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Women's Health. Pain Management, Headaches, Regenerative Medicine, and Stem Cell Therapy

7-Night Alaskan Explorer Cruise
Round-trip Seattle, Washington
September 02 - 09, 2023
Holland America's <em> Eurodam</em>
Holland America's Eurodam
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
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
This activity will update providers dealing with women's health issues on the most current evidence-based information and practice guidelines in the context of a team-based approach to patient care. The course will attempt to enhance clinical decision-making among providers of women's health care including Ob/Gyns, midlevel practitioners, and primary care physicians.

This activity will also provide a comprehensive overview of pain medicine and chronic pain management. At the end of this activity, attendees will have new skills and strategies to manage chronic pain issues, recognize warning signs, take preventive action, diagnose underlying issues, deal with opioids, and balance multimodal treatments. Learners will receive an overview of Regenerative Medicine and stem cell therapy. Topics will include a review of common terminology, discussions with patients, and commonly asked questions. Presentations will include advancements in regenerative biotherapeutics and regenerative medicine in the field of pain management.

  1. Breast Cancer Risk Reduction
    • Consult with patients and discuss mammogram results in a detailed and informative way to help plan for future diagnostics and treatment
    • Recommend possible lifestyle changes to decrease future risk for breast cancer
  2. Hyposexual Desire Disorder (Low Libido)
    • Utilize the HSDD screening tool and explain the results to patients
    • Provide various individualized treatment solutions for HSDD
  3. Hot Topics in ObGyn 2023
    • Identify common side effects and complications associated with long term reversible contraception, miscarriage in the first trimester, and bleeding patterns associated with fibroids or endometriosis
    • Be aware of diagnostic and therapeutic options for all of these, and findings that would signal a need for emergent care or referral will be identified
  4. Update on Menopausal Management
    • Evaluate patients to see if they are candidates for hormone replacement
    • Develop a basic knowledge of safe evidence based hormone replacement
    • Be familiar with several alternative treatment plans for management of menopause
  5. Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause
    • Take a history, do a proper evaluation and will have a list of resources for possible pharmaceutical and other therapeutic treatment options to offer patients who present with complaints related to the genitourinary syndrome of menopause
    • Be aware of the evidence for safety and desired outcomes for patients started on a program to treat these symptoms
  6. What's New In Contraception?
    • Start, continue, or discontinue their patients on various methods of contraception, based on the information and evidence available on these methods
    • Be familiar with the new information on oral contraception, IUDs and barrier methods
  7. Bleeding: Who/What/Why and what to do?
    • Develop a standardized way to evaluate bleeding patterns at every age
    • Rule out dangerous conditions and order appropriate diagnostic testing
    • Recommend treatment options to safely correct bothersome bleeding patterns at any age
  8. Preconception Counseling: What Should We Talk About?
    • Discuss recommendations for Folic Acid supplementation, family and genetic history review, updates on vaccinations, patients' past health and medical history, and review of all medications used with all women of reproductive age
  9. Evidenced Based Approach to back Pain Management
    • Discuss the limits of the physical exam, the important history questions that make a difference, and how to integrate the clinical objective information with the patients subjective complaints
  10. Women and Pain
    • Discuss the factors that may contribute to acute pain becoming chronic
    • Consider co-existant diseases, IBS, Mental Illness, Fibromyalgia and Migraine that may amplify the pain complaint, and/or are misdiagnosed
    • Identify several conservative lifestyle treatments that might influence pain perception, central and peripheral sensitization, and reduce pain tolerance
  11. How to Manage Common Medication Problems
    • Build a collaborative approach with patients to manage common pain medication issues
  12. Pain, and Treating Pain: Why does it even matter? And how to do it in the current climate of pain.
    • Discuss the physiologic functions impaired by chronic pain
    • Develop a different perspective in treating chronic pain patients
  13. The Relationship between Smoking and Pain
    • Consider the relationship between smoking and pain
    • Be better prepared to motivate patients on smoking cessation
  14. Osteoporosis and You
    • Appreciate the importance of early treatment in osteoporosis, and be able to better diagnose and treat it
  15. Urine drug testing - practical pearls
    • Discuss the role of urine drug testing and have a clear understanding of how to interpret the results
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.

Rebecca Levy-Gantt, DO

Rebecca Levy-Gantt, DO
Assistant Adjunct Faculty
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Vallejo, California

Private practice, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Premier ObGyn Napa Inc
Napa, California Dr. Rebecca Levy-Gantt is a Board Certified ObGyn and a certified menopause practitioner who has been practicing for the last 10 years in Napa, California. She is originally from New York City, where she grew up and went to medical school at the NY College of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating in 1992.

She practiced on Long Island for 11 years before moving to Napa. Her special interests are menopause management, including hormones and alternative management strategies, as well as vaginal and vulvar pain syndromes.

She owns a solo private practice which has been growing for the past 5 years, teaches medical students from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, and spends her free time teaching, traveling, running and writing.

Chris J. Kottenstette, PA-C, CPE

Chris J. Kottenstette, PA-C, CPE
President, PAs in Pain Medicine Special Interest Group of the American Academy of Physician Assistants Chris started in patient care as an Athletic Trainer in high school and college, and then moved to emergency services as a paramedic for 17 years. This lead him to his training at the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program where proper pain treatment was initially instilled in him by one of the pioneers of pain management and Palliative Care Art Lipman, PharmD and others. Since completing PA school he has worked in Family Practice, Orthopedic Surgery, Emergency Medicine, and since 2001 in the field of Pain Medicine. During this time he has been a consultant and speaker for many national companies and provided expert medical testimony in several cases involving pain management issues. He has spent 2 years traveling and teaching Pain Management at a national level as a Medical Science Liaison in the Pain Field and has had the opportunity to learn from a variety of nationally known experts.
Chris has been active in the PA community at a national level since 1998 when he was elected to the Student Academy Board as Director-at-Large; is a Past-President of the Colorado Academy of Physician Assistants; and in 2003 he founded the PAs in Pain Medicine Special Interest Group of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and is their current President.
Chris has been appointed to the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, helped form the American Society for Pain Educators as one of the initial members of the Board of Advisors, and is directly involved at a national level in many pain and addiction related issues. Chris was an invited member of the AAPM & APS guidelines for the management of Chronic Non-Cancer Pain and has participated in the creation of both state and national pain guidelines.
In addition to being a clinical PA in a spine surgery and interventional pain practice, he is also the President of Abuse Tech, LLC which provides engineered solutions for abuse deterrence and clinically focused education in abuse prevention, mitigation, and compliance in the field of pain medicine.

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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 Sep 02 Seattle, Washington
- 4:00 pm
Sun Sep 03 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Sep 04 Juneau, Alaska
1:00 pm 10:00 pm
Tue Sep 05 Icy Strait Point, Alaska
6:00 pm 10:00 pm
Wed Sep 06 Sitka, Alaska
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Sep 07 Ketchikan, Alaska
7:00 am 1:00 pm
Fri Sep 08 Victoria, British Columbia
6:00 pm 11:30 pm
Sat Sep 09 Seattle, Washington
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Seattle, Washington - Sailing out on a cruise from Seattle? Make sure you spend a few a days in the beautiful Emerald City. If you’re a nature lover, this jewel in the Pacific Northwest is the perfect place for you to explore ahead of your cruise vacation. Though it offers plenty of metropolitan delights — think great restaurants, bars, a ton of shopping and lots (and lots) of hip coffee shops — Seattle is a big city with a wild, great-outdoors soul. It’s surrounded by ancient forests, sprawling public parks and, of course, the misty Puget Sound, where you can slow-moving tugboats, sleek kayaks and the occasional pod of whales. Head to Discovery Park for beautiful views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges or visit the Olympic Sculpture Park near Elliott Bay. And if you’re craving a drink and a tasty bite to eat, head to one of Seattle’s many rooftop bars and take advantage of those extra-long northern summer days while you sip local brews and expertly crafted cocktails.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Juneau, Alaska - You can’t get to Juneau easily without a sprint by air or by sea. But once you arrive you’ll find majestic views and rich culture in every corner. With its snowcapped mountains, misty rainforests, massive glaciers and bounty of wildlife, Alaska’s remote state capital is the perfect place to dive into nature. Framed by Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts, the city’s picturesque downtown area offers centuries-old bars, boutique shops and historic landmarks. For a taste of the local culture, visit the historic district and the Alaska State Museum. And for outdoor thrills, you can take your pick of activities ranging from whale watching in Auke Bay Harbor to tundra trekking over Mendenhall Glacier, and even try your hand at gold panning in Last Chance Basin.

Icy Strait Point, Alaska - Immerse yourself in secluded beaches, old-growth forests and Alaskan adventure - the best of Southeast Alaska is yours, including some of the best whale-watching and bear viewing opportunities anywhere.

Sitka, Alaska - Sitka truly offers the best of Alaska. Its small-town appeal stems from a unique blend of Russian, Tlingit and American history. Its snow-capped peaks and volcanic Mount Edgecumbe pose among the state’s most postcard-worthy scenes. And its rare wildlife astounds, from Saint Lazaria Island’s orange-beaked puffins to Alaska Maritime Refuge’s 40 million seabirds. This is off-the-path Alaska, where you can kayak Sitka Sound alongside swimming sea otters or fly-fish for the world’s biggest halibut. Whether it’s hiking Baranof Island trails or listening to tribal stories passed down for generations, in Sitka the midnight sun never sets on adventure.

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.

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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