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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Topics in Medical Law, Medical Ethics, and Rheumatology

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

March 15 - 22, 2020
14 CE Credits for Psychologists
14 ASWB ACE Credits
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
CLE may be available
2 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.

Nicole D. Melendez, MD, FACR

Nicole  D. Melendez, MD, FACR
Affiliate Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine (Voluntary Faculty)
USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
Tampa, FL  Nicole D Melendez, MD graduated from St Matthews University, completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Missouri- Columbia and her Rheumatology fellowship at Louisiana State University. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. She has been practicing Rheumatology in the Tampa Bay area since 2011.

She has a very active practice and is also involved in clinical research.  She's been voluntary faculty at the University of South Florida in the Department of Rheumatology since 2015, and she has a personal interest in nutrition and diet and its impact on rheumatologic disease states.

Vincent F. Maher, JD, MA, MS, MA, PD, RN

Vincent F. Maher, JD, MA, MS, MA, PD, RN
Fellow,NY Academy of Medicine
Visiting Professor, Royal College of Surgeons,Dublin Ireland
Professor of Management and Health Care Management
LaPenta School of Business
Iona College
New Rochelle, NY, USA Dr. Vincent Maher is a Professor of Management and Health Care Management at the LaPenta School of Business of lona College, NY. He has many degrees and credentials that entitle him to teach/have taught an array of management, ethics and law classes throughout his 30 years in academia.

He also teaches Nursing to undergraduate and graduate Nursing students. He is a licensed consulting attorney who practiced medicalnegligence law on behalf of plaintiffs for 20 years, an ethicist and poet, and a retired certified registered nurse anesthetist with specialization in shock, trauma and critical care.

He's written and lectured extensively in the US and abroad in the fields of law, medicine, healthcare and business ethics, health policy and decision making.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Psychologists, Social WorkersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
Medical Ethics Course Objectives:

The purpose of this course is to permit participants to brush up on contemporary issues in and paradigms of medical ethics in a structured environment that combines theory and practice.
Specifically, the purpose of the course will be achieved by a review of traditional and contemporary ethics paradigms including newly revised professional association codes of ethics and interpretative statements, and an application of these principles to cases provided by the instructor and by cases shared by participants in the conference.

  1. Ethics Theories
    • Analyze and categorize practice issues into understandable categories that permit analysis
  2. Moral Crisis
    • Ascertain and manage personal issues that may lead to judgments
  3. Mora Suffering
    • Ascertain the elements of this topic that can lead to greater communication
  4. Ethics Paradigms
    • Apply cases to particular paradigms to improve patient care by interdisciplinary teams
  5. Public Policy
    • Anticipate, describe and differentiate emerging political, professional and policy applications
  6. Case Presentations
    • Analyze, describe, discuss, integrate and decisionmaking skills to improve patient care
  7. Social Media
    • Ascertain the elements of credible social media and the influence of constituencies on medical decision-making
  8. Is it a Joint? Clinical Approach to a Rheumatologic Patient
    • Participants will be able to asses a joint vs soft tissue complaint through indepth look at the physical exam.
  9. Back Pain- Is it inflammatory?
    • Participants will be able to diagnose inflammatory back pain vs mechanical pain.
  10. Gout
    • Participants will be confident in their diagnosis and be able to apply the management options and how to best utilize what is available.
  11. Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Participants should be able to diagnose a rheumatoid patient, and manage long term health risk that are associated with the disease.
  12. Lupus
    • Participants should recognize the disease, environmental effects on the patient as well as treatments used.
  13. Osteoporosis
    • Participants should discover more about osteoporosis, the patients and when and how to treat these patients.
  14. Monitoring of Medications
    • Participants should be able to examine the risks and side effects of frequently used medicines in rheumatology.
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

Sun Mar 15 Miami, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Mon Mar 16 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Mar 17 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Mar 18 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Mar 19 San Juan, Puerto Rico
7:00 am 3:00 pm
Fri Mar 20 Labadee, Haiti
10:00 am 6:30 pm
Sat Mar 21 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Mar 22 Miami, Florida
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Royal Caribbean Oasis 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 Everglades‐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

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. - Named after a Danish Queen, Charlotte Amalie has one of the most breathtaking deepwater harbors in the world. The key sights of Charlotte Amalie are located within the town centre, making it easy to combine sightseeing with St. Thomas’ fantastic shopping opportunities. Eighteenth century architecture provides the perfect backdrop for walking tours and shopping here in the "Duty Free Capital of the World." For a dose of history, visit Emancipation Park, the American-Caribbean History Museum, or Bluebeard the pirate's castle at Magen’s Bay. If tropical bliss is what you're after, head to any of Charlotte Amalie’s pristine beaches, where the warm water, white sands and palm trees will lull you into deep relaxation!

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.  

Labadee, Haiti - This tropical paradise, reserved exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests, features pristine beaches, walking trails and breathtaking vistas. Labadee is the perfect setting for parasailing, wave runners and the kayak tour, all available on your own private island.

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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