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Procedural Approaches to Dermatologic Diagnosis and
Treatment for Primary Care Providers

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<em>Amadeus Diamond</em>
Amadeus Diamond
7-Night Paris, Normandy and the River Seine Cruise
Round-trip Paris, France

April 08 - 15, 2020
12.5 ACPE Credits
12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
12.5 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.

Stephen E. Helms, MD, FAAD

Stephen E. Helms, MD, FAAD
Department of Dermatology
University of Mississippi Medical Center

Dr. Helms earned his MD degree at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio and completed residency training in dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Board-certified in dermatology in 1978 and recertified in 2006 and 2016, Doctor Helms was in private practice in Warren, Ohio for over 30 years in addition to teaching medical students and Dermatology residents part time at the Northeast Ohio Medical University and Case Western Reserve University College of Medicine.  He now serves as a Professor of Dermatology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where his special interest is in Contact Dermatitis and Occupational Dermatology.

A fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, Helms is an active member of multiple professional organizations and has given more than 270 invited lectures at professional meetings nationwide.  He has authored or coauthored more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and coauthored 4 chapters in medical textbooks.  He serves as a journal reviewer or commentator for Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Dermatitis, Cutis, Practical Dermatology, and American Family Practice and has participated in several clinical research studies.  He has served on committees for the American Academy of Dermatology as well as hospital committees in Warren and at UMMC.

He has served several years each as secretary and later as vice president of his medical staff in Warren.  Other positions have included president of his county medical society, secretary of the Ohio State Dermatological Association, and Board Member of the Cleveland Dermatological Society.

He enjoys fishing, reading, watching classic movies, and especially, traveling with his wife, two children and their families.

Robert Brodell, MD

Robert Brodell, MD
Professor and Chair of Dermatology
Professor of Pathology
University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC)
  Bob Brodell attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and then completed two years of Internal Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, New York before serving as a dermatology resident and dermatopathology fellow at Barnes Hospital/Washington University in St Louis. He is the author of more than 360 articles and two books.

Dr. Brodell is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha, American Academy of Dermatology, Noah Worcester Dermatological Society, American Society of Dermatopathology and he serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the American Dermatological Association.

He is a past president of the American Board of Dermatology and served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Dermatology from 2012-16. He was honored to be a Master Teacher in his previous role at Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and served as chairman of the Master Teacher Guild.

He is currently Professor and Chair, Department of Dermatology and Professor of Pathology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. His interests are in general dermatology; dermatologic ethics; the treatment of warts; and, simple, quick, reproducible, almost fail-safe approaches to dermatologic procedures.

Bob enjoys travelling with his wife, Linda, a retired ophthalmologist, and their 5 children and 6 grandchildren.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
PharmacistsNurses, Nurse PractitionersPhysicians, Physician Assistants
Program Purpose / Objectives
It has been documented that 30% of patients who visit a primary care practice either present with a skin problem or show the provider a skin problem during their visit. These lectures present a tried and true approach to the treatment of skin disease. First, primary and secondary and secondary lesions are identified; secondly, an appropriate history is obtained; thirdly, a differential diagnosis is developed; fourthly, office dermatologic tests and other lab studies are used to refine the diagnosis; and, finally, a treatment is prescribed. All lectures will emphasize the team-based care approach used at the University of Mississippi where all members of the health care team work together with a carefully choreographed approach that encourages all members of the team to work at the top of the abilities and certification.

Lectures will center around making a wide range of differential diagnoses to comfortably assess the proper approach to the particular problem. This will include basic bedside procedures such as the KOH Exam, Scabies Ink Prep, and Scabies Scraping for Microscopic Exam as well as surgical procedures that include Destruction, Biopsy and or Excision Techniques.

Common skin conditions will be reviewed with this approach in mind including, acne, warts, psoriasis, benign and malignant tumors, drug eruptions, basic and advanced dermatologic procedures and mission dermatology in underdeveloped countries. These lectures will be supplemented with interactive, Socratic discussions of common dermatologic conditions and "Interactive/Ask the Professor" discussions involving clinical material brought to the sessions by attendees on a USB drive.

Attendees will leave this meeting energized to identify dermatologic problems, efficiently diagnose these conditions and effectively treat them.

  1. Benign versus Malignant-Non-Melanoma Skin lesions
    • Distinguish benign vs malignant non-pigmented skin lesions
  2. Benign vesus Malignant-Nevi and Melanoma
    • Distinguish benign vs malignant pigmented skin lesions
  3. Advanced Dermatologic Surgery
    • Manage patients with appropriate referral for more complex procedures
  4. Papulaosquamous Dermatoses or why and when do we do the KOH exam
    • Determine when to perform a KOH Preparation Utilize a step-by-step method to perform the optimal KOH preparation
  5. Viral and Bacterial Diseases-Tzanck Prep, Cultures, PCR, or Fluorescent Antibody Test
    • Recognize and manage rashes that appear to be infectious.
    • Differentiate these from autoimmune vesicular/bullous diseases.
  6. Mississippi Nigeria Education and Mentoring Exchange (MNEME) Enugu, Nigeria
    • Recognize the amazing educational, research and teaching opportunities available in the underdeveloped world
  7. Approach to Dermatologic Diagnosis
    • Describe rashes and lesions properly then differentiate so as to insert into recommended categories.
  8. Interactive Session I Diagnosis
    • Synthesize a proper differential diagnosis-what do we do?
  9. Eczemas Diagnostic aid of Patch testing
    • Differentiate the different dermatitides and employ patch testing where indicated.
    • Utilize techniques to reduce cognitive errors in making diagnose
  10. Mites and Bites Ink and Scabies Prep
    • Evaluate and manage patients who present with lesions considered as related to external sources including insects
  11. Basic Dermatologic Surgery
    • Plan and utilize dermatologic procedures such as cryosurgery, biopsy, and minor excisions
  12. Interactive Session II Treatment
    • Identify then manage different treatment modalities of dermatologic disease-what can you do?
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

Wed Apr 08 Paris, France
- 8:00 pm
Thu Apr 09 Conflans
1:30 am 5:00 pm
Fri Apr 10 Rouen
8:00 am 5:30 pm
Sat Apr 11 Le Havre (Paris ), France
3:30 am -
Sun Apr 12 Le Havre (Paris ), France
- 9:00 am
Sun Apr 12 Caudebec -En-Caux
3:00 pm 10:00 pm
Mon Apr 13 Les Andelys
8:00 am 9:00 am
Mon Apr 13 Vernon
11:30 am 1:30 pm
Tue Apr 14 Paris, France
3:00 am -
Wed Apr 15 Paris, France
- -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
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Ports of Call

Paris, France - For most, Le Havre is the gateway for a day-visit to Paris. Survey the city of lights from the Eiffel Tower or from a cruise of the Seine. And there is the food (oh, the food). Wander through the beautiful architecture of St. Germain or the Latin Quarter and find a bistro to settle into with a bottle of wine and experience the culinary delights that only the French seem able to offer. And, then there are the absolutely stunning museums (Musee du Louvre, Musee de l'Orangerie, Musee d'Orsay, and the Musee d'Art Moderne). Or, if shopping is for you, Paris has it: from souvenirs and t-shirts to high fashion, small antiques and fine art, you can find something that'll catch your eye. But, pace yourself; you're not going to get all this done in a day: pick your battles, whet your appetite and plan a return trip.

If the journey to Paris sounds like too much for you (about three and a half hours each way by auto, two and half by train), Le Havre itself is a beuatiful little French city where you can find great food, charming streets and beautiful architecture. It also has a nice not-too-big Museum of Modern Art with an excellent collection of France's many great expressionist painters.

Conflans - At the confluence of the Oise and the Seine rivers, Conflans is a treasure trove of beauty. The immediate area is home to Napolean & Josephone Bonaparte's Château Malmaison and served as the inspirational landscape for many masters of Impressionist painting: Cezanne, Pissarro, Daubigny and, of course, Van Gogh - who painted more than a canvass a day here, during his 70 day stay at the end of his life. You can visit his attic room at Auberge Ravoux or pay homage at his burial site. At the Bonapart's Château, you can see what they intended to be "the most beautiful and curious garden in Europe."

Rouen -  Rouen, often called the "Ville musée" (Museum Town). If you enjoy museums, visit one of the many art, history, and antiquities museums scattered through the city. Visit the cathedral that inspired Claude Monet and the modern Church of Joan of Arc with its magnificent 16th-century stained-glass windows. See the "Gros Horloge," the astronomical clock, and the Parliament of Normandy. Also in Rouen is the &apost;Place du Vieux Marché&apost;, the site where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. This afternoon venture down the romantic "Abbey Trail" for a view of countless churches, castles, and abbeys.

Le Havre (Paris ), France - The allure and romance of cruise to Paris are legendary. This capital city of France is home to innumerable museums, such as the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Musée Picasso and Musée Rodin, parks and gardens, including the Tuileries Garden on the banks of the Seine and the Left Bank Luxembourg Garden, as well as monuments such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.

Les Andelys - Today, your vessel anchors in the little town of Les Andelys in the shadow of Chateau Gaillard, the one time home to Richard the Lionheart. Relax in town or venture farther afield to nearby Giverny, home to Impressionist Claude Monet, until his death in 1926. The beautiful surroundings and vivid flora, were inspiration for some of his most famous works. Return to the ship in Vernon for lunch. Round out your Normandy experience with a visit to the spectacular Palace of Versailles. Originally a small hunting lodge, the palace was extended to its current size by the "Sun King" Louis XIV and is now one of Europe's largest palaces. Onboard, the Captain's Gala Dinner is a wonderful finish to a fantastic day.
Stay Les Andelys :  8am - 9am
Stay Vernon:  11.30am - 13.30pm
 Excursion to Giverny & Monet's House and Garden with picture stop at Château Gaillard :

Step into the past with a short drive to the white stone remains of the English king’s stronghold: Château Gaillard. It was built at the end of the 12th century on a limestone promontory, overlooking the Seine. You’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the river and surrounding countryside. Completed in one year, Richard Lionheart exclaimed: “How beautiful she is, my one-year-old daughter. What a gaillard (well-fortified) castle.” Behind these walls, Blanche and Marguerite, the adulterous daughters-in-law of Philippe le Bel, king of France, atoned for their sins.

After a short picture stop you continue to Giverny, a village nestled in the heart of the Vexin, and a source of inspiration for one of the foremost Impressionist painters. When Claude Monet glanced out of the window of his train and caught sight of the village of Giverny, he decided then and there that this was where he wanted to live and work. And so he did, from 1883 until his death in 1926. The beautiful surroundings, vividly colored flora and gentle atmosphere of the place became one of the biggest sources of inspiration for his work. Enter the intimate world of this great epicurean. Your guide will share stories of the affection Clemenceau had for his friend, the exchanges and verbal jousts with contemporaries Berthe Morisot, Marie Cassatt and Paul Cézanne. Tour the blue living room, the studio living room, the dining room and kitchen – rooms which reflect the personality of Monet.

Duration: approx. 4 hours

Walking grade: II: The excursion by bus is followed by a moderate walking tour. You may need to climb some stairs.

 Excursion to Château de Malmaison

West of Paris, surrounded by a beautiful green setting, the Château de Malmaison invites you into the intimate life of Josephine de Beauharnais, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. The “small” mansion that Josephine purchased in 1797 was just a run-down estate in desperate need of care and devotion when she set her eyes on it while her husband Napoleon was off fighting in Egypt. And that is precisely what Josephine brought to the property, transforming it into a “source of riches for all of France”. Napoleon Bonaparte took there many major decisions for France from 1800 to 1802. Josephine continued to live in the Château of Malmaison even after her divorce and did not cease to develop it until her death, turning the rooms and park into a real gem of the First Empire period.

Your Guide will lead you in the discovery of their daily life during the consulate and First Empire. Discover the music room and the council room shaped like a military tent where receptions, dances and country-style games took place. You will also visit Josephine’s bedroom where she died in 1814, passing through the Marengo room and its weapons that belonged to Napoleon.

Enjoy some free time in Josephine’s cherished gardens. She cultivated a nostalgia for the luxurious island of her childhood. Upon her arrival at the Château de Malmaison, she wanted to replicate the landscape of her native land Martinique with its rich flowers and birds. She called upon Europe’s best gardeners and soon bundles of flowers arrived from all over the continent. Daffodils, hyacinths, camellias and tulips still flourish in her garden. The property achieved enduring fame for its rose garden, where Josephine grew all varieties of roses known at the time.

Duration: approx. 4.5 hours

Walking grade: II: The excursion by bus is followed by a moderate walking tour. You may need to climb some stairs.

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.
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