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Primary Care Update:
Type 2 Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity

Holland America Line's Graceful ms Noordam
Holland America's ms Noordam

7-Day Glacier Discovery Northbound
From Vancouver, B.C., CA to Seward (Anchorage), Alaska, US
September 10 - 17, 2017

14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
14 Contact Hours

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.
Duane C. Eichler, PhD

Dr. Eichler is presently a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Molecular Medicine at the USF Morsani College of Medicine. He retired on May 31, 2012 as Professor and Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Molecular Medicine after 35 years of service.

Dr. Eichler also maintained an active joint appointment as Professor in the Department of Pediatrics working with the faculty in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes since 1988.

He has been an educator of physicians at USF since June, 1977, and directed an active research program which sought to better understand some of the pathogenic processes which cause cardiovascular disease. This research was most currently supported by a (RO1) Grant from the National Institutes of Health, Heart, Lung & Blood Institute.

Dr. Eichler is a dedicated and gifted teacher and has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the prestigious James Krivanek Award, awarded annually to an outstanding teacher at USF, and the Outstanding Preclinical Professor Award, awarded annually by students of the Morsani College of Medicine. He was the first recipient of the Outstanding Lifetime Educational Excellence Award for 2010 -2011. Dr. Eichler has mentored numerous high school students and teachers, undergraduate students, graduate students, and medical students.

As a Course Director, Dr. Eichler was responsible for the development and implementation of several interdisciplinary courses for medical students (Molecular Biology & Human Genetics; Human Molecular Genetics & Biochemistry; Molecular, Cellular & Genetic Basis of Medicine; Molecular Medicine) taught jointly by faculty from several departments.

From 2003 to 2010 he served as Director of an interdisciplinary and integrated course for first-year Medical Students entitled Molecular Medicine. This course was highly rated by both students and participating faculty, and was attributed in large part to Dr. Eichler's exceptional commitment, leadership and attention to detail.

Dr. Eichler has established an exemplary record in the area of service. He was the driving force behind the development of an active interdisciplinary Health Science Center Obesity Group. He organized a highly successful national Conference on Obesity and served as its Director for seven years. The success of the Conference on Obesity also gained attention and support from the State of Florida, Department of Health, American Heart Association, and Tampa General Hospital.

In addition, Dr. Eichler was actively involved in community outreach programs for the University and USF Health as a frequent featured speaker on Obesity, and in particular, Childhood Obesity for local community groups, local high schools and the USF Health Mini-Medical School (2001 and 2004). From 2011 to 2013, Dr. Eichler has been a volunteer liaison between USF Health and The Villages of Florida, providing support for The Villages/USF Health Alliance, and as well as promoting participation of The Villages Charter High School Science Fair winners in USF Health Research Day.

Frances M. Sahebzamani (Rankin), PhD, ARNP, FAANP
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
Team Member Medical Clinic
Wellness Program
Healthy Weight and Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program

Dr. Sahebzamani is an Adult Nurse Practitioner, and joined H. Lee Moffitt's Team Member Medical Clinic in June of 2014 to develop and manage the Healthy Weight and Cardiovascular Risk Reduction program for team members with metabolic dysregulation, overweight, and obesity.

Prior to joining the H. Lee Moffitt Team, Dr. Sahebzamani was an Assistant Professor in the USF Colleges of Nursing and Medicine, Division of Family Medicine.

From 2006-2013, she was the director of the Advanced Nursing Practice Doctorate (DNP) Program in the College of Nursing and in 2002 co-developed and co-directed the USF Prediabetes Treatment Center within the Department of Family Medicine.
During this time, she served as the Assistant Director of Research for the Department of Family Medicine.

Dr. Sahebzamani is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Her practice expertise is in primary care, metabolic dysregulation and preventive cardiology. She speaks nationally on the topics of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular risk factors.

In addition to her lectures, Dr. Sahebzamani has participated in developing national educational initiatives on the topics of obesity and diabetes to enhance knowledge and clinical outcomes for physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

She recently served as the lead author on the American Association of Nurse Practitioners White Paper on the Management of Obesity. Her program of research includes the topics of obesity, insulin resistance and metabolic dysregulation, and cardiovascular risk reduction in primary care settings.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Primary Care Physicians, Internists, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners
Program Purpose / Objectives

  1. The impact of obesity as a chronic disease on our health care system.
  2. Relationships between central adiposity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome & obesity.
  3. Mechanisms linking excess adiposity to cardiovascular disease.
  4. Mood disorders associated with insulin resistance and obesity.
  5. Current and future considerations in pharmacotherapy for obesity and overweight.
  6. The role that genetics plays in the obesity epidemic.
  7. Considerations about the efficacy of bariatric surgery and the management of bariatric patients.
  8. Lifestyle interventions for the management of patients with obesity and metabolic dysregulation.
  9. Changes in the gut microbiome linked to diet, bariatric surgery and obesity.
  10. Practical considerations for effective treatment of obesity in the clinical setting.
Additional Topics under development
Learning objectives:

Upon completion of this conference, participants should be able to:
  1. Discuss the pervasiveness of obesity in our society, the propensity of interrelated co-morbidities, and the impact on health.
  2. Understand the fundamental role of visceral adipose in the pathophysiology of obesity and metabolic syndrome.
  3. Recognize the consequences of the metabolic syndrome in risk stratification for coronary heart disease morbidity and gender differences.
  4. Consider how selected obesity-related complications, such as depression and sleep apnea impact management strategies
  5. Discuss the use of current pharmacologic agents for the treatment of obesity, and to consider the future of obesity pharmacotherapy.
  6. Describe the relationship between genetics and environment in the etiology of obesity.
  7. Assess the efficacy of bariatric surgical procedures on the pathophysiology and management of obesity.
  8. Discuss practical approaches to the effective treatment for obesity and metabolic syndrome for the clinical setting.
Additional learning Objectives under development
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
Sun Sep 10 Vancouver, Canada
- 4:30 pm
Mon Sep 11 The Inside Passage - Scenic cruising
- -
Tue Sep 12 Ketchikan, Alaska
7:00 am 3:00 pm
Wed Sep 13 Juneau, Alaska
10:00 am 10:00 pm
Thu Sep 14 Skagway, Alaska
7:00 am 9:00 pm
Fri Sep 15 Glacier Bay National Park - Scenic Cruising
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Sat Sep 16 At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Sep 17 Seward (Anchorage), Alaska, US
6:00 am -
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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