Half Moon Bay, California

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With grand scenery and small-town charm, Half Moon Bay offers visitors a broad range of experiences. Marvel at the enormity of towering coastal redwoods, watch the pros tackle big wave surfing, then catch a glimpse of the area's most famous visitors, the magnificent gray whales. Take a trip into the countryside to enjoy a visit to family-owned farms, small-batch craft breweries, and a peaceful drive along quiet country roads. Little known fact: Half Moon Bay is famous for its pumpkins of all varieties, shapes, and sizes!

Because of Half Moon Bay's close proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area, you can enjoy the best of everything California has to offer. The surrounding landscape encompasses miles of wide sandy beaches, lush blufftop meadows, and rolling forested hills waiting to be explored. The area's thriving surf and watersport culture will inspire you to hop aboard a fishing boat, kayak, or stand-up paddle board. Half Moon Bay has a vibrant agricultural legacy of nurseries and farms that will delight home gardeners and foodies alike, while its rich history of romantic old west landmarks and architecture will intrigue history buffs.

Golf aficionados will thrill at the two waterfront golf courses—a total of 36-holes of oceanfront golf!—one course designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer. The other is a stunning Scottish-style course, perched upon bluffs above the crashing tides below. Whatever your preference, you're sure to enjoy the charm of Half Moon Bay.

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

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Regain your balance and be enveloped by luxury at this resort in the heart of Half Moon Bay, California. Perched atop a rugged oceanside bluff in Northern California, just 25 miles from San Francisco International Airport, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay delivers a luxury resort experience unlike any other. Two championship golf courses appeal to players of all skill levels and fire pits on the Ocean Lawn and a luxury spa invite conviviality and relaxation. Be pampered in the16,000-squre-foot spa and on-site spa shop. Stay fit in the fitness center with Cybex gym and indoor heated swimming pool located adjacent to the resort at the Colony Club, or win a match on one of six lighted tennis courts. Kids can even take part in the Ritz-Kids® and VIK programs for young guests.

When it's time to eat, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay has no difficulty sourcing the menus at its restaurants due to its proximity to organic farms and wineries. Fresh seafood is the star at Navio, and cocktails crafted from herbs are the specialty at The Conservatory, the hotel’s all-day dining venue. Feast on fresh seafood while watching the sun set over the Pacific. Guest rooms feature 1 King or 2 double beds (based on hotel availability), Nespresso maker, laptop compatible safe, full marble bathrooms featuring a separate oversized soaking tub and shower with Rainforest shower head, lighted shaving/make-up mirror, terry cloth bathrobes for each guest, signature Asprey bath amenities, hairdryer, and more. Run of Resort View Rooms offer hotel's choice of view. Coastal View Rooms offer partial views of the California Coastline and the Golf Course.

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is located approximately 25 miles from the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), 44 miles from the San Jose International Airport (SJC), and 41 miles from the Oakland International Airport (OAK). Overnight valet parking discounted from $49 per night to $35.00 per night for those who book their room through NWS/NWWT only. Day parking fees are approximately $20 per day, Monday-Friday and $40 per day on Saturday, Sunday and Holidays. Parking fees are subject to change without notice.

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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
Half Moon Bay, California
November 4-7, 2019

Monday, November 4

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWS Staff  
  0730 Clinical Decision Rules: When/What to Use and How to Find Them J.Holmes  
  0830 Rash Rage: Life-Threatening Rashes in Children - How to Separate From the Benign D.Wallin  
  0930 Break
  0945 Initial Trauma Resuscitation: Is the Initial Golden Hour Real? J.Holmes  
  1045 Quit Your Bellyachin’: Pediatric Abdominal Emergencies D.Wallin  
  1145 Initial Evaluation of the Minor Trauma Patient J.Holmes  
  1245 Adjourn
0.8 Pharmacology Hours

Tuesday, November 5

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Sweet Dreams Are Made of These: Procedural Sedation in the Pediatric ED D.Wallin  
  0830 Medical Malpractice: Preventing the Lawsuit J.Holmes  
  0930 Break
  0945 Dangerous Bites: Spiders, Scorpions, Snakes and Sharks J.Holmes  
  1045 …and Jack Came Tumbling After: Pediatric Trauma D.Wallin  
  1145 Medical Evaluation of the Psychiatric Patient J.Holmes  
  1215 The Anticoagulated Bleeding Patient: Coagulation Reversal J.Holmes  
  1245 Adjourn
1.3 Pharmacology Hours

Wednesday, November 6

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Acute Heart Failure: Current Evaluation and Strategies to Maximize Care M.Strehlow  
  0830 Wide Complex Tachycardias: Fast, Wide, and Scary! D.Barnes  
  0930 Break
  0945 Syncope: "I Feel Fine, Can't I Go?" M.Strehlow  
  1015 Aortic Dissection Update: Should You Use a D-dimer? M.Strehlow  
  1045 Lil’ Boy Blue: Pediatric Shortness of Breath Case Studies D.Wallin  
  1145 Hand Injuries: Rapid Review D.Barnes  
  1245 Adjourn
0.8 Pharmacology Hours

Thursday, November 7

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Undifferentiated Shock: Making a Difference M.Strehlow  
  0830 Mechanical Ventilation Strategies for the Difficult Lung D.Barnes  
  0930 Break
  0945 Sepsis: New Ideas in Resuscitation and Treatment M.Strehlow  
  1045 Wake the Oncologist! Cancer Crises in the ED D.Barnes  
  1145 Pearls and Pitfalls in the Peri-Arrest Period M.Strehlow  
  1245 Adjourn 1.1 Pharmacology Hours  

20 CME

20 Class A CEC

4.0 Pharmacology Hours†

  Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.  


David K. Barnes, MD, FACEP
Clinical Professor
Residency Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California Davis School of Medicine
Sacramento, California

James F. Holmes, Jr., MD, MPH
Professor and Vice Chair for Research
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, Davis School of Medicine
Sacramento, California

Matthew Strehlow, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Associate Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Director, Stanford EM International
Stanford University Emergency Department
Palo Alto, California

Dina Wallin, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
Benioff Children's Hospital
University of California
San Francisco, California


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 CE; AANA Code #1036892; Expiration Date 11/7/2019.

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 24 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 5, 2019 to October 5, 2019. No refund after October 5, 2019; 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: 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.