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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Update in Women's Health and Phlebology

7-Night Spanish Magic Cruise
from Lisbon, Portugal to Barcelona, Spain October 08 - 15, 2023
<em>Seabourn Ovation</em>
Seabourn Ovation
12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
12 ACPE Credits
Up to 12 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
3.0 Hours of Pharmacology for Nurse Practitioners
12.0 Contact Hours
Course Fees
$895 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$750 for Physician Assistants
$495 for Nurses, Residents, Students & Others

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

  1. Chronic Venous Insufficiency
    • Recognize that CVI is more than just a cosmetic nuisance and lack of treatment can contribute to significant morbidity
    • Utilize appropriate diagnostic approaches to evaluate and treat patients across the entire spectrum of CVI
  2. Pelvic Phlebology
    • Recognize the new Symptoms-Varicies-Pathophysiology classification scheme for pelvic venous disease and point out the need for a multidiscipline, integrated approach to diagnosis and treatment
    • Discuss traditional and contemporary terminology for pelvic venous disease and introduce the new SVP classification scheme.
  3. Endometriosis
    • Recognize new diagnostic and treatment modalities for endometriosis
    • Analyze pelvic pain in the clinical setting of endometriosis, devise a comprehensive treatment plan using the estrogen threshold hypothesis and understand newer diagnostic and treatment opportunities in the form of micro-RNA
  4. Vaginitis Revisited
    • Compare a wide variety of treatment modalities for vaginitis
    • Know when to biopsy
    • Identify routine as well as challenging causes of vulvar/vaginal symptoms of burning, itching or pain
    • Expand upon vaginitis related to estrogen deprivation.
  5. Ultrasound in OB/GYN
    • Identify classic ultrasound signs of obstetrical and gynecological pathology using office-based diagnostic ultrasound
    • Recognize and determine, using ultrasound pictures, normal vs. pathology in antenatal maternal/child care.
    • Recognize uterine and ovarian disease in gynecological patients
  6. Osteoporosis
    • Clarify the benefits and risks of treatment and non-treatment
    • Analyze the overall pathophysiology of osteoporosis and employ different treatment strategies
    • Recognize the pharmacological basis of treatment>/li>
  7. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
    • Recognize the complexity of the 4 phenotypes of PCOS, their associated co-morbidities and the implications of treatment in those patients who do and do not want to conceive
    • Develop a cost-effective thorough plan for assessing PCOS and the benefits of treatment in those patients who do and do not want to conceive
  8. Hypertension in Pregnancy
    • Recognize and differentiate that hypertension and severe preeclampsia in the pregnant patient is physiologically different than those critical care patients with severe hypertension unrelated to pregnancy
  9. Postpartum Hemorrhage
    • Identify risk factors for postpartum hemorrhage
    • Describe a stepwise approach to the management of postpartum hemorrhage
    • Review pharmacological and blood products used in the management of postpartum hemorrhage
  10. Urogynecology
    • Describe the scope of practice of urogynecology in a contemporary women's health practice
    • Differentiate the different types of urinary incontinence
    • Differentiate the different types of pelvic floor prolapse and discuss non-surgical (pessary) and surgical approach to treatment
    • Discuss and differentiate the different pharmacological treatments for overactive bladder
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.

Jerry G. Ninia, MD, RVT

Jerry G. Ninia, MD, RVT
Clinical Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stony Brook University Renaissance School of Medicine; Clinical Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine Dr. Ninia is the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY and a Clinical Associate Professor of OB/GYN at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

He received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and continued his post graduate training at Nassau County Medical Center. For over 30 years, he has maintained two separate private practices in both OB/GYN and Phlebology. He has lectured internationally on the topic of women's health and venous disease and has authored 3 text book chapters and over 25 articles in peer reviewed journals. He is the clerkship director for NYITCOM medical students rotating through St. Charles hospital department of OBGYN with administrative, didactic and clinical teaching responsibilities.

A Fellow of the American College of OB/GYN's, Surgeons and Phlebologists, he is board certified in OB/GYN as well as Phlebology and was instrumental in the creation of the nationally administered Phlebology board certification exam. He is certified by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography as a Registered Vascular Technologist. He has served as a member of the American College of Phlebology Board of Directors and the Phlebology Foundation Board. He has served on the Catholic Health Services of Long Island Board of Trustees and helped create initiatives to improve patient safety in Labor and Delivery. His efforts resulted in St. Charles hospital earning the Healthcare Association of New York State Pinnacle Award for quality and patient safety along with his earning the prestigious Theodore Roosevelt award given to those individuals who provide outstanding voluntary contributions and leadership at Long Island hospitals.

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

Sun Oct 08 Lisbon, Portugal
- 5:00 pm
Mon Oct 09 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Oct 10 Gibraltar
8:00 am 9:00 pm
Wed Oct 11 Tangier, Morocco
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Thu Oct 12 Almeria, Spain
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Fri Oct 13 Alicante, Spain
8:00 am 9:00 pm
Sat Oct 14 Valencia, Spain
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Sun Oct 15 Barcelona, Spain
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

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.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

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.

Tangier, Morocco - Situated just across the narrow Strait of Gibraltar from Europe, Tangier has long comprised a hybrid culture that is nearly as European as it is African. Standing atop Cap Spartel, one can gaze down on the place where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean. The “Hollywood” district where the foreign embassies have traditionally been located reflects the European influence. But ascending the hill above the waterfront, one enters the narrow, winding alleys of the Kasbah, the city’s oldest, most Moroccan section. Down the coast, nearby Tetouan retains a nearly untouched walled medina, with sections originally occupied by Andalusian, Berber and Jewish populations. It is small enough that visitors can explore it without risking becoming lost, making it a perfect choice as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Almeria, Spain - The city of Almeria, once an Arab stronghold, has seen ancient civilizations come and go over the many centuries of its existence. Your tour of this interesting city will be on foot, as motor coaches are not permitted in the Old Town. Visit the Alcazaba Palace of the Moorish Kings (Caliphs) and stop at the cathedral, which is a Gothic building with Renaissance facades

Alicante, Spain - This bright city on the Costa del Sol was founded by the ancient Greeks in 325 B.C, who called it Akra Leuka ("White Summer") for its impressive headlands. The Moors ruled here for over five centuries, and reminders of their passing can be dicovered in the winding alleyways of the Old Quarter. The views from the 1,000 foot Balcon del Mediterraneo are superb.

Valencia, Spain - Incredibly, Valencia is a hidden gem of a big city in Spain. Although, it doesn't get the same attention that Barcelona and Madrid get, it competes quite well with those two well known destinations. Food, Shopping, Art and Architecture can be found in abundance; take some time and wander through the winding maze of medieval streets and stubble on your newest favorite shop/bar/restaurant. Too bad cruises don't depart from here; you could certainly spend a few days visiting Valencia's must-sees. One highlight is the City of Arts and Sciences (Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències) designed by architect Santiago Calatrava. This beautiful complex consists of a cinema, garden, theater, planetarium, science museum and more!

Barcelona, Spain -

Barcelona is a one of the world's great cities. Stroll down her tree-lined boulevards, the magnificent Passeig de Gràcia or the more touristed Las Ramblas. On the Passeig, shop a serious fashion district while marveling at examples of Mordenisme architecture, seemingly sculpted from the stuff of dreams (Gaudi's masterpiece of a family home, Casa Batlló is well worth a visit). If a trip on the Passeig hasn't convinced you of Gaudi's genius, a visit to La Sagrada Familia Cathedral will do the trick; this fantastic, soaring marvel will live on in your memory long after you've returned.

Not far from the Passeig and just north of Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter (the Barri Gotic) provides an abundance of shopping opportunities for all tastes, and a bit of European history to boot - check out the tranquil Cathedral of Barcelona. To see a bit of local life a visit to a food market is a quick, fun detour: try Santa Caterina near the Cathedral or Mercado de La Boqueria, right off of Las Ramblas.

Barcelona's food is also a highlight: stop into a tapas bar and try a variety of delicacies. "Standard" restaurants of every style are available, too. And, there's music, too! Visit an underground jazz club or the magnificent Palau de la Música Catalana; or stop by the Palau Dalmases for a stunning, flamenco performance (it's near the Picasso museum). Did we mention art? One of the largest collections of Picasso's art is found at the Museau Picasso, and a great collection of contemporary, figurative (i.e not abstract) painting and sculpture is housed at the European Museum of Modern Art just around the corner.

It's probably clear by now that you really can't get it all done in a day (even if all means "just the must-sees"). So, stay for a day or three in the Gothic Quarter or near Plaça de Catalunya and really get a feel for what makes Barcelona such a wonderful place. Partly it's the result of the "accidents" of its history and present: as the regional capital of Spain's prosperous Catalunya region, Barcelona has a "flavor" that is a bit of a mix between Spanish and French (it's located quite close to the French border). Yes, you can practice your Spanish here - it attracts Spaniards from throughout the country - but you'll also see and hear Catalan with it's own charm. You won't regret your time here.

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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