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Family Medicine and Healthcare Communications

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9-Night 1,200 Miles on the Beautiful Danube River Cruise
from Vienna, Austria to Bucharest, Romania September 22 - October 01, 2021
<em>Amadeus Star</em>
Amadeus Star
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

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, PharmacistsDentists, Dental Staff
Program Purpose / Objectives

The purpose of these lectures is to provide an experienced clinician's perspective on the delivery of individualized, comprehensive, patient-centered care and to identify and manage properly important clinical issues in primary care medical practice. Participants are expected to learn new approaches and techniques in medical interviewing (e.g., taking appropriate sexual and spiritual histories), diagnostic reasoning (e.g., determining when to perform imaging studies in patients with headache, appropriate diagnostic work-up of individuals with possible hypogonadism), clinical skills (e.g., appropriate methods for determining accurate blood pressure readings), medication management (e.g., appropriate use of hypnotic medications), and health counseling (e.g., encouraging proper dietary measures and exercise).

Topics and Objectives
  1. Health Promotion 1: Encouraging a Healthy Body, Mind, and Spirit
    • Assess the patientís current state of physical, psychological, and spiritual health
    • Analyze the patientís current dietary and exercise practices
    • Discuss an individualized health-promotion strategy for the patient
  2. Health Promotion 2: Making Healthy Lifestyle Choices
  3. Hypertension: What Goes Up Must Come Down
    • Describe the appropriate measurement and classification of hypertension
    • Discuss the laboratory testing and imaging needed to diagnose the most common causes of secondary hypertension
    • Describe the major classes of anti-hypertensive treatment and discuss the particular type of patient likely to benefit from each class of medication
  4. "Oh, My Aching Head!": Managing Headache
    • 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
    • Describe the distinguishing clinical characteristics of tension-type and cluster headache
  5. "Sick and Tired of Being Tired": Approach to Chronic Fatigue
  6. Pain Management
  7. Sleep Disorders 1: Insomnia
    • Describe the four stages of sleep and identify sleep disorders associated with each stage of sleep
    • Discuss elements of a sleep hygiene program
  8. Sleep Disorders 2: Hypersomnia
    • Explain the appropriate use of stimulant medications for patients with excessive daytime somnolence
  9. Male Sexual Disorders: Restoring Vitality and Virility
    • 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 for erectile and ejaculatory dysfunction
  10. Diagnosing and Managing Depression: Overcoming the Blues
  11. Get Me Out of Here!": Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia in Primary Care
  12. Somatization: Illness as a Way of Life
  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 with patients
    • Apply techniques for establishing and maintaining rapport with patients and enhancing clinician-patient communication
  14. The Faith Factor: Practicing Spiritually-Sensitive Medicine
    • 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 patientsí 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.
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.

Dale A. Matthews, MD, FACP

Dale A. Matthews, MD, FACP
Dale A. Matthews, MD, FACP
Associate Professor of Medicine (retired)
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Executive Healthcare Services (retired)
Dale A. Matthews, MD, FACP recently retired from a 40-year career of practicing and teaching primary care general internal medicine. He has served on the faculties of Yale University, the University of Connecticut, and Georgetown University and has lectured at over 30 medical schools. He gives lectures on primary care general internal medicine, the doctor-patient relationship, and the psychological and spiritual dimensions of medicine, including the role of religion, faith, and prayer in clinical care. He is the author of The Faith Factor: Proof of the Healing Power of Prayer (Viking, 1998), a four-volume research work (The Faith Factor: An Annotated Bibliography of Clinical Research on Spiritual Subjects), three documentaries, and over 65 peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, and other publications. Dr. Matthews is a graduate of Princeton (AB, cum laude, Romance Languages, 1976) and Duke University School of Medicine (1980). His internship and residency in internal medicine took place at the University of Connecticut (1980-3) and he completed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar Program and Fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology at Yale (1983-5). In 1989, he was named the George Morris Piersol Teaching and Research Scholar of the American College of Physicians. He has received many awards for his compassionate patient care, including Washingtonian Magazine Top Doctor recognition. He has appeared on numerous television shows, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, and Good Morning America. He lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife, Demetra, a certified public accountant. He has two adult children and three grandchildren. He enjoys family and church activities, Bible study and teaching, golf, baseball, piano, singing, songwriting, ballroom dancing, travel, and photography.

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.

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 Kopańćki 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 Kopańćevo 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 OrŇüova, 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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