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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Hematology/Oncology & Cardiorespiratory/Renal Physiology and Medicine

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

May 18 - 25, 2019
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
14 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
3½ 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.

Gary F. Merrill, BS, MS, PhD

Gary  F. Merrill, BS, MS, PhD
Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Division of Life Sciences
School of Arts and Sciences
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  Investigator of the mammalian cardiovascular system, full professor, teacher, author (e.g. Our Intelligent Bodies, 2020; Our Aging Bodies, 2015; Our Marvelous Bodies, 2008; all published by Rutgers University Press).

Joseph J. Shatzel, MD

Joseph J. Shatzel, MD
Assistant Professor of Hematology-Medical Oncology & Biomedical engineering
Oregon Health & Science University
Knight Cancer Institute 
Portland Oregon My research focus is centered on the design of novel strategies to improve patients suffering from thrombotic disorders. My three areas of interest are in the utility of inhibitors of the contact activation pathway of blood coagulation to prevent medical device-related thrombosis, the prevention of blood clotting in patients with sepsis, and the resolution and prevention of post thrombotic syndrome.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Nurses, Nurse PractitionersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
The following lecture series will provide a thorough overview of common hematologic clinical scenarios that providers are sure to encounter in practice. While the workup and management of common hematologic issues such as anemia remains a mainstay in medicine, multiple new anticoagulants, novel anticoagulant reversal agents, improved iron preparations and other new therapeutic insights have dramatically changed the practice of benign hematology in the last few years. After this lecture series attendees will have a good refresher on well-established clinical hematologic issues, as well as a timely and important overview of multiple practice changing hematologic therapies that occurred in the last several years.

Hematology/Oncology topics:
  1. Workup and Management of anemia
    • Overview the workup and management of common presentations of anemia.
  2. Management of too little Iron
    • Be able to diagnose, and treat iron deficiency anemia including the appropriate use of IV iron.
  3. Managment of too much Iron
    • Be able to diagnose and manage hemochromatosis and other causes of secondary iron overload.
  4. Thrombosis updates I
    • Be able to devise an appropriate treatment protocol for provoked and unprovoked thrombosis
  5. Thrombosis updates II
    • Be able to manage less common thrombosis including calf DVT, splanchnic vein thrombosis and cryptogenic arterial occlusion
  6. Anticoagulation managment and reversal
    • Overview the new oral anticoagunants and new reversal agents.
  7. It is TTP?
    • Workup and manage new forms of TMA including TTP, HUS, and atypical HUS.

Cardiorespiratory/Renal Physiology and Medicine topics
  1. Cardiac conduction system
    • Clarify cellular/tissue types and function
  2. Cardiac output: Its distribution and redistribution
    • Teach the physiology of cardiac output beyond simply defining it
  3. Ischemia/reperfusion vs hypoxia/reoxygenation
    • Clarify/teach the relationship between organ/tissue ischemia/reperfusion and hypoxia/reoxygenation
  4. Acetaminophen: beyond fever and pain
    • Re-emphasize the history, safety, efficacy of acetaminophen
  5. Cardioprotection and acetaminophen
    • Teach new research results (heart, brain, muscle)
  6. Respiratory/renal health and disease
    • Teach clearance, GFR, exchange and transport of gases in health/disease
  7. Diet and exercise
    • Help resolve fact vs fiction
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 May 18 Miami, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Sun May 19 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon May 20 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue May 21 Basseterre, St. Kitts
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed May 22 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Thu May 23 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri May 24 Coco Cay, Bahamas
10:00 am 7:00 pm
Sat May 25 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

Basseterre, St. Kitts - The island England zealously defended from Brimstone Hill, the "Gibraltar of the West Indies." In Basseterre, a mini-London, there's Piccadilly Circus to shop and a gingerbread version of Big Ben by which to check the hour.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. - Named after a Danish Queen, Charlotte Amalie has one of the most breathtaking deepwater harbors in the world. The key sights of Charlotte Amalie are located within the town centre, making it easy to combine sightseeing with St. Thomas’ fantastic shopping opportunities. Eighteenth century architecture provides the perfect backdrop for walking tours and shopping here in the "Duty Free Capital of the World." For a dose of history, visit Emancipation Park, the American-Caribbean History Museum, or Bluebeard the pirate's castle at Magen’s Bay. If tropical bliss is what you're after, head to any of Charlotte Amalie’s pristine beaches, where the warm water, white sands and palm trees will lull you into deep relaxation!

Coco Cay, Bahamas - Located in the middle of the Caribbean's bright blue water lies the secluded island of CocoCay. With its white-sand beaches and spectacular surroundings, CocoCay is a wonderland of adventure. Reserved exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests, this tropical paradise has recently been updated with new aquatic facilities, nature trails and a ton of great places to just sit back, relax and enjoy a tropical drink.


Perfect Day Cococay

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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