of discoveries, a true island escape.

Enjoy 6 pools, 3 with swim-up bars, dedicated toddler pool with huge Pirates Island Waterpark, 19 specialty restaurants, 15 bars serving unlimited premium drinks, supervised kids camp for kids of all ages, Xbox Play Lounge, Scratch DJ Academy, Liquid at Beaches Nightclub, Trench Town teens-only game room, scuba diving program, and the Red Lane® Caribbean Spa.

If you’re looking for the most comprehensive all-inclusive family vacation on a resort that offers every imaginable amenity and the Caribbean’s largest water theme park, Beaches Turks & Caicos is for you. Voted “Top 25 Hotels for Families in the World 2016” by Trip Advisor.

Book today as this location sells out months in advance every year!

All-inclusive package includes 7 nights accommodations (Saturday to Saturday), all hotel gratuities and taxes, hotel porterage, multiple a la carte dining options, complimentary welcome beverage, basic Wi-Fi Internet, anytime snacks, nightly entertainment, access to fitness center, unlimited premium brand alcohol, access to steam and sauna rooms (treatments are an additional cost), land and water sports including scuba diving included for certified divers, and roundtrip airport transfers in Turks & Caicos (transportation gratuities are an additional cost, suggested at $2/bag).

Please be aware:

The Beaches Resort and Spa 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.

Please see the cost below for a day pass at Beaches Turks & Caicos:

DAY PASS: 10am to 6pm
Adult: $320, Child: $180

EVENING PASS: 6pm to 2am
Adult: $340, Child: $180

FULL DAY PASS: 10am to 2am
Adult: $420, Child: $270

This is a firm resort policy. This fee is subject to change without notice at the discretion of resort management.

UPDATE AS OF 9/11/17:

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, we are awaiting an assessment of Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort to see what damage the Resort and Island may have received. As soon as we receive that information, we will email everyone that is registered for the October 29-November 3, 2017, Current Topics in Anesthesia meeting in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. Please be patient as this may take some time for the team at the Resort to complete this process. The Resort has reported that all staff at Beaches Turks and Caicos are safe. Many on the island are without power and debris is all over. 

If you would like to help, Sandals Foundation is working to assist those most impacted with first relief emergency supplies, as well as provide long-term support to rebuild their lives. To make an online donation please visit http://www.sandalsfoundation.org and select “Disaster Relief.“ 100% of your donation will go directly to hurricane relief.

Email us at info@nwas.com or call us (800) 222-6927 • (509) 547-7065

TARGET AUDIENCE

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.

PROGRAM PURPOSE

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

OBJECTIVES

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
Providenciales, Turks, Caicos Islands
October 29 - November 3, 2017

(THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN RELOCATED. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO RE-REGISTER.)

Sunday, October 29

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In*
  0755 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0800 Blowin' in the Wind: Pulmonary Function Tests for Assessment I.Osborn  
  0900 The Neurosurgical Airway: Challenges, Myths, Innovations I.Osborn  
  1000 Break
  1015 Pacemakers and ICDs: Anesthesia Considerations C.Smith  
  1115 Multimodal Analgesia J.Ortiz  
  1215 Adjourn
 

Monday, October 30

  0745 Registration - Mandatory Sign In*
  0800 Checklist for Trauma and Emergency Anesthesia C.Smith  
  0900 Golden Hour to Golden Day: Concurrent Polytrauma C.Smith  
  1000 Break
  1015 Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia of the Upper Extremity J.Ortiz  
  1115 What's New in Neuroanesthesia? I.Osborn  
  1215 Adjourn
 

Tuesday, October 31

  0745 Registration - Mandatory Sign In*
  0800 Ultrasound-Guided Truncal Blocks and Neuraxial Techniques J.Ortiz  
  0900 Regional Anesthesia in the Febrile Patient With an Abnormal INR: Should I Proceed? J.Ortiz  
  1000 Break
  1015 Time is Brain! Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke I.Osborn  
  1115 Anesthetic Issues in Orthopedic Trauma C.Smith  
  1215 Adjourn
 

Wednesday, November 1 - Open Day

 

Thursday, November 2

  0745 Registration - Mandatory Sign In*
  0800 Look Ma, No Tube! Exploring the Noninvasive Ventilation Techniques I.Osborn  
  0900 Massive Transfusion Protocols in Trauma Anesthesia C.Smith  
  1000 Break
  1015 Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia of the Lower Extremity J.Ortiz  
  1115 Complications of Regional Anesthesia J.Ortiz  
  1215 Adjourn 0.5 Pharmacology  
 

Friday, November 3

  0745 Registration - Mandatory Sign In*
  0800 Cardiac Anesthesia and Trauma: Part I C.Smith  
  0900 Cardiac Anesthesia and Trauma: Part II C.Smith  
  1000 Break
  1015 Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Pathophysiology and Anesthetic Considerations I.Osborn  
  1115 PBLD: The Morbidly Obese Patient for Craniotomy I.Osborn  
  1215 Adjourn 0.6 Pharmacology  
    *Please plan to eat breakfast prior to the meeting.
   

20 CME

20 Class A CEC

3.5 Pharmacology Hours†

 

FACULTY

Jaime Ortiz, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Director of Regional Anesthesia
Co Director of Acute Pain Management Service
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

Irene P. Osborn, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Director, Division of Neuroanesthesia
Montefiore Medical Center/ Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, New York

Charles E. Smith, MD
Professor of Anesthesia
Attending Anesthesiologist
Director, Anesthesia Research
MetroHealth Medical Center
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio

ACCREDITATION

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 #1034088; Expiration Date 11/3/17.

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: 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.

COURSE DIRECTOR

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

SCHEDULE AND FACULTY CHANGES

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.

COURSE CANCELLATION BY PROVIDER

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.

COURSE CANCELLATION FEE

$100 August 30, 2017 to September 29, 2017. No refund after September 29, 2017; 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: kellee@universaltravel1.com

REGISTER EARLY

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.

Click here for course and hotel registration (THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN RELOCATED. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO RE-REGISTER.)