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5th Annual Internal Medicine in Primary Care

<em>Celebrity Solstice</em>
Celebrity Solstice
7-Night Alaska Cruise Conference
Round-trip Seattle, Washington

July 31 - August 07, 2020
20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

Course Fees:

$725.00 for Physicians
$650.00 for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, and Others
(The conference tuition does not include the cost of the cruise)

Course Cancellations:
A full refund minus a $50.00 processing fee will be given for written cancellations received by June 30, 2020. Refunds cannot be honored after this date and tuition will be applied as full payment for any of future meetings organized by Continuing Education Company (including land-based conferences). No refund will be given for no-shows. Occasionally, speakers or topics need to be changed. In the unlikely event that the conference is canceled, CEC will refund the registration fee in full, but is not responsible for any travel or hotel costs incurred. However, we will not cancel any meeting due to lack of attendance.

SPECIAL OFFER:  Earn a total of 35 CME credits with our Special Alaska Cruise CME Offer! Attend the 5th Annual Internal Medicine in Primary Care Conference (20 CME Credits) and you will receive a FREE online 15 credit CME course from CME365.*
*Offer valid only for participants who attend all days of the live 5th Annual Internal Medicine in Primary Care Conference. Access to the online CME course will be sent to registrants after they have attended and successfully completed the live conference. The online CME course is not transferable. This offer is not valid if you cancel your registration or are a no show at the live conference.

Click here to Register for the conference Or Call (800) 327-4502

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.

Eddie Needham, MD, FAAFP

Program Director and Academic Chairman
AdventHealth Winter Park Family Medicine Residency Program
Professor of Medicine, UCF-COM
Clinical Associate Professor, SU-COM
Winter Park, FL Eddie Needham, MD is the Program Director and Academic Chairman for the AdventHealth Winter Park Family Medicine Residency Program in Winter Park, Florida. Additionally, he is a Professor of Medicine at UCF-COM and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at FSU-COM. He practices full-service family medicine providing care from “conception to resurrection”. He has taught family medicine for 25 years and performs many outpatient and inpatient procedures.

He served as a physician in the US Army for seven years. In 2013, Dr. Needham received the Full-Time Florida Family Physician Educator award. He has previously received the AFMRD Gold Award as a Program Director in 2017, the GAFP Teacher of the Year in 2007 and the 1996 AAFP Parke-Davis Teacher awards. It is his joy and passion to teach students of medicine the wonders of the human body. He loves his wife of 31 years, his five adult children, the rigors of triathlons, the wonder and surprise of fishing, and mountain top experiences with friends.

Brian Pearlman, MD, FACP, FAASLD, AAHIVS

Medical Director, Center for Hepatitis C, Wellstar Medical Center
Professor of Medicine, Medical College of Georgia
Professor of Medicine, Emory School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA Brian Pearlman, MD is the Medical Director for Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center's Center for Hepatitis C in Atlanta, Georgia, and is Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia and Professor of Medicine at Emory School of Medicine. He completed his medical degree at the University of Miami and post-graduate training at both the University of Texas, Southwestern and Baylor University Medical Center.

Dr. Pearlman is Fellow for the American College of Physicians, and Fellow for the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease as well as certified by the American Academy of HIV Medicine. He is also a member of the American Gastroenterological Association. He had sat on the Board of Directors for The American Liver Foundation, Southeast Chapter.

Dr. Pearlman is widely published in leading journals such as The Lancet, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, The Lancet Infectious Disease, Clinical Infectious Diseases and the American Journal of Medicine. He is active in both patient care and in teaching physicians. He has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards and is an active investigator in multiple liver-related clinical trials, some of which are in collaboration with the CDC's Division of Viral Hepatitis.

Ramon L. Rodriguez, MD

Medical Director, Neurology One
Professor of Neurology
University of Central Florida, College of Medicine
Orlando, FL Ramon L. Rodriguez, MD, is a Professor of Neurology at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Rodriguez graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus and completed his internship and residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.

After this, he completed a Fellowship in the Medical and Surgical Management of Movement Disorders and has been practicing academic medicine since then. Dr. Rodriguez has been involved in more than 40 research studies and more than 50 publications in both national and international journals. He is currently the director of the National VA PD consortia in Orlando, Florida.

Laura A. Young, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC Laura A. Young, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences at Michigan State University, Dr. Young and her MD/PhD from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Young completed her residency at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and her clinical fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of several professional organizations including American Diabetes Association and Endocrine Society. Dr. Young specializes in the care of patients with diabetes.

She enjoys working closely with patients to help them realize and achieve both their short and long-term health goals. Her research program focuses on a wide breadth of areas in diabetes, but Dr. Young has a special interest in the use of technology in diabetes. A common thread throughout much of Dr. Young's research is the use of novel behavioral approaches to improve the care of patients with diabetes.

The overarching goal of her clinical and research efforts is to help patients with diabetes live happier, healthier lives. In addition to her clinical work and research, Dr. Young spends a significant amount of her time at UNC working with trainees. In addition to mentoring medical students and residents, she is he Endocrinology Fellowship Program Director. In her free time, Dr. Young enjoys taking long walks, cooking, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and other Health Care Professionals.
Program Purpose / Objectives
Time Agenda Speaker
FRIDAY JULY 31, 2020
12:00 - 1:00pm BOARD: Seattle, WA  
1:00 - 3:00pm Conference sign-in/ Registration and material pickup (Conference Center)  
4:00pm SAIL  
SATURDAY August 1st, 2020 - At Sea All Day
7:30 - 8:30am Contemporary Management Of Type 2 Diabetes: Focus On Non-Insulin Therapies L. Young, MD
8:30 - 9:30am Honing In On The CV And Renal Benefits Of Current Diabetes Therapies L. Young, MD
9:30 - 9:45am BREAK  
9:45 - 10:45am Evaluation of Abnormal Liver Functions Test's B. Pearlman, MD
10:45 - 11:45am The ABC's of Viral Hepatitis B. Pearlman, MD
11:45am - 1:00pm LUNCH  
1:00 - 2:00pm Cardiovascular exam E. Needham, MD
2:00 - 3:00pm Gout and Pseudogout E. Needham, MD
3:00 - 3:15pm BREAK  
3:15 - 4:15pm An Overview Of Movement Disorders R. Rodriguez, MD
4:15 - 5:15pm Evaluation And Treatment Of Headaches R. Rodriguez, MD
SUNDAY August 2, 2020
7:00am - 4:00pm Ketchikan, Alaska  
MONDAY August 3, 2020
6:00am - 10:00am Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier  
1:30pm - 10:00pm Juneau, Alaska  
TUESDAY August 4, 2020
7:00am - 6:00pm Skagway, Alaska  
6:30pm - 10:30pm Alaska Inside Passage  
WEDNESDAY August 5, 2020 - At Sea All Day
7:30 - 8:30am Evaluation Of The Patient With Numbness And Tingling R. Rodriguez, MD
8:30 - 9:30am The Patient With Memory Concerns R. Rodriguez, MD
9:30 - 9:45am BREAK  
9:45 - 10:45am Asthma in Adults E. Needham, MD
10:45 - 11:45am CV Pharmacology Update E. Needham, MD
11:45am - 1:00pm LUNCH  
1:00 - 2:00pm Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD): The Essentials B. Pearlman, MD
2:00 - 3:00pm Liver Pearls: Dispelling Common Misconceptions B. Pearlman, MD
3:00 - 3:15pm BREAK  
3:15 - 4:15pm Insulin Therapy in the Contemporary management of Type 2 Diabetes L. Young, MD
4:15 - 5:15pm Interpreting Abnormal Endocrine Tests L. Young, MD
THURSDAY August 6, 2020
8:00am - 9:00am Top 10 Evidence-based Medicine Updates E. Needham, MD
9:00am - 10:00am Endocrinology and Diabetes Cases L. Young, MD
10:00 - 10:15am BREAK  
10:15 - 11:15am Neurology Cases R. Rodriguez, MD
11:15am - 12:15pm The Care of the Cirrhotic Patient B. Pearlman, MD
5:30pm - 11:59pm Victoria, British Columbia, Canada  
FRIDAY August 7, 2020
6:00am Port of Arrival: Seattle, WA


 This live activity, 5th Annual Internal Medicine in Primary Care, with a beginning date of July 31, 2020 has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 20.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™: Continuing Education Company, Inc. (CEC) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Continuing Education Company designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity..


ABIM MOC: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 20 Medical Knowledge MOC points 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.;

AOA: CME activities approved for AAFP credit and AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit. 

CFPC:Members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada are eligible to receive 20 MAINPRO-M1 credits for participation in this activity due to reciprocal agreement with the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Nurse Practitioners:

AANPCP:The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program accepts AAFP Prescribed credit andAMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

ANCC: According to ANCC Certification, the continuing education hours approved by the AAFP and AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ meet the requirement of formally approved continuing education hours and may be used as such for ANCC Certification renewal.

Physician Assistants:

AAPA: The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts AAFP Prescribed credit and AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for AAPA Category 1 CME credit. 
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

Fri Jul 31 Seattle, Washington
- 4:00 pm
Sat Aug 01 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Aug 02 Ketchikan, Alaska
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Mon Aug 03 Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier
5:30 am 10:00 am
Mon Aug 03 Juneau, Alaska
1:30 pm 10:00 pm
Tue Aug 04 Skagway, Alaska
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Tue Aug 04 Alaska Inside Passage
6:30 pm 10:30 pm
Wed Aug 05 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Thu Aug 06 Victoria, British Columbia
5:30 pm 11:59 pm
Fri Aug 07 Seattle, Washington
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Seattle, Washington - The Emerald City of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is one of America's most vibrant cities. Stroll its bustling waterfront (including Pike Place Market), visit the Space Needle, and find a great coffee-shop to enjoy in this coffee-loving city (the home of Starbucks). One of America's tech centers (Amazon and Microsoft are both headquartered here), the city is abuzz with the interesting people attracted to the opportunities to be found there. There is more than enough to see and do here to keep you busy for a day or two. If you have a little extra time, Seattle is a great place to visit.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Ketchikan, Alaska - Immerse yourself in Tlingit Indian culture as you view the world's largest collection of totem poles; kayak the colorful waterfront.

Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier - One of Alaska's lesser-known gems, Endicott Arm Fjord marks the southern edge of Fords Terror Wilderness area. As you drift through its 30 -mile-long stretch, you can't help but be awed by the sorrounding granite cliffs, mountain valleys and dozens of gushing waterfalls. Drifting icebergs, deep blue waters and a spectacular tidewater glacier only add to this natural spectacle's appeal.

Skagway, Alaska - A frontier town perfectly preserved as the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. Gateway to the Trail of '98, which you may explore by helicopter or vintage railcar.

Victoria, British Columbia - Stroll through the charming downtown of this very British city, with its double-decker buses, turreted castles, fine British woolens, tea and china. Or, just outside the city, visit the lush flora and fauna of Butchart Gardens.

Non-US/Canadian individuals, please Click here to determine if you'll need a visa to board this cruise which visits Canada.

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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