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Topics in Cardiology and Sports Medicine

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

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise Conference
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
February 10 - 17, 2018

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
$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.
Joseph A. Congeni, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), Rootstown, OH
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics & Sports Medicine,Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH
Medical Director of the Sports Medicine Center, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH

Dr. Congeni developed the Primary Care Pediatrics Sports Medicine Fellowship at Akron Children's Hospital, the first of its kind at a pediatric hospital in the U.S. in 1990. He is a 1980 graduate of the University of Notre Dame; and received his medical degree from NEOMED in 1984. Dr. Congeni is currently a team physician for the University of Akron and Archbishop Hoban High School.

He has won many awards including: OHSAA Respect the Game Award, Ohio Athletic Trainer's Association's Team Physician of the Year Award, and Ohio Outstanding Team Physician by the Ohio State Medical Association. Most recently he received the Dr. Carl Krill Award for humanism and excellence in the field of medicine from the Knights of Columbus. He is also a lead author on the American Academy of Pediatrics' Baseball/Softball Policy Statement issued March 2012. Dr. Congeni's media events vary from appearing on NBC's TODAY Show in 2009 to his appearance on a PBS documentary entitled "The Smartest Team" in 2012 and a Sports Illustrated segment in 2014. He also appears on a weekly radio Sports Medicine segment. He and his wife Karen have six children.

Charles L. Schulman, MD, FACC, FAHA
Senior Physician
Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center
Corresponding Member of the Faculty
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Charles L. Schulman received his Bachelor of Science degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and earned his Medical Doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Dr. Schulman's internship and residency were completed at the University Hospitals of Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio and his Cardiology Fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

Dr. Schulman was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School from 1988 until 2016. He is currently a Corresponding Member of the Faculty of Harvard Medical School and a Senior Physician at the Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. In addition, he has been practicing non-invasive cardiology since 1970.

Dr. Schulman is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, a Fellow of the American Heart Association, and a Clinical Specialist in Hypertension of the American Society of Hypertension; he is also a member of Massachusetts Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the Association of Hypertension Specialists of the American Society of Hypertension, and the American Medical Athletic Association. He was a Founding Member of the Council of Geriatric Cardiology.

Dr. Schulman's scientific articles and abstracts have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation, the American Journal of Cardiology, and the British Heart Journal.

Dr. Schulman's research interests include the treatment of hypertension, congestive heart failure, and hyperlipidemia.

When he's not working, Dr. Schulman is an avid runner. He is a Past-President of the American Medical Athletic Association and of the American Running Association, a national organization which promotes health and fitness through exercise.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Primary Care Physicians, Internists, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Chiropractors
Program Purpose / Objectives
Exercised induced asthma and vocal cord dysfunction in the approach to athletes with shortness of breath or chronic fatigue
  • Describe the differential diagnosis of shortness of breath in athletes vs. chronic fatigue.
The pre-participation sports physical: Making it a worthwhile exercise for parents, athletes and medical personnel.
  • Explain the appropriate work-up of infections mono and safe return to play.
Hand, finger, wrist injuries in athletes. (includes splinting vs. surgical approach)
  • Describe the differences in "jammed finger" injuries from volar plate injury (ligament tear), mallet finger, Jersey finger and fracture.
Initial evaluation and management of sports concussions.
  • Ensure that the participant is aware of the factors that predispose athletes to prolonged recovery from sports concussion.
A systematic approach to assessment of sports shoulders injuries.
  • Ensure that participants will be able to differentiate and manage dislocated shoulder vs. separated shoulder.
Spine injuries in athletes: differentiating the workup and management in young athletes adults.
  • Determine the appropriate use of x-rays, MRI, bone scan and CTs.
Stress fractures in athletes: Identifying low risk vs. high risk fractures
  • Describe the hallmark presentation of Jones fracture, tarsal navicular and proximal/anterior tibial stress fractures and femoral neck and be aware of the implications of missing them.
Dyslipidemia Update- Use of the new ASCVD Risk Estimator and the new guidelines: Dose strategy vs. LDL-C goal strategy
  • Attendees will use the new ASCVD risk calculator
  • Attendees will apply the new guideline
  • Attendees will use statin and non-statin drugs appropriately
Diagnosing Chest Pain and the Workup of CAD
Which test for which patient?
Testing in women
  • Attendees will recognize atypical symptoms
  • Attendees will be able to determine pre-test likelihood before ordering/doing a stress test
  • Attendees will order the appropriate stress test
Atrial Fibrillation, the Most Common Arrhythmia Seen in Clinical Practice
Rate vs rhythm control
Anticoagulation: indications, guidelines and controversies
  • Attendees will make the proper diagnosis
  • Attendees will be able to assess thrombotic risk and prescribe anticoagulants
  • Attendees will follow the latest guidelines
Hypertension Update: Guidelines since JNC-7 (2003)
What will the impact of SPRINT and other new studies be on clinical practice
  • Attendees will know the cutpoints and targets of therapy in 2018
  • Attendees will know how to integrate the new information into their practices
Exercise as Medicine: The Exercise Prescription
Benefits and risks of exercise: What is the minimum? Can you do too much?
  • Attendees will assess activity status of their patients
  • Attendees will be able to properly prescribe exercise
Sudden Death in Athletes: Etiologies of sudden death in athletes
Pre-participation screening
Controversies in screening: ECGs in everyone?
  • Attendees will know the etiologies of sudden death in athletes
  • Attendees will properly screen athletes
Cardiology Cases: a Workshop
  • Attendees will be able to apply case examples to their own patients.
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 Feb 10 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Sun Feb 11 At Sea - Cruising
Lectures: 8:00am ‐ 12 Noon
- -
Mon Feb 12 At Sea - Cruising
Lectures: 9:00am ‐ 12 Noon; 1- 4 pm
- -
Tue Feb 13 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Feb 14 San Juan, Puerto Rico
7:00 am 3:00 pm
Thu Feb 15 Labadee, Haiti
9:30 am 6:00 pm
Fri Feb 16 At Sea - Cruising
Lectures: 8:00am ‐ 12 Noon
- -
Sat Feb 17 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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