Monterey, California

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Monterey highlights everything that’s best about California. Take a drive down Highway One, winding along the breathtaking Big Sur coastline, and experience the top road trip in the United States. Wander through Big Sur’s redwood groves or sip handcrafted wines at tucked-away tasting rooms where the winemaker might just be the person pouring. Take a surfing lesson or experience the wonders of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary by scuba diving, kayaking, or by glass bottom boat.

Play eighteen holes at legendary golf courses or just hang out at the nineteenth hole and watch the pros practice. See the amazing Monterey Bay Aquarium, as well as Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row, made legendary by famous Salinas writer John Steinbeck, or go art gallery hopping in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea or buzzing Sand City. For an outdoor experience hike the wild trails of Big Sur or watch the hang gliders in Marina and Seaside.

Dine in centrally located Del Rey Oaks, relaxing in an old-fashioned, seaside home town among the Victorian cottages and Monarch butterflies of Pacific Grove. An abundance of locally procured ingredients and a year round growing season set the stage for truly unforgettable dining, noshing, and wanton sampling. Wherever you find interesting food in this area, you’re going to find great wine. The viticulture in the area is world-renowned and makes every meal an opportunity to challenge even the most refined olfactory skills and palates.

The Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

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The Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is perched dramatically over Monterey Bay and combines elegant European architecture, sweeping coastal views and sophisticated style to create the perfect vantage point from which to enjoy the gentle sounds of the surf, the fresh scent of sea air and the sight of otters, seals and dolphins at play. The Monterey Plaza’s central location on Cannery Row makes it easy to enjoy the area’s many attractions and activities.

All guestrooms feature plush terry robes, hair dryer, high speed wireless internet access, coffee maker, iron/board, wet bar, stocked mini-bar and refrigerator. The hotel offers 2 restaurants and a coffeehouse for your dining pleasure as well as 24 hour room service. All overnight guests (age 18+) have access to the newly remodeled rooftop fitness center and are invited to experience a relaxing treatment in the full-service, European Spa (treatments additional). Inland View rooms face historic Cannery Row, some with balconies.

Ocean View rooms are built directly over the water offering spectacular views of Monterey Bay with a picture window overlooking the Bay. Ocean View Balcony rooms offer a private balcony and dramatic panoramic views of Monterey Bay. Built directly over the water, you get the feeling you’re on a cruise ship.

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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
Monterey, California
May 6-9, 2019

Monday, May 6

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWS Staff  
  0730 Branding: Personal Development T.Sanson  
  0830 Litigation Stress T.Sanson  
  0930 Break
  0945 EM Wellness V.Dobiesz  
  1045 Orthopedic Dislocations and Reductions V.Dobiesz  
  1145 Back Pain: Evaluation and Special Cases T.Sanson  
  1245 Adjourn 0.1 Pharmacology Hours

Tuesday, May 7

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Gender-Based Violence: A Global Pandemic V.Dobiesz  
  0830 The Good Samaritan: Avoiding Lawsuits in Volunteer Medicine V.Dobiesz  
  0930 Break
  0945 ENT Tricks of the Trade T.Sanson  
  1045 Violence in the Medical Setting T.Sanson  
  1145 Taking an Idea to Product Development: Solving a Global Health Problem V.Dobiesz  
  1245 Adjourn
0.1 Pharmacology Hours

Wednesday, May 8

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Bringing Your Soul to Work T.Sanson  
  0830 Combative, Convulsing, Agitated Patients T.Sanson  
  0930 Break
  0945 Random Pregnancy and Postpartum Disasters V.Dobiesz  
  1045 The Difficult Airway V.Dobiesz  
  1145 Generations in the Workplace T.Sanson  
  1245 Adjourn
0.7 Pharmacology Hours

Thursday, May 9

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Disruptive Clinicians T.Sanson  
  0830 Effective Communication and Conflict Management Skills T.Sanson  
  0930 Break
  0945 The Pediatric Airway V.Dobiesz  
  1045 Challenges and Opportunities in Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine V.Dobiesz  
  1145 Developing a Healthy Professional Environment T.Sanson  
  1245 Adjourn 0.1 Pharmacology Hours  

20 CME

20 Class A CEC

1.0 Pharmacology Hours†

  Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.  


Valerie Dobiesz, MD, MPH, FACEP
Director of Internal Programs: STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Tracy G. Sanson, MD, FACEP
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of Central Florida, UCF, College of Medicine
Educator, Coach, Co-Founder Mind Associates USA, LLC
Lutz, Florida
Program Coordinator


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 #1036396; Expiration Date 5/9/2019.

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 March 7, 2019 to April 6, 2019. No refund after April 6, 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.