Chicago, Illinois

Come discover Chicago’s famed restaurants, renowned museums, stunning waterfront, groundbreaking music, award-winning theatres, over 300 parks and green spaces, and iconic architecture. Here, 77 vibrant, ethnically diverse neighborhoods make up the heart and soul of Chicago. These are just some of the reasons why Condé Nast Traveler ranked Chicago the #1 on their list of Best Large Cities in the U.S. for six years in a row.

Chicago is home to more than 7,000 restaurants, from Michelin star winners and James Beard Award medalists to world-famous cheese burgers and classic deep dish pizza. If shopping is your thing, the Magnificent Mile will entertain you for hours. Sports buffs will want to grab tickets to any number of sporting events to watch legendary teams compete. Other popular attractions include the historic Water Tower, Museum of Contemporary Art, John Hancock Observatory, and Millennium Park.

Enjoy outdoor escapes and urban adventure, with the stunning city skyline as your backdrop. Go kayaking along the award-winning Riverwalk or cycle the 18-mile Lakefront Trail, dotted with harbors, beaches, restaurants and bars. And don’t forget to explore Navy Pier or to experience a river boat cruise on Lake Michigan.

The Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown

Experience this luxurious hotel located in the heart of downtown Chicago. With breathtaking river and city views, The Royal Sonesta is centrally located within walking distance to the Millennium Park, Lyrics Opera of Chicago, Tribune Tower, Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, and just 4 miles away from Wrigley Field.

Take a step outside and immerse yourself in the picturesque Chicago Riverwalk for a revitalizing jog or keep up with your workout routine in the state-of-the-art fitness facility featuring the latest cardio and strength training equipment, including a Peloton bike, to elevate your workout. Practice yoga and mindfulness exercises while enjoying the invigorating views of the river.

Experience the inviting ambiance of a loft-like indoor dining room and enjoy a fresh breakfast or delicious dinner at the Hoyt’s American Tavern. Satisfy your cravings at Market by choosing a grab or go snack or drink from a curated selection of locally-sourced beer, wine, prosecco, and cocktails.

Newly renovated guestrooms feature 1 king or 2 queen* beds (based on hotel availability), complimentary Wi-Fi (excludes meeting room), mini-fridge, flat-screen television, a laptop-size safe, and Keurig coffee maker, iron/board, and more to ensure a comfortable stay. *Rooms with 2 queen beds are extremely limited.

The Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown is located approximately 13 miles from Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) and 18 miles from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD).  The hotel offers self-parking for guests, located at nearby facilities for approximately $56 per car, per night.

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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 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.

Topics in Emergency Medicine
Chicago, Illinois
August 1-4, 2024

Thursday, August 1

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWS Staff
  0730 ARDS and What the EM Physician Needs to Know H.Gill
  0830 All About Bleeding A.Tarabar
  0930 Break
  0945 The Patient Is Intubated and the Sat Is Still 70: Refractory Hypoxemia for the EM Physician! H.Gill
  1045 Who Ordered the ABG? A.Tarabar
  1145 Massive Hemoptysis, Central Airway Obstruction and Tracheostomy Catastrophes H.Gill
  1245 Adjourn

Friday, August 2

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Home the Weary Traveler: Infectious Gifts From Abroad B.Becker
  0830 Crazy Electrolytes A.Tarabar
  0930 Break
  0945 To Err Is Human, to Forgive, Expensive: Overview of Medical Malpractice (Part I) B.Becker
  1045 You’ve Been Served: Essential Steps to Survive and Win Your Malpractice Suit (Part II) B.Becker
  1145 Debunking Ventilators: Vent 101 and Pearls for the EM Practitioner H.Gill
  1245 Adjourn

Saturday, August 3

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Common and Uncommon Causes of Abdominal Pain A.Tarabar
  0830 Managing the Crashing Asthmatic on the Ventilator H.Gill
  0930 Break
  0945 Rocky Mountain High: Understanding AMS, HAPE and HACE B.Becker
  1045 ID Consults in the ED: Formal or Curbside A.Tarabar
  1145 How to Prevent POST-ROSC Arrests: The Hour After ROSC in the ED H.Gill
  1245 Adjourn

Sunday, August 4

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Chilling Out While Cooling Out: Surviving Press Ganey, Patient Satisfaction… B.Becker
  0830 The Fight Against Medical Errors A.Tarabar
  0930 Break
  0945 Vascular Access Catastrophes: Practical Troubleshooting Tips H.Gill
  1045 Skin Deep Death: Dermatologic Diseases That Kill B.Becker
  1145 GI Bleeding in the ED: Practice Priorities for the EM Practitioner H.Gill
  1245 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 Class A CE

20 CE

5.1 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 6/19/23



Bruce Becker, MD, MPH, FACEP
Professor of Behavioral and Social Science (Adj)
School of Public Health
Brown University
Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine
South County Hospital, Roger Williams General Hospital,
Wakefield and Providence, Rhode Island
Unity Fort Dodge Hospital
Fort Dodge, Iowa

Harman Singh Gill, MD, FAAEM
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Medicine
Associate Chairperson of Research
Assistant Program Director, SBH EM Residency
South Brooklyn Health, NYC Health & Hospitals
Brooklyn, New York

Asim Tarabar, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Yale Emergency Medicine Faculty
Director, Medical Toxicology
Consultant, Connecticut Poison Control Center
New Haven, Connecticut

(non-speaking role)

Liudvikas Jagminas, MD, FACEP
Associate Professor of Medical Science (Adj), Medical Education
Brown University and Alpert Medical School
Providence, Rhode Island
Attending Physician Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro, MA and Kent Hospital
Warwick, Rhode Island


Northwest Anesthesia Seminars / Northwest Seminars is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Northwest Anesthesia Seminars / Northwest Seminars 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: This activity contributes to the CME component of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website,, for a list of all MOCA 2.0® requirements.

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 1043830; Expiration Date 08/04/24.

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), 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).

The AANA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP #10862.

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 June 2, 2024 to July 2, 2024. No refund after July 2, 2024; however, 50% of tuition paid may be applied toward tuition for another NWS/NWAS program within the next 12 months. Cancellation must be made in writing. No tuition credit or refund will be issued for attendees that are no-shows for the program.

FAP (Frequent Attendee Points)

We value your patronage and have a simple program to reward you. Our Frequent Attendee Points (FAP) program gives you an added bonus for money spent on our seminars, as well as cruise cabins booked through our in-house travel agency, Northwest Worldwide Travel.

You are automatically enrolled in this program with your paid registration. 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.

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