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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Cardiology, Women's Health, and Phlebology

7-Night Western Caribbean & CocoCay Cruise
Round-trip Miami, Florida
July 20 - 27, 2024
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16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
16 ACPE Credits
16.0 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
8.0 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. Chronic Venous Insufficiency
    • Apply appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in the management of patients across the entire spectrum of venous disease
  2. Pelvic Phlebology
    • Identify causes and sequelae of CVI unique to the pelvic anatomy in female patients
  3. Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis
    • Analyze pelvic pain in the clinical setting of endometriosis and differentiate between dysmenorrhea, non-menstrual pelvic pain and pain with intercourse
    • Discuss the potential value of micro-RNA in diagnosis and treatment
  4. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
    • Develop a cost-effective thorough plan for assessing PCOS and its sequelae in patients who do and do not want to conceive
  5. Urogynecology
    • Appreciate the independent subspecialty of urogynecology as distinguised from general gynecology, urology and colon-rectal surgery.
    • Prepare a patient for an appointment with a urogynecologist. Describe various surgical (including pessaries) and medical treatments for urine incontinence, recurrent UTIs and obstetrical anal sphincter injuries.
  6. Osteoporosis Understood
    • Identify demographic risk factors for osteoporosis, pathophysiology, diagnosis and medical treatment
  7. Vaginitis Revisited
    • "Identify routine as well as challenging causes of vulvar symptoms of burning, itching or pain
    • Expand upon vaginitis related to infection, estrogen deprivation and dermatological skin changes
    • Identify when to biopsy.
  8. Cervical Cytology
    • Review HPV and understand the different serotypes
    • Differentiate Metaplasia from Dysplasia
    • Appreciate the histopathology of cervical dysplasia
    • Understand the role of the Pap test as a screening tool and colposcopy as a diagnostic study
  9. Antiplatelet Therapy in Acute Coronary Syndrome
    • Discuss the pros and cons of the available oral antiplatelet therapies for patients discharged after an acute coronary syndrome
    • Make recommendations on the appropriate duration of therapy.
  10. Anticoagulant Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation
    • Discuss the use of the four newer oral anticoagulants for atrial fibrillation, and strategies to reverse these agents for severe bleeding problems.
  11. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
    • Identify which patients are suitable for TAVR, and when referral should be considered.
  12. Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) Closure for Cryptogenic Stroke
    • Review current recommendations on who should be referred for PFO closure after cryptogenic stroke.
    • Discuss the role of PFO closure for secondary prevention of cryptogenic stroke.
  13. What is New in the Hypertension Guidelines?
    • Review the current recommendations for hypertension management.
  14. What is New in the Hyperlipidemia Guidelines?
    • Discuss the current recommendations for hyperlipidemia management for primary and secondary prevention.
  15. Pre-Operative Cardiac Risk Assessment
    • Follow current guidelines to properly assess the cardiovascular risk with non-cardiac surgery
  16. ECG case review
    • Review ECGs, focusing on arrhythmias, ischemic heart disease, and metabolic disorders.
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.

Jerry G. Ninia, MD, RVT

Jerry G. Ninia, MD, RVT
Clinical Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stony Brook University Renaissance School of Medicine; Clinical Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine Dr. Ninia is the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY and a Clinical Associate Professor of OB/GYN at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

He received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and continued his post graduate training at Nassau County Medical Center. For over 30 years, he has maintained two separate private practices in both OB/GYN and Phlebology. He has lectured internationally on the topic of women's health and venous disease and has authored 3 text book chapters and over 25 articles in peer reviewed journals. He is the clerkship director for NYITCOM medical students rotating through St. Charles hospital department of OBGYN with administrative, didactic and clinical teaching responsibilities.

A Fellow of the American College of OB/GYN's, Surgeons and Phlebologists, he is board certified in OB/GYN as well as Phlebology and was instrumental in the creation of the nationally administered Phlebology board certification exam. He is certified by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography as a Registered Vascular Technologist. He has served as a member of the American College of Phlebology Board of Directors and the Phlebology Foundation Board. He has served on the Catholic Health Services of Long Island Board of Trustees and helped create initiatives to improve patient safety in Labor and Delivery. His efforts resulted in St. Charles hospital earning the Healthcare Association of New York State Pinnacle Award for quality and patient safety along with his earning the prestigious Theodore Roosevelt award given to those individuals who provide outstanding voluntary contributions and leadership at Long Island hospitals.

Andrew D. Michaels, MD, MAS, FACC, FAHA

Andrew D. Michaels, MD, MAS, FACC, FAHA
Andrew D. Michaels, MD, MAS, FACC
Interventional Cardiologist
Brighton, MI
Associate Professor of Cardiology
Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine
Meridian, Idaho
Dr. Michaels completed his undergraduate degree in History & Science at Harvard University. He then completed his medical degree, internship, cardiology fellowship, and interventional cardiology fellowship at University of California-San Francisco (UCSF). He then worked 6 years as Co-Director of the UCSF Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, followed by 4 years as the University of Utah Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. After spending the next 12 years as a full-time interventional cardiologist in community practice, he has transitioned to part-time locums tenens as an interventional cardiologist based in Michigan.

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 Jul 20 Miami, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Sun Jul 21 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Jul 22 Roatan, Honduras
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Tue Jul 23 Costa Maya, Mexico
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed Jul 24 Cozumel, Mexico
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Jul 25 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Jul 26 Coco Cay, Bahamas
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Sat Jul 27 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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