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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Selected topics in ENT, Sleep Medicine, and the Medical Management of Pain

Royal Caribbean's <em>Symphony of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas
7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise Conference
Round-trip Miami, Florida

April 06 - 13, 2019
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
Up to 14 MOC (Part II) points in the American Board of Anesthesiology® (ABA) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
14 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
8 Hours of Pharmacology for NPs
14.0 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

$895 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$695 for Physician Assistants
$695 for Nurse Practitioners
$495 for Nurses, Residents, Students & Others

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.

J. David Cunningham, Jr., MD, FACS

Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology, Campbell University Medical School; Board Certified in Otolaryngology and Sleep Medicine
Director of Sleep Diagnostics at UNC ENT, Goldsboro NC Dr. Cunningham completed his medical training at Thomas Jefferson University as well as an Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency in 1984. 

He was in private practice in suburban Philadelphia and was an academic instructor in Otolaryngology with both the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson until moving to North Carolina in 2001.

He is presently practicing at UNC Ear Nose and Throat, associated with University of North Carolina since March of 2018 and is an associate Professor of Otolaryngology with Campbell University Medical College since 2014. 

He is board certified in Otolaryngology in 1984 and with subspecialty Sleep Medicine in 2008.

Mellar Davis, MD, FCCP, FAAHPM

Mellar Davis, MD, FCCP, FAAHPM
Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
Editor-in-Chief, Progress in Palliative Care
Chairman, Palliative Section, Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Scientific Subcommittee, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Reviewer, journals Cancer, Palliative Medicine, British Journal of Cancer, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Chest, Journal of Palliative Medicine, Journal of Supportive Care in Oncology Dr. Mellar Davis is a member of the Palliative Care Department, and Section Head, Geisinger Medical System Danville, PA.
He has been a member of the Geisinger Medical Staff since August 2016. In his role as Section Head, Dr Davis is responsible for developing palliative care services throughout the Geisinger Medical System including outpatient and inpatient services. In addition, Dr Davis works with the Geisinger Hospice Services to develop and coordinate care within the central region.

Dr. Davis was a member of the Cleveland Clinic Palliative Care section, Taussig Cancer Institute and fellowship director until joining the Geisinger Medical System. He was the co- chair of the Palliative Care Study Group of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care (MASCC) and a past board member since 2010. 

He is a Professor of Medicine in The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, since 2009 and elected as a Fellow to the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2010. He is Editor in Chief of Progress on Palliative Care.

His present duties within the Associate Editor in Chief of PC FACS (Fast Article Critical Summary for Clinicians in Palliative Care).

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Nurses, Nurse PractitionersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Buprenorphine
    • Participants will be able to differentiate the actions and pharmacokinetics of buprenorphine and patients who would benefit from buprenorphine as an analgesic
  2. Nalbuphine
    • Participants will be able to employ nalbuphine in clinical situations for which it has an advantage
  3. Cannabis, Palmitoylethanolamide in the Management of Pain
    • Participants will be able to recite the data regarding cannabis as an analgesic
    • Participants will be introduced to palmitoylethanolamide as an analgesic and co-analgesic
  4. Neuropathy
    • Participants will be able to recite the reasons why neuropathic pain is relatively opioid resistant
  5. Opioids: The Good, Bad and Ugly
    • Participants will be able to recognize the role mu receptor subtypes and bias signaling have lead to the potential of better analgesics
  6. Opioids: Where is the balance
    • Participants will be able to recite the lesser known risks with opioids such as depression, infections, primary hypogonadism, falls , fractures , impaired wound healing and myocardial infarction
  7. Opioid Induced Hyperalgesia: Does it Exist, What Does It Mean
    • Participants will be able to discuss the evidence for opioid induced hyperalgesia based on a review of 10-14 studies
  8. Opioid Dosing Strategies for Cancer Pain
    • Participants will apply the WHO stepladder to cancer pain management
  9. Case Presentations
    • Participants will be able to discuss pain management in the face of organ failure, addiction
    •  Participants will be able to management pain in difficulty to manage pain syndromes
  10. Facial Paralysis and Bell's Palsy
    • Participants should be able to differentiate the potential causes of unilateral facial paralysis and know the present AAO-HNS guidelines for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up
  11. Head and neck manifestations of Reflux
    • Participants should be able to list and associate symptoms that may be caused by reflux in patients that have no heartburn or GI symptoms
  12. Rhinitis- not just Allergy
    • Participants should be able to recognize allergic from non-allergic rhinitis and improve patient care with most appropriate treatment.
  13. Sinus headaches and Facial Pain syndromes
    • Participants should be able to differentiate facial pain arising from sinus disease from the many other causes of facial pain and headache. and determine symptoms that suggests other etiologies of headache.
  14. Narcolepsy and other sleep disorders
    • Participants should be able to diagnose other causes of daytime sleepiness and discuss diagnostic testing and treatment options.
  15. Sleep Apnea Update 2019
    • Participants should be able to Identify risk factors for OSA and co-morbidities. Treatment options and follow-up will be emphasized.
  16. Incorporating CPAP care into the primary care office
    • Participant should be able to understand positive airway pressure machines and the differences between CPAP, BPAP,ASV and autoPAP. Attendees will understand Medicare guidelines for treatment and follow-up.
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.
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 06 Miami, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Sun Apr 07 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Apr 08 Roatan, Honduras
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Tue Apr 09 Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Apr 10 Cozumel, Mexico
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Apr 11 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Apr 12 Nassau, Bahamas
9:00 am 6:00 pm
Sat Apr 13 Miami, Florida
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas Map

Ports of Call

Miami, Florida - South Florida's exciting, international city is much more than the gateway to Latin America, it's one of the world's most popular vacation destinations. Before departing from Miami, enjoy a tour that will highlight this "Magic City." Board an airboat and explore the wild Everglades‐be ready to see gators. Experience the one-of-a-kind art deco district in South Beach. Discover a cuisine and culture that fits perfectly with your South American adventure.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Roatan, Honduras - Roatan Island, Honduras is an adventure traveler's vacation paradise with its blue skies, clear turquoise water and year-round moderate climate. Go scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming with the dolphins or, ashore, take a canopy tour, ride horses, explore tropical scenery, shop for island crafts, walk the beach and view butterfly and floral gardens.

Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico - Exploring the dense tropical vegetation and wide sandy bays of the Costa Maya, it's easy to imagine the days when sacrifice and slavery, rite and ritual were rampant in the Mayan culture. Even today, the countless ruins of temple walls, stairs and secret pathways exude magic and mystery. And when your archaeology lesson is complete, glorious stretches of coral sand may inspire you to build your own empire-of sand castles, of course!

Cozumel, Mexico - The Conquistadors first saw Mexico from the shores of Cozumel while searching for gold. Today, visitors to the island continue to seek out gold and silver jewelry in the shops of San Miguel while having a great time in its many local bars and restaurants. Plus, the waters around Cozumel's sheltered coral reefs make this one of the best snorkeling areas in the world.

Nassau, Bahamas - The captivating capital of the 700 Bahamian islands. Attractions include forts to explore, coral reefs to snorkel and a fascinating straw market to shop

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

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.
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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