Destin, Florida

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Destin has grown from a historic fishing village to a premiere resort destination. The city sits along the coast in the Florida Panhandle, at the end of a peninsula separating Choctawhatchee Bay from the Gulf of Mexico. The area is famous for its emerald-colored waters and sugar-white sand beaches, hence the nickname “Emerald Coast”.

Visit the Village of Baytowne Wharf in the Sandestin Resort for shopping, dining, and exciting nightlife. The Market Shops and Silver Sands Factory Outlet Stores, both nearby, offer more shopping. Why not try Big Kahuna Water Park, just a short drive away or, if you’re willing to travel a little farther, check out the Ebro Dog Track for greyhound racing. Eden State Gardens and Mansion is a perfect place to enjoy the beautiful scenery and perhaps a picnic. Make a trip to the Harborwalk Marina at the foot of the Destin bridge where you can rent a slip, or chat with fishermen to perhaps pick up a few deep sea fishing secrets. Climb aboard a chartered fishing or party boat or simply lounge on the beach.

Destin can be accessed by arriving in the following airports: Okaloosa County Air Terminal (approx. 35 min drive); Northwest Florida Regional Airport (approx. 45 min drive); Pensacola Regional Municipal Airport (approx. 1 hr drive); Panama City Airport (approx. 1-1/2 hr drive).

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa

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All-suite accommodations, four-diamond service, and a sparkling location along the beaches of the Emerald Coast. Accommodations include refrigerator, microwave, wet bar, coffee/tea maker, sleeper sofa, sitting area, private balcony, internet access (fee may apply), safe, iron/board, hairdryer, and complimentary newspaper.

If you really want to be wined and dined, make a reservation at Seagar’s, featuring an 800-label wine cellar, prime steaks and seafood, plus a superb location. Treat yourself to a luxurious spa treatment at the Serenity by the Sea Spa or play a game of golf on one of four championship courses at the resort.

The Hilton Sandestin is located minutes from Village of Baytowne Wharf; a short drive from Eden State Park, Gulfarium, and Destin Fishing Docks; and midway between Pensacola and Panama City.

UPDATE AS OF 9/11/17:

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, we are awaiting an assessment from Key West and the Margaritaville Resort to see what damage the Resort and area may have received. As soon as we receive that information, we will email everyone that is registered for the upcoming November 16-19, 2017 Key West, Topics in Emergency Medicine meeting with updates. Please be patient as this may take some time for the team at the Resort and government officials to complete this process.

Email us at or call us (800) 222-6927 • (509) 547-7065


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 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
Key West, Florida
November 16-19, 2017


Thursday, November 16

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWS Staff  
  0730 Clinical Decision Rules That Change My Practice D.Diercks  
  0830 Prevention and Treatment of Iatrogenic Hemorrhage M.Courtney  
  0930 Break
  0945 Searching for Aortic Catastrophes M.Courtney  
  1045 Abdominal/Pelvis Trauma Imaging and Beyond G.Salazar  
  1145 Eye Emergencies D.Diercks  
  1245 Adjourn
0.9 Pharmacology

Friday, November 17

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0715 Cases That Raise My Heart Rate D.Diercks  
  0815 Boy It's Hot Outside: Heat-Related Illnesses G.Salazar  
  0915 Break
  0930 Obstetrics in the ED D.Diercks  
  1030 Abdominal Pain: From Gallbladder to Bowel G.Salazar  
  1130 DVT Management Controversies M.Courtney  
  1230 Adjourn
0.5 Pharmacology

Saturday, November 18

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0715 Best Studies of the Year D.Diercks/M.Courtney/G.Salazar  
  0815 Updates in ACLS G.Salazar  
  0915 Break
  0930 Conquest or Controversy: Landmark Research M.Courtney  
  1030 Calming the Demon Within: Management of the Agitated Delirium G.Salazar  
  1130 Management of GI Bleeding D.Diercks  
  1230 Adjourn
0.7 Pharmacology

Sunday, November 19

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0715 A Diagnosis You Can't Miss: Necrotizing Fasciitis G.Salazar  
  0815 Adult Community-Acquired PNA: Updates and Controversies M.Courtney  
  0915 Break
  0930 Chest Pain Patients: Can Some Go Home? D.Diercks  
  1030 Does the Patient Need a D-Dimer: Risk Stratification and Management of PE M.Courtney  
  1130 Panel Discussion D.Diercks/M.Courtney/G.Salazar  
  1230 Adjourn
0.4 Pharmacology

20 CME I

20 Class A CEC

2.5 Pharmacology Hours†


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
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas
Program Coordinator

Gilberto Salazar, MD
Associate Medical Director
Director of Emergency Services Continuing Education
Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
UT 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 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 #1034005; Expiration Date 11/19/2017.

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: 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, 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 17, 2017 to October 17, 2017. No refund after October 17, 2017; 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! Click here for more information.

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 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.