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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Primary Care and Women's Health

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Holidays Cruise Conference
Round-trip Miami, Florida
December 22 - 29, 2019
Royal Caribbean's <em>Oasis of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
7 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
10 Hours of Pharmacology for NPs
14.0 Contact Hours
Course Fees

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
Topics:
  1. Osteoporosis 101
    • Evaluate the bone density test and offer treatments accordingly
  2. Osteoporosis 101 Rx
    • Identify the side effects of medications and how we choose them
  3. Breast imaging - which one do I need to order ?
    • Choose wisely the modality that is needed to best address screening and diagnostic breast imaging
  4. The obesity epidemic - I can not seem to lose weight
    • Discuss weight loss medications and indications for Bariatric surgery
  5. Hot flashes, mood swings and aging skin? can you prescribe estrogen for me ?
    • Will analyze the WHI study and the risks associated with prescribing HRT vs. other alternatives
  6. Physician burnout -and primary care
    • Take better care of them and their colleagues
  7. Memory loss - real or not?
    • Offer a DD to the patient and family
  8. Health Promotion: Encouraging a Healthy Body, Mind, and Spirit
    • Assess the patient’s current state of physical, psychological, and spiritual health
    • Analyze the patient’s current dietary and exercise practices
    • Discuss an individualized health-promotion strategy for the patient.
  9. “Oh, My Aching Head”: Managing Migraine, Tension, and Cluster Headaches
    • Explain the classification of headaches
    • Discuss the appropriate use of brain imaging in evaluating patients with headache
    • Describe the appropriate use of abortive and preventive medications in the treatment of migrane
  10. “What Goes Up Must Come Down!”: Diagnosis and Management of Hypertension
    • Describe the appropriate measurement and classification of hypertension
    • Discuss the laboratory testing and imaging needed to diagnose common causes of secondary hypertension
    • Describe the major classes of anti-hypertensive treatment and discuss the type of  patient likely to benefit from each class of medication.
  11. "Get Me Out of Here!": Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia in the Primary Care Setting
    • Elicit and assess symptoms of panic disorder and agoraphobia
    • Apply appropriate lifestyle modification and stress management skills, including muscle relaxation, breathing control, thought-stopping, and cognitive restructuring
  12. Somatoform Disorders: Illness as a Way of Life
    • Recognize the key symptoms, signs, and clinical presentation of somatizing patients
    • Define the concept of “alexithymia” (the inability of some patients to express emotion in verbal terms)
    • Develop an effective management strategy for somatizing patients.
  13. Enhancing Clinician-Patient Communication: Becoming a Healer
    • Distinguish the technical, biomedical aspects of clinician’s role from the personal and psychosocial aspects of care
    • Describe specific attitudes and values needed to create a healing environment with patients
    • Apply techniques for establishing and maintaining rapport with patients and enhancing clinician-patient communication.
  14. The Faith Factor: Practicing Spiritually- Sensitive Care
    • Elicit a spiritual history in an ethically-appropriate manner
    • Analyze the physiologic, psychological, social, and lifestyle effects of religious beliefs upon health outcomes
    • Describe the spectrum of possible interventions available for addressing patients’ spiritual needs.
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.
Faculty

Dale A. Matthews, MD, FACP

Dale A. Matthews, MD, FACP
Dr. Matthews practices general internal medicine in Reston, Virginia with Executive Healthcare Services. He conducts research and lectures nationally and internationally on the doctor-patient relationship and the psychological and spiritual dimensions of medicine, including the role of faith, religion, and prayer in clinical care and healing. He has served in the Departments of Medicine at three medical schools (Yale University, University of Connecticut, and Georgetown University) and has lectured at over 30 medical schools in the United States. He also teaches continuing medical education courses for the Continuing Medical Education, Inc. University at Sea program. He is the author of The Faith Factor: Proof of the Healing Power of Prayer (Viking, 1998).

Dr. Matthews is a cum laude graduate of Princeton University (AB, 1976), at which he majored in Romance Languages and Literatures with a special concentration in European Civilization. He was graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in 1980, and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Connecticut in Farmington in 1983. In the same year, he was named as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at Yale University School of Medicine. At Yale, he studied clinical epidemiology and began his research career by examining patients' perceptions of physician performance in the hospital and outpatient setting.

He joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, CT in 1985 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. He was a co-founder of the Connecticut Chronic Fatigue Study, one of the first major longitudinal studies of this perplexing condition. In 1989, he was named the George Morris Piersol Teaching and Research Scholar of the American College of Physicians.

In 1991, he accepted a position as Chief of Internal Medicine at the Minirth-Meier and Byrd Clinic in Arlington, VA. This position offered him an opportunity to integrate his religious faith with his skills in internal medicine and psychiatry and to develop his research interest in the spiritual aspects of medicine.

In 1993, he joined the faculty of Georgetown University School of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine, where he continued to expand his clinical, teaching, and research interests. In the same year, he was named as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. In 1997, he received an Exemplary Paper in Humility Theology Award from the John Templeton Foundation. From 1999 to 2012, he practiced general internal medicine in Washington, DC.

In 2012, he moved his medical practice to McLean, Virginia and joined the Primary Care division of the Virginia Hospital Center Physician Group. He has received the Vitals Patients’ Choice Awards yearly from 2008-14 and Most Compassionate Doctor.

recognition from 2012-4. He has been named a Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctor yearly from 2011-13.

Dr. Matthews is also the author of a four-volume research work (The Faith Factor: An Annotated Bibliography of Clinical Research on Spiritual Subjects), three documentaries (Body, Mind, and Spirit, Shall We Pray?, and Healing Hands), a annotated, videotaped lecture on religion and medicine (The Faith Factor: Is Religion Good for Your Health?), a teaching videotape on the doctor-patient relationship (Bedside Manners), and over 65 peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, and other publications.

He has been a member of several national advisory boards and committees, including the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Humility Theology Information Center of the John Templeton Foundation, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-Primary Care Version of the American Psychiatric Association, and the Bayer Institute on Health Care Communication. He was the director of the Physical Health Panel for the Scientific Progress in Spiritual Research project of the National Institute for Healthcare Research.. He has served on review boards for over a dozen professional journals and was the founding editor of Faith and Medicine Connection. He is a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Society and the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Matthews has been featured in numerous national newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Washington Post Magazine, USA Today Weekend, Hartford Courant Sunday Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek, Reader's Digest, Prevention, Guideposts, Good Housekeeping, McCall’s, and Christianity Today. He has appeared on many national television and radio programs, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Fox Evening News, CNN Early Prime Time, 700 Club, One-on-One with John MacLaughlin, and National Public Radio (The Diane Rehm Show and All Things Considered).
He lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife, Demetra, a certified public accountant. He has two adult children: Karen Goodman (married to Robert Goodman), and Louis Matthews (married to Michelle Matthews) and two grandchildren (Sophia Goodman and James Matthews). He enjoys family and church activities, Bible study and teaching, golf, baseball, piano, songwriting, singing, ballroom dancing, travel, and photography.

Khelda Jabbar, MD, MPH, CPE, CCD

Khelda Jabbar, MD, MPH, CPE, CCD
Chief Medical Officer
Charles River Community Health
Brighton, MA Dr. Jabbar joined Charles River Community Health in July 2020 as the Chief Medical Officer/ Certified Physician Executive where she oversees several of the clinical departments including primary care, nursing, behavioral health, women’s health and eye care.

Prior to joining Charles River, Dr. Jabbar was the Chief of the Internal Medicine Department at South Shore Medical Center/ South Shore Health System. In addition to that role she led the development of the bone health program and the accreditation of the program with the International Society of Clinical Densitometry.

She was an assistant clinical professor at Boston University for 6 years and developed primary care tracks for women’s health within Boston Medical Center and served as the interim medical director for the Women’s Health Group.

Professionally she has formal training in preventive medicine and family medicine, a women’s health fellowship and a master’s in public health and is a certified clinical bone densitometrist.

In addition to her leadership roles she remains a practicing physician with a focus on improving access to patients while delivering quality care.

Outside of work, she spends her time in antique stores and in horseback riding barns.

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

DATE PORT OF CALL ARRIVE DEPART
Sun Dec 22 Miami, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Sat Dec 28 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Dec 27 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Thu Dec 26 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Dec 25 San Juan, Puerto Rico
1:00 pm 11:00 pm
Tue Dec 24 Labadee, Haiti
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Mon Dec 23 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Dec 29 Miami, Florida
6:00 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

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. - Named after a Danish Queen, Charlotte Amalie has one of the most breathtaking deepwater harbors in the world. The key sights of Charlotte Amalie are located within the town centre, making it easy to combine sightseeing with St. Thomas’ fantastic shopping opportunities. Eighteenth century architecture provides the perfect backdrop for walking tours and shopping here in the "Duty Free Capital of the World." For a dose of history, visit Emancipation Park, the American-Caribbean History Museum, or Bluebeard the pirate's castle at Magen’s Bay. If tropical bliss is what you're after, head to any of Charlotte Amalie’s pristine beaches, where the warm water, white sands and palm trees will lull you into deep relaxation!

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.
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