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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

2019 Update in Family Medicine and Primary Care Psychology

Holland America's <em> Zuiderdam</em>
Holland America's Zuiderdam
11-Night Panama Canal Cruise Conference
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

March 20 - 31, 2019
21.0 CE Credits for Psychologists
21.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
21 ACPE Credits
6 Hours of Pharmacology for NPs
21.0 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

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

H. James Brownlee, MD

H. James Brownlee, MD

H. James Brownlee, Jr., MD, is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of South Florida (USF), Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida , having previously served as the Chair of the University of South Florida Department of Family Medicine for 20 years.

He is presently a part time faculty member at the Bayfront Health Family Medicine Residency Program in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

He earned  his medical degree from the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York, he then went on to complete his residency training through the Williamsport Hospital Family Practice Residency Program in Pennsylvania. He completed his teaching fellowship in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Miami in Florida, followed by a geriatric fellowship at the Geriatric Education Center of the University of North Carolina. Dr. Brownlee is board certified in Family Medicine.

He is a member and fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Brownlee's accomplishments are:

  • Awarded the Educator of the Year, 2009 by the Florida Academy of Family Medicine Physicians.
  • Best Doctors in America by Best Doctors, Inc. since 2000
  • Osler Award for Best Faculty Role Model, presented by the 1996 graduating class at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine

John Carnes, PhD

John Carnes, PhD
Private practice, St. Petersburg, Florida. 
Former Director of Medical Education, Bayfront Health Systems, St. Petersburg, Florida. Dr. Carnes began his career in patient care and medical education approximately 3 decades ago. He completed his Ph.D. at Indiana State University, and subsequently completed an internship at the Family Medicine Residency at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was on the faculty of that residency until 1985, when he joined the faculty of the Family Medicine Residency at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the Department of Family Medicine at the University of South Florida. He was active in the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine, serving as the co-chairman for a national task force on behavioral sciences in family medicine residencies. He developed an interest in trauma, and served as the state coordinator for disaster mental health services in the state of Florida. 

He recently completed a 25 year teaching career with Bayfront Health System, where he was Director of Medical Education, and Chairman of the Institutional Research Review Committee.
During his tenure, he spoke nationally in the area of psychosocial aspects of geriatric care. 

Now in full-time private practice in St. Petersburg, Florida, Dr. Carnes devotes his time to geriatric patient care, and teaching family medicine residents. His clinical interests include the psychological aspects of trauma, behavioral medicine, and geriatrics. He is also a regular speaker for University at Sea.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Nurses, Nurse PractitionersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Cardiovascular Disease in Women - Diabetes
    • To discuss some of the clinical presentation of cardiovascular disease in women compared to men.
    • To describe the American Diabetic Association (ADA) diagnostic and treatment guidelines for Type 2 diabetes
  2. Cardiovascular Disease in Women - Hypertension
    • To describe the Joint National Committee on Hypertension 8 guidelines for blood pressure.
    • To discuss the SPRINT Trial results and their impact on the JNC 8 guidelines
  3. Cardiovascular Disease in Women - Dyslipidemia and Unstable Plaque
    • To discuss the AHA/ACC guidelines for the treatment of lipid disorders in women, and the therapies available to improve them.
    • To review the role of unstable coronary artery plaque as a cause of acute cardiac death.
  4. Diagnosing and Treating Women with Monopolar and Bipolar Depression Disorders
    • To analyze the clinical nuances and differences between these two forms of depression.
    • To describe an overview of the benefits and limitations of the various medication classes presently available to treat monopolar and bipolar depression disorders.
  5. Diagnosis and Management of Headache in Women
    • To explain the similarities and differences between idiopathic intracranial hypertension, migraine, tension, cluster and sinus headaches in adults.
    • To discuss the more frequent incidence of vascular disease in individuals with migraine with aura.
    • To review the pharmacological therapies for migraine including “abortive” and “preventative” therapy, as well as discuss the therapies of the other more common headaches seen in women in the primary care and women's health clinical settings.
  6. Osteoporosis in Women
    • To review the medications that are associated with osteoporosis.
    • To discuss the lifestyle and therapeutic options for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.
    • To analyze the adverse effects that accompany the use of medications utilized in the treatment of osteoporosis
  7. Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    • To recognize the risk of sexually transmitted infections after a single unprotected sexual encounter.
    • To describe the rational use of pharmacologic agents for the treatment of common STDs, excluding AIDS, following the most recent guidelines from the Center of Disease Control.
    • To assess the role of expedited partner therapy in the treatment and prevention of STDs.
  8. Travel Medicine
    • To provide a general understanding of pre-travel health preparation including health documents, a travel health kit, travel insurance issues and immunizations.
    • To review the symptoms and signs of travelers' diarrhea, airplane travel including jet lag, cruise travel issues and altitude illness.
    • To discuss specific preventive guidance for traveler-related illnesses, as well as illness specific therapeutic regimens
  9. Movement Disorders: Parkinson's Disease, Essential Tremor, and Restless Leg Syndrome
    • List the common and less common symptoms and signs of Parkinson's disease and Essential Tremor.
    • Name the five basic criteria for diagnosing Restless Leg Syndromes (RLS).
    • Discuss the rational use of pharmacologic agents in the management of Parkinson's disease, RLS and Essential Tremor
  10. Things they never told you about grief
    • Describe the normal processes of grief after the death of a loved one.
    • Describe complicated grief.
    • Describe the similarities and differences between grief and depression.
    • Describe and discuss treatment of bereavement-related depression.
  11. Diagnosis and management of GAD and panic disorder
    • Describe the clinical characteristics of GAD and PD
    • Describe the relationship between GAD and PD and other medical conditions Describe and discuss evidence based treatment for these anxiety disorders
  12. When to worry about memory
    • Distinguish between the cognitive changes seen in normal aging, mild cognitive impairment, and dementia
    • Describe the differential diagnosis of dementia
    • Discuss the interventions that could potentially reduce risk and impact of dementia
  13. Sorting out confusion
    • Recognize that confusion represents a crisis until proven otherwise
    • Be able to recognize four common underlying problems that present with confusion
    • Demonstrate familiarity with some common tools for evaluating confusion
  14. The Psych Toolbox: Office evaluation of memory, anxiety, and affective disorders
    • Demonstrate enhanced evaluation skills necessary to screen for and diagnose cognitive impairment/capacity, affective and anxiety disorders, and ADHD in the primary care settinga
  15. They say I'm getting crispy around the edges.
    • Self-monitor for symptoms of burnout.
    • Employ personal and organizational interventions to address the problem of high rates of burnout and depression among physicians
  16. Things I wish I'd known a year ago about primary care psych
    • Describe very recent developments in the diagnosis and management of mental disorders common in primary care medicine
  17. Depression, anxiety, and cardiovascular disease
    • Describe the association between negative psychological states and cardiovascular health
    • Describe physiologic and health behavior mechanisms that may mitigate that relationship
    • Describe ways to diagnosis depression and anxiety
    • Describe safe and effective treatments for depression and anxiety
  18. The somatizing patient
    • Identify 3 common types of somatization seen in primary care setting
    • Know DSM 5 criteria used to diagnose Somatic Symptom Disorder
    • Identify at least 1 assessment tools used to diagnose somatic symptom disorder
    • List at least 4 treatment methods used to manage somatic symptom disorder.
  19. Behavior disturbances in dementia
    • Determine whether behavioral issues warrant pharmacologic treatment or hospitalization.
    • Individualize treatment for dementia based on symptoms and evidence of efficacy.
    • Identify medical and nonpsychiatric causes of behavioral disturbances.
    • Provide interventions capable of reducing behavioral disturbances in this population.
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

Wed Mar 20 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 5:00 pm
Thu Mar 21 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
8:00 am 3:00 pm
Fri Mar 22 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Mar 23 Oranjestad, Aruba
1:00 pm 11:00 pm
Sun Mar 24 Willemstad, Curacao
8:00 am 11:00 pm
Mon Mar 25 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Mar 26 Cartagena, Colombia
7:00 am 1:00 pm
Wed Mar 27 Panama Canal
5:00 am 5:00 am
Wed Mar 27 Gatun Lake
- -
Wed Mar 27 Panama Canal
- -
Wed Mar 27 Exit Panama Canal
1:00 pm -
Wed Mar 27 Colon, Panama
3:00 pm 8:00 pm
Thu Mar 28 Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
6:30 am 4:00 pm
Fri Mar 29 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Mar 30 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Mar 31 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.

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!

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Oranjestad, Aruba - A Dutch jewel with a tropical touch. In Oranjestad, Aruba's capital, explore the colorful floating market and Nassaustraat, brimming with quaint shops. Head for the beach where water sports abound: snorkeling, rides on glass bottom boats and submarines. Or venture into the countryside to see the haunts of the huge green parakeet, the unique rock gardens of Casi Bari, the curious divi divi tree, forever bending in the tradewind breezes

Willemstad, Curacao - An isle of Dutch treats: gabled storybook houses, duty-free Delftware, the famous Curacao orange flavored liqueur

Cartagena, Colombia - The oldest city in the New World, founded in 1533. Through its portals once poured the wealth of the Spanish Main... Mother lodes of gold, silver and emeralds bound for Madrid. See San Felipe, the fortress that guarded it all, then plunder the dazzling Bocagrande, where emeralds still gleam.

Panama Canal - Cruising

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica - Surrounded by nearly half of all the animal species on earth and 8,000 species of plants, marvel as you tour tropical flower farms or ride a Mawamba boat through the jungle canals. Or choose to stroll through the markets bursting with color in San Jose

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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