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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Emergency Medicine and Leadership

Administrative skills to navigate your Emergency department, C-suite and beyond"

7-Night Eastern Caribbean & CocoCay Cruise
Round-trip Miami, Florida
August 10 - 17, 2024
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16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
16 ACPE Credits
4.0 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. The Quiet Code: ECC in 2024
    • Review how the pathophysiology during cardiac arrest drives care
    • Recognize which therapies help, which cause harm, and new areas in which we can make a difference
  2. The Pharyngitis Fallacy
    • Discuss and respect how changes in pathogenicity translate to changing diagnostic goals
    • Weigh the benefit and risk of treating true bacterial pharyngitis with antibiotics
  3. A Practical Approach to the Low-Risk Chest Pain Patient
    • Navigate the different methods for working up a chest pain patient
    • Identify a role for stress tests, high-sensitivity troponins, and CT coronary angiography
  4. Syncope Made Simple
    • Using the definition of 'syncope, ' differentiate true syncope verse non, and understand which diagnoses on the differential are "can''t miss"
    • Discuss and become more comfortable with risk-stratifying and disposing syncope patients
  5. Stroke and the Sad Saga of tPA
    • Appreciate where literature intersects with politics specifically in the case of tPA
    • Recognize the shift from time-based stroke care to imaging-based stroke care
  6. Pain Control in 2024
    • Discuss the pros and cons of opiates, and arm yourself with non-opiate alternatives for managing acute painful crises
    • Formulate reasonable plans for sending patients home with pain medicine
  7. Approach to the Headache Patient
    • Formulate an organized approach to evaluating the serious verse common causes of headache
    • Improve your pharmacologic toolbox to treat headache patients appropriately
    • Become more comfortable knowing when to curb your full possible SAH workup
  8. The Search for Life in the Universe: On Being a Scientist and Lifelong Learner
    • Explore what constitutes life and the possibilities of finding life elsewhere in the universe
    • Describe how the appreciation and application of basic sciences affects us as learners and clinicians
  9. Work Life Balance in Healthcare: Does it exist?
    • Help identify pain points in our lives and truly start moving towards balance
  10. Administrative interactions- How to deal with the C-Suite and survive
    • Provide the tools needed to help interact with the administrative wing and improve your confidence in doing it
  11. Performance conversation- How to deal with the difficult/struggling provider and make it a win-win situation
    • Provide the skillset to manage and many times improve the performance of a struggling provider
  12. Negotiation Tactics for life
    • Help understand the purpose of negotiations and understand many of the common tactics
  13. Recruitment and Retention best practices
    • Help create a culture of excellence and help recruit and retain the very best
  14. Common HR issues
    • Learn how to handle common HR issue
  15. The Collaborative Leadership Model- Is this the best style to run you department?
    • Describe the collaborative leadership model and how to implement
  16. Things you should know about but get little exposure to
    • Help improve our understanding of IT, legal and business issues
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.

David S. Edwards, MD

David S. Edwards, MD
Medical Simulation Director
Associate Program Director
Student Clerkship Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Miami Beach, FL

Associate Clinical Professor
FIU Herbert-Wertheim College of Medicine
Miami, FL

Associate Clinical Professor
Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine
Davie, FL From self-publishing a 100 page Emergency Medicine book during residency to pioneering novel simulation strategies using gaming engines and telemedicine, Dr. Edwards has made his career around medical education. The recipient of multiple teaching awards, he continues to look for ways to make learning medicine fun and efficient. After working a decade at a top teaching hospital in Miami where he directed resident education as the Associate Program director, directed med student education as the Clerkship Director, and started and ran the simulation program for the entire hospital as Medical Simulation Director, he now brings his enthusiasm to the Florida Athletic Commission where - when he is not competing himself - you can find him ringside taking care of the professional fighters and training new doctors in this niche field.

Frank Lee, MD FACEP

Frank Lee, MD FACEP
Residency Education Outreach Consultant
Special Administrative Consultant
Amherst, NY Dr. Frank Lee completed his emergency medicine residency at S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo. Having been one of the founding members of the Exigence Group, he helped grow this local physician led organization into a multidisciplinary national organization. He became director of St Joseph Hospital Emergency Department in Buffalo from 2001-2011. During his tenure, he helped implement the first full complement ED EMR in WNY and was key in the design of a new emergency department (the ER won a health care design award) and made significant strides in improving processes to achieve best practice guidelines. In addition, Dr. Lee became the Vice President of Exigence from 2004-2012, travelling to different parts of the country lending his administrative expertise to struggling EDs. From 2012-2014, Dr. Lee became the Regional Medical Director of TeamHealth Northeast and not only helped expand their geographic footprint but improved upon design and flow processes in his territory. Today, Dr. Lee is a Special Administrative Consultant and Residency Education Outreach Consultant for TeamHealth where he is able to focus on his passion - education. In addition, Dr. Lee is a content creator sharing his perspective on how healthcare professionals see things differently than the general population. You can catch his episodes by searching "ExtremeLEE Frank" on all the major social media platforms.

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 Aug 10 Miami, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Sun Aug 11 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Aug 12 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Aug 13 Basseterre, St. Kitts
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Aug 14 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
7:00 am 3:00 pm
Thu Aug 15 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Aug 16 Coco Cay, Bahamas
9:00 am 5:00 pm
Sat Aug 17 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.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

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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