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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Direct Primary Care and Integrative Medicine & Mental Health and Addiction Medicine

7-Night Western Caribbean & CocoCay Cruise
Round-trip Miami, Florida
December 21 - 28, 2024
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16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
16 ACPE Credits
16.0 ADA CERP Credits
6.0 Hours of Pharmacology for Nurse Practitioners
16.0 Contact Hours
Course Fees
$995.00 for Physicians, Pharmacists, & Dentists
$795.00 for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Dental Hygenists
$595.00 for Nurses, Students, Staff, & Others

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, PharmacistsDentists, Dental Staff
Program Purpose / Objectives
This activity provides 4 hours toward the MATE Act Requirement
  1. Direct Primary Care- an overview
    • Define Direct Primary Care (DPC)
    • Compare DPC to other medical practices
    • Identify key components of DPC office
    • Analyze the benefits of DPC for both the physician and the patient
  2. Dispensing Wholesale Medications
    • Identify Resources for ordering wholesale medications
    • Compare state regulation on physicians dispensing
    • Analyze price differences from retail versus wholesale and brand versus generic
    • Illustrate the benefits to physician and patient from dispensing from office
  3. Self Pay Imaging and Wholesale Laboratory Studies
    • Make patient centered decisions about imaging and labs outside insurance requirements
    • Consider cost when formulating work ups for symptoms
    • Identify resources for self pay imaging and wholesale laboratory studies
    • Analyze the differences in insurance billing versus self pay prices
    • Analyze the benefits of using self pay and wholesale pricing for physicians and patients
  4. Opening a membership based practice
    • Identify the process to opening a small business
    • Identify resources in teh community for supporting you while opening small business
    • Analyze key factors to a successful small business- name, location, online presence, community involvement, community education
    • Illustrate a knowledge of the variety of ways a DPC can operate, look, services offered
    • Analyze the benefit and harm in having an employee
    • Identify the key components of a small business- license, tax, LLC, accounting, and lab registration
  5. Motivation Interviewing for lifestyle changes
    • Define Motivational Interviewing
    • Identify Lifestyle changes that positively impact health
    • Identify aspects of motivation
    • Illustrate a variety of questioning styles
  6. Mindbody Medicine- an overview
    • Define Mindbody medicine
    • Identify stress response
    • Identify relaxation response
    • Analyze the use of Mindfulness in practice
    • Illustrate how community resources and healing practitioners can be used along with medical professionals in patient care
  7. Using Social Media to Build a Patient Community
    • Identify the components of social media
    • Compa the different social media platforms
    • Illustrate how to engage the community
    • Identify key parts of a social media and online presence
  8. Integrative Medicine- an overview
    • Define Integrative medicine
    • Analyze benefits or harms of a variety of healing modalities- yoga, massage, exercise, nutrition, psychology, OMT/Chiropractic care, supplements, music/sound therapy, nature therapy
  9. Depressive Disorders
    • Identify specified subtypes of clinical depression, appraise the differential diagnosis as well as related risk and determine appropriate treatment options
  10. Bipolar Spectrum Disorders
    • Cite the epidemiology and subtypes of bipolar illness, weigh distinguishing clinical features, and identify potential risks as well as benefits of effective treatments
  11. Anxiety & Related Disorders
    • Describe the features of anxiety and trauma related disorders and evaluate the various roles of potential interventions
  12. ADHD in Adults
    • Discuss the clinical features of ADHD in adult as well as the various psychotropic medications & formulations utilized for safe & effective treatment
  13. Screening & Intervention for Substance Use Disorders (SUDs)
    • Utilize an integrated systematic approach to assess & intervene with regard to SUDs in primary care settings
  14. A Primer on Addiction Psychopharmacology for Primary Care
    • Know how to effectively utilize evidence-based medication interventions for the management of SUDs & addiction
  15. The Opioid Crisis: Practicing with a Risk Management Mindset
    • Describe factors contributing to the opioid crisis & know approaches to safe prescribing for opioids with a focus proper risk management considerations
  16. Managing Chronic Pain & Addiction
    • Identify collaborative approaches for comprehensive pain evaluation & management in the context of substance addiction including effective non-opioid treatment options for long-term pain management
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.

Karl Gregory Sieg, MD, FAPA, MRO

Karl Gregory Sieg, MD, FAPA, MRO
Medical Director of Behavioral Health
Professor of Psychiatry
University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Orlando, Florida Dr. Sieg received his medical degree and completed his residencies at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas. He is currently board certified in Addiction Psychiatry, Adult Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry.

He is also a board-certified Medical Review Officer. Serving as Medical Director of Behavioral Health, Dr. Sieg has over 35 years of experience in practice having worked in a variety of settings including outpatient, community mental health & managed care as well as private, public & state psychiatric hospitals and addiction treatment programs. He has authored numerous scientific articles and also had past involvement in clinical psychopharmacology research.

Dr. Sieg maintains memberships with the American Psychiatric Association, the Florida Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Psychiatry & the Law, and the American Medical Association. He currently practices and resides in the Orlando, Florida metropolitan area.

Erica B. Young, MD

Erica B. Young, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
Mercer University School of Medicine
Macon, GA
Direct Relief Primary Care, LLC
Savannah, GA

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 Dec 21 Miami, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Sun Dec 22 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Dec 23 Roatan, Honduras
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Tue Dec 24 Costa Maya, Mexico
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Dec 25 Cozumel, Mexico
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Dec 26 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Dec 27 Coco Cay, Bahamas
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Sat Dec 28 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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