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Topics in Neurology and the Legal and Ethical Aspects of End-of-Life Care

Royal Caribbean's Incredible Allure of the Seas
Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas

7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise Conference
from Fort Lauderdale, FL
June 17 - 24, 2018

14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
14 Contact Hours
14 CE Credits for Psychologists
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.
Kathy L. Cerminara, JD, LLM, JSD,
Professor of Law
Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Professor Kathy Cerminara bridges the medical and legal professions with her work on patients' rights in the end-of-life decision-making arena. She co-authors the nationally known treatise, The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking, and is a reviewer for several medical and medical-legal journals. Her scholarship most recently has focused on the intersection between end-of-life care, palliative care, and health care coverage policy. At the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, she is a full professor.

Professor Cerminara teaches Torts; Health Policy, Bioethics & Quality of Care; Administrative Law; Civil Procedure; Bioethics; and other health-law-related courses. She also created and was the initial director of the online Master of Science in Health Law program for non-lawyers.

In 2017, she received a Scholars Award for innovative interprofessional work with the Broward County Mental Health Court.

Since 2012, she has been a member of the International Scientific Committee for the International Academy of Law & Mental Health, based in Montreal, Canada. In that position, she has co-organized the stream of therapeutic jurisprudence presentations for three of the Academy's bi-annual Congresses: one in Amsterdam in 2013, one in Vienna in 2015, and one in Prague in 2017.

In recognition of that work, the International Society of Therapeutic Jurisprudence awarded her and her co-organizer the first-ever Wexler/Winick Distinguished Service Award in Prague.

Prior to joining the College of Law faculty, Professor Cerminara taught at the University of Miami School of Law and St. Thomas University School of Law, clerked in the Western District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and practiced law with Reed Smith Shaw & McClay in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Professor Cerminara received her JD magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh and her LLM and JSD from Columbia University. She is an affiliate member of the Health Law and Tort Trial and Insurance sections of The Florida Bar, a retired member of the Pennsylvania Bar, and a member of organizations such as the American Bar Association, the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics and the American Health Lawyers Association.

Aatif M. Husain, MD
Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina.
Professor with Tenure
Department of Medicine, Division of Neurology
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.
Director, Southeast Epilepsy Center of Excellence
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Durham, NC.
Program Director, Clinical Neurophysiology and Sleep Medicine Fellowships
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.

After completing Medical School, Dr. Husain completed a Neurology residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and two fellowships at Duke University Medical Center. He has been on faculty at Duke since completing his fellowships in 1997.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. End of Life Care and Refusal of Treatment
    • Discuss ethically and legally appropriate end-of-life treatment choices with patients.
    • Explain the lines the law draws between appropriate and inappropriate end-of-life treatment choices for patients with decision-making capacity.
  2. Dying and the Patient With Decision making Capacity
    • Differentiate between instructional and proxy advance directives.
    • Explain the difference between advance directives and physician orders regarding end-of-life treatment choices.
    • Discuss these differences with patients with decision-making capacity so that their wishes are memorialized in case of loss of such capacity.
    • Identify the gaps that arise between advance directives and orders in patient charts.
    • Assess the utility of POLST as a way to fill in those gaps.
  3. When the Patient Lacks Capacity (and Has No Advance Directive)
    • Explain state laws that permit family members or others acting on behalf of patients lacking capacity to speak on their behalf.
    • Analyze decision-making approaches under the three possibly applicable legal standards: substituted judgment, best interests, and the legally disfavored subjective test.
  4. Hospice and Palliative Care
    • Explain the difference between palliative care and hospice.
    • Explain Medicare requirements for the coverage of hospice care.
  5. Futility: When Family Members Want It All
    • Explain legal recognition of death by neurological criteria and differentiate between issues involving patients satisfying that criteria and patients who do not, under the law.
    • Explain the concept of medical futility.
    • Distinguish between quantitative and qualitative futility.
    • Compare state laws specifically describing procedures to be followed when clinicians view a patientís treatment as futile with state laws that are less specific.
  6. Beyond Withholding and Withdrawing
    • Differentiate between aid-in-dying and euthanasia.
    • Explain the statutory requirements in the states imposing strict procedural and reporting requirements regarding aid-in-dying there.
    • Describe the ways that courts in other states that have determined aid-in-dying is legal there.
    • Assess the clinical practice guidelines being developed regarding aid-in-dying.
  7. Case Discussions & Debriefing
    • Apply what was learned about patient capacity, withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment, and brain death.
    • Relate principles to case scenarios.
    • Evaluate the relevance of principles discussed to audience's own practice. Evaluate the relevance of principles discussed to audience's own practice.
  8. The neurological examination
    • Be able to understand the most important components of the neurologic exam.
    • Learn how to accurately conduct a brief neurologic exam.
  9. Stroke
    • Be able to describe treatment for acute stroke.
    • Be able to describe the on-going chronic stroke care
  10. Headache
    • Be able to accurate diagnose various headaches.
    • Be able to identify correct treatment options for various headaches.
  11. Sleep disorders
    • Appreciate the common types of sleep disorders.
    • Understand the various treatment options for various sleep disorders.
  12. Epilepsy
    • Be able to identify features of epileptic seizures versus other types of spells
    • Understand the best treatment options for seizures and spells
  13. Evaluation of weakness
    • Be able to differentiate between CNS and PNS causes of weakness
    • Understand the appropriate work-up of weakness
  14. Neurologic emergencies
    • Recognize the presentation of the common neurologic emergencies.
    • Understand the urgent supportive treatment needed for these neurologic emergencies.
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.

Approval: Continuing Education, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Continuing Education, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Designation: As an organization approved by the American Psychological Association, Continuing Education, Inc. is offering this activity for a maximum of 14 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be given for partial attendance.

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
Sun Jun 17 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- 4:00 pm
Mon Jun 18 Nassau, The Bahamas
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Tue Jun 19 At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Jun 20 Cozumel, Mexico
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Jun 21 Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Fri Jun 22 Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Sat Jun 23 At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Jun 24 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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