South Beach (Miami), Florida

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South Beach, Florida has been called the American Riviera and an Art Deco Playground. Yet there’s more than fine white sand in South Beach’s fantasy land of exuberant architecture. South Beach offers an eclectic mix of world-class boutiques, galleries and stores, and also rates as a culinary hot spots for gourmet to casual cuisine. Here, the nation’s largest 20th Century National Register Historic District features more than 800 historic buildings erected during the 1920s, 30s and 40s, and contains a variety of architectural styles. Walking and bicycle tours are available.

There are numerous museums, including The Wolfsonian showcasing American and European decorative and fine arts produced between 1885 and 1945. From propaganda posters to World’s Fair memorabilia, the array of objects offers visitors a thought-provoking journey through the modern age. Or visit the Jewish Museum of Florida comprised of two, restored, former historic synagogues, connected with a skylighted bistro. The museum first opened in the 1936 Art Deco synagogue, which features 80 stained glass windows, Deco chandeliers and a Moorish copper dome. For the daring there is always the World Erotic Art Museum as well!

Stroll the beautiful grounds of the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens or banish your winter blues lying on the beach. The beach located at the southern tip of South Beach is a great place to watch cruise ships sailing out to sea or play a game of volleyball or to sail, snorkel and float. For the intrepid shopper, this is a global marketplace that offers a bounty of choices on par with those found in world-class cities. No matter what your taste, numerous specialty shops are here for the picking. At night, South Beach comes alive with crowds dressed in party-casual chic. There are also many first-rate spas and golf courses located here 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
South Beach (Miami), Florida
December 13-16, 2018

Thursday, December 13

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWS Staff  
  0730 Cardiovascular Emergencies: Evaluating Acute Chest Pain H.Severance  
  0830 What's New With Pulmonary Embolism? B.Presley  
  0930 Break
  0945 Acute, Exotic Viral Threats: Zika Virus Disease H.Severance  
  1045 Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies B.Presley  
  1145 Underwater (SCUBA) Diving Emergencies H.Severance  
  1245 Adjourn

Friday, December 14

  0715 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Breakfast
  0730 Acute Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: ED Management H.Severance  
  0830 LYTES On, LYTES Off: Electrolyte Emergencies C.Pfennig-Bass  
  0930 Break
  0945 Obstetrics 911 C.Pfennig-Bass  
  1045 DKA and Hyperosmolar Syndrome: High-Yield Pearls and Pitfalls C.Pfennig-Bass  
  1145 Emergency Ophthalmology 101 B.Presley  
  1245 Adjourn

Saturday, December 15

  0715 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Breakfast
  0730 Acute Sickle Cell Presentations H.Severance  
  0830 Ultrasound-Guided Nerve Blocks for the Beginner B.Presley  
  0930 Break
  0945 Challenges and Solutions in Difficult Vascular Access B.Presley  
  1045 Stuff Down There: a Primer in STIs C.Pfennig-Bass  
  1145 Stress Me Out: Adrenal Emergencies C.Pfennig-Bass  
  1245 Adjourn

Sunday, December 16

  0715 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Breakfast
  0730 Papules, Purpura, Petechiae, Oh My! C.Pfennig-Bass  
  0830 Living on the Edge: Austere, Remote, and Disaster Medicine C.Pfennig-Bass  
  0930 Break
  0945 Hemoptysis B.Presley  
  1045 Toxicology Cases B.Presley  
  1145 Tales from the ER: Case Management - Pearls for Unique Presentations H.Severance  
  1245 Adjourn

20 CME

20 CEC

Pharmacology Hours TBD†


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

Bradley Presley, MD, FACEP
Director of Emergency Ultrasound
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, 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.

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: 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 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 October 14, 2018 to November 13, 2018. No refund after November 13, 2018; 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: 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.

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