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 emergency medicine and critical care specialists, trauma care providers, surgeons, hospitalists, internal medicine specialists, primary care physicians, ARNPs, PAs, sonographers, that is, all those with existing clinical backgrounds who are interested in gaining the knowledge, skills and attitudes for benefitting patients requiring emergency care.


Ultrasound guidance for procedures and diagnostics has advanced rapidly in the past decade in most all medical specialties and the acute care and emergency medicine settings are leading the way. Portable equipment with high quality images has permitted point-of-care imaging which is becoming the standard-of-care for both rapid, focused diagnostics and safe, effective procedures. This imaging is even being used in the battlefields of today.

Clinical ultrasound is now a core skill required in emergency medicine specialty training and fellowships focused solely on the procedures available for the interested physician; emergency medicine specialists are entering practice with these skills already in place. But there are numerous others already practicing who find themselves needing the skills without convenient access to streamlined opportunities to learn the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes to perform emergency bedside ultrasonography.

This course has been developed for these experienced practitioners who wish to add this expansion of existing knowledge and acquisition of the manual skills to safely, accountably and skillfully offer the advantages of ultrasound diagnosis and guidance to their patients. The course is focused on the knowledge, skills and attitudes serving as the basis for emergency ultrasound procedures important to the emergency medicine specialist; it is intended to allow the emergency medicine specialist to perform, interpret and integrate the data in an immediate and rapid manner dictated by the clinical scenario including patient condition, the degree of risk the illness/injury poses to the patient’s life and limb and the limitations on time this genre of conditions create.


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

Incorporate existing knowledge and skills of emergency evaluation, diagnosis and care with those of emergency ultrasound imaging for the focused purpose of enhancing patient assessment, identifying and quantifying existing life -threatening pathology, monitor the progress of treatment and/or deterioration in patient condition and guide invasive, complicated procedures used in the management of the acute, emergency patient

Explain the application of the principles of the physics of ultrasound imaging in a discussion of definitions, terminology, equipment and features of the ultrasound equipment culminating in their application in performance, scan techniques, tissue identification and image improvement

Detail the specific ultrasound procedures encompassed in emergency ultrasound imaging and denote and observe their performance in the didactic phase of the program

Demonstrate and practice the appropriate techniques and use of the ultrasound equipment under the observation and instruction by leading , experienced expert clinicians and sonographers, practicing until the participant develops confidence in the psychomotor skills and interprative skills necessary to perform in the clinical setting under the tutelage of more experienced providers

Discuss the important aspects of quality control with emergency ultrasound image interpretation and programs which allow the provider to maintain knowledge and skills needed to perform and interpret data consistently and accountably

Las Vegas, Nevada
March 20-21, 2014

Monday, March 17-20 - Optional Pre-Workshop Seminar


Emergency Medicine Update Click here for more information.

Separate schedule and tuition applies.


Thursday, March 20

  1330 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1355 Welcome NWS Staff  
  1400 Knobology
List basic ultrasound physics and knobology
  1430 EFAST Exam For Trauma
Describe the indications for performing an eFAST exam
  1530 Hands-On Scanning
Demonstrate the KSA’s required for performing an eFAST exam
All Faculty  
  1630 Ultrasound Guided Vascular Access
Outline the indications for performing ultrasound guided procedures to include vascular access
  1700 Hands-On Vascular Access Scanning
Demonstrate the KSA’s required for utilizing ultrasound to obtain vascular access
All Faculty  
  1800 Gallbladder Ultrasound
List the indications for performing a bedside biliary ultrasound
  1900 Hands on Gallbladder Exam
Demonstrate the KSA’s required for performing a bedside biliary ultrasound
All Faculty  
  1930 Adjourn

Friday, March 21

  0715 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 How to Save a Life With Bedside Echo
List the indications for performing a bedside cardiac ultrasound
  0815 Cardiac Scanning
Demonstrate the KSA’s required for performing a bedside cardiac ultrasound
All Faculty  
  0930 Aorta / Renal Ultrasound
Describe the indications for performing a bedside aorta and renal ultrasound exam
  1030 Aorta / Renal Scanning
Demonstrate the KSA’s required for performing a bedside aorta and renal ultrasound exam
All Faculty  
  1145 Lunch (On Your Own)
  1240 Mandatory Sign In    
  1245 Lung Ultrasound
Describe the indications for performing a bedside lung ultrasound
  1345 Undifferentiated Hypotension (RUSH exam)
Outline the indications for integration of bedside ultrasound into the care of the patient in shock
  1445 Hands On Session
Demonstrate the KSA’s required for performing ultrasound exam of the chest/ lung and to diagnose cause of hypotension
All Faculty  
  1630 Adjourn 13 CME I / 13 CEU  


Ben C. Smith, MD
Assistant Professor and Core Faculty
Division of Emergency Medicine
Director of Emergency Ultrasound
University of Tennessee College of Medicine
Attending Physician, EmCare, Inc.
Erlanger Hospital
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Program Coordinator

Jacob Avila, MD
Senior Resident
University of Tennessee College of Medicine
Attending Physician, EmCare, Inc.
Erlanger Hospital
Chattanooga, Tennessee

John P. Gullett, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Co-Director, Emergency Ultrasound Program
Director, Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship
University of Alabama School of Medicine
Birmingham, Alabama

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

David C. Pigott, MD, RDMS, FACEP
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Vice Chair for Academic Development
Co-Director, Emergency Ultrasound Program
University of Alabama School of Medicine
Birmingham. Alabama

Other Faculty may be added


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 13.00 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 13 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists: This program has been prior approved by the AANA for 13 CEC; AANA Code #1028872; Expiration date 12/31/2014.

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 13 contact hours. Meets the requirements of the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing, Rules and Regulations §21.133.


Ben C. Smith, MD,Assistant Professor and Core Faculty Division of Emergency Medicine. Director of Emergency Ultrasound University of Tennessee College of Medicine, 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. 19 to Feb. 18. No refund after Feb. 18; 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.