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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Topics in Family Medicine and Mental Health

7-Night Eastern Caribbean & CocoCay Cruise
Round-trip Miami, Florida
June 15 - 22, 2024
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16 CE Credits for Psychologists
16 ASWB ACE Credits
16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
16 ACPE Credits
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
Psychologists, Social WorkersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
The following lectures are designed to be clinically relevant and practical for persons practicing medicine in a variety of medical settings. The desired outcome is the immediate improvement of patient care and medical team coordination/integration.
  1. Nutrition- What’s New? What’s Best? What Works?
    • Review basic nutrition principles.
    • Compare traditional and popular diets
    • Recognize the impact of nutrition on health and medical problems
  2. Travel Medicine: Be Prepared for the Unexpected
    • Review general recommendations for Traveler's health
    • Learn how to access the CDC site for up to date recommendations for vaccines.
    • Review and prepare for common travel related illnesses and risks.
  3. Update in Type 2 Diabetes
    • Review most recent American Diabetes Association guidelines
    • Compare medication options for treating diabetes
    • Discuss lifestyle modifications for Diabetes control
  4. Migraine Headaches-Women Are Different
    • List International Headache Society’s classification of headaches
    • Determine appropriate lifestyle and medication treatment for migraine headaches with emphasis in the care in women
  5. Cardiovascular Disease in Women-What’s Different?
    • Recognize the scope and impact of cardiovascular disease in women
    • Analyze and understand differences in diagnosis, testing and treatment
  6. Leadership in Medicine-Are we prepared? How are we prepared? Tips for Success.
    • Recognize the lack of leadership preparation in medical training
    • Review how leadership skills develop in medicine
    • Determine strategies and tips to develop leadership potential
  7. The Difficult Patient Encounter: Successful Navigation
    • Discuss common situations that create difficult encounters
    • Demonstrate strategies and ability to prevent, avoid and navigate difficult encounters
  8. Leading and Connecting Team Members to Joy, Appreciation and Gratitude
    • Recognize leadership skills to allow team members to communicate with excellence
    • Establish a plan to create appreciation and gratitude in your workplace
    • Help your team members to experience joy in their work and life
  9. Identifying character traits that promote clinician well-being, resilience, and positive patient outcomes in health care
    • Define clinician resilience and well-being
    • Identify 3 positive outcomes linked to clinician well-being
    • Review 24 distinct character strengths that promote resilience and well-being
  10. Identify and learn to apply personal character strengths to enhance professional resilience in health care settings.
    • Identify participants' top 5 character strengths which promote professional resilience and well-being
    • Identify workplace applications of these character strengths to enhance well-being, reduce burnout, and improve patient care.
  11. Using evidence-based techniques from Positive Psychology and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to enhance resilience
    • Learn three brief, evidence-based techniques for building professional resilience and well-being in oneself, team members, and patients.
  12. Identify health care applications of evidence-based techniques to promote well-being and resilience of clinicians and patients.
    • Identify situations in which resilience-building techniques can be utilized to promote well-being in health care settings
    • Discuss implementation strategies and practice utilizing evidence-based techniques to improve well-being
  13. Assessing and promoting clinician flourishing in health care systems
    • Define flourishing in contrast to burnout in health care clinicians.
    • Identify multi-level promotors of flourishing in health care clinicians.
  14. Assessing and addressing provider burnout in healthcare systems
    • Understand and distinguish three aspects of professional burnout.
    • Review and have the option to complete a standard measure of professional burnout.
    • Identify 3 systems-level interventions to reduce health care clinician burnout.
  15. Identifying and addressing systemic factors in health care to promote professional resilience and well-being.
    • Appreciate factors at the institutional level which correlate with health care clinician burnout
    • Summarize institutional and team-based factors that reduce burnout and promote well-being, professional resilience, and positive patient outcomes
  16. Develop a S.M.A.R.T. goal to improve professional resilience, well-being and sustainability
    • Identify 2-3 opportunities in which participants can promote professional resilience and impact their well-being, practice, team, or health care system
    • Design a short-term S.M.A.R.T. goal to enhance professional well-being, resilience and sustainability.
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.

Sandra L. Argenio, MD

Sandra L. Argenio, MD
Department of Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Emeritus Staff Member
Faculty Physician and Consultant, Institute for Healthcare Excellence, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Member of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians Continuous Professional Development/ CME Committee 
Past President of the FAFP Dr. Sandra Argenio served as a Consultant in the Department of Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Florida and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Mayo Medical School. She joined Mayo Clinic in 1992 and continues as an Emeritus member of the Family Medicine Department.

Dr. Argenio has nurtured new generations of doctors, was instrumental in the development of the Family Medicine Residency at Mayo Clinic Florida and served as the program’s first residency director. She has trained and mentored over 150 family medicine residents.

Dr. Argenio served as the President of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians in 2005 and has been active on many committees of the FAFP and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

She has been active in CME program planning at Mayo Clinic and the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, conducting Maintenance of Certification Workshop sessions on multiple topics for over 1,100 participants at FAFP meetings.

Dr. Argenio had a leading role in establishing communication training at Mayo Clinic starting in 2005. She was Chair of the Mayo Clinic Florida Communication Faculty.

She developed coursework for faculty and trainees at Mayo Clinic, including Longitudinal Research in Academic Medicine, Family Medicine Residency, Scottsdale, Arizona; and Team Communication, Strengthening the Cornerstone of Teamwork at Mayo Clinic’s three campuses. She also served on the Florida Governor’s Physician Workforce Advisory Board.

Dr. Argenio was awarded the Exemplary Teacher Award by FAFP in 2000. She also received the Outstanding Florida Family Medicine Education Award by FAFP in 2000, and the Mayo Distinguished Educator Award in 2003. She was listed as one of Jacksonville’s Best Doctors by Jacksonville Magazine from 2000 to 2014. She has published on the topics of presence, reflective listening and communicating effectively with female patients.

In her current work, she has collaborated in designing curricula and delivering programs at multiple hospitals, hospice organizations, and veterans administration and military healthcare organizations.

Dr. Argenio is a graduate of Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Hahnemann Medical University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania in 1982. She resides in Ormond Beach, Florida, with her husband Tom Sperrazza and daughter Jessie.

Gina Touch Mercer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Family, Community, and Preventive Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix, Arizona

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

Sat Jun 15 Miami, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Sun Jun 16 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Jun 17 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Jun 18 Basseterre, St. Kitts
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Jun 19 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
7:00 am 3:00 pm
Thu Jun 20 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Jun 21 Coco Cay, Bahamas
9:00 am 5:00 pm
Sat Jun 22 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.

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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.

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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