Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Hilton Head Island is a foot-shaped barrier island located off the Atlantic Coast of South Carolina, approximately 45 miles north of Savannah, GA; 90 miles south of Charleston, SC; and 30 miles south of historic Beaufort, SC.

The 12-mile long and 5-mile wide island was the first Eco-Planned destination in the U.S. Considered to be one of the finest resort communities in the United States, Hilton Head welcomes millions of visitors from around the globe each year. It offers a range of options for the active visitor with white sand beaches, dozens of championship golf courses, more than 300 tennis courts, and countless bicycle paths.

Whether you enjoy relaxing on the beach, playing a round of golf, or exploring the area’s lush maritime forests, you’ll discover that Hilton Head Island is a true resort mecca, providing family-friendly fun. Dining: Over 250 restaurants reside on Hilton Head Island, ranging from fast-food and gourmet to venues that include all types of ethnic cuisine. For those with a milder palate, the Island also offers great all-American and southern-style fare as well as famous local seafood.

Shopping: More than 200 shops are located on Hilton Head Island, from elegant boutiques and art galleries to an indoor mall with major department stores and specialty shops. The island also has three outlet malls featuring designer brands at a significant savings. Other activities include: Diving, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, bicycle riding, horseback riding, parasailing, motorboating, hiking, waterskiing, jetskiing, windsurfing, surfing, and fishing.

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort

This idyllic standout oceanfront destination overlooks the Atlantic Ocean with a beautiful beach and 3 championship golf courses. Located on the #1 ranked US island, as noted by Conde Nast Traveler, Omni Hilton is the primer oceanfront hotel in Hilton Head. With access to 12 miles of white sandy beaches, 11 miles of inland lagoons for fishing and canoeing,  tennis courts, dazzling swimming pools and wellness areas guest can enjoy an enlightening experience. Need to unwind? Ocean Tides Spa offers unparalleled luxury that reflects elements of the coastal setting with an impressive array of treatments to refresh and rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit.

When it's time to dine, Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort features five dining venues on property ranging from fine dining to casual elegance. Still want more? Venture out to nearby Shelter Cover Marina offering watersports, boutique shopping, restaurants, and live entertainment to thrill the entire family.

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort features newly renovated guestrooms. Studio Suites are approx. 530 square feet and feature one king* or two queen size beds (based on hotel availability). Amenities include mini-kitchen with microwave, small refrigerator, Keurig Coffee maker, dining area, hair dryer iron/board, safe, private balcony, and more. *Studio Suites with a king bed include a sleeper sofa.

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort is located approximately 47.3 miles away from the Savannah/Hilton Head International airport (SAV) and 6.3 miles from the Hilton Head Regional Airport. Self parking for hotel guests is included in the daily resort service charge. Valet parking is available for approx. $30 a day with in and out privileges. Parking fees 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
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
May 15-18, 2025

Thursday, May 15

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWS Staff
  0730 Lytes On, Lytes Off C.Pfennig
  0830 A Different Kind of TWOfer: Trauma in Pregnancy C.Pfennig
  0930 Break
  0945 Avoiding the Dangerous Incidentalomas: Evidence-Based Recs for Dangerous Discharges C.Astemborski
  1045 ENT Tricks of the Trade T.Sanson
  1145 Litigation Stress T.Sanson
  1245 Adjourn

Friday, May 16

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 A Silent Killer: Pulmonary Embolism T.Sanson
  0830 Papules, Petechiae, Purpura, Oh My: ED Dermatology C.Pfennig
  0930 Break
  0945 RESUSCITATIVE Sequence Intubation C.Pfennig
  1045 Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, and Decompensation C.Astemborski
  1145 Operation Pediatric Trauma C.Astemborski
  1245 Adjourn

Saturday, May 17

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Disequilibrium and Discombobulations: Dialysis Complications C.Astemborski
  0830 Combative and Convulsing: Care of the Altered, Agitated Patient T.Sanson
  0930 Break
  0945 Resilience: It’s About You T.Sanson
  1045 Wait, There Is a Baby in There: Imaging in Pregnancy C.Pfennig
  1145 Airway Triple Threat: Allergy, Anaphylaxis, and Angioedema C.Pfennig
  1245 Adjourn

Sunday, May 18

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Stress Me Out: Adrenal Gland Emergencies C.Pfennig
  0830 Human Trafficking T.Sanson
  0930 Break
  0945 Generations in the Workplace T.Sanson
  1045 Flickamickamabs: The Biologics in a Nutshell C.Astemborski
  1145 Red, Swollen, and Hot: Atraumatic Monoarthritis C.Astemborski
  1245 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 Class A CE

20 CE

Pharmacology Hours TBD†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 4/8/24


Caroline Astemborski, MD, MEHP
Chief of the Division of Medical Education
Medical Education and Technology Fellowship Director
Department of Emergency Medicine, Prisma Health - Upstate
Assistant Professor
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
Clemson University School of Health Research
Clemson, South Carolina

Camiron L. Pfennig, MD, MHPE
Prisma Health–Upstate
Department of Emergency Medicine
Associate Vice Chair of Academic Affairs
Emergency Medicine Residency Director
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
Clemson University School of Health Research
Clemson, South Carolina
Program Coordinator

Tracy G. Sanson, MD, FACEP
Educator, Coach, Consultant
Founder, TracySansonMD, LLC
Lutz, Florida


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 1044426; Expiration Date 05/18/2025.

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 15, 2025. Cancellations between March 16, 2025, and April 15, 2025, incur a $100 fee. Cancellations after April 15, 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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