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. And let’s not forget the gaming! If you can bet on it, you’ll find it here. People watching is unsurpassed. Comedy and music headliners as well as six resident Cirque du Soleil productions, classic Las Vegas show girl revues and more are here for your pleasure. Las Vegas has become one of the premium world-class shopping destinations in the country.

If you want to relax, Las Vegas offers the most luxurious and varied spa experiences and pools to be found anywhere. For the golf aficionado, the sixty-plus golf courses in Las Vegas, designed by top golf pros, have put Vegas on the map. The city famous for having “something for everyone” furthers the proof to its claim when the sun goes down. From elaborately themed clubs to the new wave of upscale “ultra lounges,” you can experience a variety of night spots.

And let’s not forget, nature in Vegas has something special to share as well – Red Rock Canyon offers scenic hiking and wildlife viewing. Or venture out to see nearby Boulder City, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Grand Canyon, or many other desert spectacles.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is centrally located on The Strip and has dozens of restaurants, theaters, and casinos surrounding the resort. The casino at The Cosmopolitan offers 100,000 square feet of table gaming and slot machines. Restaurants offer casual and formal dining, with cuisine from around the world. There are five bars on site and room service is available 24 hours a day. The resort’s stores, spread throughout the property, offer eclectic shopping from the U.S. and around the world. Three pool areas include spa tubs and cabanas. The resort also includes two tennis courts and two fitness centers. The full-service health spa is nature-inspired, offering a hammam, massage, facials, baths, and scrubs. A hair salon is also on site.

Rooms: Beds come with Egyptian-cotton linens, pillowtop mattresses, and down comforters. Bathrooms have marble floors and include hair dryers and showers. Bathrobes and slippers are also provided. The 54-inch flat-panel HDTVs come with pay movies and premium cable channels, and wireless Internet access is available and included in the resort fee. Guest rooms and suites also provide in-room safes that accommodate laptops.

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This course is designed for physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, paramedics, pre-hospital emergency medicine care providers and all other medical care providers who must maintain state-of-the-art knowledge of not only the specialty, but also of additional related disciplines which both impact and are impacted by it.


The practitioner of emergency medicine must possess evidence-based scientific background for competent clinical practice; maintain state-of-the-art knowledge of the specialty and all additional related disciplines; maintain an up-to-the-minute armamentarium of knowledge and skills for the selection and use of complex equipment, pharmacological agents, and procedures; manage self and colleagues to function toward common goals in providing consistent care in all settings in which emergency care is provided; serve as an expert in matters involving quality, safe and equitable health care delivery and support of other service providers, departments, institutions, and organizations dependent upon professional expertise. Presentations are designed to facilitate the acquisition of cognitive and technical skills as defined through evidenced based data translated to best practice standards by the pertinent governmental and professional organizations including the American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Surgeons and the Emergency Nurses Association and abilities in one or more of the disciplines vital to the practicing professional.


At the conclusion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

Apply the pertinent physical and behavioral sciences as they impact and are affected by the planning, delivery, and monitoring of services inherent in the professions

Explain the selection, dosing considerations with methods of administration, safe use, contraindications and precautions of drugs based on their chemical and pharmacologic properties

Outline comprehensive patient management plans for the special patient population discussed
Apply the principles of safety and asepsis in the performance of all aspects of patient care regardless of the clinical environment in which the practice resides

Incorporate the published tenets of pertinent, recognized external organizations, institutions, and professional groups defining medical, legal, philosophical, ethical, and health care management standards.

Emergency Medicine Update
Las Vegas, Nevada
March 17-20, 2014


Monday, March 17

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWS Staff  
  0730 Cardio-Pulmonary Vascular Emergencies (2 hrs) H.Severance H.Severance  
  0930 Break
  0945 Pulmonary Embolism Management: “Who Needs ‘Lytics?” B.Smith  
  1045 OB Catastrophes B.Smith  
  1145 Mythbusters: A Literature Review of Common Medical Dogma J.Hennings  
  1245 Adjourn

Tuesday, March 18

  0715 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Fluid Management in the Critically Ill J.Hennings  
  0830 It’s Got ‘Lytes: Management of Electrolyte Disorders J.Hennings  
  0930 Break
  0945 Hematology Emergencies: Acute Sickle Cell Presentations H.Severance  
  1045 ACLS Update: What Really Makes a Mortality Difference? B.Smith  
  1145 Post-Resuscitation Care: There’s More to it Than Just Getting an ICU Bed B.Smith  
  1245 Adjourn

Wednesday, March 19

  0715 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Blast Injuries H.Severance  
  0830 Influenza: Why All the Bother? H.Severance  
  0930 Break
  0945 Facial Nerve Blocks Unmasked B.Smith  
  1045 Orthopedic Injury Review J.Hennings  
  1145 “They Injected What..Where?” Dermatologic Findings and Management of Drugs of Abuse J.Hennings  
  1245 Adjourn

Thursday, March 20

  0715 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Grandma is Confused, but the UA is Negative? Care of the Altered Patient B.Smith  
  0830 Pitfalls in DKA Management B.Smith  
  0930 Break
  0945 Dermatology Made Ridiculously Easy J.Hennings  
  1045 Putting It All Together: Laceration Repair Techniques J.Hennings  
  1145 EM Board Review: Acute Psychiatry H.Severance  
  1245 Adjourn 20 CME I / 20 CEU  
  1345 Optional Post Conference Ultrasound Workshop *    

March 20-21 Optional Post Conference Ultrasound Workshop *Limited Enrollment


Click here for more information.

Separate schedule and tuition applies*

13 CMEI/13CEU  


Jacob Hennings, MD
Attending Physician
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Tennessee College of Medicine
Erlanger Health Systems
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Harry W. Severance, MD, FACEP
Professor and Director for Research Development
Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Tennessee College of Medicine
Erlanger Health Systems
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Program Coordinator

Ben Smith, MD, FACEP
Director of Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Education Training
Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Tennessee College of Medicine
Erlanger Health Systems
Chattanooga, Tennessee


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 Healthcare System, Dallas and Northwest Seminars. The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Healthcare System, Dallas is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Health Care System, Dallas, designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 20.00 hour(s) of ACEP Category I credit.

Canadian Physicians: The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada lists The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Health Care System, Dallas, as an approved ACCME accredited provider. The AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ awarded may be submitted by the participant to the RCPSC for equivalent MOC Section 1 Credits.

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 1 credit for completing this program.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists: This program has been prior approved by the AANA for 20 CEC; AANA Code #1028871; Expiration date 3/20/2014.

The 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®).

Anesthesiologist Assistants: The NCCAA accepts these ACCME-approved programs for continuing educational credits.

Registered Nurses: NWS approved by the California Board of Nursing, Provider Number 04833 and Florida and Washington, DC Boards of Nursing, Provider Number 50-7480. This program offers 20 contact hours. Meets the requirements of the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing, Rules and Regulations §21.133.


Harry W. Severance, MD, FACEP,Professor and Director for Research Development Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Tennessee College of Medicine/ Erlanger Health Systems, Chattanooga, Tennessee


Mark Murphy, MD, MSN Education, Austin, Texas and 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 30 days notice will be given to those registered and 100% of tuition paid will be refunded. 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 Jan. 16 to Feb. 15. No refund after Feb. 15; however, 50% of tuition paid may be applied toward tuition for another NWS 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 NWS including net hotel and tuition booked through NWS (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 NWS!

Lecture notes will be provided on a CD in PDF format.

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.

We have a block of rooms for seminar participants. Once this block is sold, rooms are based upon availability only and may be at a higher rate. Rooms are available only through us (800) 222-6927.

Travel at your own risk.

Airfare available through Universal Travel. Be sure to mention Northwest Seminars when booking. 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.