Kapolei (O'ahu), Hawaii

Located on the western side of Oahu, Kapolei includes the communities of Makakilo, Barber's Point, Campbell Industrial Park and Ko Olina, consisting of Aulani and the Ko Olina Golf Club. Named after a volcanic cone in the area called Pu'u o Kapolei, the area is often referred to as Oahu's second city.

No matter your preference, Kapolei has an assortment of activities perfect for everyone in the family. Spend your days snorkeling in the warm Pacific ocean or sunning yourself on the sand. Stroll the open-air mall at Ka Makana Ali'i for great shopping at chain stores and local shops. Golfers can enjoy immaculate fairways at Ko Olina Golf Club. Kids won't want to miss Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park a Wet N Wild Hawaii, a large facility with a wave pool, the Tornado (a 130 foot tunnel), Raging River, Kapolei Cooler (an all ages tube cruise), Big Kahuna, Flyin' Hawaiian, Da Flowrider, and many other thrills.

When it's time to dine, join in on an authentic Hawaiian luau at the Ka Wa’a Luau at Aulani. Watch traditional ceremonies, songs, and dances during your meal. Sample a delectable selection of appetizing fare including native island dishes including kalua pig, taro poi, lomi lomi salmon, and of course, the always tasty coconut haupia.

Aulani, a Disney Resort® & Spa

Discover a family paradise with a touch of magic at Aulani, A Disney Resort® & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai‘i. Walt Disney Imagineers worked hand in hand with local artisans and cultural experts to create Aulani, A Disney Resort® & Spa. Inspired by the natural wonders and rich traditions of Hawai‘i, Aulani Resort is the ultimate family getaway—celebrating the beauty, history and welcoming spirit of the island.

There's something for everyone to enjoy at this award-winning Resort, and so much is included with your stay! Aulani Resort is perfectly positioned on the beautiful beaches of Ko Olina on the leeward coast of O'ahu on 21 oceanfront acres, nestled between verdant mountains and serene ocean waters. Here, you'll be removed from the crowds of Waikiki, yet close enough to enjoy the wonders of the island.

Splash out at the sprawling Waikolohe Valley pool area, the destination for aquatic family fun. Hurtle down water slides, float along a lazy river, snorkel in a private lagoon or simply admire the view from a romantic infinity-edge pool. Kids ages 4 to 12 can enjoy the 5,200-square-foot, state-of-the-art kids club called Aunty’s Beach House designed to entertain and delight from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Here they can explore Hawaiian culture, art and music—with a dash of Disney® magic—at this supervised activities club. Most activities are complimentary; select experiences are available at a fee. Please go to the website to register your child and select your 90-minute time slot. In the late afternoon and evening we offer teen and family activities in Aunty’s Beach House.

Experience an exhilarating and enchanting journey through Hawaiian history—and discover its deep cultural roots in canoe (waʻa) exploration, which brought the first ancient explorers to the shores of Ko Olina. Enjoy Hawaiian craft demonstrations and live music, featuring local entertainment (Traditional Hawaiian Music and Dance, including hula kahiko (ancient dance style) and modern hula ‘auana). All guests will enjoy a hearty buffet which includes most of the original luau favorites.

Aulani Resort offers tweens and teens ages 10 to 17 a variety of activities to make their vacation truly special. Whether it's snorkeling at Rainbow Reef, soothe & rejuvinate your mind, body & spirit at Laniwai Spam or rafting down a lazy river, there's something for everyone to make their Aulani Resort vacation an epic adventure in paradise.

Aulani, A Disney Resort® & Spa is located approximately 20 miles from the Daniel K. Inouye (Honolulu) International Airport (HNL). Overnight self or valet parking for resort guests is approximately $40 per night, per car (up to 2 cars), with in/out privileges.Parking rates 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.


A continuing education program for emergency medicine healthcare professionals, focused on the latest updates and advancements in emergency medicine. This program includes lectures and discussion with faculty/peers to enhance your clinical skills and knowledge. Learn from expert faculty and real-world cases, gaining valuable insights to provide improved patient care in emergency settings.


Improve knowledge, competence, and utilization of the most recent evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.

Improve knowledge, skills, and strategies in the timely diagnosis and management of patients with complex comorbidities, emergency medical conditions, and less common conditions.

Increase knowledge of newer pharmacologic agents, thereby improving competence in medication management via anticipation of potential polypharmacy interactions and improved ability to provide sedation in the emergency department.

Increased ability to anticipate, prevent, and manage complications and emergency medical conditions, leading to improved patient outcomes and reduced morbidity and mortality rates.

Strengthen and augment ability to apply and interpret diagnostic testing/imaging used in the emergency department.

Enhance ability to analyze complex situations from an ethical and legal perspective, protecting both patients and healthcare providers.

Refine and strengthen competence in assessing and managing trauma patients, including timely assessment, prioritization of interventions, and coordination of multidisciplinary care.

Improve confidence in ability to perform procedural skills, enhancing patient comfort and providing optimal quality of care.

Note: Not all objectives apply to every program.


Topics in Emergency Medicine
Kapolei (O'ahu), Hawaii
May 26-30, 2025

Monday, May 26

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign in - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWS Staff
  0730 Chest Pain in the Era of High-Sensitivity Troponin D.Diercks
  0830 Testing in Pulmonary Emboli: Who and How M.Courtney
  0930 Break
  0945 High Acuity, Low Prevalence Disease of the GI Track C.Danko
  1045 Ten Toxic Presentations That the Non-Toxicologist Needs to Manage D.Diercks
  1145 Updates in Respiratory Emergencies M.Courtney
  1245 Adjourn

Tuesday, May 27

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign in - Continental Breakfast
  0730 ED Myth Busters C.Danko
  0815 Obstetric Emergencies: Before, During, and After the Delivery D.Diercks
  0915 Break
  0930 Sepsis Updates: Beyond the Lactate M.Courtney
  1030 Pearls and Pitfalls of GI Bleeds C.Danko
  1130 Management and Diagnosis Pitfalls and Saves: Case-Based Discussion M.Courtney / C.Danko / D.Diercks
  1230 Adjourn

Wednesday, May 28 – Day Open


Thursday, May 29

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign in - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis: Who Goes Home - Who Needs Lysis M.Courtney
  0815 SVT to Afib: Rhythms That Raise Your Heart Rate D.Diercks
  0915 Break
  0930 Aortic Dissection in the ED: Diagnosis and Management M.Courtney
  1030 Top Articles of 2024 / 2025 M.Courtney / C.Danko / D.Diercks
  1130 Lessons From Case Review C.Danko
  1230 Adjourn

Friday, May 30

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign in - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Updates in Stroke Management D.Diercks
  0815 Endocrine Emergencies C.Danko
  0915 Break
  0930 Difficult to Diagnose Neurologic Emergencies C.Danko
  1030 Career Longevity: More Than Pizza and Free Food M.Courtney
  1130 Acute on Demand Care: Where Does EM Fit in the Process? M.Courtney / D.Diercks
  1230 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 CE

2.5 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.


D. Mark Courtney, MD, MSc
Executive Vice Chair, Academic Affairs
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Colin Danko, MD
Assistant Professor
Assistant Clerkship Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Texas Southwestern
Dallas, Texas

Deborah 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
Dallas, Texas
Program Coordinator 


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.

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, www.theABA.org, 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 1044502; Expiration Date 05/30/2025.

Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) 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 of the AR, DC, FL, GA, KS, KY, MI, MS, NH, NM, ND, SC, WV, and WY nursing boards. 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.


No penalty if canceled by March 26, 2025. Cancellations between March 27, 2025, and April 26, 2025, incur a $100 fee. Cancellations after April 26, 2025, are not eligible for a refund. However, 50% of the tuition paid can 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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