New Orleans, Louisiana

The historic French Quarter, the elegant Garden District, the lively music and colorful characters of Bourbon and Frenchmen Street--the thoroughfares of New Orleans are absolutely brimming with charm. The City that Care Forgot is full of incredible musicians, eateries, historical attractions, and more.

From Jazz and Blues to Country and even Rock'n'Roll, you'll be tempted inside any number of restaurants, lounges, and clubs. Cozy up to the bar and enjoy a beverage with dinner. Creole, Cajun, and other Southern culinary favorites are a specialty in this town. Tuck-in to a po' boy sandwich, a steaming dish of gumbo, étouffée, or jambalaya. Finer fare options include swordfish steaks, lobster, scallops, or blackened barracuda. For dessert, grab some fresh beignets to go at the famed Café du Monde.

Learn about New Orleans' unique history when you sign-up for a variety of historic tours. Walk the peaceful aboveground cemeteries to view ornate tombs and gravestones, some dating back to the late 1700s. If architecture strikes your fancy, Southern Louisiana is well-known for its abundance of antebellum plantation homes, each with a story detailing the lives of the prominent local families that built and lived in them. Down on the riverfront, you can indulge your romantic side with lunch and scenic city views from the water aboard a real 19th Century paddlewheel steamboat tour.

Families will enjoy The Audubon Zoo and Aquarium of the Americas with exhibits including an exotic mix of animals from around the globe, engaging educational programs, hands-on animal encounters, and lush gardens. Get up close and personal with Amur leopards, tigers, orangutans, and alligators. Touch a sting ray, feed a parakeet, and marvel at gigantic sharks and rays in the 400,000 gallon Gulf of Mexico Exhibit.

Souvenirs are a must when you visit six-mile-long Magazine Street. Here, the centuries-old cottages trimmed in Victorian millwork offer collections of local and regional art, crafts, specialized clothing, decor, and the best boutiques to found anywhere in the city. Shop 'til you drop at Riverwalk Mall, hosting over 220 stores. Upscale shopping can be found at Canal Place, home of Saks Fifth Avenue, Brooks Brothers, Gucci and more.

Hilton New Orleans Riverside

It's all about location in New Orleans and the Hilton New Orleans Riverside places you at the center of it all between the Warehouse and Arts District. 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 hotel's front door. Shop the Outlet Collection, attached to the hotel, walk to the French Quarter, Jackson Square, the Audubon Aquarium, and Butterfly Garden and Zoo, as well as countless restaurants, art galleries and more.

Start the day with traditional New Orleans classics like crawfish omelets or local favorites such as beignets. 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, the hotel's open-air bar for a cocktail and American fare or travel upstairs to the Public Belt bar for speakeasy style and live music. On the go? Grab healthy options and get your coffee fix at Marketplace and River Blends Cafe. Whether you want a cardio fix or a sauna, you’ll find everything you need at The HealthClub by Hilton. Stay fit on-the-go with the fully equipped Athletic Center; New Orleans’ only indoor tennis courts; racquetball, squash, volleyball and basketball courts; whirlpool spas; fitness classes; access to two outdoor pools; and on-site certified personal trainers. Fees may apply.

Standard guest rooms feature 1 king or 2 queen Hilton Serenity Beds (based on hotel availability), flat screen TV, mini-refrigerator, clock radio w/ MP3 connection, safe, hairdryer, iron/board, coffee/tea maker and more. Hilton New Orleans Riverside is located approximately 13 miles from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). Parking fees at the hotel are approximately $44 per night for self parking and $49 per night for Valet parking. Oversize parking available when arranged in advance. Parking fees 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 emergency medicine specialty or are impacted by it.


A continuing education program for emergency medicine healthcare professionals, focused on the latest updates and advancements in emergency medicine. This program includes lectures and discussion with faculty/peers to enhance your clinical skills and knowledge. Learn from expert faculty and real-world cases, gaining valuable insights to provide improved patient care in emergency settings.


Improve knowledge, competence, and utilization of the most recent evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.

Improve knowledge, skills, and strategies in the timely diagnosis and management of patients with complex comorbidities, emergency medical conditions, and less common conditions.

Increase knowledge of newer pharmacologic agents, thereby improving competence in medication management via anticipation of potential polypharmacy interactions and improved ability to provide sedation in the emergency department.

Increased ability to anticipate, prevent, and manage complications and emergency medical conditions, leading to improved patient outcomes and reduced morbidity and mortality rates.

Strengthen and augment ability to apply and interpret diagnostic testing/imaging used in the emergency department.

Enhance ability to analyze complex situations from an ethical and legal perspective, protecting both patients and healthcare providers.

Refine and strengthen competence in assessing and managing trauma patients, including timely assessment, prioritization of interventions, and coordination of multidisciplinary care.

Improve confidence in ability to perform procedural skills, enhancing patient comfort and providing optimal quality of care.

Note: Not all objectives apply to every program.

Topics in Emergency Medicine
New Orleans, Louisiana
January 25-28, 2024

Thursday, January 25

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWS Staff
  0730 Implementing Evidence-Based Medicine Into Your Practice via Clinical Decision Rules J.Holmes
  0830 Optimizing Pediatric Care in a Community ED Setting J.Li
  0930 Break
  0945 Approach to Acute Pediatric Agitation in the General ED J.Li
  1045 ETOH Withdrawal: Initial Management and Who Needs Admission R.Fontenette
  1145 Posterior Circulation Stroke: Evaluation and Treatment (30min) J.Holmes
  1215 ED Clearance of the Psychiatric Patient (30min) J.Holmes
  1245 Adjourn

Friday, January 26

  0700 Registration – Mandatory Sign In – Continental Breakfast
  0730 Current Concepts in the Management of Stroke in the ED R.Fontenette
  0830 Initial Evaluation and Care of the Injured Patient J.Holmes
  0930 Break
  0945 GI Impactions and Foreign Bodies J.Li
  1045 Evaluation and Management of the Head Injured Patient: Pediatric to the Elderly J.Holmes
  1145 Panel Discussion: Case Discussion R.Fontenette / J.Holmes / J.Li
  1245 Adjourn

Saturday, January 27

  0700 Registration – Mandatory Sign In – Continental Breakfast
  0730 Sedation in the Pediatric Population J.Li
  0830 ED Management of the Patient in Respiratory Distress / Ventilatory Management R.Fontenette
  0930 Break
  0945 Controversies in Pediatric RSI J.Li
  1045 ED Care of the Patient With Return of Spontaneous Circulation R.Fontenette
  1145 Recent Emergency Medicine Literature That Every Provider Should Know J.Holmes
  1245 Adjourn

Sunday, January 28

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Agents to Stop the Bleeding R.Fontenette
  0830 Submersion Injuries in Pediatric Patients J.Li
  0930 Break
  0945 Fluid Resuscitation in the Emergency Department Patient R.Fontenette
  1045 Medical-Legal Aspects of Emergency Department Care J.Holmes
  1145 Panel Discussion: Updates and Question Session R.Fontenette / J.Holmes / J.Li
  1245 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 Class A CE

20 CE

7.6 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 3/7/23


Roderick W. Fontenette, MD, Lt Col (ret), MHCM, CPE, FACEP, FCCM
ICU Program Medical Director
Adventist Health, St. Helena Hospital l Sound Critical Care
Assistant Professor, Uniformed Services University
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California Davis Health
Sacramento, California
President, Government Services Chapter of ACEP

James F. Holmes, Jr., MD, MPH
Director UC Davis KL2 Research Career Training Program
Professor and Executive Vice Chair
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California Davis School of Medicine
Sacramento, California
Program Coordinator

Joyce Li, MD, MPH
Associate Physician in Medicine
Division of Emergency Medicine
Boston Children's Hospital
Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts


Northwest Anesthesia Seminars / Northwest Seminars is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Northwest Anesthesia Seminars / Northwest Seminars 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 20 hour(s) of ACEP Category I credit.

American Board of Anesthesiology: This activity contributes to the CME component of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website,, for a list of all MOCA 2.0® requirements.

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 American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology for 20 Class A CE credits; AANA approval number 1043164; Expiration Date 01/28/2024.

Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) 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: NWAS/NWS is an approved provider for the following state nursing boards: Arkansas State Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480), 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).

The AANA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP #10862.

This program offers 20 contact hours.

†Pharmacology hours subject to change.


Mark T. Murphy, MD, MSN Education, LLC, Treasure Island, Florida, Medical Director, 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 days notice will be given to those registered and 100% of tuition paid will be refunded. NWAS/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.


No penalty if canceled by November 25, 2023. Cancellations between November 26, 2023, and December 26, 2023, incur a $100 fee. Cancellations after December 26, 2023, are not eligible for a refund. However, 50% of the tuition paid can be applied toward tuition for another NWS/NWAS program within the next 12 months. Cancellation must be made in writing. No tuition credit or refund will be issued for attendees that are no-shows for the program.

FAP (Frequent Attendee Points)

We value your patronage and have a simple program to reward you. Our Frequent Attendee Points (FAP) program gives you an added bonus for money spent on our seminars, as well as cruise cabins booked through our in-house travel agency, Northwest Worldwide Travel.

You are automatically enrolled in this program with your paid registration. Click here for more information.

*Effective January 1, 2023, net hotel stays for 2023 and beyond will no longer be included in FAP calculations.

Lecture notes will be provided via download in PDF format.

You must sign-in every day you attend to receive credit.

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.

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