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Update on Indications, Interactions and Complications in the Use of Pharmaceuticals

<em>Norwegian Bliss</em>
Norwegian Bliss
7-Night Alaska Cruise
Round-trip Seattle, Washington

August 04 - 11, 2019
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
14.0 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

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

George E. MacKinnon III, PhD, MS, RPh

George E. MacKinnon III, PhD, MS, RPh
Founding Dean and Professor of the School of Pharmacy at the Medical College of Wisconsin. 

Dr. MacKinnon completed his pharmacy education at the University of Wisconsin Madison and completed two years post-graduate residency training at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics. He earned his PhD from Loyola University in Chicago.

Karen MacKinnon, BPharm, RPh

Karen MacKinnon, BPharm, RPh
Assistant Professor and Director of Professional Labs, School of Pharmacy at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Ms. MacKinnon received her pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison and completed her post-graduate training at Meriter Medical Center in Madison. She has practiced in institutional and community pharmacy practice.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Nurses, Nurse PractitionersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives

Drug Abuse and Misuse

  • Identify the dangers associated with the nonmedical use of prescription and OTC medications.
  • Devise ways to prevent medication abuse in your patients and drug diversion/mis-use within your practice.
  • Compare and contrast challenges with Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs and behind the counter status.
  • Discuss the use of marijuana (and its active ingredients) for various medicinal purposes.

Understanding Patient’s Approaches in Self-Care

  • Outline strategies for assessing and counseling patients on the use of OTC products in self-care.
  • Describe patient’s attitudes about monitoring devices and diagnostics for self-care.
  • Identify new personal health care technologies and the impact they may have on patient outcomes.

Optimizing Medication Adherence and Outcomes

  • Create strategies to promote medications adherence among all healthcare providers.
  • Describe the impact of poor adherence on clinical and economic outcomes for patient and stakeholders.
  • Associate the necessary points within the medication use system in which technology can be employed to reduce medical errors and enhance patient outcomes.

From Pharmacogenomics to Personalized Medicine

  • Distinguish the benefits and limitations of genetic testing and use in managing medications in specific patients.
  • Identify new personal health care technologies and the impact they may have on patient outcomes.
  • Evaluate various gene-drug (biomarker-drug) pairs with pharmacogenomic applications.

Comprehensive Medication Management Services

  • Recognize the importance of aligning incentives in a "pay for performance" model that includes all providers.
  • Outline the benefits of leveraging the prescription benefit to reduce downstream healthcare costs and outcomes.
  • Critique the rationale for collaborative models of care that deliver enhanced clinical, patient and economic outcomes.

Pharmaceutical Regulatory Update, Key Product Approvals, Guideline Updates

  • Describe the challenges associated with biosimilars and biologics and their interchangeability.
  • Critique the FDA's role in pharmaceutical approvals, post-marketing safety surveillance and balancing the impact on consumer demand.
  • Compare and contrast key recent drug approvals with those already used for specific conditions.
  • Discuss pertinent pharmacotherapy changes to clinical guidelines.

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 Aug 04 Seattle, Washington
- 3:30 pm
Mon Aug 05 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Aug 06 Juneau, Alaska
2:30 am 11:00 pm
Wed Aug 07 Skagway, Alaska
7:00 am 8:15 pm
Thu Aug 08 Glacier Bay
- -
Fri Aug 09 Ketchikan, Alaska
6:00 am 1:00 pm
Sat Aug 10 Victoria, British Columbia
7:03 am 11:59 pm
Sun Aug 11 Seattle, Washington
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Norwegian Cruise Line Bliss Map

Ports of Call

Seattle, Washington - The Emerald City of the Pacific Northwest. In Seattle, stroll the bustling waterfront, visit the Space Needle, sample a local microbrew, a glass of Washington wine and world-famous coffee.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Juneau, Alaska - In Alaska's capital, you can pan for gold at Gold Creek and taste salmon baked on an alderwood fire, mush sleddogs, flightsee the Juneau Ice Field, and walk right up to the Mendenhall Glacier at the park. This charming small city also hosts an excellent zipline course. And for the less adventurous, the Red Dog Saloon is near the dock.

Skagway, Alaska - A frontier town perfectly preserved as the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. Gateway to the Trail of '98, which you may explore by helicopter or vintage railcar.

Glacier Bay - If you didn't know any better, you'd think Glacier Bay ostentatious for the way it flaunts its ice.When a monumental chunk of ice splits off a glacier and thunders into the sea the impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air. You hold your breath as you catch the moment on film. Then you wait for it all to happen again. And it does: Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world.

Ketchikan, Alaska - Immerse yourself in Tlingit Indian culture as you view the world's largest collection of totem poles; kayak the colorful waterfront.

Victoria, British Columbia - Stroll through the charming downtown of this very British city, with its double-decker buses, turreted castles, fine British woolens, tea and china. Or, just outside the city, visit the lush flora and fauna of Butchart Gardens.

Non-US/Canadian individuals, please Click here to determine if you'll need a visa to board this cruise which visits Canada.

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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