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Topics in Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology

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

7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise Conference
Round-trip Fort Lauderdale, FL
October 7 -14, 2018

14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
14 Contact Hours

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.
Vera Hupertz, MD

Dr. Hupertz was a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY (1974-1978) and received her BS in Biology. She attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY and graduated in 1982 with MD. Internship and residency was completed at Rainbow Babies & Children's (RB&C) Hospital, Cleveland, OH by 1985 and Pediatric Gi and Hepatology fellowship by 1988. She maintains 3 board certifications which include: Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology, and Pediatric Transplant Hepatology.

Vera stayed on as Staff Physician at Rainbow Babies and Hospital and achieved the level of Associate Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. She was made Medical Director of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Team, and was co-director of the Residency Training Program at RB&C. In addition to the above, I developed a residency curriculum for Chronic Care to be used at Health Hill Hospital (now Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation).

She became a staff physician at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in July of 2000 and currently has a joint appointment with the Department of Transplant Surgery. She is Medical Director of Pediatric Liver Transplantation. She is Vice Chair of Quality Improvement for the Children's Hospital and Pediatric Institute at Cleveland Clinic. Current interests are liver disease (especially neonatal disease) and liver transplantation, as well as inflammatory bowel diseases.

Michelle P. Medina, MD, FAAP
Chair, Department of Community & General Pediatrics, Cleveland Clinic Children's, Cleveland, OH
Regional Medical Director, Cleveland Clinic Quality Alliance
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine/CWRU, Cleveland, OH

Dr. Michelle Medina is the Chair of the Department of Community and General Pediatrics at Cleveland Clinic Children's. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine in 1994, and completed her pediatric residency at Cleveland Clinic Children&apost;s, serving as chief resident for an additional year.

She then served as medical director of Elmore Community Rural Health Clinic for 7 years, a safety-net organization in Elmore County, Alabama. In this position, she was an advocate for children and adolescents in the county foster care system, served as medical consultant for the county Headstart board, developed an AAP CATCH(American Academy of Pediatrics Community Access to Child Health) grant around childhood obesity in the middle school, and was the primary pediatric medical home for most of this underserved county.

Coming back to Cleveland in 2007, she has served in various organizational positions, including the Marymount Hospital Medical Executive Committee, Medical Director of the Office of Patient Experience Physician Relations group, and currently as Regional Medical Director for the Quality Alliance, Cleveland Clinic's clinically integrated network. She leads the Pediatric Institute's Population Health efforts.

Dr. Medina actively speaks on various pediatric topics, including the importance of Childhood Immunizations, Pediatric Asthma and Quality Measurement in Pediatrics. In 2014, she was a featured speaker at the inaugural TEDx event at Cleveland State University, speaking on vaccines and society. She participates in medical student, residency and allied health teaching. She has been recognized as one of Cleveland's Best Docs for several years.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Early Peanut Introduction: Translation to Clinical Practice
    • Apply updated peanut introduction guidelines in counseling families with infants
  2. Childhood Hypertension
    • Demonstrate an office strategy to accurately measure BP and diagnose hypertension
  3. Lipid Disorders in Children
    • Define the types of dyslipidemia in children
  4. Update on Meningococcal Disease in Adolescents
    • Ascertain a practice approach to current ACIP Men B recommendations
  5. Approach to Children & Adolescents with Gender Dysphoria
    • Define & describe gender dysphorias
  6. Quality Improvement in Pediatric Practice
    • Utilize a quality improvement approach to implementing change and assessing results
  7. Approach to Transitioning Adolescents and Young Adults
    • Define a plan to help families transition their adolescents from pediatric to adult practice
Additional topics under development
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.

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.

Nurse Practitioners: can claim either ANCC Contact Hours or AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ as needed.
Pharmacology credits are identified on individual activities.

Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

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.

Osteopathic Physicians: This program is eligible for Category 2 credit with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) .

US or Canadian Family Physicians: Please let us know if you require AAFP Prescribed Credits.

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 Oct 07 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- 4:00 pm
Mon Oct 08 Nassau, Bahamas
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Tue Oct 09 At Sea
- -
Wed Oct 10 Cozumel, Mexico
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Oct 11 Roatan, Honduras (Coxen Hole)
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Fri Oct 12 Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Sat Oct 13 At Sea
- -
Sun Oct 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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