Palm Beach, Aruba

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Discover an island that energizes the senses. Where untamed desert beauty is bound by a turquoise ocean. An isle of ancient caves, coral reefs, legendary lagoons, open-air markets, and colorful boutiques. Aruba has the highest standard of living in the West Indies and has become one of the most popular vacation spots in the Caribbean. Aruba's diverse cultural heritage makes it a fascinating place to visit and explore. It is not surprising that many of Aruba's popular pastimes involve its blue waters and beautiful beaches.

The most famous pastime is windsurfing thanks to the consistent 20-knot trade winds. Equipment rentals and instructors are available, so give it a try! Less than a mile offshore, the sea abounds with sailfish, wahoo, yellow and black tuna and marlin. Sport-fishing trips are widely available. The German freighter Antilia, scuttled at the start of WWII off the northwest coast, is a favorite destination of scuba divers. Shallow, gentle waters at Druif and Arashi Beaches where you can see a reef of elkhorn on the sandy bottom are a big draw for snorkelers. Or you may like a cruise on a glass bottom boat or catamaran which combines a picnic with sightseeing.

Be sure to explore Aruba by land, too. The countryside is dotted with windswept divi-divi trees, cactus and pastel-colored houses. Bubali Pond on the west coast is a bird sanctuary which attracts a great variety of birds - pelicans, cormorants, wood storks, and long-legged egrets among them. You can go horseback riding on highly trained paso fino horses from South America. Golf lovers can play the Aruba Golf Club near San Nicolas and the new Tierra del Sol course in Arashi in the northwest tip of the island, Aruba's first world-class golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II. Aruba has over six Vegas-style casinos for nighttime entertainment as well as superb restaurants, shows and shopping with many bargains to be had on European porcelain, jewelry, perfumes, and clothing.

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa and Casino

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The Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort is a beach-front resort on spectacular Palm Beach. Dive into a magnificent, three-tier swimming pool, each with its own cascading waterfall. Rocket down the water slide or swim up to the pool-side bar for your favorite cocktail. Later, unwind at the ZoiA Spa or in one of two outdoor Jacuzzis.

For kids, Hyatt’s Camp Watapana is the perfect place to experience the culture and uniqueness of Aruba. Hard court basketball, pool and beach volley ball, and two lighted tennis courts will help keep you busy. The health club features a state-of-the-art cardio center with theater entertainment. Daily activities such as yoga, bingo, and daily sunset happy hours are always fun to join and a great way to meet new friends.

Enjoy dining in one of six lovely on-site restaurants. When night falls, entertainment includes karaoke, live music, dancing and a casino. Newly renovated guest rooms feature amenities such as LCD TV, spacious bath, minibar, coffee maker, laptop safe, hair dryer and iron/board.

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This course is designed for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, paramedics, pre-hospital emergency medicine care providers 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.

Topics in Emergency Medicine
Palm Beach, Aruba
December 4-9, 2016

Sunday, December 4

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0720 Welcome NWS Staff  
  0730 Deadly Pediatric Overdoses F.LoVecchio  
  0830 Sedation in ED D.Quan  
  0930 Break
  0945 Skin and Soft Tissue Infections F.LoVecchio  
  1045 Ink and Piercing Problems D.Quan  
  1145 When Devices Go Haywire D.Quan  
  1245 Adjourn

Monday, December 5

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Newer Drugs of Abuse F.LoVecchio  
  0830 Non-Opiate Pain Relief F.LoVecchio  
  0930 Break
  0945 Underwater (SCUBA) Diving Emergencies H. Severance  
  1045 Sea Envenomations D.Quan  
  1145 Empiric Approach to Sepsis F.LoVecchio  
  1245 Adjourn

Tuesday, December 6

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Anaphylaxis F.LoVecchio  
  0830 Anticoagulant Toxicity F.LoVecchio  
  0930 Break
  0945 Acute Emerging Viral Threats Part 1: Ebola, Pandemic Influenza H. Severance  
  1045 Acute Emerging Viral Threats Part 2: Chikungunya, Zika H. Severance  
  1145 Land Envenomations D.Quan  
  1245 Adjourn

Wednesday, December 7

Thursday, December 8

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Ethanol and Drug Withdrawal F.LoVecchio  
  0830 Acute Cardiopulmonary Vascular Emergencies: Chest Pain, ACS H.Severance  
  0930 Break
  0945 The Hypotensive Overdose Patient F.LoVecchio  
  1045 Environmental Heat Illness Case Reviews H.Severance  
  1145 Fever in Returning Traveler F.LoVecchio  
  1245 Adjourn

Friday, December 9

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Case Studies in Pneumonia F.LoVecchio  
  0830 Diabetic Emergencies F.LoVecchio  
  0930 Break
  0945 Hematology Emergencies: Common Acute Sickle Cell Presentations H. Severance  
  1045 Tales From the ER H. Severance  
  1145 Drug/Drug Interaction F.LoVecchio  
  1245 Adjourn

25 CME I

25 Class A CEC

Pharmacology Hours TBD†


Frank LoVecchio, DO, MPH, FACEP
Vice Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
Director of Research
Maricopa Medical Center and Emergency Medicine Residency
Phoenix, Arizona
Co-Medical Director, Banner Good Samaritan Poison
and Drug Information Center
Phoenix, Arizona
Program Coordinator

Attending Physician and Director of Medical Toxicology
Maricopa Integrated Health System
Department of Emergency Medicine
Medical Toxicologist, Toxicology Consultants of Arizona
Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Phoenix, Arizona

Harry W. Severance, MD, FACEP
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Tennessee College of Medicine
Attending Physician
Division of Hyperbaric Medicine,
Department of Emergency Medicine
UT College of Medicine
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Assistant Professor
Division of Cardiology
Department of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center/School of Medicine
Member, Board of Directors
Duke University Cooperative Cardiovascular Society & Research Network (DUCCS)
Durham, North Carolina


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 Health Care System, Dallas and Northwest Seminars. The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Health Care 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 25 AMA PRA Category I 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.

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 #1033953; Expiration Date 12/9/16.

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 25 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.

Registered Nurses: NWAS is an approved provider for the following state nursing boards: 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 25 contact hours.

†Pharmacology hours subject to change.


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 October 5, 2016 to November 4, 2016. No refund after November 4, 2016; 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 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) 456-7887 - 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.