Anchorage, Alaska

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Looking for outdoor adventure? Anchorage has got you covered. Stroll or bike the 11-mile Tony Knowles Coastal Trail which follows the shoreline of Cook Inlet from downtown Anchorage to Kincaid Park. For a scenic drive, take the Seward Highway south to Chugach State Park and beyond into the great Alaskan wilderness were you’re sure to spot wildlife from eagles to moose. Another popular mode of transportation is the Alaska Railroad. Head to the Anchorage Depot and catch a train to Denali Park, Fairbanks, Seward, and Whittier giving you access to cruise tours, glacier viewing, and all the scenery you could hope for along the way.

You don’t have to leave town to glimpse Alaska’s native wildlife. Visit the Alaska Zoo for a wide variety of animals, many rescued or rehabilitated and now living in comfortable habitats, some recently expanded including the polar bear habitat. A great way to get a taste of Alaskan history is the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Exhibits include artwork, audio, video, and text displays covering Alaskan Native history, nature, and even a planetarium.

Shopping opportunities include the 5th Avenue Mall, with five floors of shops including a few Alaskan themed gift stores. The downtown area is very walkable and also offers a selection of gifts including jewelry, native art, and even furs!

The Lakefront Anchorage

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The Lakefront Anchorage Set on the shore of Lake Spenard next to Lake Hood, The Lakefront Anchorage has daily flightseeing and fishing pickups from its own dock, from which you can also gaze at floatplanes with the majestic Chugach Mountains behind.

This lodge-style hotel is for adventure seekers and business travelers alike, with welcoming hospitality, comfortable amenities, fitness center and more. Take in your Last Frontier adventure and try a bison burger or jumbo king crab legs paired with an icy pint of Alaskan Amber at the Flying Machine Restaurant, or dine lakeside at the Deck at Lake Hood. Newly renovated Deluxe Guest Rooms offer 350 square feet of comfort, complimentary Wi-Fi access, safe, mini-fridge, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron/board and more. Getting here is a breeze.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) is just 1 mile away and free 24 hour airport shuttle service is provided by the hotel. As a bonus, downtown Anchorage is just 4 miles out.

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This course is designed for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and all other medical care providers who must maintain state-of-the-art knowledge of the specialty or 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.

Current Topics in Emergency Medicine
Anchorage, Alaska
August 19-23, 2019

Monday, August 19

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWS Staff  
  0730 Approach to the Unknown Rash H.Murphy-Lavoie  
  0830 What's New in ED MRI? T.LeGros  
  0930 Break
  0945 Cardiac Arrest: Surviving, Beyond ACLS C. Willoughby  
  1045 Sleepytime: Updates in ED Sedation T.LeGros  
  1145 Hemetemesis: Updates in GI Bleeds H.Murphy-Lavoie  
  1245 Adjourn
1.5 Pharmacology Hours

Tuesday, August 20

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Hot! Fire Catastrophes and Thermal Burns T.LeGros  
  0830 Irregularly Irregular: Controlling Atrial Fibrillation C.Willoughby  
  0930 Break
  0945 Oops You're It! Emergent Gas Embolism H.Murphy-Lavoie  
  1045 To Fly or Not to Fly: AirMed Transport C. Willoughby  
  1145 Hemorrhagic Bullae: Nec Fasc and Beyond H.Murphy-Lavoie  
  1245 Adjourn
0.8 Pharmacology Hours

Wednesday, August 21 - Day Open


Thursday, August 22

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Weak Pump: The Modern Approach to Heart Failure C.Willoughby  
  0830 Pictorial Review of Visual Stimulants T.LeGros  
  0930 Break
  0945 Mythbusting Updates in ED Wound Care H.Murphy-Lavoie  
  1045 Protecting the Kidney: Contrast-Induced Nephropathy T.LeGros  
  1145 Going for a Swim? Marine Hazards H.Murphy-Lavoie  
  1245 Adjourn
0.8 Pharmacology Hours

Friday, August 23

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0730 Accurate Diagnosis in the Dyspneic Patient T.LeGros  
  0830 EKG Cases C.Willoughby  
  0930 Break
  0945 Lethal Rashes You Can't Miss H.Murphy-Lavoie  
  1045 Controversies in Pulmonary Embolism Management C.Willoughby  
  1145 Pitfalls in the Assessment of Lumbago T.LeGros  
  1245 Adjourn 0.4 Pharmacology Hours  

20 CME

20 Class A CEC

3.5 Pharmacology Hours†

  Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.  


Tracy Leigh LeGros, MD, PhD, FUHM, FAAEM, FACEP
Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine
Fellowship Program Director
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship
Louisiana State University School of Medicine
University Medical Center
New Orleans, Louisiana
Program Coordinator

Heather Murphy-Lavoie, MD, FAAEM, FACEP, FUHM
Director of Faculty Development
Clinical Professor
Clinical Competency Committee, Chair
Emergency Medicine Residency
UHMS Education Committee, Chair
Associate Program Director
Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship
LSU School of Medicine / UMC
New Orleans, Louisiana
Program Coordinator

Christopher Willoughby, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine Residency
LSU School of Medicine
University Medical Center
New Orleans, Louisiana


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 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.

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

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 #1036788; Expiration Date 8/23/2019.

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: NWS 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 Murphy, MD, MSN Education, Treasure Island, Florida 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 June 20, 2019 to July 20, 2019. No refund after July 20, 2019; 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 via download 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 1 (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) 456-7962 - 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.