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Current Topics in Emergency Medicine and Rheumatology

7-Night Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise
Round-trip Seattle, Washington
June 30 - July 07, 2023
<em>Celebrity Solstice</em>
Celebrity Solstice
16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
16 ACPE Credits
16 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
4.0 Hours of Pharmacology for Nurse Practitioners
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, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives

The purpose of this educational activity is to deliver current edge information on healthcare delivery, clinical practice, and more to help the interprofessional healthcare best serve the patient.

Participants will gain new skills and strategies on how to recognize and diagnose common rheumatologic disorders and determine which patients can be managed in their practices and which need referral to a specialist. Information on acute illnesses and injuries that require immediate attention will be provided along with topics on teamwork at the bedside.
  1. The Opioid Epidemic: How we got here, how we move forward
    • Describe the Magnitude of the Opioid Epidemic
    • Explain Screening & Staging Techniques
    • Summarize BRIEF ( SBIRT) Effective Counseling
  2. Their Blood Pressure was What? Who needs what , when and where?
    • Recognize the parameters of blood pressures that need emergency treatment
    • Describe best practice treatment options for management of abnormal blood pressures
  3. Updates in DVT & PE--ICU or Home
    • Describe the use of validated criteria to measure risk of early mortality in venous thromboembolism
    • Classify parameters that make a patient with thromboembolism low or high risk
    • Differentiate and manage life threatening PEs vs appropriate discharge strategies
  4. We“ve Got Your Back--a common sense approach to back pain
    • List examples of the many medical causes of back pain
    • Identify “red flags“ for those etiologies of back pain that need emergency evaluation. Describe emergency treatment options for common causes of back pain
  5. Beyond “clumsy“, Recognizing and assisting victims of intimate partner violence
    • Describe the magnitude of intimate partner violence
    • Explain how to perform consistent and effective screening for domestic violence (DV)
    • Recognize history and physical exam findings that are consistent with patterns of abuse in clinical scenarios
    • List opportunities and successful methods for intervention and prevention
  6. Sex and Gender Medicine- What it is and why you should care
    • Differentiate between the terms biological sex and gender and describe how both can impact patient emergent care
  7. Teamwork at the Bedside: How it Impacts Patient Safety
    • Identify and describe hazards and imperfect processes at the point of care
    • Define communications vulnerabilities that affect safety in healthcare
    • Illustrate tools that can enhance team functioning
  8. Survivor: how to last in a demanding profession
    • Discuss risks of our profession to well-being
    • Review recommendations to improve personal health
    • Describe tools/resources to help combat these risks
  9. Is it a Joint? Clinical Approach to a Rheumatologic Patient
    • Participants will be able to assess a joint vs soft tissue complaint through indepth look at the physical exam
  10. Back Pain- Is it inflammatory?
    • Diagnose inflammatory back pain vs mechanical pain
  11. Gout
    • Be confident in their diagnosis and be able to apply the management options and how to best utilize what is available
  12. Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Diagnose a rheumatoid patient, and manage long term health risk that are associated with the disease
  13. Lupus
    • Recognize the disease, environmental effects on the patient as well as treatments used
  14. Osteoporosis
    • Discover more about osteoporosis, the patients and when and how to treat these patients
  15. Medication Monitoring
    • Examine the risks and side effects of frequently used medicines in rheumatology
  16. The Pregnant Patient
    • Monitor and identify patients at high risk pregnancy as well as risk for poor outcomes
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.

Nicole D. Melendez, MD, FACR

Nicole  D. Melendez, MD, FACR
Affiliate Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine (Voluntary Faculty)
USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
Tampa, FL  Nicole D Melendez, MD graduated from St Matthews University, completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Missouri- Columbia and her Rheumatology fellowship at Louisiana State University. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. She has been practicing Rheumatology in the Tampa Bay area since 2011.

She has a very active practice and is also involved in clinical research.  She's been voluntary faculty at the University of South Florida in the Department of Rheumatology since 2015, and she has a personal interest in nutrition and diet and its impact on rheumatologic disease states.

Marna Rayl Greenberg, DO, MPH

Marna Rayl Greenberg, DO, MPH
Vice-Chair Department of Emergency and Hospital Medicine, Research
Professor, USF Morsani College of Medicine
Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network Campus, Allentown, PA

  Marna Rayl Greenberg, DO, MPH, is one of the LVHN Campus SELECT Collegia Advisors. She is the Vice-Chair of the Department of Emergency and Hospital Medicine, Research at Lehigh Valley Health Network and Professor, USF Morsani College of Medicine. She completed her Master&@39;s at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has research and publication experience related to the prevention of alcohol and tobacco abuse and resolving gender differences in education and care provided in the Emergency Department. In 2022 she was the Chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians Research Forum. In 2014 she co-chaired the Academic Emergency Medicine Consensus Conference that put forth the national research agenda on Gender Specific Research in Emergency Medicine. She is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a member of the American Osteopathic Association. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors such as completing her certification as a physician executive (2011), receiving the Leonard Tao Humanism Award from the Barness Behnke Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (2021), LVHN Medical Staff Research Award (2019), receiving the USF Theodore/Venette Ashounes-Ashford Distinguished Scholar Award (2019), receiving nomination and induction into the Robert A. Good Honor Society (2020) and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (2018), receiving the American College of Emergency Physicians recognition award for longevity in Emergency Medicine (2014), receiving the Academy of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine Momentum Award (2014), receiving the Unsung Hero award from the American Osteopathic Association (2014) , receiving the Soroptimist International Ruby Award (2010) for Women Helping Women; the Pennsylvania American College of Emergency Physicians 2005 Emergency Physician of the Year Award; the Physician Service Star Award (2004) for ER Preventive Health Initiatives; and Koop Community Service Award (2000). She is the mother of 4 adult children and enjoys swimming, reading and travel.

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 Jun 30 Seattle, Washington
- 4:00 pm
Sat Jul 01 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Jul 02 Ketchikan, Alaska
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Mon Jul 03 Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier
5:30 am 10:00 am
Mon Jul 03 Juneau, Alaska
1:30 pm 10:00 pm
Tue Jul 04 Skagway, Alaska
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Tue Jul 04 Alaska Inside Passage
6:30 pm 10:30 pm
Wed Jul 05 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Thu Jul 06 Victoria, British Columbia
5:30 pm 11:59 pm
Fri Jul 07 Seattle, Washington
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Seattle, Washington - The Emerald City of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is one of America's most vibrant cities. Stroll its bustling waterfront (including Pike Place Market), visit the Space Needle, and find a great coffee-shop to enjoy in this coffee-loving city (the home of Starbucks). One of America's tech centers (Amazon and Microsoft are both headquartered here), the city is abuzz with the interesting people attracted to the opportunities to be found there. There is more than enough to see and do here to keep you busy for a day or two. If you have a little extra time, Seattle is a great place to visit.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

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.

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.

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.

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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