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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Topics in Dermatology, Oral Pathology, Patient Safety, and Prevention of Errors for Medical and Dental Providers

7-Night Alaska Glacier Cruise
Round-trip Seattle, Washington
July 21 - 28, 2023
Royal Caribbean's <em>Ovation of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas
16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
16 ACPE Credits
16.0 ADA CERP Credits
16.0 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
16.0 Contact Hours
Course Fees
$995 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$795 for Physician Assistants
$595 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 lesions are identified; second, 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.

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 "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. Approach to Dermatologic Diagnosis
    • Apply approaches to dermatologic diagnosis to your practice
  2. The Diagnosis and treatment of warts
    • Identify diagnostic clues that suggest viral wart<.li>
    • Determine best treatment option from available approaches amenable to primary care offices
  3. Superficial Fungal infections and the KOH Prep
    • Determine when to perform a KOH Preparation
    • Utilize a step-by-step method to perform the optimal KOH preparation
  4. Eczemas: Diagnostic aid of Patch testing
    • Differentiate the different dermatitides and employ patch testing where indicated
    • Utilize techniques to reduce cognitive errors in making diagnoses
  5. Distinguishing scabies from other pruritic conditions
    • Determine when to perform a Scabies Preparation
    • Utilize a step-by-step method to perform the optimal Scabies preparation
  6. Moles: Benign vs Malignant
    • Distinguish benign vs malignant pigmented skin lesions
  7. Non-Melanoma skin cancer: Diagnosis and Treatment
    • Distinguish benign vs malignant non-pigmented skin lesions
  8. Mississippi Nigeria Education and Mentoring Exchange (MNEME) Enugu, Nigeria
    • Recognize the amazing educational, research and teaching opportunities available in the underdeveloped world
  9. Technical and Cognitive Errors and their Prevention
    • Describe the types of cognitive errors which are common in dermatology
    • Develop strategies to reduce diagnostic errors.
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    • Basic Dermatologic Procedures including Tips and Tricks
      • Perform common simple dermatologic procedures
      • Incorporate tips and tricks to make procedures as quick, efficient, effective, and reproducible as possible
    • Advanced Dermatologic Procedures
      • Manage patients with appropriate referral for more complex procedures
    • Oral Diseases --Infectious and Differential Diagnoses
      • Recognize infectious conditions including Herpes simplex, impetigo, allergic contact dermatitis, and signs of oral cancer of the lips, mouth, and perioral skin
      • Develop treatment plans for oral infectious diseases and appropriately refer selected patients
      • Skin and Oral Diseases—Inflammatory
        • Review common conditions with both oral and cutaneous findings
        • Diagnose inflammatory conditions including blistering skin conditions with oral involvement
        • Initiate treatment of oral diseases and appropriately refer selected patients
      • Interactive Session 1: Test Your Diagnostic Skills
        • Synthesize a proper differential diagnosis--what do we do?
      • Interactive Session 2: Test Your Treatment Skills
        • identify then manage different treatment modalities of dermatologic disease----what can you do?
      • Ask the Professor
        • Make diagnoses and treatment decisions on your own patients, then receive assessment of your choices!
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 T. Brodell, MD, FAAD, FRCP(Edin)

Robert T. Brodell, MD, FAAD, FRCP(Edin)
Tenured Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology
Professor and Past Founding Chair, Department of Dermatology
Billy S. Guyton, MD Distinguished Professor
University of Mississippi Medical Center Jackson, Mississippi Robert T. Brodell, MD is tenured Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology, Past Founding Chair of the Department of Dermatology, and Billy S Guyton MD Distinguished Professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. A graduate of Washington and Jefferson College ('75) and the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry ('79), he completed dermatology and dermatopathology training at Barnes Hospital (Washington University in St Louis). He was in solo private practice for 27 years in Warren, Ohio. Dr Bob has performed 1,895 lectures, directed 49 symposia, and has 420 publications, 42 book chapters, 43 poster presentations, and has written three books: The Diagnosis and Treatment of Warts: An Evidence Based Approach (2003); Tips and Tricks in Procedural Dermatology (2019); and, Dermatology in Rural Settings -- Organizational, Clinical, and Socioeconomic Perspectives.

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

Fri Jul 21 Seattle, Washington
- 4:00 pm
Sat Jul 22 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Jul 23 Alaska Inside Passage
- -
Sun Jul 23 Juneau, Alaska
12:00 pm 10:00 pm
Mon Jul 24 Skagway, Alaska
7:00 am 7:00 pm
Tue Jul 25 Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier
7:00 am 12:00 pm
Wed Jul 26 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Thu Jul 27 Victoria, British Columbia
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Fri Jul 28 Seattle, Washington
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Seattle, Washington - Sailing out on a cruise from Seattle? Make sure you spend a few a days in the beautiful Emerald City. If you’re a nature lover, this jewel in the Pacific Northwest is the perfect place for you to explore ahead of your cruise vacation. Though it offers plenty of metropolitan delights — think great restaurants, bars, a ton of shopping and lots (and lots) of hip coffee shops — Seattle is a big city with a wild, great-outdoors soul. It’s surrounded by ancient forests, sprawling public parks and, of course, the misty Puget Sound, where you can slow-moving tugboats, sleek kayaks and the occasional pod of whales. Head to Discovery Park for beautiful views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges or visit the Olympic Sculpture Park near Elliott Bay. And if you’re craving a drink and a tasty bite to eat, head to one of Seattle’s many rooftop bars and take advantage of those extra-long northern summer days while you sip local brews and expertly crafted cocktails.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

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.

Skagway, Alaska - The tiny town of Skagway still looks like it did during the Klondike Gold Rush over 100 years ago— and today it remains an outpost for thrilling Alaskan adventure. An old-time street car ride along bustling Broadway Street reveals well-preserved buildings, including the state’s oldest hotel. You can see engraved walrus tusks at the Corrington Museum, or get lost in riveting historical reenactments around town. If outdoor adventure is more your thing, there are plenty of ways to amp up the adrenaline, from sledding with Alaskan Huskies on Laughton Glacier to rafting Lynn Canal, the longest fjord in North America.

Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier - One of Alaska's lesser-known gems, Endicott Arm Fjord marks the southern edge of Fords Terror Wilderness area. As you drift through its 30 -mile-long stretch, you can't help but be awed by the sorrounding granite cliffs, mountain valleys and dozens of gushing waterfalls. Drifting icebergs, deep blue waters and a spectacular tidewater glacier only add to this natural spectacle's appeal.

Victoria, British Columbia - Though Toronto and Vancouver are the more famous Canadian destinations, it’s high time for the sophisticated and beautiful city of Victoria, British Columbia (BC) to have its big moment. The quaint charm and English manners of Victoria will take you back in time to the days of British occupation in the 19th century. Victoria is known as “the garden city” for its lushness and its commitment to keeping the city beautiful. Head to Butchart Garden or Beacon Hill Park to enjoy nature during your time in port.

Of course, a little history lesson is another must while on a cruise to Victoria, BC. Tour the expertly maintained Craigdarroch Castle and the Parliament Buildings, or stop in the Royal BC Museum, a natural history museum dedicated to the history of human settlement in the region. There’s also the Emily Carr House, a museum dedicated to the life and works of the famous painter, Emily Carr. Victoria exudes an intellectualism where art galleries and afternoon tea await you, but so do long bicycle rides along the seafront. Stylish cafes and restaurants are modernizing the city, all while maintaining its signature look: something straight out of a postcard.

Non-Americans/Canadians, please Click Here to determine if you'll need a visa to board this cruise, which visits Canada

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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