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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Critical Care, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, and Women's Health

10-Night Western Caribbean & The Americas
Round-trip Tampa, Florida
February 22 - March 04, 2023
Royal Caribbean's <em>Serenade of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas
21.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
21 ACPE Credits
21.0 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
21.0 Contact Hours
Course Fees
$1095 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$850 for Physician Assistants
$695 for Nurses, Residents, Students & Others

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. The Evolution of Cervical Cancer Screening
  2. Non-hormonal treatment of menopausal symptoms
  3. The Adnexal Mass: Benign or Malignant
  4. PCOS Lookalikes
  5. PCOS
  6. Evaluation of the Incontinent Female Patient
  7. Non-Surgical Treatment of the patient with Genital Prolapse
  8. Vulvar Pruritis and Vulvar Pain Disorders
  9. Addressing Female Sexual Concerns
  10. Tools Used for Pulmonary Evaluation
    • Review American Thoracic Society guidelines for pulmonary function testing and interpretation of: Spirometry, Flow volume loops, Lung volumes, and Bronchoprovocation testing
    • Review American Thoracic Society recommendations for cardiopulmonary stress testing and interpretation
    • Review indications for oxygen useQualification
    • Oxygen use during air travel
  11. COPD
    • Review current GOLD 2022 Guidelines for Staging COPD
    • Review GOLD 2022 Guidelines for COPD management
    • Review the ACCP and Canadian Thoracic Society published guidelines for prevention of acute exacerbations of COPD
    • Review the data that shaped these guidelines as related to:
      • Medication Recommendations
        • Discuss data on medications use and all cause mortality
      • Non-medications Recommendations.
        • Vaccinations
        • Smoking cessation
        • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
    • Review data on surgical and non-surgical lung volume reduction in patients with COPD
    • Review data on NIV for stable and acute COPD management
    • Discuss the role of palliative care in COPD management
  12. Asthma
    • Review the prevalence and economic impact of asthma
    • Review the pathophysiology of asthma
    • Discuss strategies for management of asthma patients with acute respiratory failure
    • Discuss updated expert consensus recommendations for accessing asthma control
    • Discuss updated expert consensus recommendations for long term asthma management
    • Discuss data on recently FDA approved medications and bronchoscopic interventions used to treat severe persistent asthma
    • Briefly look at medications under investigation for asthma treatment
  13. Pulmonary Nodules and Lung Cancer Screening: Understanding and Applying the Society Recommendations
    • Describe characteristics of pulmonary nodules that influence clinical suspicion for benign versus malignant
    • Discuss the recommended guidelines for following sold, ground glass, and part solid pulmonary nodules
    • Describe Lung-RADS, the structured reporting system for interpretation of lung cancer screening CT examinations
    • Understand key elements required for lung cancer screening programs
    • Review lung cancer staging, pulmonary evaluation for surgery, and briefly discuss treatments for advance disease
  14. Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
    • Review updated definition of ARDS
    • Discuss risk factors for developing ARDS and differential diagnosis
    • Review data on the use of non-invasive ventilation and high flow nasal cannula for management patients with ARDS
    • Discuss current recommendations regarding mechanical ventilation and management of patients with ARDS
    • data on alternative treatments in ARDS including: prone positioning, ECMO, paralytics, and vasodilators
  15. Pulmonary Embolism
    • Discuss the Risk Stratification for Acute Pulmonary Embolism
    • Identify Clinical Tools, Radiological Imaging, and Laboratory Markers Used in Risk Stratification of Acute Pulmonary Embolism
    • Discuss Current ACCP Recommendations for Treatment of Acute Pulmonary Embolism
    • Review Data on Treatment Outcomes of Patients with High and Intermediate Risk Acute Pulmonary Embolism Treated with Thrombolyis, Catheter Directed Thrombolyis, and Standard Anticoagulation
    • Review Data on Long Term Follow-up from Patients with High and Intermediate Risk PE Treated with Thrombolysis versus Standard Anticoagulation
    • Review Current ACCP Recommendation for Duration of Treatment of Acute Pulmonary Embolism
  16. Acid/Base Disorders
    • Present a structured approach to the identification of acid-base disorders
    • Interpret acid bases disorders which will allow recognition and rapid diagnosis of the causes of the acid base disorder
    • Recognize acute and chronic respiratory failure based on ABG findings
    • Review causes on anion gap, osmolar gap, and non-anion gap acidosis
    • Review causes of metabolic alkalosis
    • Apply knowledge in case-based reviews of complex acid/base disorders
  17. Sleep Apnea Treatment Options: PAP, PACERS, and Beyond
    • Review the difference between obstructive and central sleep apnea
    • Review the various pressure modalities available and application of these different pressure modalities for treatment of sleep disorders
    • Understand the CMS guidelines for qualifications for various pressure modalities
    • Review data regarding alternative to PAP treatment of sleep disorder including: weight loss, positional sleep therapy, Dental devices, surgical interventions, upper-airway stimulator devices, transvenous phrenic nerve stimulation for treatment of central sleep apnea
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.

Frank B. Marsalisi, MD, FACOG

Frank B. Marsalisi, MD, FACOG
Director of Gynecology
Bayfront OB/GYN Residency Program
Bayfront Health St. Petersburg
Orlando Health Inc. Dr. Frank Marsalisi is the Director of Gynecology  at the Bayfront OB/Gyn Residency Program , Bayfront Health St. Petersburg -Orlando Health Inc.. Originally from New York, he preceded his medical degree from Michigan State University with two years of research with publication in Hypersensitivity Diseases at USV Pharmaceutical and the Upjohn Company. 

After completing his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency as Chief resident at the University of South Florida, he went on to fulfill his four-year commitment with the National Health Service Corp as Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Ruskin Migrant and Community Health Center in Ruskin, Florida. While at Ruskin, he was made a Clinical Assistant Professor of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of South Florida and received the U.S. Public Health Service Regional Health Administrator's Award.

Throughout his residency training and postgraduate career, Dr. Marsalisi has been the recipient of many prestigious university and national teaching awards, including the University of South Florida's Distinguished Professor Award and the John Turlich Medical Student Teaching Award, the Council on Resident Education in Ob/Gyn National Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, and many Bayfront Health Teaching Faculty of the Year awards.

He has been honored as being one of the "Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists in America" by the Consumer Research Council of America, and in 2017 he was recognized by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd to be among the"Leading Physicians of the World"

He is a medical community leader serving on the Board of his county medical association and is a delegate to the Florida Medical Association. He has been a speaker on women's health issues for the University at Sea since 2012.

Stephen R. Clum, MD, PhD

Stephen R. Clum, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor 
Department of Internal Medicine
Division: Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep Medicine
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Central Florida
Chief of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at Bay Bines VA, St. Petersburg, FL Stephen Clum, MD PhD Dr. Clum earned his PhD in biochemistry at the University of Kansas. His PhD studies involve characterization of the dengue virus type II serine protease. After completing his PhD, he then pursued his medical degree at the University of Kansas. Following completion of his medical school training, he completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at University of South Florida. He remained at University of South Florida for fellowship training in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine.

After completing his fellowship training, he moved to Springfield Missouri where he joined a multispecialty group. His practice encompassed Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep Medicine including an active pediatric sleep practice. In 2014, he returned to the University South Florida to join the faculty in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine where he served as the associated division director. In this role he was actively involved in expansion of inpatient and outpatient services at Tampa General Hospital and USF. Following the retirement of his mentor, he served as the interim division director until the fall of 2020 when he joined the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System as the Chief of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine. In his current role as Chief of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, he has helped developed a robust pulmonary nodule program, COPD program, and ILD program. At both the University of South Florida and Bay Pines VA, Dr. Clum has been a core faculty involved in the education of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine fellows.

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 Feb 22 Tampa, Florida
- 4:00 pm
Thu Feb 23 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Feb 24 Georgetown, Grand Cayman
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Sat Feb 25 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Feb 26 Cartagena, Colombia
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Mon Feb 27 Colon, Panama
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Tue Feb 28 Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed Mar 01 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Thu Mar 02 Cozumel, Mexico
10:00 am 8:00 pm
Fri Mar 03 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Mar 04 Tampa, Florida
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

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

Georgetown, Grand Cayman - Grand Cayman is where the high life meets island life. Snorkel with stingrays in Stingray City. Treat your inner foodie at eateries established by acclaimed top chefs like Michael Schwartz, or chow down on conch fritters by the seashore. You can even soak up some rays at one of the beaches voted best in the world, Seven Mile Beach. And do it all in the same day.

Cartagena, Colombia - The oldest city in the New World, founded in 1533. Through its portals once poured the wealth of the Spanish Main... Mother lodes of gold, silver and emeralds bound for Madrid. See San Felipe, the fortress that guarded it all, then plunder the dazzling Bocagrande, where emeralds still gleam.

Colon, Panama - Colon lies on the stunning Caribbean coast of Panama, where unparalleled beaches and lush tropical scenery are de rigueur. In nearby Portobello, discover the ruins of Spanish forts, watch the colorful yachts sailing in the bay or hunt for treasures in the local markets. Travel to the Gatun Locks for a bird's eye view of the immense ships passing through the Panama Canal.

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica - Come to Puerto Limon ready to meet a raw and beautiful side unlike any other in Costa Rica. Go off-road and through prehistoric forests in places like the famous Veragua Rainforest Park. Jump onboard a Costa Rica cruise and glide on a canoe over the Tortuguero Canal, meet wild creatures at the Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary, or get in some of the region's best surfing at the Salsa Brava reef break, just an hour's drive south of the port.

Cozumel, Mexico - With its lively tropical reefs, crystal-clear waters and ancient ruins, Cozumel is ripe for one-of-a-kind adventures. Cruise to Cozumel and head to Chankanaab National Park, where you can snorkel among the colorful reefs and schools of tropical fish that give this island its premier diving status. Or travel back in time on an adventure through the towering Maya ruins of Tulum. When you’re done exploring, unwind with a beachside massage at Playa Mia. From culture savoring to soaking up sunshine, you’ll find a world of adventure waiting for you in Cozumel.

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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