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Primary Care Overview 2020

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Holland America's Nieuw Statendam
7-Night Tropical Caribbean Cruise
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

March 08 - 15, 2020
1.5 CEU
15.0 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Dentists
*Discounted Advanced Registration - $895
Regular Registration - $945

Physician Assistants, Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners
*Discounted Advanced Registration - $695
Regular Fee - $745

Nurses, Residents, Students
*Discounted Advanced Registration - $495
Regular Fee - $545
*Discounted Advanced Registration Deadline: December 12,2019

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.

Kevin C. O'Connor, DO, FAAFP

Associate Professor of Medicine
Senior Medical Advisor
Health Sciences, The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Executive Medicine Program
GW Medical Faculty Associates  Dr. O’Connor has NO financial arrangements with any corporate organization that might have an interest in the subject being presented

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners
Program Purpose / Objectives
Session 1: Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 7:45 AM Check In/Registration, 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM Educational Program (5hrs)

Practical Approach to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:
  1. Define treatment goals for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
  2. Discuss evidence-based recommendations and guidelines for diagnosing, treating and controlling Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
  3. Develop a drug therapy and monitoring plan for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
  4. Identify strategies to support patient education and adherence within inhaled medications for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
  5. Identify the pathophysiology and comorbidities often associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
  6. Discuss lifestyle, medication, biomechanical and surgical options for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

  7. How to Tackle the Most Common Office Emergencies:
  8. Identify the most common office emergencies encountered in the primary care setting.
  9. Develop immediate action plans to address the most common office emergencies, to include appropriate medication, equipment and staff training.
  10. Discuss ways in which the primary care provider can either initiate or integrate into already established national, state and local community resilience efforts. Related Cases / Learning Activities.
Lunch on your own 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Session 2: Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 2:15 PM Check In/Registration, 2:30 - 5:15 PM Educational Program (2.5hrs)

Performing a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment/ Related Cases - (2.5 hr)

At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:
  1. Describe the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs), and how primary care providers should consider these with respect to "level of care assistance" recommendations.
  2. Discuss common diseases which present differently in elders.
  3. Identify evidence-based tools to perform comprehensive geriatric assessments.
  4. Describe the doctor/patient relationship in regards to geriatric medicine.
  5. Identify the role of community resources in preserving the functional independence of older adults.

Session 3: Friday, March 13, 2020, 7:45 AM Check In, 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM Educational Program (5hrs)

Focus on the Genitourinary and Lower Gastrointestinal Tracts

At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

Common Urinary Tract Infections, Inflammatory Conditions of the Genitourinary Tract , Common Intestinal Infections, Review of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Getting the Function back in Sexual Dysfunction:
  1. Define the types of male and female sexual dysfunction.
  2. Assess the causes of male or female sexual dysfunction associated with medical conditions, medications and psychological factors, using established screening tools when appropriate.
  3. Discuss pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic options for the treatment of sexual dysfunction.
  4. Devise a treatment plan for addressing sexual dysfunction in men and women, including lifestyle modifications.
  5. Analyze communication strategies to guide sexual health discussions with a patient. Related Cases / Learning Activities
Lunch on your own 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Session 4: Friday, March 13, 2020, 2:15 PM Check In, 2:30 - 5:15 PM Educational Program (2.5hr)

Acute Pain and Emerging Therapies for Pain Management/Related Cases

At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to: br />
  1. Define "pain" as per the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).
  2. Classify pain according to its origin and duration.3. Identify the basic physiology of pain.
  3. List commonly used analgesic drug classes and individual drugs; describe their mechanism of action and identify the potential for both common and major side effects.
  4. Describe various pain assessment techniques, using evidence-based tools.
  5. Identify preventative and therapeutic measures for opioid-associated side effects.
  6. Describe the multimodal approach to pain management, to include both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions.
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 08 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 6:00 pm
Mon Mar 09 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Tue Mar 10 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Mar 11 Grand Turk, Turks And Caicos
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Mar 12 Amber Cove, Dominican Republic
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Fri Mar 13 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Mar 14 Key West, Florida
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Sun Mar 15 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

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.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas - When was the last time you whiled away the day on a private Caribbean island? Here's your chance. The island is ours; the day is yours to sun, swim, and sail. Enjoy!

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Grand Turk, Turks And Caicos - Grand Turk is a picturesque island with a relaxed pace and a warm, friendly atmosphere. There are no fast food chains and no sprawling resorts.In addition to the amazing year around diving, with Oasis Divers you have seasonal attractions such as the North Atlantic humpback whales during the winter and manta rays in the summer, you're sure to be amazed.

Amber Cove, Dominican Republic - Amber Cove, the Caribbean's newest cruise port is located on the Bay of Maimon near Puerto Plata on the Dominican Republic's North Coast. Amber Cove is designed in three architectural styles - Victorian, Colonial, and Fortaleza. The complex boasts a fort-like structure at its entrance, cobblestoned plazas, retail and food and beverage buildings, and surrounding ocean and mountain views. For your shopping pleasure, expect a combination of big-name retailers like Diamonds International, Effy, and Harley Davidson; local specialties such as rum, coffee, chocolate, amber, and Larimar; as well as a marketplace for local artisans and producers.

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.

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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