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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Infectious Diseases: 2019 Update

Holland America's <em> Noordam</em>
Holland America's Noordam
13-Night Australia and New Zealand Cruise Conference
from Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia
February 11 - 24, 2019
21.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
21 ACPE Credits
21.0 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
7½ Hours of Pharmacology for NPs
21.0 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

$1095 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$850 for Physician Assistants
$695 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.

Michael J. Tan, MD, FACP, FIDSA

Michael J. Tan, MD, FACP, FIDSA
Summa Health Medical Group Infectious Diseases 
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)

Michael J. Tan, MD is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) in Rootstown, Ohio. At NEOMED, he is co-course director of the Infection and Immunity Course and Vice-Chair of the Infectious Disease Section of the Principles of Medicine Course. Dr. Tan is Lead Physician for Summa Health Medical Group-Infectious Disease at Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio where he is also Clinical Physician, Infectious Diseases and HIV as well as Medical Director for the Summa Health Clinical Research Center. Dr. Tan is board certified in infectious disease and internal medicine. He obtained his medical degree from the Northeastern Universities College of Medicine (now NEOMED) and completed his residency training at Summa Health System. He then completed a fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

Dr. Tan is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). He is Governor for the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Physicians and serves as Chair, Chapters Subcommittee for the College.

Dr. Tan's primary research interests include participation in multi-centered controlled trials of new and novel treatments for Clostridium difficile infection, skin and soft tissue infection, and pneumonia. He is co-editor of Tan JS, File TM Jr., Salata RA, Tan MJ (eds.) Expert Guide to Infectious Diseases, 2nd edition (2008, ACP Press) and Rosenthal KS and Tan MJ (eds.) Rapid Review Microbiology and Immunology 3rd edition (2010, Mosby). Dr. Tan is listed in Best Doctors in America (2010 to present).

Thomas M File Jr., MD, MSc, MACP, FIDSA, FCCP

Thomas M File Jr., MD, MSc, MACP, FIDSA, FCCP
Chair, Infectious Disease Division, Summa Health
Akron, OH
Professor, Internal Medicine
Master Teacher
Chair, Infectious Disease Section Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
Rootstown, Ohio 
Dr Thomas File is Chair of the Infectious Disease Division at Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio and Professor of Internal Medicine, Master Teacher, and Chair of the Infectious Disease Section at Northeast Ohio Medical University.  After graduating from medical school at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1972, Dr. File received his Master of Science in medical microbiology from Ohio State University in Columbus, in 1977, where he also completed his fellowship in infectious diseases. 

Dr File is Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and Past President of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). He is a Master of the American College of Physicians, a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, and a member of the American Thoracic Society. He is a past Chairperson of the Standards and Practice Guidelines Committee of the IDSA and served as a member of several guideline panels. He is a past-president of the Infectious Disease Society of Ohio. 

Primary research interests that Dr File has pursued include respiratory tract infections, immunizations in adults, antimicrobial stewardship, and evaluation of new antimicrobial agents. A frequent lecturer nationally and internationally, he has published more than 250 articles, abstracts, and textbook chapters, focusing on the diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of infectious diseases, especially on respiratory tract infections and antimicrobial stewardship. He received the Watanakunakorn Clinician Award from the IDSA in 2013 and the John P Utz Leadership award from NFID in May 2017. 
He authors sections on community-acquired pneumonia, acute bronchitis, and hospital-acquired pneumonia in UpToDate. He is Editor-in-Chief of Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Nurses, Nurse PractitionersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Update Adult Vaccines
    • List vaccine preventable infections and their burden
    • List appropriate vaccines for adults; List strategies to increase uptake of adult vaccines
  2. Antimicrobial Stewardship
    • List the benefits of stewardship
    • List interventions to improve antibiotic use
  3. Update Respiratory Infections (RTIs)
    • List common pathogens of RTIs
    • List appropriate diagnosis and treatment of RTIs
  4. Update UTIs
    • Describe the difference of asymptomatic bacteriuria from symptomatic UTI
    • List appropriate antibiotics for UTIs
  5. Update STDs
    • List appropriate Diagnosis and therapy of common STDs
  6. Emerging Infections
    • Define and list recent emerging infections
    • Know how to manage a patient with Zika
    • List criteria for pandemic
  7. Infectous Disease Pearls
    • Describe management of common examples of infectious diseases
  8. Case Discussions for 2 hours
    • Understand nuances of treating infectious disease cases
  9. Update TB and Lyme:Another presentation of Bone and Joint infections
    • List criteria for differentiating latent from active TB
    • Know who to interpret Lyme tests and treat stages of Lyme
    • List manifestations of osteomyelitis
  10. New antimicrobial agent review and antimicrobial prophylaxis for prevention of endocarditis
    • The purpose of the lectures is to provide up-to-date and evidenced-based information regarding the diagnosis, management, and prevention of various infectious diseases that are clinically relevant to the practicing physician.
    • After attending the presentations, attendees will have a better understanding of appropriate adult vaccines and diagnositc and therapeutic principles to provide better care for patients with infections.
  11. Intra-abdominal infections and diverticulitis
    • Describe the approach to intra-abdominal infections and select appropriate antimicrobial therapy
  12. Infectious issues in patients receiving TNF inhibitors
    • Review mechanism of action of TNF-alpha inhibitors
    • List infections associated with these agents
  13. Skin and soft tissue infections
    • Recite common pathogens associated with skin infections.
    • Utilize appropriate antimicrobial therapy based on exam.
  14. C. difficile and other diarrheas
    • Recite common challenging aspects of treating diarrhea in the era of C. difficile infection.
  15. Infectious disease image and word association
    • Recall specific infectious diseaes based on keywords and/or images
  16. Infectious Risks in International Travelers
    • Recite commonly encountered diseases associated with international travel. Identify necessary items to bring for international travel
  17. Update in HIV and HCV
    • Describe testing and interpretation of diagnostics for HIV and HCV. Summarize treatment for HIV and HCV.
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

Mon Feb 11 Auckland, New Zealand
- 5:00 pm
Tue Feb 12 Tauranga, New Zealand
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed Feb 13 Napier, New Zealand
12:00 pm 6:00 pm
Thu Feb 14 Wellington, New Zealand
10:00 am 6:00 pm
Fri Feb 15 Christchurch (Lyttelton), New Zealand
7:00 am 7:00 pm
Sat Feb 16 Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Sun Feb 17 Fiordland National Park, New Zealand (Scenic Cruising)
- -
Mon Feb 18 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Feb 19 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Feb 20 Hobart (Tasmania), Australia
8:00 am 11:00 pm
Thu Feb 21 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Feb 22 Melbourne, Australia
8:00 am 6:30 pm
Sat Feb 23 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Feb 24 Sydney, Australia
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
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Ports of Call

Auckland, New Zealand - Shop along the picturesque waterfront of this ever-expanding city, home to one-third of the country's population. From museums housing Maori artifacts to extinct volcanic peaks, this pedestrian-friendly city is the perfect combination of nature and commerce.

Tauranga, New Zealand - The "Bay of Plenty" was named by Captain Cook after the prosperous Maori villages of the region generously replenished his supplies. Tauranga, the chief city, is a bustling port, an agricultural and timber center and a popular seaside resort. Tauranga is the gateway to Rotorua, a geothermal wonderland that is the heart of Maori culture and New Zealand's primary tourist attraction.

Tauranga, meaning "sheltered waters" in Maori, is rich with native culture and tradition. Waterskiing, windsurfing and deep-sea fishing abound in Tauranga Harbour. Rotorua with its healing, natural mineral springs is an ideal place to unwind in a therapeutic bath.

Napier, New Zealand - Napier, a port city in the Hawke Bay region of New Zealand, is the art deco capital of the world. After a 7.9 magnitude earthquake, and subsequent fires, destroyed most of its commercial center in 1931, the city was rebuilt in the flamboyant art deco style prevalent at the time. The clean geometric lines, neon clocks and brightly lit fountains lend Napier a movie-set feel. Napier also boasts the highest number of sunshine hours of any town in the country, a feature that has made this region one of New Zealand's most important wine-producing areas.

Wellington, New Zealand - The fact that Wellington has become New Zealand's fastest-growing weekend destination tells you something about the city. Once merely its political capital, the city's calendar is packed with celebrations, festivals and some of the country's best theater and dance. Sandwiched between steep hills on one side and the ocean on the other, New Zealand's second-largest city is a walker's paradise. Because so much of the city is within walking distance, you'll never feel the need to hire a cab. And considering the number of cafes, bars and nightclubs that line the streets, you'll probably never feel the need to go to bed, either.

Christchurch (Lyttelton), New Zealand - Christchurch has a rich history of adventurers who used Christchurch as a gateway for Antarctic explorations. Famed explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton used the port of Lyttelton as a departure point for their expeditions.

Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand - Dunedin is the old Gaelic name for Edinburgh. Uncover this "kiwi" city's Scottish heritage roots as you meander its octagon-shaped streets and quaint Victorian buildings.

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand (Scenic Cruising) - Fifteen thousand years ago, glaciers carved out Fiordland National Park. Witness what nature perfected over time its snowcapped mountains, roaring rivers filled with ice, and the lush green grasslands that blanket this famed wilderness landscape in southwest New Zealand.

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Hobart (Tasmania), Australia - Hobart is Australia's second oldest city and state capital of Tasmania. Home to more than 90 National Trust buildings, Hobart combines colonial character with a metropolitan lifestyle. It is the gateway to Tasmania's other scenic attractions and a range of shore activities lets you experience the best of both worlds.

Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne is a huge, sprawling city with something for everyone ‐ culture, art, fashion, and friendly Australians. It is also Australia's financial and commercial center. Easy to explore, at the heart of the city is the Golden Mile, the city's governmental and business corridor, home to hotels, shops, restaurants and theaters.

Melbourne also offers one of the world's finest parks - the Royal Botanic Gardens. Tour this city's charming Victorian-era architecture and visit the countryside via a vintage steam train.

Sydney, Australia - The whole world's in love with Sydney. It's stylish, it's sophisticated, it's home to some of the friendliest people on the planet. And yes, a few koalas, if you know where to look. What's not to love? This gateway to the Outback has it all: endless outdoor adventure around the harbor or in spots like the Blue Mountains. Golden sandy beaches named Bondi, Bilgola and Coogee (which are not only beautiful, but also fun to say). A bustling art and entertainment scene. Countless museums, galleries and world-class restaurants where the dishes go way beyond the local Vegemite.

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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