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Allergy & Immunology Update and
Topics in Physician Wellness

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

7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise Conference
Round-trip Miami, FL
November 11 - 18, 2018

14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
14 Contact Hours
Up to 14 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
1 Hour of Pharmacology for NPs

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 Stepien, MD, FAAP
Regional Pediatric Hospitalist, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA
Director, The Institute for Physician Wellness, Juneau, AK

Dr. Stepien is the founding director of The Institute for Physician Wellness, LLC. Her story is similar to many physicians-valuing excellent medical care, integrity, hard work and compassion while working within a broken medical system. She is convinced that a life so fortunate to juggle a career in medicine with motherhood comes with a responsibility to live it in a healthy way. She is committed to supporting physician wellness, and in doing so, benefiting physicians as well as their patients.

Dr. Stepien is a board-certified pediatrician in active practice. She holds a Master's degree in Philosophy and practiced physical therapy for 13 years prior to entering medicine. She draws on these broad experiences as she teaches physician wellness, self-compassion, and mindfulness in medicine. Dr. Stepien lectures internationally and has published research and essays in the medical literature as well as in the popular press.

G. Edward Stewart II, MD

Dr. Stewart received his B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 1979 and his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1988. Dr. Stewart completed his internship and residency In lntemal Medicine at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis in 1991.

He completed his fellowship In Allergy and Immunology at the University of South Florida in 1993 and completed a fellowship in Clinical Laboratory Immunology at the University of South Florida in 1994.

Dr. Stewart is Board Certified by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Dr. Stewart has an Allergy and Immunology practice in Ocala, FL and in The Villages, FL. He is a past-president of the Marion County Medical Society and a past-president of the Florida Allergy Asthma and Immunology Society.

Dr. Stewart recently retired as Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of South Florida, where he had volunteered on a part-time basis for nineteen years.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Update of physician wellness at individual, institutional and cultural levels
    • Apply conceptual framework of physician wellness at the personal and institutional level and within the culture of medicine to their unique hospital/clinic setting.
  2. Dealing with Difficult Patients and Colleagues
    • Give examples of how to assist a burned-out colleague.
  3. Medical Marriage/relationships
    • Analyze an important variable that affects physician wellness and assess strategies for support of relationships.
  4. Coping with Trauma/Loss
    • Utilize a compassion-based strategy for self care when coping with struggles experienced in medicine.
  5. The ethics of burnout
    • Apply principles of ethical obligations to their unique hospital/clinic setting.
  6. When the Doctor becomes a Patient
    • Summarize common insights physicians report when experiencing role reversal.
  7. Burnout: Is it me or is it medicine?
    • Identity sources of personal-professional conflict that increase symptoms of burnout.
  8. Acute and Chronic Rhinosinusitis
    • Understand the anatomy of the Paranasal Sinuses
    • Explain the pathophysiology of Acute and Chronic Rhinosinusitis
    • Describe methods of diagnosing and treating Acute and Chronic Rhinosinusitis
  9. Anaphylaxis - Diagnosis and Management
    • Explain mechanisms and presentations of Anaphylaxis
    • Describe treatment with emphasis on importance of Epinephrine
    • Explain why physicians and staff should be proficient in Anaphylaxis management
  10. Update in Asthma Management
    • Discuss the pathophysiology of Asthma
    • Describe how Asthma symptoms don't always correlate with severity
    • Explain the concepts of step care guideline based Asthma management
  11. Caring for the patient with Chronic Cough
    • Explain the mechanism of the Cough Reflex
    • Describe the most common causes of Chronic Cough
    • Describe Diagnostic Empiric Trials of Therapy
  12. Ocular Allergy
    • Explain the Pathophysiology of Allergic Conjunctivitis
    • Describe other eye abnormalities with similar symptoms
    • Determine the appropriate treatment and when to refer
  13. Rhinitis: Allergic and Non-Allergic
    • Explain the types of Allergic and Non-Allergic Rhinitis
    • Describe conditions that mimic Rhinitis
    • Determine appropriate evaluations, diagnostic studies and treatment plans
  14. Current approach to the management of stinging insect allergy
    • Explain various types of reactions to insects stings
    • Describe treatment for each type of reaction
    • Determine which patients should be referred
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.

MOC ABIM Accreditation
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 14 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

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 Nov 11 Miami, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Mon Nov 12 Nassau, The Bahamas
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Tue Nov 13 At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Nov 14 Cozumel, Mexico
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Nov 15 Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Fri Nov 16 Costa Maya, Mexico
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Sat Nov 17 At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Nov 18 Miami, 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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