Banff, Alberta, Canada

Welcome to the town of Banff in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Imagine if you could step into a real-life snow globe - that’s what experiencing winter in Banff National Park feels like. You’ll find plenty of snow, as you reconnect with nature, yourself and your family amidst the fresh mountain air and the peaceful snow-blanketed landscape. Visitors can experience every authentically Canadian winter activity you can think of in Banff and Lake Louise or the surrounding area. Incredible animal encounters, stunning mountains and world-class skiing in one of North America’s longest ski seasons are a few things available to visitors. For the adventurer, take part in heli-sightseeing or heli-hiking. Learn a new skill with training programs for all skill levels in the disciplines of rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, outdoor leadership, avalanche awareness, and ski mountaineering.

Banff National Park may boast three area ski hills, but if the slopes aren’t calling your name there are plenty of other winter activities to keep you busy! Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice-climbing, sleigh-riding, dog-sledding and ice skating will get you to fall in love with winter, while a visit to local museums and galleries will help you appreciate the arts and culture scene of Banff. Finish off a busy day with a soak in the Banff Upper Hot Springs or a relaxing spa treatment. Finally, enjoy strolling downtown Banff as you discover a cosmopolitan collection of galleries, boutiques, and cafés. Shops range from internationally recognized clothiers and independently-owned establishments to Canada’s oldest department store.

The Rimrock Resort Hotel

The Rimrock Resort Hotel is located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and Banff National Park. The Rimrock Resort Hotel offers exceptional views of the Canadian Rockies, fine dining, a luxury spa, pool and fitness center.

Guest rooms are approximately 350 square feet and feature 1 King bed or 2 Queen beds (based on hotel availability), LCD TV, Wireless High Speed Internet access (fee may apply), in-room safe, Keurig Coffee Maker, mini fridge, and more.

Premium guest rooms offer varying mountain views of the majestic Canadian Rockies, while Grandview guest rooms offer even more breathtaking views of the Canadian Rockies.

The Rimrock Resort Hotel is located on Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park, a 5 minute drive from the Banff town site and 1.5 hours west of Calgary International Airport (approx 90 miles/145 kilometers). If you opt to take one of the frequent airport shuttle services from Calgary to Banff, you’ll enjoy a luxury ride directly to your hotel entrance. Once in the town of Banff, you’ll find the town very walkable, and you can easily jump on the local transit system to get you further afield. The skiing and snowboarding in Banff and Lake Louise are short drives from the town of Banff or hop on a ski shuttle from Banff hotels to ski resorts.

Park Pass: The city of Banff is located in one of Canada's National Parks. Everyone entering the parks must purchase a park pass. The rate is approximately $10.50 CAD per day for 1 adult or $21 CAD total per day for 2 or more persons in the same vehicle. Daily passes are sold for no more than 6 days, so if you are staying longer you must purchase a Parks Canada Discovery Pass for $72.25 CAD per adult or $145.20 CAD for family. Visit for more information. Prices are subject to change without notice. You can purchase your pass online and print it out in advance:

In winter, some areas and roads in Banff National Park experience seasonal or weather related closures, plan ahead by visiting:


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 emergency medicine 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 evidence-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
Banff, Alberta, Canada
March 27-31, 2023

Monday, March 27

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0655 Introduction NWS Staff
  0700 High-Risk EKGs: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly J.Casaletto
  0800 Management Update 2023: AFIB J.Casaletto
  0900 Break
  1645 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1700 Chest Pain Advanced Diagnostic Protocols B.Nicks
  1800 Stroke Update A.Mehrotra
  1900 Adjourn

Tuesday, March 28

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Geriatric Syncope: When Gravity Wins B.Nicks
  0800 Anticoagulation Reversal A.Mehrotra
  0900 Break
  1645 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1700 PE, PESI, and PERC J.Casaletto
  1800 Trauma Update 2023 J.Casaletto
  1900 Adjourn

Wednesday, March 29

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Mitigate the Crisis in Sickle Cell Management B.Nicks
  0800 Pediatric Asthma Exacerbations: An Advanced Algorithmic Approach B.Nicks
  0900 Break
  1645 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1700 Psychpocalypse: Now Showing in Your ED A.Mehrotra
  1800 Quality Measures in EM A.Mehrotra
  1900 Adjourn

Thursday, March 30

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Bump or Brain Injury: Peds Head Injury 2023 J.Casaletto
  0800 What Not to Miss: Intimate Partner Violence J.Casaletto
  0900 Break
  1645 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1700 ALTO: Alternatives to Opioids A.Mehrotra
  1800 ED MacGyver: Unique Solutions to Everyday Challenges B.Nicks
  1900 Adjourn

Friday, March 31

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Organizational Culture: What You Permit, You Promote B.Nicks
  0800 Novel Agents for Sedation A.Mehrotra
  0900 Break
  0915 Cardiac Fashion Wear: VADs, Vests, and Ventricular Devices J.Casaletto
  1015 EM ENT and Dental Updates: We Can Handle the Tooth J.Casaletto
  1115 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 CE

5.5 Pharmacology Hours†

  Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.  
  Rev. 4/15/22  


Jennifer J. Casaletto, MD, FACEP
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Virginia Tech-Carilion School of Medicine
Adjunct Faculty Physician
Department of Emergency Medicine
Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center
Charlotte, North Carolina
Program Coordinator

Abhi Mehrotra, MD, MBA, FACEP
Clinical Professor, Emergency Medicine
Adjunct Professor
UNC Kenan Flagler Business School
Vice-Chair, Strategic Initiatives and Operations
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Bret Nicks, MD, MHA, FACEP
Professor and Executive Vice-Chair, Emergency Medicine
Director, Masters of Healthcare Leadership (WFU)
Director, Administrative and Leadership EM Fellowship
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston Salem, 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 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 20 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 American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology for 20 Class A CE credits; AANA approval number 1042208; Expiration Date 03/31/2023.

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/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 T. Murphy, MD, MSN Education, LLC, Treasure Island, Florida, Medical Director, 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 days notice will be given to those registered and 100% of tuition paid will be refunded. NWAS/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 January 26, 2023 to February 25, 2023. No refund after February 25, 2023; however, 50% of tuition paid may be applied toward tuition for another 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*, net cruise 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.

*Effective January 1, 2023, net hotel stays for 2023 and beyond will no longer be included in FAP calculations.

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.


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.