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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, and Neurology

10-Night Italy & Best of Greek Islands
from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy June 05 - 15, 2020
<em>Celebrity Edge</em>
Celebrity Edge
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
14 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
14.0 Contact Hours
Course Fees

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Headache
    • Apply acute migraine medications
    • Discuss the different clinical signs and symptoms of various tTrigeminal autonomic cephalgia
    • Diagnose and manage chronic migraine and medication overuse headache
  2. Seizures
    • Use of antiepileptic drugs in the treatment of seizures
    • Identify patientsí nonepileptic behavioral disorders
    • Assess patients presenting with their first seizure
  3. Multiple sclerosis
    • Discuss the indications and side effects of the current and most imminent therapies for MS
    • Summarize current and emerging imaging techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of MS
    • Counsel a patient with MS about reproductive issues
  4. Dementia
    • Recognize the key features for the diagnosis of Alzheimerís disease, vascular dementia, and frontotemporal dementia
    • Identify the appropriate use of CSF and imaging biomarkers in clinical dementia diagnosis
    • Use appropriate phamacologic and non pharmacologic approaches for the management of patients with dementia
  5. Stroke
    • Provide an overview of emergent evaluation of a stroke patient
    • Summarize the recommendations for management of hypertension, physical activity, dyslipedemia, diabetes mellitus, diet, and lifestyle
    • Discuss the antiplatelet and antithrombotic therapies
  6. Movement disorders
    • Recognize the key features associated with the most common movement disorders
    • List the clinical features distinguishing essential tremor form cerebellar tremor from Parkinson&apost;s tremor
    • List the cognitive, behavioral and sensory manifestations associated with tics in Tourettte syndrome and related disorders
  7. Sleep
    • Discuss the core science concepts of sleep wake regulation
    • Discuss the underlying neurochemistry and pathophysiology of major sleep disorders
    • Apply strategies for diagnosis and assessment of patients with common disturbances
  8. EM Myths & Legends stealing your resources.
    • Recommend evidence based improvement of treatment plans affected by myth
  9. Diversity & Inclusion in Quality Patient Care
    • Explain health care disparities and how diversity & Inclusion diminish health care disparities difficulty managing patients of other cultures due to social barriers.
  10. Disparities Interpreter Services
    • Explain the potential of medical errors created by use of non-professional interpreters. Inability to efficiently use professional translator service
  11. Sepsis Update: 2019
    • Create a personal plan to comply with 2019 sepsis bundle 1 guideline difficulty reaching compliance with sepsis quality measures
  12. Stroke Outliers:
    • Explain the epidemiology of wake-up stroke Recognize syndromes that mimic stroke and avoid lytic therapy Predict risk of stroke after TIA avoiding misdiagnosis of stroke
  13. Airway Management: Avoiding Intubation in Respiratory distress
    • Direct the care of respiratory distress patient to avoid intubation Inability to use new oxygen delivery and airway devices in ED.
    • Create an algorithm for use of adjuncts to oxygenation and ventilation to avoid intubation
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.

Edward M. Mendoza, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAN, FACPE

Dr. Edward M. Mendoza is an independent contractor and senior Physician Consultant of the Mendoza group. He has more than 29 years of experience in health care as a physician and consultant. He also has a Neurology private practice. Dr. Mendoza's consulting services include physician training, coder and case manager education, physician liaison training, clinical documentation quality reviews, clinical pathway development, and clinical cost management.

Other present consulting experience is as a part time Vice President of Medical Affairs (Medical Director) at a tertiary care facility. He also assists with DRG and CPT proper coding projects and educational programs for HIM, UM, and QA personnel.

Dr. Mendoza is board certified in Internal Medicine, Neurology, and Medical Management. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physician Executives and the American Academy of Neurology. He is a Certified Physician Executive. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science, received his Doctor of Medicine from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and his Masters of Business Administration from the Executive Program of Georgia State University in Atlanta.

The Road to 10: The Small Physician Practice's Route to ICD-10, is a resource provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to help physicians prepare for the arrival of ID-10. Dr. Mendoza has recently been honored by being selected by CMS to be a member of the Physician Champion Community of Practice. This Community of Practice was established by CMS in order to bring together physicians from across the country to share ICD-10 best practices and lessons learned with their peers. The physician champions are well-respected leaders in their local physician communities and volunteer their time to service as an ICD-10 resource and a mentor to their colleagues.

Dr. Mendoza is widely published in the medical literature including several books: International Healthcare, A Framework for Comparing National Health Care Systems, 3rd edition and Mastering the Reimbursement Process, 2nd Edition. He has been recognized in Modern Healthcare for his international expertise. He has spoken at numerous seminars, both nationally and internationally on clinical, international health care, and managed care topics. He has prepared and taught "Financing International Health Care Systems, Comparative International Health Care Systems, and Managed Care for Public Health" for the school of Public Health, Morehouse School of Medicine.

Kevin L. Ferguson MD, FACEP

Kevin L. Ferguson MD, FACEP
Dr. Ferguson is currently Professor of Emergency Critical Care Medicine at Cobia Delta Medical Center in Visalia, California , where he is also Medical Director for the Stroke Program, associate program director for the Emergency Medicine residency program, and Chair of the Internal Review Board at Cobia.

He has academic appointment as Professor of Emergency Critical Care Medicine at the University of California Irvine, and the American University Antigua. He has lectured extensively on topics in emergency critical care as well as international & global health medicine.

Dr. Ferguson is an emergency intensivist physician and a graduate of University of Michigan medical school. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Martin Luther King LA County medical center in 1988. He also complete a critical care Fellowship at State University of New York in Syracuse in 1991. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Board Eligible in Critical Care Medicine. 

He was a member of the founding faculty in emergency medicine at the University of Michigan from 1991 through 1997. He joined the faculty at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 2001 and founded the emergency medicine residency program at UF. 

He also founded the emergency medicine track for the critical care Fellowship at University of Florida with the Department of anesthesiology. At that time, he held a dual appointment in emergency medicine and anesthesiology critical care and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010.

He was a member of the University of Florida's NASA medical support team from 2001 until the end of the shuttle program in 2011; during the last three years, he was medical director of the medical support team. At the University of Florida, he was recognized as a master educator in medical education and twice received exemplary teacher awards from University of Florida. He was subsequently inducted as a member of the Society of Teaching Scholars in Medical Education at the University in 2011. Also at the University of Florida, he founded "Project Thailand" a global health program designed to teach students and residents topics in tropical medicine and global health, as well as bring primary medical care to the hill tribes people of northern Thailand.

He enjoys attending concerts, hunting sharks teeth on the beach, golf, and international travel.

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

Fri Jun 05 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
- 5:00 pm
Sat Jun 06 Messina, Sicily
1:00 pm 9:00 pm
Sun Jun 07 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Jun 08 Santorini, Greece
7:00 am 7:00 pm
Tue Jun 09 Athens (Piraeus), Greece
6:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Jun 10 Mykonos, Greece
7:00 am 7:00 pm
Thu Jun 11 Rhodes, Greece
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Fri Jun 12 Chania (Souda), Crete, Greece
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Sat Jun 13 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Jun 14 Naples, Italy
7:00 am 6:30 pm
Mon Jun 15 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
5:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Italy & Best Of Greek Islands

Ports of Call

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy - Ah, the Eternal City: Romance, culture, food, history and fashion. You'll have to plan your time carefully as the sights of Rome are captivating and seemingly endless: the Colosseum and Forum, the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain and, of course the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel.You can't fit it all in one day (or even a week, to be honest). Be sure to spend at least a couple days enjoying the many pleasures Rome has to offer before and/or after your cruise conference.

Messina, Sicily - A beautiful sheltered harbor is your gateway to Taormina, a small town at heart despite its major tourist attraction: the sublime Teatro Greco, offering panoramic views of the coastline and snow-capped Mt. Etna.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Santorini, Greece - The view from the top of Santorini is breathtaking. The harbor below is said to be the site of the lost city of Atlantis! Visit the ruins of Akrotiri and discover a recently unearthed Minoan town which was extinguished by a volcanic cataclysm in 1500 B.C.

Athens (Piraeus), Greece - You'll climb the Acropolis, the site of ancient Athens, crowned by the immortal Parthenon. Its chiseled columns were raised by Pericles, Athens's great general. Rest your running shoes in the temple of Nike. A little shopping and souvlaki in the Plaka and you're practically an (ancient) Athenian!

Mykonos, Greece - For pure Mediterranean pizzazz, Mykonos can't be beat. Designer boutiques and beautifully bronzed Greek gods and goddesses lie on Mykonos' beaches. And Mykonos' famous five white churches look down on it all in oblivious serenity.

Rhodes, Greece - The crusader Knights of St. John made Rhodes their headquarters. Explore the massive fortress of the Palace of Grand Masters, and peer into tiny rooms of the Inns which once housed the knights. See where the towering Colossus of Rhodes once stood -- it could be seen for miles at sea!

Chania (Souda), Crete, Greece - Chania is the second largest city of Crete, and one of the most beautiful. It lies along the north coast of the island at the east end of the Gulf of Chania. Chania is the site of the ancient Minoan settlement the Greeks called Cydonia (Kydonia), which was mentioned in Virgil's Aeneid. The site has been continuously inhabited from Neolithic times-at least 5000 years. The city's rich history can be traced through historic buildings and monuments with Venetian, Turkish and Greek architecture.

Naples, Italy - Capital of Southern Italy, the largest city of Campania, Naples is the third most populated city in Italy (after Rome and Milan), with over a million inhabitants, and is the most important industrial center and trading port for the South. Naples itself can provide a day's fun and entertainment, if its somewhat rundown appearance doesn't dissuade you. Or, join a tour of incredible Pompeii, frozen in time since A.D. 79 when Mt. Vesuvius brought an end to that then-thriving city. Or, take a quick ferry across the bay to the flowery Isle of Capri. Or, (yes, there's more) visit fabulous Sorrento, vacation spot for the well to do.

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - Plan your time here carefully, as the Eternal City's sights are endless: the Colosseum, the Forum, the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican and so much more.

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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