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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 Fort Lauderdale, FL
June 2 - 9, 2018

14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
14 Contact Hours
7 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.
David S. Kountz, MD, MBA, FACP
Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity
Seton Hall - Hackensack - Meridian School of Medicine
Vice President, Academic Affairs, Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Co-Chief Academic Officer, Hackensack Meridian Health

Dr. David Kountz is Vice President, Academic Affairs for Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey and Co-Chief Academic Officer for Hackensack Meridian Health. In these roles he is responsible for coordinating non-nursing academic programs (continuing medical education and graduate medical education) at the hospital and across the 13 hospital network in Central and Northern New Jersey.

He is also Professor of Medicine and Interim Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity at the Seton Hall - Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, scheduled to matriculate its first class in the summer of 2018.

Dr. Kountz earned his AB at Princeton, MD at SUNY/Buffalo School of Medicine, and MBA from Georgian Court University. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Dr. Kountz was a member of the faculty at Hahnemann, Temple, and Robert Wood Johnson Medical Schools with progressive responsibilities prior to joining Meridian in 2007.

A certified hypertension-clinician by the American Society of Hypertension, Dr. Kountz's clinical and research interests include the management of hypertension and related disorders in underserved populations; the role of health literacy in health outcomes and medical education. He is immediate Past-President of the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Independent Medical Centers as well and the Governor's Council of the New Jersey Chapter of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Kountz has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, editorials and abstracts, as well as serving as Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator, or Co-Investigator on more than 20 grants. In 2002 he was elected to the Stuart D. Cook, MD Master Educator Guild of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Dana E. King, MD, MS
Professor of Family Medicine
West Virginia University School of Medicine (WVU)
Morgantown, West Virginia

Dr. King is a board certified family physician who has served as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at West Virginia University since 2012. Prior to that he was Vice Chair of Family Medicine and Director of Research at Medical University of South Carolina, and previously, was on the faculty of the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine.

Throughout his career he has been a clinical researcher and educator with several areas of emphasis including lung disease, cardiovascular risk reduction, and clinical epidemiology. He was co-founder of the WV Practice-Based Research Network and is a senior leader in the WV Clinical Translational Science Institute. He has been a leader of the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) since early in his career and currently is an officer on the Executive Board. He has been a national speaker for the American Academy of Family Physicians on lung disease and other topics.

Dr. King has published over 100 peer-reviewed research publications and his work has been recognized with a Distinguished Paper at NAPCRG and has been a finalist for paper of the year at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. He enjoys time with family and is an avid road bike cyclist. Dr. King is an experienced lecturer and maintains an active clinical practice.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners
Program Purpose / Objectives
The purpose of this CME activity is to review and discuss common general medical conditions and to provide guidelines for their management and prevention.

Topics have been chosen to benefit the family physician, general internist and Advance Practice Professionals in an ambulatory care setting.
  1. Hypertension Update 2018
    • Appreciate current guidelines regarding hypertension goals
    • Review and apply new clinical trials that have influenced guidelines and expert opinion in hypertension
  2. Hypertension in African Americans
    • Understand the prevalence of hypertension in African Americans
    • Appreciate the importance of social determinants of health as they impact on treatment of hypertension in this population and influence attainment of goals of therapy
  3. Hypertension Urgencies and Emergencies: Case Studies
    • Define hypertension urgencies and emergencies
    • Review, using case studies, treatment approaches and targets in commonly seen situations
  4. Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Primer for Primary Care Clinicians
    • Review the role of the primary care clinician in the co-management of rheumatoid arthritis
    • Describe the progression of RA and the various presentations which may first be seen by in primary care
  5. Identifying and Managing Low Health Literacy
    • Understand which patient groups are at greatest risk for low health literacy
    • Appreciate the role that low health literacy plays on health outcomes
  6. Physician Wellness and Resilience: Old Problem, New Urgency
    • Describe the impact of physician burnout and stress on physicians and their patients
    • Discuss the causes of burnout and stress and interventions to help physicians cope with wellness issues
  7. Preoperative Assessment of Cardiac Risk in Non-Cardiac Surgery
    • Appreciate causes of perioperative cardiac events in non-cardiac surgery
    • Review eguidelines to performing evidence-based, cost-effective screening of high-risk patients
  8. Healthy Lifestyles and the Obesity Epidemic
    • Discuss the epidemiology of obesity.
    • Discuss the role of lifestyle in prevention and management of obesity.
  9. Screening for Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer
    • Distinguish the difference between primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention.
    • Enumerate the recommended screening tests for breast, colon and lung cancer and their timing.
    • Describe the recommended guidelines for blood pressure screening, cholesterol screening, and diabetes screening.
  10. Evidence-based Exercise and Diet options for Cardiovascular Prevention
    • Describe the recommended levels of exercise for adults.
    • Describe the most appropriate diet for patients with diabetes or hypertension.
  11. The Physiologic Basis of a Healthy Diet and Exercise - a primer
    • Provide at least three physiologic effects of exercise on human cells
    • Describe three physiologic mechanisms for the impact of fruits and vegetables on health.
  12. Update on Pneumonia Management
    • Describe the most common causes of community-acquired pneumonia.
    • Identify the latest recommended initial empiric treatment of patients with community-acquired pneumonia with or without co-existing morbidities.
  13. Update on COPD Management
    • Describe the classification of severity of COPD according to symptoms and spirometry values.
    • Identify the recommended initial treatment of patients with COPD according to severity.
  14. Update on Asthma Management
    • Describe the classification of asthma according to symptoms and spirometry values.
    • Identify the recommended initial treatment of patients with asthma for each level of severity.
    • Describe the important differences between treatment options for asthma and treatment for COPD.
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 Jun 02 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- 4:00 pm
Sun Jun 03 At Sea - Cruising
Lectures 8:00am - 12 Noon
- -
Mon Jun 04 At Sea - Cruising
Lectures 9:00am - 12 noon; 1:00pm - 4:00pm
- -
Tue Jun 05 Philipsburg, St. Maarten
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Jun 06 San Juan, Puerto Rico
7:00 am 3:00 pm
Thu Jun 07 Labadee, Haiti
9:30 am 6:00 pm
Fri Jun 08 At Sea - Cruising
Lectures 8:00am - 12 Noon
- -
Sat Jun 09 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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