Huntington Beach, California

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Discover the best of Southern California culture. Offering the authentic surf lifestyle, coupled with 10 miles of uninterrupted coastline, Huntington Beach can truly be called Surf City USA. Warm weather and year-round sun offer the perfect setting for outdoor activities such as beach bonfires, volleyball by the Pier, biking along the Ocean Strand, stand-up paddle boarding in Huntington Harbour, hiking through the Bolsa Chica Wetlands or strolling down Main Street.

Downtown Huntington Beach is the most popular nightlife location, with live entertainment, dancing, specialty cocktails, and even adult milkshakes at its diverse restaurants, bars, and wine bars. Ride a mechanical bull at Black Bull Chop House or dance the night away in Hurricanes. Head to Sunset Beach for places such as Turc's Cocktails, Don the Beachcomber with its tiki-bar atmosphere, or Brix Brews for its wide range of wine and beer on tap.  For an upscale lounge atmosphere, check out the Red Chair Lounge at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, SeaLegs Wine Bar, or the Main Street Wine Company for its excellent selection of wines and contemporary bar fare.

If you're seeking a family night out, spend the evening at Bella Terra, with its movie multiplex, a full spectrum of restaurants from upscale and trendy to quick-service and kid-friendly, and shops that will please all ages.  Fuzion offers fun for adults and kids with laser tag, arcade games, mini bowling and a menu that appeals to all ages. Those looking for a good laugh will want to head to Fuzion on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights for the Surf City Comedy Club.

Paséa Hotel & Spa

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Located just steps from the Huntington Beach Pier, at the heart of a vibrant and emerging community, Paséa Hotel & Spa is a modern oasis with an unrivaled sense of clean, coastal style and comfort that guests can experience with the sand between their toes. It is modern style. It is coastal comfort. Laid-back luxury with a deep connection to the Huntington Beach surf culture. Paséa Hotel & Spa is designed to connect guests with nature and bring the warmth and artistry of the destination to life in a vibrant and energizing way. Ocean View rooms offer 1 King or 2 Queen beds (based on availability), and views of Huntington Beach and the Pacific Ocean. Room amenities include custom Frette bed and bath linens, private balcony,  spacious bathroom with either walk-in shower or deep soaking tub/shower combo, robes, 48"LED TVs with upgraded movie entertainment systems, Keurig coffee/tea maker and more.

Relax at Aarna, Paséa’s Balinese-inspired spa that will feature both indoor and outdoor treatment areas, setting a new standard for relaxation and rejuvenation. Gather with friends and have a great meal at Tanner’s, Paséa’s signature restaurant with exhibition cooking and communal dining. Huntington Beach is a rich and diverse community that annually attracts millions of visitors from around the globe. A place where brilliant sunrises give way to the promise of a new day and golden coastlines with their impending swells beckon surfers, visitors, and locals alike. Life is lived outdoors here, especially along the oceanfront. Whatever your reason for visiting, Paséa Hotel & Spa invites you to come eat, come stay, come play.

Check in and get lost into the blue! Paséa Hotel & Spa is located approximately 14 miles from John Wayne/Orange County Airport (SNA), and 16 miles from Long Beach Airport (LGB), 35 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), 45 miles from Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR), and 49 miles from Ontario International Airport (ONT). Valet parking at the hotel only; cost is approximately $25 for day parking or $35 overnight. Pricing 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.

Current Topics in Emergency Medicine
Huntington Beach, California
August 1-4, 2019

Thursday, August 1
  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWS Staff  
  0730 Life-Threatening Soft-Tissue Infections: Part 1 H.Severance  
  0830 Life-Threatening Soft Tissue Infections: Part 2 H.Severance  
  0930 Break
  0945 Lytes On, Lytes Off C.Pfennig-Bass  
  1045 Two for One: Trauma in Pregnancy C.Pfennig-Bass  
  1145 Are We Ready? Healthcare Systems Preparedness S.Sasser  
  1245 Adjourn
Friday, August 2
  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Foodborne Illness: "It's Only Diarrhea" H. Severance  
  0830 Cancer Conundrums: Oncologic Emergencies in the ED S. Sasser  
  0930 Break
  0945 Everyday EMTALA S. Sasser  
  1045 Papules, Petechiae, Purpura…Oh My! C. Pfennig-Bass  
  1145 Chest Pain Evaluations in the ED: Ruling Out Occult ACS? H. Severance  
  1245 Adjourn
Saturday, August 3
  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Joints That Aren't Jammed Up: Nontraumatic Causes of Joint Pain S.Sasser  
  0830 Under the MACRA Microscope: Where's the Merit and Value in MIPS/VBP? S.Sasser  
  0930 Break
  0945 Acute Sickle Cell Presentations H.Severance  
  1045 Stress Me Out: Adrenal Emergencies C.Pfennig-Bass  
  1145 Wait! There Is a Baby in There! Imaging in Pregnancy C.Pfennig-Bass  
  1245 Adjourn
Sunday, August 4
  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 The Extremes of Trauma: The Young and The Old C.Pfennig-Bass  
  0830 Is There a Doctor on the Plane? C.Pfennig-Bass  
  0930 Break
  0945 Neuromuscular Disorders in the ED S.Sasser  
  1045 Acute Emerging Viral Threats: Influenza H.Severance  
  1145 Tales from the ER: Case Management - Pearls for Unique Clinical Presentations H.Severance  
  1245 Adjourn

20 CME

20 CEC

Pharmacology Hours TBD†

  Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.  


Camiron Pfennig-Bass, MD, MHPE, FACEP, FAAEM
Department of Emergency Medicine, Greenville Health System
Emergency Medicine Residency Director
Clinical Associate Professor
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Greenville, South Carolina

Scott M. Sasser, MD, FACEP
Chief Clinical Officer, Western Region
Greenville Health System
Professor, Emergency Medicine
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Greenville, South Carolina

Harry W. Severance, MD, FACEP
Erlanger Baroness Medical Center
Division of Hyperbaric Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Tennessee College of Medicine
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center / School of Medicine
Durham, North Carolina


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 #1036577; Expiration Date 8/4/2019.

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: 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, Treasure Island, Florida 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 June 2, 2019 to July 2, 2019. No refund after July 2, 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! 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 Gray: Phone number: (858) 456-7962 - 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.