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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Topics in Emergency Medicine

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

September 07 - 13, 2019
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
4½ 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.

Francis R. Mencl, MD, MS, FACEP, FAAEM

Francis R. Mencl, MD, MS, FACEP, FAAEM
Professor of Emergency Medicine NEOMED Rootstown Ohio
Emergency Department Western Reserve Hospital Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

A graduate of Case Western Reserve (BA), Cleveland State (MS), and NEOMED (MD), Dr. Mencl has been an emergency physician for more than 25 years.  After completing his residency in EM at Akron City Hospital (Summa Health System), he stayed on, eventually becoming the system EMS Medical Director.  In this leadership position, he assisted the hospital in acquiring and maintaining a variety of certifications and accreditations including level 1 trauma center, STEMI and chest pain, as well as stroke center. He also revamped numerous EMS protocols and introduced many area firsts.

Dr. Mencl’s passions include teaching and research.  He is professor of Emergency Medicine at NEOMED, lectures nationally and internationally, and is on the editorial board of Prehospital Emergency Care.  He has translated research into practice using some of his published work to develop best practices for his EMS agencies and helped Summa’s STEMI program achieve significant savings in time-to-intervention.

Under his direction, the EMS curriculum for the residents and EMS continuing education for the EMTs and paramedics was revamped moving to more hands-on, case-based, and simulation training, even going out for an overnight training at the local national park. From 2004-2006 Dr. Mencl took a sabbatical to serve as the program director of a new EM residency at the OLVG hospital in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, thus gaining additional insight into different health care systems.

After leaving Summa Health System, Dr. Mencl continues to work in the ED but has also done wound and worked in a Subaxone clinic.  He is now board certified in EMS and continues to serve on several area, state, and national committees while teaching whenever possible.

C. James Holliman, MD, FACEP, FIFEM

C. James Holliman, MD, FACEP, FIFEM
Emeritus Professor of Emergency Medicine and Public Health Sciences 
Global Health Program Advisor at Penn State University Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania
Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland
Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia, 
Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine at Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, Peoples Republic of China
  Dr. Holliman (Jim) also is the Past-President of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine, a consortium of all of the world's national and regional Emergency Medicine organizations. Jim's career has been centered around the development of the specialty of Emergency Medicine and training programs internationally. 

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
A variety of topics will be presented allowing providers to develop better patient care strategies. Over the last several years there has been a growing awareness of the dangers of excessive oxygen and ventilation during resuscitation. Some of the studies and their implications will be discussed to assist the provider in improving resuscitative care. Remote Ischemic Conditioning (RIC) is a low cost, low tech adjunct to STEMI care that appears to improve both short and long term outcomes.

Having all the knowledge and tools as an ED physician is of no use if to the busy provider if they make the wrong diagnosis. Cognitive medical errors and their avoidance will also be discussed to help the busy practitioner avoid pitfalls and errors in assessment and diagnosis.

Despite discussions about walls and fears of terrorist incidents, worldwide travel and immigration continues. It is important to understand the potential dangers of traveling for yourself and your patients as well as to recognize some of the diseases that returning travelers and immigrants can present with as patients in the ED.

Finally the speakers will select a number of recent and potentially practice changing article to review.

  1. Travel Medicine: Preparation and Prevention
    • Assess appropriately the medical risk to the traveler
    • List commonly needed Immunizations for travelers
    • Implement helpful travel preventative treatments
    • Utilize travel medicine related website resources
  2. There is a What in My ED?
    • Identify common and not so common diseases of travelers and immigrants
    • Assess returning travelers presenting with varied complaints
    • Discuss treatment options
  3. Tackling the Opiate Crisis: An overview of MAT and Suboxone
    • Discuss the role suboxone can play in the treatment of an opiate addict
    • Identify potential candidates for suboxone (or other MAT) treatment
    • Review the limits of treatment
  4. Medical Error Reduction: Optimizing Outcomes and Patient Safety
    • Identify potential sources of medical errors in the way they approach pt assessment and diagnosis
    • Discuss how functioning as a team with open communication and no fault reporting can help prevent errors
    • Incorporate this understanding into their approach to patients
  5. Death by Breathing: Reassessment of the ABCs in resusciation
    • Describe the dangers of excessive ventilation
    • Identify errors in ventilation
    • List the techniques to mitigate and correct this
    • Apply this information in the treatment of respiratory and cardiac arrest
  6. Death by Oxygen: Reassessing the need for oxygen in all patients
    • Identify the conditions for which hyperoxemia is potentially dangerous
    • Describe the goals and targets of oxygen therapy
    • Apply this information in patient care
  7. Remote Ischemic Conditioning (RIC) in STEMI care
    • Describe the technique of performing RIC
    • List the benfits of RIC therapy
    • Apply this information in the treatment of STEMI patients in the acute setting
  8. Updates and Practice Changing Articles
    • Describe some of the newest science and interventions in acute medicine as described in recent literature
    • Discuss how these articles are potential game changers
    • Demonstrate how this will change your patient assessment and care
  9. The Holliman Healthcare Plan and Why You Should Get Involved in Social Activism
    • Describe the inter-relationships between healthcare reform, tort reform, welfare reform, and prison reform.
  10. The Role of Emergency Medicine in Global Health
    • Describe the current structure of emergency medical care in different countries
  11. Mammal Bites
    • State the indications for antibiotic prophylaxis and treatment of mammal bites
  12. Toxic Seafood Ingestions
    • List the potentially dangerous types of seafood
  13. Abdominal Pain
    • Describe the diagnosis and initial management of acute abdominal pain
  14. Allergic Emergencies
    • List the sequence and dosages of medications used to treat allergic emergencies
  15. Chemical Weapons
    • Describe the management of exposure to chemical agents
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 Sep 07 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 3:00 pm
Sun Sep 08 Key West, Florida
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Mon Sep 09 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Sep 10 Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed Sep 11 Cozumel, Mexico
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Sep 12 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Sep 13 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Western 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.

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.

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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