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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Sensitive Topics in Women's Health: Sexuality, Menopause, and Mental Health

<em>Celebrity Solstice</em>
Celebrity Solstice
7-Night Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise
Round-trip Seattle, Washington

August 07 - 14, 2020
14 CE Credits for Psychologists
14 ASWB ACE Credits
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
9½ 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.

Karen E. Adams, MD, FACOG*, NCMP**

Karen E. Adams, MD, FACOG*, NCMP**
Vice-Chair for Education
Director, Center for Women's Health Menopause and Sexual Medicine Program
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, OR
Fellow, American Congress of OBGYN
** North American Menopause Society Certified Menopause Practitioner Karen Adams MD, FACOG, NCMP is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), where she is Director of the OHSU Center for Women's Health Menopause and Sexual Medicine Program. She has been the OHSU OBGYN Residency Director for fourteen years and Vice Chair for Education for ten. She is a North American Menopause Society Certified Menopause Practitioner and is a nationally recognized expert in medical education.

She has served as a member of the Associate of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Board of Directors, and is immediate past president of the Council on Fellowship Training in OBGYN. She is a member of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education OBGYN Residency Review Committee, an appointed board that accredits all 241 OBGYN residency programs and 85 OBGYN fellowship programs across the country. She co-directs the ACOG School for New OBGYN Residency Program Directors, and she is a member of the ACGME Wellness Working Group, a national group of medical educators working to decrease burnout among medical students, residents, and practicing physicians. She has served as an oral board examiner for the American Board of OBGYN since 2008.

Of all her accomplishments, Dr. Adams is most proud of her directorship of the Menopause and Sexual Medicine Program in the OHSU Center for Women's Health. This program brings together specialists in many fields to provide comprehensive health care for women in perimenopause and beyond, with a special focus on midlife sexuality. She has published more than 30 scientific articles, given hundreds of lectures nationally and internationally, and is looking forward to publication of her first book, "Dr. Karen's Guide to Making Midlife Sex Fun Again."

Nicole Harrington Cirino, MD

Nicole Harrington Cirino, MD
Reproductive Psychiatrist
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Department of OB/Gyn
Division Chief, Women's Mental Health and Wellness
OHSU Center for Women's Health
Oregon Health Science University
Portland, OR Dr. Nicole Cirino is a Reproductive Psychiatrist (Board Certified MD physician) and Associate Professor in both the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and in the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health Science University in Portland, Oregon. OHSU Center for Women's Health (CWH) is a National Center of Excellence for women's healthcare. 

It is a multi-specialty academic clinic treating exclusively women with a strong teaching and research component. She the Division Chief of the Women's Mental Health and Wellness Program at CWH as well as the Co-founder and Co-Director of the Menopause and Sexual Medicine Program at CWH. 

She has been fellowship trained in Reproductive Psychiatry since 2003. Reproductive Psychiatry is a specialty area of Psychiatry that focuses exclusively on the treatment of women across the reproductive life cycle. She has been practicing Sexual Medicine as a part of her practice since 1998. In the past 5 years she has expanded her work in Sexual Medicine to also include research and education. She teaches topics of both Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and Female Sexual Medicine to medical students, residents and other academic medicine faculty nationally. 

Dr. Cirino is also a Certified Sex Therapist through the governing body AASECT, American Association of Sexual Educators, Counselors and Therapists. She also is skilled in Interpersonal, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and other therapeutic interventions. 

Dr. Cirino's research interests involve medical and behavioral therapy interventions for perinatal mental health conditions and female sexual dysfunction. She lives in Portland, Oregon and is married with three children. Traveling is one of her greatest passions.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Psychologists, Social WorkersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
After completing the course, participants will be familiar with typical and atypical presentations of menopause, risks and benefits of hormone therapy in various settings, and both hormonal and non-hormonal treatments for common menopausal symptoms.

They will understand causes of sexual pain in women, understand the importance of a team approach to treating sexual pain, and be able to knowledgeably prescribe both hormonal and non-hormonal treatments for sexual dysfunction.

  1. Perimenopause and Menopause: overview and mgmt of irregular bleeding, hot flashes, and other symptoms
    • Describe the physiology of menopause and choose appropriate treatments for common symptoms
  2. Hormone therapy, the heart, and the "timing hypothesis"
    • Explain the differences in cardiac response to hormone therapy in younger women versus older women
  3. Hormone therapy and bone health
    • Understand the role of hormone therapy, among other strategies, in counseling and treating women at risk for osteoporosis and those with osteoporosis
  4. Female sexual dysfunction
    • Improve management strategies for identifying and treating sexual dysfunction in midlife women
  5. Diagnosis and treatment of dyspareunia
    • Utilize a stepwise approach to diagnosis of dyspareunia and initiate effective treatments
  6. Sexual enhancers: moisturizers, lubricants, and accessories
    • Inform midlife women about approaches other than hormones to improve sexual functioning

  7. As a Reproductive Psychiatrist, Dr. Cirino will address how reproductive hormones affect the presentation of mood and anxiety disorders in women across their life cycle. There will be a specific focus on the pregnancy and postpartum period and treatment during pregnancy and lactation. Since Bipolar illness can be the most complicated illness to treat during in women of reproductive age, she will discuss the complexities involved and review cases to increase your comfort level in treating this population.

    Dr. Cirino will also discuss how she uses medication and behavioral techniques to treat common female sexual complaints. She will review the most recent consensus clinical guidelines in the area of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder.
  8. The Female Brain: Expression of Psychiatric Illness in Women
    • Identify hormonal effects on mood and anxiety across the reproductive life cycle
  9. Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs)
    • Summarize the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of PMADs.
  10. Perinatal Anxiety: Focus on PTSD and OCD.
    • Diagnose and develop a treatment plan for common perinatal anxiety symptoms.
  11. Bipolar Disorder in Women
    • Summarize key characteristics of Bipolar disorder that are unique to women.
    • Devise a treatment strategy for women with Bipolar disorder.
  12. Managing Bipolar Disorder during Pregnancy and Postpartum
    • Describe the safest and most effective options for treatment of Bipolar disorder during pregnancy and postpartum.
  13. DSM-5 Update on Female Sexual Dysfunction: Diagnosis and Treatment
    • Diagnose sexual dysfunction in females using DSM-5 terminology.
    • Develop a Biopsychosocial treatment plan for the most common female sexual dysfunction complaints.
  14. Evidence Based Approaches to Female Patients with Low Libido
    • Describe pharmacologic and behavioral interventions for the female patient with low libido.
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

Fri Aug 07 Seattle, Washington
- 4:00 pm
Sat Aug 08 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Aug 09 Ketchikan, Alaska
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Mon Aug 10 Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier
5:30 am 10:00 am
Mon Aug 10 Juneau, Alaska
1:30 pm 10:00 pm
Tue Aug 11 Skagway, Alaska
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Tue Aug 11 Alaska Inside Passage
6:30 am 10:30 pm
Wed Aug 12 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Thu Aug 13 Victoria, British Columbia
5:30 pm 11:59 pm
Fri Aug 14 Seattle, Washington
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise

Ports of Call

Seattle, Washington - The Emerald City of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is one of America's most vibrant cities. Stroll its bustling waterfront (including Pike Place Market), visit the Space Needle, and find a great coffee-shop to enjoy in this coffee-loving city (the home of Starbucks). One of America's tech centers (Amazon and Microsoft are both headquartered here), the city is abuzz with the interesting people attracted to the opportunities to be found there. There is more than enough to see and do here to keep you busy for a day or two. If you have a little extra time, Seattle is a great place to visit.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Ketchikan, Alaska - Immerse yourself in Tlingit Indian culture as you view the world's largest collection of totem poles; kayak the colorful waterfront.

Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier - One of Alaska's lesser-known gems, Endicott Arm Fjord marks the southern edge of Fords Terror Wilderness area. As you drift through its 30 -mile-long stretch, you can't help but be awed by the sorrounding granite cliffs, mountain valleys and dozens of gushing waterfalls. Drifting icebergs, deep blue waters and a spectacular tidewater glacier only add to this natural spectacle's appeal.

Skagway, Alaska - A frontier town perfectly preserved as the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. Gateway to the Trail of '98, which you may explore by helicopter or vintage railcar.

Victoria, British Columbia - Stroll through the charming downtown of this very British city, with its double-decker buses, turreted castles, fine British woolens, tea and china. Or, just outside the city, visit the lush flora and fauna of Butchart Gardens.

Non-US/Canadian individuals, please Click here to determine if you'll need a visa to board this cruise which visits Canada.

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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