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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Topics in Emergency Medicine and
Legal Aspects of End-of-Life Care

Royal Caribbean's <em>Symphony of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas
7-Night Eastern Caribbean & Perfect Day Cococay
Round-trip Miami, Florida

May 15 - 22, 2021
16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
16 ACPE Credits
16.0 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

$995 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$750 for Physician Assistants
$750 for Nurse Practitioners
$595 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

Kathy L. Cerminara, JD, LLM, JSD

Kathy L. Cerminara, JD, LLM, JSD
Professor of Law
Shepard Broad College of Law
Nova Southeastern University
Ft. Lauderdale, FL Professor Kathy Cerminara bridges the medical and legal professions with her work on patients' rights in the end-of-life decision-making arena. She co-authors the nationally known treatise, The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking, and is a reviewer for several medical and medical-legal journals. Her scholarship most recently has focused on the intersection between end-of-life care, palliative care, and health care coverage policy. At the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, she is a full professor. She is also an affiliate faculty member at NSU's Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine.

Professor Cerminara teaches Torts; Health Policy, Bioethics & Quality of Care; Administrative Law; Civil Procedure; Bioethics; and other health-law-related courses. She also created and was the initial director of the online Master of Science in Health Law program for non-lawyers.

In 2017, she received a Scholars Award for innovative interprofessional work with the Broward County Mental Health Court.

Since 2012, she has been a member of the International Scientific Committee for the International Academy of Law & Mental Health, based in Montreal, Canada. In that position, she has co-organized the stream of therapeutic jurisprudence presentations for four of the Academy's bi-annual Congresses: one in Amsterdam in 2013, one in Vienna in 2015, one in Prague in 2017, and one in Rome in 2019. In recognition of that work, in 2017, the International Society of Therapeutic Jurisprudence awarded her and her co-organizer the first-ever Wexler/Winick Distinguished Service Award in Prague.

In recognition of that work, the International Society of Therapeutic Jurisprudence awarded her and her co-organizer the first-ever Wexler/Winick Distinguished Service Award in Prague.

Prior to joining the College of Law faculty, Professor Cerminara taught at the University of Miami School of Law and St. Thomas University School of Law, clerked in the Western District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and practiced law with Reed Smith Shaw & McClay in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Professor Cerminara received her JD magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh and her LLM and JSD from Columbia University. She is an affiliate member of the Health Law and Tort Trial and Insurance sections of The Florida Bar, a retired member of the Pennsylvania Bar, and a member of organizations such as the American Bar Association, the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics and the American Health Lawyers Association.

David Edwards, MD

David Edwards, MD
Medical Simulation Director
Associate Program Director
Student Clerkship Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Miami Beach, FL

Associate Clinical Professor
FIU Herbert-Wertheim College of Medicine
Miami, FL

Associate Clinical Professor
Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine
Davie, FL

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
The purpose of this course is to provide members of the health care team with the ethical and legal principles underlying advance care planning, thus enabling the team to collaborate in enhancing patient care through shared understanding of the ethical and legal issues encountered in patient care near the end of life.

Topics:
  1. End of Life Care and Refusal of Treatment
    • Discuss ethically and legally appropriate end-of-life treatment choices with patients.
    • Explain the lines the law draws between appropriate and inappropriate end-of-life treatment choices for patients.
  2. Dying and the Patient With Decisionmaking Capacity
    • Explain the term "advance directive" and the purposes of advance directives.
    • Differentiate between instructional and proxy advance directives.
    • Explain the difference between advance directives and physicians&apost; orders regarding end-of-life treatment options.
    • Identify the gaps that arise between advance directives and orders in patient charts.
    • Assess the utility of POLST as a way to fill in those gaps.
  3. When the Patient Lacks Decisionmaking Capacity (With or Without An Advance Directive)
    • Explain state laws that permit family members or others acting on behalf of patients lacking capacity to speak on their behalf.
    • Analyze decisionmaking approaches under the three possibly applicable legal standards: substituted judgment, best interests, and the legally disfavored subjective test.
  4. Palliative Care and Hospice
    • Explain the difference between palliative care and hospice.
    • Explain Medicare requirements for the coverage of hospice care.
    • Evaluate suggestions of hospice care made by other members of the care team or by hospice providers themselves.
  5. Death by Neurological Criteria
    • Explain legal recognition of death by neurological criteria.
    • Differentiate between issues involving patients satisfying that criteria and patients who do not, under the law.
    • Explain the multiple types of objections patients' families are raising to diagnoses of brain death.
  6. Futility: When Family Members Want It All
    • Explain the concept of medical futility.
    • Distinguish between quantitative and qualitative futility.
    • Compare state laws specifically describing procedures to be followed when clinicians view a patient’s treatment as futile with state laws that are less procedurally specific.
  7. Beyond Withholding and Withdrawing
    • Differentiate between aid in dying and euthanasia.
    • Explain the statutory requirements in the states imposing strict procedures and reporting requirements regarding medical aid in dying.
    • Evaluate the practice of medical aid in dying as it proceeds pursuant to clinical practice guidelines.
  8. Case Discussions and Debriefing
    • Apply what was learned about patient capacity, brain death, and withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment.
    • Relate principles to case scenarios.
    • Evaluate the relevance of principles discussed to attendee’s own practice
Additional topics under development
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 May 15 Miami, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Sun May 16 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon May 17 Labadee, Haiti
7:00 am 3:00 pm
Tue May 18 San Juan, Puerto Rico
12:00 pm 10:00 pm
Wed May 19 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Thu May 20 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri May 21 Coco Cay, Bahamas
10:00 am 5:00 pm
Sat May 22 Miami, Florida
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Eastern Caribbean

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 Evergladesā€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

Labadee, Haiti - This tropical paradise, reserved exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests, features pristine beaches, walking trails and breathtaking vistas. Labadee is the perfect setting for parasailing, wave runners and the kayak tour, all available on your own private island.

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.  

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

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.
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