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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Topics in Family Medicine and Primary Care

4-Night Western Caribbean Cruise
Round-trip Tampa, Florida
November 18 - 22, 2021
Royal Caribbean's <em>Serenade of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas
16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
16 ACPE Credits
10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
10 ACPE Credits
10 Contact Hours

16.0 Contact Hours
Course Fees
10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, 10 ACPE Credits, 10.0 Contact Hours Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Pharmacists, & Dentists $695
Physician Assistants $595
Nurse Practitioners $595
Nurses, Students & Others $395
16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, 16 ACPE Credits, 16.0 Contact Hours Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Pharmacists, & Dentists $995
Physician Assistants $750
Nurse Practitioners $750
Nurses, Students & Others $595

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives

Course Purpose: The purpose of this CME activity is to discuss common general medical conditions and to provide updated guidelines for their management and prevention.

Topics have been chosen to benefit the family physician, general internist and Advance Practice Professionals in an ambulatory care setting.

  1. Identifying and Managing Low Health Literacy
    • Understand which patient groups are at greatest risk for low health literacy
    • Appreciate the role that low health literacy plays on health outcomes
    • Review a simple intervention to identify the low health literacy patient
  2. Preoperative Assessment of Cardiac Risk in Non-Cardiac Surgery
    • To appreciate causes of perioperative cardiac events
    • To understand which patients require preoperative assessment
  3. Hypertension in African Americans
    • To understand the prevalence of hypertension in African Americans
    • To review social determinants of health which impact on effective treatment in this population
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  5. Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Primer for Primary Care Clinicians
    • Review the role of the primary care clinician in the co-management of rheumatoid arthritis
    • Describe the role of disease-modifying drugs (DMARDs) on the clinical course of rheumatoid arthritis
  6. Physician Wellness and Resilience: Old Problem; New Urgency
    • To define physician wellness and the impact of physician stress on physicians and their patients
  7. To describe new interventions to help physicians cope with wellness issues.
  8. Heart Disease in Women
    • Appreciate sex-related differences in symptoms of ischemia between men and women
    • Review non-traditional risk factors for CAD impacting women that deserve special attention
    • Discuss strategies to raise awareness and close the gaps to optimize treatment of heart disease in men and women
  9. Resistant Hypertension - Review of Case Studies to Enhance Understanding
    • Through the use of case studies review the epidemiology the clinical presentation and evidence-based approaches resistant hypertension (HTN)
    • Use current guidelines and algorithms to develop treatment plans for patients with HTN with an emphasis on resistant HTN
  10. Smoking Cessation
    • Recognize the role of smoking in disease etiology and the Health Consequences as identified in recent Surgeon General and CDC Reports.
    • Develop methods of how to recognize influence and build confidence in a patients’ ability to quit smoking as per the AHCPR Guidelines.
    • Utilize techniques and develop resources to enhance a patients' ability to stop smoking, such as the NCI and smokefree.gov.
    • Recognize the various benefits or advantages, indications and contraindications for use of the various available drugs and devices to assisting your patient in smoking cessation
  11. Depression
    • Explain the incidence and prevalence of depression.
    • Evaluate patients with signs and symptoms of depression so as to make an accurate diagnosis as per the APA and DSM-5 Criteria.
    • Prescribe appropriate medications and/or behavior modification to treat depression as well as bipolar disorder from initiation to continuation and maintenance, when needed
    • Identify the suicidal patient and take appropriate actions for their safety as well as the public.
  12. Anemia
    • Develop a diagnostic strategy to ascertain the etiology of the anemia.
    • Utilize the guidelines for diagnosing anemia in children and adults in terms of available testing.
    • Develop a clinical approach to treating various anemias to include Iron Deficiency and “Anemia of Chronic Disease” due to infections, inflammatory diseases, CKD, Malignancies, Cytokines, Interferons, TNF’s, etc.
    • Describe the role of consultants in the evaluation and management of anemia.
  13. Improving Compliance
    • Use techniques that can better detect non-compliance in their patients.
    • Apply techniques that can be used to increase compliance in their patients
  14. Headache
    • Construct the approach for evaluating a patient with possible migraine headaches.
    • Assess the advantages of supportive therapy and lifestyle changes in treating migraine headaches compared to pharmacologic therapy.
    • Appraise the pharmacologic options for treating the acute pain of a migraine headache
    • Recommend a prophylactic therapy regimen for patients with recurrent migraine headaches.
  15. Thyroid disease
    • Formulate a plan for the evaluation of a patient with presumed thyroid disease.
    • Interpret common lab and imaging tests in the evaluation of a patient with thyroid disease.
    • Select appropriate treatment modalities, both medical and surgical, for patients with thyroid disease according to the American Thyroid Association
  16. Guidelines. Routine Adult Care
    • Determine which screening tests are indicated for particular patients, according to USPSTF guidelines.
    • Employ Guideline recommendations presented for common disorders such as HBP, Lipids, STD’s, Cancers-lung, Cx, Breast, etc; AAA, Hep B & C; T2DM, etc.
    • Advise your patients regarding vitamins and supplements as per the USPSTF and Evidence.
    • Order appropriate immunizations for adult patients as per the ACIP and CDC Schedules
  17. Obesity
    • State the epidemiology of obesity in America and the health risks associated with obesity.
    • Assess patients who are obese and determine that they are in need of treatment.
    • Recommend and utilize the ACC/AHA/TOS Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obese Adults with options available, including diet, exercise, medications, and bariatric surgery.
    • Employ the Endocrinology Society Guidelines on Pharmacological Management of Obesity
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.

David S. Kountz, MD, MBA, FACP

David S. Kountz, MD, MBA, FACP
Professor of Medicine
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Dr. David S. Kountz is a Professor of Medicine for the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine and Co-Chief Academic Officer for Hackensack Meridian Health. He earned his AB at Princeton, MD at SUNY/Buffalo School of Medicine, and MBA at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ. He completed training in Internal Medicine at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. 

A board-certified internist, Dr. Kountz has had progressive responsibilities in academic medicine as Associate Professor of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine and Professor of Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. 

Dr. Kountz's research interests include hypertension treatment and guidelines in underserved populations, health literacy, pipeline programs and leadership development. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, editorials and abstracts, and is a frequent speaker within and outside of his health network on a variety of topics in primary care. 

Kevin Scott Ferentz, MD

Kevin Scott Ferentz, MD
Dr. Ferentz graduated magna cum laude from SUNY at Albany, where he majored in Biology and Theater. He received his M.D. from SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine, then completed his Family Practice residency at the University of Maryland, along with a fellowship in Faculty Development with an emphasis in Obstetrics. In 2012 Dr. Ferentz retired as an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine after 25 years on the faculty. During those years he served as the Director of Student and Employee Health, the Director of Clinical Operations for the department, and as Residency Director for 12 years. He went on to serve as the Chief Medical Officer for Baltimore Medical System, Inc. – the largest group of Federally Qualified Health Centers in Maryland, responsible for approximately 60 clinicians serving in six medical centers and eight school based health centers, caring for 45,000 patients and providing 155,000 visits per year. He then worked as the Medical Director of the Randallstown office of Chase Brexton Health Care. He is currently the Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) and the Lead Physician for the GBMC Health Partners Primary Care offices at Owings Mills. Dr. Ferentz is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Maryland and continues to educate medical students on a regular basis. Dr. Ferentz has authored more than three dozen articles and book chapters concerning issues in Family Medicine. His academic work centered on Smoking Cessation, and the recognition and treatment of Depression in primary care. He received more than two dozen teaching awards, including two national awards: the Exemplary Teaching Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Outstanding Program Director Award from the Association of Family Practice Residency Directors. He was named one of the Best Family Physicians by Baltimore Magazine in 1997, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018, and 2020. The Ladies Home Journal named him one of the best Family Physicians in America in 2002. He was named to Best Doctors in America in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2013. He appears in Who's Who in America in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2011. Dr. Ferentz provides continuing medical education lectures for several national CME providers. Dr. Ferentz is a past-President of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians and served on several committees and commissions for the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has done hundreds of media spots on TV and for eight years he was the regular host of Sunday Rounds, the largest medical call-in show on public radio, heard nationwide, and around the world on the Armed Forces Radio Network and the Internet.

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

Thu Nov 18 Tampa, Florida
- 5:00 pm
Fri Nov 19 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Nov 20 Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Sun Nov 21 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Nov 22 Tampa, Florida
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas Map

Ports of Call

Tampa, Florida - A myriad of attractions awaits you during your stay in the Tampa area: the active nightlife of Tampa's Ybor City, it's Aquarium, and Busch Gardens for those with kids (even Walt Disney World is within striking distance). Magnificent beaches are a short ride away (Ft. DeSoto being a rare jewel of a beach without hotels and "McMansions" crowding out nature), then there's the Dali museum in St. Petersburg's hip, food-and-art-centric Downtown. To the south, in quieter Sarasota, you can visit the palatial mansion and art museum of the king of the circus: John Ringling. It's a great vacation destination, in itself. Be sure to plan a couple days before or after your cruise to soak it in.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico - Past meets present in Costa Maya. Cruise to Costa Maya and find ancient Maya ruins and mysterious jungles just begging to be explored, as well as private beach clubs and trendy restaurants— all in one place. It’s 250 square miles of paradise packed with entertainment and history, all just 30 miles south of Cancun. The Great Maya Reef just off the coast is the second largest in the world— it’s a must-snorkel spot. Or you can kick back at the port village of Mahahual with an ice-cold michelada— a spicy beer cocktail— in hand. For a culture fix, head to the Kohunlick ruins to see the famous Temple of the Masks.

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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