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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Communication for Healthcare Providers and the Oncology Care Continuum for PCPs

7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise Conference
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
September 01 - 08, 2018
Royal Caribbean's <em>Harmony of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas
14 CE Credits for Psychologists
14 ASWB ACE Credits
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
14.0 Contact Hours
Course Fees

Target Audience
Nurses, Nurse PractitionersNurses, Nurse Practitioners Psychologists, Social WorkersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
Communications For Healthcare Providers
The purpose is to provide an update on the oncology care continuum and new strategies for communication, teamwork and work-life balance for practitioners.

Caring for the Caregiver- Work-life Balance
  • Using a self-awareness worksheet- including professional goals, values and priorities- identify concerns and steps to strengthen and sustain worklife balance.
  • Select appropriate directive, consultative, democratic and consensus approaches to decisions in order to achieve desired outcome.
  • Understand guidelines for assessing professional training, experience and readiness for assuming various responsibilities and develop an individualized process for appropriate delegation.
Resolving Misunderstandings
  • Utilize an approach for clarifying and resolving misunderstandings early on.
Best Practices in Healthcare Communication
  • Using the narrative small group process, share and adapt useful best practices in staff communication.
Productive Meetings
  • Identify meeting purposes- problem solving, decision making, informational, planning or a combination- and facilitate agenda items to achieve desired results.
Influencing Colleagues
  • Understand and apply strategies for generating cooperation and buy-in.
Advocacy and Inquiry
  • Utilize specific language to communicate the case for change.
Crafting your plan
  • Develop a follow-up plan in relation to communication strategies and professional renewal that fits your situation and priorities.

The Oncology Care Continuum for Primary Care Providers
Oncology Prevention and Screening: Develop communication skills and methods to:
  • Decrease cancer rates by over 30% through healthy lifestyle choices
  • Recognize the rewards and controversies of individual cancer screening tests
Diagnosis: Foster effective approaches at communicating unexpected news
  • Through preparation and recognizing that emerging emotions are data, learn to offer yourself as a guide, not just a fixer.
Treatment: Understand recent game-changing advances in cancer immunotherapies
  • Provide the non-oncologist with mechanisms, toxicities and results of new era therapies
  • Describe how tumors escape control and the results of PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor therapy
  • Identify specific tumor proteins which can be blocked by molecularly targeted therapies
Survivorship: Meet the needs of those cured of cancer and those with cancer as a chronic condition
  • Transition back to the primary care team after targeted and immunotherapies
  • Utilize cancer specific follow-up guidelines and care plans
  • Support individuals who are adjusting to this new normal
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.
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.

Christopher M. Bland, Pharm.D., FCCP, FIDSA, BCPS

Christopher M. Bland, Pharm.D., FCCP, FIDSA, BCPS
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Georgia College of Pharmacy Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy; Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System, Savannah, Georgia. Dr. Bland has an affiliation with Merck Pharmaceuticals, Biomerieux Diagnostics, and La Jolla Pharmaceuticals.

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.

Cruise Itinerary

Sat Sep 01 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 4:00 pm
Sun Sep 02 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Sep 03 Labadee, Haiti
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Tue Sep 04 Falmouth, Jamaica
10:30 am 7:00 pm
Wed Sep 05 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Thu Sep 06 Cozumel, Mexico
8:00 am 7:00 pm
Fri Sep 07 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Sep 08 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
6:15 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas Map

Ports of Call

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - There is an 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

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.

Falmouth, Jamaica - Step off the ship and step back in time. You might not think so at first glance but little Falmouth was an economic and shipping powerhouse and center for dramatic social change during the English Colonial Period. Founded and named Martha Brae Point in 1769 by local English planter, Thomas Reid, Falmouth became the transshipment hub for the sugar plantations covering the hills of the North Coast of Jamaica. Edward Barrett, a wealthy English planter, strongly influenced the early development of Falmouth. From the wharfs of Falmouth, sugar, molasses, rum and coffee were sent to England while ships carrying African slaves and all the necessities of 18th century colonial life dropped anchor in the bustling port town. You'll return with sun kissed skin, timeless memories as well as interesting historical tidbits to share with friends, like this one: Falmouth received piped water before New York City.

Cozumel, Mexico - The Conquistadors first saw Mexico from the shores of Cozumel while searching for gold. Today, visitors to the island continue to seek out gold and silver jewelry in the shops of San Miguel while having a great time in its many local bars and restaurants. Plus, the waters around Cozumel's sheltered coral reefs make this one of the best snorkeling areas in the world.

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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