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.

The Palms Hotel & Spa

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Discover Miami Beach’s award-winning independent beach resort ideally situated oceanfront on famous Collins Avenue, in the heart of Miami Beach. Right on the Miami Beach Boardwalk, guests are within a short stroll, bike ride or drive from popular attractions, restaurants and nightlife spots.  A tropical escape in the heart of Miami Beach, The Palms Hotel & Spa offers genuine service and laid-back sophistication to a multi-generational mix of international travelers. Inspired by the tropical nature surrounding the property, this oceanfront resort-hotel employs a unique emphasis on total wellness, with environmental awareness and health-consciousness at the center of each guest experience.

The Palms Spa is dedicated to nurturing guests with highly personalized experiences and rituals influenced by ancient Ayurvedic holistic philosophy. Relax in the heated swimming pool or tale advantage of the direct access to beach and ocean, and unwind with sun loungers, cabanas, umbrellas, towels and food & beverage service.  As an added bonus, the fitness room features Precor equipment, Matrix elliptical cross trainers™ with Cardio Theater personal TV viewing screens along with free weights. You can also join the complimentary Yoga Thursday evenings on the beach and Sunday mornings in The Palms gardens. When it's time to dine, The Palms’ Miami South Beach restaurant and bar proudly deliver quality dining experiences in a setting of tropical splendor and laid-back sophistication. Savor a natural gourmet dining experience on Essensia Restaurant’s famed Caribbean-style terrace, with a seasonal selection of premium local and sustainable ingredients, following a farm-to-table philosophy. Continue the evening at Essensia Lounge, the indoor/outdoor bar with signature Essential Cocktails and an all-natural wine list.

Kick back on the beach, by the pool, or in the garden with casual fare and poolside favorites at the Tiki Bar. Spa-inspired guest rooms are set to re-awaken your sense of well-being and feature 1 king or 2 double Sealy Posturepedic pillow-top mattresses with luxury linens, flat screen plasma TVs, wireless internet access, coffee maker, ipod docking station with alarm clock, safe, fully stocked private bar, spa-inspired bathrooms with Aveda toiletries and more. City View rooms are approximately 2710 square feet.  Oceanfront rooms are approximately 380 square feet and offer stunning floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the hotel’s tropical gardens.

The Palms Hotel & Spa is located 10 miles from the Miami International Airport (MIA) and 28 miles from the Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL). Valet parking at the hotel is available for your convenience for $42 per night including tax. Nearby street parking is limited, but also available for an hourly fee. 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 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.

Topics in Emergency Medicine
South Beach (Miami), Florida
December 12-15, 2019

Thursday, December 12

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0730 Stroke and the Sad Saga of tPA D.Edwards  
  0830 PE: Less Is More D.Edwards  
  0930 Break
  0945 Medical Errors / Patient Safety in the ED T.Sanson  
  1045 ENT Tricks of the Trade T.Sanson  
  1145 The Most Boring Code: Emergent Cardiovascular Care Done Right D.Edwards  
  1245 Adjourn
1.1 Pharmacology Hours

Friday, December 13

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Effective Communication and Conflict Management Skills in the ED T.Sanson  
  0830 Violence in the Emergency Department T.Sanson  
  0930 Break
  0945 You're Not Crazy: Mimics of Psychiatric Illnesses P.Bridges  
  1045 There Is LYTE at the End of the Tunnel C.Pfennig-Bass  
  1145 TWOfer: Trauma in Pregnancy C.Pfennig-Bass  
  1245 Adjourn
0.3 Pharmacology Hours

Saturday, December 14

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Viral Infections Gone Wild! P.Bridges  
  0830 Care of the HIV Positive Patient in the ED P.Bridges  
  0930 Break
  0945 Papules, Purpura, Petechiae, Oh My! C.Pfennig-Bass  
  1045 Wait, There's a Baby in There! Imaging in Pregnancy C.Pfennig-Bass  
  1145 Combative, Convulsing, and Crazy: Care of the Altered, Agitated Patient
  1245 Adjourn
0.7 Pharmacology Hours

Sunday, December 15

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Stress Me Out: Adrenal Emergencies C.Pfennig-Bass  
  0830 Is There a Healthcare Provider on the Plane? Living on the Edge! C.Pfennig-Bass  
  0930 Break
  0945 Bring Your Soul to Work: Resilience in the ED T.Sanson  
  1045 One Pill Can Kill P.Bridges  
  1145 Big Vessels, Big Problems P.Bridges  
  1245 Adjourn
1.6 Pharmacology Hours

20 CME

20 CEC

3.7 Pharmacology Hours†

  Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.  


E. Page Bridges, MD, FACEP
Department of Emergency Medicine, Greenville Health System
Assistant Clerkship Director
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Greenville, South Carolina

David Edwards, MD
Medical Simulation Director
Associate Residency Director
Medical Student Clerkship Director
Emergency Medicine Residency
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Miami Beach, Florida

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
Program Coordinator

Tracy G. Sanson, MD, FACEP
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of Central Florida, UCF, College of Medicine
Founder at TracySansonMD, LLC
Emergency Physician, Professional Speaker, Emergency Department Consultant
Lutz, Florida


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 CEC; AANA Code #1037218; Expiration Date 12/15/2019.

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: 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 13, 2019 to November 12, 2019. No refund after November 12, 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!

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) 456-7962 - 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.