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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
April 7 - 14, 2018

14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
14 Contact Hours
1½ Hours of Pharmacology for NPs

Course Fees:
$895 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, & Doctors of Pharmacy
$695 for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners
$495 for 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.
Shawn K. Conner, MD
Board Certified in Family Medicine, 2013-2023
Active Medical Staff, Genesys Regional Medical Center, Grand Blanc, MI
Full-time Private Medical Practice, Clarkston, MI
Medical Doctor, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
Assistant Clinical Professor, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
Assistant Clinical Professor, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI
Faculty, American Academy of Family Physicians

Dr. Shawn K. Conner is a private practice Family Physician in the northern suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. He completed medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit and attended residency at Genesys Regional Medical Center near Flint, Michigan. He started a solo Family Medicine practice from scratch in the area where he grew up, and has been in practice there for almost 20 years.

Dr. Conner places a strong emphasis on the personal relationships he establishes with his patients, and in 2013 he was voted as "Best of the Best" Primary Care Doctor in Oakland County, Michigan. His office has been recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home since the program inception. Dr. Conner greatly values education, and teaches medical students from both Wayne State University in Detroit as well as Michigan State University in East Lansing. He also serves as faculty for the American Academy of Family Physicians where he teaches other primary care providers at medical conferences across the country.

Dr. Conner has practice interests in Dermatology, Upper Respiratory, and Preventive Health. He is actively involved in his community, serving on the local Corridor Improvement Authority, and he serves as an assistant coach on an adult soccer team.

Ann Karty, MD, FAAFP
Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine
Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences; Kansas City, MO
Past Medical Director, CME Division, America Academy of Family Physicians

Dr. Karty is a Board Certified Family Medicine physician and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She holds medical licenses in Kansas, Missouri, South Carolina and Illinois. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and a medical degree from the University of Missouri ‐ Kansas City School of Medicine and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration from the University of Kansas ‐ School of Business.

Dr. Karty joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (BlueKC) as Medical Director in 2016. Previously, Dr. Karty served as Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, both located in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Dr. Karty served as the Medical Director in the Continuing Medical Education Division at the American Academy of Family Physicians, having been a member of that organization throughout her medical career, joining in the late 1980's. In addition to creating innovative educational formats, planning CME meetings, and AAFP governance, she represented the Academy at national organizations including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the Brookings Institute, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), and just completed a multi-year term as Co-Chair of the Inter-Society Coordinating Committee (ISCC) of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a team highlighting integration of practitioner education and genomics around the world.

Dr. Karty continues to represent BlueKC in topics surrounding pain management, opioids, and mental health issues, in addition to population health, medical homes, and social disparities impacting health. Dr. Karty has moderated meetings, both nationally and internationally throughout her career, and served as a member representative on a Gender Equity in Medical Testing Consensus Group meeting at Georgetown University, helping to craft legislative policy supporting the work of that team.

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
  1. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
    • Risk modification may influence long term management so it is necessary to diagnose and treat. Further, treatment options are dependent on patient desired outcome and should be considered.
  2. Cystic Fibrosis
    • New long term treatment modalities and medications can be considered and may be newer options for consideration of primary care management.
  3. Abnormal skin lesions
    • Recognition of abnormal skin lesions remains and management remains a key perspective of primary care management. Specific to melanoma, treatment has transitioned and guidelines related to cancer screening, surveillance, and treatment have additional considerations.
  4. Depression
    • Depression and behavioral integration into patient centered medical home consideration and federally qualified health centers continue to be a priority. Recognition of mental illness as a comorbidity of chronic health care conditions along with screening, diagnosis, and treatment are cornerstones of management.
  5. Medical, ethical, and end of life care decisions
    • Medical ethical and end-of-life care decisions impact the care of patients and often have providers questioning personal beliefs while integrating medical knowledge and evidence based practice, keeping an eye on cost effective care. Integration of case studies will be utilized to demonstrate application of medical knowledge base with practical ideas.
  6. Amenorrhea
    • Describe the most common etiologies of primary amenorrhea and secondary amenorrhea. Be able to perform an appropriate diagnostic approach to the patient presenting with amenorrhea. Minimize long term risk factors associated with abnormal or irregular menstrual cycles.
  7. Dysmenorrhea
    • Know the differences between primary dysmenorrhea and secondary dysmenorrhea . Discuss the signs, symptoms, and differential diagnosis for dysmenorrhea.
  8. PreventionUpdate1
    • RecitethatlatestUSPSTFguidelinesandrecommendations
  9. PreventionUpdate2
    • RecitethelatestUSPSTFguidelinesandrecommedations
  10. Evidence-basedMedicine
    • AdapttheChoosingWiselycampaignrecommedationsintodailypractice
  11. HypertensionUpdate
    • ReviewlatestJNC8guidelines
  12. HyperlipidemiaUpdate
    • Preparetreatmentplansforpatientsaccordingtothe2013AHA/ACCguidelines
  13. UpperRespiratoryInfections
    • ManagecommonURIencounteredinoutpatientpractice
  14. LowerRespiratoryInfections
    • LearnthelatestrecommendationsforthetreatmentofCommunityAcquiredandHospitalAcquiredPneumonia
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 Apr 07 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Sun Apr 08 At Sea - Cruising
Lectures: 8:00am ‐ 12 Noon
- -
Mon Apr 09 At Sea - Cruising
Lectures: 9:00am ‐ 12 Noon; 1- 4 pm
- -
Tue Apr 10 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Apr 11 San Juan, Puerto Rico
7:00 am 2:00 pm
Thu Apr 12 Labadee, Haiti
9:30 am 6:00 pm
Fri Apr 13 At Sea - Cruising
Lectures: 8:00am ‐ 12 Noon
- -
Sat Apr 14 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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