Phoenix, Arizona

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The year-round good weather in Phoenix, Arizona creates perfect conditions for world-class outdoors experiences and desert fun. Golfers rejoice!—Phoenix has a course for every level of play from the challenging fairways of Wildfire Golf Club, an upscale golf course designed by Arnold Palmer, to municipal courses offering lessons for the kids. A hiker's paradise, Phoenix also offers a handful of challenging trails including Camelback Mountain, Cholla Trail, Echo Canyon Trail and others. You don't have to scale mountains for a lesson in desert ecology. Look no further than the Desert Botanical Garden and its wonderful collections of permanent trailside exhibits, temporary art exhibitions and seasonal experiences including live music and performances.

For cultural enlightenment, visit the world-renowned Heard Museum and its extensive collection of Native American art and historical exhibits. Next, browse the Phoenix Museum of Art, take in a ballet performance at the Orpheum Theater, or gets tickets for a concert at the Comerica Theatre. Travelling with kids? Bring the little ones to the Phoenix Zoo. You're sure to spot an elephant, Sumatran tiger, and a monkey or two.

When you're ready to wine and dine, downtown Phoenix is brimming with restaurants of every kind of cuisine. Order southwestern and Mexican favorites, surf'n'turf, or American barbecue.

Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

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Known as “The Jewel of the Desert,” the Arizona Biltmore provides an unmatched blend of style, elegance and comfort. Since the hotel opened in 1929, many presidents and dignitaries have vacationed amidst the lush gardens and sun-kissed palm trees. Ronald and Nancy Reagan celebrated their honeymoon at the resort, and every president from Herbert Hoover through George W. Bush has been a guest.

The Arizona Biltmore is a living architectural masterpiece. As the consulting architect, Frank Lloyd Wright collaborated with a former student, Albert Chase McArthur. Wright’s dramatic style is evident throughout the resort’s design. The Biltmore was erected entirely of “Biltmore Block,” a variation on a textile block first used by Wright to construct private homes. The pre-cast blocks were made from desert sand on-site and created in 34 different geometric patterns inspired by the trunk of a palm tree.

Explore the array of amenities and services at Arizona Biltmore, including eight swimming pools and seven tennis courts, salon and fitness center, an array of dining options, golf courses at the adjacent Arizona Biltmore Country Club and much more. The award-winning Spa Biltmore is a tranquil haven where experienced spa and beauty therapists relax and rejuvenate you with specialty massages, facials, stone therapies, scrubs and much more. Spa Biltmore features a sauna, steam room and whirlpool for an unforgettably indulgent experience. Tee-off at two PGA 18-hole golf courses with rolling fairways and impeccable sportsmanship.

For shoppers, retail therapy is just outside your guest room. You can also ride the complimentary shuttle to Biltmore Fashion Park, offering shops including Saks Fifth Avenue, Ralph Lauren, Escada, Apple and more. Classic guest rooms are 400 sqft. and are located in the resort’s historic Main Building and Villas, and feature one King bed or two Queen beds. Other room amenities include Hilton Serenity Collection Bed and Bedding, alarm clock radio with connection for .mp3 player, flat screen TV with premium cable, safe, iron/board, hairdryer, and mini-refrigerator and more.

The renowned Arizona Biltmore is only half an hour away from Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport (PHX). Parking: 24-hour valet parking is available at the Resort. Overnight Valet is $28 per night; overnight self-parking is also available in our parking garage at $12 per night. Parking rates are 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.

Current Topics in Emergency Medicine
Phoenix, Arizona
December 13-16, 2018

Thursday, December 13

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWS Staff  
  0730 Cardiovascular Emergencies: Evaluating Acute Chest Pain H.Severance  
  0830 Are We Ready? Healthcare Systems Preparedness S.Sasser  
  0930 Break
  0945 Acute Exotic Viral Threats: Influenza H.Severance  
  1045 Joints That Aren't Jammed Up: Nontraumatic Causes of Joint Pain S.Sasser  
  1145 Heat Illness Case Management H.Severance  
  1245 Adjourn

Friday, December 14

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental 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 Under the MACRA Microscope: Where's the Merit and Value in MIPS/VBP? S.Sasser  
  1145 DKA and Hyperosmolar Syndrome: High-Yield Pearls and Pitfalls C.Pfennig-Bass  
  1245 Adjourn

Saturday, December 15

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Acute Sickle Cell Presentations H.Severance  
  0830 Bombings: Injury Patterns and Care S.Sasser  
  0930 Break
  0945 Cancer Conundrums: Oncologic Emergencies in the ED S.Sasser  
  1045 Wait, There Is a Baby in There! Imaging in Pregnancy C.Pfennig-Bass  
  1145 Stress Me Out: Adrenal Emergencies C.Pfennig-Bass  
  1245 Adjourn

Sunday, December 16

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental 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 Neuromuscular Disorders in the ED S.Sasser  
  1045 Everyday EMTALA S.Sasser  
  1145 Tales From the ER: Case Management - Pearls for Unique Presentations H.Severance  

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

Scott M. Sasser, MD, FACEP
Chief Clinical Officer, Western Region
Greenville Health System
Professor, Emergency Medicine
USCSOM Greenville
Greenville, 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, Austin, Texas 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 April 4 to May 4. No refund after May 4; 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:


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.