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Norwegian Cruise Lines's One of a Kind  NCL’s <em> Pride of America</em>
NCL’s Pride of America

7-Day Hawaii, Cruise Conference
Round-trip Honolulu, Oahu
December 2 - 9, 2017

14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
14 Contact Hours
4¼ Hours of Pharmacology for NPs
Course Fees:
$895 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy & Dentists
$695 for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners
$495 Nurses, Residents, Students & Others
BIAS FREE CME - No Commercial Support was provided for this CME activity.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the University at Sea® meeting group through University at Sea® at 800-926-3775 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.
Martin H. Poleski, MD,CM, FACP, AGAF
Professor of Medicine, Duke University; Director of Endoscopy and Chief of Gastroenterology, Duke Regional Hospital, Durham, North Carolina

Dr. Poleski is currently Professor of Medicine at Duke University in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Duke University. He was Chief of Gastroenterology at Duke Regional Hospital (DRH) and Director of the Endoscopy from 2008 to 2016.

Dr. Poleski created the modern DRH Gastroenterology Department, starting with one Gastroenterologist in 2008, and now includes 8 Gastroenterologist. He is currently a full time Professor of Medicine at Duke University with a full time practice at Duke University clinics and endoscopy centers.

Dr. Poleski graduated McGill University, Montreal, in 1973 with an MD. He did his Internal medicine training at The University of Toronto and McGill University. In academic year 1975-76 he was Chief Medical Resident at The Jewish General Hospital of McGill University. He did a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Memorial Sloan Kettering , part of the Cornell Hospitals in New York City.

After completing his fellowship he returned to the Jewish General hospital as a consultant in Gastroenterology, developed the first Inflammatory Bowel Disease center at that hospital and at McGill University. He eventually rose in the ranks to become an Assistant Professor of Medicine at McGill University.

He joined the Scripps Clinic Medical Group in La Jolla , California at the end of 1992 as a consultant in Gastroenterology. He subsequently became Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center and Director of the Fellowship program in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Scripps clinic.

He also had an appointment at UCSD as Clinical Professor of Medicine. In the summer of 2003 he joined the faculty of Duke University as Professor of Medicine and senior consultant in Gastroenterology. He has continued his interest in inflammatory Bowel disease (IBD), involved in clinical studies and having a clinic at Duke University Medical Center dedicated to IBD.

Keyur Patel, MD, FRACP
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Toronto, Division of Gastroenterology
UHN Toronto, ON, Canada

Dr. Patel received his Bachelor of Medicine degree from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom and completed his clinical fellowship in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Perth Teaching Hospitals, Western Australia. He completed a 3-year post-doctoral research fellowship in Clinical and Translational Research in viral hepatitis at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, San Diego, CA and Duke Clinical Research Institute, Durham NC.

He was on faculty at Duke University 2004-2015, and an Associate Professor of Medicine (with Tenure) since 2013.

He is now at the Toronto Center for Liver Disease and University of Toronto Health Network. He has served as Principal Investigator on numerous clinical trials in NAFLD, hepatitis B and C infection.

His research Interests include clinical and translational research relating to host metabolic risk factors and mechanisms of fibrosis in viral hepatitis, along with the development of noninvasive markers of fibrosis, and the incorporation of functional genomic tools in the development of biomarkers of disease progression.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants
Program Purpose / Objectives
The purpose of this activity is to give participants an update in the diagnostic and therapeutic developments in the field of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  1. Evaluation of Abnormal Liver Tests
    • Interpret Liver Function Tests in context of chronic liver disease
  2. Screening and Evaluation of Chronic Hepatitis B in the Community
    • Recognize the prevalence of HBV infections in the community
    • Apply basic screening tools for diagnosis of HBV infections and interpretation of serologic tests
  3. Treatment Guidelines for Hepatitis B
    • Apply management guidelines in treatment consideration of chronic HBV infection
  4. Evaluation and Management of Chronic Hepatitis C Infection
    • Recognize patients at risk of disease progression and utilize guidelines for treatment selections
  5. Update in non-Alcoholic Liver Disease
    • Evaluate risk factors associated with NAFLD
    • Assess and manage NAFALD using current practice guidelines
  6. Management Considerations in End-Stage Liver Disease
    • Recognize patients at risk of disease progression and hepatic decompensation
  7. Drug-Induced Liver Injury (DILI)
    • Assess the cirrotic patient
    • Discuss management and treatment issues in decompensated patients
    • Recognize DILI and differentiate from other acute liver injury
    • Identify basic types of DILI
    • Discuss management of DILI
  8. Screening for Colorectal Cancer
    • Utilize current guidelines, identify high risk patients, and understand factors that cause screening to fail
  9. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    • Distinguish the different forms of IBS.
    • Increase physician's knowledge of the different treatments for IBS, chronic abdominal pain and Narcotic Bowel Syndrome
  10. Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    • Improve the compliance of patient with their IBD therapy.
    • Recognize complications of the new therapies for IBD
  11. Esophageal Disease
    • Distinguish the etiologies, diagnosis, and treatment options in patients with chest pain and heartburn
  12. Ulcer Disease
    • Prevent and treat ulcer disease based on different potential etiologies
  13. Common Medical Problems in Patients with Chronic Gastrointestinal Diseases
    • Discuss guidelines for preventive care of patients with chronic Gastrointestinal disorders
  14. Chronic and Recurring Diarrhea
    • Design a cost effective approach to the assessment and management of chronic diarrhea
Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.

Accredited Continuing Medical Education Accreditation: Continuing Education, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation: Continuing Education, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Osteopathic Physicians: This program is eligible for Category 2 credit with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) .

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.

US or Canadian Family Physicians: Please let us know if you require AAFP Prescribed Credits.

Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

Nurse Practitioners: can claim either ANCC Contact Hours or AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ as needed.
Pharmacology credits are identified on individual activities.

ANCC Accredited Continuing Nursing Education
Continuing Education, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea or ANCC of any commercial products displayed or used with an activity.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Cruise Itinerary
Sat Dec 02 Honolulu, Hawaii
- 7:00 pm
Sun Dec 03 Kahului, Maui (Overnight)
8:00 am -
Mon Dec 04 Kahului, Maui
Lectures 4:00pm-7:00pm
- 6:00 pm
Tue Dec 05 Hilo, Hawaii
Lectures 5:00pm-7:00pm
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Dec 06 Kona, Hawaii
Lectures 5:00pm-7:00pm
7:00 am 5:30 pm
Thu Dec 07 Nawiliwili, Kauai
Lectures: 8:00am-10:00am
8:00 am -
Fri Dec 08 Nawiliwili, Kauai
Lectures 1:00pm-6:00pm
- 2:00 pm
Sat Dec 09 Honolulu, Hawaii
7:00 am -
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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