Dallas, Texas

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Dallas is in the northeast Texas plains on the Trinity River. Settled in 1841, it grew from a trading post to a major cotton market by the 1870s. Dallas boomed with the oil business and was Texas’ first big city; today it is a major regional financial and commercial center.

Once viewed as a brash new city, it is now the proper Grande Dame of five Texas cities with metro area populations over one million. The “Big D” is thought of as a business town, but it is also a major tourist destination and the newer cosmopolitan attitudes have not erased Texas hospitality. The city prides itself on cultural assets like the Dallas Museum of Art, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, and Arts District Theater. Dealey Plaza memorializes President Kennedy’s assassination.

Cuisine is international and excellent, but local specialties are country cooking, barbecue, and Tex-Mex. Worthwhile day trips include Fort Worth’s excellent Kimbell, Amon Carter, and Modern Art Museums, the Fort Worth Zoo, and Six Flags theme park. There is fine bass fishing in nearby reservoirs and lakes, and a wide variety of professional and college sports teams for your entertainment.

The Highland Dallas

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Welcome to The Highland, ideally located between Dallas's upscale Park Cities and vibrant Lakewood neighborhoods. Here, the key elements of an elevated hotel experience converge to create your perfect stay, designed your way.  At the buzzing corner of Mockingbird Lane and North Central Expressway, this hotel opened Summer 2014.  At The Highland, award-winning dining at Knife, relaxation and wellness at Exhale Spa, an on-site pool and fitness center await you. Deluxe guest rooms feature a Flat-screen TV, DVD player, WiFi, large desk, seating area, luxurious bedding, mini-bar,  iHome docking station, Clock Radio w/ MP3 Connection,  hair dryer, iron/board, exclusive bath amenities and more. The Highland's location is a top amenity, too: Hotspot dining, shopping, and entertainment are quick walk or drive away, while Mockingbird Lane and North Central Expressway provide a direct shot to places like the SMU campus, NorthPark Center, downtown Dallas, Love Field Airport, the Dallas Convention Center, the Arts District George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Lakewood Theater and more.

Email us at info@northwestseminars.com or call us (800) 222-6927 • (509) 547-7065


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.

Current Topics in Emergency Medicine
Dallas, Texas
November 3-6, 2016

Thursday, November 3

  0700 Registration Mandatory Sign In Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWS Staff  
  0730 Knobology: Approach to the ED Slit Lamp Exam D.Williams  
  0830 Treatment of Iatrogenic Hemorrhage: From Elevated INRs to Novel Oral Anticoagulants M.Sutter  
  0930 Break
  0945 Updates in Drugs of Abuse M.Sutter  
  1045 Emergency Department Management of the GI Bleed D.Diercks  
  1145 Back Pain: What You Are Missing…But Shouldn't D.Williams  
  1245 Adjourn

Friday, November 4

  0700 Registration Mandatory Sign In Continental Breakfast
  0730 Pluto Is a Planet and Other Lies I Was Told: Dispelling Medical Myths in the ED D.Williams  
  0830 Clinical Decision Rules That Change My Practice D.Diercks  
  0930 Break
  0945 Pediatric Trauma: They Are Not Little Adults D.Diercks  
  1045 Infectious Diseases for EM: Updates and Outbreaks J.Brown  
  1145 Panel Discussion M.Sutter, D.Diercks, J.Brown  
  1245 Adjourn

Saturday, November 5

  0700 Registration Mandatory Sign In Continental Breakfast
  0730 Midnight Radiologist: Mastering Your Own Plain Films D.Williams  
  0830 Identification and Testing of the Low Risk Chest Pain Patient D.Diercks  
  0930 Break
  0945 Acute Management of Atrial Fibrillation D.Diercks  
  1045 Neuro-Ophthalmology: Distinguishing the Diplopia D.Williams  
  1145 Antidotes Every EM Doctor Needs to Know M.Sutter  
  1245 Adjourn

Sunday, November 6

  0700 Registration Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Obstetrical Emergencies in the Emergency Department D.Diercks  
  0830 Management of Agitated Patient M.Sutter  
  0930 Break
  0945 Adult Community-Acquired Pneumonia: The Usual and Unusual Suspects J.Brown  
  1045 Jump In! The FOAM's Just Right D.Williams  
  1145 Panel Discussion M.Sutter, D.Diercks, D.Williams  
  1245 Adjourn    

20 CME I

20 Class A CEC

Pharmacology Hours TBD†


Jennifer Brown, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease
UC Davis School of Medicine
Sacramento, California

Deborah Diercks, MD, MS
Professor and Chair
Department of Emergency Medicine
UT Southwestern School of Medicine
Dallas, Texas
Program Coordinator

Mark Sutter, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Division of Medical Toxicology, Director
UC Davis School of Medicine
Davis, California

Dustin Williams, MD
Assistant Professor
Assistant Residency Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
UT Southwestern School of Medicine
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 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 #1033075; Expiration Date 11/6/16.

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 20 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 20 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 September 4, 2016 to October 4, 2016. No refund after October 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: kellee@universaltravel1.com


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.