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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Updates in Management of Type 2 Diabetes

7-Night Western Caribbean & CocoCay Cruise
Round-trip Miami, Florida
June 22 - 29, 2024
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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
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) represents a significant health challenge with its increasing prevalence and associated complications. Effective management of T2DM involves a multi-faceted approach encompassing lifestyle modifications, pharmacotherapy, and monitoring strategies. Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) has emerged as a pivotal tool in diabetes management, offering real-time insights into glucose dynamics and trends, thereby empowering patients and healthcare providers to make informed decisions.

This comprehensive educational activity aims to equip healthcare professionals with the latest advancements in T2DM management, with a focus on integrating CGM technology into clinical practice. Through a series of interactive sessions, expert faculty will discuss
  • Understanding the Pathophysiology of Type 2 Diabetes: Reviewing the underlying mechanisms contributing to insulin resistance, beta-cell dysfunction, and the progression of T2DM.
  • Discuss current and new medications for Type 2 Diabetes including new medications
  • Overview of Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM): Exploring the principles, technology, and modes of CGM systems, including sensor insertion, calibration, and data interpretation.
  • Clinical Utility of CGM in Type 2 Diabetes Management: Evaluating the role of CGM in optimizing glycemic control, reducing hypoglycemic events, and guiding treatment decisions in T2DM patients.
  • Incorporating CGM Data into Therapeutic Decision-Making: Strategies for leveraging CGM data to tailor pharmacotherapy, adjust lifestyle interventions, and improve patient outcomes.
  • Case Studies and Practical Applications: Real-world cases illustrating the integration of CGM technology into clinical scenarios, highlighting challenges and strategies for successful implementation.
  • Future Directions and Emerging Technologies: Previewing upcoming advancements in CGM technology, such as closed-loop systems and artificial intelligence-driven analytics, and their potential impact on T2DM management.
This interactive CME program will feature didactic presentations, case discussions, and Q&A sessions to enhance participants' knowledge and skills in utilizing CGM for optimizing the care of patients with Type 2 Diabetes.
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.

Mark Cucuzzella, MD FAAFP MHP

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, Air Force Reserve Lieutenant Colonel (ret), practices at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Martinsburg, West Virginia. As a Professor as West Virginia University School of Medicine , Mark developed and adopted an inpatient protocol for using a low-carb diet for patients with obesity, prediabetes, and type 2 diabetes. Practicing what they preach, the hospital eliminated all sugar-sweetened beverages from the hospital. Mark was instrumental in bringing MEDCHEFS to the WVU School of Medicine in 2014 with a focus on understanding insulin resistance. An advocate for evidence based policy and education, Mark is a founding member of The Nutrition Coalition, and The Hypoglycemia Foundation and is a scientific advisor for Diet Doctor.

Mark's current research interests are diabetes remission, the use of continuous glucose monitors, and carbohydrate reduction for severe pediatric obesity. He also leads a clinical group "International Multidisciplinary Diabetes Remission Working Group" who just completed a textbook chapter on medication reduction in Type 2 diabetes adapted from the article Adapting Medication for Type 2 Diabetes to a Low Carbohydrate Diet.

Along with his colleague Dr. Cox , Mark also experienced a health challenge and transformation when he was diagnosed with maturity onset diabetes of youth in 2012 and became an early adopter of continuous glucose monitors and dietary modification for disease remission. He lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia where he also owns a small community running store and directs running races and camps for youth and adults. His book “Run For Your Life” summarizes the science and the soul of running, nutrition, and physical activity to help you maintain a vigorous life. Visit Mark's site at www.DrMarksdesk.com.

Daniel Cox, PhD

Dr. Daniel J. Cox is a clinical psychologist, diplomat in clinical psychology, and professor of Psychiatry and behavioral medicine, as well as a professor in the department of Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center. Dr. Cox has spent much of his professional career as a National Institutes of Health investigator studying how behavior effects blood glucose among adults with type 1 diabetes and how extreme blood glucose effects behavior. He has published over 250 scientific articles and secured over $25 million of research funding.

In 2010, he experienced unexpected weight loss, blurring of his vision, excessive thirst and frequent urination. One night while returning to bed after a trip to the bathroom, it struck him that he had type 2 diabetes. The next morning this was confirmed when going to his office and measuring his blood glucose. Realizing he would prefer not take medication and he was not optimistic about loosing 6% of his body weight, he personally investigated the benefits of controlling his blood glucose by reducing certain carbohydrates and increasing his physical activity, and confirming the impact of these behavior changes with blood glucose monitoring. After 9 months he lowered his A1c from 10.3 to 5.6. He has been able to keep his A1c below 6.0 for the last 12 years on no medication and with the significant support of his wife, Debbie. Following his initial success, he investigated whether this approach would be similarly effective for others. After 10 years of subsequent research and over $10 million of research grants, he can confidently state that Glucose Everyday Matters (GEM) is a powerful and effective tool for those inclined to follow his approach. He now hopes to step outside of the laboratory and share his findings with others also dealing with type 2 diabetes.

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 22 Miami, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Sun Jun 23 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Jun 24 Roatan, Honduras
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Tue Jun 25 Costa Maya, Mexico
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed Jun 26 Cozumel, Mexico
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Jun 27 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Jun 28 Coco Cay, Bahamas
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Sat Jun 29 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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Roatan, Honduras - The island of Roatan is known for its glittering bays and colorful coral reefs perfect for outdoor adventures like snorkeling and scuba diving. Discover your inner pirate in Roatan, where you can taste local rum, swim among starfish at Starfish Alley, or sample fresh seafood at local restaurants.

The 40-mile-long island borders the second-longest barrier reef on the globe, which attracts many divers each year. Go horseback riding at Little French Cay or unwind in paradise at West Bay. Don’t forget to try conch fritters and rum cake during your visit.

Costa Maya, Mexico - Exploring the dense tropical vegetation and wide sandy bays of the Costa Maya, it's easy to imagine the days when sacrifice and slavery, rite and ritual were rampant in the Mayan culture. Even today, the countless ruins of temple walls, stairs and secret pathways exude magic and mystery. And when your archaeology lesson is complete, glorious stretches of coral sand may inspire you to build your own empire-of sand castles, of course!

Cozumel, Mexico - With its lively tropical reefs, crystal-clear waters and ancient ruins, Cozumel is ripe for one-of-a-kind adventures. Cruise to Cozumel and head to Chankanaab National Park, where you can snorkel among the colorful reefs and schools of tropical fish that give this island its premier diving status. Or travel back in time on an adventure through the towering Maya ruins of Tulum. When you’re done exploring, unwind with a beachside massage at Playa Mia. From culture savoring to soaking up sunshine, you’ll find a world of adventure waiting for you in Cozumel.

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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