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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Women's Health for the Healthcare Team

<em>Azamara Journey</em>
Azamara Journey
10-Night Mediterranean Journey Voyage
from Athens, (Piraeus), Greece to Lisbon, Portugal
November 19 - 29, 2022
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
$750 for Nurse Practitioners
$595 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.

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.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

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

Over the past fifteen years there has been an international flurry of new knowledge generated from quality clinical trials and pharmaceutical research and development in all aspects of women’s health. For many healthcare providers, the realization of the need to stay closely informed came abruptly with concerns over our management of the symptomatic menopausal woman.

Even those of us in academia responsible for disseminating this new evidence to future physicians and specialists found it difficult to keep pace with the recent discoveries leading to better comprehension in the pathophysiology of certain female disorders. This would lead, for example, to new guidelines that were generated in cervical cancer screening and HPV-associated cancer prevention.

Topics and Objectives:
  1. The Evolution Of Cervical Cancer Screening
    • The healthcare provider will recognize the development of modern day cervical cancer screening, the role of high risk HPV in male and female lower genital tract, oropharyngeal, anal carcinogenesis, and the importance of promoting HPV vaccination
  2. Bridging The Perimenopausal Gap Without Estrogen
    • The clinician will address the concerns of perimenopausal women including their complaints of mood disturbance, vasomotor symptoms, insomnia, diminished sexual desire, vaginal atrophy
    • The clinician will offer patients a variety of behavioral, hormonal, nonhormonal therapeutic modalities during this perimenopausal window.
  3. The Adnexal Mass
    • The provider will describe the new model of ovarian carcinogenesis and the obstacles encountered in trying to develop ovarian cancer screening.
    • The participant will assess the malignant potential of a palpable mass in a woman using present day imaging and ovarian tumor markers and direct appropriate conservative, medical, or surgical intervention.
  4. The PCOS Look-Alikes
    • Participants will generate a differential diagnosis for females of various reproductive ages presenting with signs of hyperandrogenism and order appropriate laboratory, radiologic imaging and timely referral to an endocrinologist, gynecologic oncologist, or general surgeon.
  5. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
      li>Upon completion of this didactic activity, the attendee will identify patients with PCOS, initiate recommended metabolic screening endorsed by the 2013 Endocrine Society and employ treatment for signs of hyperandrogenism.
    • The participant will also prescribe risk reducing behavioral and pharmacotherapeutic measures for long term sequela of this disorder.
  6. Vulvar Pain Syndromes
    • The participant will give examples of the variety of infectious, inflammatory, neoplastic, and neurologic disorders that cause vulvar burning/ pruritus, and make timely decisions on proper treatment and need for biopsy.
  7. Management of The Pesky Vaginal Discharge
    • The participant will draw from historical and physical exam findings, culture and new quantitative PCR based assays to properly detect and treat a variety of recurrent infectious and non-infectious causes of vaginal irritative symptoms.
  8. Choosing the Right Contraception for the Right Patient
    • Communicate to patients the differences in contraceptive options with regard to mechanism of action, efficacy, side effect profiles, and utilization for medical uses
  9. Female Sexual Concerns
    • The attendee will openly discuss problems of a sexual nature with his/her patients, define the type of sexual dysfunction and offer behavioral, pharmacologic therapy or referral to sex therapist
  10. Reclassifying Abnormal Uterine Bleeding and the Role of Endometrial Biopsy
    • Attendees will adopt the PALM-COEIN classification system in defining the etiology of abnormal uterine bleeding in a nonpregnant woman of reproductive age. Additionally, participants will be able to select the most appropriate and cost effective imaging studies to confirm a specific disorder and direct endometrial biopsy based on patient specific risk factors.
    • The provider will recognize the potential role of new GnRH receptor antagonists, selective progesterone receptor modulators and the levonorgestrel-IUD in treating AUB-L
  11. What’s New with Fibroids?
    • With newly acquired insight as to the various pharmacologic agents including GnRH agonists/antagonists, tranexamic acid, the levonorgestrel-IUD, selective progesterone receptor modulators, and radiologic interventions such as uterine artery embolization and MRI-guided Focused Ultrasound Surgery, available for symptomatic uterine fibroids, the participant of this CME will select the most appropriate management to meet the individual needs of his/her patients.
  12. Functional Hypothalamic Amenorrhea and the Female Athlete TriadE TRIAD
    • Screen patients for the Female Athlete Triad using updated Triad Consensus Panel recommendations and diagnose childhood, adolescent, and premenopausal osteopenia/osteoporosis.
    • Initiate early interventions including referrals to a sports dietitian, exercise physiologist, certified athletic trainer and mental health professional when indicated.
Please Note: The 16 hours for this program include 12 Live Lecture hours & 4 Self Study hours.
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 Nov 19 Athens, (Piraeus), Greece
- 5:00 pm
Sun Nov 20 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Nov 21 Valletta, Malta
8:00 am 10:00 pm
Tue Nov 22 Trapani, Italy
11:00 am 7:00 pm
Wed Nov 23 Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Nov 24 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Nov 25 Cartagena, Spain
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Sat Nov 26 Malaga, Spain
8:00 am 10:00 pm
Sun Nov 27 Gibraltar
7:30 am 2:00 pm
Mon Nov 28 Lisbon, Portugal
1:00 pm -
Tue Nov 29 Lisbon, Portugal
- -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Athens, (Piraeus), Greece -

Athens (Piraeus), Greece

Athens brought the world drama, history, poetry, and philosophy. Once home to the world's most powerful and civilized empires, Athens is now the world's foremost archaeological playground. The towering columns of the Parthenon still stand in homage to the virgin goddess Athena.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Valletta, Malta - Tiny Malta abounds in forts and temples. In Valletta, wander through the ornate Grand Master's Palace of the Knights of St. John. Within the thick walls of Medina, the Silent City (no cars), visit the serene Baroque cathedral.

Trapani, Italy - Bright stone buildings, Phoenician fortifications and centuries of monuments - these are just a few of Trapani's delights. The scythe-shaped town extends out to sea with Mount Erice towering above and the Tower of Ligny, a majestic landmark. Under Arab rule, Trapani was a thriving port for the production of salt, tuna, and coral. The city became famous in the 16th century for the beautiful pieces produced by Trapanese coral artisans. A lovely collection of their work can be seen in the Pepoli Museum.

Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy - Cagliari is a capital rich in art, culture, and Sardinian pride whose medieval heart is a fascinating fortified district. Outside the city discover pre-historic monuments, ancient ruins, gorgeous beaches and enduring local traditions.

Cartagena, Spain - History here runs deep, back to ancient Carthage. Along Cartagena's narrow streets you'll also find a mix of old churches, Baroque palaces, 19th-century mansions and Modernist architecture plus lively restaurants, cafes and bars.

Malaga, Spain - Málaga is the gateway to the Andalusian countryside and the Costa del Sol, some of the region’s most impressive beaches. It also is home to a number of magnificent palaces, including the Moorish Alcabaza and Gibralfaro.

Gibraltar - As long as the Barbary Apes remain, the British will rule Gibraltar‐this is the tradition that has held for 350 years. These pesky primates are a favorite with visitors despite their incessant chatter and light-fingered ways. Ride to the top of the Rock for great views over the Strait of Gibraltar‐on a clear day you'll see Africa.

Lisbon, Portugal - Make your own discoveries in the city that launched the Age of Discovery. Cross the River Tagus on its soaring suspension bridge. Wander the maze of streets in the Alfama, the old Moorish quarter, dominated by the medieval Castle of St. George where peacocks strut and shriek. Stroll the Baixa, shop for elegant shoes.

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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