Sun Valley, Idaho

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Since 1936, skiers from all over the world have been saying that Sun Valley is definitely worth the trip. Don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of a world champion, as you carve your way down Bald Mountain. Dollar Mountain, “the finest teaching mountain in the world,” caters to the needs of beginners with 10 runs and 628 feet of supportive, nurturing vertical rise. Over 200 experienced instructors are available to hone your alpine, snowboarding, or racing skills.

Finely appointed day lodges, a total of 14 lifts and 65 varied runs await on either side of the mountain. Sun Valley offers a myriad of shops and boutiques offering everything from exclusive clothing lines to literary gems and custom jewelry. Nothing warms the soul and delights the spirit like the bounty available from Sun Valley’s host of restaurants. From robust Idaho fare to a taste of old Italy, you’d be hard pressed to sample all that Sun Valley offers in a single stay.

From smooth jazz in a relaxing atmosphere, fresh comedy, first-run stage productions and movies, friendly watering holes, and classic theater, Sun Valley promises a wealth of entertainment for every mood or occasion. A sleigh ride to Trail Creek Cabin for dinner has traditionally been one of the most memorable winter experiences for the whole family. For children, the winter program includes indoor/outdoor play, arts and crafts, alpine skiing and ice skating.

Sun Valley Inn at the Sun Valley Resort

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Part of the magnificent Sun Valley Resort, the Sun Valley Inn offers guest rooms with marble appointed bathrooms, flat-screen plasma televisions, DVD players, plush robes and high-speed internet access. Dining opportunities at the Inn include the historic Ram restaurant, the Lobby Lounge serving light fare and cocktails, and other options at the Sun Valley Village.

An exercise room adjoins the outdoor glass-enclosed swimming pool. Guests may also access all of the amenities of the Sun Valley Lodge which includes The Lodge Dining Room, Gretchen’s, the Duchin Lounge, Sun Valley Salon & Day Spa, massage center, sauna and heated swimming pool, workout facility, bowling alley, game room, room service, concierge, and gift shop.

Sun Valley is served by Hailey’s Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN). It’s located 14 miles from the resort and is easily accessible from the gateway sites of Seattle (SEA), Los Angeles (LAX), and Salt Lake City (SLC). These cities are served by most major airlines and are met by Sun Valley’s two connecting carriers: Horizon Air (Alaska Airlines) and SkyWest (Delta Connection).

Sun Valley Resort offers a complimentary guest resort shuttle for transportation from/to Friedman Memorial Airport and the Sun Valley Resort.

Inn Luxury King Rooms: Located in the classic The Sun Valley Inn, which opened its doors in 1937. It is still where to stay if you're looking for a welcoming and stylish place to lay your head. The Inn has gracious European-inspired décor with the finest fabrics, carpeting and wall coverings. Guests can head to the Ram restaurant for a gourmet bite and sip on a cocktail in the lounge, while the Village Station offers family-friendly food and fun. An exercise room adjoins the outdoor pool. Inn Luxury King rooms feature one king bed, 55-inch television, in-drawer refrigerator, and a coffee and tea bar. Warm hues and earth tones create a soothing atmosphere. The spa-inspired bathroom has granite countertops, a walk-in shower, and wood accents.

Lodge 2 Queen Suite: Located in the legendary Sun Valley Lodge building. Guests are presented with an entirely new experience, much larger guestrooms, a 20,000 square foot destination spa, a world class fitness center and yoga studio, a glass enclosed outdoor pool and pool café, and all new re-imagined and re-appointed restaurants, lounges, lobbies and event space. The 2 Queen Suite has all new décor with two queen beds located in the bedroom and adjoining sitting room featuring a convenient fold-out sofa. Some rooms have a fireplace that divides the two spacious rooms. Having the comfort of a private vacation residence, this suite also features a luxury spa-like retreat complete with a large walk-in shower, soaking tub and golden granite walls, flooring and double-sink vanity. A walk-in dressing area provides ample built-in dressers and ski closets. This suite also offers two flat-screen HD TV’s, a safe and refrigerator and an iHome clock radio/charging dock.

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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
Sun Valley, Idaho
February 4-8, 2019

Monday, February 4

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0655 Welcome NWS Staff  
  0700 Wilderness Emergencies L.Jagminas  
  0800 Errors in EM A.Tarabar  
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Radiologic Pitfalls L.Jagminas  
  1700 Advanced Procedures and Interventions in EM P.Smulowitz  
  1800 Adjourn

Tuesday, February 5

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Novel Drugs of Abuse A.Tarabar  
  0800 New and Controversial Medications P.Smulowitz  
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Noninvasive Ventilation: Know the Numbers L.Jagminas  
  1700 Antidotes: What's In and What's Out? A.Tarabar  
  1800 Adjourn

Wednesday, February 6

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Chest Pain: A Common Sense Approach and Avoiding Common Pitfalls P.Smulowitz  
  0800 ROSC: Now What? L.Jagminas  
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Mandatory Sign In
  1600 New Frontiers in Stroke P.Smulowitz  
  1700 Pressors and Shock A.Tarabar  
  1800 Adjourn

Thursday, February 7

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Bariatric Emergencies L.Jagminas  
  0800 Medical Decision Making: Help With Getting It Right P.Smulowitz  
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Mandatory Sign In
  1600 That's a Rash A.Tarabar  
  1700 Heart Rhythm and Conduction Challenges P.Smulowitz  
  1800 Adjourn

Friday, February 8

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Bleeding and Anticoagulants A.Tarabar  
  0800 High-Risk Hand and Wrist Injuries L.Jagminas  
  0900 Break
  0915 High and Low-Risk PE P.Smulowitz  
  1015 Electrolytes Gone Crazy A.Tarabar  
  1115 Adjourn    

20 CME

20 Class A CEC

Pharmacology Hours TBD†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.


Liudvikas Jagminas, MD, FACEP
Vice-Chair and Director of Innovations
Department of Emergency Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Affiliated Physician of Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts
Program Coordinator

Asim F. Tarabar, MD, MS
Assistant Professor 
Department of Emergency Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine
Chief, Emergency Medicine Service
VA Connecticut Health Care System
Chief Medical Toxicology Consultant
New Haven, Connecticut

Peter B. Smulowitz, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School
Chair of Emergency Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Needham
Needham, Massachusetts


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 #1036839; Expiration Date 2/8/2019.

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 December 6, 2018 to January 5, 2019. No refund after January 5, 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.

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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.