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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Practical Updates In Clinical Medicine

Royal Caribbean's <em>Anthem of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas
7-Night Bahamas Cruise
Round-trip Cape Liberty (Bayonne), NJ

November 02 - 09, 2019
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
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
$100 Early Registration Discount if booked by April 1st , 2019

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.

Noelle Aikman, MD, FACOG

Noelle Aikman, MD, FACOG
Interim Chair, Department of OB/GYN
Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Program Director, OB/GYN Residency
Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Vice Chair, Dept. of OB/GYN
Jersey Shore University Medical Center Dr. Noelle Aikman was born in Kingston, Jamaica and is a graduate of Brooklyn College in NY. She obtained her medical degree at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway NJ. Dr. Aikman completed her Ob-Gyn Residency at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and remained in the area to build her career. She has recently been appointed Interim Chair of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department.

Dr. Aikman has built a successful private practice and treats her patients like they are a family member. Whether completing a surgery in the operating room or delivering a baby on labor and delivery, she treats all her patients like a VIP. 

Dr. Aikman has served as the Residency Program Director since 2016. She was recently interviewed and highlighted by the Greater New York Hospital Association in their series entitled Behind the White Coat. They highlighted her role as the program director and her approach to engage and educate the residents.

Dr. Aikman is an active member of the American College of Gynecology and Obstetrics (ACOG) and is board certified. Outside of work, Dr. Aikman loves to spend time in New York City, as well as warm and sunny Florida. 

Adam C. Kaplan MD, FACP

Adam C. Kaplan MD, FACP
Internal Medicine Faculty - Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Core Faculty Assistant Professor- Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall
Clinical Instructor - Rutgers Robert Wood Jonson Medical School Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Dr. Adam Kaplan was born and raised in Keyport, New Jersey. He received his undergraduate degree from Rowan University and his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine, graduating with high honors. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Jersey Shore University Medical Center where he was selected as Chief Resident. Dr. Kaplan stayed true to his roots and is currently a Board certified physician practicing Internal Medicine at Jersey Shore University Medical Center; Dr. Kaplan also serves as full time faculty in the Internal Medicine Residency program. 

Since graduating from residency, Dr. Kaplan has stayed active in the academic arena of medicine in both clinical and research roles. Dr. Kaplan is the attending of record for residents, on a regular basis, and takes pride in focusing on, not only, evidence based care but also on teaching physicians humility with a bedside approach. He is the lead faculty for the resident driven, quality improvement initiative and is currently overseeing 9 projects by the 1st and 2nd year residents. 

Dr. Kaplan is an active member of the ACP, achieving Fellow status in 2017, and is involved at local and national meetings. Past activities included Leadership Day, where important healthcare initiatives where discussed in Washington, DC, as a judge at the NJ regional meeting, as well as an appointment to the Early Career Physician Council. 

Dr. Kaplan believes that in order to excel at medicine you must enjoy it and while medicine should be a priority in your life, it should not encompass it. To encourage a more balanced life, Dr. Kaplan is an aspiring photographer and enjoys submitting his photos to the Hackensack Meridian Health Photography expo each year. He also keeps a focus on a healthy lifestyle that includes running, biking, and swimming (triathlons). The most rewarding of all is his family, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son. 

Ramon Solhkhah, MD

Ramon Solhkhah, MD
Chairman, Department of Psychiatry
Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Neptune, NJ Ramon Solhkhah, MD, is the current Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ. He is an attending psychiatrist of all five hospitals in the Meridian Health System and is also the Corporate Medical Director of Meridian Behavioral Health Services. He is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. Additionally, he maintains a private psychiatry practice in New York, NY and Neptune, NJ.

Dr. Solhkhah received his undergraduate degree from University of Nevada-Reno in Reno, NV, and his medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. After spending two years as a general surgery resident in the Bronx, NY area, Dr. Solhkhah changed his focus to psychiatry and completed his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry residency at Harvard Medical School. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Solhkhah returned to New York, where he completed a fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at New York University.

Dr. Solhkhah is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and other professional organizations. He has been an ad hoc reviewer of several medical journals such as The American Journal of Addiction and Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. He has participated in numerous clinical trials in the field of psychiatry and has authored many journal articles, book chapters, and abstracts. He has presented his work at nationally recognized congresses. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and is board eligible in Psychosomatic Medicine.

Vincent Zales, MD, FACC, FACP

Clinical Professor, Pediatrics
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall
Pediatric Cardiology – K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
Predict the effects of opioid use on multi-organ systems and avoid common pitfalls that may put patients at risk for addiction Manage common medical and cardiac problems related to pregnancy and menopause.

Distinguish normal versus abnormal physical findings and test results for sports participation clearance Evaluate treatment options for patients struggling with tobacco, marijuana, and food abuse Manage vaccination recommendations for adolescents and adults.

Formulate an appropriate screening plan for women at risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndromes Implement the latest changes in cardiac guideline recommendations Become familiar with state of the art devices and their appropriate use in cardiac patients.

  1. The Opioid Epidemic and its sequelae:
    • Opioid Addiction and its Impact on population Health
    • Opioids and Target Organ Injury to the Lung & Kidney
    • Opioids and Target Organ Injury to the Heart
    • Strategies to Combat Opioid Addiction: the JSUMC approach
  2. Women's Health:
    • Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome
    • Common Cardiac Issues in Pregnancy
    • Post-partum Depression
    • Impact of Menopause on Cardiovascular Health
  3. Teen/Young Adult Health:
    • The Athletic Heart-weekend warrior to Olympic athlete ( and clearance for school sports participation)
    • Adolescent Reproductive Health
  4. Primary Care Issues:
    • Tackling Ticks in the Primary Care Setting
    • Smoking Cessation?
    • Update in Cardiology Guidelines and Gadgets
    • The Heavy Burden of Weight Management in the Primary Care Setting
    • Emergency Contraception
  5. Adolescent Reproductive Health
    • Describe the key elements that are addressed in an adolescent GYN visit
  6. Impact of Menopause on Cardiovascular Health
    • Recognize impact of menopause on cardiovascular disease
  7. Emergency Contraception
    • Describe the different forms of emergency contraception
  8. Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome
    • Describe management of patients with hereditary breast and ovarian syndrome
  9. Marijuana Use Disorders in Teens and Adolescents
    • To appreciate how common adolescent drug use is.
    • To develop an understanding of the utility of assessing for AOD use in working with teens and young adults.
    • To appreciate the differences in adolescent treatment, as compared to adult treatment, for these substance-related disorders.
  10. Opioid Use Disorder and its Impact on Population Health
    • To (briefly) review the history of opioid use in human civilization.
    • To gain an understanding of why there is an opioid problem in the US and why there is such an epidemic here in New Jersey.
    • To appreciate the impact of appropriately identifying opioid use disorders in the populations we serve.
  11. Strategies to Combat Opioid Use Disorder: A Jersey Shore University Medical Center Approach
    • To appreciate the impact of appropriately identifying and treating opioid use disorders in the populations we serve.
    • To understand various treatment options for Opioid Use Disorders.
    • To describe what HMH/JSUMC is doing to fight this epidemic.
  12. Post-Partum Depression and other Psychiatric Issues in the Obstetric Patient
    • To appreciate the incidence of depression in patients with obstetrical issues.
    • To become aware of the clinical importance of suicidal ideation and suicidal risk in these patients.
    • State the strengths, limitations, and knowledge gaps in the current medical literature about the risks and benefits for patients with postpartum depression (PPD).
  13. Nicotine Dependence and Smoking Cessation
    • To appreciate how common smoking is in the United States.
    • To develop an understanding of the utility of assessing for nicotine dependence in your patients.
    • To appreciate the available treatment options for smoking cessation.
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 Nov 02 Cape Liberty (Bayonne), NJ
- 3:00 pm
Sun Nov 03 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Nov 04 Port Canaveral, Florida
12:00 pm 9:30 pm
Tue Nov 05 Coco Cay, Bahamas
9:30 am 5:00 pm
Wed Nov 06 Nassau, Bahamas
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Nov 07 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Nov 08 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Nov 09 Cape Liberty (Bayonne), NJ
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Cape Liberty (Bayonne), NJ - Cape Liberty Cruise Port is located on the New York Harbor in Bayonne, New Jersey, and is just seven miles from New York City and three miles from Newark Liberty International Airport. Its waterfront location and convenience to the Big Apple allows visitors easy access to everything New York City has to offer along with providing visitors access to the historic roots of Northern New Jersey. Convenient guest parking is located adjacent to the cruise terminal.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Port Canaveral, Florida - Port Canaveral lies just 35 miles east of Orlando, along the 72 miles of pristine beaches known as Florida's Space Coast. Besides its close proximity to Orlando's theme parks, you'll find space-age attractions of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.

Coco Cay, Bahamas - Located in the middle of the Caribbean's bright blue water lies the secluded island of CocoCay. With its white-sand beaches and spectacular surroundings, CocoCay is a wonderland of adventure. Reserved exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests, this tropical paradise has recently been updated with new aquatic facilities, nature trails and a ton of great places to just sit back, relax and enjoy a tropical drink.


Perfect Day Cococay

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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