Las Vegas, Nevada

Welcome to Vegas! A land of grandiose hotels, casino gaming, excitement, and luxury. If you can bet on it, you’ll find it here. Comedy and music legends, six resident Cirque du Soleil productions, classic Las Vegas show girl revues, and more are here for your pleasure. From elaborately themed clubs to the new wave of upscale “ultra lounges,” you can experience a variety of night spots. For the golf aficionado, the sixty-plus golf courses in Las Vegas, designed by top golf pros, have put Vegas on the map. Popular courses include Topgolf Las Vegas, Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, Bali Hai Golf Club, TPC Las Vegas, and Royal Links Golf Club.

If you want to unwind, Las Vegas offers the most luxurious and varied spa experiences and pools to be found anywhere. Wherever you choose to relax, stress doesn’t stand a chance. Afterward, stop by the Bellagio for a superb Botanical Garden experience where radiant colors dance in creative flower displays that will captivate young and old. Las Vegas has become one of the premium world-class shopping destinations in the country with specialty stores sporting Prada, Gucci, Dior, Chanel, Jimmy Choo and so much more. Budget-minded shoppers will delight in the outlet malls both north and south of downtown, easily accessed by bus.
Trade dazzling city lights and crowds for the serenity of Red Rock Canyon. Break a sweat with scenic hiking across Moenkopi Loop, Calico Hills, Turtlehead Peak, and more. Keep eyes open for Triassic fossils, various desert flora and wildlife. Travelers can also venture out to see nearby Boulder City, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, or the Grand Canyon.

Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas

Looking for Luxury on the Las Vegas Strip? Then look no further than the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas.  This non-gaming, non-smoking hotel offers guests a relaxing reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the Strip.  Here, guests will find extraordinary experiences - from the award winning spa, fitness center with yoga and pilates studio,  to exquisite dining with stunning views and inventive cocktails at the Hotel Bar. Don't miss the fresh, seasonal American cuisine at the Zen Kitchen, or experience a classic English Afternoon Tea in the stylish Tea Lounge on the 23rd floor. Retreat to the eighth-floor pool deck and enjoy refreshments at the Pool Cafe or a cool drink from the pool bar. When you are ready to get back into the action, Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas' convenient location near the entrance to ARIA Resort & Casino and The Shops at Crystals provides guests unfettered access to the best of the Strip's dining, shopping, gaming and entertainment.

Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas City View rooms are approximately 500 square feet and feature 1 king or 2 double beds (based on hotel availability), floor-to-ceiling windows, spa-like bathroom with large soaking tub and stand-alone shower, walk in wardrobe and valet closet. Other amenities include include mini bar, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron/board, robes/slippers, and much more.

Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas is located approximately 3 miles from Harry Reid International Airport (LAS), formerly known as McCarran Airport. Valet parking is approximately $35 a day with in/out privileges. Self parking is not available. Parking fees subject to change without notice.

Concurrent Workshop
April 15, 2024 - Law School 101 for Healthcare Practitioners (separate schedule and tuition applies)
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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.

Hot Topics in Anesthesia
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 16-19, 2024

Monday, April 15 – Pre-Conference Workshop

  Law School 101 for Healthcare Practitioners (separate schedule and tuition applies)

Tuesday, April 16

  0900 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0925 Welcome NWAS Staff
  0930 The Obese Patient and the Patient With Obstructive Sleep Apnea J.Doyle
  1030 Emerging Trends in Fluid Resuscitation: What the Clinician Should Know J.Doyle
  1130 Break
  1145 Anticoagulation and Coagulation Dilemmas in Anesthesia: A Practical Approach J.Szalados
  1245 How Low Is Too Low? Perioperative Transfusion Guidelines and Common Sense J.Szalados
  1345 PWIDs: Street Drugs and Substances That Will Challenge You M.Murphy
  1445 Adjourn

Wednesday, April 17

  0900 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0930 Positioning Injury: Risk and Responsibility M.Murphy
  1030 Perioperative Management of Stents and CIEDs: It Is NOT an Anesthesia Task M.Murphy
  1130 Break
  1145 New and Old Controversies in Procedural Sedation J.Doyle
  1245 Dexmedetomidine in Conscious Sedation: Tips, Traps and Techniques J.Doyle
  1345 Electrolyte Emergencies: A Review for the Anesthesia Provider J.Szalados
  1445 Adjourn

Thursday, April 18

  0900 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0930 Perioperative Cardiac Arrest: When It’s NOT Really ACLS as Per Protocol J.Szalados
  1030 The Airway Algorithm: A Review and Where Things Often Go Wrong J.Szalados
  1130 Break
  1145 Wait, The Literature Says I Have to Do What? Risk Management I M.Murphy
  1245 Wait, The Literature Says I Have to Do What? Risk Management II M.Murphy
  1345 Acid-Base Disorders Made Easy: A Case-Based Approach J.Doyle
  1445 Adjourn

Friday, April 19

  0900 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0930 Nanotechnology in Medicine: Imagining the Future J.Doyle
  1030 Artificial Intelligence in Anesthesia: What Might the Future Hold? J.Doyle
  1130 Break
  1145 Production Pressures and Outcome Measures: It’s All About the Money M.Murphy
  1245 Perioperative Care for the Transgender Patient Presenting for Surgery J.Szalados
  1345 Frailty: Can We Measure It? Should We Document It? Implications for the Anesthesia Provider J.Szalados
  1445 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 Class A CE

8 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 2/2/24



D. John Doyle, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Professor of Anesthesiology
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
Staff Anesthesiologist
Department of General Anesthesiology
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland, Ohio

Mark T. Murphy, MD
Owner, MSN Education, LLC
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Medical Director
Northwest Anesthesia Seminars
Pasco, Washington

James Emery Szalados, MD, JD, MBA, MHA,
Attorney and Counselor at Law
The Szalados Law Firm, Hilton, New York
Director, Surgical Critical Care and Surgical / Trauma Intensive Care Unit
Director, Neurocritical Program and Neurocritical Care Unit
Rochester Regional Health System and Rochester General Hospital
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology, University of Rochester
Adjunct Clinical Professor, Physician Assistant Program
Rochester Institute of Technology
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Erie, Pennsylvania 


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 1043612; Expiration Date 04/19/2024.

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 February 16, 2024 to March 17, 2024. No refund after March 17, 2024; 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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