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Family Medicine and Healthcare Communications

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<em>Amadeus Star</em>
Amadeus Star
9-Night 1,200 Miles on the Beautiful Danube River Cruise
from Vienna, Austria to Bucharest, Romania
September 22 - October 01, 2021
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
14.0 ADA CERP Credits
14.0 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

$895 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Pharmacists & Dentists
$695 for Physician Assistants & Nurse Practitioners
$495 for Nurses, 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.

Sandra L. Argenio, MD

Sandra L. Argenio, MD
Department of Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Emeritus Staff Member
Faculty Physician and Consultant, Institute for Healthcare Excellence, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Member of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians Continuous Professional Development/ CME Committee 
Past President of the FAFP Dr. Sandra Argenio served as a Consultant in the Department of Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Florida and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Mayo Medical School. She joined Mayo Clinic in 1992 and continues as an Emeritus member of the Family Medicine Department.

Dr. Argenio has nurtured new generations of doctors, was instrumental in the development of the Family Medicine Residency at Mayo Clinic Florida and served as the program’s first residency director. She has trained and mentored over 150 family medicine residents.

Dr. Argenio served as the President of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians in 2005 and has been active on many committees of the FAFP and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

She has been active in CME program planning at Mayo Clinic and the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, conducting Maintenance of Certification Workshop sessions on multiple topics for over 1,100 participants at FAFP meetings.

Dr. Argenio had a leading role in establishing communication training at Mayo Clinic starting in 2005. She was Chair of the Mayo Clinic Florida Communication Faculty.

She developed coursework for faculty and trainees at Mayo Clinic, including Longitudinal Research in Academic Medicine, Family Medicine Residency, Scottsdale, Arizona; and Team Communication, Strengthening the Cornerstone of Teamwork at Mayo Clinic’s three campuses. She also served on the Florida Governor’s Physician Workforce Advisory Board.

Dr. Argenio was awarded the Exemplary Teacher Award by FAFP in 2000. She also received the Outstanding Florida Family Medicine Education Award by FAFP in 2000, and the Mayo Distinguished Educator Award in 2003. She was listed as one of Jacksonville’s Best Doctors by Jacksonville Magazine from 2000 to 2014. She has published on the topics of presence, reflective listening and communicating effectively with female patients.

In her current work, she has collaborated in designing curricula and delivering programs at multiple hospitals, hospice organizations, and veterans administration and military healthcare organizations.

Dr. Argenio is a graduate of Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Hahnemann Medical University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania in 1982. She resides in Ormond Beach, Florida, with her husband Tom Sperrazza and daughter Jessie.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, PharmacistsDentists, Dental Staff
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. General Travel Medicine Advice: Staying Healthy on Land and Sea
    • Review general recommendations for Traveler's health.
    • Learn how to access the CDC site for up to date recommendations for vaccines.
    • Review common travel related illnesses.
  2. Travel Medicine Part 2: Travel in the Time of COVID - Where are we now?
    • Review current restrictions and recommendations for travelers relative to COVID19.
    • Identify unique travel risks associated with COVID19.
  3. Update in Type 2 Diabetes
    • Review most recent American Diabetes Association guidelines.
    • Compare medication options for treating diabetes.
    • Discuss lifestyle modifications for Diabetes control.
  4. Migraine Headaches - Diagnosis, Management and Coping
    • List International Headache Society's classification of headaches.
    • Determine appropriate lifestyle and medication treatment for migraine headaches.
  5. Nutrition What's New? What's Best? What Works?
    • Review basic nutrition principles.
    • Compare traditional and popular diets.
    • Recognize the impact of nutrition on health and medical problems.
  6. Cardiovascular Disease in Women - What's Different?
    • Recognize the scope and impact of cardiovascular disease in women.
    • Analyze and understand differences in diagnosis, testing and treatment.
  7. Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma New Recommendations
    • Review recent guidelines for diagnosis, management and treatment of allergic rhinitis and asthma.
  8. Hypertension Update
    • Review the most recent recommendations for diagnosis and management of hypertension.
  9. Office Issues in Women's Health
    • Review common women's health problems encountered in the office setting.
    • Diagnose and manage common gynecological problems in the office.
  10. Patient Experience What do patients desire most in their healthcare provider?
    • Identify which qualities patients desire most in their healthcare providers.
    • Establish a framework for providing excellent patient care and excellent patient satisfaction.
  11. The Difficult Patient Encounter: Successful Navigation
    • Discuss common situations that create difficult encounters.
    • Demonstrate strategies and ability to prevent, avoid and navigate difficult encounters.
  12. Difficult Communication in Palliative Care: Breaking Bad and Sad News
    • Review strategies for breaking bad and sad news.
    • Learn and improve communication skills necessary in End of Life discussions.
    • Identify perceived barriers, supports and changes needed to improve End Of Life care.
    • Explore ways to confront moral distress associated with difficult decisions.
  13. Keys to Building a Connected, Compassionate Team
    • Recognize key components to building a connected team.
    • Learn basic team building skills to create a compassionate team.
  14. Connecting Team Members to Joy, Appreciation and Gratitude
    • Recognize skills to allow team members to communicate with excellence.
    • Establish a plan to create appreciation and gratitude in your workplace.
    • Help your team members to experience joy in their work and life.
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

Wed Sep 22 Vienna, Austria
- -
Thu Sep 23 Vienna, Austria
- 2:00 am
Thu Sep 23 Bratislava, Slovakia
7:00 am 11:00 pm
Fri Sep 24 Esztergom, Hungary
7:00 am 9:00 pm
Sat Sep 25 Vukovar, Croatia
2:30 pm 10:00 pm
Sun Sep 26 Belgrade, Serbia
8:00 am 11:00 pm
Mon Sep 27 Iron Gates, Romania
8:00 am 11:00 pm
Tue Sep 28 Svishtov, Bulgaria
7:00 am 1:15 pm
Wed Sep 29 Danube Delta
10:00 am 3:00 pm
Thu Sep 30 Fetesti, Romania
9:00 am -
Thu Sep 30 Bucharest, Romania
- -
Fri Oct 01 Bucharest, Romania
- -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Vienna, Austria -
Stay Vienna : Departure at 2am / Day 2

This exciting journey along the Danube begins in Vienna, where you will embark in the afternoon. After exploring your floating luxury hotel, you have the opportunity of meeting the cruise director at a Welcome Cocktail. Our chef will spoil you with a lovingly prepared Welcome Dinner, after which your ship will weigh anchor and head towards Bratislava.

Esztergom, Hungary -

After breakfast, you can join a guided tour to Esztergom and Szentendre – two towns which, though vastly different, are equally fascinating. In the former Hungarian capital of Esztergom you follow the footsteps of Hungarian kings and clerics, while the artists’ town of Szentendre is unique due to the many museums and contemporary galleries housed there. Passengers who choose to remain on board will, in the meantime, continue to Budapest, where those passengers who opted for the tour will rejoin the ship for lunch.

In order to enjoy the magnificence of the Hungarian capital, you can go on a city sightseeing tour during the afternoon. In the evening, you will enjoy an atmospheric cruise through Budapest, also known as the “Paris of the East”, which is festively lit up at night, revealing Budapest’s most beautiful side. A folklore show on board will complete the experience.

Stay Esztergom:  7am - 8.30am
Stay Budapest:  12pm - 9pm
 Excursion to Esztergom and Szentendre

Esztergom, the former residence of the Hungarian kings and seat of the Archbishop, is one of the highlights of this excursion. Your tour starts with a visit to the vast domed basilica, the largest cathedral in Hungary. Built in the early 19th century, it incorporates an ornate red marble chapel from an earlier church.

After visiting the impressive cathedral, the excursion continues along the Danube to the imposing ruined fortress of Visegrad where you have a glorious view of the “knee” of the Danube. Drive along the banks of the Danube to the artists’ village of Szentendre. The town has been the home of many generations of Hungarian artists since the early 20th century. There are many museums and contemporary galleries representing the rich traditions of the visual arts. One of the most visited museums of the whole country, the Margit Kovács Museum, is also located here. Foetér, the main square, is particularly well worth seeing, as it is surrounded by impressive buildings from the time of the Rococo and the Baroque. From Szentendre you continue south to Budapest along the scenic west bank of the Danube. The towns and villages along this stretch of the river are a popular retreat for the inhabitants of Budapest.

Duration: approx. 5 hours

Walking grade: IV: Moderate walking tour. You may need to climb some stairs.

 City tour of Budapest

Budapest, the “Queen of the Danube”, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and has managed to retain a charm of its own with the help of renovations in recent years. The Danube flows through the heart of the city, dividing it into two parts: Buda and Pest. The tour first takes you through Pest, past the Great Market Hall with its outstanding gourmet shops and stalls.

You will see splendid Baroque buildings such as the Hungarian State Opera in Neo-Renaissance style and the incomparable parliament building, which was finished in 1904 and has been an emblem of the city ever since then. There’s an opportunity for a photo stop at the Heroes’ Square, famous for its monuments to many Hungarian kings. Continue aross one of the seven bridges into Buda and go up to Castle Hill, where you will visit St. Matthew’s Church and the famous Fisherman’s Bastion (provided that it is open to the public). Enjoy the unforgettable view over the city before returning to the vessel.

Duration: approx. 3.5 hours

Walking grade: II: The excursion by bus is followed by a moderate walking tour. You may need to climb some stairs.

Vukovar, Croatia -

You arrive in Mohacs early in the morning, and depart again directly after breakfast, heading towards Croatia. Your cruise ship reaches the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar after lunch, and you can take a city sightseeing tour, followed by a breathtaking excursion to the Kopacki Rit nature park. This 18-hectare nature reserve, situated at the confluence of the Drava and Danube Rivers, is home to a diverse bird population and provides a protected environment for many species of plants and animals. Explore this wetland by boat and enjoy the unspoilt beauty of nature before returning to your AMADEUS ship for dinner. Your ship departs for Belgrade during the night.

Stay Aufenthalt Vukovar:  2.30pm - 10pm

 Discover Eastern Croatia

Start in Vukovar, named after the small river Vuka and home to the largest cargo port in former Yugoslavia. Drive through its streets,  (its streets) once rimmed with elegant baroque mansions and view damaged factory facilities in use before the war in 1991. Learn about the everyday life of Croatians on your way to Kopački Rit, the largest nature park in Eastern Croatia. Join a boat tour through this beautiful wetland and marshy landscape. (crisscross of ridges, ponds and marshes). Continue to the village of Kopačevo and visit the Rural House for presentation of traditional fishing tools spiced up with humorous fishermen stories. Taste several typical Croatian products: fruit brandy, local wine, smoked pork sausage, ajvar and homemade cakes. Continue to Osijek to stroll through the old town with its baroque military fortress build in the 18th century, now the heart of Osijek’s cultural life. Inside the fortress, the Church of the Raising of the Holy Cross impresses with a richly decorated interior. Take a walking tour to the remaining part of the walls with the so called “Watergate”, the main square containing the largest baroque statue in Croatia, museums, galleries, schools and pubs. Once returned to your coach, continue with a scenic drive back to Vukovar, passing by Croatia's first brewery.

Duration: ca. 4,5 Stunden

Wlking grade: II: The excursion by bus is followed by a moderate walking tour. You may need to climb some stairs.

Belgrade, Serbia -

Enjoy a new day in a new country! You reach Belgrade, the vibrant and distinctly western-influenced capital of Serbia at breakfast time. This metropolis is home to many attractions from various eras and cultures, and you can view these during the course of a morning sightseeing tour. After lunch, you can join an excursion to Topola and Oplenac, where you can see the famous St. George’s Church, which is the final resting place of most of the Serbian royal family. After dinner, night owls get to enjoy an evening excursion to the lively artists’ quarter Skardaljia. The ship will leave the harbor before midnight.

Stay Belgrade:  8am - 11pm
 City tour Belgrade:

Belgrade, one of the oldest European cities and the capital of Serbia, lies at the junction of the Danube and the Sava. The city boasts a large number of monuments from different areas and different cultures.

First, the tour takes you to the Kalemegdan fortress, where you’ll have an impressive panoramic view over the Danube and the Sava Rivers. Afterwards, you can see the National Museum, the parliament, the Terazije square and the palace of princess Ljubica. Another highlight is the St. Sava Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church in the world. After a refreshment break at a local restaurant, our tour ends with a visit to the pedestrian zone where you will find many shops and art galleries.

Duration: approx. 3.5 hours

Walking grade: II: The excursion by bus is followed by a moderate walking tour. You may need to climb some stairs.

 Excursion to Topola and Oplenac:

The tour leaves Belgrade by coach and heads south through the pictureque landscape of Sumandja to Topola, the site of the initial national uprising against the Turkish Domination in 1804. Karadjordje, the leader of the revolt, built a small fortress with a church at this location.

From Topola you will drive to the nearby town of Oplenac, which stands in a rich agricultural area covered by poplar, maple and oak trees. Here you will visit the Royal Mausoleum of the Serbian dynasty and the inside of the magnificent St. George’s Church, which is made of white marble and decorated with beautiful mosaics. The mausoleum contains about 20 tombs of members of the Serbian and former Yugoslavian royal families.

Duration: approx. 4.5 hours

Walking grade: III: The excursion by bus is followed by a longer walk. You may need to climb several stairs.

 Evening excursion to the Artists' Quarter Skadarlija:

A coach takes you through Belgrade by night to a hotel in the city center, where you will enjoy a splendid folklore show. The ensemble will invite you for a glass of wine and will perform dances from all parts of the country. The costumes are very colorful and various pieces of Serbian folk music will be performed. Then you will drive to Skadarlija, the famous artists’ quarter, also known as the Montmartre of Belgrade. You will be served Serbian specialities accompanied by live music by a Serbian band.

Duration: approx. 3 hours

Walking grade : I: Minimum walking. Excursion by bus with short photo stops.

Iron Gates, Romania - Spend the day on board and enjoy a truly impressive natural spectacle. Your journey takes you through the “Iron Gates”, one of the most imposing gorges in Europe, which also forms the natural border between Serbia and Romania. One of the most beautiful stretches along the route includes the “Cazan” near the town of Orşova, where the riverbed recedes to 200 meters width and 80 meters depth and passengers will be rewarded with a fascinating view of the surrounding Carpathian Mountains and the Balkan mountain range. The small abbey church Mraconia, which is situated on the Romanian side of the Danube at the water’s edge, is equally worth seeing. The monumental rock sculpture of King Decebalus of Dacia reaches skywards at Dubova, and at 40 meters high is the largest in Europe.

Svishtov, Bulgaria -

Early in the morning you reach the Bulgarian town of Svishtov. Those who wish can take part in an on-land excursion to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi, which will include an exciting morning filled with culture and history, as well as lunch in a local Bulgarian restaurant, before returning to the ship, which will in the meantime have travelled to Giurgiu. After lunch, the journey continues downriver and in the evening you can enjoy a festive Gala Dinner with your captain and an evening program which will be an atmospheric close to the day.

Stay Svistov:  7am - 8am
Stay Giurgiu:  12.30pm - 1.15pm
 Excursion to Veliko Tarnovo:

The excursion heads towards Veliko Tarnovo in a comfortable coach. Picturesquely located on the steep banks of the river Yantra at the foot of the Balkan Mountains, the houses of this medieval town were built on narrow terraces along the steep, rocky slopes. Pass by the fortress Zarewez, where 22 tsars made history in the 2nd Bulgarian empire. There will be a photo stop, offering a good view of the fortress. You will also visit the 13th-century church St. Peter and Paul, which is one of the few medieval churches which had been kept intact and used for worship since the beginning of XIII century until the earthquake in 1913. At the end of the tour you will also have time to see local arts and crafts in a nearby shopping street.

Duration: approx. 5 hours

Walking grade: III: The excursion by bus is followed by a longer walk. You may need to climb several stairs.

Danube Delta -

Your journey continues through the breathtakingly beautiful Danube Delta, one of the largest wetlands in the world, with a large variety of plant and animal species, which has been declared a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. You travel along St George’s Canal, also known figuratively as the “end of the Danube” – the so-called “kilometre zero” – where the mighty river flows into the Black Sea. Your destination is the nearby fishing village of St. George, which is the starting point for an exciting Danube Delta boat safari – a great way to discover and get close to the impressive natural landscape and its fascinating flora and fauna. In the afternoon, your AMADEUS ship leaves St. George.

Stay Saint George Village:  10am - 3pm
 Nature Experience Danube Delta / Delta Safari (bookable only on board):

Experience the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, which is the second largest delta in Europe.

Your journey begins at the end of the oldest and wildest arm of the Danube at the small fishing village called Sfîntu Gheorghe (St. George). Enjoy an unforgettable tour with our Delta safari boats through the Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with unique flora and fauna. Your trip takes you through the Sahalin Lagoon, the Ciotica Channel and passes by the oldest fish processing centers in the Danube Delta. Discover the unique habitat of waterfowl, fish and a plant world that is still largely untouched in its beauty. In fact, the Danube Delta has the largest reed-covered area in the world.

Duration: approx. 2.5 hours

Walking grade: II: The excursion by bus is followed by a moderate walking tour. You may need to climb some stairs.

Fetesti, Romania -

During breakfast you reach the Romanian town of Fetesti, where you leave your swimming hotel – but your trip is not over yet! You will be transferred to Bucharest, and check in at a centrally-located 4- or 5-star hotel. Thereafter, you can take part in a city sightseeing tour through this vibrant metropolis, which has 2 million inhabitants and a unique charm thanks to its colorful mix of buildings from different eras. At lunch time, you will dine in Bucharest, while in the evening you can enjoy a stylish farewell dinner in your hotel, while reflecting on your exciting Danube journey.

Stay Fetesti:  9am - 9.30am
Stay Bucharest: Over Night
 City tour Bucharest including lunch:

This city tour explores the capital city of Romania, also known as the “Paris of the East”.  Driving along the city’s magnificent boulevards, lined with impressive buildings, you will discover its certain Gallic flair. A short guided walk through the newly designed pedestrian area of the historic center will take you back in time 500 years. Among the old commercial streets and buildings, you shall visit Stravropoleos Church which is Romanian Orthodox, dating back to 1724, and is one of the oldest churches in the city. The tour ends with a photo stop at the impressive Palace of the Parliament. The palace, previously known as the “People’s House”, is one of the largest buildings in Europe and was constructed between 1983 and 1989. Enjoy lunch in a Romanian restaurant.

Duration: approx. 6 hours

Walking grade: II: The excursion by bus is followed by a moderate walking tour. You may need to climb some stairs.

Bucharest, Romania - You can enjoy breakfast in your hotel before checkout and your transfer to the Otopeni airport, where your homeward journey begins. The entire AMADEUS team wishes you a pleasant and safe trip. We hope to welcome you again soon!

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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