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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Rethinking the Practice of Medicine: How to Thrive in Today's Healthcare World

Create life balance, practice efficiency, and trust with patients

7-Night Eastern Caribbean & Coco Cay Cruise
Round-trip Miami, Florida
October 01 - 08, 2023
Royal Caribbean's <em>Harmony of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas
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
16.0 MOC (Part II) points in the American Board of Pediatrics' (ABP) 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, PharmacistsPediatricians
Program Purpose / Objectives
This highly interactive two-part course is taught by two psychologists with a combined career focus on working with healthcare professionals that exceeds 50 years. It offers strategies that allow healthcare professionals to not only survive, but to thrive in the new health care environment. And it goes beyond helping to prevent burnout, to show how to create an organizational foundation for joy in medicine, improve?practice efficiency, and build trust with patients in a way that makes any professional a better healer.

Dr. Paolini's Sessions:
  1. 3 Keys to Overcoming Burnout
  2. Designing your Practice for Maximum Success and Fulfillment
  3. Tools for Enlisting Patients into Needed Lifestyle Changes
  4. The Art of Listening and Creating Safe Spaces
  5. Dealing with Conflict and Facilitating Crucial Conversations (Differentiation & Attunement)
  6. Cultivating Personal & Organizational Health
  7. Overcoming Personal and Organizational Immunity to Change
  8. Physician Leadership for Transformative Change in Health Care
Dr. Spruill's Sessions:
  1. Assessment of Suicidal Risk in Primary Care
  2. Integrating Behavioral Health Services in Primary Care Offices
  3. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their Effects on Patient Wellness
  4. What is the Role that "Choice" Plays in Fostering Happiness and Well-being
  5. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. How to Improve your Press Ganey (or HCAHPS) Scores
  6. How to Cut the Number of "Heartsink" Patients in your Practice in Half
  7. What Physician Behaviors Set Them Apart as Exemplary (as Perceived by their Peers)
  8. Thinking Errors – Don't Believe Everything You Think
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.

Timothy Spruill, MA, EdD

Timothy Spruill, MA, EdD
AdventHealth Medical Staff, Dept of Psychiatry
Founding Member of the Faculty of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program, AdventHealth East Orlando
Timothy Spruill earned his M.A. in Counseling Psychology (George Mason University, 1977). After 4 years teaching undergraduate psychology, he worked in a private psychiatric hospital while pursuing his Ed.D. In Counselor Education & Counseling Psychology (Western Michigan University, 1992). Following three years as a rehabilitation psychologist, he was appointed Associate Professor in Counseling Psychology at Andrews University. In 1998 he became the first Behavioral Medicine faculty at Florida Hospital"s Osteopathic Family Medicine residency. After joining the medical staff (Psychiatry Department) in 2001, he became a consultant to the E.D. which ultimately lead to the clinical examination of approximately 4000 suicidal patients over the following 15 years. His role was to assess their imminent risk of self-harm and recommend disposition. Drawing on this expertise, he began conducting day-long training seminars on the ethical assessment and treatment of suicidal patients for mental health professionals in 2010. Since that time, he has presented in 100 cities in 37 states. As a direct result of his extensive consultation in the E.D., In 2007 he was the first psychologist nationally to be invited to join the Emergency Medicine residency faculty. He currently has clinical appointments at three Florida Medical schools and nine scholarly publications.. Motivated by his belief that the future of counseling involves integrating services into primary care, in August of 2014, he created an internship program embedded in the Primary Care residency clinic for University of Central Florida graduate students in the Mental Health Counseling Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy Master"s Degree Program. He has maintained his FL license as a Psychologist since 2002.

Herdley O. Paolini, Ph.D., L.P

Herdley O. Paolini, Ph.D., L.P
Herdley O. Paolini, Ph.D., L.P., gained national attention by creating the first-of-its-kind holistic physician integrative wellness program designed to counteract physician burnout and foster physician resiliency, well-being, and leadership development to support the patient-care mission of the Advent Health care organization. She subsequently left Advent Health after 12 years as director of Physician Support Services to share the program she created there with medical staffs and health systems across the nation. She is the Founder and President of The Institute for Physician Integration.
She has been engaged by several health systems for consultations, including the Mayo Health System, Wisconsin; Centura Health, Colorado; Loma Linda Medical Center, California; St. Helena Health System, California; Tampa General Hospital, Florida; Baylor, Scott & White, Texas; Orlando Health, Florida; Wentworth-Douglas Hospital & Concord Hospital, New Hampshire; Nemours Pediatric Hospital, Florida & Delaware, Spectrum Lakeland, Michigan, Summa Health, Ohio, Akron Children's Hospital, Ohio.
Dr. Paolini is a licensed psychologist, teacher, and author of Inside the Mind of a Physician, published in 2009 by the Florida Hospital Press. She also has authored numerous articles and academic papers and is lead author of Healers in Need of Healing cannot Heal, recently published by Medscape, a multi-specialty online journal serving physicians and other medical professionals. She earned her doctorate from Western Michigan University, and she has 30 + years of experience influencing change through coaching, psychotherapy, CME curriculum, leadership development, and creative programing at both the individual and organizational levels.

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 01 Miami, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Mon Oct 02 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Oct 03 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Oct 04 Philipsburg, St. Maarten
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Oct 05 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Fri Oct 06 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Oct 07 Coco Cay, Bahamas
10:00 am 6:00 pm
Sun Oct 08 Miami, Florida
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Miami, Florida - As far as vacation destinations go, Miami tops most sun-seekers’ lists. With its gorgeous beaches, vibrant neighborhoods and melting pot of cultures, the Magic City is the perfect place to spend a few days before your Caribbean island hop. Ahead of your cruise from Miami, jump-start your morning in true Miami style with a Cuban cafecito from a ventanita — a streetside shop window. Then climb the historic lighthouse at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on quiet Key Biscayne before lounging on the island’s secluded sandy shores. If you’re looking for a bit more action, head to South Beach — home to world-class restaurants, nightlife, shopping and lively beaches, all set against snap-worthy Art Deco buildings. Art lovers who visit Miami can head to Wynwood and explore the neighborhood’s colorful street murals and local galleries. Or take a trip back in time at the Renaissance-style Vizcaya estate, which offers a glimpse into Miami’s dazzling past.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Philipsburg, St. Maarten - The capital of the Dutch side of St. Maarten is the town of Philipsburg, though St. Maarten is an island with two distinct sides. To the north is the French side, whose capital is Marigot, while Philipsburg sits on the southern part of the island. When exploring on cruises that go to St. Maarten, it’s important to visit both sides to understand their customs and heritage.

You’ll quickly be charmed by all sides of the island. Of course, this Caribbean island is best known for its beaches, like Maho Beach or Great Bay Beach, one of the area’s best snorkeling spots. Sample local seafood or rum during your time in port, which have become symbols of St. Maarten life. There’s just enough to fill the day here, especially if you hop between the French and Dutch beaches.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. - Named after a Danish Queen, Charlotte Amalie has one of the most breathtaking deepwater harbors in the world. The key sights of Charlotte Amalie are located within the town centre, making it easy to combine sightseeing with St. Thomas’ fantastic shopping opportunities. Eighteenth century architecture provides the perfect backdrop for walking tours and shopping here in the "Duty Free Capital of the World." For a dose of history, visit Emancipation Park, the American-Caribbean History Museum, or Bluebeard the pirate's castle at Magen’s Bay. If tropical bliss is what you're after, head to any of Charlotte Amalie’s pristine beaches, where the warm water, white sands and palm trees will lull you into deep relaxation!

Coco Cay, Bahamas - Located in the middle of the Caribbean's bright blue water lies the secluded island of CocoCay. With its white-sand beaches and spectacular surroundings, CocoCay is a wonderland of adventure. Reserved exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests, this tropical paradise has recently been updated with new aquatic facilities, nature trails and a ton of great places to just sit back, relax and enjoy a tropical drink.

CocoCay Map

Perfect Day at CocoCay

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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