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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Topics in Family Medicine and Primary Care

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

August 10 - 17, 2019
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
4 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.

David B. Feller, MD

David B. Feller, MD

Associate Professor
Vice Chair of Community Health 
Director of Behavioral Medicine
University of Florida, College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program 
Gainesville, Florida

Dr. Feller received all of his medical training (medical school and residency) in Gainesville. He did clinical practice for 5 years and then joined the faculty of the Family Medicine Residency Program. He is currently the vice chair for community health and director of behavioral medicine.

He has received several awards for his teaching including Clinical Science Teacher of the year by medical students, Exemplary Teaching Award from the College of Medicine, Teacher of the year by Family Medicine Residents, and Exemplary Teaching Award by the FAFP. His academic interests include integrative medicine and behavioral medicine.

Joanna L Drowos DO, MPH, MBA, CMQ, FACOFP

Joanna L Drowos DO, MPH, MBA, CMQ, FACOFP
Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
 Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida Dr. Joanna Drowos is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. She serves as Associate Chair of the Integrated Medical Science Department and the Director for the Clinical and Preventive Medicine Clerkship for the third year curriculum.

Dr. Drowos earned her DO and Master of Public Health Degrees at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is board certified in Preventive Medicine, Family Medicine and Medical Quality.

She earned her Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration from Florida Atlantic University in 2008. Her scholarly interests include public health and preventive medicine, primary care focused curricula and faculty development for community-based preceptors.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
This course provides comprehensive reviews of the most important recent advances impacting primary care medicine. Lectures are designed to address conditions commonly encountered in the outpatient primary care office, with an emphasis on preventive care and screening. Education is practical and results-focused, incorporating the latest guidelines and evidence, with the goal of improving your clinical approach to the wide array of conditions encountered in primary care practice.

Lectures, will include the presentation of cases, clinical scenarios and offer interactive discussions to allow ample time for discussion and posing questions to faculty.

Specific information gained includes:
  • Updates on screening for breast, colorectal, lung, prostate and cervical cancer
  • Approach to common complaints encountered in the outpatient setting
  • Best practices to deliver immunizations to adult patients
  • Practical pointers for managing diabetes and preventing complications
  • Presentation of clinical scenarios and discussion of primary care cases
  • Care and guidance for international travelers
  • Screening and management of common sexually transmitted infections
  1. Health Prevention and Disease Promotion
    • Describe the importance of screening tests in planning preventive care for patients
    • Outline the development of guidelines, using the United States Preventive Services Task Force as an example
    • Synthesize common health promotion and disease prevention guidelines for populations.
    • Apply screening guidelines to a patient case in order to understand current recommendations
  2. Common Primary Care Complaints
    • Summarize the broad range of clinical problems encountered by primary care physicians in the outpatient setting.
    • Consider the communication skills, clinical decision-making skills, and commitment to lifelong learning, and health promotion and disease prevention important in outpatient primary care.
    • Utilize the evidence-base to guide management devisions in conditions commonly encountered in the outpatient primary care setting
  3. Adult Immunizations
    • Describe recommended best practices for administration of vaccines to adult patients.
    • Compare recommended schedules for vaccine administration to adult patients and special populations.
    • Identify contraindications for commonly used adult vaccines.
  4. Diabetes Clinical Prevention Recommendations
    • Illustrate the importance of a pre-travel consultation in primary care, as well as trends in global migration.
    • Summarize the components of a travel consultation, including anticipatory guidance given to travelers.
    • Differentiate destination specific immunization and prophylactic medication needs of travelers.
    • Demonstrate the importance of post-travel follow-up and identification of travel-acquired illnesses
  5. Clinical Cases in Family Medicine
    • Interpret the signs and symptoms provided in clinical scenarios to apply clinical reasoning and select a diagnosis.
    • Utilize guidelines and evidence-based strategies in selecting management strategies for presented conditions.
    • Engage in solving clinical problems through discussion of clinical cases.
  6. Travel Medicine
    • Apply the principles of fading immunity, herd immunity, and at-risk populations, as they relate to immunizations for adult specific vaccine preventable diseases.
    • Utilize patient cases to present the adult recommended vaccine schedule, and the schedule for specific populations and indications for immunization.
    • Summarize individual vaccine recommendations and contraindications.
  7. Sexually Transmitted Infection Update
    • Identify the organisms that cause sexually transmitted infections and their modes of transmission.
    • Describe the general diagnostic process and presenting symptoms of sexually transmitted infections.
    • Summarize diagnostic methods, treatment options, and prevention measures for specific infections.
    • Utilize public health principles and strategies for preventing the spread of sexually transmitted infections.
  8. Hypertension
    • Apply new HTN guidelines
    • Describe rationale for those guidelines
  9. Managing Mildly Abnormal Liver Functions
    • Apply established guidelines in the evaluation of abnormal LFTs
    • Describe the rationale behind the guidelines
  10. Common Skin Rashes and Skin lesions
    • Identify and recognize common rashes and lesions in the primary care setting
  11. Introduction to CAM/Integrative Medicine including Herbals and Supplements
    • Cite the frequency of use of various modalities among patients and health care professionals
    • Give examples of the more common CAM therapies
    • Examine the evidence base for and/or against common CAM therapies
  12. Evaluating Dyspepsia
    • Apply established guidelines in the evaluation of Dyspepsia
    • Describe the rationale behind the guidelines
  13. Low Back Pain
    • Apply ACP/APS guidelines to the evaluation and treatment of low back pain
    • Apply the concept of "red flags" to the evaluation of LBP
  14. Treating Obesity
    • Identify health consequences of obesity
    • Review pathophysiology of obesity
    • Distinguish advantages/disadvantages of diet and exercise types
    • Discover new modalities for treatment of obesity
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 Aug 10 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 3:30 pm
Sun Aug 11 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Aug 12 Costa Maya, Mexico
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Tue Aug 13 Cozumel, Mexico
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Wed Aug 14 Georgetown, Grand Cayman
10:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Aug 15 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Aug 16 Key West, Florida
7:00 am 7:00 pm
Sat Aug 17 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.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

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.

Georgetown, Grand Cayman - The premier attraction here is Seven Mile Beach...white as snow, soft as talc. Name your game and you'll find it here: Snorkeling, swimming, sailing, windsurfing over rippling waves, or gliding under them in a passenger submarine. Or perhaps shopping is your game. Duty-free bargains abound: crystal, perfume, jewelry fashioned of silver and prized pink coral.

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.

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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