Vail Valley (Avon), Colorado

Vail Valley and Avon serve as the gateway to the world-class Beaver Creek Resort and Vail.  Avon offers visitors stunning views, numerous recreational opportunities as well as varied dining, shopping, spa, and nightlife options. Here, you'll find luxury intertwined with the relaxed atmosphere of an alpine village. World-class skiing and resort amenities welcome alpine enthusiasts of all kinds and offer unparalleled mountain terrain for all ages and abilities with 167 trails and 24 lifts. Vail Valley is the perfect place to learn how to ski or snowboard or to improve and challenge your existing skills. Not a Skier or Snowboarder? There are plenty of winter activities such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, year round fat bike trails, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, ice skating and much more.

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa

Named one of the "50 Best Resorts in the World" for 2022 by Conde Nast Traveler, The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa is an experience you won't want to miss. Located near Beaver Creek and Vail Mountains, The Westin Riverfront Spa offers convenient ski access via the Riverfront Express Gondola which terminates at the Lower Beaver Creek Mountain Express (Chair 15) and then connects to the Bachelor Gulch area of Beaver Creek Resort. Hotel guests will also enjoy complimentary shuttle service for hotel guests to Beaver Creek Village and the Vail Village.

The Westin Riverfront is home to Spa Anjali, ranked as one of the "Top 25 Spas in the world" by Conde Nast Traveler. Choose from a menu of massages, facials, body treatments, salon services, and unique Chakra Blessings. Enjoy a relaxing swim in the heated saline lap pool or one of the three Saline Hot Tubs. Or, head over to the Athletic Club where you'll find TechnoGym, Peloton, over 50+ fitness classes, yoga, Pilates and more.

When it's time to dine, enjoy vibrant flavors with alpine-inspired dishes crafted from the freshest ingredients at the Stoke & Rye. Or, explore cocktails, wines, microbrews, and elevated American cuisine at The Lookout. Those on the go will appreciate the grab-and-go convenience of the Riverfront Market and Starbucks, where you can find your favorite drinks, pastries and treats conveniently located near the Riverfront Express Gondola.

Common guest room amenities include desk, coffee/tea maker, safe, alarm clock with iPod dock, iron/board, robes, hairdryer, and more. Traditional 2 Queen guest rooms are approx. 400 square feet and also offer a mini fridge. Studio King Suites are approx. 450 square feet and offer one King bed plus sofa bed, fireplace, kitchenette with microwave, mini-fridge, and stovetop.

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa is approximately 27 miles from the Eagle County Airport (EGE) and 129 miles from Denver International airport (DEN). Please allow extra transportation time if traveling to/from Denver International Airport to allow for changing road conditions. Valet parking is reduced to $30 daily for those who book their room via NWAS/NWWT reservation link/Group booking code only (otherwise, it's approximately $45 daily). Parking fees 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.


Anesthesia Update
Vail Valley (Avon), Colorado
March 17-21, 2025

Monday, March 17

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0655 Welcome NWAS Staff
  0700 Arterial Blood Gas Analysis: Ions, Cations and Me Part I L.Guzzi
  0800 Arterial Blood Gas Analysis: Ions, Cations and Me Part II L.Guzzi
  0900 Ski Break
  1530 Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Ultrasound for Regional Anesthesia: Tips and Tricks for Clinical Success D.Auyong
  1700 Innovations in Orthopedic Anesthesia D.Auyong
  1800 Adjourn

Tuesday, March 18

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 New Approaches to Old Problems: Truncal Blocks - Erector Spinae, Quadratus Lumborum,
  PECS D.Auyong
  0800 Malignant Hyperthermia Management Update C.Edwards
  0900 Ski Break
  1530 Mandatory Sign In
  1600 DPE, CSE, and Epidural Techniques: Is There an Optimal Technique for Labor Analgesia? L.Tsen
  1700 Reducing Obstetric General Anesthesia: Ten Practical, Tested Tips L.Tsen
  1800 Adjourn

Wednesday, March 19

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Optimizing and Managing the Parturient With Cardiac Pathology L.Tsen
  0800 Anesthesia for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (IVF) L.Tsen
  0900 Ski Break
  1530 Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Interscalene Block Versus Alternatives for Shoulder Surgery: Are We Making Regional Anesthesia Safer or Overly Complicated? D.Auyong
  1700 Blast Injury: Review and Management on the Battlefield and in the Urban Setting L.Guzzi
  1800 Adjourn

Thursday, March 20

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Morbid Obesity and Anesthesia: The Weight of the Issue L.Guzzi
  0800 Volume Resuscitation Strategies and Monitoring in the Operating Room and Beyond L.Guzzi
  1530 Mandatory Sign In
  0900 Ski Break
  1600 Pro-Con: Catheters vs. "Long" Acting Local Anesthetics D.Auyong
  1700 Analgesia and Anesthesia for the High BMI Parturient L.Tsen
  1800 Adjourn

Friday, March 21

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Thoracic Trauma: A Review and Management Strategy for the Anesthesia Provider L.Guzzi
  0800 Pulmonary Embolism in Pregnancy: A Practical Primer L.Tsen
  0900 Break
  0915 Local Anesthetic Toxicity D.Auyong
  1015 Non-Opioid Analgesia D.Auyong
  1115 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 CE

6.9 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 3/29/24


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

Chris Edwards, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology
University of Florida College of Medicine
Gainesville, Florida 

Louis M. 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 1044456; Expiration Date 03/21/2025.

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/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.


$100 January 16, 2025 to February 15, 2025. No refund after February 15, 2025; however, 50% of tuition paid may 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.

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.

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