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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Primary Care Overview 2019

Holland America's <em> Nieuw Statendam</em>
Holland America's Nieuw Statendam
7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise Conference
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

March 31 - April 07, 2019
1.5 CEU
15.0 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Dentists
*Discounted Advanced Registration - $895
Regular Registration - $945
Physician Assistants, Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners
*Discounted Advanced Registration - $695
Regular Fee - $745

Nurses, Residents, Students
*Discounted Advanced Registration - $495
Regular Fee - $545

*Discounted Advanced Registration Deadline: December 5, 2018

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.

Christopher M. Bland, Pharm.D., FCCP, FIDSA, BCPS

Clinical Associate Professor
University of Georgia College of Pharmacy
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
St. Joseph's/Candler Health System
Savannah, Georgia.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners
Program Purpose / Objectives
Session 1: Monday, April 1, 2019, 7:45 AM Check In/Registration, 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM Educational Program (5 hrs)
  • Infectious Disease/ Antibiotic Stewardship/New Antibiotics/ perhaps UTI/ Related Case Studies
At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

New Antimicrobial Update: Has help truly arrived?
  1. Review various new antimicrobials that have been FDA-approved.
  2. Discuss pros and cons of these agents.
  3. Evaluate these agents critically for use in clinical practice.
  4. Compare the possible role of these agents through cases.

  5. Difficult Cases in Infectious Diseases: Are you up for the challenge?
  6. Differentiate pharmacotherapy options for complicated infections.
  7. Develop a plan to manage these infections.
  8. Propose treatment options for resistant Gram-negative pathogens .

  9. Update in the Treatment of MRSA Acute Bacterial Skin/Skin Structure Infections (ABSSSI)
  10. Discuss the epidemiology of ABSSSI including MRSA.
  11. List agents commonly used in the management of ABSSSI.
  12. Summarize guidelines for management of ABSSSI.
  13. Select an appropriate treatment based on patient ABSSSI presentation.

Session 2: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 : 7:15 AM Check In, 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM Educational Program (5 hrs)
  • Diabetes/ Bariatric Surgery/ Dosing in Obesity
At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

Diabetes Pharmacotherapy Update: Focus on the Integrating Newer Agents into Clinical Practice:
  1. Prepare a brief overview of pathophysiology, diagnosis, and clinical implication of diabetes mellitus.
  2. Compare current recommended therapies for diabetes through cases.
  3. Describe the role of older agents in clinical practice.
  4. Evaluate the role of newer agents in the management of diabetes through cases.

  5. Bariatric Surgery: Getting to the Gut of the Matter:
  6. Analyze the role of bariatric surgery in the management of patients with morbid obesity.
  7. Describe the complications and medication related changes evident post-bariatric surgery.
  8. Evaluate the roles of the team in the care of patients undergoing bariatric surgery procedures.
  9. Evaluate appropriate drug therapy through case studies.

  10. Drug Dosing in Obesity: A Huge Problem for Patients and Providers Alike:
  11. Describe the obesity epidemic in the United States.
  12. Discuss pharmacokinetic changes in obese patients related to challenges in dosing.
  13. Evaluate drugs most affected by obesity through case studies.

Session 3: Friday April 5, 2019, 7:45 AM Check In, 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM Educational Program (5 hrs)
  • Update in the Management of Headaches and Seizure Disorders, Polypharmacy and the Elderly
At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

What a Headache! Clinical Review of Different Headaches with corresponding Treatments:
  1. Review briefly risk factors, pathophysiology, and clinical presentation of cluster, tension, and migraine headaches.
  2. Describe various treatment and preventative strategies of each type of headache when applicable
  3. Illustrate appropriate treatments through patient cases.

  4. Seize the day! Update in the Management of Epilepsy:
  5. Summarize different seizure types requiring therapy.
  6. Review briefly current available options for epilepsy treatment.
  7. Describe newer treatments in the management of epilepsy.

  8. Polypharmacy and the Elderly: Minimizing Untoward Effects through Prudent Prescribing:
  9. Summarize factors leading to polypharmacy in the elderly.
  10. Define inappropriate medications for elderly patients.
  11. Describe tools to screen patients for polypharmacy.
  12. Describe best practices for limiting adverse drug events in "necessary" medications.
  13. Use case studies to illustrate possible polypharmacy interventions.
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 31 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 5:00 pm
Mon Apr 01 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Apr 02 Grand Turk, Turks And Caicos
8:00 am 3:00 pm
Wed Apr 03 San Juan, Puerto Rico
1:00 am 11:00 pm
Thu Apr 04 St. Thomas, U.S. V.I.
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Fri Apr 05 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Apr 06 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
8:00 am 3:00 pm
Sun Apr 07 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
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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.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Grand Turk, Turks And Caicos - Grand Turk is a picturesque island with a relaxed pace and a warm, friendly atmosphere. There are no fast food chains and no sprawling resorts.In addition to the amazing year around diving, with Oasis Divers you have seasonal attractions such as the North Atlantic humpback whales during the winter and manta rays in the summer, you're sure to be amazed.

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.  

St. Thomas, U.S. V.I. - Arguably the island with the best shopping and the best beaches. Shop duty-free Charlotte Amalie 'til you drop. Or dive into the beach scene at beautiful Magens Bay, Coki Point, or Turtle Cove, nesting ground of the endangered hawksbill sea turtle.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas - When was the last time you whiled away the day on a private Caribbean island? Here's your chance. The island is ours; the day is yours to sun, swim, and sail. Enjoy!

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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