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Sports Medicine, Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, Telemedicine, and Electronic Medical Records

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

June 01 - 08, 2019
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
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.

Jay Portnoy, MD

Jay Portnoy, MD
Allergist in the Division of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Medical Director, Telemedicine, Dept of Medical Informatics and Telemedicine
Professor of Pediatrics, UMKC School of Medicine
Children's Mercy- Kansas City

Dr. Jay Portnoy is an allergist in the Division of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and he is the Medical Director of Telemedicine at Children's Mercy-Kansas City and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He received his medical degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and he did his pediatric residency at the Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and his Allergy fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Following that he returned to Children's Mercy Hospital.

Dr. Portnoy has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals involving asthma disease management, environmental control and mold allergy. More recently he has been involved in use of Telemedicine to deliver patient care and in evidence-based medicine. He founded the UMKC School of Medicine allergy program and directed it from 1997-2006.

Dr. Portnoy served as President of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology in 2008 and he currently serves on numerous committees both of the American College and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. He also is Chair of MOC for the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and he serves on the FDA advisory panel for allergenic extracts.

Dr. Portnoy lives in Overland Park Kansas with his wife and 2 cats. Fortunately, neither are cat-allergic

Carlos R. Rodriguez, MD, FAAFP, CAQSM

Carlos R. Rodriguez, MD, FAAFP, CAQSM
Director Sports Medicine Fellowship
 Bayfront Health Saint Petersburg, Florida
Assistant Director Family Medicine Residency Program
Bayfront Health Saint Petersburg, Florida
Assistant Medical Director AllSports Medicine Program
Johns Hopkins  All Children’s Hospital
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Affiliate Assistant Professor Department of Family Medicine
University of South Florida Morsani School of Medicine
Tampa, Florida Carlos Rodriguez is the Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship and Assistant Director to the Family Residency Program at Bayfront Health Saint Petersburg. He is also Assistant Medical Director of the sports medicine program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.   He received his BA in Biology from Harvard University in 1989. He completed his medical degree at the Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, IL in 1993.  Following medical school Dr Rodriguez completed a General Surgery Internship at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. He then joined the United States Navy where he served as General Medical Officer from 1994 to 1997. After completing his active duty commitment he remained in the United States Naval Reserve until 2002 when he was Honorably Discharged.

Dr.  Rodriguez completed his Family Medicine Residency Program at The Medical Center of Central Georgia/Mercer University School of Medicine in 2001 where he served as Chief Resident during his final year and received the Resident Teacher Award.  He then proceeded to complete a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Bayfront Medical Center. After finishing the fellowship program Dr Rodriguez remained in the Tampa Bay area in private practice and later joined Community Health Centers of Pinellas where he served as Director of the Family Medicine Department.

He has served as a team physician and provided medical coverage for many of our local sports. These activities include the Tampa Bay Rays, Eckerd College and University of South Florida sports, St. Anthony’s Triathlon, Saint Petersburg Parrots (Hockey), Seminole High School, Indian Rocks Christian School, Saint Petersburg Pelicans (Rugby) and the Tampa Bay Storm. He also covers local club sports for the Chargers Soccer Club and the Tampa Bay Jr. Lightning League. He is the medical director of the Sprint Tri-Athlon series in Saint Petersburg. He is also a licensed professional ringside physician and provides medical coverage for professional boxing and mixed martial arts in Florida.

Dr. Rodriguez has published sports medicine articles in FP Essentials, Florida Family Physician and ACSMs Health and Fitness Journals. He is an editorial member of the AAFPs FP Essentials. He is also in the faculty for University at Sea providing sports medicine CME courses.

Dr. Rodriguez is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a member of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, the Pinellas County Medical Association, and the Association of Ringside Physicians.

Dr. Rodriguez is married and has three children. His oldest daughter attends Florida State University. He enjoys playing basketball and tennis but loves to spend his spare time watching his children participate in sports.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Nurses, Nurse PractitionersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Telemedicine and allergy
    • Describe different types of telemedicine
    • Select digital equipment for examining patients via telemedicine
  2. Immunodeficiency
    • Identify risk factors for primary immunodeficiency (PID)
    • Order and interpret tests for PID
  3. Environment including toxic mold
    • Obtain a relevant environmental history and use it to advise patients how to reduce their exposure to allergens that are contributing to their illness.
  4. Asthma
    • Diagnose asthma severity, prescribe appropriate treatment and develop an asthma action plan.
    • Attendees will also be able to diagnose vocal cord dysfunction as part of the differential of asthma and prescribe appropriate management.
  5. Food allergy
    • Properly diagnose food allergy using appropriate tests
  6. Allergic Rhinitis and Allergy Shots
    • Identify the underlying causes of patients with rhinitis and prescribe appropriate medical management including nasal sprays.
  7. Electronic Medical Records
    • Comply with meaningful use requirements Use EMRs effectively for documentation
  8. New recommendations for concussion evaluation and treatment
    • Describe current recommendations regarding concussion management
    • Determine and develop appropriate return to play guidelines
  9. Sudden cardiac death: Recognizing cardiac conditions in the young athlete
    • Recognize ECG changes associated with sudden cardiac death
    • Recognize and identify athletes at high risk for sudden cardiac death
  10. Running injuries of the lower extremity
    • Discuss risks factors, signs and symptoms associated with running injuries of the lower extremity
    • Implement appropriate treatments plans for these injuries
  11. Sports Dermatology and Infectious Diseases
    • After attending this activity, the participants will be able to recognize, treat and provide sports clearance for athletes presenting with common dermatological conditions
    • Participants will be able to diagnose, treat and provide sports clearance for athletes presenting with infectious mononucleosis.
    • Participants will be able to interpret hepatitis panels and provide sports restriction and guidance to athletes according to their hepatitis panel results.
    • Identify and discuss the recommendations and current controversies regarding sports participation for athletes with HIV.
  12. The pre-participation physical examination current guidelines and controversies
    • Discuss the primary and secondary purposes of the Pre-participation Physical Examination (PPE)
    • Understand the cardiovascular requirements of the PPE
    • Identify causes that may prevent an athlete from clearance during the initial PPE
    • Discuss current controversies surrounding the performance of the PPE in its current form
  13. Performance enhancing substances and supplements use in sports
    • Identify current supplements and performance enhancing drugs currently used in sports
    • Develop strategies to address the use of performance enhancing drugs in athletes and discuss their harms
  14. Joint injections
    • Understand indications,risks, and contraindications of joint injections.
    • Recognize and understand the use of different types of medications and approaches used in joint injections
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 Jun 01 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 3:30 pm
Sun Jun 02 Key West, Florida
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Mon Jun 03 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Jun 04 Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed Jun 05 Cozumel, Mexico
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Thu Jun 06 Georgetown, Grand Cayman
10:00 am 6:00 pm
Fri Jun 07 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Jun 08 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

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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