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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Allergy & Immunology Update and
Topics in Physician Wellness

Royal Caribbean's <em>Allure of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas
7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise Conference
Round-trip Miami, Florida
November 11 - 18, 2018
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
14 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
1 Hour of Pharmacology for NPs
14 Contact Hours

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.

Kathy Stepien, MD, FAAP

Kathy Stepien, MD, FAAP
Pediatric Regional Hospitalist, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA
Director, Institute for Physician Wellness, Juneau, AK
Private practice, Juneau, AK Kathy Stepien, a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, has nearly 30 years of experience in healthcare. Her first career was in physical therapy, which she practiced for many years prior to studying medicine. She holds a MA in Philosophy with a special interest in ethics. She attended medical school at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency in 2011.
Using resources from her broad background, Dr. Stepien works to cultivate and enhance physician wellness at the personal, institutional and cultural levels. She is active in patient care as a pediatric hospitalist. 

G. Edward Stewart II, MD

G. Edward Stewart II, MD
Dr. Stewart received a B.S. degree in chemistry from Lambuth College in Jackson, TN and a B.S. degree in pharmacy from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 1979. After practicing pharmacy at the Methodist Hospitals of Memphis for five years he returned to the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and received his M.D. degree in 1988. He then completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Tennessee in 1991, then completed a fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the University of South Florida in 1993. He completed a fellowship in Clinical Laboratory Immunology at the University of South Florida in 1994. He then joined Allergy and Asthma Care of Florida in Ocala, FL in 1994 where he continues to see patients and conduct clinical trials. 

Dr. Stewart is board-certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology where he currently serves on the Rhinitis, Rhinosinusitis and Ocular Allergy Committee. He is also a fellow of the American College of Allergy, A sthma and Immunology. Dr. Stewart is a past-president of the Florida Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society and is a member of the American Medical Association, the Florida Medical Association and the Marion County Medical Society. Dr. Stewart also has an appointment as Affiliate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of South Florida in Tampa where he volunteers his time. He is also the President of the Marion County Medical Society (through August 2016).

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Nurses, Nurse PractitionersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Update of physician wellness at individual, institutional and cultural levels
    • Apply conceptual framework of physician wellness at the personal and institutional level and within the culture of medicine to their unique hospital/clinic setting.
  2. Dealing with Difficult Patients and Colleagues
    • Give examples of how to assist a burned-out colleague.
  3. Medical Marriage/relationships
    • Analyze an important variable that affects physician wellness and assess strategies for support of relationships.
  4. Coping with Trauma/Loss
    • Utilize a compassion-based strategy for self care when coping with struggles experienced in medicine.
  5. The ethics of burnout
    • Apply principles of ethical obligations to their unique hospital/clinic setting.
  6. When the Doctor becomes a Patient
    • Summarize common insights physicians report when experiencing role reversal.
  7. Burnout: Is it me or is it medicine?
    • Identity sources of personal-professional conflict that increase symptoms of burnout.
  8. Acute and Chronic Rhinosinusitis
    • Understand the anatomy of the Paranasal Sinuses
    • Explain the pathophysiology of Acute and Chronic Rhinosinusitis
    • Describe methods of diagnosing and treating Acute and Chronic Rhinosinusitis
  9. Anaphylaxis - Diagnosis and Management
    • Explain mechanisms and presentations of Anaphylaxis
    • Describe treatment with emphasis on importance of Epinephrine
    • Explain why physicians and staff should be proficient in Anaphylaxis management
  10. Update in Asthma Management
    • Discuss the pathophysiology of Asthma
    • Describe how Asthma symptoms don't always correlate with severity
    • Explain the concepts of step care guideline based Asthma management
  11. Caring for the patient with Chronic Cough
    • Explain the mechanism of the Cough Reflex
    • Describe the most common causes of Chronic Cough
    • Describe Diagnostic Empiric Trials of Therapy
  12. Ocular Allergy
    • Explain the Pathophysiology of Allergic Conjunctivitis
    • Describe other eye abnormalities with similar symptoms
    • Determine the appropriate treatment and when to refer
  13. Rhinitis: Allergic and Non-Allergic
    • Explain the types of Allergic and Non-Allergic Rhinitis
    • Describe conditions that mimic Rhinitis
    • Determine appropriate evaluations, diagnostic studies and treatment plans
  14. Current approach to the management of stinging insect allergy
    • Explain various types of reactions to insects stings
    • Describe treatment for each type of reaction
    • Determine which patients should be referred
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.
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 Nov 11 Miami, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Mon Nov 12 Nassau, Bahamas
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Tue Nov 13 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Nov 14 Cozumel, Mexico
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Nov 15 Roatan, Honduras
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Fri Nov 16 Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Sat Nov 17 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Nov 18 Miami, Florida
6:15 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Map

Ports of Call

Miami, Florida - South Florida's exciting, international city is much more than the gateway to Latin America, it's one of the world's most popular vacation destinations. Before departing from Miami, enjoy a tour that will highlight this "Magic City." Board an airboat and explore the wild Everglades‐be ready to see gators. Experience the one-of-a-kind art deco district in South Beach. Discover a cuisine and culture that fits perfectly with your South American adventure.

Nassau, Bahamas - The captivating capital of the 700 Bahamian islands. Attractions include forts to explore, coral reefs to snorkel and a fascinating straw market to shop

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Cozumel, Mexico - The Conquistadors first saw Mexico from the shores of Cozumel while searching for gold. Today, visitors to the island continue to seek out gold and silver jewelry in the shops of San Miguel while having a great time in its many local bars and restaurants. Plus, the waters around Cozumel's sheltered coral reefs make this one of the best snorkeling areas in the world.

Roatan, Honduras - Roatan Island, Honduras is an adventure traveler's vacation paradise with its blue skies, clear turquoise water and year-round moderate climate. Go scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming with the dolphins or, ashore, take a canopy tour, ride horses, explore tropical scenery, shop for island crafts, walk the beach and view butterfly and floral gardens.

Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico - Exploring the dense tropical vegetation and wide sandy bays of the Costa Maya, it's easy to imagine the days when sacrifice and slavery, rite and ritual were rampant in the Mayan culture. Even today, the countless ruins of temple walls, stairs and secret pathways exude magic and mystery. And when your archaeology lesson is complete, glorious stretches of coral sand may inspire you to build your own empire-of sand castles, of course!

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

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.
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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