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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Current Topics in Nephrology and Rheumatology

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

August 08 - 15, 2020
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
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.
Faculty

Mohanram Narayanan, MD, FACP, FNKF, FASN, FRCP(C)

Mohanram Narayanan, MD, FACP, FNKF, FASN, FRCP(C)
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Texas A&M HSC COM
Director, Division of Nephrology & Hypertension
Chief, Section of Clinical Transplantation 

Dr. Narayanan received his medical degree at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India, and completed residencies in Internal Medicine at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, India and at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. He completed clinical fellowships in Nephrology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, Illinois, and at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Texas. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Nephrology, and Geriatric Medicine and is a Certified Specialist in Hypertension by the American Society of Hypertension.

Dr. Narayanan is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center-College of Medicine and Baylor Scott & White Healthcare in Temple, Texas, where he serves as Director, Division of Nephrology-Hypertension and Medical Director of the Abdominal Transplant Program.

A fellow of the National Kidney Foundation, the American Society of Nephrology, the American College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Dr. Narayanan&apos's clinical practice focuses on all aspects of Nephrology as well as kidney and pancreas transplantation. 

A frequent lecturer, presenter, and author, Dr. Narayanan's work has been published in several peer reviewed journals including the American Journal of Kidney Disease, American Journal of Transplantation, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Hemodialysis International, Investigative Radiology, and Journal of the American Society of Nephrology , among many others. He is also the Principal Investigator for several industry sponsored clinical trials. Dr. Narayanan serves on the editorial board of the journal Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease and is a reviewer for the American Journal of Transplantation .

Ronald R. Butendieck, JR, MD, FACP

Ronald R. Butendieck, JR, MD, FACP
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Rheumatology Consultant
Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, FL Dr. Ronald Butendieck is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. He received his undergraduate degree of biochemistry and molecular biology at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University Of Florida College Of Medicine. He then completed his Internal Medicine residency and his Rheumatology Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. He is actively involved in teaching Internal Medicine Residents and Rheumatology Fellows at the Mayo Clinic and has received the Top Teacher in Rheumatology Award three times as a consultant at the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Butendieck has an interest in Behçet's disease and has presented on the topic of Neuro-Behçet's at the 16th International Conference on Behçet's Disease in Paris, France and the 56th Annual Australian Rheumatology Association Conference in Adelaide, Australia. He is the contributing author on the topic of Behçet's for the National Organization for Rare Disorders. He has also given numerous national and regional presentations and authored peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

Dr. Butendieck maintains membership in the American College of Rheumatology, American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association. In 2017, he was elected as a Fellow in the American College of Physicians. He currently serves on the Mayo International Health Program Selection Committee and the Humanities in Medicine Subcommittee.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
This purpose of this lecture series is to provide health care providers with the latest tools to evaluate and initiate early treatment for a variety of common rheumatic diseases.

By the end of the lecture series, attendees will be able to diagnose and initiate treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren&apost;s syndrome, polymyalgia rheumatica, giant cell arteritis, gout and pyrophosphate deposition disease. Attendees will also be able to critically analyze lupus serology and explain the poor specificity of the anti-nuclear antibody.

Attendees will be able to describe key clinical findings in scleroderma and discuss the role of an echocardiogram, pulmonary function test and high resolution CT scan of the chest to screen for and identify interstitial lung disease and pulmonary arterial hypertension. Finally, attendees will be able to outline a plan for timing of immunizations and elective surgery for patients who are being treated with immunosuppressive agents for their rheumatic disease.

Topics:
  1. Rheumatoid arthritis: Diagnosis and management
    • Diagnose and initiate treatment of rheumatoid arthritis
  2. Lupus: A case-based approach
    • List the most common clinical and laboratory features of lupus
  3. Sjogren's Syndrome: Beyond sicca
    • Identify extra-glandular features of Sjogren&apost;s syndrome and outline a treatment plan for most common manifestations.
  4. Scleroderma: A systemic disease
    • Describe key clinical features scleroderma.
    • Accurately select patients who require more immediate investigations to identify cardiopulmonary disease.
  5. Polymyalgia rheumatic and giant cell arteritis
    • Diagnose polymyalgia rheumatica and initiate treatment.
    • Diagnose giant cell arteritis and initiate treatment
  6. Gout and pyrophosphate deposition disease
    • Use the ACR/EULAR guidelines to diagnose and treat gout.
    • Differentiate between gout and pyrophosphate deposition disease.
  7. Rheumatologic medications: what you need to know
    • Summarize key potential risks when using disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs).
    • Develop a plan for the appropriate administration of immunizations and timing of surgical procedures in patients who are being treated with DMARDs
Additional topics under development
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

DATE PORT OF CALL ARRIVE DEPART
Sat Aug 08 Miami, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Sun Aug 09 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Aug 10 Labadee, Haiti
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Tue Aug 11 Falmouth, Jamaica
9:30 am 6:00 pm
Wed Aug 12 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Thu Aug 13 Cozumel, Mexico
7:00 am 7:00 pm
Fri Aug 14 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Aug 15 Miami, Florida
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Western Caribbean

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

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.

Falmouth, Jamaica - Step off the ship and step back in time. You might not think so at first glance but little Falmouth was an economic and shipping powerhouse and center for dramatic social change during the English Colonial Period. Founded and named Martha Brae Point in 1769 by local English planter, Thomas Reid, Falmouth became the transshipment hub for the sugar plantations covering the hills of the North Coast of Jamaica. Edward Barrett, a wealthy English planter, strongly influenced the early development of Falmouth. From the wharfs of Falmouth, sugar, molasses, rum and coffee were sent to England while ships carrying African slaves and all the necessities of 18th century colonial life dropped anchor in the bustling port town. You'll return with sun kissed skin, timeless memories as well as interesting historical tidbits to share with friends, like this one: Falmouth received piped water before New York City.

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.

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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