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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Topics in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine

<em>Celebrity Edge</em>
Celebrity Edge
7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

March 01 - 08, 2020
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
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.

Shawn K. Conner, MD

Shawn K. Conner, MD
Board Certified in Family Medicine, 2013-2023
Active Medical Staff, Genesys Regional Medical Center, Grand Blanc, MI
Full-time Private Medical Practice, Clarkston, MI
Medical Doctor, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
Assistant Clinical Professor, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
Assistant Clinical Professor, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI
Faculty, American Academy of Family Physicians Dr. Shawn K. Conner is a private practice Family Physician in the northern suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. He completed medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit and attended residency at Genesys Regional Medical Center near Flint, Michigan. He started a solo Family Medicine practice from scratch in the area where he grew up, and has been in practice there for almost 20 years. 

Dr. Conner places a strong emphasis on the personal relationships he establishes with his patients, and in 2013 he was voted as "Best of the Best" Primary Care Doctor in Oakland County, Michigan. His office has been recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home since the program inception. Dr. Conner greatly values education, and teaches medical students from both Wayne State University in Detroit as well as Michigan State University in East Lansing. He also serves as faculty for the American Academy of Family Physicians where he teaches other primary care providers at medical conferences across the country.

Dr. Conner has practice interests in Dermatology, Upper Respiratory, and Preventive Health. He is actively involved in his community, serving on the local Corridor Improvement Authority, and he serves as an assistant coach on an adult soccer team.

Marna Rayl Greenberg, DO, MPH

Marna Rayl Greenberg, DO, MPH
Marna Rayl Greenberg, DO, MPH, is the Vice-Chair of the Department of Emergency and Hospital Medicine, Research at Lehigh Valley Health Network and Professor, USF Morsani College of Medicine. She completed her Master’s at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has research and publication experience related to the prevention of alcohol and tobacco abuse and resolving gender differences in education and care provided in the Emergency Department.

In 2014 she co-chaired the Academic Emergency Medicine Consensus Conference that put forth the national research agenda on Gender Specific Research in Emergency Medicine. She is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a member of the American Osteopathic Association.

She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors such as completing her certification as a physician executive (2011), receiving the LVHN Medical Staff Research Award (2019), receiving the USF Theodore/Venette Ashounes-Ashford Distinguished Scholar Award, receiving nomination and induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (2018), receiving the American College of Emergency Physicians recognition award for longevity in Emergency Medicine (2014), receiving the Academy of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine Momentum Award (2014), receiving the Unsung Hero award from the American Osteopathic Association (2014) , receiving the Soroptimist International Ruby Award (2010) for Women Helping Women; the FHS Distinguished Alumna Award (2006); the Pennsylvania American College of Emergency Physicians 2005 Emergency Physician of the Year Award; the Physician Service Star Award (2004) for ER Preventive Health Initiatives; and Koop Community Service Award (2000).

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
If you practice medicine, chances are you already have a pretty good system to quickly find that latest guideline to help you manage the ever changing medical needs of your patient. When was the last time, however, that you truly invested in learning ways to better connect with your patients on an emotional level that allowed you to navigate more easily through difficult conversations , motivationally interview your patients and demonstrate improved healthcare outcomes for your patients?

In this conference we will highlight some updates in acute care medicine and we will delve into how to better manage difficult conversations around loaded topics like substance use, intimate partner violence, and mental health. In addition, we will introduce you to the cutting edge new field of Sex and Gender Based Medicine in which we will discuss how our biological sex and gender affects our physiology, pathophysiology and our response to different drugs and therapies. Studying men and women side by side allows us to optimize the care of both sexes. We hope you are able to join us for this definitely unique CME opportunity!

  1. The Opioid Epidemic: How we got here, how we move forward
    • Describe the Magnitude of the Opioid Epidemic
    • Explain Screening & Staging Techniques
    • Summarize BRIEF ( SBIRT) Effective Counseling
  2. Their Blood Pressure was What? Who needs what , when and where?
    • Recognize the parameters of blood pressures that need emergency treatment.
    • Describe best practice treatment options for management of abnormal blood pressures.
  3. Updates in DVT & PE--ICU or Home
    • Describe the use of validated criteria to measure risk of early mortality in venous thromboembolism.
    • Classify parameters that make a patient with thromboembolism low or high risk.
    • Differentiate and manage life threatening PEs vs appropriate discharge strategies.
  4. We've Got Your Back--a common sense approach to back pain
    • List examples of the many medical causes of back pain.
    • Identify 'red flags' for those etiologies of back pain that need emergency evaluation.
    • Describe emergency treatment options for common causes of back pain.
  5. Beyond "clumsy" Recognizing and assisting victims of intimate partner violence
    • Describe the magnitude of intimate partner violence
    • Explain how to perform consistent and effective screening for domestic violence (DV) in Emergency care.
    • Recognize history and physical exam findings that are consistent with patterns of abuse in clinical scenarios.
    • List opportunities and successful methods for intervention and prevention
  6. Sex and Gender Medicine - What it is and why you should care
    • Differentiate between the terms biological sex and gender and describe how both can impact patient emergent care
  7. Mind Games: Sex Based Differences in Mental Health
    • Discuss the importance of including sex and gender in the clinical care of your patients with emergent psychiatric conditions.
  8. Evidence Based Medicine in Primary Care: What NOT to do!
  9. Disease Prevention Update Part 1: The Latest Guidelines and Recommendations
  10. Disease Prevention Update Part 2: The Latest Guidelines and Recommendations
  11. Upper Respiratory Tract Infections Update and Vertigo
  12. My Child Has a Rash
  13. Common Fungal Skin Infections: Can You Take a Look at This, Doc?
  14. Approach to the Surgical Abdomen
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 01 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 3:30 pm
Mon Mar 02 Key West, Florida
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Tue Mar 03 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Mar 04 Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Mar 05 Cozumel, Mexico
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Fri Mar 06 Georgetown, Grand Cayman
10:00 am 6:00 pm
Sat Mar 07 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Mar 08 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Celebrity Edge Map

Ports of Call

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - There is an abundance of things to see and do in the Ft. Lauderdale area: visit the newly redesigned Ft. Lauderdale Beach and cafes, stroll the historic Riverwalk, shop the luxurious stores on Las Olas Boulevard or adventure to the Everglades for an intriguing air boat excursion.

Key West, Florida - A distinctly American town with the look and feel of the Caribbean, Key West unlocks myriad attractions. Ride the Conch Train to the famous sights: Ernest Hemingway's home, the Audubon House, and the "Little White House", where President Truman spent many a working vacation. Hop a catamaran to America's only living coral reef to snorkel with dolphins. Or climb into the open cockpit of a World War II biplane for an unforgettable aerial tour of the Keys.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico - Exploring the dense tropical vegetation and wide sandy bays of the Costa Maya, it's easy to imagine the days when sacrifice and slavery, rite and ritual were rampant in the Mayan culture. Even today, the countless ruins of temple walls, stairs and secret pathways exude magic and mystery. And when your archaeology lesson is complete, glorious stretches of coral sand may inspire you to build your own empire-of sand castles, of course!

Cozumel, Mexico - The Conquistadors first saw Mexico from the shores of Cozumel while searching for gold. Today, visitors to the island continue to seek out gold and silver jewelry in the shops of San Miguel while having a great time in its many local bars and restaurants. Plus, the waters around Cozumel's sheltered coral reefs make this one of the best snorkeling areas in the world.

Georgetown, Grand Cayman - The premier attraction here is Seven Mile Beach...white as snow, soft as talc. Name your game and you'll find it here: Snorkeling, swimming, sailing, windsurfing over rippling waves, or gliding under them in a passenger submarine. Or perhaps shopping is your game. Duty-free bargains abound: crystal, perfume, jewelry fashioned of silver and prized pink coral.

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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