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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Dealing With Disability - a Medical-Legal Approach

Royal Caribbean's <em>Freedom of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas
7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise Conference
Round-trip San Juan, Puerto Rico

January 06 - 13, 2019
8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
8.0 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

$695 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$425 for Physician Assistants
$425 for Nurse Practitioners
$325 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.

Mark H. Hyman, MD, FIAIME, FACP

Mark H. Hyman, MD, FIAIME, FACP
Dr. Hyman is an internist with more than 25 years of experience and head of HymanHealth, which is located on the Westside of Los Angeles, California. A nationally recognized disability expert, Dr. Hyman provides medical-legal evaluations spanning the continuum of internal medicine for a wide variety of legal and insurance organizations. He has evaluated hundreds of workers' compensation patients around the country - from NFL players to everyday workers - providing credible and thorough diagnoses, depositions and documentation, often using the state-of-science technology found in his office.

Dr. Hyman had served for 30 years as an Associate Professor on the clinical faculty at the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA). He pursued medical school, internship, residency and fellowship at UCLA. Dr. Hyman is a highly sought-after lecturer, including being the keynote speaker for annual State level meetings, He has authored various medical-legal and internal medicine topics. He has served as editor for the Internal Medicine section of the Medical Disability Advisor, Fifth and Seventh Editions. Much of his work can be found in prestigious peer-reviewed journals including the Annals of Internal Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Archives of Neurology, the American Family Physician, and the Journal of Occupational Environmental Medicine. Dr. Hyman is a chapter author and editor for numerous American Medical Association (AMA) books including:
  • A Physician's Guide to Return to Work
  • Guides to Disease and Injury Causation
  • Guides to Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Guides Transition Book
  • Guides to Navigating Disability Benefit Systems
  • Guides 6th edition and accompanying Internal Medicine Workbook
Over the years, Dr. Hyman has been a member of the AMA, American College of Physicians and the American College of Environmental and Occupational Medicine. His FACP designation acknowledges that he is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and has served on the organization's Governor's Advisory Council. His FAIME designation recognizes that he is a Fellow of the International Academy of Independent Medical Examiners. He is past chair of the National Board of Directors for IAIME. Dr. Hyman has testified before the United States Congress as a national expert on disability issues.

Dr. Hyman has received acclaim for his contributions to the medical world. In 2009, WebMD selected Dr. Hyman for its annual "Health Heroes" award. In addition, the City of Los Angeles recognized his involvement with the LA Police Department related to developing police arrest procedures. 

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Nurses, Nurse PractitionersPhysicians, Physician Assistants
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Disability Management
    • Review the various claim stakeholders-claimant, doctor, insurer, employer.
    • Identify causes of delayed recovery.
    • Identify primary, secondary and tertiary stages of prevention.
    • Focus on the key communication that is necessary to prevent injuries and delays in rehabilitation.
    • Methods are introduced to partner with your medical providers to achieve better outcomes.
  2. Introduction to the AMA Guides
    • Identify proper reference standards to impairment
    • Know the differences between impairment and disability
    • Gain a selective knowledge of impairments for different organ systems
  3. Disease and Injury Causation
    • Understand general causation principles
    • Review causation as it applies to multiple Internal Medicine systems with an emphasis on Cardiology
    • Recognize how some conditions could have an industrial component
  4. Work Ability and Return to Work
    • Identify the types and sources of mixed messages sent to patients
    • Be able to articulate the negative health consequences of being placed out of work
    • Review specialty society statements on the return to work process
    • Know the generalized health benefits of working
    • Understand what are Risk, Capacity and Tolerance
  5. Comprehensive Cardiovascular Evaluation
    • dentify proper testing for cardiovascular evaluation.
    • Compare the results of diagnoses and testing with recommended impairment evaluation.
    • Review the traditional and non-traditional risk factors for cardiovascular conditions.
    • Raise awareness of the impacts of stress on cardiovascular outcomes.
  6. Psychometric Questionnaires
    • Psychological issues related to worker’s relationship to the employer, co-workers, or family can have a profoundly complicating effect on return to work.
    • Learn about questionnaire based techniques to identify these subtle and complex psychosocial issues.
    • The participant will walk away with useful questions, their interpretation and be able to implement a more structured approach in their office to patients with pain and injury claims.
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

Sun Jan 06 San Juan, Puerto Rico
- 8:30 pm
Mon Jan 07 Basseterre, St. Kitts
9:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Jan 09 Castries, St. Lucia
9:00 am 6:00 pm
Tue Jan 08 St. Johns, Antigua
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Jan 10 Bridgetown, Barbados
8:00 am 7:00 pm
Fri Jan 11 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Jan 12 Philipsburg, St. Maarten
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Sun Jan 13 San Juan, Puerto Rico
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas Map

Ports of Call

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.  

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.

Castries, St. Lucia - Watch natives fashion boats from gum trees, write postcards in a Creole cafe. Shop for black coral carvings and exquisite silk-screened fabrics.

St. Johns, Antigua - Saint John's is the capital of the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda. Located in northwestern Antigua, this is a cove of the Caribbean Sea, a major exporter of sugar, rum, cotton, handicrafts, fiber-made items, ceramics and fabrics. The city is also a tourist destination. St. John's skyline, capital and major city in Antigua and Barbuda, is mastered by the baroque magnificence of the St. John's Cathedral's dome and steeple.

Bridgetown, Barbados - An island some say is more British than Britain. Here, cricket is the national sport and afternoon tea goes without saying. But Barbados is true blue Caribbean as well, with classic sand beaches, and wild monkeys in the jungle.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Philipsburg, St. Maarten - An island under two flags. Sample the Dutch treats of Philipsburg: chocolate, cheese, delftware. On the French side linger over bouillabaisse, shop for Parisian perfumes.

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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