Cozumel, Mexico

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For beauty, beaches, and Mexican sunshine, there’s nowhere like Cozumel. Brilliant emerald water, white sand beaches, spectacular scuba diving and fishing—plus bargain prices, ancient ruins, and friendly hosts—all in a relaxed, no hustle atmosphere.

Cozumel is famous as a diver’s resort, but its laid-back pace, barefoot charm, and magnificent beaches hold something for everyone. Cozumel is rated as one of the top ten sportfishing “hotspots” in the world. Cozumel offers the best shopping in the Yucatan for craft items, leather, hammocks, clothing, and jewelry items. You will enjoy the hassle-free shops and boutiques.

For the diver, or those wishing to take up this fascinating sport, Cozumel offers the ultimate in Caribbean diving. There is an unmatched assortment of spectacular reefs, tunnels, cliffs, coral of every description, and sea life beyond compare.

Cozumel Dive Packages:

• $480 Package (12 Tank Boat Dive Package - 6 Days / 2 Tanks)

Dive Package Includes Marine Park Entrance Fees. Rental Equipment can be rented directly through the dive shop once you are on-site. No credit will be given for any unused dives.

Please indicate in the comment section on the last page of registration if you wish to rent equipment. Please list sizes for BCD and Fins for each person renting.

Be sure to bring your certification cards with you to check in. Space will be limited, we recommend that you book early to ensure your spot with the group dives. No refunds for unused dives for any reason. Dive at your own risk. Divers insurance is recommended.

• Number of divers in your party
• Name of each diver
• Certification/Experience Level of each diver
• Number of dives since Certification
• Number of dives in the past 12 months
• If you plan to rent equipment, we will need height, weight, and shoe size of each diver

Occidental Cozumel

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Occidental Cozumel is a unique resort, masquerading as a Mexican hacienda. A trip to this idyllic island in the Mexican Caribbean, only 45 minutes by ferry from Playa del Carmen, is something that you should do at least once in your lifetime. This all-inclusive resort is perfectly integrated in its natural surroundings of mangroves, white sand beaches and tropical gardens, offering guests an unparalleled experience.

Since Occidental Cozumel is located close to the beautiful Palancar Reef, one of the top 5 scuba destinations in the world, the resort is prepared to provide diving enthusiasts with everything they need and also offers a wide range of other sports such as kayaking, sailing, snorkeling and water polo. And if that’s not enough, the Occidental Cozumel offers 3 pools, a spa, kids club, playground, gym, beach club and 7 restaurants. Get sporty on two tennis courts, or join in on volleyball, water aerobics, water polo or a scuba diving demonstration.

Four bars and a nightclub with a DJ provide the ideal place to enjoy a pleasant evening, have a cocktail or dance to the rhythm of Caribbean music. The Occidental Cozumel hotel features a full spa with many personalized treatments as well as a sauna and hot tubs. The beauty salon offers all the services you need to be radiant while on vacation.

Deluxe rooms are approximately 420 square feet and are located between floors 1 and 3, with 2 double beds or a king-size bed (based on hotel availability), featuring a bathroom with shower and separate bath tub, minibar (soda, beer and water), coffee maker, hair dryer, iron/board, safe, alarm clock/stereo with iDock, wi-fi access (fee applies), terrace or balcony and more.

Royal Level Luxury rooms are 420 square feet and offer a boutique hotel feeling within the Occidental Cozumel for those who prefer exclusive services and facilities. Royal Level Luxury rooms are located on the first and second floors, and have an extra touch of distinction with their exclusive Royal Level status. Enjoy all the amenities of a deluxe room, plus complimentary Wi-Fi access (only in the Royal Level area), welcome fruit basket, shoeshine kit, full bathroom with hydromassage bathtub, robe and slippers, turndown service, private reception desk with business center, Concierge service, access to the swimming pool with hydromassage, Free 24-hour room service (no extra charge), preferential bookings at specialty restaurants and La Carreta restaurant, exclusive of the Royal Level and more.

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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
Cozumel, Mexico
April 5-10, 2020

Sunday, April 5

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0755 Welcome NWS Staff  
  0800 Best Practice for Diagnosis of ACS in 2020 D.Diercks  
  0900 Mastery Level Approach to PE and DVT Diagnosis: Who to Test and How M.Courtney  
  1000 Break
  1015 Catastrophic GI Emergencies D.Diercks  
  1115 ED Obstetrical Emergencies / Vaginal Bleeding J.Leaf  
  1215 Adjourn
0.5 Pharmacology Hours
  1330 Boats depart for two dives (optional dive package)

Monday, April 6

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0800 Airway Management: Tips and Tools J.Leaf  
  0900 Pediatric Visual Diagnosis: From Fatal to Familiar D.Diercks  
  1000 Break
  1015 Adult Pneumonia: Causes, Classification, and Clinical Outcomes M.Courtney  
  1115 High-Risk Orthopedics: What Everyone Needs to Know J.Leaf  
  1215 Adjourn
0.6 Pharmacology Hours
  1330 Boats depart for two dives (optional dive package)

Tuesday, April 7

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0800 PE and DVT Diagnosed: Now What? Beyond Simple Anticoagulation M.Courtney  
  0900 Vertigo: Diagnosis to Treatment J.Leaf  
  1000 Break
  1015 Pediatric Trauma: Not Just Little Adults D.Diercks  
  1115 Clinician Well-Being and Burnout: Threats and Future Solutions... Beyond Yoga M.Courtney  
  1215 Adjourn 0.4 Pharmacology Hours
  1330 Boats depart for two dives (optional dive package)

Wednesday, April 8 - Day Open

  0800 Boats depart for two dives (optional dive package)

Thursday, April 9

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0800 Aortic Dissection Testing and Treatment: What Every Emergency Clinician Needs to Know M.Courtney  
  0900 Ocular Emergencies: What Is New and What to Do D.Diercks  
  1000 Break
  1015 Best Articles of the Year Review M.Courtney / D.Diercks / J.Leaf  
  1115 Withdrawal: How to Manage It From Alcohol to Other Common Drugs J.Leaf  
  1215 Adjourn 1.2 Pharmacology Hours
  1330 Boats depart for two dives (optional dive package)

Friday, April 10

  0830 Boats depart for two dives (optional dive package)
  1345 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1400 ED Approach to Hemorrhage: Focus on Anticoagulation Reversal and Beyond M.Courtney  
  1500 Management of Tachycardia D.Diercks  
  1600 Break
  1615 Management of the Agitation: De-Escalation to Drugs J.Leaf  
  1715 Ten Things I Learned to Improve My Practice M.Courtney / D.Diercks / J.Leaf  
  1815 Adjourn
0.8 Pharmacology Hours

20 CME

20 Class A CE

3.5 Pharmacology Hours†


Breakfast is not served at the meeting.

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.


D. Mark Courtney, MD, MSCI
Director of Research
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois

Deborah B. Diercks, MD, MSc
Professor and Chair
Department of Emergency Medicine
Audre and Bernand Rapoport Distinguished Chair in Clinical Care and Research
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas
Program Coordinator

Jedidiah Leaf, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas


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 Anesthetists for 20 Class A CE; Code Number 1037932; Expiration Date 4/10/2020.

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 February 5, 2020 to March 6, 2020. No refund after March 6, 2020; 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 Gray: 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.