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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Women's Health

10-Night Panama Canal Cruise
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
March 08 - 18, 2020
Holland America's <em> Zuiderdam</em>
Holland America's Zuiderdam
21.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
21 ACPE Credits
5 Hours of Pharmacology for NPs
21.0 Contact Hours
Course Fees

Target Audience
Nurses, Nurse PractitionersNurses, Nurse PractitionersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
These lectures on women's health are meant to provide participants with specific and up-to-date information on the evaluation and management of patients they commonly encounter in their clinical practice. The participants' knowledge base will be expanded and challenged during the first half of each lecture. During the second half of each lecture the participants will engage in case experiences to further demonstrate and apply the key components of appropriate management plans to common patient scenarios. These case experiences will include large and small group participation, depending on the class size and topic being covered.

  1. The Bladder: Incontinence and Irritability
    • Discuss evaluation of a patient reporting symptoms of incontinence and list treatment options for same
  2. Menopausal Medicine: WHI and Beyond
    • Counsel a patient on the use of HRT/ET
    • Review a patient's risk of using HRT/RT based on current data, and provide appropriate treatment options for a patient for menopausal symptoms
  3. Osteoporosis 101
    • List the current recommendations for evaluating a patient for osteoporosis and be able to determine a patient's risk for fracture using simple tools and subsequently establish a treatment plans for their patients
  4. Contraception: Whatís New, what's old and what's to come
    • Counsel a patient regarding all of their contraceptive options based on the age and their particular medical condition
  5. Vaginal Bugs and their Drugs
    • Describe the evaluation of a woman reporting a vaginal discharge and will be able to provide a treatment plan for the most common vaginal infections and sexually transmitted diseases
  6. Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
    • Describe the most common causes of abnormal uterine bleeding and will be able to explain treatment options for each of these
  7. Gynecological Surgeries/Topics of Controversy: Can a Robot Really Do It All?, Morsels about Morcellation, Choosing more wisely with Choosing Wisely, What's the Mess about Mesh?- timely Gyn controversies in the news
    • Discuss with patients some of the new surgical procedures available and counsel patients during the pre-operative decision-making period and be facile with some of the GYN topics in the lay press
  8. The New Statistics
    • Discuss new topics in statistics, study design, epidemiology and how to interpret the medical literature
  9. Mindfulness, Meditation and Relaxation....recharging your batteries
    • Explore some of the newer topics, literature and practicies in personal reflection, recharging and rekindling
  10. Breast Disease: Benign and Beyond
    • Create a treatment plan for evaluating an abnormal breast exam.
    • Outline the screening options available women with increased breast density
  11. Ovarian Masses: What's a Doctor to Do?
    • Describe features of an ovarian mass that make it suspicious for a malignancy.
    • Describe ovarian cancer screening recommendations for low and high risk patients.
  12. Female Sexuality: Where Do I Begin?
    • Describe the evaluation of and outline an initial treatment plan for a patient diagnosed with female sexual dysfunction.
    • Recognize the impact of menopause and depression on female function.
  13. Female Sexual Pain Syndromes: Breaking the Cycle
    • Discuss the common causes of vulvar and vaginal pain, including dyspareunia.
    • Outline the available treatment options for a patient with sexual and non-sexual pelvic pain.
  14. Vulvar Skin Conditions: Beyond the Itchy Vulva
    • Describe the 3 most common vulvar skin conditions.
    • Outline the evaluation and treatment of a patient with a vulvar skin condition.
  15. Cancer and Genetics
    • Summarize the impact of cancer genetics and genomics on the evaluation and treatment of patients.
    • Identify patients at higher risk for breast and ovarian cancer and Lynch Syndrome.
    • Devise a strategy for referring high risk patients for genetic counseling and hereditary gene testing.
  16. Pap Smears and HPV: Whatís New?
    • Describe the recommended cervical cancer screening guidelines for a low risk and at risk patient.
    • Outline a strategy for application of current guidelines to clinical practice. Review HPV vaccination and rationale for HPV testing.
  17. Teaching Wellness to Wonder Woman
    • Develop a strategy to counsel patients during a well-woman visit on lifestyle changes to improve her quality of life.
    • Discover integrative modalities that can improve health for both patients and physicians.
    • Recognize the effects of stress on physician wellness and develop techniques to reduce physician burnout.
  18. Mindfulness, Meditation, and Relaxation: Recharging Your Batteries
    • Explore various modalities available to physicians to reduce stress, provide improved quality of life, and enhance personal reflection.
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.
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.

Amy Harvey-O'Keeffe, MD, FACOG

Amy Harvey-O'Keeffe, MD, FACOG
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Stratford, NJ

Dr. Harvey O’Keeffe is a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist in private practice at the Center for Women’s Health, a division of Axia Women’s Healthcare, located in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.  She is an attending physician at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, PA, and Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell, NJ.

She obtained her medical degree in 1990 from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and she completed her residency in the Department of OB/GYN at Temple University Hospital in 1994. Recognized by Philadelphia Magazine as a Top Doc in the Greater Philadelphia area, Dr. Amy Harvey O’Keeffe is a Board-Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist in private practice at the Center for Women’s Health, a division of Axia Women’s Healthcare located in Langhorne, PA. Over the past 25 years she has developed a specialized interest in menopausal medicine and women’s sexual health concerns. Dr. Harvey O’Keeffe is also a Master Level Reiki Practitioner and is known for her unique practice style that blends wellness coaching, integrative medicine, and comprehensive women’s healthcare.

Dr. Harvey O’Keeffe received her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, where she also completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She currently holds attending hospital staff positions at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Langhorne, PA, and Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell, NJ.

Dr. Harvey O’Keeffe speaks both locally and internationally, educating healthcare professionals and community members on women’s health and wellness topics. In 2010, Dr. Harvey established The GyniGirls, a monthly cancer support group for women with gynecological cancers. Since 2010, Dr. Harvey O’Keeffe has served as an Advisory Board member for The Teal Tea Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding research for ovarian cancer. Dr. Harvey O’Keeffe’s humanitarian work includes her co-leadership of an annual medical mission to the Dominican Republic for ten years.

Mark D Kuhn MD, FACOG

Mark D Kuhn MD, FACOG

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Stratford, NJ

Dr. Kuhn is in full-time private practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Center for Women's Health in Langhorne, Pennsylvania where he has been a principal since its inception in 1995. He has reached an auspicious milestone in his career; babies he delivered years ago return to him now having children of their own.
Dr. Kuhn completed his undergraduate education at The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and earned his medical degree from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine. Dr. Kuhn completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Temple University Hospital where he served as Chief Resident. 

Dr. Kuhn has been recognized by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd as one of America's "Top Docs" and has been featured in Philadelphia Magazine's annual "Top Docs" issue since 2006, most recently in May of 2016. He has been a featured speaker on Women's Health Issues for University at Sea since 2014.

Dr. Kuhn has special expertise and training in DaVinci Robotic surgery, Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive procedures. He has participated in multiple medical missions to the Dominican Republic.

He currently lives in Bucks County, PA with his lovely wife, is immensely proud of his three sons, and enjoys skiing, scuba-diving and lots of coffee.

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.

Cruise Itinerary

Sun Mar 08 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 6:00 pm
Mon Mar 09 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
8:00 am 3:00 pm
Tue Mar 10 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Mar 11 Oranjestad, Aruba
1:00 pm 11:00 pm
Thu Mar 12 Willemstad, Curacao
8:00 am 4:00 pm
Fri Mar 13 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Mar 14 Panama Canal
5:00 am 5:00 am
Sat Mar 14
- -
Sat Mar 14 Gatun Lake
9:00 am 10:00 am
Sat Mar 14 Exit Panama Canal
1:00 pm 1:00 pm
Sat Mar 14 Colon, Panama
3:00 pm 9:00 pm
Sun Mar 15 Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
7:30 am 4:00 pm
Mon Mar 16 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Mar 17 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Mar 18 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Panama Canal

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

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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