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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Family Medicine

Royal Caribbean's <em>Jewel of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas
7-Night United Arab Emirates & Muscat, Oman
Round-trip Dubai, United Arab Emirates

December 30 - January 06, 2020
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
10 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.

Osman El-Labban, MD

Osman El-Labban, MD
Family Medicine Consultant
Head of Family Medicine Department at Al Zahra Hospital Dubai & Ex Co-director of family medicine residency program at Dubai Health Authority (DHA)
American University of Beirut Graduate, Beirut , Lebanon
Fellowship of Royal College of General Practitioners (FRCGP) in U.K.
Arab Board in Family Medicine specialty
Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education, Keele University U.K.
Graduate Certificate in women Health, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Healthcare Leadership Certificate, Cornell University, USA

Lecturer &amp; clinical trainer at Dubai Medical College for Girls, Dubai, UAE
Lecturer &amp; Clinical trainer at the Arabian Gulf University, Manama, Bahrain
Examiner in Royal College of General Practitioners examination in Dubai, UAE
Member of the Lebanese order of physicians 
Member of the Emirates Medical Association 
Overseas Associate member of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 

Known public speaker &amp; strong believer in the great potential of family physicians role in community 
WHO&#39;S WHO International (Professionals) membership 1999
  Dr. Osman’s  interest in medicine started early in his life and developed with days till his graduation as family physician from American University of Beirut (A.U. B.) in 1985, which allowed him to reflect this interest through outmost caring & commitments to his patients.

His patients can feel how easily he can gain rapport with them, allowing them comfortably to approach him for any health problem, and on how much he cares for their safety. In addition, he has  the talent of explaining health problems in a very simple way that helped him to be a popular public speaker and writer of medical articles aiming to educate general public.

He started his career by working in the staff clinic of A.U.B., untili he moved to primary healthcare department of Dubai Health Authority(DHA)  to be the first family physician in Dubai in 1986.

In DHA, he could prove himself and attain different posts as doctor in charge for different health centers, member of executive committee of the department and up to co-director of the family medicine residency program In DHA. During these years, he succeeded in different endeavors, which varied from managerial, clinical, to academic, all of which helped him in building his reputation, fame and identity as one of the pioneer family physicians in UAE.

The opportunity came few years ago to move to the private sector, when he joined Al Zahra hospital Dubai where he could achieve further success by establishing the family medicine department in the hospital, allowing him to serve as a role model of the family physician with various potentials in the hospital settings.

He has  been chosen among the top 25 family physicians in Dubai & has achieved the first rank leader of the team of the year 2017 at Al Zahra Hospital Dubai.

The future still promises for more challenges ….  By employing his accumulated expertise over 30 years, he is still seeking an opportunity to broaden his responsibilities in both clinical & managerial fields of healthcare, where he will be then steer a bigger team of physicians who can provide a higher standard of healthcare and excellence.

Farouq Alzurba, MD

Farouq Alzurba, MD
Family Medicine Consultant
Fellow, American Academy of anti-Aging Medicine
Adviser in Quality Management and Accreditation
Ex Director of Quality & Organizational Excellence at Dubai Health Authority
Ex Medical Director at Health Med Centre
Ex Chairman of Arab Group for the study of Diabetes
Reviewer/Referee in many medical journals
Ex lecturer and training in the Family Practice Residency Program in Bahrain, Arab
Gulf University, College of Health Sciences in Bahrain, and Dubai Medical College UAE Dr Farouq Alzurba is an alumnus of King Edward Medical College. He is a Family Medicine Consultant, a fellow of Aesthetic Anti-aging Medicine certified by the American Academy of anti-Aging Medicine and an Advisor on Quality Management and International Accreditation. Dr Farouq has 45 years of clinical and administrative experience in the public sector in Palestine, Bahrain, and Dubai. His last post in DHA, Dubai was the Director of Quality & Organisational Excellence. In addition to that, he was the Medical Director of a medical centre in the private section in Bahrain since 2015, mainly responsible for the overall management of the clinic in addition to responsibilities related to seeing patients. Moreover, he has a vast academic experience as he served as a trainer and lecturer in the Family Practice Residency Program (FPRP) at the College of Health Sciences, Arabian Gulf University (AGU) in Bahrain and Dubai Medical College in UAE.

Dr Zurba’s special clinical interest lies is in diabetes and wellness promotion; whereas his administrative interest is in Leadership, Total Quality Management (TQM) and Healthcare Facility Accreditation. Dr Zurba has a profound experience in Government Excellence Programs, Organisational Self-Assessment and Individual Performance Plans. He served as a senior advisor and consultant in United States Air Force Academy in Colorado for Multi Media Centre for 4 years during the period from 2001 to 2004.

Dr Zurba’s interest in primary health care has been further explored and strengthened by his research in minor surgery, psychiatry and notably into diabetes. Back in 1985 he established the Update Primary Health Care Journal in Bahrain and acted as the Chief Editor during the period from 1985 to 2005. His efforts and contributions have been recognised by being appointed as the Chairman of the Arab Group for the Study of Diabetes and its Editorial Board. Further he was a referee in WHO East Mediterranean Journal EMRO during 1980 to 2005. Last but not least Dr Zurba published numerous papers, internationally, and booklets, locally, on various medical topics and awareness.

Dr Zurba obtained his M.B.B.S. in 1974 from King Edward Medical College, Lahore, Punjab University. He got certified as Family Physician by the American University of Beirut in 1984 and later on as Fellow in Aesthetic Anti-Aging Medicine in 2015. Dr Zurba is a big fan of technology and design applications for photography and web designs (www.zurba.com). Dr Zurba is married and has 3 sons and 7 grandchildren.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Prevention and Treatment of Motion Sickness
    • List 3 symptoms of motion sickness
    • Describe the 3 types of behavioral interventions
    • Recite 3 types of medications use for Motions Sickness
  2. Incidentaloma's How to approach these findings?
    • Differentiate the different sites of incidentalomas
    • Explain the work up for Thyroid , Pulmonary and Pituitary Incidentalomas
    • List the 3 Red flags related to Thyroid, Pulmonary and Pituitary findings
  3. Hey Doc ! By the way : Common OTC treatment of every day Dermatologic Problems In daily Practice
    • Describe 3 most common skin complaints in the office setting
    • List 3 over the counter treatments that are used for these skin conditions
  4. Common Knee and shoulder complaints in the office setting : how to give injections to treat knee and shoulder complaints
    • Demonstrate a rapid shoulder and knee exam
    • List the contraindications to a steroid injection
  5. Use of the Medical Interpreter to maximize the office visit
    • Describe at least 5 tips for using a medical interpreter
    • List 3 Medical Interpreter Resources
    • Explain at least 2 benefits of using a trained interpreter
  6. Current Guidelines on the evaluation of the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
    • Describe what constitutes and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
    • List the 3 main risk factors for AAA
    • Apply the screening requirements for AAA
  7. Efficacious use of antiemetics in the office setting
    • List the 3 primary neurotransmitters involved in nausea and vomiting
    • Discuss the 4 categories of antiemetics used in the ambulatory
  8. Update on U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations
    • Review of the new USPSTF recommendations for cervical & prostate cancer screening, behavioral counseling for healthful diet and physical activity, obesity screening
  9. How to create outpatient antibiotics stewardship program
    • Grasp the necessary steps to establish Stewardship program through reviewing the core elements, CDC recommended interventions and implementation strategies.
  10. Adult Immunization Update
    • Discuss adult immunization recommendations with emphasis on Zoster (shingles) vaccine, Human Papilloma Virus, pneumococcal vaccine and influenza vaccine.
  11. Update on Hypertension Guidelines
    • Compare various hypertension guidelines & Identify best practices for implementation of key recommendations.
  12. Appropriate choice of drugs in type 2 diabetes
    • Evaluate the various available choices of different classes of anti-diabetic treatment & how appropriately one can choose for each patient
  13. Management of Hyperlipidemia for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction
    • Set a practical approach to evaluate hyperlipdemia cardiovascular risks and setting proper plan in management
  14. Update on current CDC guidelines for screening & treatment of STD
    • Discuss ways to take sexual history ,screen and treat common STD
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 Dec 30 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- -
Tue Dec 31 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- 5:00 pm
Wed Jan 01 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
8:00 am 8:00 pm
Thu Jan 02 Sir Bani Yas, United Arab Emirates
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Fri Jan 03 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Jan 04 Muscat, Oman
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Sun Jan 05 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2:00 pm -
Mon Jan 06 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Dubai Emirates

Ports of Call

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Dubai is located in the northeast United Arab Emirates and is the capital of the state of Dubai. It is on the west side of the creek; the East part of the town is known as Dayrah. Located at the crossroads between East and West, the emirate's long-standing trading tradition has for centuries brought visitors from throughout the Middle East and neighboring regions. Now modernized, Dubai continues to attract many with its international facilities and its exotic, yet cosmopolitan lifestyle. Dubai has the best prices in the Arab Gulf states for gold, electronics, perfumes, and more. Dubai is a tax-free city.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - The discovery of oil transformed a fishing village into a thriving capital city. Modern Abu Dhabi features futuristic skyscrapers and luxury hotels as well as heritage museums, spectacular mosques, and traditional bazaars.

Sir Bani Yas, United Arab Emirates - Sir Bani Yas is a natural , the capital of the  It lies 9 km (5.6 mi) offshore from Jebel Dhanna, which serves as a crossing point to other islands such as 
Located just off the shore of the  Sir Bani Yas was originally home to largest wildlife reserve. 
Thanks to decades of conservation work and ecological investment, it is now home to thousands of large free-roaming animals and several million trees and plants.
A bird sanctuary as well as a wildlife reserve, Sir Bani Yas showcases nature through activities such as adventure safaris, kayaking, mountain biking, archery, hiking and snorkeling.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Muscat, Oman - Muscat  is the capital and largest city of Oman.  The rocky dominate the landscape of Muscat.
The city lies on the Arabian Sea along the Gulf of Oman and is in the proximity of the strategic Straits of Hormuz . Low-lying white buildings typify most of Muscat's urban landscape, while the port-district of Muttrah, with its corniche and harbour, form the north-eastern periphery of the city. Muscat's economy is dominated by trade, petroleum and porting.

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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