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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Women's Health,Reproductive Endocrinology,
Infertility, and Genetics

Royal Caribbean's <em>Symphony of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas
7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise & Perfect Day Coco Cay Cruise
Round-trip Miami, Florida

April 25 - May 02, 2020
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
3 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.

Barry Verkauf, MD, MBA, CPE

Barry Verkauf, MD, MBA, CPE
Affiliate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
USF Morsani College of Medicine; Tampa, FL

Dr. Verkauf trained at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and started the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at The University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida.
He initiated the IVF Program responsible for Florida's first IVF birth in 1985. He practiced for 40 years in Tampa founding The Reproductive Medicine Group, one of the state's most successful REI private practices while remaining on the USF part-time faculty rising to the rank of Professor.

He obtained an MBA from USF College of Business in 1997, represented The American Society of Reproductive Medicine as delegate to the AMA for the past 15 years and recently received Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievement Award as a leader in the healthcare industry.

Shayne Plosker, MD

Shayne Plosker, MD
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Physician
Shady Grove Fertility of Tampa Bay, Tampa, Florida

Previously Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, where I founded USF’s IVF program in 2006 before moving to private practice with SGF in 2019 Picked by my peers as a Top Infertility Doctor in Tampa Bay 2017, 2018, 2019 as published in Tampa Magazine

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives

Health care for women of all ages is changing.These lectures focus on the areas of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility describing the conditions and the current evaluation and treatment.

The birth of the world's first IVF baby, Louise Brown, in 1978, revolutionized reproductive choice in a manner not seen since the introduction of oral contraception. In the ensuing 41 years, outcomes of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) have improved dramatically, and ART applications have expanded far beyond treating infertility. ART is now deployed to avoid transmission of genetic diseases, to preserve fertility in men and women undergoing gonadotoxic cancer treatment, and to offer women the choice of banking eggs at a young age for future use.

Family building is no longer limited to heterosexual couples, as ART offers family creation options for men and women who choose to be single parents, same sex couples, and trans individuals.

With the use of donor eggs, ART has pushed back biologic age constraints on family building. At the same time, providers of ART care face patient management challenges that we share in common with our general ObGyn providers and primary care colleagues. As providers, all of us grapple with ethical challenges in caring for our patients, addressing the obesity epidemic, caring for an aging population, menstrual irregularities, and common reproductive diseases such as endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease.

The purpose of the course is to inform the course participants about the 'state of the ART&apost;, and review how breakthroughs in reproductive health have shaped society. Our outcome goal is to engender collaboration between primary care providers, general ObGyn providers, and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) sub-specialists in managing patient care issues that we all see in our practices.

  1. Current evaluation and treatment of the infertile couple
    • Understand basic evaluation of the infertile couple and primary treatment....and when to refer.
  2. Work, Women , Infertility and Family
    • Understanding the multiple roles women now play in society .
  3. The Annual Gyn Exam????
    • Current recommendations regarding the annual pelvic exam
  4. The Menopause: Current Treatment Considerations
    • Discause menopause and approaches to treatment
  5. Androgens ,Sexuality and Such
    • Learn appropriate use of androgen use in menopausal women.
  6. Clitoral Size in Normal females and causes of it's enlargement
    • Learn how to recognize abnormalities and their causes.
  7. The Big O : Osteoporosis
    • Learn how to evaluate and prevent this problem
  8. Practical Review of the Menstrual Cycle and Clinical Application
    • Apply a rational diagnostic and management approach when patients present with irregular bleeding and amenorrhea.
  9. Obesity and Reproduction
    • Inform participants about the adverse effects of obesity on obstetric and reproductive outcomes.
  10. Recent Advances in ART- Fertility Preservation in Cancer Patients, and "Social" Fertility Preservation
    • Understand options and success rates for egg freezing and sperm banking, prior to gonadotoxic cancer or electively
  11. Ethical, Emotional, and Psychological Challenges in Infertility and ART
    • Have awareness of ethical implications of a rapidly evolving technology including preimplantation genetic testing.
  12. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
    • Diagnose and treat pelvic inflammatory disease based on current CDC recommendations.
  13. Endometriosis
    • Identify symptoms of endometriosis, limitations of current available treatments, and have awareness of new promising treatments.
  14. LGBTQIA Access to Reproductive Care, and Determinants of Gender Identity
    • Recognize biologic determinants of gender identity, and understand the application of ART to assist LGBTQIA patients
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 25 Miami, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Sun Apr 26 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Apr 27 Roatan, Honduras
9:30 am 6:00 pm
Tue Apr 28 Costa Maya, Mexico
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed Apr 29 Cozumel, Mexico
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Apr 30 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri May 01 Coco Cay, Bahamas
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Sat May 02 Miami, Florida
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Western Caribbean & Perfect Day

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

Roatan, Honduras - Roatan Island, Honduras is an adventure traveler's vacation paradise with its blue skies, clear turquoise water and year-round moderate climate. Go scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming with the dolphins or, ashore, take a canopy tour, ride horses, explore tropical scenery, shop for island crafts, walk the beach and view butterfly and floral gardens.

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.

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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