Snowmass, Colorado

At Snowmass, you could spend your entire trip skiing and riding its terrain without covering the same ground twice. From the choice expert terrain of Burnt Mountain Glades, High Alpine and the Cirque, to the long blue groomers and impressive beginner facilities for newcomers, it is an easy choice. With a constantly evolving mix of rails, jumps and transitions, over 100 features in total – including a 22 foot Zaugg-cut Superpipe – Snowmass has earned its reputation as one of the best snowboarding resorts on the planet.

For thrills off the slopes, look no further than the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster. Riders will wind their way through over a mile of forest on an elevated track at high speed. The all-new Snowmass Base Village boasts a five-story indoor climbing wall, a village plaza with ice-skating rink, new retail, and The Collective, a building that offers a collection of art, music, culture and activities. Taking a day off from the slopes? Explore the more than 60 miles of snowshoe trails around Aspen, Snowmass and Basalt. Snowshoeing is a great way to see the alpine forest lands. 

The Westin Snowmass Resort 

Thoughtful amenities, mountainside accommodations, and a picturesque location in the heart of Snowmass Village combine for a refreshing stay. Ideally positioned for adventure-seekers, this hotel places guests moments from Snowmass Village's wealth of activities; from fresh powder skiing and snowboarding to spa treatments and shopping, there are no shortage of ways to experience this charming Alpine destination.

Those craving rejuvenation can indulge in luxury massages and custom facials at The Westin Snowmass Spa. Whether relaxation or exploration is the agenda, don't miss savoring vibrant American cuisine at Snowmass Kitchen or partaking in the lively après ski scene at Vue Lounge. During your stay, you'll enjoy gracious Westin service, ensuring your stay in Snowmass is nothing short of transformative.

Tranquil guestrooms are designed to reflect the mountain environs, and feature elevated rustic décor. Rooms come thoughtfully equipped with amenities like 1 King or 2 Queen Westin Heavenly Beds® (based on hotel availability), Heavenly® Bath rainforest shower,  flat-screen LCD TV, alarm clock, mini-refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, safe, iron/board, hairdryer, robe and slippers, and more.

The Westin Snowmass Resort  is located approximately 8 miles from the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (ASE), 70 miles from the Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE), and 220 miles from the Denver International Airport. Offsite parking is approximately $20 per day, Valet parking is approximately $35 per day. Parking 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.


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 evidence-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
Snowmass, Colorado
March 16-20, 2020

Monday, March 16

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0655 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0700 Consultant Jeopardy E.Katz  
  0800 Oncology 2020: New Meds, Old Problems E.Katz  
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Facial Trauma M.Moreira  
  1700 ENT Emergencies G.Hern  
  1800 Adjourn 0.8 Pharmacology Hours

Tuesday, March 17

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Permissive Hypotension in Trauma G.Hern  
  0800 New Approaches to Pain Control G.Hern  
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1600 If I Was Paying the Bill: Principles of Cost-Effective Ordering E.Katz  
  1700 Helping Your Hospital See Your Value: Tricks From the Business World E.Katz  
  1800 Adjourn
1.2 Pharmacology Hours

Wednesday, March 18

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Pediatric Trauma: Not Just Little Adults M.Moreira  
  0800 Trauma in the Obese Patient: Not Just Big Adults M.Moreira  
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Drugs of Abuse (From Microdose to Overdose) G.Hern  
  1700 EMS Update and Its Effect on Our Care G.Hern  
  1800 Adjourn
0.6 Pharmacology Hours

Thursday, March 19

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Get the Leeches! An Approach to Blood Dyscrasias E.Katz  
  0800 Sore Throats That Kill G.Hern  
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Radiographic Findings Not to Miss M.Moreira  
  1700 Visual and Diagnostic Clues M.Moreira  
  1800 Adjourn
0.7 Pharmacology Hours

Friday, March 20

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Stones: Too Many CTs, Too Many Narcotics E.Katz  
  0800 Physician Wellness in 2020 G.Hern  
  0900 Break
  0915 Tips and Tricks for Common ED Procedures M.Moreira  
  1015 Reading Head CTs for the Emergency Provider M.Moreira  
  1115 Adjourn
0.6 Pharmacology Hours

20 CME

20 Class A CE

3.9 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.


Gene Hern, MD, MS, FACEP
Vice Chair, Education
EMS Medical Director
Alameda Health System – Highland Hospital
Associate Clinical Professor, Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Eric D. Katz, MD, FAAEM, FACEP
Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine
Maricopa Medical Center
Executive Chairman and Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix Campus
Phoenix, Arizona
Program Coordinator

Maria Moreira, MD, FACEP
Medical Director of Continuing Education and Simulation
Denver Health Medical Center
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Denver, Colorado


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 20 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 American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 20 Class A CE; Code Number 1037577; Expiration Date 3/20/2020.

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 January 16, 2020 to February 15, 2020. No refund after February 15, 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.