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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Family Medicine, Travel Medicine, and Cannabinoid Medicine

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

December 28 - January 04, 2020
16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
16 ACPE Credits
6 Hours of Pharmacology for NPs
16.0 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

$995 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$750 for Physician Assistants
$750 for Nurse Practitioners
$595 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.

David Weiland, Jr., MD

David Weiland, Jr., MD

Dr. David Weiland is currently the Medical Director with LifePath Hospice, an affiliate of Chapters Health System. He has significant administrative and quality experience as Chief Medical Officer at HCA/Largo Medical Center for 5 years. He also served as the VPMA of Bayfront Medical Center for four years where he also acted as the Director of Medical Education with oversight of two ACGME-accredited residencies. Prior to his work at Bayfront, Dr. Weiland was Medical Director of Suncoast Hospice, where he oversaw quality, community outreach and developed inpatient hospice units and hospital-based palliative care teams. In addition, Dr. Weiland has served as Family Practice Faculty for the University of South Florida. He was board certified in Internal Medicine as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Weiland has served on numerous community boards including current Chairman of the Pinellas EMS Advisory Committee and the Pinellas County Commission Pill Mill Task Force dealing with illicit pain medication prescribing. He was the past president of the Pinellas County Medical Association and continues to take an active role in PCMA and FMA activities.

He lectures and presents clinical presentations nationally for the AAFP, including a diverse array of palliative and primary care topics including The Healing Power of Humor, Medical Ethics, Depression, Alzheimer's Disease, Palliative Pain Management, Quality and Patient safety issues as well as conducts workshops on patient-centered communication to enhance the patient care experience.

Marni Brooks, BSc, MSW, MD, CCFP, FCFP

Marni Brooks, BSc, MSW, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Staff Physician, New York General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Chair, Ontario Medical Association Medical Interest Group in Cannabinoid Medicine  Dr. Marni Brooks began her education at McGill university where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in psychology and focused her thesis in the area of pediatric pain. She was then sponsored by a physician in Sydney, Australia to assist in his pediatric pain research. 

Upon her return to Canada, she completed a Master of Social Work degree where she spent years of training studying women's health and addiction as field placements. Her interest in addiction continued after she completed her medical degree and family medicine residency at the University of Toronto. 

She is now a Fellow in Family Medicine and, until now, has explored working in the areas of family medicine, sleep medicine, addiction medicine and cannabinoid medicine. Dr. Brooks also sat on the OMA Executive of the Section on Addiction Medicine for nearly a decade where she assisted with negotiations with the Ministry of Health on behalf of the members in her section. Most recently, she founded and is the Chair of the OMA Medical Interest Group in Cannabinoid Medicine, the first such group in the country.

Dr. Brooks currently focuses her work in Cannabinoid Medicine, her two main interests. She hopes to help educate her peers, the community and patients, as well as advocate for them, on the benefits of cannabis for a variety of health conditions, either as sole therapy or in conjunction with other treatments. Other experiences in Cannabinoid Medicine include speaking on the Northwinds panel for insurance providers and acting as an expert witness on the safety and medical uses of cannabis in a sentencing hearing.

Kevin D. Dieckhaus, MD, FIDSA

Kevin D. Dieckhaus, MD, FIDSA
Associate Professor of Medicine Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases Director of Global Health & International Studies University of Connecticut School of Medicine Farmington, CT
  Kevin D. Dieckhaus, MD is Associate Professor of Medicine, the Director of Global Health and International Studies, and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UConn School of Medicine. 

Dr. Dieckhaus completed his Medical Schooling at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Internal Medicine training at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of Connecticut. He is the clinical lead physician for the Infectious Diseases clinical services at UConn Health, and is the director of International Travel Medicine and Immunization Services at UConn Health Center, a program that provides pre-trip counseling, preventative interventions for over 1500 travelers per year.

He is the primary grantee for the University of Connecticut's Ryan White AIDS support services and New England AIDS Education and Training Center. He is a member of the global health clinical competency subcommittee of the Consortium of Universities in Global Health. 

Dr. Dieckhaus has developed linkages with numerous international partners to promote medical trainee learning in immersive cross-cultural settings. He is the medical director for the Clare Nsenga Foundation, a 501-c3 charitable organization that operates a rural medical clinic and associated public health‐related outreach programs in Kisoro, Uganda, where numerous medical trainees have participated in clinical medicine, public health programs, and community/global health research in Kisoro.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
The Purpose of these lectures are to provide evidence based approaches to improve patient care & outcomes.

The participants will:
  • Identify the multi-modal pain control to enhance improved outcomes in the age of the Opium Crisis
  • Describe techniques to Improve Clinician Communication Across the Care Continuum
  • Explore anxiety related depression, dementia & treatment options with the aging population.
  • Evaluate importance of early interventions outcomes Sepsis 2019 Updates
  • Review biomedical case studies & how to apply them in real world situations
  • Discuss the role of Palliative Care to improve pt sense of well being & quality of life
  • Identify signs of Compassion Fatigue & develop a resiliency plan

  1. Overview of a Travel Medical Service
    • Describe trends in international travel
    • Identify resources available for the travel medicine clinician
    • List the components of a core travel medicine evaluation
    • Describe the role of "routine" vaccination in travelers
  2. Vector-borne illness
    • Identify travel activities that are associated with exposure to vector-borne illnesses
    • Formulate strategies for prevention of mosquito and tick-borne infectious diseases
    • Describe international regulations for Yellow Fever vaccination
  3. Food and Water-borne illness
    • Identify patients at risk of food and water-borne illness
    • Formulate strategies for the prevention of food and water-borne illnesses including
      • Vaccination strategies
      • Behavioral interventions, and
      • Use of medications and antibiotic therapy
  4. The Traveler with Pre-Existing Medical Conditions
    • Identify how international travel may exacerbate or confer added risk to patients with underlying co-morbidities
    • Develop strategies for minimizing travel related illness in patients with medical co-morbidities
  5. Travel-Related Environmental Exposures
    • Identify environments that confer increased risk of travel-related morbidity
    • Formulate behavioral strategies for mitigating risk related to environmental exposures
    • Describe appropriate vaccination and medication prescribing to minimize risk related to environmental exposures
  6. Travel-Related Activities
    • Identify patient activities that are likely to lead to travel-related illness
    • Describe appropriate strategies for minimizing risk related to patient activities and behaviors while traveling
  7. The sick returned traveler
    • Recognize the most common travel-associated conditions to present after returning from international travel
    • Describe the assessment of the patient returning from travel with:
      • Fever
      • Skin rash, and
      • Diarrheal syndromes
    • Identify patients at risk of epidemiologically important illnesses including MERS and Avian Influenza
  8. Pain Management in the Age of Diversion
    • Identify the opioid crisis & multi -modal pain control to enhance improved outcomes
  9. Updates in Palliative Care 2019
    • Discuss the role of Palliative Care to improve team performance & quality of life
  10. Sepsis Prevention Strategies
    • Evaluate early interventions with Sepsis 2019 Updates
  11. Exploring the Relationship of Depression & Dementia
    • Explore anxiety related depression, dementia & treatment options with the aging population.
  12. Improving Clinician Communication Across the Continuum
    • Describe techniques to decrease the communication breakdowns between & in healthcare settings & EMR systems.
  13. Case Studies in Biomedical Ethics
    • Analyze biomedical case studies & how to apply them in real world situations
  14. Compassion Fatigue & Resiliency Strategies
    • Identify signs of Compassion Fatigue & develop a resiliency plan
  15. Medical Cannabis: Clinical Considerations
    • Review of the endocannabinoid systemt and how the medical cannabis system has evolved
    • Recognize when medical cannabis is appropriate as a therapeutic option.
  16. How to Authorize Medical Cannabis and Case Studies
    • Understand how to authorize/prescribe medical cannabis and apply the knowledge gained to real cases.
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

Sat Dec 28 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 3:30 pm
Sun Dec 29 Key West, Florida
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Mon Dec 30 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Dec 31 Costa Maya, Mexico
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed Jan 01 Cozumel, Mexico
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Thu Jan 02 Georgetown, Grand Cayman
10:00 am 6:00 pm
Fri Jan 03 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Jan 04 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Celebrity Silhouette 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.

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

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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