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Cardiology for the Cardiologist

Holland America Line's Right Sized  Koningsdam
Holland America's Koningsdam

10-Night Mediterranean Cruise
Round-trip Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
September 28 - October 8, 2018

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

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.
Steven R Bailey, MD, MSCAI, FACC, FACP, FAHA
Chair, Janey and Dolph Briscoe Division of Cardiology
Professor of Medicine and Radiology
Janey Briscoe Distinguished Chair
University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

Dr. Bailey is the Janey Briscoe Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Director of the Janey Briscoe Center of Excellence for Cardiovascular Research. He is the Program Director of the Interventional Fellowship Program. He is also Professor of Radiology.

Dr. Bailey received his MD from University of Oregon Health Science Center at Portland and did his postdoctoral training at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado. He holds an American Board of Internal Medicine subspecialty board certification in both Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology, and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), American Heart Association (AHA), and the Society for Catheterization and Intervention (SCAI).

He is the Editor in Chief of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions and serves on the Editorial Boards for JACC Interventions and CRM. Dr. Bailey's transitional research interest includes nanosensors, nanosynthesized metals and new implantable medical devices and holds several patents in these areas. He is past president the SCAI and serves as the program co-director for the Current Controversies in Cardiovascular Medicine, Cardiology Fiesta, and other programs.

George P. Rodgers, MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Chief of Cardiology
The University of Texas Dell Medical School
Austin, TX.

George Rodgers is a practicing cardiologist and an Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief of Cardiology at University of Texas Dell Medical School. He led the development of the cardiovascular curriculum for the new medical school and teaches medical students and residents on a regular basis. Beyond medical education, he has particular interests in prevention and the early detection of heart disease, team-based care and innovative value-based care for the safety net population.

Dr. Rodgers received his medical education and residency training in internal medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed his fellowship training in cardiology at Baylor College of medicine in Houston. He began his cardiology practice in Austin in 1989. Dr. Rodgers has been very active in the American College of Cardiology and has served as the chair of its board of governors and on many other committees, task force and writing groups

He received the Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Cardiology award in March 2017.

When Dr. Rodgers is not teaching or practicing cardiology, he is making music videos with his singer-actress wife Leslie www.lesliehylandrodgers.com

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Adults with Congenital Heart Disease-Palliated not cured
    • Describe the more common congenital heart conditions, their repair and and strategies for management in adult patients.
  2. Cardiac CT- Update on its role in early detection and assessment of CAD
    • Describe evidence based techniques and strategies for CV risk stratification and assessment of obstructive CAD.
  3. Statin intolerance
    • Describe the prevalence of statin intolerance
    • Describe three treatment strategies for statin intolerance
  4. PCSK-9 inhibitors
    • Explain the pharmacologic mechanism of PCSK9 inhibitors in the treatment of hypercholesterolemia
  5. Diets and Heart Disease
    • Describe the evidence supporting the beneficial effects of the Mediterranean diet
  6. Key biomarkers of heart failure, inflammation and infarction. Review of their clinical benefits and pitfalls in practice.
    • Describe guideline-based best practices in the use of these biomarkers.
  7. Onco-Cardiology: An introduction to echocardiographic LV strain and its use in a protocol to identify early cardiac toxicity during chemotherapy
    • Design an algorithm for earliest detection of cardiotoxicity for patients undergoing chemotherapy that makes use of LV strain and cardiac MR
  8. Coronary Revascularization:Who, How, What do I do after?
    • Describe a strategy for identifying patients likely to benefit from revascularization and understand optimizing care post procedure
  9. My Leg Hurts When I walk! How to evaluate the patient and what treatment to recommend.
    • Develop a differential diagnosis for exertional leg pain, determine the appropriate non invasive tests and develop a plan of care
  10. Why is My Heart Rate so Funny? The epidemic of Atrial Fibrillation
    • Summarize the current knowledge regrading atrial fibrillation and evaluate therapeutic options including medication and LAA occlusion.
  11. MINI CABG: Don't Crack my Chest: Non sternotomy approaches including hybrid PCI
    • Minimally invasive revascularization including the use of robotic CABG and PCI are being advocated
    • We will discuss the risks, benefits and patients who might be considered for these procedures.
  12. I thought I was having a stroke and they told me I have a hole in my heart! What now?
    • Summarize the frequency of PFO in strokes, the relationship of PFO and Atrial septal aneurysms to recurrent events.
    • We will compare treatment options in specific patient groups.
  13. They told me I have a heart murmur, Am I gonna die? How to evaluate valvular heart disease
    • Valvular heart disease increases with age.
    • Understanding the valve(s) involved, type of disease and the hearts response will allow us to devise a treatment plan
  14. Mitral Valve Disease: Open it if it sticks and closing it if it leaks
    • New percutaneous procedures have provided treatments for patients who may not have been considered for treatment before.
    • Assessing the patients clinical status, valvular and ventricular function will allow us to create an individualized plan of care.
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.

AAFP Prescribed Credit applied for.
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
Fri Sep 28 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
- 6:00 pm
Sat Sep 29 At Sea - Cruising
Lectures: 8:00am - 12 Noon; 1:00-4:00pm
- -
Sun Sep 30 Dubrovnik, Croatia
10:00 am 11:00 pm
Mon Oct 01 Kotor, Montenegro
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Tue Oct 02 Kerkyra (Corfu), Greece
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Oct 03 Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
8:00 am 4:00 pm
Thu Oct 04 Athens (Piraeus), Greece
8:00 am 11:00 pm
Fri Oct 05 Santorini, Greece
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Sat Oct 06 At Sea - Cruising
Lectures: 8:00am - 12 Noon; 1:00-4:00pm
- -
Sun Oct 07 Naples (Pompeii/Salerno/Capri), Italy
9:00 am 7:00 pm
Mon Oct 08 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
7:00 am -
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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