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Current Topics in Emergency and Forensic Medicine

Royal Caribbean's <em>Allure of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas
7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise Conference
Round-trip Miami, Florida

March 24 - 31, 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
4 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.

Jason W. Wilson, MD, MA, FACEP

Jason W. Wilson, MD, MA, FACEP
Associate Facility Medical Director, Tampa General Hospital at TEAMHealth
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Core Faculty Member, Research Director
Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
Medical Director, Office of Clinical Research, Tampa General Hospital

Dr. Wilson is a board certified emergency medicine physician. He serves as at the Associate Facility Medical Director at Tampa General Hospital, a TEAMhealth location and a level 1 trauma center with an academic teaching program associated with the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida where he is an affiliate assistant professor and core faculty member. 

Dr. Wilson has presented at over 10 national conferences and has published numerous articles. He serves as the research director for the division of emergency medicine as well as the Medical Director for the Office of Clinical Research at Tampa General Hospital. His interests blood borne viruses and evolution of treatment strategies in HIV and HCV treatment in the ED, non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants as well as management of bleeding emergencies, atrial fibrillation and VTE as well as the operationalization of new research findings into hospital pathways and best practices.

In addition, Dr. Wilson is interested in primary care sports medicine and the treatment of common musculoskeletal complaints in the ED. He serves as a team emergency medicine physician with the NHL and NFL and covers NCAA events.

Judy Melinek, MD

Judy Melinek, MD
CEO, Pathology Expert, Inc.
New York Times Bestselling Author of "Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies and the Making of a Medical Examiner"
San Francisco, CA  Dr. Judy Melinek, a Board-Certified Forensic Pathologist works for the Alameda County Coroner's Office and is CEO of PathologyExpert Inc. She has testified over 100 times as an expert in forensic pathology in both civil and criminal cases. She is the coauthor with her husband, writer T.J. Mitchell, of "Working Stiff," the New York Times bestselling memoir of her training as a Medical Examiner in New York in 2001-2003. They are currently collaborating on a forensic detective fiction series. The first novel in the series, entitled "First Cut" will be published by Hanover Square Press in January 2020. 

Dr. Melinek grew up in New York City. She graduated magna cum laude with a major in Biology from Harvard University in 1991. She received her medical degree from UCLA Medical School in 1996 and went on to specialize in General Surgery. After 6 months of surgical training she returned to UCLA and switched specialties to pathology. She completed training in pathology in 2001, and during that time did research and published with the UCLA Liver Transplant team. Dr. Melinek trained in forensic pathology at the New York City Medical Examiner's Office from 2001-2003. After her training she held positions as an Assistant Medical Examiner, first in Santa Clara, then in San Francisco. Dr. Melinek currently works in Oakland.

Dr. Melinek also works as a consultant in civil and criminal cases. She has has been qualified as an expert witness in forensic pathology, neuropathology and wound interpretation. Because of her training in surgery, she has published and consulted on cases of medical malpractice and therapeutic complications. She trains doctors and attorneys on forensic pathology, proper death reporting and certification. She has been invited to lecture at professional conferences on the subjects of death certification, complications of therapy, forensic toxicology and in-custody deaths. She has also published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature on subjects of surgical complications, death following gastric bypass, forensic toxicology, opioid overdose deaths, immunology, neuropathology and transplant surgery. She is a regular columnist for Forensic Magazine and MedPage Today on topics that pertain to forensic medicine and death investigation. 

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Nurses, Nurse PractitionersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Death Certification: What Killed my Patient?
    • Upon completion of this lecture attendees should be able to read a medical history for a patient and correctly determine the most likely cause of death in order to properly inform public health entities (vital records and medical examiners/coroners).
  2. Natural Death: What Forensic Science can teach us
    • Upon completion of this lecture attendees should be able to summarize the signs and symptoms of common natural diseases that precede sudden death, and how to address potentially fatal complications to prevent a lethal outcome.
  3. Medical & Forensic Toxicology: How overmedication can injure or kill
    • Upon completion of this lecture attendees should be able to assess patients on multiple analgesic medications to recognize the risk factors that predispose them to accidental overdoses.
  4. Suicide: the silent killer. How to recognize the signs, intervene, and counsel families.
    • Upon completion of this lecture attendees should be able to identify the not-so- obvious signs of suicide, communicate effectively with medical examiners and coroners about their patients, and with families about their grief following a suicide.
  5. Pediatric Injury & Death: Recognizing abuse and keeping kids safe
    • Upon completion of this lecture attendees should be able to describe the household risks to children that can be addressed to prevent accidental deaths; and also be able to recognize injuries in children that are signs of neglect or abuse.
  6. Medical Malpractice: How to avoid being sued and testify effectively if you are
    • Upon completion of this lecture attendees should be able to describe the common complications of therapy that can lead to untimely death and how to talk to families when their error results in a death. They will also learn to testify effectively when deposed.
  7. Trauma: Recognizing potentially lethal traumatic injuries in private practice
    • Upon completion of this lecture attendees should be able to assess patients with apparently minor traumatic injuries and determine whether those injuries could be lethal.
  8. Sepsis Updates
    • Earn EBM supporting CMS Sep-1 Bundle and areas where data is still lacking to further guide therapy
  9. Updates on patient quality, experience, safety and satisfaction
    • Survey of the quality landscape including reviews of patient safety indicators and important hospital metrics
  10. Venous Thromboembolism
    • Diagnosis and treatment of VTE including DVT, SVT, and PE
  11. HIV
    • Review of HIV
    • Management of HIV
    • Linkage to care and treatment strategies in patients with HIV
  12. HCV
    • Extra hepatic manifestations of HCV
    • Linkage to care and treatment strategies in patients with HIV and HCV
  13. Bleed Management
    • Review of non-traumatic and traumatic bleed management
    • Consideration of bleeding on anticoagulant medications
  14. Management of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and other atraumatic GU pathology
    • Review of CDC guidelines for STI management
    • Review of common STIs
    • Review of other atraumatic GU emergencies
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 24 Miami, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Mon Mar 25 *At Sea - Cruising
12:00 am 12:00 am
Tue Mar 26 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Mar 27 Philipsburg, St. Maarten
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Mar 28 San Juan, Puerto Rico
7:00 am 2:00 pm
Fri Mar 29 Labadee, Haiti
9:30 am 6:00 pm
Sat Mar 30 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Mar 31 Miami, Florida
6:15 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Map

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 Everglades‐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

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.

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.  

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.

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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