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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

The Approach to Common Medical Illnesses Using Both Functional and Integrative Medicine

Royal Caribbean's <em>Symphony of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas
7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise
Round-trip Miami, Florida

April 18 - 25, 2020
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
3½ 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.

David Alan Burke, DO, FAAP

David Alan Burke, DO, FAAP
Clinical Faculty, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH Dr. Burke graduated from Ohio University with Bachelor of Science in 1992, went to Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and attended Cleveland Clinic Foundation for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Residency.

He currently works at Cleveland Clinic Childrenā€™s and Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Integrative Medicine.

He enjoys hiking, running, camping and medical missions trips. He is married to Jennifer, who is studying to be a lifestyle coach. They have a 12 year old son.

Paris Kharbat, DO, ABFM, ABOIM, IFMCP

Paris Kharbat, DO, ABFM, ABOIM, IFMCP
Board certified Family Medicine, Integrative medicine and Institute for Functional Medicine Certified
Cleveland Clinic Staff Physician
Clinical Assistant Professor Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve

Dr. Kharbat attended the University of North Texas Health Sciences - Texas College of Osteopathic medicine and completed her Family Medicine residency through Mercy Methodist -UC Davis. After residency she joined Indian Health Services (IHS) where she worked in the clinic, hospital, nursing home and assumed the role of serving a large Native American population. While working with IHS she quickly realized her patient base had many medical needs that were not adequately met through traditional family medicine. She commenced training in medical acupuncture through the UCLA/Stanford Helms Medical Institute and started providing medical acupuncture to patients in subsequent years.

After 3 years at IHS, Dr. Kharbat started her solo practice bridging the gap between Eastern and Western medicine as the only Integrative physician in the region. During the 11 years of private practice, Dr. Kharbat took on extensive additional training in functional medicine, osteopathic manipulation - fascial distortion model, and frequency specific microcurrent. 

In 2016 she joined Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine which enables her to see chronic complex conditions from around the world, contribute to the first functional medicine randomized clinical trials for diabetes and asthma, lead shared medical appointments and provide functional medicine training for colleagues, residents and medical students.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
Patient's have  become self learners and come to the primary care providers expecting them to know some of the integrative approaches to the most common chronic disease processes.integrative and functional medicine approaches will be discussed and pearls/take-a-ways provided for the primary care provider to use Monday in the clinic.

What can you add her remove from the patient's environment to alleviate some of their daily symptoms? The functional medicine approach will apply clinical expertise and evidence-based medicineto some of the most common patient complaints.

  1. IBS - part 1
    • Review the definition and diagnosis of IBS
    • Review the pathophysiology of IBS including SIBO, celiac testing and food sensitivities
    • Discuss the impact of the microbiome on IBS symptoms
  2. IBS- part 2
    • Discuss the value of the elimination diet and how to implement it
    • Associate the vagus nerve and its impact on irritable bowel symptoms
    • Review non-pharmacologic approaches to IBS symptoms
  3. Insomnia
    • Illustrate melatonin and serotonin pathways
    • Discuss the impact of blue light on sleep cycle
    • Review non-pharmacologic approaches as sleep aids
  4. Flu prevention
    • Discuss the efficacy of flu vaccines and patient concerns
    • Review study supporting and refuting nonpharmacologic approaches to flu prevention and impact on flu symptoms/duration
    • Distance will be able to utilize a natural approach to support the immune system against the flu
  5. NASH-nonalcoholic steatohepatitis
    • Review pathogenesis of Nash
    • Summarize diagnostic testing options
    • Update providers on non-pharmacologic treatment options for NASH
  6. Intestinal permeability
    • Illustrate intestinal permeability and review risks and causes
    • Identify nutrients indicated in gut healing
    • Review studies associating intestinal permeability with auto immune disease
  7. Functional medicine approach to chronic disease
    • Discuss the functional medicine approach to evaluation of root cause of inflammation and disease
    • Expand on the function of the microbiome and the impact on chronic disease
    • Describe the amgydala's interpretation of physical and emotional stress and the impact on health
  8. Pediatric Integrative Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    • Present CCF's Pediatric Integrative Medicine clinic and our approach to treatment of children.
    • Introduce Integrative and Complementary therapies and common conditions treated in our clinic
  9. Osteopathic Manipulation for the non Osteopath
    • Discuss and demonstrate safe and effective basic Osteopathic Manipulative techniques for infants, children and adolescents.
  10. Probiotic Research
    • Review the research of many probiotic strains and findings of how use of these supplements may aid in the care of medical conditions.
  11. Integrative Treatment for Headache
    • Review various types of Integrative and complementary options for headaches, including manual therapies, dietary supplements and stress reduction.
  12. Fatigue, an Integrative approach
    • Define fatigue
    • Review diagnostic work up
    • Introduce Integrative Medicine treatment options to enhance patient care
  13. Fibromyalgia, a holistic approach to care
    • Define fibromyalgia
    • Diagnosis of fibromyalgia and Integrative treatment options to enhance patient care
  14. Stress Management
    • Present the importance of stress in our lives and various ways to reduce stress and improve our quality of life
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 Apr 18 Miami, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Sun Apr 19 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Apr 20 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Apr 21 Philipsburg, St. Maarten
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed Apr 22 San Juan, Puerto Rico
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Thu Apr 23 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Apr 24 Coco Cay, Bahamas
8:30 am 5:30 pm
Sat Apr 25 Miami, Florida
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas Map

Ports of Call

Miami, Florida - South Florida's exciting, international city is much more than the gateway to Latin America, it's one of the world's most popular vacation destinations. Before departing from Miami, enjoy a tour that will highlight this "Magic City." Board an airboat and explore the wild Evergladesā€be ready to see gators. Experience the one-of-a-kind art deco district in South Beach. Discover a cuisine and culture that fits perfectly with your South American adventure.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Philipsburg, St. Maarten - An island under two flags. Sample the Dutch treats of Philipsburg: chocolate, cheese, delftware. On the French side linger over bouillabaisse, shop for Parisian perfumes.

San Juan, Puerto Rico - In days of yore, the waters near Puerto Rico teemed with pirate ships commanded by the likes of Sir Francis Drake. Aye, they are long gone, but in their wake they have left an island of national treasures: La Casa Blanca, built in 1501 for the island's first governor, Ponce de Leon; the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan; the tropical rain forests of El Yunque.  

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

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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