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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Primary Care Update

6-Night Western Caribbean Cruise
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
December 05 - 11, 2021
Royal Caribbean's <em>Allure of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas
16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
16 ACPE Credits
16.0 Contact Hours
Course Fees
$995 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$750 for Physician Assistants
$595 for Nurses, Residents, Students & Others

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
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. Sleep Disorders: Insomnia and Hypersomnia
    • Describe the four stages of sleep and identify sleep disorders associated with each stage of sleep
    • Discuss elements of a sleep hygiene program
    • Explain the appropriate use of stimulant medications for patients with excessive daytime somnolence
  7. 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
  8. Diagnosing and Managing Depression: Overcoming the Blues
  9. Get Me Out of Here!": Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia in Primary Care
  10. Somatization: Illness as a Way of Life
  11. 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
  12. 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.
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.

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

DATE PORT OF CALL ARRIVE DEPART
Sun Dec 05 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Mon Dec 06 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Dec 07 Cozumel, Mexico
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Dec 08 Roatan, Honduras
9:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Dec 09 Costa Maya, Mexico
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Fri Dec 10 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Dec 11 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
6:15 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - There is an abundance of things to see and do in the Ft. Lauderdale area: visit the newly redesigned Ft. Lauderdale Beach and cafes, stroll the historic Riverwalk, shop the luxurious stores on Las Olas Boulevard or adventure to the Everglades for an intriguing air boat excursion.

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.

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!

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.
SHORE EXCURSIONS
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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