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Dermatology, Topics in Primary Care, and Disability Evaluation

12-Night Holy Land & Ancient Kingdoms Cruise
Round-trip Trieste (Venice), Italy
June 11 - 23, 2023
Holland America's <em> Oosterdam</em>
Holland America's Oosterdam
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
2.0 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. Things we missed in medical School-Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements
    • Develop a strategy to respond to patients requesting complimentary or alternative medicine treatment or are on self-procured regimens
    • Utilize selected resources on supplements and complimentary medicine
    • Discuss alternative non-hormonal therapies
    • Understand normal hormonal pathways
    • Identify bio-identical hormones to incorporate into your practice
  2. Toxicology 101-what is the approach
    • Identify difficulties between Acute vs. Chronic Occupational Claims
    • Discuss why true cases may be missed and false cases may present
    • Learn legal vs. Scientific Causation
    • Be aware of available resources to handle a toxicologic claim
    • Review of the medical literature
    • Utilize steps that can be summarized as “Does“ “Can“ and “Did“
    • identify what the patient has, what can cause their problem and what may have contributed to this condition
  3. Sleep Complaints with a focus on Obstructive Sleep Apnea
    • Identify risk factors for Obstructive Sleep Apnea(OSA)
    • Know the associated medical conditions that indicate OSA may be present
    • Recognize symptoms commonly claimed to be associated with OSA
    • Recall the shifting trends in obesity internationally
    • Complete a USPSTF quiz on OSA
  4. Medical Mimics: medical conditions that look orthopedic
    • Utilize presenting case history and examinations to generate a working differential diagnosis from an orthopedic presentation
    • Be able to request additional appropriate testing to define an illness
    • Review literature for specific presented cases
  5. Stress and Cardiovascular Disease
    • Raise awareness of the impacts of stress on cardiovascular outcomes
    • Look at different models of stress in the literature
    • Know guideline statements for the benefits of work
  6. Causation: what causes the common things we see in practice
    • Understand methods underlying causation
    • Learn Medical vs Legal Causation
  7. Work Ability and Returning Someone to Work
    • Identify the types and sources of mixed messages sent to patients
    • Be able to articulate the negative health consequences of being placed out of work
    • Discuss specialty society statements on the return to work process
    • Know the generalized health benefits of working
    • Understand what are Risk, Capacity and Tolerance
  8. Illness Behavior and Pain Questionnaires-What Patterns Can We Find
    • Learn about questionnaire based techniques to identify these subtle and complex psychosocial issues
    • Implement a more structured approach in their office to patients with pain and injury claims based on useful questions and their interpretation
  9. Recognizing Benign and Malignant Lesions of The Skin
    • Appropriately treat or refer patients with cutaneous neoplastic disease
  10. Skin Disease Pearls for Primary Practice
    • Be comfortable choosing and using novel techniques in dealing with minor skin problems
  11. Selected Topics in Acne and Rosacea
    • Diagnose and manage the most common forms of acne and rosacea
  12. Infections and Infestations of the Skin
    • Recognize and treat skin infections and infestations
  13. Psoriasis Update - Treatment and Co-morbidities
    • Manage patients with mild to moderate psoriatic disease, and counsel them about the many comorbidities of what used to be considered a benign skin 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.


Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine Emeritus, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 
  Dr. Hyman is an internist with more than 30 years of experience and head of HymanHealth, which is located on the Westside of Los Angeles, California. A nationally recognized disability expert, Dr. Hyman provides medical-legal evaluations spanning the continuum of internal medicine for a wide variety of legal and insurance organizations. He has evaluated hundreds of workersí compensation patients around the country, from NFL players to everyday workers, providing credible and thorough diagnoses, depositions and documentation, often using the state-of-science technology found in his office.

Dr. Hyman had served for 30 years as an Associate Professor on the clinical faculty at the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA). He pursued medical school, internship, residency and fellowship at UCLA. Dr. Hyman is a highly sought-after lecturer, including being the keynote speaker for annual State level meetings. He has authored various medical-legal and internal medicine topics. He has served as editor for the Internal Medicine section of the Medical Disability Advisor, Fifth and Seventh Editions. Much of his work can be found in prestigious peer-reviewed journals including the Annals of Internal Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Archives of Neurology, the American Family Physician, and the Journal of Occupational Environmental Medicine. Dr. Hyman is a chapter author and editor for numerous American Medical Association (AMA) books including:

  • A Physicianís Guide to Return to Work
  • Guides to Disease and Injury Causation
  • Guides to Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Guides Transition Book
  • Guides to Navigating Disability Benefit Systems
  • Guides 6th edition and accompanying Internal Medicine Workbook
  • Over the years, Dr. Hyman has been a member of the AMA, American College of Physicians and the American College of Environmental and Occupational Medicine. His FACP designation acknowledges that he is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and has served on the organizationís Governorís Advisory Council. His FAIME designation recognizes that he is a Fellow of the International Academy of Independent Medical Examiners. He is past chair of the National Board of Directors for IAIME. Dr. Hyman has testified before the United States Congress as a national expert on disability issues.

    Dr. Hyman has received acclaim for his contributions to the medical world. In 2009, WebMD selected Dr. Hyman for its annual &@8220;Health Heroes&@8221; award. In addition, the City of Los Angeles recognized his involvement with the LA Police Department related to developing police arrest procedures.

Stephen P. Stone, MD, FAAD

Stephen P. Stone, MD, FAAD
Professor, Division of Dermatology, SIU School of Medicine
Chair, AAD Individual Giving Committee Dr. Stephen P. Stone is professor and Director of Clinical Research in the Division of Dermatology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois.
Dr. Stone graduated from Tufts University, and received his medical training at New York University School of Medicine. After serving with the U.S. Navy, he completed a residency in dermatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Stone then moved to Springfield, Illinois where he maintained a private practice for more than two decades before moving to his current university position. 

He has received numerous honors and citations throughout his distinguished career including Honorary Membership in the AAD, selection for" Best Doctors in America", "Who's Who in Medicine and Health Care" and "Who's Who in America'. He is past Editor-in-Chief of Dialogues in Dermatology, the AAD's monthly audio journal and served as the 67th president of the Academy from March 2006 through February 2007. 

His interests in dermatology include psoriasis and other inflammatory skin diseases, acne, occupational dermatology, and skin cancer. He has been involved as an investigator or subinvestigator in more than 40 clinical studies, more than half involving treatment of psoriasis.

Dr. Stone has given more than 220 lectures and Grand Rounds presentations outside of his university, including such international venues as Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an and Guangzhou, China, the Icelandic Dermatology Association, in Reykjavik, Iceland, the Congresso da Sociedade Brasileira Dermatologia, Curitiba and Salvador, Brazil, the Philippine Dermatological Society Annual Meeting in Manila, Republic of the Philippines, the Canadian Dermatological Association, Dermatrends III in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Hong Kong, the International Congress of Dermatology, in Prague, Czech Republic, and the World Congress of Dermatology in Vancouver BC, Canada, Kalambakas, Greece, and Taupo, New Zealand.

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 Jun 11 Trieste (Venice), Italy
- 5:00 pm
Mon Jun 12 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Jun 13 Olympia (Katakolon), Greece
8:00 am 4:00 pm
Wed Jun 14 Athens (Piraeus), Greece
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Jun 15 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Jun 16 Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel
8:00 am 11:00 pm
Sat Jun 17 Haifa, Israel
8:00 am 8:00 pm
Sun Jun 18 Limassol, Cyprus
7:00 am 3:00 pm
Mon Jun 19 Rhodes, Greece
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Tue Jun 20 Chania (Souda), Crete, Greece
8:00 am 4:00 pm
Wed Jun 21 Argostoli, Greece
10:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Jun 22 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Jun 23 Trieste (Venice), Italy
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Trieste (Venice), Italy - The Old World city of Trieste occupies a northeastern Italian crossroads of Latin, Slavic, and Germanic cultures on the Adriatic Sea. The reign of the Austrian House of Hapsburg accounts for gastronomy featuring beer, sauerkraut, and strudel. Roman and Byzantine empires ruled here once upon a time.

The many cultures can be sampled in cozy coffeehouses and seafood restaurants, as well as breezy plazas, Old World churches, and prolific museums. There's even a high-tech photography museum and an expanding nightlife area. Must-see attractions include Castello di Miramare, the fanciful neo-Gothic home of the hapless Archduke Maximilian of Austria; Risiera di San Sabba, the World War II concentration camp now a national monument; and Civico Museo Sartorio, a villa bursting with art, ceramics, and jewelry.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Olympia (Katakolon), Greece - Experience ancient history and modern charm in Katakolon, a vibrant cruise port on the Greek coast. From here, you can catch a glimpse of Olympia, the birthplace of the original Olympic games and a shrine to the ancient Greek gods. Cruise to Greece and walk through the Olympia complex to get a historical tour of architectural styles, from the classical ruins to the red-tiled roofs of the traditional homes. Then, stroll through the Katakolon's lively center to discover unique local galleries and shops, and grab a seat at an oceanfront taverna with a glass of white wine and a dish of locally caught calamari.

Athens (Piraeus), Greece - As the capital of Greece and one of Europe’s most bustling cities, Athens is powered by 5,000 years of history. At night, the city of Athens glows from afar, light reflecting off the ancient ruins. Today travelers flock from around the world to experience its history while on cruises from Athens. After all, the art, theatre, architecture, and philosophy of Athens had ripple effects through the fabric of entire civilizations.

Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel - Ashdod, located in the South District of Israel on the Mediterranean Sea coast, is Israel's largest port. Ashdod was first settled during the Canaanite era in the 17th century BC, making the city one of the most ancient in the world. Ashdod is mentioned thirteen times in the Bible. Now a well-planned modern city, Ashdod is a welcoming combination of ancient history and cosmopolitan port life, as well as a starting point for a day-trip to Jerusalem.

Haifa, Israel - Considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the Middle East, Haifa offers sweeping views of the sea with the Carmel Mountains as a glorious backdrop. Be sure to visit the Tikotin Japanese Museum, Stella Maris Monastery and the stunning gold-domed Bahai Shrine.

Limassol, Cyprus - A strategic garrison for Richard the Lionhearted during the Third Crusade, Limassol provides many archaeological sites, as well as an array of contemporary designer shops for exploring. The island of Cyprus is also home to two ancient kingdoms - Kourion and Amathus.

Rhodes, Greece - The crusader Knights of St. John made Rhodes their headquarters. Explore the massive fortress of the Palace of Grand Masters, and peer into tiny rooms of the Inns which once housed the knights. See where the towering Colossus of Rhodes once stood -- it could be seen for miles at sea!

Chania (Souda), Crete, Greece - Chania is the second largest city of Crete, and one of the most beautiful. It lies along the north coast of the island at the east end of the Gulf of Chania. Chania is the site of the ancient Minoan settlement the Greeks called Cydonia (Kydonia), which was mentioned in Virgil's Aeneid. The site has been continuously inhabited from Neolithic times-at least 5000 years. The city's rich history can be traced through historic buildings and monuments with Venetian, Turkish and Greek architecture.

Argostoli, Greece - Situated on the largest of the Ionion Islands on Kefalonia, Argostoli is perfect for nature and history lovers. Tour the ruins of St. George Castle, see loggerhead turtles feeding and take in sweeping views atop its cliffs.

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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