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Primary Care Overview 2019

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Holland America's Nieuw Statendam

7-Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise Conference
round-trip Fort Lauderdale, FL
March 31 - April 7, 2019

15 Contact Hours
1.5 CEU

Seminar Fees:

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

Physician Assistants, Pharmacists, Pharmacist Technicians
*Discounted Advanced Registration - $695
Regular Fee - $745

Nurses, Residents, Students
*Discounted Advanced Registration - $495
Regular Fee - $545

*Discounted Advanced Registration Deadline: December 5, 2018

Registration Details

Conference registration includes workshop attendance, handouts and refreshments during the meetings and documentation of continuing education credit.

Spouses, family and friends are welcome and do not need to register unless they attend the educational sessions. Special conference fees are available for non-professional accompanying persons who wish to attend one or more session (no special receipt, certification or credit issued).

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.
Christopher M. Bland, Pharm.D., FCCP, FIDSA, BCPS
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Georgia College of Pharmacy
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
St. Joseph's/Candler Health System
Savannah, Georgia.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacist Technicians

Program Purpose / Objectives
Session 1: Monday, April 1, 2019, 7:45 AM Check In/Registration, 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM Educational Program (5 hrs)

  • Infectious Disease/ Antibiotic Stewardship/New Antibiotics/ perhaps UTI/ Related Case Studies
At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

New Antimicrobial Update: Has help truly arrived?
  1. Review various new antimicrobials that have been FDA-approved.
  2. Discuss pros and cons of these agents.
  3. Evaluate these agents critically for use in clinical practice.
  4. Compare the possible role of these agents through cases.

  5. Difficult Cases in Infectious Diseases: Are you up for the challenge?
  6. Differentiate pharmacotherapy options for complicated infections.
  7. Develop a plan to manage these infections.
  8. Propose treatment options for resistant Gram-negative pathogens .

  9. Update in the Treatment of MRSA Acute Bacterial Skin/Skin Structure Infections (ABSSSI)
  10. Discuss the epidemiology of ABSSSI including MRSA.
  11. List agents commonly used in the management of ABSSSI.
  12. Summarize guidelines for management of ABSSSI.
  13. Select an appropriate treatment based on patient ABSSSI presentation.

Session 2: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 : 7:15 AM Check In, 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM Educational Program (5 hrs)

  • Diabetes/ Bariatric Surgery/ Dosing in Obesity
At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

Diabetes Pharmacotherapy Update: Focus on the Integrating Newer Agents into Clinical Practice:
  1. Prepare a brief overview of pathophysiology, diagnosis, and clinical implication of diabetes mellitus.
  2. Compare current recommended therapies for diabetes through cases.
  3. Describe the role of older agents in clinical practice.
  4. Evaluate the role of newer agents in the management of diabetes through cases.

  5. Bariatric Surgery: Getting to the Gut of the Matter:
  6. Analyze the role of bariatric surgery in the management of patients with morbid obesity.
  7. Describe the complications and medication related changes evident post-bariatric surgery.
  8. Evaluate the roles of the team in the care of patients undergoing bariatric surgery procedures.
  9. Evaluate appropriate drug therapy through case studies.

  10. Drug Dosing in Obesity: A Huge Problem for Patients and Providers Alike:
  11. Describe the obesity epidemic in the United States.
  12. Discuss pharmacokinetic changes in obese patients related to challenges in dosing.
  13. Evaluate drugs most affected by obesity through case studies.

Session 3: Friday April 5, 2019, 7:45 AM Check In, 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM Educational Program (5 hrs)

  • Update in the Management of Headaches and Seizure Disorders, Polypharmacy and the Elderly
At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

What a Headache! Clinical Review of Different Headaches with corresponding Treatments:
  1. Review briefly risk factors, pathophysiology, and clinical presentation of cluster, tension, and migraine headaches.
  2. Describe various treatment and preventative strategies of each type of headache when applicable
  3. Illustrate appropriate treatments through patient cases.

  4. Seize the day! Update in the Management of Epilepsy:
  5. Summarize different seizure types requiring therapy.
  6. Review briefly current available options for epilepsy treatment.
  7. Describe newer treatments in the management of epilepsy.

  8. Polypharmacy and the Elderly: Minimizing Untoward Effects through Prudent Prescribing:
  9. Summarize factors leading to polypharmacy in the elderly.
  10. Define inappropriate medications for elderly patients.
  11. Describe tools to screen patients for polypharmacy.
  12. Describe best practices for limiting adverse drug events in "necessary" medications.
  13. Use case studies to illustrate possible polypharmacy 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.
University Learning Systems is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. All programs are accredited for pharmacists.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of Credit is pending. AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1. CME programs approved by the AAFP are eligible for Category 2 credit (or Category 1-A under special circumstances) through the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

Members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada are eligible to receive up to 15 MAINPRO-M1 credits for participation in this activity due to reciprocal agreement with the American Academy of Family Physicians.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for Prescribed credit from AAFP. Physician assistants may report the number of hours stated above of Category I credit for completing this program.

University Learning Systems is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of Continuing Pharmacy Education.


Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP) accepts courses accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). This credit is applicable to health professionals who may require pharmacology credit.

SESSION 1: 5 CONTACT HOURS ACPE UAN 0741-0000-19-007-L01-P, 0741-0000-19-007-L01-T, ACTIVITY: KNOWLEDGE

SESSION 2: 5 CONTACT HOURS ACPE UAN 0741-0000-19-008-L01-P, 0741-0000-19-008-L01-T, ACTIVITY: KNOWLEDGE

SESSION 3: 5 CONTACT HOURS ACPE UAN 0741-0000-19-009-L01-P, 0741-0000-19-009-L01-T, ACTIVITY APPLICATION

This course provides 15 contact hours (1.5 CEU) over three days, 5 hours per day, to fulfill the pharmacotherapeutics/ pharmacology requirements for American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Category 1 Continuing Education Hours for certification renewal. The same hours submitted to renew certification may be submitted to a State Board of Nursing for re-licensure. American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts formally approved continuing education sponsored by organizations accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). University Learning Systems is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

OTHER HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: Contact your respective board regarding approval.

CE BROKER Tracking #: 50-11357: Approved by Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Pharmacy, Florida Physician Assistants, Florida Board of Nursing (Pending), Georgia Board of Nursing.
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 31 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- 5:00 pm
Mon Apr 01 At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Apr 02 Grand Turk, Turks And Caicos
8:00 am 3:00 pm
Wed Apr 03 San Juan, Puerto Rico
1:00 pm 11:00 pm
Thu Apr 04 St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Fri Apr 05 At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Apr 06 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
8:00 am 3:00 pm
Sun Apr 07 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
7:00 am -
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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