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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Topics in Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine,
Primary Care, and Obesity

<em>Celebrity Equinox</em>
Celebrity Equinox
7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise Conference
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

December 07 - 14, 2019
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
14 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
4½ Hours of Pharmacology for NPs
14 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.
Faculty

Stephan Alkins, MD, FAASM, FCCP, FACP

Stephan Alkins, MD, FAASM, FCCP, FACP
Medical Director, Crouse Sleep Center, Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, New York Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY

Dr. Alkins received his BA degree from Dickinson College in 1989 and his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse in 1993. He completed his internship and residency in lntemal Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. in 1996. He completed his fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 1999.

Dr. Alkins served as an active duty U.S. Army physician until 2004 with duty stations at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl Germany and at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland.

Dr. Alkins is in full-time clinical practice specializing in pulmonary and sleep medicine and is the Medical Director of Internal Medicine for Crouse Medical Practice. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine and is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians, American College of Chest Physicians, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Magdalena Pasarica MD, PhD

Magdalena Pasarica MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Family Medicine Chair of Education
University of Central Florida, College of Medicine
Orlando, Florida 

Dr. Pasarica is a physician educator, board certified in Family Medicine with a PhD in Nutrition and Obesity. She serves as Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Central Florida College of Medicine, where she serves as Medical Director for the Student-run free clinic, Editor for the UCF Flagship Medical Journal and Family Medicine Chair of Education. Dr. Pasarica is actively seeing patients in primary care clinic and performs quality improvement projects for delivery of optimal evidence-based primary care. 

Through her 10+ years of translational and clinical research in nutrition and obesity, Dr Pasarica is translating her expertise in evidence based medicine and lifestyle medicine into medical education and education research.

Dr. Pasarica has been invited by numerous organizations to give CME talks on Primary Care Topics and has published extensively in this field. Her work was recognized by awards from national organizations, including the American Association of Medical Colleges and Bipartisan Policy Center. 

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Nurses, Nurse PractitionersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
Topics:
  1. Obesity Management: Update on Latest Guidelines and Evidence, and Practical Tips
    • Synthesize the current guidelines on obesity management in a clinically relevant fashion.
    • Use evidence based medicine to debunk popular myths related to diet, activity and behavior as they relate to the treatment of obesity.
    • Synthesize the effectiveness and risks of each weight loss method for patients
    • Manage obesity in a 15-minute outpatient visit
  2. Pain management: guidelines for opioid risk mitigation and overdose resuscitation
    • Identify recent trends in use of opioids and deaths from overdose.
    • Describe recently published clinical guidelines on the use of opioids from the Center for Disease Control, the American Heart Association, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, including risk mitigation strategies and the steps of opioid overdose resuscitation.
    • Apply the knowledge gained to an evolving case involving opioid prescription.
  3. Update on evidence-based recommendations for lifestyle management of common diseases
    • Synthesize current evidence and recommendations for lifestyle management of common primary care chronic diseases
    • Apply lifestyle medicine principles to clinical case management
  4. Prevention of medical errors by performing an appropriate written and verbal handoff of care
    • Summarize the components of optimal verbal and written handoffs
    • Synthesize the roles of effective handoffs and the relationship with medical errors
    • Describe the characteristics, content and sequence of effective handoffs
    • Apply effective handoffs strategies to improve a clinical handoff scenario
  5. Health promotion: What are the recommendations and evidence? How to motivate patients for behavior change?
    • Synthesize the updated recommendations and evidence for health promotion
    • Demonstrate techniques for motivating patients for behavior change
    • Apply the knowledge gained to a clinical scenario
  6. Current guidelines for screening patients at risk for type 1 and 2 diabetes
    • Summarize current guidelines for screening patients for type 1 and 2 diabetes
    • Apply the knowledge gained to relevant clinical scenarios
  7. Update on USPTFS recommendations for screening in primary care
    • Synthesize current US PTFS guidelines for screening in primary care
    • Apply the knowledge gained to relevant clinical scenarios
  8. Restless Leg Syndrome
    • Participants should be able to diagnose restless leg syndrome and identify treatment options.
  9. Insomnia
    • Participants should be able to select appropriate therapy for insomnia.
  10. Narcolepsy
    • Participants should be able to identify narcolepsy in patient with hypersomnia.
  11. Obstructive Sleep Apnea
    • Participants should be able to describe obstructive sleep apnea and list treatment options.
  12. Cough
    • Participants should be able to summarize common causes of cough and classify between acute and chronic cough.
  13. Asthma
    • Participants should be able to select between various asthma treatment options.
  14. COPD
    • Participants should be able to devise pharmacologic treatment plan for patient with COPD.
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

DATE PORT OF CALL ARRIVE DEPART
Sat Dec 07 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- -
Sun Dec 08 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Dec 09 San Juan, Puerto Rico
3:30 am 11:00 pm
Tue Dec 10 St. Thomas, U.S. V.I.
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed Dec 11 Punta Cana, Dominican Rep.
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Dec 12 *At Sea - Cruising
12:00 am 12:00 am
Fri Dec 13 Nassau, Bahamas
9:00 am 6:00 pm
Sat Dec 14 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
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Ports of Call

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - Now that you've finished your cruise take advantage of the  abundance of things to see and do in the Ft. Lauderdale area: visit the newly redesigned Ft. Lauderdale Beach and cafes, stroll the historic Riverwalk, shop the luxurious stores on Las Olas Boulevard or adventure to the Everglades for an intriguing air boat excursion.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

San Juan, Puerto Rico - In days of yore, the waters near Puerto Rico teemed with pirate ships commanded by the likes of Sir Francis Drake. Aye, they are long gone, but in their wake they have left an island of national treasures: La Casa Blanca, built in 1501 for the island's first governor, Ponce de Leon; the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan; the tropical rain forests of El Yunque.  

St. Thomas, U.S. V.I. - Arguably the island with the best shopping and the best beaches. Shop duty-free Charlotte Amalie 'til you drop. Or dive into the beach scene at beautiful Magens Bay, Coki Point, or Turtle Cove, nesting ground of the endangered hawksbill sea turtle.

Punta Cana, Dominican Rep. - Punta Cana, the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, abuts the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It's a region known for its 32km stretch of beaches and clear waters.The ocean waters are mainly shallows, with several natural marine pools in which visitors can bathe without danger. From north to south, the main beaches are Uvero Alto, Macao, Arena Gorda, Bávaro, El Cortecito, Las Corales and Cabeza de Toro, all north of the cape; and Cabo Engaño, Punta Cana and Juanillo south of the cape. The Bávaro area and Punta Cana combine to form what's known as La Costa del Coco, or the Coconut Coast, an area of lavish, all-inclusive resorts. It's popular for zip-lining, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing.

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.
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