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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Updates in Clinical Care:
Family Medicine and Pharmacogenomics
Medication Optimization and Collaborative Care

7-Night Alaska Hubbard Glacier Cruise
Round-trip Vancouver, British Columbia
June 18 - 25, 2023
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16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
16 ACPE Credits
16.0 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
6.0 Hours of Pharmacology for Nurse Practitioners
16.0 Contact Hours
Course Fees
$995 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$750 for Physician Assistants
$595 for Nurses, Residents, Students & Others

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

  1. Current Management of Type 2 Diabetes
    • "Identify patients at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and strategies for delaying the progression of disease
    • Describe the latest pharmacologic management options & their indications
    • Define several of the common quality indicators for Diabetes and strategies for improvement
  2. Neurocognitive Disorders of the older adult
    • Identify risk factors for & potential ways to slow cognitive decline
    • Describe methods to assess cognitive performance
    • Identify currently available treatment options for patients with MCI and Dementia
  3. Updates in Hyperlipidemia Management
    • Apply the most recent management guidelines for primary and secondary ASCVD Prevention
  4. Prevention and Management of Osteoporosis: The Impact on the Individual
    • Recognize risk factors for osteoporosis and apply evidence-based screening.
    • Describe the importance of aggressive treatment of Osteoporosis.
  5. Current Evidence in Obesity Management
    • Define how the latest guidelines apply to the practical evaluation and treatment of patients who are obese; including weight management pharmacotherapy
  6. Atrial Fibrillation Management: Impacting Quality of Life and Stroke Risk
    • Interpret practice guidelines for atrial fibrillation and identify appropriate anticoagulation strategies for atrial fibrillation
  7. Dermatologic diseases of aging skin for nondermatologic practioners
    • Identify and apply treatment principles for common non-cancerous skin and nail disorders in the older patient
  8. Hypertension Guidelines and Controversies
    • Recognize the principles of and the evidence for pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management of the hypertensive patient
  9. From Pharmacogenomics to Personalized Medicine
    • Identify new personal health care technologies and the impact they may have on patient outcomes.
    • Distinguish benefits and limitations of genetic testing and use in managing medications in specific patients.
    • Evaluate various gene-drug (biomarker-drug) pairs with pharmacogenomic applications.
    • Critique the various resources (e.g., CPIC, PharmGKB, FDA) for pharmacogenomics drug-gene pairs.
    • Understand the difference between preemptive and reactive testing of drug-gene pairs.
    • Discuss the economic cost or impact considerations related to pharmacogenomic testing.
    • Understand practical approaches to counseling/patient education related to pharmacogenomics.
  10. Optimizing Medication Adherence and Outcomes
    • Create strategies to promote medications adherence among all healthcare providers
    • Describe the impact of poor adherence on clinical and economic outcomes for patient and stakeholders
    • Associate the necessary points within the medication use system in which technologies can be employed to reduce medical errors and enhance patient outcomes
  11. Comprehensive Medication Management Services
    • Outline the value of leveraging the prescription benefit to reduce downstream healthcare costs and outcomes
    • Critique the rationale for collaborative models of care that deliver enhanced clinical, patient and economic outcomes that involves pharmaceutical benefits
    • Recognize the importance of aligning incentives in a “pay for performance” model that includes all providers
  12. Optimizing Immunization Delivery
    • Recognize a community’s healthcare needs and desires
    • Communicate with patients and caregivers regarding immunizations
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.

George E. MacKinnon III, PhD, MS, RPh, FASHP

George E. MacKinnon III, PhD, MS, RPh, FASHP
Founding Dean and Professor of Pharmacy
School of Pharmacy
Medical College of Wisconsin Dr. George E. MacKinnon III began responsibilities as Founding Dean of the School of Pharmacy at the Medical College of Wisconsin October 1, 2015. His primary academic appointment is as Professor of Pharmacy Administration with secondary appointments within the School of Medicine in the Institute for Health and Equity (Division of Population Health Improvement), Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Genomic Sciences and Precision Medicine Center.

Dr. MacKinnon received both his BS (Pharmacy) and MS (Hospital Pharmacy) from University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. He completed two-years of post-graduate clinical pharmacy residency training at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, earning his PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Loyola University Chicago.

Over the past 30 years he has held academic appointments in medicine and pharmacy engaging in clinical practice, research, teaching, and academic administration. His previous appointments include Founding Dean of Pharmacy & Vice Provost for Health Sciences at Roosevelt University Chicago, Vice President of Academic Affairs with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and Director of Global Health Economics & Outcomes Research of Abbott Laboratories, in Chicago.

Dr. MacKinnon has engaged in significant curricular pharmacy innovation (e.g., accelerated graduation and non- traditional pathways, integrated curricula, and interprofessional education) and post-graduate training development. He taught one of the first required courses in health economics and outcomes assessment and is Editor of the textbook, Understanding Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomic. His research interests align in expanding pharmacist care models (e.g., primary care, pharmacogenomics, immunizations).

Karen J. MacKinnon, BS, RPh

Karen J. MacKinnon, BS, RPh
Assistant Professor and Director of Outreach
Department of Clinical Sciences In her role at MCW, Professor MacKinnon is responsible for developing corporate partnerships, activities and services that support the creation of new pharmacy practice models. Professor MacKinnon has over 25 years of experience in teaching and has assisted in the establishment of three previous academic pharmacy programs, having served in the roles of Director of Experiential Education and Director of Professional Laboratories.

Professor MacKinnon has practiced in institutional and community pharmacy practice settings throughout her career. Professor MacKinnon is currently engaged with local and state immunization grants to support pharmacists’ role in optimizing and expanding immunization access in Wisconsin.


Director of Evidenced Based Medicine
BayCare Health System, Clearwater, Florida;
Chairperson, BayCare Health System Continuing Medical Education Clearwater, Florida;
Past Program Director USF Family Medicine Residency; Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine, University of South Florida College of Medicine
Tampa, Florida After medical school Dr. Lewis joined the U.S. Air Force, completed a transitional internship and spent the next four years at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska, where he worked in Aviation Medicine as a Flight Surgeon. He had many positive experiences, ranging from medical care of the pilots and their families to traveling the globe in support of military operations to flying in F-16 fighters.
He then returned to his native Florida as one of six members of the inaugural class of the USF-MPM Family Medicine Residency program in 1998, serving as Chief Resident from 2000-2001. Dr. Lewis joined the faculty after graduation and held the position of Medical Director from 2007 until 2012. During his tenure as Medical Director he led the Turley Family Health Center team in achieving NCQA certification as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home. This recognition in 2011 was the 1st Residency Practice Site in the State of Florida to achieve certification. He was also one of the lead Physician Informaticists in the Baycare Health System during the implementation of its inpatient electronic medical record and chaired the Internal Medicine and Critical Care Committees. Additionally, he received the Certified Physician Executive designation in 2013 from the American College of Physician Executives
He has a passion for clinical medicine and has for several years in a row been listed in the Best Doctors in America database as elected by his peers. His clinical interests include informatics, inpatient medicine, geriatrics and dermatology.
In his spare time, he enjoys camping and spending time with his wife and two young daughters. He loves water sports, scuba diving and the local beaches.

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 Jun 18 Vancouver, British Columbia
- 4:30 pm
Mon Jun 19 Alaska Inside Passage
- -
Tue Jun 20 Icy Strait Point, Alaska
1:30 pm 10:00 pm
Wed Jun 21 Hubbard Glacier
9:30 am 2:30 pm
Thu Jun 22 Juneau, Alaska
7:30 am 8:00 pm
Fri Jun 23 Ketchikan, Alaska
2:00 pm 8:30 pm
Sat Jun 24 Alaska Inside Passage
- -
Sun Jun 25 Vancouver, British Columbia
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Vancouver, British Columbia - Sophisticated. Culturally diverse, this beautiful port city brims with attractions. From Vancouver's cosmopolitan downtown to the historically renovated Gastown district and exotic Chinatown, Vancouver displays varied urban scenes. Nestled near the city center is Stanley Park, resplendent with its deep forest, totem poles, and scenic promenades.

Non-US/Canadian individuals, please Click here to determine if you will need a visa to board this cruise which visits Canada.

Alaska Inside Passage - Winding along the breathtaking coast of Alaska, the Inside Passage offers magnificent views of forested islands, rock-walled fjords and snowcapped mountains. Richly diverse flora and fauna are also on display.

Icy Strait Point, Alaska - Immerse yourself in secluded beaches, old-growth forests and Alaskan adventure - the best of Southeast Alaska is yours, including some of the best whale-watching and bear viewing opportunities anywhere.

Hubbard Glacier - Marching to the beat of a different drum, Hubbard Glacier is advancing while the rest of Alaska's ice rivers are receding rapidly. In 1986, Hubbard galloped forward, closing off Russell Fjord to create an entirely new lake. The phenomenon quickly passed and was followed by a short retreat, but the glacier is once again on the move and Russell Fjord is headed for another spell as an inland body of water.

Juneau, Alaska - You can’t get to Juneau easily without a sprint by air or by sea. But once you arrive you’ll find majestic views and rich culture in every corner. With its snowcapped mountains, misty rainforests, massive glaciers and bounty of wildlife, Alaska’s remote state capital is the perfect place to dive into nature. Framed by Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts, the city’s picturesque downtown area offers centuries-old bars, boutique shops and historic landmarks. For a taste of the local culture, visit the historic district and the Alaska State Museum. And for outdoor thrills, you can take your pick of activities ranging from whale watching in Auke Bay Harbor to tundra trekking over Mendenhall Glacier, and even try your hand at gold panning in Last Chance Basin.

Ketchikan, Alaska - Ketchikan sits at the southern end of Alaska’s Inside Passage— a gateway to the wild landscapes and seascapes of Misty Fjords National Monument. The canned salmon capital of the world, it’s a hub for fishing and outdoor sports. It’s also home to three tribes of Northwest Coast Indians, making it a great place to get a taste for the local culture. You’ll see it in the colorful, hand-carved totems that line the city’s streets and parks, and in the unique stilted homes that cling to Deer Mountain’s slopes. If you want to get up close and personal with nature, venture into the Tongass National Forest, the largest in the United States. Or head to Ketchikan Creek Waterfall for amazing views of downtown Ketchikan and a glimpse at the yearly salmon runs.

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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