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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Comprehensive Update in Neurology
for Primary Care and Other Providers

8-Night European Splendor Cruise
from Barcelona, Spain to Amsterdam, The Netherlands May 06 - 14, 2023
Holland America's <em> Nieuw Statendam</em>
Holland America's Nieuw Statendam
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
3.5 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

Purpose: The overall goal of the CME-based didactic lectures provided for Continuing Education, Inc. is to fill the gaps in clinical care of patients that are commonly identified in routine practice. A series of topics will be presented within the field of neurology that has direct application to practitioners caring for patients with neurological disorders.

The needs of the clinician to be aware of the most current standards of care is essential to ensure that updates on evidence-based medicine are practiced to provide optimal care to patients. The pitfalls in treatment imposed by the limited time requires the PCP to remain current on multiple issues involving subspecialty care to maintain lifelong learning.

Outcome Statement: Nothing is more daunting than neurological illnesses affecting the brain and spinal cord and a deficit in knowledge may result in hesitation or delay in care that results in irreversible damage. Therefore knowledge of acute neurological emergencies and essential approach to common neurological illnesses is a requirement for those "gatekeepers" of care rendered by specialist "providers".


  1. The 5 minute Neurological Examination
    • As a result of this lecture, the participant should be able to complete a neurological examination that is focused to specific symptomatic complaints and understand the localization of abnormal features.
  2. Seizures and Epilepsy
    • Following this lecture, participants should be acquainted with the most recent treatment options available for patients with seizures and epilepsy.
  3. Alzheimer's Disease
    • As a result of this activity, learners should be able to identify Alzheimer's disease and be able to render effective diagnosis and treatment.
  4. Anti-seizure Medication
    • Following this lecture, the attendee should be able to identify common applications and mechanisms of commonly utilized anti-seizure medications widely used in epilepsy, bipolar disorder, pain and migraine
  5. A Picture of of Neurological Health-Not
    • Following this activity, the participant should be able to recognize important clinical features of neurological conditions from neuroimages involved in the physical examination and ancillary test procedures.
  6. Case Studies of Common Illnesses
    • Following participation is this learning activity participants should be able to approach the diagnosis, differential diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment options that exist for several of the most common neurological conditions.
  7. Diagnosis of Spells for the PCP
    • After the presentation of this activity, participants should have greater familiarity of the episodic functional neurological disorders.
  8. Migraine and its variants
    • After this lecture the attendee will be able to recognize migraine, and select first line treatment options.
  9. Sports Concussion and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
    • Following this presentation the attendee with understand the definition of concussion, and will be able to recognize common clinical features. Additionally, the attendee will be able to implement current return to play guidelines.
  10. Recognizing the Most Common Neurologic Emergencies
    • Following this interactive session, physicians will be able to more readily recognize common neurologic emergencies, and will know what urgent testing and treatment may be needed.
  11. Stroke treatment and prevention
    • After this lecture the attendee will be able understand the most recent evidence-based guidelines for the acute and preventative treatments for stroke.
  12. Multiple Sclerosis: Diagnosis and treatment
    • After this lecture the attendee will understand the current diagnostic criteria for multiple sclerosis, and will have a general understanding of the wide range of treatment options.
  13. Overview of Parkinson's Disease
    • Following this lecture, attendees will be able to recognize Parkinson's disease, and will have a practical understanding of common treatments.
  14. Brain Stimulation for Neurologic Disorders
    • Following this lecture, attendees will be aware of the rapidly growing field of neuro-stimulation for a range of neurologic disease.
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.

William O. Tatum IV, DO, FAAN, FACNS

William O. Tatum IV, DO, FAAN, FACNS
Professor of Neurology
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine & Health Sciences
Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Mayo Clinic Dr. William O. Tatum IV is professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and senior consultant in the Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic Florida. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Neurology, American Neurological Association and the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society. He is board-certified in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, and Epilepsy and serves as the current director for the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at the Mayo Clinic in Florida.

He completed his medical education at the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa, neurology residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, and a two-year epilepsy fellowship at Graduate Hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. After training, he relocated to Tampa, Florida pioneering Tampa General Hospital-University of South Florida Comprehensive Epilepsy Center before joining the Mayo Clinic in 2009 as a clinician-educator.

He is a past president of the board of the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology and the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, currently serving as the Chair for the clinical neurophysiology section of the American Academy of Neurology. He has served on the board of directors for the American Board of Registration of EEG Technologists and Evoked Potentials, and currently serves on the board of the Epilepsy Foundation of America. He has been principal investigator in pharmacologic and device clinical trials with research interests in drug-resistant epilepsy, seizure semiology and EEG/clinical neurophysiology.

He has authored 160 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 35 book chapters and edited/co-edited 8 books in the field of epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology. He serves on the current editorial board for the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology as Associate Editor, and is the Editor-in-Chief for Epilepsy and Behavior Reports. He has presented lectures at national and international meetings as an invited lecturer.

Jonathan C. Edwards, MD, MBA, FACNS

Jonathan C. Edwards, MD, MBA, FACNS
Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Services - Neurology
Director, MUSC Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Medical Director, Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratories
Epilepsy/Neurophysiology Fellowship Director
The Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC Dr. Jonathan C. Edwards is a Professor of Neurology and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs at the Medical University of South Carolina. He serves as Director of the MUSC Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, and Medical Director of Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratories. Dr. Edwards attended Medical School at Wake Forest University, and then completed his residency at the University of Maryland, followed by a fellowship in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at the Cleveland Clinic. After nine years on the faculty at the University of Michigan, the last two of which he served as President of the Michigan Neurological Association, Dr Edwards joined the MUSC faculty in 2007 as Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.

Dr. Edwards' clinical interests include epilepsy treatment, clinical neurophysiology, neuro-stimulation, epilepsy surgery, neurological education, and functional brain mapping. His research interests include new treatments for epilepsy, epilepsy imaging, and improving access to care for patients with epilepsy.

Dr. Edwards is a member of the South Carolina Neurological Association, the American Epilepsy Society, the American Academy of Neurology, and the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society.

He has served on the scientific committee of several organizations, including the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, and has been a Board Member and Examiner for the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology and for ABRET. Dr. Edwards is currently President of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, and has won numerous awards for teaching, research, and patient advocacy.

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

Sat May 06 Barcelona, Spain
- 4:00 pm
Sun May 07 Cartagena, Spain
10:00 am 5:00 pm
Mon May 08 Ceuta, Spanish Morocco
9:00 am 4:00 pm
Tue May 09 Lisbon, Portugal
12:00 pm 5:00 pm
Wed May 10 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Thu May 11 Brest, France
12:00 pm 6:00 pm
Fri May 12 Le Havre, France
12:00 pm 11:00 pm
Sat May 13 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun May 14 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
4:30 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

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.

Cartagena, Spain - In the southeast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea, you'll find a natural harbor surrounded by five hills - welcome to the seaport known as Cartagena. Cartagena was originally settled in 223 BC. The city has flourished under Roman, Muslim and Arab rule, and today offers a vast cultural legacy. Cartagena was the main city of the Spanish Carthaginians, who named it after their own capital. The port is rich in ancient and maritime history. The town is walled, the harbor defended by forts, and Roman ruins are scattered throughout.

Ceuta, Spanish Morocco - Just as Britain has Gibraltar, its long-standing and occasionally disputed outpost on the Mediterranean, Spain has its own enclave, Ceuta (pronounced SAY-oo-ta), just a few nautical miles south across the Strait of Gibraltar on the Moroccan coast. Only covering 18 square kilometers (seven square miles) and positioned on a peninsula, Ceuta has long been a trading post in the region and still enjoys a relatively booming retail trade given its special status as a modified duty-free tax zone. It makes the most of its seaside location with a host of beaches, the best of which—if you prefer warmer water—is Playa de la Ribera

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

Brest, France - Sitting by a natural harbor at the mouth of the Penfeld River in western Brittany, the city of Brest has a rich maritime history that stretches from the Middle Ages to today, as it is home to the main French naval base in the Atlantic. Brest’s strategic importance was first established in the 1600s, when Cardinal Richelieu created a naval base and arsenal here. Throughout the Napoleonic Wars, warships were produced in its dockyards. During World War I, Americans maintained a naval air station in Brest, then Germany took control of the city during World War II and stationed U-boat submarines in its harbor. Though much of the city was destroyed in 1944 after an Allied invasion, one of Brest’s most important sites escaped the bombing: the Château de Brest, a 13th-century castle that’s the oldest structure in town. Just across the Penfeld River stands the 14th-century tower Tour Tanguy; inside is a museum that showcases the history of the city prior to World War II, with dioramas, photographs, postcards and other objects.

Le Havre, France - Although the harbor of Le Havre was greatly destroyed in World War II, it was rebuilt and continues to be an important port city in Normandy. Explore the Normandy coastline with a walk along Ètretat’s cliff-top paths for a view of steep chalk rocks with impressive needle-like formations, which have inspired many well-known artists. Nearby, is the city of Honfleur, where the Seine meets the Atlantic. This harbor town is regarded as a jewel on the Côte Fleurie and is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Amsterdam is a great city to discover the charms of northern Europe. The graceful canals of its central district are lined with beautiful gabled houses. It's many, grand art museums display masterpieces of Rembrandt and Vermeer and the largest collection of Van Gogh's work is found here. Fine food is also easy to find along with ample opportunities for shopping (including excellent vintage finds). This great city is well worth a day or two's stay before your cruise.

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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