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Las Vegas, Nevada

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This is the city that attracts more than 37.5 million visitors a year by offering the grandest hotels, the biggest stars in entertainment, the highest caliber of award-winning chefs and master sommeliers and, of course, the brightest lights. As for gaming, if you can bet on it, you’ll find it here.

Vegas is more than gambling, showgirls, and the crazy throngs of Fremont Street. Catch comedy and music headliners as well as fantastic acrobatic performances and master magicians. Take a walk down the famous Vegas Strip for premium shopping and dining options tailored by the biggest culinary names in the industry. Get thrills aboard the Stratosphere’s X-Scream roller coaster, take in a medieval jousting match at Excalibur, or ride a gondola through the Venetian. There’s no shortage of unique entertainment shared amongst the various venues and hotels.

And while Vegas offers many urban delights, nature has something special to share here as well. Red Rock Canyon offers scenic hiking and wildlife viewing either self-guided or coordinated with your own experience local tour guide. Next venture a bit further out to see Boulder City, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Grand Canyon, Valley of Fire State Park, and many other desert spectacles.

Park MGM

Park MGM is a new Las Vegas resort from MGM Resorts & Sydell Group, featuring a collection of restaurants, bars and shops, Eataly, and more. Located in the heart of The Strip, Park MGM is excited to introduce you to a new kind of Las Vegas experience. Park MGM offers guests direct access to what is quickly becoming the city's premier entertainment district, featuring the newly opened T-Mobile Arena and The Park. Guests will enjoy the easy flow and accessibility throughout the property, including casino and meeting space, three distinct restaurants, 24-hour fitness center, full service concierge, complimentary tram to Aria and Crystals at City Center, Bellagio and Vdara and more.

Guest rooms offer a blend of modern and classic design, each with a curated art gallery and plenty of space to entertain.

Park Rooms: Are approximately 406 square feet and offer 1 King or 2 Queen beds and  feature original artwork along with comfortable window seating and custom-designed furnishings create a residential feel. Fresh bathrooms offer a spacious walk-in shower. Other amenities: Art program from Le Studio be-poles, luxury linens, bedside outlets for phones and computers, hotel's choice of Park or pool views, entertainment nook, laptop-size electronic in-room safe, hair dryer, 50" LED television, resort-wide high speed Wi-Fi and more.

Nighthawk Suite: Recharge in this newly renovated 700 square foot suite designed with socializing in mind. The open floor plan includes one King bed with luxury bed linens, open living space, wet bar area, two 50" LED TVs, Bluetooth speaker, and multiple media outlets. The bathroom offer a spacious walk-in shower and bright, modern fixtures. Original artwork inspirationally placed around the room along with comfortable window seating and custom-designed furnishings create a residential feel.

Nightingale Suite: Escape to this newly renovated 700 square foot suite designed with socializing in mind. The open floor plan includes two Queen beds and a pull-out sofa with luxury bed linens, wet bar area, 55" LED TV, Bluetooth speaker, and multiple media outlets. Fresh bathrooms offer a spacious walk-in shower and bright, modern fixtures. Original artwork inspirationally placed around the room along with comfortable window seating and custom-designed furnishings create a residential feel.

Stay Well Park King Rooms: Are approximately 406 square feet, offer 1 King bed, and are designed to provide better rest and to curb the impact travel has on your health. Features include an air purification system, relaxing aromatherapy, circadian lighting, an infused shower and a natural memory foam mattress for optimal comfort. Other amenities include night lighting to minimize sleep disruption, dawn simulator, Vitamin C shower infuser, Art program from Le Studio be-poles, luxury linens, bedside outlets for phones and computers, window seating, hotel's choice of Park or pool views, entertainment nook, laptop-size electronic in-room safe, spacious standing shower, hair dryer, 50" LED television

The Park MGM is located within 3 miles of McCarran International Airport (LAS). Park MGM parking fees are approximately $10 daily for self-parking and $15 daily for Valet pakring. Prices subject to change without notice and on T-Mobile Arena event dates.
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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.

Hot Topics in Anesthesia
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 9-12, 2019

Monday, April 8 - Pre-Conference Workshops*

Business Concepts in Healthcare*
Legal Issues for Anesthesia Providers*

Tuesday, April 9

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0730 Essential USGRA for Anesthesia Providers: Part I A.Visan  
  0830 Essential USGRA for Anesthesia Providers: Part II A.Visan  
  0930 Break
  0945 Update on Perioperative Cardiac Risk Assessment M.Urban  
  1045 The Patient With Pulmonary Hypertension for a THA M.Urban  
  1145 Big Data Analytics and Anesthesia J.Pabalate  
  1245 Adjourn 1.1 Pharmacology Hours

Wednesday, April 10

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Peripheral Nerve Blockade Complications: Prevention and Treatment A.Visan  
  0830 The World of Cosmetic Surgery: Expect the Unexpected A.Visan  
  0930 Break
  0945 Demystifying MIPS and MACRA for Anesthesia: Understanding the Impacts for Practice J.Pabalate  
  1045 Delivering Healthcare in the Distracted Perioperative Environment J.Pabalate  
  1145 Perioperative Management of DM M.Urban  
  1245 Adjourn
1.5 Pharmacology Hours
  1355 Optional ACLS Workshop*

Thursday, April 11

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Perioperative Management of Patients for Complex Spine Surgery M.Urban  
  0830 Postoperative Management of the Total Joint Patient M.Urban  
  0930 Break
  0945 Postoperative Use of Ketamine and Precedex M.Urban  
  1045 Subanesthetic Ketamine L.Misra  
  1145 Acute Perioperative Pain Management L.Misra  
  1245 Adjourn
2.5 Pharmacology Hours
  1355 Optional PALS Workshop*

Friday, April 12

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Underlying Technology for Goal-Directed Fluid Therapy J.Pabalate  
  0830 Changing Healthcare Culture by Reporting the Positive J.Pabalate  
  0930 Break
  0945 Hypotension in Beach Chair Position L.Misra  
  1045 Update on ERAS L.Misra  
  1145 Regional Anesthesia and Anticoagulation L.Misra  
  1245 Adjourn
1.4 Pharmacology Hours

20 CME

20 Class A CEC

6.5 Pharmacology Hours†

* Separate tuition applies for Business Concepts in Healthcare, Law for Anesthesia Providers, PALS, and ACLS.
Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.


Lopa M. Misra, DO
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Phoenix, Arizona

Jonathan Pabalate, CRNA, DNP
CIO and CQO Sunbelt Anesthesia Services / Visiting Primary Care
CDSO Self Care 4 Depression
President, JPC Anesthesia Informatics Corporation Inc. (JPCAIC)
Jacksonville, Florida

Michael Urban, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Cornell University Medical College
Medical Director PACU
Hospital for Special Surgery
New York, New York

Alexandru Visan, MD, MBA
CEO, Executive Cortex Consulting, LLC
Miami, Florida


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 CE; AANA Code #1036578; Expiration Date 4/12/2019.

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 February 8, 2019 to March 10, 2019. No refund after March 10, 2019; 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 Gray: Phone number: (858) 456-7962 - Email: kellee@universaltravel1.com


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.