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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Gastroenterology, Family Medicine,
Legal Medicine, and Medical Ethics

8-Night Greek Isles Cruise
Round-trip Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
August 20 - 28, 2023
Royal Caribbean's <em>Odyssey of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Odyssey of the Seas
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
1.3 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. Bootcamp for Elevated Liver Function Tests
      • Describe treatment strategies for non alcoholic fatty liver and non alcoholic steato hepatitis
    2. Clinical Dilemmas in GI Bleeding
      • Identify risk factors that lead to GI bleeding
    3. Colon Cancer Prevention 2023
      • Delineate the risks, benefits of alternative testing for patients who refuse a screening colonoscopy
      • Define the best practices that lead to colon cancer prevention
    4. Dysphagia/Dyspepsia/GERD and the Primary Care Provider
      • Identify why proton pump inhibitors don't always work
      • Describe the difference between dyspepsia and GERD and to develop a clinical approach when PPIs fail
    5. Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Tools for Successful Treatment
      • Select the "appropriate" workup for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    6. Understanding and Treating C difficile
      • Recognize the proven uses of probiotics
    7. Evaluation and Treatment of Chronic Diarrhea
      • Distinguish Inflammatory Bowel Disease as early as possible will significantly improve the prognosis
      • Develop an algorithm that will aid in determining the source of chronic diarrhea
    8. Diverticular Dilemmas
      • Describe treatment strategies for diverticulitis and diverticular bleeding
    9. 10 Reasons Doctors Get Sued
    10. Sherlock Holmes Methods to Prevent Malpractice Lawsuits
    11. Your Chart Notes are the LIFEBOAT for your Workers Comp and MVA Injured Patients
    12. Death With Dignity Ethical Options in America and Ethical Management Options for the Terminally Ill
    13. How To Increase Your Practice Efficiency By Proper Coding
    14. Medical Fraud/ HIPAA Updates
    15. How to Be An Excellent Expert Witness for Your Patients
    16. The Devil's Lettuce: Advising Parents on Marijuana Effects on Adolescents
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.

Peter Buch, MD, AGAF, FACP

Peter Buch, MD, AGAF, FACP
Associate Clinical Professor
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Farmington, CT
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (Manchester campus)
Manchester, CT
The Frank H Netter School of Medicine/Quinnipiac University
North Haven, CT Dr. Peter Buch is a clinical gastroenterologist with 37 years of teaching experience. Teaching is his passion and his style is case based, practical, interactive and fun.

He is a graduate of Downstate Medical Center (NY) He completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine and his Fellowship in Gastroenterology at Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center (now a division of Northwell Health).

Dr. Buch is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Frank H Netter school of Medicine/Quinnipiac University.

Dr. Buch has been honored to speak at dozens of national conferences. He looks forward to learning with you!

Paul D. Blaylock, MD, JD, FCLM

Paul D. Blaylock, MD, JD, FCLM
2018: Named as one of "U. of Tennessee's 100 Greatest Graduates"
2019: Honored in Memphis as " U.Tenn. Medical School's Outstanding Alumnus." 
  Dr. Blaylock is a past ACLM Board Member, lecturer and winner of the Jefferson Cup and President's Award. Past Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Legal Medicine, Dr. Blaylock has worked in Emergency Medicine Level I/II Trauma Center for 31 years in Portland, Oregon. He has also worked as a Defense Trial Attorney for 25 years.

Nominated Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Tennessee Medical School (2007, 2008), Dr. Blaylock has also served on the Alumni Board of Governors for the University of Tennessee Medical School. Dr. Blaylock has worked on emergency medicine Disaster Teams in Mexico City, Guatemala, Ground Zero in New York City, and Hurricane Katrina disaster sites.

Dr. Blaylock has served as Adjunct Professor of Law at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark as well as Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine at OHSU in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Blaylock worked with Providence Medical Group as Medical Director, Tanasbourne Immediate Care (2005 - 2009).

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 Aug 20 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
- 5:00 pm
Mon Aug 21 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Aug 22 Santorini, Greece
1:00 pm 11:00 pm
Wed Aug 23 Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
9:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Aug 24 Mykonos, Greece
6:00 am 7:00 pm
Fri Aug 25 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Aug 26 Messina, Sicily
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Sun Aug 27 Naples, Italy
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Mon Aug 28 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
5:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - Extraordinary architecture, millennia of turbulent history, magnificent basilicas concealing unimaginable riches, and ornate fountains splashing at the heart of sun-drenched piazzas are just some of the many reasons to visit Rome. Art greets you on every corner, from elaborate statues to delicate frescoes. Stroll the ancient center and history comes to life as you explore the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Roman Forum. Enjoy Italian café culture in Trastevere, where you can wander the narrow streets and soak up a sense of la dolce vita, or throw a coin into the baroque Trevi Fountain to guarantee your return to this vibrant, intoxicating city.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Santorini, Greece - Here on the island of Santorini, you'll find a classic Greek seascape‐whitewashed houses accented by sea-blue roofs. This is a treasure trove for both professional and amateur archeology buffs, with sites that include tombs that date back to the 9th century and the sanctuary of Apollo.

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey - Ephesus, one of the world's finest archeological sites, awaits. Here you will walk the Arcadian Way, view the facade of the Library of Celsus and visit the Amphitheatre.

Mykonos, Greece - For pure Mediterranean pizzazz, Mykonos can't be beat. Designer boutiques and beautifully bronzed Greek gods and goddesses lie on Mykonos' beaches. And Mykonos' famous five white churches look down on it all in oblivious serenity.

Messina, Sicily - A beautiful sheltered harbor is your gateway to Taormina, a small town at heart despite its major tourist attraction: the sublime Teatro Greco, offering panoramic views of the coastline and snow-capped Mt. Etna.

Naples, Italy - Capital of Southern Italy, the largest city of Campania, Naples is the third most populated city in Italy (after Rome and Milan), with over a million inhabitants, and is the most important industrial center and trading port for the South. Naples itself can provide a day's fun and entertainment, if its somewhat rundown appearance doesn't dissuade you. Or, join a tour of incredible Pompeii, frozen in time since A.D. 79 when Mt. Vesuvius brought an end to that then-thriving city. Or, take a quick ferry across the bay to the flowery Isle of Capri. Or, (yes, there's more) visit fabulous Sorrento, vacation spot for the well to do.

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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