Glacier National Park (Whitefish), Montana

Whitefish is one of the most scenic and breathtaking areas in America. Surrounded on three sides by picturesque mountain peaks, this alpine village offers amazing outdoor recreation opportunities. In winter, the main draw is Whitefish Mountain Resort, were you can ski or ride nearly 3,000 acres of uncrowded terrain and enjoy lightning-fast rides on the six-seater chairlift, the Snow Ghost Express. Whitefish Mountain Resort offers endless entertainment for riders of all skill levels and SKI Magazine's 2023 Resort Guide has named Whitefish Mountain Resort No. 6 overall in their "Top 30 Ski Resorts in the West" issue and #1 in Value as voted by the readers! If you’re new to skiing or snowboarding, this is a great place to take lessons and intermediate and advanced skiers will find the perfect runs to to hone their skills. Snow lovers will find a variety of activities in this region - from Fat Tire Biking and back county CAT skiing, to dog sledding and horse drawn sleigh rides.

If that's not enough, just a short drive away you’ll find the real treasure of this area - Glacier National Park’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. Open year round* on a limited basis, Glacier National Park's winter recreation opportunities are diverse, with trails perfect for adventures like Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and wildlife watching. Guides are available to hire for all skill levels and tours are a great idea for those who'd like to explore with the assistance of someone who's familiar with different aspects of the park. While you're out on the trails, you're likely to spot some majestic wildlife, such as white-tailed deer, moose and elk. Numerous species of birds and the occasional beaver can be spotted as well.

When it's time to return to town, you'll find that Whitefish has retrained the warm, friendly charm of its bygone railroading days. With its covered sidewalk main street leading to the cultural arts center, historic depot museum, and public library, this quaint, picturesque western town offers visitors a change from the fast-paced hustle and bustle of urban life. Getting around Whitefish and Whitefish Mountain Resort is easy in the winter with S.N.O.W. bus service.  Central Avenue is filled with a variety of quality restaurants, shopping, and night life. In addition, surrounding communities offer their fair share of unique dining, shopping, museums, art galleries, gaming, and more just waiting to be explored.

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK ENTRY FEES: 7-day entrance permit winter rates are approximately $25 per private vehicle or $15 for each visitor entering by foot, ski, etc. Be aware that most of Glacier National Park's roads are closed during the winter and winter services in the park are extremely limited. The Going-to-the-Sun Road from West Glacier to Lake McDonald Lodge is typically open year-round, weather permitting. Remember to plan ahead, travel and recreate responsibly and leave no trace. Be aware that cell service is limited or nonexistent in the park. Check the National Park Service for more information about visiting Glacier National Park in the winter,

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

Inspired by the grand lodges of the past and surrounded by mountains with the pristine waters of Whitefish Lake at it’s backdoor. The Lodge at Whitefish Lake  is located just 10 minutes away from Whitefish Mountain Resort via free shuttles, minutes from downtown galleries and shops of Whitefish and less than a 30-minute drive to the scenic wonders of Glacier National Park. The Lodge offers all the amenities of a full-service resort including complimentary valet parking,  heated pools and relaxing hot tubs,  lakefront saunas, a private beach,  full service spa, fitness center,  boutique shopping, and much more. Weather permitting, ice fishing is available daily on beautiful Whitefish Lake overlooking the Whitefish Mountain Range where you can fish with experienced guides in the comfort of spacious, heated, fishing shanties. The Lodge at Whitefish Lake offer guests dining experiences ranging from the lakefront dining room for breakfast and dinner, the bar for lunch and casual dinner, and the Coffee Dock Cafe for grab & go items. Both Viking Creek Rooms and Lodge Studio Suites feature one king or two queen beds (based on hotel availability), soaking tub and walk-in shower, complimentary high-speed Internet access, fireplace, safe, coffee maker, mini-fridge, microwave, hairdryer, and iron/board and more.

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake is located approximately 20 minutes from Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) (15 minutes). Other gateway cities are Missoula, MT (MSO) 132 miles; Spokane, WA (GEG) 261 miles; Calgary, Alberta, Canada (YYC) 293 miles. The Lodge at Whitefish Lake provides transportation for guests traveling via Whitefish Amtrak depot and the Glacier Park International Airport. Please schedule with the hotel directly at least 24-hours in advance for timely service. The Lodge has an underground parking garage, Tesla charging station, alternative electric car charging station, and on-site parking for guests. Oversized vehicle and trailer parking can be accommodated only with advance request.

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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.

Critical Care: The Team Approach
Glacier National Park (Whitefish), Montana
February 17-21, 2025

Monday, February 17

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0655 Welcome NWS Staff
  0700 Fundamentals of Mechanical Ventilation T.Bell
  0800 Ventilator-Associated Events T.Bell
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Registration - Mandatory Sign In  
  1600 Circulatory Shock and Optimal Oxygenation E.Kistler
  1700 Improving Outcomes in Patients in Septic Shock E.Kistler
  1800 Adjourn

Tuesday, February 18

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Trauma Resuscitation K.Pei
  0800 Trauma-Induced Coagulopathy and ROTEM/TEG K.Pei
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Extubation in the ICU T.Bell
  1700 Delirium in the ICU T.Bell
  1800 Adjourn

Wednesday, February 19

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Emergency Airway Management in the ICU E.Kistler
  0800 Acute Fluid Management in the ICU E.Kistler
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Traumatic Brain Injury and ICU Management K.Pei
  1700 Difficult ICU Cases K.Pei
  1800 Adjourn

Thursday, February 20

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Fever in the ICU T.Bell
  0800 Continuous and Extended Infusion Beta-Lactam Antibiotics T.Bell
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Beta Blockers and Autonomic Function in Critical Illness E.Kistler
  1700 Acute Kidney Injury in the ICU E.Kistler
  1800 Adjourn

Friday, February 21

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Surgical Emergencies: Fulminant Clostridium (Clostridioides) Difficile Infection K.Pei
  0800 Bedside Procedures in the ICU K.Pei
  0900 Break
  0915 CRRT T.Bell
  1015 The Contribution of the GI Tract to Critical Illness E.Kistler
  1115 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 Class A CE

20 CE

7.7 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.


Taison Bell, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
University of Virginia Health System
Charlottesville, Virginia

Erik B. Kistler, MD, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
Director, Anesthesia Critical Care (ACCM) VA ICU Service
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
University of California San Diego / VA San Diego
Adjunct Professor
Department of Bioengineering
University of California San Diego
San Diego, California

Kevin Y. Pei, MD, MHSEd, FACS
Adjunct Professor of Surgery
Indiana University School of Medicine
Fort Wayne, Indiana

(non-speaking role)

Stuart Lowson, BSc, MBBs, MRCP, FRCA
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Co-Director Surgical Trauma ICU
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia


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.

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 1044454; Expiration Date 02/21/2025.

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: 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.


$100 December 19, 2024 to January 18, 2025. No refund after January 18, 2025; however, 50% of tuition paid may 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.

Travel at your own risk.


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.

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