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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Pediatric Subspecialties for PCPs:
Gastroenterology and Infectious Diseases

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

February 22 - 29, 2020
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
14.0 MOC (Part II) points in the American Board of Pediatrics' (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
3 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.

Vera Hupertz, MD

Dr. Hupertz was a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY (1974-1978) and received her BS in Biology. She attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY and graduated in 1982 with MD. Internship and residency was completed at Rainbow Babies & Children's (RB&C) Hospital, Cleveland, OH by 1985 and Pediatric Gi and Hepatology fellowship by 1988. She maintains 3 board certifications which include: Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology, and Pediatric Transplant Hepatology. 

Vera stayed on as Staff Physician at Rainbow Babies and Hospital and achieved the level of Associate Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. She was made Medical Director of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Team, and was co-director of the Residency Training Program at RB&C. In addition to the above, I developed a residency curriculum for Chronic Care to be used at Health Hill Hospital (now Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation). 

She became a staff physician at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in July of 2000 and currently has a joint appointment with the Department of Transplant Surgery. She is Medical Director of Pediatric Liver Transplantation. She is Vice Chair of Quality Improvement for the Children's Hospital and Pediatric Institute at Cleveland Clinic. Current interests are liver disease (especially neonatal disease) and liver transplantation, as well as inflammatory bowel diseases

Camille Sabella, MD

Camille Sabella, MD
Director, Center for Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Vice Chair for Education
Cleveland Clinic Children’s
Cleveland, Ohio

Camille Sabella, MD, is the Director of the Center for Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Cleveland Clinic Children’s and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He serves as the Vice Chair for Education for the Pediatric Institute at Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

Dr. Sabella received his M.D. degree from the Northeast Ohio Medical University, served a pediatric residency at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio and completed a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, CA. Dr. Sabella is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Sabella attends on the Pediatric Infectious Diseases consultation service at Cleveland Clinic Children’s where he sees pediatric patients with a wide variety of infections, including complicated community acquired infections, viral infections, infections in immunocompromised hosts, including those complicating malignancies and organ transplantation, infections following surgery, and infections in the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units. Dr. Sabella’s research interests include viral infections, antimicrobial therapy and stewardship, immune responses of transplant recipients, infections in immunocompromised patients, hospital-acquired infections, and the use of telemedine in the practice of pediatric infectious diseases.

Dr. Sabella is the editor of the Cleveland Clinic Intensive Review of Pediatrics textbook, which is currently in its fifth edition, co-editor of The Color Atlas of Pediatrics, and associate editor of the 5-Minute Pediatric Consult (7th and 8th editions). He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of AccessPediatrics. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles dealing with diverse aspects of pediatric infectious diseases.

Dr. Sabella has received numerous awards related to his educational commitment to fellows, residents and medical students. He directs the annual Pediatric Board Review Course at the Cleveland Clinic, which is currently in its 25th year. He is the past Chair of the Education Committee of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.

Dr. Sabella is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. He is also a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, American Society of Transplantation, American Society for Microbiology, and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, PharmacistsPediatricians
Program Purpose / Objectives

To educate the attendees in many of the common gastroenterological issues faced by the primary care providers for children.

The purpose of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases lectures is to present a clinical approach to the diagnosis and management of common pediatric infections. The desired outcome is to provide primary care practitioners an evidence-based approach and an update on the latest available guidelines to help them diagnose and manage common outpatient and inpatient neonatal and pediatric infections.

  1. Uncommon causes of abdominal pain that are now common
    • The participant will be able to differentiate the various pancreobiliary causes of chronic abdominal pain
  2. Show and Tell
    • The participant will identify various non-GI symptoms or signs, associated with GI diseases.
  3. Swallowing problems in children
    • The participant will learn to cite the various common and some uncommon causes of dysphagia
  4. Celiac disease
    • Participants will be able to differentiate signs and symptoms of one of the most common pediatric gastrointestinal problems
  5. Inflammatory Bowel Disease In Children
    • Determine the major issues affecting children with one of the most common chronic diseases in children.
  6. I'm Backed up and I Can't Get It Out!
    • List the common causes and treatments of constipation in children
  7. Stop the Running! Diarrhea and It's Ins and Outs.
    • Summarize the common causes and treatments of diarrhea in children
  8. Group A Streptococcal (GAS) Infections
    • Differentiate between the suppurative and non-suppurative complications for GAS infections
  9. Principles of Antimicrobial Therapy for Common Outpatient Infections
    • Describe the therapeutic options for management of common pediatric infections.
  10. Management of Common Eye Infections in Children
    • List the etiologies of conjunctivitis in the newborn period and beyond.
    • Describe the clinical presentation and management of the child with periorbital and orbital infection.
  11. Vaccine-Preventable Infections
    • Describe the epidemiology and clinical manifestations of vaccine-preventable infections
  12. Neonatal Infections: Herpes simplex virus (HSV) and cytomegalovirus (CMV)
    • Summarize the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis and management of HSV and CMV infections in the newborn.
  13. Management of Skin and Soft Tissue Infections
    • Differentiate the common etiologies of skin and soft tissue infections in children.
  14. Fever of Unknown Origin (FUO) in Pediatrics
    • Differentiate among the most common cause of FUO in the pediatric population.
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 Feb 22 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 3:30 pm
Sun Feb 23 Key West, Florida
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Mon Feb 24 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Feb 25 Costa Maya, Mexico
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed Feb 26 Cozumel, Mexico
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Thu Feb 27 Georgetown, Grand Cayman
10:00 am 6:00 pm
Fri Feb 28 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Feb 29 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.

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.

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.

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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