Vietnam & Cambodia

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Vietnam offers attractive landscapes, virgin beaches, soaring hills and mountains, as well as peaceful rivers and springs. Its long history and distinctive culture serve as additional magnets for first-time and returning visitors alike. Despite its turbulent history, it has been able to preserve its unique identity and culture. An ancient Confucian university, a Zen monastery, a Buddhist temple built in the Hindu style, French country chalets, and gourmet restaurants—you’ll find them all in Vietnam. Cambodia offers an incredible range of scenic locales from its azure seas and white sandy beaches to the mist shrouded mountains. Enjoy cultural discovery dating back centuries as you tour Saigon and Seim Reap. Visit some of the capital’s most impressive sites including the National Museum, the Silver Pagoda containing the Emerald Buddha statue, the Royal Palace, Wat Phnom and much more!

Hotels & Accommodations


Pan Pacific Hanoi

Pan Pacific Hanoi offers 273 elegantly furnished rooms and suites, which boast breathtaking views of West Lake, Truc Bach Lake and the Red River. The hotel also has an impressive collection of 56 fully equipped serviced suites catering to the needs of extended-stay travellers. Savor a diverse range of international dishes from the all-day-dining restaurant or indulge in exquisite cuisine at the Chinese restaurant. The lobby bar provides a relaxing ambience for guests to unwind after a long day. Complete with an indoor pool with natural skylight, well-equipped fitness centre and rejuvenating spa, Pan Pacific Hanoi offers a refreshing new experience in the capital of Vietnam.


Victory Star Cruises - Ha Long

Inspired by traditional and classical beauty of ancient junks of Ha Long Bay, Victory Star Cruise was designed in respect of traditional features but equipped in modern and luxury style. Victory star cruise is one of the best cruise on Halong Bay.


Sofitel Saigon Plaza

Vietnam’s vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, still often called Saigon, is an electric destination, a thriving metropolis bursting with energy. Sofitel Saigon Plaza is located on peaceful tree-lined Le Duan Boulevard just a moment from the city’s commercial centre with its fabulous shopping dining and landmark attractions like Notre Dame Cathedral and Reunification Palace. Newly renovated rooms and suites offer guests contemporary 5-star hotel style with a blend of modern French design and Vietnamese influences. Situated in the business district and offering a full range of expert services the hotel is ideal for business as well as leisure travellers to Ho Chi Minh. Its fabulous conference facilities make it a preferred host.


Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

Ancient faces peer out from temple towers. The sun rises over a serpent-causeway at Angkor Wat. Jungle climbs through crumbling ruins. The majesty of Angkor is considered to be one of the modern world’s wonders. Just 10 minutes away from famed monuments, French colonial elegance sits amidst the manicured gardens of Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort. This Siem Reap luxury hotel proudly receives a banquet of awards each and every year. Rooms and suites entreat with serene design reflecting French sophistication and yesteryear refinement. A lavish swimming pool beloved by guests is surrounded by lush and opulent landscaping.
The 18-hole championship golf course at Phokeethra Country Club welcomes professionals and leisure golfers while the So Spa invites guests for revitalization in private sanctuaries.


Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra

French elegance greets guests in each step of their experience at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra an inspired 5-star hotel located in close vicinity of modern government offices, businesses, embassies, and the charms of the riverfront. Hardwood floors and a colonial-influenced aesthetic evoke a timeless refinement in each luxury hotel room and suite. Guests enjoy a riverside setting minutes from landmarks and attractions like the Royal Palace, National Museum and Sisowath Quay. Business and leisure travellers find the Sofitel an excellent choice with free WiFi, expert service, fantastic restaurants and bars,a soothing spa sanctuary blending east and west and the extensive facilities of the Phokeethra Sports Club at their disposal. Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra is also an unparalleled conference venue. Great events unfold in the hotels 2-stories of meeting facilities including an impressive 1800 sqm ballroom—the largest in Cambodia.

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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.

Anesthesia Update
13-Day Vietnam & Cambodia Tour
October 15 – October 27, 2018

Monday, October 15 - Hanoi, Vietnam

Arrive and transfer to the hotel (Pan Pacific Hanoi)

Tuesday, October 16 - Hanoi, Vietnam

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In (Plan to have breakfast prior to meeting)
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0730 ASA 1-2 Patient: Surgeon Wants Total Preop Testing —Is That OK? E.Frost  
  0830 Herbal Stuff: It's All Safe, Right? E.Frost  
  0930 Break
  0945 Seven Habits for Highly Safe Anesthesiologists and Anesthetists: Part I D.Lin  
  1045 Seven Habits for Highly Safe Anesthesiologists and Anesthetists: Part II D.Lin  
  1145 Adjourn - Lunch (on your own)
  1315 Depart for tour of Hanoi Prison, Cyclo tour of Old Town, and Ancient Vietnamese Long House.
In the evening watch the famous Water Puppet Show followed by dinner at a local restaurant. (Included)

Wednesday, October 17 - Hanoi, Vietnam

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In (Plan to have breakfast prior to meeting)
  0715 How Do We Know Our Drugs Are Safe for Our Patients? E.Frost  
  0815 Adjourn
  0830 Depart for full day tour: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Wooden Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda, the first university of Vietnam, and The Temple of Literature. Lunch at Koto Restaurant followed by a visit to Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple.
  1600 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1615 In the Eyes of the Patient: Dialog and Disclosure D.Lin  
  1715 Case Discussion In the Eyes of the Patient: Dialog and Disclosure D.Lin  
  1815 Adjourn

Thursday, October 18 - Hanoi, Vietnam - Ha Long Bay

  0730 Breakfast (Included)
  0830 Drive through Vietnamese countryside to Ha Long Bay. Board a luxurious junk for a cruise (Victory Star) among the hundreds of islets of Ha Long Bay. Enjoy a seafood lunch and a swim (if weather permits) before visiting a grotto of gigantic stalactites and stalagmites. Drop anchor in the late evening for dinner and overnight stay among the dramatic limestone peaks rising out of the sea. (All meals included)

Friday, October 19 - Ha Long Bay - Saigon

Have breakfast cruising through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay before returning to the wharf. Return to Hanoi. Transfer to the airport for flight to Saigon. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel (Sofitel Plaza Saigon). (Lunch and dinner on your own)

Saturday, October 20 - Saigon

  0730 Breakfast (Included)
  0830 Depart for Cu Chi Tunnels tour
  1300 Lunch (On your own)
  1430 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1445 Neuroanesthesia: Not Just for the Neuroanesthesiologist! E.Frost  
  1545 Deep Brain Stimulation: The Steroids of the 21st Century? E.Frost  
  1645 Break
  1700 Setting Up a Safe Framework for Office Based Anesthesia D.Lin  
  1800 Checklists: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly D.Lin  
  1900 Adjourn

Sunday, October 21 - Saigon

  0730 Breakfast (Included)
  0830 Visit the Reunification Palace (photo stop), the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Chinatown, the Binh Tay Market and either the Thien Hau Temple or the Quan Am Pagoda.
  1300 Lunch (On your own)
  1430 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1445 Enhanced Recovery: A Focus on the Patient's Perspective D.Lin  
  1545 PACU Dilemmas D.Lin  
  1645 Break
  1700 The Brain Is in Bad Shape: Can We Help Fix It? E.Frost  
  1800 PBLD: Head Problems E.Frost  
  1900 Adjourn

Monday, October 22

  0730 Breakfast (Included)
  0830 Depart for the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival in My Tho, enjoy a boat cruise along the river and take a short walk to a handicraft workshop where products are made from coconut trees. Experience an exciting horse-drawn cart ride to visit a local house where you will enjoy tea and taste home grown fruits. Board a sampan and drift along the narrow tree-lined canals for further exploration of the Mekong Delta. After lunch, visit a family-run business making coconut candy before returning to My Tho. On the return trip to Ho Chi Minh City, visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda if time permits. Return to Ho Chi Minh City by late afternoon.

Tuesday, October 23 - Saigon - Siem Reap, Cambodia

  0730 Breakfast (Included)
Transfer to the airport for flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel (Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra). In the afternoon, enter Angkor Thom via the Southern Gate and explore the ancient city. Proceed to visit the ruins at Bayon, Baphoun, Phimeanakas, the Royal Palace, the Elephant Terrace, and the Leper King Terrace.

Wednesday, October 24 - Siem Reap, Cambodia

  0730 Breakfast (Included)
Visit the graceful 11th century Temple of Shiva (Banteay Srei) and the Banteay Samre Temple. On the way back, swing by the Ta Prohm Temple which is mystically enveloped in the jungle. In the afternoon, visit the magnificent Angkor Wat. Explore its extraordinary architecture for an opportunity to experience a spectacular sunset over the monuments.
  1545 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1645 Postoperative Problems We Might Not Think About That Impact Care E.Frost  
  1745 PBLD: The Obese Patient for Endoscopy E.Frost  
  1845 Adjourn

Thursday, October 25 - Seim Reap - Phnom Penh

  0730 Breakfast (Included)
Transfer to the airport for flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel (Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra). In the afternoon, visit some of the capital's most impressive sites including the National Museum, the Silver Pagoda containing the Emerald Buddha statue, the Royal Palace, and Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh's oldest shrine. Indulge yourself with a Khmer welcome dinner. (Included)

Friday, October 26 - Phnom Penh

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In (Plan have breakfast prior to meeting)
  0730 Where Is the Basement Anyway? What Goes on in Interventional Radiology? E.Frost  
  0830 Burnout: A Healthcare Epidemic D.Lin  
  0930 Healthcare Reform: Now What? D.Lin  
  1030 Adjourn    

20 CME

20 CEC

Pharmacology Hours†

You will have the opportunity to participate in a half day Khmer cuisine cooking class in a traditional Khmer setting. In the afternoon, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the notorious Khmer Rouge Killing Fields. On the way back, stop and witness the PSE (Pour Un Sourire d'Enfant), which provides support for underprivileged children. In the evening, visit the house of a local family for a home-cooked dinner. (Included)

Saturday, October 27 - Depart for home

Refreshements served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.


Elizabeth Frost, MD
Professor of Anesthesia
Icahn Medical Center at Mount Sinai
New York, New York

Della Ming Lin, MD
Senior Fellow, Estes Park Institute
Patient Safety Leadership Fellow and Faculty, HRET
Past Department Chief, Anesthesiology
Queen's Medical Center
Honolulu, Hawaii


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 is designed to meet requirements for Class A CE credit. Once approved by AANA, this will be indicated.

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, 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 August 15, 2018 to September 14, 2018. No refund after September 14, 2018; 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.


Cancellations received 90 days or more prior to departure, the deposit is forfeited. 89-60 days: $500 per person; 59-45 days: 50% of the tour price; 44-31 days: 75% of the tour price; 30 days or less: 100% of the tour price.

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:


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.