Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

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Nestled in the spectacular Coast Mountains of British Columbia, just 75 miles north of Vancouver, lies Whistler Resort, a charming alpine village located at the foot of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. It all begins with a glorious view of the mountains surrounding you like curtains on an endless natural stage. Come to a magical place that mixes charm with romance and natural beauty with warm hospitality. Consistently ranked the number one mountain resort in North America, Whistler features two majestic mountains, epic skiing and snowboarding conditions, more than 200 shops, as well as over 90 restaurants and bars and Whistler was the host to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Whistler and Blackcomb offer the #1 and #2 highest lift-serviced vertical drop and largest patrolled terrain in North America. Skiers and riders choose from over 200 runs, over 5,000 vertical feet, 12 massive alpine bowls, and more than 8,100 acres of terrain catering to all ability levels.

Try some aerial sightseeing, snowmobiling, ziplining, or any other number of outdoor adventures. But Whistler is more than just a great place for outdoor adventures and winter sports; this town is full of arts and culture and plenty of shopping opportunities.

The Westin Resort and Spa Whistler

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Located in Whistler Village just yards from the gondolas servicing the slopes of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, The Westin Resort & Spa is an all-suite, full-service hotel and spa, with ski in/ski out convenience to Whistler Mountain. Relax in the renowned Avello Spa & Health Club, providing a complete experience for those seeking balance and vitality. Snack and unwind at the FireRock Lounge or dine at Grill and Vine Whistler.

Deluxe Studio Suites feature an open layout with one king or 2 queen signature Westin Heavenly Beds (based on availability), plus queen sofa sleeper, sitting area, fully equipped kitchen, and large windows along with many other amenities to assure a comfortable stay.

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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.


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 Topics in Anesthesia
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
March 18-22, 2019

Monday, March 18

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0655 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0700 Pharmacology Update 2019 C.Brudney  
  0800 Morbid Obesity and Anesthesia C.Brudney  
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Quality and Safety in Healthcare and the OR W.Wilson  
  1700 Initial Evaluation and Management of the Traumatized Patient C.Smith  
  1800 Adjourn

Tuesday, March 19

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Cervical Spine Injuries and Intubation: Anesthetic Concerns C.Smith  
  0800 Musculoskeletal Trauma C.Smith  
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Enhanced Recovery: Should This Now Be Standard of Care? C.Brudney  
  1700 Allergy and Anaphylaxis W.Wilson  
  1800 Adjourn

Wednesday, March 20

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Review of Pulmonary Physiology for the Anesthesia Provider W.Wilson  
  0800 Mechanisms of Hypoxemia in Anesthesia and Critical Care    W.Wilson  
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Anesthetic Considerations for Ocular and Maxillofacial Trauma C.Smith  
  1700 Current Concepts in Transfusion Medicine C.Brudney  
  1800 Adjourn

Thursday, March 21

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Does It Matter What Fluids I Use in the OR? C.Brudney  
  0800 Carotid Endarterectomy? Which Patients Are Having Surgery? Do They Need Special Anesthesia? C.Brudney  
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Treatment of Pain Agitation and Delirium in the ICU W.Wilson  
  1700 Anesthetic Considerations for Traumatic Brain Injury C.Smith  
  1800 Adjourn

Friday, March 22

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Anesthesia for Cardiac Trauma: Part I C.Smith  
  0800 Anesthesia for Cardiac Trauma: Part II C.Smith  
  0900 Break
  0915 Brain Function Monitoring: Should This Be a Part of Our Standard Monitoring? C.Brudney  
  1015 Point-of-Care Ultrasound for the Anesthesia Provider W.Wilson  
  1115 Adjourn

20 CME

20 CEC

Pharmacology Hours TBD†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.


Charles S. Brudney, MB, BCh, FRCA
Professor of Anesthesia and Intensive Care
University of Manitoba
Chief Medical Officer, St. Boniface Hospital
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Charles E. Smith, MD
Professor of Anesthesia
Attending Anesthesiologist
Director, Anesthesia Research
MetroHealth Medical Center
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio

William C. Wilson, MD, MA
Clinical Professor
Chief Medical Officer
University of California Irvine Health System
Irvine, California


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 #1037050; Expiration Date 3/22/2019.

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), and the Georgia 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 January 16, 2019 to February 15, 2019. No refund after February 15, 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 Kilmer: 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.