Our office will be closed Thursday, November 24th (all day) in observance of Thanksgiving Day. We will reopen on Friday, November 25th, at 8:30 am.


University at Sea®

5700 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33703

E-Mail Us

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm EST
10:00am - 2:00pm EST
Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Procedural Approaches to Dermatology Diagnosis and Treatment for Primary Care Providers

Click here for Shore Excursions

7-Night Paris, Normandy and the River Seine Cruise
Round-trip Paris, France
May 25 - June 01, 2022
<em>Amadeus Diamond</em>
Amadeus Diamond
13.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
13 ACPE Credits
13.0 ADA CERP Credits
13.0 Contact Hours
Course Fees
$895 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$695 for Physician Assistants
$495 for Nurses, Residents, Students & Others

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, PharmacistsDentists, Dental Staff
Program Purpose / Objectives
It has been documented that 30% of patients who visit a primary care practice either present with a skin problem or show the provider a skin problem during their visit. These lectures present a tried and true approach to the treatment of skin disease. First, primary and secondary and secondary lesions are identified; secondly, an appropriate history is obtained; thirdly, a differential diagnosis is developed; fourthly, office dermatologic tests and other lab studies are used to refine the diagnosis; and, finally, a treatment is prescribed. All lectures will emphasize the team-based care approach used at the University of Mississippi where all members of the health care team work together with a carefully choreographed approach that encourages all members of the team to work at the top of the abilities and certification.

Lectures will center around making a wide range of differential diagnoses to comfortably assess the proper approach to the particular problem. This will include basic bedside procedures such as the KOH Exam, Scabies Ink Prep, and Scabies Scraping for Microscopic Exam as well as surgical procedures that include Destruction, Biopsy and or Excision Techniques.

Common skin conditions will be reviewed with this approach in mind including, acne, warts, psoriasis, benign and malignant tumors, drug eruptions, basic and advanced dermatologic procedures and mission dermatology in underdeveloped countries. These lectures will be supplemented with interactive, Socratic discussions of common dermatologic conditions and "Interactive/Ask the Professor" discussions involving clinical material brought to the sessions by attendees on a USB drive.

Attendees will leave this meeting energized to identify dermatologic problems, efficiently diagnose these conditions and effectively treat them.

  1. Benign versus Malignant-Non-Melanoma Skin lesions
    • Distinguish benign vs malignant non-pigmented skin lesions
  2. Benign vesus Malignant-Nevi and Melanoma
    • Distinguish benign vs malignant pigmented skin lesions
  3. Advanced Dermatologic Surgery
    • Manage patients with appropriate referral for more complex procedures
  4. Papulaosquamous Dermatoses or why and when do we do the KOH exam
    • Determine when to perform a KOH Preparation Utilize a step-by-step method to perform the optimal KOH preparation
  5. Viral and Bacterial Diseases-Tzanck Prep, Cultures, PCR, or Fluorescent Antibody Test
    • Recognize and manage rashes that appear to be infectious.
    • Differentiate these from autoimmune vesicular/bullous diseases.
  6. Mississippi Nigeria Education and Mentoring Exchange (MNEME) Enugu, Nigeria
    • Recognize the amazing educational, research and teaching opportunities available in the underdeveloped world
  7. Approach to Dermatologic Diagnosis
    • Describe rashes and lesions properly then differentiate so as to insert into recommended categories.
  8. Interactive Session I Diagnosis
    • Synthesize a proper differential diagnosis-what do we do?
  9. Eczemas Diagnostic aid of Patch testing
    • Differentiate the different dermatitides and employ patch testing where indicated.
    • Utilize techniques to reduce cognitive errors in making diagnose
  10. Mites and Bites Ink and Scabies Prep
    • Evaluate and manage patients who present with lesions considered as related to external sources including insects
  11. Basic Dermatologic Surgery
    • Plan and utilize dermatologic procedures such as cryosurgery, biopsy, and minor excisions
  12. Interactive Session II Treatment
    • Identify then manage different treatment modalities of dermatologic disease-what can you do?
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.

Robert Brodell, MD

Robert Brodell, MD
Professor and Chair of Dermatology
Professor of Pathology
University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC)
  Bob Brodell attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and then completed two years of Internal Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, New York before serving as a dermatology resident and dermatopathology fellow at Barnes Hospital/Washington University in St Louis. He is the author of more than 360 articles and two books.

Dr. Brodell is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha, American Academy of Dermatology, Noah Worcester Dermatological Society, American Society of Dermatopathology and he serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the American Dermatological Association.

He is a past president of the American Board of Dermatology and served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Dermatology from 2012-16. He was honored to be a Master Teacher in his previous role at Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and served as chairman of the Master Teacher Guild.

He is currently Professor and Chair, Department of Dermatology and Professor of Pathology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. His interests are in general dermatology; dermatologic ethics; the treatment of warts; and, simple, quick, reproducible, almost fail-safe approaches to dermatologic procedures.

Bob enjoys travelling with his wife, Linda, a retired ophthalmologist, and their 5 children and 6 grandchildren.

Stephen E. Helms, MD, FAAD

Stephen E. Helms, MD, FAAD
Professor, Department of Dermatology
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jackson, Mississippi  
Dr. Helms arrived at the University of Mississippi in 2013 with 35 years of private practice experience in Warren, Ohio. He graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed his dermatology residency at the University of Pittsburgh.

In addition to teaching medical students and dermatology residents at Northeastern Ohio Medical University and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, he frequently taught at regional and national venues. His dermatology subspecialty interest is in occupational dermatology and contact dermatitis.

Dr. Helms has 62 scientific publications and is a reviewer for several journals. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and Cutis. He has participated as an investigator or sub-investigator in scores of clinical trials.

Steve enjoys fishing, reading, watching classic movies, and especially, traveling with his wife, two children and their families.

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 May 25 Paris, France
- 8:00 pm
Thu May 26 Conflans
1:30 am 5:00 pm
Fri May 27 Rouen
8:00 am 5:30 pm
Sat May 28 Le Havre, France
3:30 am -
Sun May 29 Le Havre, France
- 9:00 am
Sun May 29 Caudebec -En-Caux
3:00 pm 10:00 pm
Mon May 30 Les Andelys
8:00 am 9:00 am
Mon May 30 Vernon
11:30 am 1:30 pm
Tue May 31 Paris, France
3:00 am -
Wed Jun 01 Paris, France
- -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Amadeus Diamond Map

Ports of Call

Paris, France -

This afternoon, embark the vessel and get settled into your cabin. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner.

Stay Paris   Departure at 8pm

Conflans -

Arrive in Conflans, at the confluence of the Oise and the Seine. Visit the little town of Auvers-sur-Oise, an inspiration to many of the famous Impressionist masters, including Cezanne, Pissarro and Daubigny. The most famous of these artists is Vincent van Gogh, whose final resting place is located here. Visit Auberge Ravoux, where Van Gogh lived in a very simple and small room only lit by sky light. Inspired by the picturesque site with its inhabitants and surroundings, Van Gogh painted close to 80 canvases here, which come alive in the winding streets of the village.

Stay Conflans  1.30am - 5pm
Excursions  Excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise :

There are only a few places more touching than this haven of peace, just 35 minutes outside of Paris. Most famous for being the resting place of Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo, the small village idyll was home to many painters in the 1800s. Relive with your guide the final moments of the life of the artist by following the pictorial and mortuary trail of van Gogh. Be moved by his tragic fate as you climb the path leading to his grave. Experience a multimedia journey into the Château d’Auvers which traces the lives of the great masters who left their mark in the town’s history: Daubigny, Pissarro, Cézanne, Monet, Van Gogh etc. The commentaries will immerse you for 65 minutes in the ambiance of 19th Century Parisian life, with more than 500 paintings set to motion, special, visual and sound effects, popular music and songs of the time.

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.

Rouen -

This morning we reach Rouen, often called the “Ville musée” (Museum Town). If you enjoy museums, visit one of the many art, history, and antiquities museums scattered through the city. Visit the cathedral that inspired Claude Monet and the modern Church of Joan of Arc with its magnificent 16th-century stained-glass windows. See the “Gros Horloge,” the astronomical clock, and the Parliament of Normandy. Also in Rouen is the “Place du Vieux Marché”, the site where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. This afternoon venture down the romantic “Abbey Trail” for a view of countless churches, castles, and abbeys.

Stay Rouen  8am - 5.30pm
Excursions:  Rouen walking tour :

The historical capital of Normandy and a prosperous medieval city, Rouen is known for its many monuments and architectural treasures. The historic city center is a “must-see”. Don’t miss its fascinating heritage with Gothic churches and mansions, restored, half-timbered houses and well-maintained public gardens. We will start the morning with a walking tour, including an inside visit to the magnificent cathedral that inspired Claude Monet, and the modern Church of Joan of Arc with its magnificent 16th-century stained-glass windows. Our local expert will explain the historical legacy of this city, made famous by such figures as the Vikings, the Dukes of Normandy, Joan of Arc, the writers Corneille and Flaubert and the artists Géricault and Monet.

The walking tour will also cover the “Gros Horloge”, the astronomical clock, pride of the Rouennais, and the Parliament of Normandy, one of France’s rare civil constructions in Gothic style in the late Middle Ages. The Church of Saint-Maclou, a striking, flamboyant church dedicated to a Breton saint and known as Malo, is considered one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in Rouen. Following this exploration, we encourage you to spend your free time at the “Place du Vieux Marché”, the site where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake.

Duration : approx. 2 hours

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

Le Havre, France -

Although the harbor of Le Havre was greatly destroyed in World War II, it was rebuilt and continues to be an important port city in Normandy. Explore the Normandy coastline with a walk along Ètretat’s cliff-top paths for a view of steep chalk rocks with impressive needle-like formations, which have inspired many well-known artists. Nearby, is the city of Honfleur, where the Seine meets the Atlantic. This harbor town is regarded as a jewel on the Côte Fleurie and is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

Stay Le Havre ;  Arrival at 3.30am
 Excursion to Étretat : 

20 kilometers (twelve and a half miles) north of Le Havre, situated on the coast of Normandy. Étretat is renowned for its coastal scenery, in particular its white cliffs. Both the cliffs and the village are scenic highlights of the region and should not be missed. Join us to feel the magic of this place, full of history and legends. This exceptional natural site will take your breath away. Begin with stunning views of the cliffs and rock formations from the clifftop path. Continue with a guided walking tour of the town.

Historically a fishing village with medieval houses and fishing cottages, Étretat became a popular seaside resort during the 19th century. Its popularity was enhanced by the large number of famous artists and authors who were inspired by Étretat. Monet, Maupassant, Victor Hugo and Flaubert were all lovers of the region around the town. Monet painted several well-known pictures of the coast and cliffs around Étretat. It is an attractive, small town where you will have some leisure time, allowing you to browse through the shops and perhaps purchase some souvenirs. From the pebble beach and the promenade you can enjoy the cliffs on either side once more.

Duration: approx. 4 hours

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

 Excursion to Honfleur : 

Follow your guide and enjoy a stroll through the charming city of Honfleur. This gorgeous maritime city is a town of painters and Impressionism, and possesses that something extra that makes it irresistible. The changing light on the Seine estuary inspired Courbet, Monet, Boudin and many others.

Your guide will lead you through its narrow streets, steeped in history, and in the footsteps of sailors, painters, artists and musicians. Stop at the world-famous Vieux Bassin (old port), the Lieutenancy building, from which Samuel de Champlain set out to discover Canada, the Old Salt Stores and St Catherine’s Church, with its unusual architecture and separate bell tower which was built by sailor-carpenters. Today, dozens of galleries and artists’ studios continue to display a wide range of classical and modern paintings. Honfleur is also the perfect place to find local arts and crafts and specialties such as cider, Calvados, caramels and more. Alternatively, you can simply enjoy your time and relax in one of the little cafes.

Duration: approx. 4 hours

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

Les Andelys - Today, your vessel anchors in the little town of Les Andelys in the shadow of Chateau Gaillard, the one time home to Richard the Lionheart. Relax in town or venture farther afield to nearby Giverny, home to Impressionist Claude Monet, until his death in 1926. The beautiful surroundings and vivid flora, were inspiration for some of his most famous works. Return to the ship in Vernon for lunch. Round out your Normandy experience with a visit to the spectacular Palace of Versailles. Originally a small hunting lodge, the palace was extended to its current size by the "Sun King" Louis XIV and is now one of Europe's largest palaces. Onboard, the Captain's Gala Dinner is a wonderful finish to a fantastic day.
Stay Les Andelys :  8am - 9am
Stay Vernon:  11.30am - 13.30pm
 Excursion to Giverny & Monet's House and Garden with picture stop at Château Gaillard :

Step into the past with a short drive to the white stone remains of the English king’s stronghold: Château Gaillard. It was built at the end of the 12th century on a limestone promontory, overlooking the Seine. You’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the river and surrounding countryside. Completed in one year, Richard Lionheart exclaimed: “How beautiful she is, my one-year-old daughter. What a gaillard (well-fortified) castle.” Behind these walls, Blanche and Marguerite, the adulterous daughters-in-law of Philippe le Bel, king of France, atoned for their sins.

After a short picture stop you continue to Giverny, a village nestled in the heart of the Vexin, and a source of inspiration for one of the foremost Impressionist painters. When Claude Monet glanced out of the window of his train and caught sight of the village of Giverny, he decided then and there that this was where he wanted to live and work. And so he did, from 1883 until his death in 1926. The beautiful surroundings, vividly colored flora and gentle atmosphere of the place became one of the biggest sources of inspiration for his work. Enter the intimate world of this great epicurean. Your guide will share stories of the affection Clemenceau had for his friend, the exchanges and verbal jousts with contemporaries Berthe Morisot, Marie Cassatt and Paul Cézanne. Tour the blue living room, the studio living room, the dining room and kitchen – rooms which reflect the personality of Monet.

Duration: approx. 4 hours

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

 Excursion to Château de Malmaison

West of Paris, surrounded by a beautiful green setting, the Château de Malmaison invites you into the intimate life of Josephine de Beauharnais, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. The “small” mansion that Josephine purchased in 1797 was just a run-down estate in desperate need of care and devotion when she set her eyes on it while her husband Napoleon was off fighting in Egypt. And that is precisely what Josephine brought to the property, transforming it into a “source of riches for all of France”. Napoleon Bonaparte took there many major decisions for France from 1800 to 1802. Josephine continued to live in the Château of Malmaison even after her divorce and did not cease to develop it until her death, turning the rooms and park into a real gem of the First Empire period.

Your Guide will lead you in the discovery of their daily life during the consulate and First Empire. Discover the music room and the council room shaped like a military tent where receptions, dances and country-style games took place. You will also visit Josephine’s bedroom where she died in 1814, passing through the Marengo room and its weapons that belonged to Napoleon.

Enjoy some free time in Josephine’s cherished gardens. She cultivated a nostalgia for the luxurious island of her childhood. Upon her arrival at the Château de Malmaison, she wanted to replicate the landscape of her native land Martinique with its rich flowers and birds. She called upon Europe’s best gardeners and soon bundles of flowers arrived from all over the continent. Daffodils, hyacinths, camellias and tulips still flourish in her garden. The property achieved enduring fame for its rose garden, where Josephine grew all varieties of roses known at the time.

Duration: approx. 4.5 hours

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

Paris, France - In the early morning, it is once more "Bienvenue" to the French capital. Explore the sights of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and the bustling Champs-Élysées. Another interesting area to explore is quirky artists'district of Montmartre and the Sacré-Coeur, located on the highest hill in northern Paris. On your last evening, enjoy an illuminated Paris from the ship or the streets, where you can fully see the "City of Lights" in all her glory.

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.
©2019 - University at Sea®