New Orleans, Louisiana

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This is a city everyone MUST visit at some time. Come listen to some fabulous jazz, one of the things that has made New Orleans so famous. Don’t like jazz? No problem. New Orleans has enough attractions and activities to meet anyone’s desire, from dining to shopping, gambling, and touring. New Orleans has always been known for its delightful cooking: Creole, Cajun, French, Southern, and almost every other ethnic variety you can think of. Another hallmark of the “City that Care Forgot” is the variety of sightseeing activities available.

Riverfront activities include River Boat Tours, Bayou Tours, and The Aquarium of the Americas. Historic tours of Antebellum mansions and the above ground cemetery are available. You can visit the lovely zoo or visit the Museum of Art with the largest collection of Faberge items in the world! Shoppers will have a field day here. From six-mile-long Magazine Street, with its century-old cottages offering collections of local and regional art, specialized clothing, decorator shops, and restaurants of unique and varied cuisine, to the antique stores of the French Quarter, New Orleans offers just about any merchandise you could possibly want.

Within walking distance of our hotel is Canal Place containing Saks Fifth Avenue, Brooks Brothers, Gucci and other upscale stores, while just a few blocks away is Riverwalk Mall with over 220 stores. The French Quarter offers Preservation Hall, where jazz is performed nightly, the French Market, Jackson Square, beautiful architecture, Creole cooking classes, and the famed beignets at Café du Monde!

Hilton New Orleans Riverside

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It's all about location in New Orleans and the Hilton New Orleans Riverside places you at the center of it all. Nestled against the banks of the Mississippi, guests can watch the ships come sailing in or dive into the city life just steps away. Grab a beignet, listen to live jazz, ride a streetcar, or hop into a parade, you never know what you’ll experience in the vibrant culture and excitement of New Orleans just outside the front door.

Start your day with a traditional New Orleans classic like a crawfish omelet, then for lunch, stop in to the home of the world famous charbroiled oyster at Drago's Seafood Restaurant, where this cheesy, buttery dish is on every ‘must eat’ list. In the evening, visit Spirits, an open-air bar for a cocktail and American fare or travel upstairs to the Public Belt bar for speakeasy style and live music. 

Explore spacious and welcoming rooms, offering 37-inch TVs, mini-fridges, and spacious work areas.

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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 critical care specialty or are impacted by it.


The practitioner of critical care medicine must possess the scientific background for clinical practice; maintain state-of-the-art knowledge of not only the specialty, but also of all additional related disciplines which may impact it; maintain an up-to-the-minute armamentarium of knowledge and skills for the selection and use of complex equipment, pharmacological agents, and procedures necessary for the provision of quality patient care; manage self and colleagues to function toward common goals in the clinical setting, clinical and educational institutions, and the community in which the practice resides; serve as an expert in matters involving health care delivery; serve as an informed manager of clinical and educational services provided, including the acquisition and distribution of resources necessary in meeting professional goals; and provide assistance with and support of other service providers, departments, institutions, and organizations dependent upon the professional expertise of the practitioner. Presentations are designed to facilitate the healthcare provider maintaining skills of the same kind to review and update knowledge and abilities in one or more of these areas 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 critical care services.

Explain the selection, dosing considerations with methods of administration, safe use, and contraindications and precautions of drugs based on their chemical and pharmacologic properties.

Outline comprehensive management plans for the group of patients discussed, whether related in age, physical status, cultural background, invasive procedure, anesthetic or analgesic requirements, clinical setting, adverse reactions, and/or goals of care.

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 appropriate recommendations and/or requirements of pertinent external organizations, institutions, and professional groups in the provision of critical care services, whether medical, legal, philosophical, ethical, or health care management standards.

Topics in Emergency Medicine
New Orleans, Louisiana
December 10-13, 2020

Thursday, December 10

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWS Staff  
  0730 An Update on Transfusion and Coagulation I.Welsby  
  0830 PCC and Other Factor Concentrations I.Welsby  
  0930 Break
  0945 Sepsis Definitions: What's in a Name? T.Osborn  
  1045 Promise, Process, Arise: Where Are We Now? T.Osborn  
  1145 Update on Sedation and Delirium A.Vinayak  
  1245 Adjourn

Friday, December 11

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Ventilator Waveforms A.Vinayak  
  0830 ARDS Update A.Vinayak  
  0930 Break
  0945 ECMO: An Update I.Welsby  
  1045 Setting Up a Sepsis Quality Initiative T.Osborn  
  1145 Vasopressors: What to Use When T.Osborn  
  1245 Adjourn

Saturday, December 12

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Beyond the Stethoscope T.Osborn  
  0830 Managing the A, B, Cs of the Morbidly Obese T.Osborn  
  0930 Break
  0945 Intracranial Hypertension A.Vinayak  
  1045 Acute Ischemic Stroke A.Vinayak  
  1145 Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia Management I.Welsby  
  1245 Adjourn

Sunday, December 13

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Right Ventricular Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension I.Welsby  
  0830 Management of Lung Transplantation I.Welsby  
  0930 Break
  0945 LVADs in the Noncardiac Setting I.Welsby  
  1045 Noninvasive Cardiac Output Monitoring A.Vinayak  
  1145 Pulmonary Embolism A.Vinayak  
  1245 Adjourn    

20 CME

20 CEC

Pharmacology Hours TBD†



Tiffany Osborn, MD
Professor of Surgery and Emergency Medicine
Barnes Jewish Hospital
Director, Sepsis Quality Initiative
Washington University Department of Surgery
Director of Leadership and Professional Development
St. Louis, Missouri

Ian Welsby, MBBS, FRCA
Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina

Ajeet G. Vinayak, MD
Director Medical Intensive Care Unit
Medstar Georgetown University
Associate Professor of Medicine
Georgetown University
Department of Medicine
Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care
Washington, District of Columbia


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 December 15, 2019 to January 14, 2020. No refund after January 14, 2020; 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 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.