Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Cradled amid skyscraping mountains and sparkling ocean, scenic Vancouver is a modern, cosmopolitan city that blends culture and landscape. With so much to experience in Vancouver, you will be well-entertained.
Galleries and public exhibits for art enthusiasts, historical sites and districts for history buffs, and scenic hiking trails and botanical gardens for nature lovers are just a small sampling of the city’s diverse attractions. The seawall that borders Vancouver’s coastline is the most popular recreational spot in the city. Stretching 13.7 miles from Coal Harbour to Kitsilano Beach, it wraps around Stanley Park along the way. Here, you’ll find the Vancouver Aquarium, home to more than 70,000 fascinating creatures from the Arctic to the Amazon – the daily beluga whale, dolphin, and sea otter shows are a must-see!
Take some time to explore the city’s diverse neighborhoods. Robson is Vancouver’s leading shopping and strolling thoroughfare – where high-fashion boutiques intermix with music stores, beauty shops, and bookstores. Recharge at a coffee shop or enjoy a more leisurely stop at one of the restaurants or bars. Cutting right through downtown is Vancouver’s main entertainment district, featuring bustling shops during the day and happening clubs and bars at night. Head to the Pacific Centre Mall or to the youthful shops dotting the blocks between Robson and Drake streets for the latest fashions, music and comic books.
In Gastown, glimpses of Vancouver’s origins are preserved in the Victorian buildings and cobblestone streets of this once-bawdy frontier post. Today, it’s an official historic area with antique streetlamps, shops and bars, and the famous two-tonne Gastown Steam Clock. For night owls, the late-night scene in Vancouver is a thriving mix of lounges, laid-back pubs and energetic music venues. Finish up your trip with a harbor tour for unparalleled views of Vancouver; it’s a delightful way to experience the city – by day or night.

Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel

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Enjoy this waterfront hotel with beautifully designed accommodations and first-class service. Outside the hotel, exciting attractions abound from Stanley Park to Robson Street shopping. Maintain your exercise routine with a workout in the fitness center, or a swim in the indoor lap pool, then treat yourself to a delicious meal at Showcase. Settle in to your spacious room and enjoy amenities like pillowtop mattresses, spa products in the bathroom, flat-screen TV, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, safe, iron/board, alarm clock, and more. The hotel is located approximately 9.3 miles from the Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

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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.

Current Anesthesia Practice
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
April 19-22, 2017

Wednesday, April 19

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome
NWAS Staff
  0730 Preoperative Testing: When Should You Order HCG, BNP, INR, HbA1c or cTnl?
  0830 Chronic Medications: Continue or Discontinue Preoperatively?
  0930 Break
  0945 Hard Lessons Learned From Unexpected Bad Outcomes: Part I
  1045 Hard Lessons Learned From Unexpected Bad Outcomes: Part II
  1145 DNR in the Perioperative Period
  1245 Adjourn
2 Pharmacology

Thursday, April 20

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Care of the Morbidly Obese Patient: Not Just About Big People
  0830 How Low Is Too Low: Perioperative Transfusion Guidelines and Common Sense
  0930 Break
  0945 Geriatric Anesthesia: Betcha You're Overdosing Your Elderly Patients
  1045 Postoperative Respiratory Arrest: How to Avoid
  1145 Tight Perioperative Glucose Control: Where Are We Now and How Did We Get Here?
  1245 Adjourn
3.6 Pharmacology

Friday, April 21

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Common Misunderstandings in Neuroanesthesia
  0830 The Effect of Statins on Cerebral Well-Being: The Good, The Bad, and The Uncertain
  0930 Break
  0945 Legal Developments of This Year You Must Know About
  1045 Why Do Patients Sue Their Anesthesia Provider?
  1145 Clinical Anesthesia Administration: Ten Current Controversies
  1245 Adjourn
3 Pharmacology

Saturday, April 22

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Substance Abuse: Anesthetizing Patients Taking Naltrexone, Naloxone, Methadone, or Buprenorphine for Treatment
  0830 Anesthesia and Restless Legs Syndrome: A Case Discussion
  0930 Break
  0945 Defensive Strategies in Dealing With Critical Drug Shortages
  1045 Depth of Anesthesia Monitors: Keeping the Expectations Reasonable
  1145 Anesthetic Neurotoxicity in the Very Young (A Contrarian View?)
  1245 Adjourn
4.3 Pharmacology

20 CME I

20 Class A CEC

12.9 Pharmacology Hours†


John C. Drummond, MD, FRCPC
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
University of California, San Diego
Staff Anesthesiologist, VA Medical Center
San Diego, California

Raymond Clyde Roy, PhD, MD
Department of Anesthesiology
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

James Emery Szalados, MD, JD, MBA,

The Szalados Law Firm
Principal, Attorney and Counselor at Law
Director, Surgical Critical Care
Director, Surgical Intensive Care Unit
Director, Neurocritical Care Unit
Director, Telemedicine Critical Care Medicine Outreach Program
ViaHealth System at Rochester General Hospital
Rochester, New York


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 #1033681; Expiration Date 4/22/17.

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.


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 February 18, 2017 to March 20, 2017. No refund after March 20, 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 on a CD 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:


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.