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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Topics in Family Medicine and Mental Health

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

October 11 - 18, 2020
14 CE Credits for Psychologists
14 ASWB ACE Credits
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
4½ 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.

George D. Harris, MD, MS

George D. Harris, MD, MS
Family Medicine and Sports Medicine Physician
Ambulatory Medical Practice
Gastonia, North Carolina Dr. Harris is board certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Harris started his medical career in solo medical practice for 12 years then transitioned to academic medicine. Recently, he has re-established himself in as ambulatory medical practice after completing a dual role at West Virginia University Eastern Campus, as Professor and Chair, of the Department of Family Medicine and Medical Director for University Healthcare Physicians (UHP)-Primary Care Division.

Dr. Harris has lectured at national, state, and local meetings since 1997 on various topics in sports medicine, exercise testing, diabetes, women's health topics and cardiovascular disease. He has been active at the state and national level for the specialty of family medicine. He served on multiple committees for the Florida Academy of Family Physicians (FAFP), before serving two terms on their Board of Directors and the officer level, becoming President of FAFP in 2000. He was the first recipient of the FAFP Young Leader Award. He also served on the Missouri Board of Family Physicians during his time in Missouri.

He was awarded an honorary member of the Mortar Board National Honor Society in 2012. He was named to "Kansas City Super Doctors" for 2007-2013 and was listed in the Consumers' Research Council of America "Guide to America's Top Family Doctors" for 2006.

Dr. Harris was appointed to the Society of Teachers for Family Medicine (STFM) National Clerkship Curriculum Editorial Board and served for four years. He was a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners Family Medicine Task Force and presently participates as an AMSSM Fellowship In-training Item Exam Writer.

He was a member of The Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD) appointed by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services. Dr. Harris was also appointed by previous Florida governor, Jeb Bush, for the State of Florida Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics Commission.

Eric J. Christopher, MD, FAPA

Eric J. Christopher, MD, FAPA
Medical Director, Neurosciences
Pharmacovigilance; PPD. Owner, Med/Psych Solutions, PLLC; Attending, Triad Behavioral Resources
Fellow of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Certifications in General Adult Psychiatry & Psychosomatic Medicine
Diplomate American Board of Addiction Medicine
Diplomate American Board of Internal Medicine (2001-2011)
Medical Director, Adult Inpatient Psychiatry, Rogers Memorial Hospital, Oconomowoc, WI  Eric Christopher is a Medical Monitor for PPD, a contract research organization overseeing Phase I - IV clinical trials with a focus on neuroscience. He works in the Pharmacovigilance division providing protocol development, patient safety oversite, and clinical trial reporting. He provides physician and investigator safety training to Investigators throughout the world. In addition, he liaisons with biostatics, product development, data management and regulatory oversite. In addition to providing medical services to large pharma, he particularly enjoys providing support to biotechnology start ups bringing new, cutting edge therapies from the bench to the bedside. 

Prior to joining PPD in 2016, Eric obtained his MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed the combined residency program of internal medicine and psychiatry at Duke University. He joined the faculty after completion and continued his tenure to be the Medical Director for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. He oversaw the administration and clinical programs for the Department both inpatient and outpatient. He served as a hospitalist on the general inpatient medicine and inpatient psychiatry. In addition, he oversaw the Emergency Psychiatry division. He was the chief of the Medicine and Psychiatry service and grew the University's Med/Psych Program to the largest program in the country. Duke now has the largest faculty and residency education program in the US.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Psychologists, Social WorkersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
The purpose of this CME activity is to review and discuss common general medical and musculoskeletal symptoms related to specific disease states, and to provide guidelines for their diagnosis and management. Topics will be chosen to benefit the family physician, general internist and advanced practice provider in an ambulatory care setting.

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Explain the proper evaluation of a patient with a specific musculoskeletal injury.
  • Differentiate specific findings that indicate a more serious injury.
  • Discuss personal wellness and factors that influence our daily living.
  • Discuss the causes of shoulder pain, their evaluation and management.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate maneuvers to identify the various causes of shoulder pain.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate maneuvers to identify the various causes of hip pain.
  • Discuss stress and resiliency.
  • Discuss the common causes of hip pain and its evaluation and management
  • Discuss the common causes of knee pain and their management
  • Discuss the common causes of foot pain and their management
  • Demonstrate how art contributes to the art of medicine.
  1. Wellness, and Stress
    • Discuss stress in our lives and potential consequences.
  2. Low Carb Diets...How Low Can You Go
    • Define the various low carb diets, their components and their potential concerns.
  3. Doc, why do I have foot pain?
    • Discuss the common causes of foot pain.
  4. My Painful Knee...why does it hurt?
    • Discussthecommoncausesofkneepain.
  5. Why Is My Shoulder So Painful?
    • Discussthecommoncausesofshoulderpain.
  6. HipPain
    • Discussthecommoncausesofhippain.
  7. Diabetes Management in the Aging Adult
    • Discuss the management of diabetes in the aging patient.
  8. Is It a Back, Groin, or Hip Problem, doc?
  9. Update in Major Depression
    • Synthesize the diagnosis and current/new treatments in Major Depressive Disorder
  10. Opioid Use Disorder, Diagnosis and Treatment
    • Integrate the diagnosis, epidemiology, and treatment options available for opioid use disorder
  11. Postpartum Depression
    • Expand knowledge of a common, but poorly understood disease in the peripartum.
  12. Suicide
    • Learn tools that practitioners can use in identifying patients at risk for suicide and resources available
  13. Borderline or Bipolar?
    • Analyze the slightly similar, but very divergent diseases with different treatments
  14. Smoking Cessation
    • Describe and apply treatments for smoking cession with considerations for use in appropriate populations.
  15. Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Psychiatry
    • Understand how patients are "self-medicating" with non-prescription treatments for psychiatric disorders
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 Oct 11 Port Canaveral, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Mon Oct 12 Coco Cay, Bahamas
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Tue Oct 13 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Oct 14 Cozumel, Mexico
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Oct 15 Roatan, Honduras
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Fri Oct 16 Costa Maya, Mexico
7:00 am 3:00 pm
Sat Oct 17 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Oct 18 Port Canaveral, Florida
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Western Caribbean

Ports of Call

Port Canaveral, Florida - Port Canaveral lies just 35 miles east of Orlando, along the 72 miles of pristine beaches known as Florida's Space Coast. Besides its close proximity to Orlando's theme parks, you'll find space-age attractions of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.

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

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

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.

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!

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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