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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Hepatology

Royal Caribbean's <em>Symphony of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas
7-Night Western Caribbean & Perfect Day Cococay
Round-trip Miami, Florida

January 02 - 09, 2021
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
14 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
5 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.
Faculty

Dale A. Matthews, MD, FACP

Dale A. Matthews, MD, FACP
Dr. Matthews practices general internal medicine in Reston, Virginia with Executive Healthcare Services. He conducts research and lectures nationally and internationally on the doctor-patient relationship and the psychological and spiritual dimensions of medicine, including the role of faith, religion, and prayer in clinical care and healing. He has served in the Departments of Medicine at three medical schools (Yale University, University of Connecticut, and Georgetown University) and has lectured at over 30 medical schools in the United States. He also teaches continuing medical education courses for the Continuing Medical Education, Inc. University at Sea program. He is the author of The Faith Factor: Proof of the Healing Power of Prayer (Viking, 1998).

Dr. Matthews is a cum laude graduate of Princeton University (AB, 1976), at which he majored in Romance Languages and Literatures with a special concentration in European Civilization. He was graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in 1980, and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Connecticut in Farmington in 1983. In the same year, he was named as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at Yale University School of Medicine. At Yale, he studied clinical epidemiology and began his research career by examining patients' perceptions of physician performance in the hospital and outpatient setting.

He joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, CT in 1985 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. He was a co-founder of the Connecticut Chronic Fatigue Study, one of the first major longitudinal studies of this perplexing condition. In 1989, he was named the George Morris Piersol Teaching and Research Scholar of the American College of Physicians.

In 1991, he accepted a position as Chief of Internal Medicine at the Minirth-Meier and Byrd Clinic in Arlington, VA. This position offered him an opportunity to integrate his religious faith with his skills in internal medicine and psychiatry and to develop his research interest in the spiritual aspects of medicine.

In 1993, he joined the faculty of Georgetown University School of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine, where he continued to expand his clinical, teaching, and research interests. In the same year, he was named as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. In 1997, he received an Exemplary Paper in Humility Theology Award from the John Templeton Foundation. From 1999 to 2012, he practiced general internal medicine in Washington, DC.

In 2012, he moved his medical practice to McLean, Virginia and joined the Primary Care division of the Virginia Hospital Center Physician Group. He has received the Vitals Patients’ Choice Awards yearly from 2008-14 and Most Compassionate Doctor.

recognition from 2012-4. He has been named a Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctor yearly from 2011-13.

Dr. Matthews is also the author of a four-volume research work (The Faith Factor: An Annotated Bibliography of Clinical Research on Spiritual Subjects), three documentaries (Body, Mind, and Spirit, Shall We Pray?, and Healing Hands), a annotated, videotaped lecture on religion and medicine (The Faith Factor: Is Religion Good for Your Health?), a teaching videotape on the doctor-patient relationship (Bedside Manners), and over 65 peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, and other publications.

He has been a member of several national advisory boards and committees, including the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Humility Theology Information Center of the John Templeton Foundation, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-Primary Care Version of the American Psychiatric Association, and the Bayer Institute on Health Care Communication. He was the director of the Physical Health Panel for the Scientific Progress in Spiritual Research project of the National Institute for Healthcare Research.. He has served on review boards for over a dozen professional journals and was the founding editor of Faith and Medicine Connection. He is a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Society and the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Matthews has been featured in numerous national newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Washington Post Magazine, USA Today Weekend, Hartford Courant Sunday Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek, Reader's Digest, Prevention, Guideposts, Good Housekeeping, McCall’s, and Christianity Today. He has appeared on many national television and radio programs, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Fox Evening News, CNN Early Prime Time, 700 Club, One-on-One with John MacLaughlin, and National Public Radio (The Diane Rehm Show and All Things Considered).
He lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife, Demetra, a certified public accountant. He has two adult children: Karen Goodman (married to Robert Goodman), and Louis Matthews (married to Michelle Matthews) and two grandchildren (Sophia Goodman and James Matthews). He enjoys family and church activities, Bible study and teaching, golf, baseball, piano, songwriting, singing, ballroom dancing, travel, and photography.

George Yung-hsing Wu, MD, PhD

George Yung-hsing Wu, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Hepatology Section

Herman Lopata Chair in Hepatitis Research
University of Connecticut Health Center
Farmington, CT Dr. George Y. Wu is a Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Hepatology Section, and holds the Herman Lopata Chair in Hepatitis Research at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

He has been a pioneer of targeted delivery of biological substances including genes, and mitochondria specifically to hepatocytes. He has received an American Gastroenterological Association/Industry Research Scholar Award, American Liver Foundation Research Prize, AGA-Gastroenterology Research Group Young Scientist Award, was elected a Fellow of the AGA, and the American Association for the Study of liver Diseases.

He was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Association of American Physicians, the National Academy of Inventors, and was a Fulbright Specialist. He has published more than 160 articles, edited 13 books and is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology, and senior associate editor of the Journal of Digestive Diseases.

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 review and update knowledge on the mechanisms and pathogenesis, new developments in the diagnosis, treatment, and guidelines for important diseases involving the gastrointestinal tract and liver. Lectures will cover epidemiology, risk factors, clinical pearls, new methodology, imaging, and evidence-based recommendations to allow the audience to determine how best to alter clinical practices to improve health care team performance and outcomes with regards to digestive diseases.

Topics:
  1. Celiac disease
    • Identify risk factors, symptoms, signs, tests, treatment for celiac disease
  2. C. difficile colitis
    • Define risk factors, symptoms, signs, tests, treatment for C. difficile colitis
  3. Eosinophilic esophagitis
    • Describe risk factors, symptoms, signs, tests, treatment for eosinophilic esophagitis
  4. Fulminant hepatic failure
    • Cite risk factors, symptoms, signs, tests, treatment for fulminant hepatic failure
  5. Update, chronic hepatitis C
    • Identify risk factors, symptoms, signs, tests, treatment for chronic hepatitis C
  6. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
    • Define risk factors, symptoms, signs, tests, treatment for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  7. Cirrhosis and complications
    • Identify risk factors, symptoms, signs, tests, treatment for cirrhosis and complications
  8. Health Promotion: Encouraging a Healthy Body, Mind, and Spirit
    • Assess the patient's current state of physical, psychological, and spiritual health
    • Analyze the patient's current dietary and exercise practices
    • Discuss an individualized health-promotion strategy for the patient.
  9. "Oh, My Aching Head": Managing Migraine, Tension, and Cluster Headaches
    • Explain the classification of headaches
    • Discuss the appropriate use of brain imaging in evaluating patients with headache
    • Describe the appropriate use of abortive and preventive medications in the treatment of migraine.
  10. "What Goes Up Must Come Down!": Diagnosis and Management of Hypertension
    • Describe the appropriate measurement and classification of hypertension
    • Discuss the laboratory testing and imaging needed to diagnose common causes of secondary hypertension
    • Describe the major classes of anti-hypertensive treatment and discuss the type of patient most likely to benefit from each class.
  11. "Get Me Out of Here!": Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia in the Primary Care Setting
    • Elicit and assess symptoms of panic disorder and agoraphobia
    • Apply appropriate lifestyle modification and stress management skills, including muscle relaxation, breathing control, thought-stopping, and cognitive restructuring
    • Recognize and manage side effects of anxiolytics.
  12. Male Sexual Disorders: Treatment of Hypogonadism, Erectile, and Ejaculatory Dysfunction
    • Elicit a thorough, non-judgmental sexual history
    • Describe appropriate laboratory and radiologic testing in the evaluation of male sexual problems
    • Discuss the effects, risks, and benefits of testosterone replacement and medications to improve the patient's erectile and ejaculatory function.
  13. Enhancing Clinician - Patient Communication: Becoming a Healer
    • Distinguish the technical, biomedical aspects of clinicianís role from the personal and psychosocial aspects of care
    • Describe specific attitudes and values needed to create a healing environment
    • Apply techniques for establishing and maintaining rapport with patients.
  14. The Faith Factor: Practicing Spiritually - Sensitive Care
    • Elicit a spiritual history in an ethically-appropriate manner
    • Analyze the physiologic, psychological, social, and lifestyle effects of religious beliefs upon health outcomes
    • Describe the spectrum of possible interventions available for addressing patients' spiritual needs.
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

DATE PORT OF CALL ARRIVE DEPART
Sat Jan 02 Miami, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Sun Jan 03 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Jan 04 Cozumel, Mexico
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Tue Jan 05 Roatan, Honduras
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed Jan 06 Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Jan 07 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Jan 08 Coco Cay, Bahamas
9:00 am 6:00 pm
Sat Jan 09 Miami, Florida
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Miami, Florida - South Florida's exciting, international city is much more than the gateway to Latin America, it's one of the world's most popular vacation destinations. Before departing from Miami, enjoy a tour that will highlight this "Magic City." Board an airboat and explore the wild Everglades‚Äźbe ready to see gators. Experience the one-of-a-kind art deco district in South Beach. Discover a cuisine and culture that fits perfectly with your South American adventure.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Cozumel, Mexico - The Conquistadors first saw Mexico from the shores of Cozumel while searching for gold. Today, visitors to the island continue to seek out gold and silver jewelry in the shops of San Miguel while having a great time in its many local bars and restaurants. Plus, the waters around Cozumel's sheltered coral reefs make this one of the best snorkeling areas in the world.

Roatan, Honduras - Roatan Island, Honduras is an adventure traveler's vacation paradise with its blue skies, clear turquoise water and year-round moderate climate. Go scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming with the dolphins or, ashore, take a canopy tour, ride horses, explore tropical scenery, shop for island crafts, walk the beach and view butterfly and floral gardens.

Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico - Exploring the dense tropical vegetation and wide sandy bays of the Costa Maya, it's easy to imagine the days when sacrifice and slavery, rite and ritual were rampant in the Mayan culture. Even today, the countless ruins of temple walls, stairs and secret pathways exude magic and mystery. And when your archaeology lesson is complete, glorious stretches of coral sand may inspire you to build your own empire-of sand castles, of course!

Coco Cay, Bahamas - Located in the middle of the Caribbean's bright blue water lies the secluded island of CocoCay. With its white-sand beaches and spectacular surroundings, CocoCay is a wonderland of adventure. Reserved exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests, this tropical paradise has recently been updated with new aquatic facilities, nature trails and a ton of great places to just sit back, relax and enjoy a tropical drink.

PERFECT DAY COCOCAY

Perfect Day Cococay

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.
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