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Current Topics in Primary Care, Palliative Care, and
Emergency Medicine

Royal Caribbean's <em>Rhapsody of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas
7-Night Adriatic & Italy Cruise
from Venice, Italy to Tarragona, Spain
October 31 - November 07, 2020
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
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.

Jeffrey M. Kagan, MD

Jeffrey M. Kagan, MD
Primary Care – Internal Medicine
Newington, Connecticut Jeffrey Kagan earned two Bachelors' Degrees: Biology, and Health Sciences, a Masters' Degree in Physiology, and his MD degree. Prior to medical school he was a Certified Physician Assistant. He completed his residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine as well a second board certification in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine. He is also a Certified Medical Director (CMD) for Long Term Care by AMDA. Dr. Kagan is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He currently teaches medical, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students and as well as internal medicine residents.

Dr. Kagan has is frequently called upon by his peers regarding the Business Aspects and Practice Management of Medicine, and is a member of the Editorial Board of Medical Economics. He has done consulting for attorneys, insurance, as well as pharmaceutical and wealth management companies. In addition to his busy private primary care practice, Dr. Kagan is currently the medical director of a skilled nursing facility, a home health agency and previously a hospice agency. He is a Professional Director with HAVEN, an agency that advocates and monitors impaired health professionals. He has served as an Expert Witness for both plaintiff and defendant sides of malpractice cases.

His special interests include: Diving Medicine, Business Aspects of Practice, Medical Legal Cases, Risk Management, Medical Trivia and Impaired Health Professionals. His hobbies include: Bicycling, Boating, Scuba diving, Golf and Skiing.

David Effron, MD

David Effron, MD
Assistant Professor
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH Dr. Effron is an attending physician at MetroHealth Medical Center, a Level I Trauma Center in Cleveland, Ohio. This is one of the largest Emergency Medicine Residency training programs in the country. He is actively involved in teaching the residents, nursing staff and practitioners.

His special interest in the Emergency Department is medical photography. Many of his photographs have appeared in various publications and teaching textbooks, including Rosen, Tintinalli, Knoop’s Atlas of Emergency Medicine, and various Ohio ACEP publications.

He is the editor of visual diagnosis for Consultant magazine. He has had multiple articles published in Emergency Physician Monthly and ACEP Now.

His hobbies include travel, wildlife, and scenic photography. He is also involved in cruise ship medicine working for various companies including Holland America, Lindblad/National Geographic, and the Sea Cloud.

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 update the diagnosis and management of various clinical conditions that present to the emergency department. As a front-line provider, emergency physicians must be able to assess, stabilize, and diagnosis patients who present to the emergency department. These lectures will provide personal experiences and current recommendations in the literature allowing the emergency physician to impact patient care and well-being.

  1. Dementia
    • Participants will Evaluate and treat patients with various types of Dementia
  2. Osteoporosis
    • Participants will know the criteria to evaluate for osteoporosis and initiate treatment for the primary prevention of fractures
  3. Hospice and Palliative Care <
    • Participants will be able to join the TEAM process and strategies of both Hospice and Palliative Care, which they can incorporate into their practice
  4. Impaired Healthcare Professionals
    • Participants will recognize Impaired Health Care Professionals and their obligations for reporting.
  5. Common Outpatient Problems in Primary Care
    • Participants master some common conditions that can easily be managed by Primary Care Providers as an outpatient.
  6. Case Studies in Primary Care
    • Participants will analyze some unusual presentations of interesting medical conditions along with some alternative treatments.
  7. Choosing Wisely
    • Participants will identify an International program with a mission of justifying the elimination of some "unnecessary" medical testing and procedures.
  8. Concussion
    • Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to assess patients for a concussion and make appropriate referrals for follow up.
  9. Update on Burns
    • Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to manage acute thermal injury and make appropriate referrals.
  10. Doorway Diagnosis 1
    • Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to use visual clues in order to establish a differential diagnosis.
  11. Doorway Diagnosis 2
    • Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to use visual clues in order to establish a differential diagnosis.
  12. How to Read a Head CT
    • Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to assess the findings on a head CT.
  13. Dermdilema
    • Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to utilize the clinical presentation and history to diagnose their disease.
  14. Orthopedic Pitfalls
    • Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to recognize and manage acute orthopedic injuries.
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

Sat Oct 31 Venice, Italy
- 5:00 pm
Sun Nov 01 Dubrovnik, Croatia
12:00 pm 9:00 pm
Mon Nov 02 Kotor, Montenegro
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Tue Nov 03 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Nov 04 Naples, Italy
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Nov 05 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
7:00 am 7:00 pm
Fri Nov 06 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Nov 07 Tarragona, Spain
4:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Venice, Italy - Venice is possibly the most romantic place you'll ever visit. It seems almost redundant to describe the charms of Venice. The cafes of St. Mark's Square, Palazzo-lined canals plied by gondolas, the elegant Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore: Venice is one impossibly beautiful sight after next. A great collection of Renaissance era art is housed at Gallerie dell'Accademia. Or, if you prefer modern art, Venice is home to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. And, if you want to enjoy a truly special meal while here, visit one of the excellent restaurants of the Associazione dei Ristoranti della Buona Accoglienza.

Still not sure how you'll entertain yourself? Here's the New York Times' take on how to get the most out of your time in Venice (published June 12, 2014) 36 Hours in Venice
Pre and Post-Cruise Hotel Packages in Venice

Dubrovnik, Croatia - This ancient city is set on a peninsula and surrounded by a 1,000 year old protective wall. Said to be one of the prettiest spots in the world, it is as if you stepped back in time.

Kotor, Montenegro - Though small, this city is vibrant and shining and its people are happy to share their city with all who come.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Naples, Italy - Capital of Southern Italy, the largest city of Campania, Naples is the third most populated city in Italy (after Rome and Milan), with over a million inhabitants, and is the most important industrial center and trading port for the South. Naples itself can provide a day's fun and entertainment, if its somewhat rundown appearance doesn't dissuade you. Or, join a tour of incredible Pompeii, frozen in time since A.D. 79 when Mt. Vesuvius brought an end to that then-thriving city. Or, take a quick ferry across the bay to the flowery Isle of Capri. Or, (yes, there's more) visit fabulous Sorrento, vacation spot for the well to do.

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy - Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.

Tarragona, Spain - Tarragona, the first city you come across when you travel southward from Barcelona, provides a window into the soul of the Catalonia region. A stroll through its cobbled streets is like a walk back in time, as well as a survey of Catalan gastronomy. Explore the ruins of Tarraco, a UNESCO World Heritage site with an amphitheater that dates back to the Roman era, or the 12th-century Tarragona Cathedral, built on the site of a destroyed Moorish mosque. Or follow your taste buds along the Neoclassical Plaça de la Font, where dozens of cafes serve classic Spanish tapas and sangria as well as some specialties you'll only find in Tarragona.

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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