Key Biscayne (Miami), Florida

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Key Biscayne hosts some of the most sparkling, white sandy beaches and offers a wide variety of activities including bicycling, golf, fishing, kite boarding, windsurfing, boating and sailing.

Soar high above the waves on a helicopter tour and take in the unique architectural features of the Miami skyline. Rent a kayak or paddle board at Crandon Park Beach, or take on a challenging course at Crandon Golf. Visit the home of the original Flipper the dolphin at Miami Seaquarium and schedule your own meet and greet with these friendly creatures.

Bring the family to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park for easy access to sunny beaches, bike paths, a picturesque lighthouse, and even a few local restaurants. Stop by the Lighthouse Cafe for a quick snack, coffee, or juice, or have lunch at a favorite venue of locals and visitors alike, The Boater's Grill. There's no shortage of adventures in close proximity to Key Biscayne.

The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

Retreat to an island oasis, located just 20 minutes from Miami International Airport, yet is worlds away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Miami. At The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami, the spirit of the Caribbean beckons, inviting you to gaze out at the ocean, inhale the mango-scented breezes, and relax in the luxury of this Miami family resort.

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is one of the most iconic hotels located along the five-mile barrier island of Miami.  The resort boasts two pools, a family-friendly pool with cascading waterfall and separate adult tranquility pool for couples and honeymooners, nestled amongst the lush tropical surroundings, making it ideal for both family vacations and luxury getaways.

Featuring indulgent nightly tequila tastings and world-class dining in one of the resort’s five-globally inspired dining destinations, The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami will exceed even the most discriminating guest’s expectations. Yet, with the largest tennis center of any Ritz-Carlton worldwide, nearby Crandon Golf Course, full service destination spa and fitness center, daily Ritz-Kids program, this luxury resort in Key Biscayne, Florida undoubtedly appeals to discerning young guests as well.

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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 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.

Current Topics in Emergency Medicine
Key Biscayne (Miami), Florida
December 14-17, 2017

Thursday, December 14

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWS Staff  
  0730 Accurate Diagnosis of the Dyspneic Patient T.LeGros  
  0830 The Approach to the Unknown Rash H.Murphy-Lavoie  
  0930 Break
  0945 Neonatal Potpourri A.McFarlin  
  1045 Beyond Nec Fasc! H.Murphy-Lavoie  
  1145 Thermal Burns T.LeGros  
  1245 Adjourn
0.7 Pharmacology

Friday, December 15

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Approach to an Infant With Fever: Moving Beyond the Boston, Philadelphia, and Rochester Criteria A.McFarlin  
  0830 Fever and Rash: Lethal Rashes You Won't Miss H.Murphy-Lavoie  
  0930 Break
  0945 Low Back Pain Emergencies T.LeGros  
  1045 Head Injuries: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly A.McFarlin  
  1145 Updates in the Use of MRIs T.LeGros  
  1245 Adjourn
0.4 Pharmacology

Saturday, December 16

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 New Onset Seizures H.Murphy-Lavoie  
  0830 Pulmonary Catastrophes T.LeGros  
  0930 Break
  0945 Challenging Cases in the Pediatric ER A.McFarlin  
  1045 Updates in GI Bleeds H.Murphy-Lavoie  
  1145 New Drugs of Abuse A.McFarlin  
  1245 Adjourn
1.5 Pharmacology

Sunday, December 17

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Resuscitation Jeopardy T.LeGros  
  0830 Marine Hazards H.Murphy-Lavoie  
  0930 Break
  0945 Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies A.McFarlin  
  1045 Challenges at Altitude H.Murphy-Lavoie  
  1145 Pictorial Review of Visual EM Stimulants T.LeGros  
  1245 Adjourn
0.9 Pharmacology

20 CME I

20 Class A CEC

3.5 Pharmacology Hours†


Tracy Leigh LeGros, MD, PhD, FUHM, FAAEM, FACEP
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
Fellowship Program Director
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship
Louisiana State University School of Medicine
University Medical Center
New Orleans, Louisiana
Program Coordinator

Anna McFarlin, MD, FAAP
Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
Program Director, Peds/EM Combined Residency
LSU School of Medicine
University Medical Center
New Orleans, Louisiana

Heather Murphy-Lavoie, MD, FUHM, FAAEM, FACEP
Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Associate Program Director, Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship
LSU School of Medicine
University Medical Center
New Orleans, Louisiana


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.

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 is designed to meet requirements for Class A CE credit. Once approved by AANA, this will be indicated.

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 October 15, 2017 to November 14, 2017. No refund after November 14, 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!

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.