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Infectious Diseases: 2019 Update

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Holland America Line's Graceful Noordam
Holland America's Noordam

13-Day Australia and New Zealand Cruise Conference
from Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia
February 11 - 24, 2019

21 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
21 Contact Hours
Up to 21 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program

Course Fees:
$1,095 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy & Dentists
$850 for Physicians Assistants, Nurse Practioners
$695 for Nurses & 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.
Thomas M File Jr., MD, MSc, MACP, FIDSA, FCCP
Chair, Infectious Disease Division, Summa Health
Akron, OH
Professor, Internal Medicine
Master Teacher
Chair, Infectious Disease Section Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
Rootstown, Ohio
Dr Thomas File is Chair of the Infectious Disease Division at Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio and Professor of Internal Medicine, Master Teacher, and Chair of the Infectious Disease Section at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

After graduating from medical school at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1972, Dr. File received his Master of Science in medical microbiology from Ohio State University in Columbus, in 1977, where he also completed his fellowship in infectious diseases.

Dr File is Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and Past President of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). He is a Master of the American College of Physicians, a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, and a member of the American Thoracic Society. He is a past Chairperson of the Standards and Practice Guidelines Committee of the IDSA and served as a member of several guideline panels. He is a past-president of the Infectious Disease Society of Ohio.

Primary research interests that Dr File has pursued include respiratory tract infections, immunizations in adults, antimicrobial stewardship, and evaluation of new antimicrobial agents. A frequent lecturer nationally and internationally, he has published more than 250 articles, abstracts, and textbook chapters, focusing on the diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of infectious diseases, especially on respiratory tract infections and antimicrobial stewardship. He received the Watanakunakorn Clinician Award from the IDSA in 2013 and the John P Utz Leadership award from NFID in May 2017.
He authors sections on community-acquired pneumonia, acute bronchitis, and hospital-acquired pneumonia in UpToDate. He is Editor-in-Chief of Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice.

Michael J. Tan, MD, FACP, FIDSA
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University
Physician Lead, Summa Health Medical Group-Infectious Disease
Akron, OH

Michael J. Tan, MD is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) in Rootstown, Ohio. At NEOMED, he is co-course director of the Infection and Immunity Course and Vice-Chair of the Infectious Disease Section of the Principles of Medicine Course.

Dr. Tan is Lead Physician for Summa Health Medical Group-Infectious Disease at Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio where he is also Clinical Physician, Infectious Diseases and HIV as well as Medical Director for the Summa Health Clinical Research Center.

Dr. Tan is board certified in infectious disease and internal medicine. He obtained his medical degree from the Northeastern University College of Medicine (now NEOMED) and completed his residency training at Summa Health System. He then completed a fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

Dr. Tan is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). He is Governor for the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Physicians and serves as Chair, Chapters Subcommittee for the College.

Dr. Tan's primary research interests include participation in multi-centered controlled trials of new and novel treatments for Clostridium difficile infection, skin and soft tissue infection, and pneumonia. He is co-editor of Tan JS, File TM Jr., Salata RA, Tan MJ (eds.) Expert Guide to Infectious Diseases, 2nd edition (2008, ACP Press) and Rosenthal KS and Tan MJ (eds.) Rapid Review Microbiology and Immunology 3rd edition (2010, Mosby). Dr. Tan is listed in Best Doctors in America (2010 to present).

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Psychologists
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Update Adult Vaccines
    • List vaccine preventable infections and their burden
    • List appropriate vaccines for adults; List strategies to increase uptake of adult vaccines
  2. Antimicrobial Stewardship
    • List the benefits of stewardship
    • List interventions to improve antibiotic use
  3. Update Respiratory Infections (RTIs)
    • List common pathogens of RTIs
    • List appropriate diagnosis and treatment of RTIs
  4. Update UTIs
    • Describe the difference of asymptomatic bacteriuria from symptomatic UTI
    • List appropriate antibiotics for UTIs
  5. Update STDs
    • List appropriate Diagnosis and therapy of common STDs
  6. Emerging Infections
    • Define and list recent emerging infections
    • Know how to manage a patient with Zika
    • List criteria for pandemic
  7. Infectous Disease Pearls
    • Describe management of common examples of infectious diseases
  8. Case Discussions for 2 hours
    • Understand nuances of treating infectious disease cases
  9. Update TB and Lyme:Another presentation of Bone and Joint infections
    • List criteria for differentiating latent from active TB
    • Know who to interpret Lyme tests and treat stages of Lyme
    • List manifestations of osteomyelitis
  10. New antimicrobial agent review and antimicrobial prophylaxis for prevention of endocarditis
    • The purpose of the lectures is to provide up-to-date and evidenced-based information regarding the diagnosis, management, and prevention of various infectious diseases that are clinically relevant to the practicing physician.
    • After attending the presentations, attendees will have a better understanding of appropriate adult vaccines and diagnositc and therapeutic principles to provide better care for patients with infections.
  11. Intra-abdominal infections and diverticulitis
    • Describe the approach to intra-abdominal infections and select appropriate antimicrobial therapy
  12. Infectious issues in patients receiving TNF inhibitors
    • Review mechanism of action of TNF-alpha inhibitors
    • List infections associated with these agents
  13. Skin and soft tissue infections
    • Recite common pathogens associated with skin infections.
    • Utilize appropriate antimicrobial therapy based on exam.
  14. C. difficile and other diarrheas
    • Recite common challenging aspects of treating diarrhea in the era of C. difficile infection.
  15. Infectious disease image and word association
    • Recall specific infectious diseaes based on keywords and/or images
  16. Infectious Risks in International Travelers
    • Recite commonly encountered diseases associated with international travel. Identify necessary items to bring for international travel
  17. Update in HIV and HCV
    • Describe testing and interpretation of diagnostics for HIV and HCV. Summarize treatment for HIV and HCV.
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 21 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 21 (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
Mon Feb 11 Auckland, New Zealand
- 5:00 pm
Tue Feb 12 Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed Feb 13 Napier, New Zealand
12:00 pm 6:00 pm
Thu Feb 14 Wellington, New Zealand
10:00 am 6:00 pm
Fri Feb 15 Akaroa (Christchurch), New Zealand
7:00 am 7:00 pm
Sat Feb 16 Dunedin (Port Chalmers ), New Zealand
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Sun Feb 17 Cruising Fiordland Natl Park
- -
Mon Feb 18 At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Feb 18 At Sea - Cruising
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Wed Feb 20 Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
8:00 am 11:00 pm
Thu Feb 21 At Sea - Cruising
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Fri Feb 22 Melbourne, Australia
8:00 am 6:30 pm
Sat Feb 23 At Sea - Cruising
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Sun Feb 24 Sydney, Australia
Australian electronic visa required
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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