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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Topics in Geriatrics and the Medical Management of
Mass Casualty Disasters

Royal Caribbean's <em>Allure of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas
7-Night Western Mediterranean Cruise
Round-trip Barcelona, Spain

September 13 - 20, 2020
12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
12 ACPE Credits
3 Hours of Pharmacology for NPs
12.0 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.

Allison Batchelor, MD, CMD, FAMWA

Allison Batchelor, MD, CMD, FAMWA
Associate Professor Of Geriatric Medicine
Department Of Family Medicine
Ohio University Heritage College Of Osteopathic Medicine
Athens Ohio
Attending Physician
Geriatric Medicine
Marietta Memorial Hospital Athens Department Of Primary Care
Athens, Ohio Allison J. Batchelor, MD, CMD, FAMWA is a fellowship-trained geriatrician with more than 30 years of clinical experience in the primary care of older people. Presently, she works as an attending physician at Marietta Memorial Hospital Athens Department of Primary Care in Athens, Ohio providing geriatric primary care. In addition, she serves as an Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine teaching medical students and residents for over 17 years in addition to prior academic appointments.

She is trained as a Certified Medical Director through the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Medical Women's Association

Miklosh Bala, MD

Miklosh Bala, MD
General and Trauma Surgeon, Department of General Surgery, Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel Dr. Bala Miklosh is a Director of Trauma and Acute care Surgery Unit and senior surgeon of Department of General Surgery of Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel. Residency in General Surgery in Hadassah Medical Center. Fellowship in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care in Baltimore, MD. Active member of EAST, AAST and ESTES. Currently work as a leading surgeon in Acute Care Surgery and Trauma and chief consultant for surgery in ICU. Member of trauma committee of Israeli Trauma Association. 

Dr. Bala's clinical and research experience in trauma care started in 2001 while he was a second year surgical resident at the Hadassah Medical Center and was first exposed to trauma surgery. Since then trauma surgery has become a major topic of his investigations and a main subspecialty. 

During his period of residency in general surgery at Hadassah Medical Center, he took care of and was involved in the management of hundreds of casualties that arrived at our Trauma Center following terrorist attacks. On the basis of his experiences, he helped to first introduce the civilian protocol for the management of mass casualty incidents MCIs and showed his team's high success rate in saving life by fully utilizing the limited resources available in civilian hospitals. He was able to summarize this experience in a number of recently published papers relating to different aspects of MCI management, for the first time assessed in terms of ICU need and blood use during the MCI (Published in Injury and European Journals). He summarized his data from hundreds of victims suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to terrorist attacks in an article published in the Journal of Trauma. 
Collection of this data is an ongoing project, for which he works in close collaboration with a psychological group in his hospital. The importance of these studies has been demonstrated in real-time and he have been invited as an expert speaker and guest lecturer to a number of teaching courses and conferences around the world. 

Lastly, he is active in National Homeland Security committee for disaster preparedness, where he works on preparedness for earthquake and chemical disaster on hospital and national levels. 
Other topics of special interest:
  • Trauma surgery and surgical critical care
  • Education in surgery and trauma

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Program Purpose / Objectives
Mass casualty incidents are not rare misshapenness. Every medical care provider and any hospital need to be prepared for management of an MCI. The WSES course objectives are to outline needs for proper preparedness for MCI and to expose the participant to the requisites mandatory for best medical and administrative MCI management.

This is an opportunity for you to review and update your geriatric knowledge for practical application to your older patients. The following will be covered:
  • Update on delirium: prevention, diagnosis, and management
  • Wet and worried: how to help your patients with urinary incontinence
  • Photographic review of the geriatric physical examination: what is normal aging and what is pathologic
  • Practical applications of functional assessment for frail patients: how to maximize benefit from your health care team
  • Successful aging: how to stay sharp and fit as the birthdays fly by
  • Polypharmacy: more is not better
  • Preventative care for older patients: get your shots and dont fall

  1. Overview of Mass Casualty Incidents (MCI)
    • To determine the general factors relevant in a MCI, be familiar with the definition and goals of terrorism, the history of terrorist attacks, and the most common types of mass casualty disasters
  2. Pre-Hospital MCI Management
    • Participants will be able to identify priorities (TRIAGE/SORT) of field and early hospital management, discuss the function and structure of pre-hospital triage and Incident Command.
    • The participants will be able to discuss their own management system and together we will determine strategies.
  3. MCI Peacetime Preparation Principles of Mass Casualty Management
    • All resources needed to prepare the participants' organization for a mass casualty incident.
    • We will analyze together the gaps in equipment, personnel, and surge capacity in order to return to hospitals to update.
  4. The role of the medical director
    • To learn to act as a key person in MCI
  5. Education and MCI preparedness
    • The aim of this lecture is to review the existing educational pathways for healthcare preparedness for an MCI.
  6. Non-Conventional Disasters
    • Anticipated radiological, nuclear, chemical and biological scenarios will be described.
    • Best possible treatment plans will be explained.
    • This talk will familiarize the participant with the terms and concepts that are unique to the medical management of mass casualties, including triage, surge capacity, decontamination, and critical mortality.
  7. Ethical Challenges, Dilemmas and PTSD
    • Assess methods for psycho-emotional support and care of disaster casualties, their families, and responders.
    • We will share with the participants our experiences and lessons learned as well as results from longitudinal research studies investigating medical teams in Israel.
  8. Delirium (prevention, diagnosis, and management)
    • Apply the Confusion Assessment Method to diagnose delirium, Identify and treat underlying causes of delirium
    • Maximize use of non-pharmachologic approaches to delirium
  9. Wet and Worried: How you can help Patients with Urinary Incontinence
    • Identify the types of urinary incontinence. Select practical appropriate treatment strategies for patients with urinary incontinence.
  10. Geriatric Physical Assessment: What is Normal and What is Not
    • Recognize the challenges to a quality geriatric physical examination.
    • Distinguish between clinical signs of normal aging and pathological findings in physical examination through a photographic review.
  11. Critical Geriatric Perspectives: Frailty,Debility, and the Importance of Functional Assessment
    • Define debility and frailty.
    • Identify the different functions included in Activities of Daily Living and Instrumental Activites of Daily Living.
    • How to utilize the health care team to assist your patients maximize functional status.
  12. Successful Aging-How to Stay Sharp and Fit as the Birthdays fly by
    • Discover top tips for keeping a sharp mind and body for yourself and your aging patients.
  13. Polypharmacy: More is not Better
    • Recognize polypharmacy and prioritize treatment medications
    • Select practical regimens for improved medication compliance.
    • Employ geriatric prescribing prinicples such as "start low and go slow" to lessen adverse outcomes.
  14. Preventative Care for Older Patients: Get your shots and don't fall!
    • Implement current adult immunization schedule specifically influenza, pneumonia and shingles vaccines for older patients
    • Analyze the root cause of falls and implement appropriate preventative strategies.
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 13 Barcelona, Spain
- 6:00 pm
Mon Sep 14 Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
8:00 am 4:00 pm
Tue Sep 15 Provence (Marseille), France
9:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Sep 16 La Spezia, Florence/Pisa Italy
8:30 am 8:30 pm
Thu Sep 17 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
7:00 am 8:00 pm
Fri Sep 18 Naples, Italy
7:00 am 6:30 pm
Sat Sep 19 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Sep 20 Barcelona, Spain
5:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Barcelona, Spain -

Barcelona is a one of the world's great cities. Stroll down her tree-lined boulevards, the magnificent Passeig de Gràcia or the more touristed Las Ramblas. On the Passeig, shop a serious fashion district while marveling at examples of Mordenisme architecture, seemingly sculpted from the stuff of dreams (Gaudi's masterpiece of a family home, Casa Batlló is well worth a visit). If a trip on the Passeig hasn't convinced you of Gaudi's genius, a visit to La Sagrada Familia Cathedral will do the trick; this fantastic, soaring marvel will live on in your memory long after you've returned.

Not far from the Passeig and just north of Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter (the Barri Gotic) provides an abundance of shopping opportunities for all tastes, and a bit of European history to boot - check out the tranquil Cathedral of Barcelona. To see a bit of local life a visit to a food market is a quick, fun detour: try Santa Caterina near the Cathedral or Mercado de La Boqueria, right off of Las Ramblas.

Barcelona's food is also a highlight: stop into a tapas bar and try a variety of delicacies. "Standard" restaurants of every style are available, too. And, there's music, too! Visit an underground jazz club or the magnificent Palau de la Música Catalana; or stop by the Palau Dalmases for a stunning, flamenco performance (it's near the Picasso museum). Did we mention art? One of the largest collections of Picasso's art is found at the Museau Picasso, and a great collection of contemporary, figurative (i.e not abstract) painting and sculpture is housed at the European Museum of Modern Art just around the corner.

It's probably clear by now that you really can't get it all done in a day (even if all means "just the must-sees"). So, stay for a day or three in the Gothic Quarter or near Plaça de Catalunya and really get a feel for what makes Barcelona such a wonderful place. Partly it's the result of the "accidents" of its history and present: as the regional capital of Spain's prosperous Catalunya region, Barcelona has a "flavor" that is a bit of a mix between Spanish and French (it's located quite close to the French border). Yes, you can practice your Spanish here - it attracts Spaniards from throughout the country - but you'll also see and hear Catalan with it's own charm. You won't regret you time here.

Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain - Floating gemlike off Spain's Mediterranean Riviera, Palma offers pearls, pottery and perfectly sublime sandy beaches. The historic district of the city is a great stop for an inexpensive good meal, a visit to a wonderous cathedral (for those seeking peace, consider visiting the quiet of the Saint Francis cathedral rather than its more touristed big brother. Shopping abounds in this european vacation spot as well as a very beautiful, small modern art museum with free entrance. Or take a day excursion to visit charming and quiet Valldemosa, where George Sand and Frederic Chopin spent a romantic winter in 1838.

Provence (Marseille), France -

La Spezia, Florence/Pisa Italy - In Florence view the timeless treasures: the lofty Duomo, Giotto's bell tower, Michelangelo's David, the Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio over the Arno. In Pisa, see the famous Tower, still standing, if crookedly, after 650 years.

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - Plan your time here carefully, as the Eternal City's sights are endless: the Colosseum, the Forum, the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican and so much more.

Naples, Italy - Capital of Southern Italy, the largest city of Campania, Naples is the third most populated city in Italy (after Rome and Milan), with over a million inhabitants, and is the most important industrial center and trading port for the South. Naples itself can provide a day's fun and entertainment, if its somewhat rundown appearance doesn't dissuade you. Or, join a tour of incredible Pompeii, frozen in time since A.D. 79 when Mt. Vesuvius brought an end to that then-thriving city. Or, take a quick ferry across the bay to the flowery Isle of Capri. Or, (yes, there's more) visit fabulous Sorrento, vacation spot for the well to do.

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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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