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Topics in Critical Care and
Sports Medicine for PCPs

Royal Caribbean's  Harmony of the Seas
Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise Conference
Round-trip Fort Lauderdale, FL
July 1-8, 2017

14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
14 Contact Hours
4 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.
Carlos R. Rodriguez, MD, FAAFP
Director Sports Medicine Fellowship, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, FL
Assistant Director Family Medicine Residency Program, Bayfront Health Saint Petersburg, FL
Assistant Medical Director, AllSports Medicine Program Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Saint Petersburg, FL
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine University of South Florida College of Medicine Tampa, FL

Dr. Rodriguez received his B.A. in Biology from Harvard University in 1989. He completed his medical degree at the Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, IL in 1993. Following medical school Dr. Rodriguez completed a General Surgery Internship at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. He then joined the United States Navy where he served as General Medical Officer on the USS Shreveport, the Naval Base in Norfolk and the Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia from 1994 to 1997. After completing his active duty commitment he remained in the United States Naval Reserve until 2002 when he was Honorably Discharged.

Dr. Rodriguez completed his Family Medicine Residency Program at The Medical Center of Central Georgia/Mercer University School of Medicine in 2001 where he served as Chief Resident during his final year and received the Resident Teacher of the Year Award. He then proceeded to complete a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Bayfront Medical Center. After finishing the fellowship program Dr. Rodriguez remained in the Tampa Bay area in private practice and later joined Community Health Centers of Pinellas where he served as Director of the Family Medicine Department and Chair of the National Electronic Health Records Committee for Health Choice Networks.

Dr. Rodriguez has served as a team physician and provided medical coverage for many local sports in the Tampa Bay area. These activities include the Tampa Bay Rays, Eckerd College and University of South Florida sports, St. Anthony's Triathlon, St. Petersburg Parrots, Seminole High School, Chargers Soccer Club, Indian Rocks Christian School and the Tampa Bay Storm. He is also a licensed professional ringside physician and provides medical coverage for professional boxing and mixed martial arts in Florida.

Dr. Rodriguez is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a member of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, the Florida Medical Association, the Pinellas County Medical Association, and the Association of Ringside Physicians.

Dr. Rodriguez is married and has three children. He enjoys playing basketball and tennis but loves to spend his spare time watching his son play soccer and football and his younger daughter participate in competitive cheerleading. His oldest daughter is at Florida State University and he has become quite the Seminole fan.

Daniel H. Kett, MD

Daniel H. Kett, MD, is the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Critical Care at University of Miami Hospital and a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida and his medical degree at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Kett completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine followed by a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Kett has strong clinical and research interests in severe ICU related infections, including invasive candidiasis and healthcare associated pneumonia, and infection control practices in the ICU.

Dr. Kett is an investigator for the Mycoses Study Group, a large multidisciplinary group of researchers with a primary focus on studying serious infections, and is active in several projects related to fungal infections in critically ill patients. Results of his research have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, Lancet Infectious Diseases, Critical Care Medicine, Chest, and the Journal of Intensive Care Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Kett has presented at numerous scientific meetings and has been an invited lecturer at national and international conferences.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Antibiotic Treatment Guidelines: Separating fact from fiction
  2. Treatment of Severe Sepsis: Back to the basics
  3. Fungal Infections in the ICU
  4. ARDS Clinical Update
  5. Infection control practices in the ICU: What is the evidence?
  6. Management of Embolic Stroke
  7. Transfusion Practices in the ICU
Learning Objectives:
  1. Antibiotic Treatment Guidelines: Separating fact from fiction
    • Critically assess the strength of recommendations of guidelines.
    • Describe the limitations of guidelines as it pertains to the care of critically ill patients.
    • Interpret the IMAPCT-HAP results and how they should influence future care.
  2. Treatment of Severe Sepsis: Back to the basics
    • Critically assess the strength of recommendations of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign.
    • Describe the limitations of guidelines as it pertains to the care of septic patients.
    • Review the discrepancies between the proposed guideline changes and the current literature on severe sepsis.
  3. Fungal Infections in the ICU
    • Identify the risk factors for developing a severe candida infections in the ICU.
    • Develop a treatment algorithm for the different therapies (Echinocandins, Fluconazole, Voriconazole, Amphotericin B and Liposomal Amphotericin) be used in the treatment of severe fungal infections.
    • Determine which ICU patients are candidates for empiric fungal therapy.
  4. ARDS Clinical Update
    • Comprehend the epidemiology of ARDS.
    • Review the morbidity and mortality associated with ARDS.
    • Critically review the current literature recent ventilator and pharmacologic interventions in patients with ARDS
  5. Infection control practices in the ICU: What is the evidence?
    • Identify important changes in infection control practices.
    • Understand the recent studies that lead to the current infection control recommendations.
    • Appreciate differences in national guidelines based on the area of practice and risk of the patients.
  6. Management of Embolic Stroke
    • Describe the pathophysiology and impact of stroke.
    • Define ischemic stroke categories.
    • Discuss the best practices and guidelines for acute ischemic stroke management
  7. Critical Care Controversies: Transfusion in the ICUs:
    • Identify the appropriate transfusion trigger in the critically ill and the risks associated with transfusion.
    • Develop transfusion strategies for patients with cardiac issues.
    • Discussion transfusion practices for massive transfusions
Additional topics: TBA
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 Jul 01 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Sun Jul 02 Nassau, The Bahamas
7:00 am 2:30 pm
Mon Jul 03 At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Jul 04 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI
10:00 am 7:00 pm
Wed Jul 05 Basseterre, St. Kitts
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Jul 06 At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Jul 07 At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Jul 08 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
6:15 am -
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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