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Current Topics in Cardiology, Preventive Cardiology, and Rheumatology

Celebrity's Beautiful Celebrity Reflection
Celebrity Reflection

10-Night Ireland & Iceland Cruise
Round-trip Dublin, Ireland
May 16 - 26, 2019

16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
16 Contact Hours
Up to 16 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program

Course Fees:
$995 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy & Dentists
$750 for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners
$595 Nurses, Residents, Students & Others
BIAS FREE CME - No Commercial Support was provided for this CME activity.

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 P. Rodgers, MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Chief of Cardiology
The University of Texas Dell Medical School
Austin, TX.

George Rodgers is a practicing cardiologist and an Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief of Cardiology at University of Texas Dell Medical School. He led the development of the cardiovascular curriculum for the new medical school and teaches medical students and residents on a regular basis. Beyond medical education, he has particular interests in prevention and the early detection of heart disease, team-based care and innovative value-based care for the safety net population.

Dr. Rodgers received his medical education and residency training in internal medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed his fellowship training in cardiology at Baylor College of medicine in Houston. He began his cardiology practice in Austin in 1989. Dr. Rodgers has been very active in the American College of Cardiology and has served as the chair of its board of governors and on many other committees, task force and writing groups

He received the Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Cardiology award in March 2017.

When Dr. Rodgers is not teaching or practicing cardiology, he is making music videos with his singer-actress wife Leslie www.lesliehylandrodgers.com

Alan Rubinow, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Medicine, Hadassah University Medical Center, Ein-Kerem
Jerusalem, Israel

Dr. Alan Rubinow was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and is a graduate of the Hadassah - Hebrew University School of Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel. Following his residency in Internal Medicine he trained in Rheumatology and Allergy in the Division of Arthritis at the Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts. His main research interest during his seven year tenure in Boston was amyloidosis, particularly the hereditary and familial forms of the disease.

He is American Board certified in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology and Allergy/ Clinical Immunology. Dr. Rubinow is Associate Professor of Medicine and Senior Physician in the Department of Medicine and past chairman of the Rheumatology unit. He is past Chairman of the Israel Rheumatology Society and past Chairman of the Board of Examinations in Rheumatology.

He has been visiting professor at many international universities and medical schools where he was involved in teaching at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels: Indiana University School of Medicine (1994), University of Western Australia in Perth (2004) Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York City (2005), University of Cape Town, South Africa (2007) and University of Florence, Italy (2008).

Prof. Rubinow was a member of the Board of Directors of Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI). He is the author of over 140 publications and chapters in books.

In 1998 Prof. Rubinow was the recipient of the Feldman Foundation Fellowship and was Associate Visiting Professor of Medicine in the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Stanford University. He is a member of the Hadassah Medical Center Helsinki committee (Institutional Review Board) for research on human subjects, member of the ethics bureau of the Israel Medical Association and advisor to the Ombudsman in the Ministry of Health.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Advances in diagnosis and management
    • Learn the new American College of Rheumatology/ EULAR diagnostic criteria
    • Understand the application of new serologic tests
    • Appreciate how use biologic agents in RA treatment
  2. Psoriatic Arthritis: whats new in management of skin and joints
    • Able to recognize between various forms of psoriatic arthritis
    • Know the new treatment modalities for PA
  3. Spondyloarthropathies
    • Discuss rheumatic and systemic features of this group of disease.
    • Learn new diagnostic and treatment options
  4. Gout and Crystal induced Arthropathies
    • Understand the epidemiology of gout
    • Discuss diagnosis of gout and pseudgout
    • Learn new treatment options
  5. Fibromyalgia: What it is and what it is not
    • Appreciate the contentious arguments surrounding this condition
    • Learn current opinions about pathophysiology
  6. Osteoarthritis
    • Discuss bio-mechanical and demographic aspects
    • Appreciate medical management
  7. Systemic Lupus Erythematosis: Clinical Vignettes
    • Review the current diagnostic criteria for SLE
    • When to refer a patient with SLE to a Rheumatologist
  8. Ethical dilemmas in Rheumatology
    • Identify ethical issued in common practice
    • Discuss the language of ethical discourse
  9. Obesity and Cardiometabolic syndrome
    • Describe the pathophysiology of the cardiometabolic syndrome
  10. The Mediterranean diet and other heart healthy diets
    • Describe the evidence supporting the beneficial effects of the Mediterranean diet
  11. Hypertension-new treatment recommendations
    • Outline the major changes in the new AHA/ACC guidelines regarding the treatment of hypertension
  12. Erectile Dysfunction-The hard evidence
    • Explain the prevalence and the pathophysiology of erectile dysfunction.
    • Describe three treatment strategies for ED
  13. Statin intolerance-the tricks of the trade
    • Describe the prevalence of statin intolerance
    • Describe three treatment strategies for statin intolerance
  14. Alirocumab and Evolocumab-PCSK9 inhibitors
    • Explain the pharmacologic mechanism of PCSK9 inhibitors in the treatment of hypercholesterolemia
  15. Pre-Operative evaluation for noncardiac surgery
    • Explain the risk stratification for patients anticipating noncardiac surgery
  16. Congestive Heart Failure-Update
    • Describe a comprehensive and evidence-based approach to the medical management of congestive heart failure
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.

Accredited Continuing Medical Education Accreditation: Continuing Education, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation: Continuing Education, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Osteopathic Physicians: This program is eligible for Category 2 credit with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) .

Canadian Physicians: This activity is eligible for Section 1 credits in the Royal College’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program . Participants must log into MAINPORT to claim this activity.

US or Canadian Family Physicians: Please let us know if you require AAFP Prescribed Credits.

Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

Nurse Practitioners: can claim either ANCC Contact Hours or AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ as needed.
Pharmacology credits are identified on individual activities.

ANCC Accredited Continuing Nursing Education
Continuing Education, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea or ANCC of any commercial products displayed or used with an activity.

MOC ABIM Accreditation
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 16 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

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
Thu May 16 Dublin, Ireland
- 9:00 pm
Fri May 17 Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland
9:00 am 5:00 pm
Sat May 18 At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun May 19 Reykjavik, Iceland
1:00 pm -
Mon May 20 Reykjavik, Iceland
- 3:00 pm
Tue May 21 Akureyri, Iceland
10:30 am 6:30 pm
Wed May 22 At Sea - Cruising
- -
Thu May 23 Belfast, Ireland
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Fri May 24 At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat May 25 Cork (Cobh), Ireland
10:00 am 5:00 pm
Sun May 26 Dublin, Ireland
7:30 am -
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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