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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Focus on Outcomes: Pharmacogenomics, Medication Optimization and Collaborative Care & Clinical Principles of Geriatrics

7-Night San Juan, Tortola & St. Kitts New Year's Cruise
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
December 31 - January 07, 2024
<em>Celebrity Ascent</em>
Celebrity Ascent
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
6.0 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
  1. Navigating challenges in patients diagnosed with mental illness: cardiovascular, QTc prolongation and metabolic disease.
    • Describe the cardiovascular challenges associated with managing patients diagnosed with mental illness
    • Identify treatment regimens to optimize patient care
  2. Addressing medication safety challenges: Navigation FDA boxed warnings and adverse drug reactions
    • Identify both emerging and ongoing medication safety issues related to pharmacologic management to better prepare providers to address treatment challenges in older patients and those diagnosed with mental illness
  3. Examining the overlap of diagnostic and pharmacologic treatment challenges in physical and mental health; addressing the consequences of insomnia, depression and related comorbidities
    • Identify the treatment challenges that are commonly seen as comorbid conditions in the general population such as insomnia, depression and other related medical and psychiatric illnesses
  4. Addressing the challenges that patients with movement disorders have
    • Identify risk factors that lead to falls and how to mitigate adverse outcomes
    • Describe the characteristics of different movement disorders
  5. Navigating physical challenges that can have behavioral consequences
    • Recognize physical conditions that can lead to behavioral problems
  6. Metabolic disease and current recommendations for primary prevention and treatment
    • Review what metabolic syndrome is
    • Identify what the current recommendations are for primary prevention and treatment of metabolic syndrome
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).

Claudia J. Lee, MD, BS Pharmacy, RPh, FACP

Claudia J. Lee, MD, BS Pharmacy, RPh, FACP
Board Certified Internal Medicine
Clinical Instructor, Jacobs School of Medicine
Chairperson, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Buffalo Psychiatric Center New York State Office of Mental Health Dr. Claudia J. Lee graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. John’s University’s pharmacy program and completed her medical school training at the State University of New York at Buffalo. After finishing her internal medicine residency in Buffalo, she worked in private practice for several years before being appointed to be a medical specialist at the New York State Office of Mental Health at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. While at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, she has been involved in multiple medical committees, including the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, for which she is currently the chairperson, the Falls Committee, and the Antimicrobial Committee.

Dr. Lee is a clinical instructor for the Jacobs School of Medicine and is board certified in internal medicine. She has been a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Geriatrics Society for many years.

She enjoys teaching students from many disciplines, including medical students, pharmacy students, and physician assistant students. Her being a preceptor for the pharmacy residency program at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center has resulted in multiple original research papers.

Dr. Lee has extensive experience working on a geriatric unit and enjoys taking care of challenging patients with psychiatric diagnoses, dementia, delirium, and a history of frequent falls. She is often a guest on community TV and radio shows in Western New York. In her spare time, she enjoys giving historical tours.

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 Dec 31 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 3:30 pm
Mon Jan 01 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Jan 02 San Juan, Puerto Rico
3:30 pm 11:30 pm
Wed Jan 03 Tortola, British Virgin Islands
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Jan 04 Basseterre, St. Kitts
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Fri Jan 05 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Jan 06 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Jan 07 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - There is an abundance of things to see and do in the Ft. Lauderdale area: visit the newly redesigned Ft. Lauderdale Beach and cafes, stroll the historic Riverwalk, shop the luxurious stores on Las Olas Boulevard or adventure to the Everglades for an intriguing air boat excursion.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

San Juan, Puerto Rico - The vibrant capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan offers something for every traveler — world-famous beaches with crystal clear waters, incredible cuisine, rugged natural beauty and a rich history that goes back 500 years. With its ancient fortresses and colorful colonial-era buildings, San Juan makes it easy to feel as though you’ve slipped into the past. Life moves at a slower pace along the sunny cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, and salsa beats seem to waft perpetually from open windows. If you’re craving a hike, head to El Yunque National Forest. And if you’re more in the mood to unwind, set your sights on the beautiful shores of Isla Verde or El Condado. Mealtime is also an adventure, with so many delicious options to try — from mofongo and pastelon to chillo frito and alcapurrias. Pair every bite with a piña colada — Puerto Rico’s national drink.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands -  Besides being one of the most scenic islands in the Caribbean, Tortola also has a fascinating cultural and historical side. For a glimpse into the island’s colonial past, visit the Virgin Islands Folk Museum. The restored house was once the family home of shipwright, Joseph Wilfred Penn and features a deep collection of Arawak and Carib pottery and stone tools, as well as plantation artifacts. Hike along the seven available walking trails in Sage Mountain National Park for stunning panoramic views of the island and the surrounding natural habitat. Snorkeling in the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea and a rum tasting at Callwood Rum Distillery are essential on a cruise to Tortola. Sample the delicious curries, spicy soups, and sumptuous shellfish dishes available in abundance at local restaurants and many snack shacks around the island.

Basseterre, St. Kitts - The island England zealously defended from Brimstone Hill, the "Gibraltar of the West Indies." In Basseterre, a mini-London, there's Piccadilly Circus to shop and a gingerbread version of Big Ben by which to check the hour.

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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