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Topics in Nephrology and Urology for PCPs

Royal Caribbean's Wonderful Adventure of the Seas
Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas

7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise Conference
Round-trip San Juan, Puerto Rico
March 24 - 31, 2018

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.
Marc Pohl, MD
The Ray W. Gifford, Jr. M. D,. Endowed Chair in Hypertension
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Marc A. Pohl is currently a consultant and former Head of the Section of Clinical Nephrology and Hypertension at the Cleveland Clinic, and holds the Ray W. Gifford, M.D. Endowed Chair in Hypertension.

After graduating from Amherst College, Dr. Pohl received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and then interned and did medical residency training at University Hospitals of Cleveland, followed by senior residency in medicine and nephrology fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital , Boston University Medical Center, and Boston City Hospital. He also served as Head of the Dialysis and Transplantation Section of the Kidney Disease Control Program , of the Regional Medical Programs of the USPHS from 1968‐1970. Dr. Pohl has been affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic since 1973.

Dr. Pohl has been a co‐investigator in a number of major clinical trials , including the U.S. Collaborative Study of Adult Nephrotic Syndrome, the Lupus Nephritis Collaborative Study Group, the North American Adult Nephrotic Syndrome Study, and the Collaborative Study Group . He is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles, and numerous abstracts and book chapters. Dr. Pohl actively participates as a faculty member of many national and international symposia and postgraduate courses in nephrology and hypertension and is widely recognized for his excellence in teaching and commitment to graduate and post graduate medical education.

Dr. Pohl belongs to the American Society of Nephrology, the International Society of Nephrology, the American Heart Association and its Council for High Blood Pressure Research, the American Society of Hypertension ,and the National Kidney Foundation.. He is a past Chairman of the Post Graduate Education Committee of the American Society of Nephrology and recently served as Co‐Director of the American Society of Nephrology Board Review Course and Update from 2009‐2011.

James C Ulchaker, MD, FACS
Department of Urology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
President, Ohio Urological Society

Graduated from Baldwin Wallace College, Case Western University School of Medicine, and completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation where he was awarded the Bruce H. Stewart award for being the top resident at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He has subsequently been on staff in the section of Urologic Oncology/Prostate Center for the past 19 years.

Dr Ulchaker is a member of the AUA's BPH Guidelines Panel. He has been the Past President of both the Cleveland Urological Society and the Ohio Urological Society, and has served on the Board of Directors and is the current President-Elect for the North Central Section of the AUA.

He has participated as the Chair of both the AUA's Young Urologists and Legislative Affairs Committees. He was the AUA's 2012 Gallagher Health Policy Scholar and is the former Vice-Chair of UROPAC, organized urology's political action committee. The majority of his research has been in the field of new technologies associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, and tumor markers.

He is married with two children ages 17 and 15 and is a life long resident of Rocky River where he serves on the Parks and Recreation Commission for the City of Rocky River.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners
Program Purpose / Objectives
Nephrology Topics and Learning objectives:

  1. Clinical Approach to the Patient with Kidney Disease: Hematuria, Proteinuria, Elevated Serum Creatinine, and eGFR
    • Review the differential diagnosis of hematuria and proteinuria
    • Predict the site of kidney pathology from the urinalysis and urinary sediment
    • Review current approaches to estimating glomerular filtration rate
    • Describe the stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD)
    • Predict long term outcomes for selected kidney diseases
  2. Pathogenesis and Treatment of Diabetic Nephropathy
    • Review the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy and progressive kidney damage
    • Describe experimental maneuvers which reduce kidney damage
    • Discuss therapeutic strategies for slowing the progression of diabetic kidney disease
    • Discuss optimal blood pressure targets for cardio/renal protection
  3. Renal Artery Stenosis, Renovascular Hypertension , and Ischemic Nephropathy
    • Define the terms "renal artery stenosis", "renovascular hypertension" and " ischemic nephropathy"
    • Review the pathophysiology of renovascular hypertension
    • Describe diagnostic maneuvers utilized to detect renal artery stenosis
    • Describe patients at risk for developing ischemic nephropathy
    • Discuss management strategies and renal revascularization ( surgical or endovascular) for patients with atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis
  4. Resistant Hypertension : Back To The Future
    • Define "resistant Hypertension"
    • Review the causes of resistant hypertension
    • Describe the clinical clues to secondary causes of hypertension
    • Characterize neurohumoral and hemodynamic aberrations responsible for resistant hypertension
  5. Cardio Renal Syndrome
    • Define cardio renal syndrome
    • Categorize the types of " cardio renal syndrome"
    • Describe mechanisms whereby cardiac disease causes renal impairment
    • Review the pathogenesis of hyponatremia in heart failure
    • Discuss treatment approaches for treating cardio renal syndrome
  6. Clinical Approach to Acid Base Disorders
    • Define the terms: acidosis, alkalosis, acidemia, and alkalemia
    • Distinguish metabolic from respiratory acid‐base disorders
    • Describe and quantitate the compensatory response to each acid‐base disorder
    • Review the differential diagnosis ( clinical causes) of the acid‐base disorders
    • Understand treatment considerations for the acid‐base disorders
  7. Acid Base and Fluid and Fluid and Electrolyte Disorders: Problem Solving Workshop
    • Delineate the risk factors for hyponatremia
    • Review the pathophysiologic abnormalities in patients with hyponatremia
    • Describe the causes of hyponatremia
    • Discuss therapeutic strategies for patients with hyponatremia
    • Explain the usual causes for hypernatremia
    • Discuss causes and pathophysiology of hypo and hyperkalemia
Urology Topics:
  • Medical Management of BPH
  • Surgical Management of BPH
  • Localized Prostate Cancer
  • Advanced Prostate Cancer
  • Non-Invasive Bladder Cancer
  • Invasive Bladder Cancer
  • Health Policy in 2017
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 Mar 24 San Juan, Puerto Rico
- 8:30 pm
Sun Mar 25 Philipsburg, St. Maarten
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Mon Mar 26 Basseterre, St. Kitts
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Tue Mar 27 St. John's, Antigua
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed Mar 28 Castries, St. Lucia
9:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Mar 29 Bridgetown, Barbados
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Fri Mar 30 At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Mar 31 San Juan, Puerto Rico
6:00 am -
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