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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Rheumatology, Women's Health, and
Gynecologic Oncology

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

July 06 - 13, 2019
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
5½ 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.

Nicole D. Melendez, MD, FACR

Nicole  D. Melendez, MD, FACR
Affiliate Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine (Voluntary Faculty)
USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
Tampa, FL  Nicole D Melendez, MD graduated from St Matthews University, completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Missouri- Columbia and her Rheumatology fellowship at Louisiana State University. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. She has been practicing Rheumatology in the Tampa Bay area since 2011.

She has a very active practice and is also involved in clinical research.  She's been voluntary faculty at the University of South Florida in the Department of Rheumatology since 2015, and she has a personal interest in nutrition and diet and its impact on rheumatologic disease states.

Janet Osborne, MD

Janet Osborne, MD
Section Chief, Gynecologic Oncology
Carilion Clinic - Dept of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Associate Professor - VTC School of Medicine
Roanoke, VA Dr. Janet Osborne is the Chief of Gynecologic Oncology at Carilion Clinic and an Associate Professor at Carilion Virginia Tech School of Medicine in Roanoke, VA.   She received her medical degree from the Medical School of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and did her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Minnesota and fellowship training in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Michigan.

Prior to joining Carilion in 2011, Dr. Osborne was the Director of Gynecologic Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin for 11 years. She is also board certified in hospice and palliative care. In addition to patient care, Dr Osborne is very involved in training medical students and residents. She is the site principal investigator for many clinical trials and has multiple publications including several book chapters. She loves traveling, the Green Bay Packers, and relaxing at Smith Mountain Lake with her two dogs.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Gout
    • Participants will be confident in their diagnosis and be able to apply the management options and how to best utilize what is available.
  2. Is it a Joinnt? Clinical Approach to a Rheumatologic Patient
    • Participants will be able to asses a joint vs soft tissue complaint through indepth look at the physical exam.
  3. Back Pain- Is it inflammatory?
    • Participants will be able to diagnose inflammatory back pain vs mechanical pain.
  4. Monitoring of Medications
    • Participants should be able to examine the risks and side effects of frequently used medicines in rheumatology.
  5. Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Participants should be able to diagnose a rheumatoid patient, and manage long term health risk that are associated with the disease.
  6. Lupus
    • Participants should recognize the disease, environmental effects on the patient as well as treatments used.
  7. Osteoporosis
    • Participants should discover more about osteoporosis, the patients and when and how to treat these patients.
  8. Hereditary Cancer Syndromes in Women - Beyond BRCA (part 1)
    • Identify the main clinical features of breast and ovarian cancer syndromes
    • Define the differences between hereditary and nonhereditary cancers
  9. Hereditary Cancer Syndromes in Women - Beyond BRCA (part 2)
    • Identify other hereditary cancer syndromes such as Lynch and Cowden
    • Define the differences between hereditary and nonhereditary cancers
    • Apply the knowledge acquired to improve rates of appropriate genetic counseling referrals and testing.
  10. Enhanced Recovery after Surgery-Incorporating Evidence Based Medicine into Surgical Practices
    • Understand the basic principles underlying evidence based medicine and critical analysis of the medical literature
    • Define what an enhanced surgical recovery program entails and how it can be applied to practice
    • Review quality outcome data from these programs
  11. Culturally Competent Gyn Care for LGBT patients
    • Understand the impact of societal disapproval and discrimination on the health of LGBTQ patients
    • Identify the barriers to competent LGBT care delivery
    • Create a welcoming practice environment to improve LGBTQ patient experience
  12. Updates on Ovarian Cancer
    • Develop a thorough differential diagnosis for pelvic masses across various age groups and the role of PCP in identifying patients who may have ovarian cancer.
    • Describe the impact of new treatments and surgical advances in the management of ovarian cancer.
  13. HPV - Epidemiology, Screening, and Prevention
    • Appreciate the epidemiology of HPV disease in women
    • Describe current guidelines for cervical cancer screening
    • Apply current recommendations for HPV prevention with vaccination and discuss the impact of HPV vaccination has made.
  14. Menopause, Hormone Therapy, and the WHI
    What Have we Learned Since Then?
    • Appreciate the physiology of menopause and impact on women''s health and QOL
    • Explain the findings and faults of the Women’s Health Initiative
    • Apply current knowledge about menopause to treatment of patients
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 Jul 06 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 3:30 pm
Sun Jul 07 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Jul 08 San Juan, Puerto Rico
3:30 pm 11:00 pm
Tue Jul 09 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed Jul 10 Tortola, British Virgin Islands
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Thu Jul 11 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Jul 12 Nassau, Bahamas
12:30 pm 7:00 pm
Sat Jul 13 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Eastern Caribbean

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

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.  

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!

Tortola, British Virgin Islands -  Besides being one of the most scenic islands in the Caribbean, Tortola also has a fascinating cultural and historical side. For a glimpse into the island’s colonial past, visit the Virgin Islands Folk Museum. The restored house was once the family home of shipwright, Joseph Wilfred Penn and features a deep collection of Arawak and Carib pottery and stone tools, as well as plantation artifacts. Hike along the seven available walking trails in Sage Mountain National Park for stunning panoramic views of the island and the surrounding natural habitat. Snorkeling in the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea and a rum tasting at Callwood Rum Distillery are essential on a cruise to Tortola. Sample the delicious curries, spicy soups, and sumptuous shellfish dishes available in abundance at local restaurants and many snack shacks around the island.

Nassau, Bahamas - The captivating capital of the 700 Bahamian islands. Attractions include forts to explore, coral reefs to snorkel and a fascinating straw market to shop

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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