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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Family Medicine

Royal Caribbean's <em>Allure of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas
7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise Conference
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

June 02 - 09, 2019
15.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
15 ACPE Credits
4.75 Hours of phamacology for NPs
15.0 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

$995 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$750 for Physician Assistants
$750 for Nurse Practitioners
$595 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.

Sandra L. Argenio, MD

Sandra L. Argenio, MD
Department of Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Emeritus Staff Member
Faculty Physician and Consultant, Institute for Healthcare Excellence, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Member of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians Continuous Professional Development/ CME Committee 
Past President of the FAFP Dr. Sandra Argenio served as a Consultant in the Department of Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Florida and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Mayo Medical School. She joined Mayo Clinic in 1992 and continues as an Emeritus member of the Family Medicine Department.

Dr. Argenio has nurtured new generations of doctors, was instrumental in the development of the Family Medicine Residency at Mayo Clinic Florida and served as the program’s first residency director. She has trained and mentored over 150 family medicine residents.

Dr. Argenio served as the President of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians in 2005 and has been active on many committees of the FAFP and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

She has been active in CME program planning at Mayo Clinic and the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, conducting Maintenance of Certification Workshop sessions on multiple topics for over 1,100 participants at FAFP meetings.

Dr. Argenio had a leading role in establishing communication training at Mayo Clinic starting in 2005. She was Chair of the Mayo Clinic Florida Communication Faculty.

She developed coursework for faculty and trainees at Mayo Clinic, including Longitudinal Research in Academic Medicine, Family Medicine Residency, Scottsdale, Arizona; and Team Communication, Strengthening the Cornerstone of Teamwork at Mayo Clinic’s three campuses. She also served on the Florida Governor’s Physician Workforce Advisory Board.

Dr. Argenio was awarded the Exemplary Teacher Award by FAFP in 2000. She also received the Outstanding Florida Family Medicine Education Award by FAFP in 2000, and the Mayo Distinguished Educator Award in 2003. She was listed as one of Jacksonville’s Best Doctors by Jacksonville Magazine from 2000 to 2014. She has published on the topics of presence, reflective listening and communicating effectively with female patients.

In her current work, she has collaborated in designing curricula and delivering programs at multiple hospitals, hospice organizations, and veterans administration and military healthcare organizations.

Dr. Argenio is a graduate of Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Hahnemann Medical University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania in 1982. She resides in Ormond Beach, Florida, with her husband Tom Sperrazza and daughter Jessie.

Richard Colgan, MD

Richard Colgan, MD
Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD Richard Colgan is a professor of family and community medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he also serves as vice chairman in the school’s Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Dr. Colgan received a BA from Catholic University and a MD from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara. He was a resident, and then chief resident, in family practice at the University of Maryland. He serves as director of the school’s new Executive Health Program. He is also a colonel in the 10th Medical Regiment of the Maryland Defense Force, the state-organized militia.

Over his career he has won many awards for teaching and volunteer work, including for his efforts in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He has been awarded the Golden Apple for clinical teaching from the American Medical Students Association, several student council teaching awards, has been a faculty inductee into Alpha Omega Alpha, been inducted into the gold Humanism Honor Society, and was the school’s nominee to the Association of American Medical Colleges for its Humanism in Medicine Award. He has been active in the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians, serving in many leadership roles, including president.

Dr. Colgan has focused much of his research, teaching and clinical practice on family medicine. Over his career, he has served as a peer reviewer, board member and editor for several journals, including Maryland Family Doctor, Archives of Internal Medicine and The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles as well as two books to inspire today’s physicians, Advice to the Healer: On the Art of Caring, and Advice to the Young Physician: On the Art of Medicine.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Nurses, Nurse Practitioners
Program Purpose / Objectives
Participants will learn from the latest guidelines and the speakers experience how to address common and no so common illnesses. The learner will be have an expanded awareness of considerations which he/she may care to implement in the care of the patient.

  1. Update in Type 2 Diabetes Management
    • Identify and utilize the current American Diabetes Association Guidelines for the management of Type 2 Diabetes
    • Demonstarte knowledge of medications used to manage Type 2 DM
    • Develop strategies to help patients with management of lifestyle guidelines for diabetes
  2. Selected GYN Topics- a review of common Gyn concerns
    • Recognize common gyn concerns and problems that women experience
    • Evaluate common needs and uses for hormone management
    • Demonstrate knowledge of medical problems that are unique to women
  3. Travel Medicine-Staying Healthy on Land and Sea
    • Review recommendations for travel abroad
    • Describe CDC's recommendations for travelers
    • Demonstrate ability to use travel medicine resources such as the CDC site
    • Manage common illnesses associated with travel (Malaria, Motion sickness, viral illnesses)
  4. Navigating Difficult Decisions- Bad News, Sad News, Advance Directives
    • Describe strategies to deliver bad news
    • Demonstrate proficiency and sensitivity in discussing sad news
    • Manage conversations with patients and their families concerning advance directives
    • Understand parameters of advance directives
  5. Adolescent Care- Making an Impac
    • Review guidelines for adolescent preventive care
    • Review recommendations for immunization
    • Manage common controversies in the adolescent age group
  6. Cultural Sensitivity and Unconscious Bias
    • Understand the need for culturally sensitive communication.
    • Describe healthcare disparities and their impact
    • Recognize unconscious bias and its impact
  7. Connecting Team Members to Joy
    • Describe skills to help evolve a culture of safety
    • Enhance employee engagement and satisfaction
    • Learn skills to build team relationships.
    • Create a culture of mutual respect, safety, and teamwork through communication.
  8. "Observe All" Typical and Not So Typical Skin Lesions
    • Identify concerning skin lesions which warrant close attention.
  9. Office evaluation of chest and abdominal pain
    • Differentiate atypical presentations of more serious causes of chest and abdominal pain.
  10. Call a Code?! Common and Not So Common Office Based Catastrophes
    • Discriminate between potentially life-threatening office based events and those less threatening.
  11. What's New? The Latest Hypertension Update
    • Cite the latest hypertension guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension.
  12. Helping Your Patients Avoid Heart Disease
    • Recognize the precursor conditions to diabetes and hypertension.
  13. Evaluation and Treatment of UTII's: A Useful Guide
    • Define the difference between uncomplicated and complicated urinary tract infections and how to properly treat them based on the latest IDSA Guidelines.
  14. Why Doctors Get Sued and How to Avoid It
    • Describe the major factor behind malpractice allegations and how to avoid being sued.
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

Sun Jun 02 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Mon Jun 03 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Jun 04 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Jun 05 Basseterre, St. Kitts
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Jun 06 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Fri Jun 07 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Jun 08 Nassau, Bahamas
10:00 am 7:00 pm
Sun Jun 09 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
6:15 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Map

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

Basseterre, St. Kitts - The island England zealously defended from Brimstone Hill, the "Gibraltar of the West Indies." In Basseterre, a mini-London, there's Piccadilly Circus to shop and a gingerbread version of Big Ben by which to check the hour.

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!

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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