Current Topics in Primary Care and Palliative Care
5-Night Havana Cuba & Key West Cruise Conference
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
April 08 - 13, 2019
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ 14 ACPE Credits Up to 14 MOC (Part II) points in the American Board of Anesthesiology® (ABA) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program 14 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program 6 Hours of Pharmacology for NPs 14.0 Contact Hours
$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.
Dale A. Matthews, MD, FACP
Dr. Matthews practices general internal medicine in Washington, DC and is a member of the clinical faculty at Georgetown University School of Medicine. 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 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), where he majored in Romance Languages and Literatures with a special concentration in European Civilization. He 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 is 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. In 2016, he joined Executive Healthcare Services in Reston, Virginia.
He has received the Vitals Patients' Choice Awards yearly from 2008-15 and Most Compassionate Doctor recognition from 2012-4. He was 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 one grand-daughter: Sophia Goodman. He enjoys family and church activities, Bible study and teaching, golf, baseball, piano, singing, songwriting, ballroom dancing, travel, and photography.
Jeffrey M. Kagan, MD, CMD, FACP
Managing Partner of Newington Internal Medicine - Primary Care
Certified Medical Director for Long Term Care by AMDA
Senior Attending Physician - The Hospital of Central Connecticut
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University Of Connecticut School of Medicine
Jeffrey Kagan earned two Bachelors' Degrees: Biology, and Health Sciences, a Masters' Degree in Physiology, and his MD degree. Prior to medical school he was a Certified Physician Assistant. He completed his residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine as well a second board certification in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine. He is also a Certified Medical Director (CMD) for Long Term Care by AMDA. Dr. Kagan is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He currently teaches medical, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students and as well as internal medicine residents.
Dr. Kagan has is frequently called upon by his peers regarding the Business Aspects and Practice Management of Medicine, and is a member of the Editorial Board of Medical Economics. He has done consulting for attorneys, insurance, as well as pharmaceutical and wealth management companies. In addition to his busy private primary care practice, Dr. Kagan is currently the medical director of a skilled nursing facility, a home health agency and previously a hospice agency. He is a Professional Director with HAVEN, an agency that advocates and monitors impaired health professionals. He has served as an Expert Witness for both plaintiff and defendant sides of malpractice cases.
His special interests include: Diving Medicine, Business Aspects of Practice, Medical Legal Cases, Risk Management, Medical Trivia and Impaired Health Professionals. His hobbies include: Bicycling, Boating, Scuba diving, Golf and Skiing.
Health Promotion: Encouraging a Healthy Body, Mind, and Spirit
Assess the patient's current state of physical, psychological, and spiritual health.
Analyze the patients current dietary and exercise practices.
Discuss an individualized health-promotion strategy for each patient.
"Oh, My Aching Head!": Evaluation and Treatment of Migraine, Tension-Type, and Cluster 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 migraine.
Describe the distinguishing clinical characteristics of tension-type and cluster headaches.
Male Sexual Disorders: Hypogonadism, Erectile, and Ejaculatory Dysfunction
Elicit a through, non-judgmental sexual history.
Describe appropriate laboratory and radiologic testing in the evaluation of male sexual problems.
Discuss the effects, risks, and benefits of testosterone replacement therapy.
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.
Hypertension: "What Goes Up Must Come Down"
Describe the appropriate measurement and classification of hypertension.
Discuss the laboratory testing and imaging needed to diagnose the most common causes of secondary hypertension.
Describe the major classes of anti-hypertensive treatment and discuss the particular type of patient likely to benefit from each class of medication.
Enhancing Clinician-Patient Communication: Becoming a Healer
Distinguish the technical , biomedical aspects of the 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.
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.
Learn which tests and procedures are still worth doing according to the specific specialty societies
Learn to evaluate and treat patients with Osteoporosis in the Primary Care setting.
Learn to evaluate and treat patients with Dementia
Common Outpatient Problems
Learn about evaluating and treating Anemias, Plantar Fasciitis and Rotator Cuff Syndromes in the Primary Care setting
Hospice and Palliative Care
become familiar with both Palliative Care and the Hospice programs, and learn which patients qualify for which levels of care.
Case Studies in Primary Care
Learn to make common diagnoses from atypical presentations.
Impaired Health Professionals
Learn to recognize Impaired Health Professionals and become familiar with resources available to help them.
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.
PORT OF CALL
Mon Apr 08
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Tue Apr 09
*At Sea - Cruising
Wed Apr 10
Key West, Florida
Thu Apr 11
Fri Apr 12
Sat Apr 13
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
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
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.
Havana, Cuba - Legendary nightlife, iconic music, and distinct culture. Take the unique opportunity to get to know fascinating local culture while discovering the timeless sights and sounds of nostalgic Havana. Mingle with locals and partake of the cafecito ritual at local cafés as you immerse yourself in a place untouched by time.
TRAVEL POLICY (Announced on November 9, 2017)
Important information to be in compliance with the law and have a memorable vacation in a fascinating destination:
If you made your reservation(s) on or after June 16, 2017, and disembark in Cuba , you must participate in a full-day guided group program-offered by the respective cruise line, or another qualifying third-party-sponsored program.
If you made your reservation(s) before June 16, 2017, and disembark in Cuba, you may still travel under the 'self-guided' people-to-people exemption or join a Cruise Line-guided group program.
All visitors to Cuba are now prohibited from engaging in direct financial transactions with certain entities in Cuba, including some hotels, shopping centers and other tourist-focused businesses. A complete list of restricted businesses in Cuba is issued periodically by the U.S. State Department and will be updated from time to time.
Please remember that popular shore excursions sell out quickly, so you'll want to book early to ensure that you get your preferred shore excursions in Cuba.