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Pain Management

Royal Caribbean's <em>Brilliance of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas
7-Night Canada Cruise
Round-trip Boston, Massachusetts, US

September 27 - October 04, 2020
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
10 ¾ 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.

Charles Argoff, MD

Dr. Argoff is Professor of Neurology at Albany Medical College and Director of the Comprehensive Pain Center at Albany Medical Center.

He was previously Director of the Cohen Pain Management Center at North Shore University Hospital and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Pain Society and the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

In 2012 he received the American Pain Elizabeth Narcessan Award for Outstanding Educational Achievements and the previous year the Academic Pain Educator of the Year Award from the American Society of Pain Educators.

Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP

Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP
Professor of Medicine, College of Medicine Texas A & M, Temple, Tx.
Senior Staff Endocrinologist, Baylor Scott and White; Temple, Texas
Director Diabetes Education Section, Baylor Scott & White, Temple, Texas Dr. Piziak received her undergraduate degrees and her PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her medical degree from University Kentucky in Lexington. She completed her internal medicine residency at Akron general Medical Center in Akron Ohio and her fellowship training in endocrinology metabolism at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Dr. Piziak is presently the Emeritus Chief of Endocrinology, Director of the Diabetes section and Director of the Endocrinology Fellowship program at Baylor Scott and White in Temple Texas. She is a Professor of Medicine at Texas A&M University and a fellow of the American College of physicians.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
The purpose of these lectures is to provide an overview of the management of common endocrinology problems utilizing new guidelines and medications to improve the care of patients seen in primary care settings. Areas covered include: thyroid disorders, and the effectiveness of dietary, surgical and medical therapy for obesity.

New guidelines have been published by the American College of Cardiology for the management of lipid disorders and cases will be used to illustrate their effective use. Comfortable use of the diagnostic tests and medications for metabolic bone problems is another goal. An approach to the integration of new diabetes medications into primary care practice and the American Diabetes Association guideline changes for 2020 will be discussed to improve understanding of their utility in various types of patients particularly those with complications from diabetes. Advances in the diagnosis and management of common pituitary and adrenal disorders have recently changed with new guidelines from the Endocrine Society.

It is estimated that more than 100 million adults in the United States experience chronic pain and that over 20 million experience moderate to severe also known as "high impact" chronic pain. It is therefore not surprising that pain is the most common reason for a person to visit a health care provider. We will cover key timely topics in pain management focused and enabling the participant to become more comfortable with the assessment and treatment of various chronic pain conditions.

  1. Nutritional, Medical and Surgical Management of Obesity
    • Discuss the use of appropriate food plans and medications and selection of surgical procedures that will benefit particular patients
  2. Management of Thyroid Disease
    • Discuss populations that should be screened for thyroid disease
  3. Metabolic bone disease: When and How to Treat
    • Recognize when patients should start and stop bisphosphonate therapy.
  4. Using Insulin Effectively in the Treatment of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
    • Design appropriate insulin therapy for various types of patients
  5. Selecting the Best Medications for Your Patient with Type 2 Diabetes
    • Discuss the place of various oral agents and new injectables in the management of Type 2 diabetes
  6. Management of Dyslipidemia: New Guidelines
    • Discuss new guidelines for the management lipid disorders
  7. Spotting adrenal and pituitary problems in your practice
    • Recognize primary and secondary adrenal insufficiency and prolactinomas
  8. Managing Headache Does Not Have to Be a Headache
    • Identify and treat common headache disorders
  9. Interventional Pain Management for the Non-Pain Specialist
    • Identify common interventional pain management treatments and recognize when a referral should be made for these
  10. Is it Ever Appropriate to Prescribe Opioids on a Long-Term Basis for Non-Cancer Pain?
    • Better understand the role of chronic opioid therapy for chronic non-cancer pain
  11. How Do I Taper My Patient from Opioid Therapy?
    • Institute a rational approach to tapering opioid therapy when appropriate
  12. Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain
    • Identify and treat common musculoskeletal conditions associated with chronic pain
  13. Established and Emerging Treatments for Neuropathic Pain
    • To identify common neuropathic pain conditions and institute treatment for these
  14. An Overview of Non-Opioid Pharmacotherapy for Acute and Chronic Pain
    • To identify common classes of non-opioid medications for chronic pain and to be able to utilize these for treatment
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 Sep 27 Boston, Massachusetts, US
- 5:00 pm
Mon Sep 28 Portland, Maine
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Tue Sep 29 Bar Harbor, Maine, US
7:00 am 7:00 pm
Wed Sep 30 Saint John, New Brunswick
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Oct 01 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Oct 02 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
7:00 am 7:00 pm
Sat Oct 03 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Oct 04 Boston, Massachusetts, US
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Canada Cruise

Ports of Call

Boston, Massachusetts, US - The cradle of American history, Boston rests on its glorious cultural laurels-Trinity Church, Old Ironsides, the Freedom Trail; yet thrusts into the next millennium as a high-tech hub of the computer industry.

Portland, Maine - Portland is Maine's business, financial and retail capital and the largest city in the state. Seascapes and cityscapes blend harmoniously in Portland, perched on a peninsula, jutting out into island-studded Casco Bay.

The metropolitan hub of Maine's south coast region, Portland is a progressive, lively city incorporating the character of yesteryear into a modern urban environment. Historic architecture blends gracefully with the new as you stroll along her working waterfront or the cobblestone streets of the restored Old Port section of the city.

Bar Harbor, Maine, US - Once the summer-society rival of Newport, today Bar Harbor is rich in the legacy of the 19th century millionaires, including Acadia National Park, most of which was donated by the Rockefeller family. Clip clop along tranquil trails in a horse-drawn carriage.

Saint John, New Brunswick - Founded by Loyalists escaping the Revolutionary War in 1785, Saint John has emerged as a thriving port city. Its restored historic waterfront and surrounding natural beauty have made Saint John a wonderful destination.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada - Ocean scenery at its best: granite boulders pounded by crashing surf, lighthouses standing sentinel on rocky ledges, a delectable lobster lunch caught fresh from the waters off Peggy's Cove. Back in Halifax, the ramparts of the Citadel await your inspection.

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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