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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Topics in Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology

7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise Conference
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
October 07 - 14, 2018
Royal Caribbean's <em>Allure of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
14.0 MOC (Part II) points in the American Board of Pediatrics' (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
14.0 Contact Hours
Course Fees

Target Audience
Nurses, Nurse PractitionersNurses, Nurse PractitionersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, PharmacistsPediatricians
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Early Peanut Introduction: Translation to Clinical Practice
    • Apply updated peanut introduction guidelines in counseling families with infants
  2. Childhood Hypertension
    • Demonstrate an office strategy to accurately measure BP and diagnose hypertension
  3. Lipid Disorders in Children
    • Define the types of dyslipidemia in children
  4. Update on Meningococcal Disease in Adolescents
    • Ascertain a practice approach to current ACIP Men B recommendations
  5. Approach to Children & Adolescents with Gender Dysphoria
    • Define & describe gender dysphorias
  6. Quality Improvement in Pediatric Practice
    • Utilize a quality improvement approach to implementing change and assessing results
  7. Approach to Transitioning Adolescents and Young Adults
    • Define a plan to help families transition their adolescents from pediatric to adult practice
  8. Chronic abdominal pain in children: A pediatric headache
    • Determine the most practical approach to addressing recurrent abdominal pain in children
  9. Inflammatory bowel disease in children: Not just little adults
    • Be able to discuss the various presentations of IBD beyond the gastrointestinal tract
  10. Liver issues?: When to look for it, how to diagnose it, and what happens then
    • Be able to describe the approach to a patient with elevated liver enzymes
  11. Gastrointestinal foreign bodies
    • Be able to apply the correct evaluation approach to patients with suspected foreign bodies.
  12. Common gastrointestinal problems from diarrhea to constipation
    • Be able to explain the pathophysiology of common gastrointestinal problems thus helping with appropriate treatment approaches.
  13. Gastroesophageal reflux and when or if to treat
    • Be able to analyze the correct approach to pediatric patients with possible gastroesophageal reflux.
  14. Celiac disease: from diagnosis to treatment
    • Be able to discuss possible future approaches to the treatment to celiac disease through medications.
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.

Vera Hupertz, MD

Executive Vice Chair Pediatrics
Vice Chair of Pediatrics, Quality and Patient Safety
Medical Director Transplant Hepatology
Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Institute Dr. Hupertz was a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY (1974-1978) and received her BS in Biology. She attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY and graduated in 1982 with MD. Internship and residency was completed at Rainbow Babies & Children's (RB&C) Hospital, Cleveland, OH by 1985 and Pediatric Gi and Hepatology fellowship by 1988. She maintains 3 board certifications which include: Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology, and Pediatric Transplant Hepatology. 

Vera stayed on as Staff Physician at Rainbow Babies and Hospital and achieved the level of Associate Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. She was made Medical Director of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Team, and was co-director of the Residency Training Program at RB&C. In addition to the above, I developed a residency curriculum for Chronic Care to be used at Health Hill Hospital (now Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation). 

She became a staff physician at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in July of 2000 and currently has a joint appointment with the Department of Transplant Surgery. She is Medical Director of Pediatric Liver Transplantation. She is Vice Chair of Quality Improvement for the Children's Hospital and Pediatric Institute at Cleveland Clinic. Current interests are liver disease (especially neonatal disease) and liver transplantation, as well as inflammatory bowel diseases

David Alan Burke, DO, FAAP

David Alan Burke, DO, FAAP
Clinical Faculty, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH Dr. Burke graduated from Ohio University with Bachelor of Science in 1992, went to Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and attended Cleveland Clinic Foundation for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Residency.

He currently works at Cleveland Clinic Children’s and Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Integrative Medicine.

He enjoys hiking, running, camping and medical missions trips. He is married to Jennifer, who is studying to be a lifestyle coach. They have a 12 year old son.

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

Sun Oct 07 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Mon Oct 08 Nassau, Bahamas
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Tue Oct 09 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Oct 10 Cozumel, Mexico
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Oct 11 Roatan, Honduras
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Fri Oct 12 Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Sat Oct 13 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Oct 14 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
6:15 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas

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.

Nassau, Bahamas - The captivating capital of the 700 Bahamian islands. Attractions include forts to explore, coral reefs to snorkel and a fascinating straw market to shop

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

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.

Roatan, Honduras - Roatan Island, Honduras is an adventure traveler's vacation paradise with its blue skies, clear turquoise water and year-round moderate climate. Go scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming with the dolphins or, ashore, take a canopy tour, ride horses, explore tropical scenery, shop for island crafts, walk the beach and view butterfly and floral gardens.

Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico - Exploring the dense tropical vegetation and wide sandy bays of the Costa Maya, it's easy to imagine the days when sacrifice and slavery, rite and ritual were rampant in the Mayan culture. Even today, the countless ruins of temple walls, stairs and secret pathways exude magic and mystery. And when your archaeology lesson is complete, glorious stretches of coral sand may inspire you to build your own empire-of sand castles, of course!

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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