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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Topics in Family Medicine and Mass Casualty Disaster Management

<em>Celebrity Edge</em>
Celebrity Edge
7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise Conference
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

March 31 - April 07, 2019
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
14 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
2 Hours of Pharmacology for NPs
14.0 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

$895 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$695 for Physician Assistants
$695 for Nurse Practitioners
$495 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.

Sandra L. Argenio, MD

Sandra L. Argenio, MD
Department of Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Emeritus Staff Member
Faculty Physician and Consultant, Institute for Healthcare Excellence, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Member of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians Continuous Professional Development/ CME Committee 
Past President of the FAFP Dr. Sandra Argenio served as a Consultant in the Department of Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Florida and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Mayo Medical School. She joined Mayo Clinic in 1992 and continues as an Emeritus member of the Family Medicine Department.

Dr. Argenio has nurtured new generations of doctors, was instrumental in the development of the Family Medicine Residency at Mayo Clinic Florida and served as the program’s first residency director. She has trained and mentored over 150 family medicine residents.

Dr. Argenio served as the President of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians in 2005 and has been active on many committees of the FAFP and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

She has been active in CME program planning at Mayo Clinic and the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, conducting Maintenance of Certification Workshop sessions on multiple topics for over 1,100 participants at FAFP meetings.

Dr. Argenio had a leading role in establishing communication training at Mayo Clinic starting in 2005. She was Chair of the Mayo Clinic Florida Communication Faculty.

She developed coursework for faculty and trainees at Mayo Clinic, including Longitudinal Research in Academic Medicine, Family Medicine Residency, Scottsdale, Arizona; and Team Communication, Strengthening the Cornerstone of Teamwork at Mayo Clinic’s three campuses. She also served on the Florida Governor’s Physician Workforce Advisory Board.

Dr. Argenio was awarded the Exemplary Teacher Award by FAFP in 2000. She also received the Outstanding Florida Family Medicine Education Award by FAFP in 2000, and the Mayo Distinguished Educator Award in 2003. She was listed as one of Jacksonville’s Best Doctors by Jacksonville Magazine from 2000 to 2014. She has published on the topics of presence, reflective listening and communicating effectively with female patients.

In her current work, she has collaborated in designing curricula and delivering programs at multiple hospitals, hospice organizations, and veterans administration and military healthcare organizations.

Dr. Argenio is a graduate of Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Hahnemann Medical University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania in 1982. She resides in Ormond Beach, Florida, with her husband Tom Sperrazza and daughter Jessie.

Gidon Almogy, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Director, Department of Surgery B
Hadassah University Hospital
Jerusalem, Israel  Dr Gidon Almogy is the Director of the Department of Surgery B, and senior surgeon of Department of General Surgery of Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel. He did his Residency in General Surgery in Hadassah Medical Center, and a Fellowship in Foregut Surgery in Los Angeles, CA (USC). He is an Active member of Israeli Surgical Society.

Dr. Almogy's clinical and research experience in trauma care started in 2001 while he was a second year surgical resident at the Hadassah Medical Center and was first exposed to trauma surgery. Since then trauma surgery has become a major topic of his investigations and one of his chief subspecialties. 

Based on the unfortunate Israeli experiences, he was involved in the first introduction of the civilian protocol for the management of mass casualty incidents (MCI's) and showed a high success rate in saving life by fully utilizing the limited resources available in civilian hospitals. The importance of these studies has been demonstrated in real life. He was invited as an expert speaker and guest lecturer to a number of teaching courses and conferences around the world. 
Other topics of special interest:
  • Foregut surgery
  • Education in surgery and trauma

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Nurses, Nurse PractitionersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Cardiovascular Disease in Women
    • Recognize the differences in presentation and diagnosis of cardiovascular disease in men and women
    • Define risk factors, diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease in woment
    • Evaluate and manage cardiovascular disease in women
  2. Update in Type 2 Diabetes Management
    • Identify and utilize the current American Diabetes Association Guidelines for the management of Type 2 Diabetes
    • Demonstrate knowledge of medications used to manage Type 2 DM
    • Develop strategies to help patients of lifestyle guidelines for diabetes
  3. Travel Medicine: Staying Healthy on the Road and at Sea
    • Review recommendations for travel abroad
    • Describe CDC's recommendations for travelers
    • Demonstrate ability to use travel medicine resources such as the CDC site
    • Manage common illnesses associated with travel ( malaria, motion sickness, viral illnesses)
  4. Migraine Headaches: Management and Coping skills
    • Define common presentations and types of migraine headaches
    • Assess the risk factors and triggers for migraines
    • Describe and manage pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments for migraines
  5. Patient Experience: What do Patients Desire Most in their Physicians
    • Recognize qualities patients desire most in their physicians and healthcare providers
    • Determine the association between patient experience and excellent communication with safety and outcomes
    • Develop communication skills to improve patient experience
  6. The Difficult Patient Encounter: Successful Navigation
    • Describe factors that lead to difficult patient encounters.
    • Give personal examples of difficult patient encounters
    • Discover and utilize new skills to help manage difficult encounters and improve satisfaction and joy in the practice of medicine
  7. Keys to Building a Connected, Compassionate Team
    • Describe skills to evolve a culture of connection, compassion and safety
    • Enhance employee engagement and satisfaction
    • Learn skills to build team relationships
    • Create a culture of mutual respect, safety, and teamwork through communication
  8. Overview of Mass Casualty Incidents (MCI)
    • Determine the general factors relevant in a MCI, be familiar with the definition and goals of terrorism, and the most common types of mass casualty disasters
  9. Pre-Hospital MCI Management
    • Participants will be able to identify priorities (TRIAGE/SORT) of field and early hospital management, discuss the function and structure of pre-hospital triage and Incident Command.
  10. MCI Peacetime Preparation Principles of Mass Casualty Management
    • All resources needed to prepare the participants' organization for a mass casualty incident.
    • We will analyze together the gaps in equipment, personnel, and surge capacity in order to return to hospitals to update.
  11. The role of the medical director
    • Learn to act as a key person in MCI
  12. Radiology in MCI- US, CT, Angiography
    • Prepare your radiology team to work in MCI.
  13. Non-Conventional Disasters
    • Anticipated radiological, nuclear, chemical and biological scenarios will be described.
    • Best possible treatment plans will be explained.
    • This talk will familiarize the participant with the terms and concepts that are unique to the medical management of mass casualties, including triage, surge capacity, decontamination, and critical mortality
  14. Ethical Challenges, Dilemmas and PTSD
    • Assess methods for psycho-emotional support and care of disaster casualties, their families, and responders.
    • We will share with the participants our experiences and lessons learned as well as results from longitudinal research studies investigating medical teams in Israel
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 Mar 31 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 4:00 pm
Mon Apr 01 Key West, Florida
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Tue Apr 02 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Apr 03 Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Apr 04 Cozumel, Mexico
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Fri Apr 05 Georgetown, Grand Cayman
10:00 am 6:00 pm
Sat Apr 06 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Apr 07 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
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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.

Key West, Florida - A distinctly American town with the look and feel of the Caribbean, Key West unlocks myriad attractions. Ride the Conch Train to the famous sights: Ernest Hemingway's home, the Audubon House, and the "Little White House", where President Truman spent many a working vacation. Hop a catamaran to America's only living coral reef to snorkel with dolphins. Or climb into the open cockpit of a World War II biplane for an unforgettable aerial tour of the Keys.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

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!

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.

Georgetown, Grand Cayman - The premier attraction here is Seven Mile Beach...white as snow, soft as talc. Name your game and you'll find it here: Snorkeling, swimming, sailing, windsurfing over rippling waves, or gliding under them in a passenger submarine. Or perhaps shopping is your game. Duty-free bargains abound: crystal, perfume, jewelry fashioned of silver and prized pink coral.

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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