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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

2024 Update in Gastroenterology & Cardiometabolic Medicine and Advanced Lipidology

11-Night Iceland & Ireland Cruise
Round-trip Southampton (London), England
June 27 - July 08, 2024
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Celebrity Apex
21.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
21 ACPE Credits
21.0 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
21.0 Contact Hours
Course Fees
$1095 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$850 for Physician Assistants
$695 for Nurses, Residents, Students & Others

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives

  1. Obese patient: root cause analysis and approach to treatment from lipidologist perspective
    • Identify medical factors, medication, insulin resistance as secondary causes of obesity and approach to work up
    • Discuss how diet, genomics, microbiome and environmental factors influence the treatment of obese patients
    • Review new medications FDA approved for treament of obesity
  2. Diabetes medications and new Treatment options, including Cardiovascular outcomes data
    • Review approach to treatment of diabetes, including discussion new cardiovascular outcomes data for GLP 1 agonists, SGT2 inh, Quick release bromocriptine
  3. Biomarkers: Role of Apo B, lp (a), LDL-P vs LDL -C in primary and secondary prevention cardiovascular disease, also inflammation and role in women's cv health
    • Discuss outcomes data for Apo B, LDL P and cost effective approach to treatment of residual risk
    • Describe concept of concordance and discordance of DLL cholesterol vs LDL particles or Apo B and clinical application
  4. Management of complex dyslipidemia including Lowering triglycerides and raising HDL Cholesterol, does it matter?
    • Review lipid treatment guidelines
    • Review clinical impact of HDL c raising trials including AIM HIGH and HPS 2thrive
    • >li>Review of TG lowering therapies and outcome data
  5. Case studies in cardiometabolic disease: focus on women throughout lifespan
    • Review treatment of genetic disorders in women of childbearing age, children and adolescents, Postmenopausal women
    • Learn specific clinical applications through use of real case
  6. The Microbiome and Its Impact of Cardiometabolic Disease
      Discuss role of microbiome in health and disease across the lifespan including mode of delivery (c section vs vaginal), use of antiobiotics, dietary choices
  7. Evaluation of the Asymptomatic Patient with Abnormal LFT's on Routine Testing
    • Interpret and work up the abnormal liver tests on routine testing
  8. The Gas We Pass or Clearing the Air of Flatulence
    • To better understand the Physiology of gas in the GI Tract; to enable better diagnosis and treatment of this common problem
  9. Less Common Causes of Liver Disease 1
    • Improve the knowledge of non- Alcohol related liver diseasesand through case studies & to improve the work up.
  10. Probiotics in GI Disease
    • Differentiate between Prebiotics and Probiotics: be able to discuss the current evidence for their use in GI Disease
  11. Acute Pancreatitis
    • Discuss the mechanisms of acute pancreatitis & differentiate the mild from severe cases
  12. Is Acute Diarrhea More than Just a Nuisance?
    • Differentiate between acute and chronic diarrhea and make better decisions in the work up of acute diarrhea
  13. Dysphagia--A Topic Hard to Swallow
    • Improve their diagnostic approach to history taking and work up of dysphagia
  14. Inflammatory Bowel Disease Show & tell
    • Develop a better understanding of the Pathology and Radiology involved in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and differentiate the various forms
  15. Caustic Injuries to the Esophagus
    • Understand the various forms of caustic injury to the esophagus and the current standard of care in treatment
  16. Less Common Causes of Liver Disease #2: Case Presentations
    • Be familiar with non-alcoholic and less common causes of Liver Disease
    • Learn how to workup before referral to the Hepatologist or Gastroenterologist
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.

Tara Dall, MD, FNLA

Tara Dall, MD, FNLA
Dr. Tara Dall is a board certified lipidologist with roots in family medicine and training at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She has spent the last 15 years using advanced biomarker testing in the clinical care of patients. She graduated in the inaugural class of Diplomates of the American Board of Clinical Lipidology in 2005. Her center achieved national recognition as the first fully certified Level II lipid clinic in the United States.
In 2008, Dr. Dall formed the Early Detection Center for heart disease and diabetes near Madison, Wisconsin and served as a clinical associate professor for the Medical College of Wisconsin. Two years later, she brought her fight against heart disease to the web, co-founding Lecturepad.org and FHITtv.org, web platforms that advance clinical understanding and application of advanced lipid and biomarker testing. 

For 3 years Dr. Dall served as Chief Medical Officer of Health Diagnostic Laboratory. As an author and educator on biomarker research focused on the role that insulin resistance plays in diabetes prevention she has expanded the education of physicians to prevent chronic disease. She has a special interest in insulin resistance's role in cardiovascular disease, women's heart disease, Autoimmune disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and obesity. She also serves as chief of cardiometabolic education at the non-profit Foundation for Health Improvement and Technology (FHIT).

Known for her passionate delivery of complex medical topics in patient-friendly terms, Dr. Dall is a sought after speaker, traveling the world to present research on advanced biomarkers. She is a also a regular go-to for reporters, appearing on Bloomberg News, CBS Sports, CNN Radio, Reach MD Satellite Radio, and RadioHealth Journal. She was also a regular guest on KTXD-TV's The Broadcast in Dallas, as well as programs on wabcradio.com (Optimal wellness and Forever Young). She continues to practice medicine as a physician founder of AvanceMD Concierge in Richmond, VA which incorporates cutting edge web based technology to the human touch of medicine, providing services to local as well as national and international clients.

Richard J. Kramer, MD

Richard J. Kramer, MD
Dr. Kramer is a retired Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Gastroenterology at Stanford University and Associate Chief of Gastroenterology at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose CA., which is a safety net and teaching hospital that serves as one of the Stanford teaching sites.

He has 25 years of experience in the private practice of Gastroenterology. Despite a full career in private practice, Dr. Kramer joined the voluntary teaching staff in the Division of Gastroenterology at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and Stanford Medical Center in 1978, to help educate house staff and fight tirelessly as a patient advocate for the underserved. Then in 2003, he made the decision to leave his private practice to work full time at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center because education was so important to him. He formally retired in 2015, but decided to return part-time seeing patients and educating house staff in 2016. 

Dr. Kramer is a Fellow of the American Gastroenterology Association and belongs to the American Association of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and American Society of Gastroenterological Endoscopy (ASGE). He is also a dedicated member of the Santa Clara County Medical Association and was an Alternate Delegate to the California Medical Association for two years.

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

Thu Jun 27 Southampton (London), England
- 5:00 pm
Fri Jun 28 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Jun 29 Cobh (Cork), Ireland
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Sun Jun 30 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Jul 01 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Jul 02 Reykjavik, Iceland
8:00 am 8:00 pm
Wed Jul 03 Isafjordur, Iceland
9:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Jul 04 Akureyri, Iceland
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Fri Jul 05 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Jul 06 Kirkwall, Scotland
10:00 am 5:00 pm
Sun Jul 07 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Jul 08 Southampton (London), England
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Southampton (London), England - "Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." Samuel Johnson's famous words are as true today as when he spoke them. A visitor to London could fill a month with fascinating people, art, music, late-night dancing, fabulous shopping, an endless array of pubs and first rate meals.

Tourists should take in Victoria Station, the beauty of Westminster Abbey, Parliament, and the pomp of Buckingham Palace. And then, there are the "Elgin Marbles" at the British Museum and the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London. Or visit Sherlock Holmes' HQ on Baker Street (you know the address). After all that, make what might be the most important stop of all: grab a pint at one of the many corner pubs that's been hosting revelers since before America was a nation.

London is most certainly a place to "take in," not just "pass through." You won't be bored.

After your time in London, you'll transfer to Southampton to board your ship and start your cruise conference. Options for doing that from bus transport to the train (which is very near the cruise port in Southampton) to private taxi are all solid choices.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Cobh (Cork), Ireland - Cobh is just a short train ride to charming Cork, Ireland, whose hilly streets echo with the music of what is renowned to be Ireland's most talkative citizenry. Visit local artisans and witness their skills in the arts of weaving and cutting crystal. The charming English Market is a great place to get a taste of the local flavors (including the chance for an excellent meal at the Farmgate Cafe located within). Also, Cork's lovely art museum has many fine works by lesser known artists from the last few centuries.

Reykjavik, Iceland - Iceland's capital and largest city is located on the country's southwest coast at the head of Faxafloi Bay. Settled in 877 AD, Reykjavik has grown into an important seaport and center of government and education with theatres, museums and observatories. Interestingly, this modern city still chooses to use water from nearby hot springs to heat all of its buildings.

Isafjordur, Iceland - Marvel at the stunning natural beauty of Iceland on an Isafjordur cruise, where you’ll find a small town surrounded by snow-capped mountains, pristine water, and jaw-dropping vistas. As the largest settlement in the Westfjords, Isafjordur is the ideal place to discover northern Iceland’s unspoiled terrain and spot wildlife, including whales, seals, and arctic foxes, in their natural habitat. Go birdwatching on the nearby island of Vigur. Visit the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, or head to Dynjandi, a group of waterfalls known as the jewel of the region. During your time in Isafjordur, you’ll witness dramatic landscapes you won’t soon forget.

Akureyri, Iceland -  Akureyi, Iceland's second largest city—affectionately known as the Capital of North Iceland—is one of the country's most important ports and fishing centers. Today, Akureyi is creating something of a buzz for its cool café scene, growing gourmet movement and bustling nightlife. But don't let that fool you. The atmosphere here is always laidback. From a fabulous summer festival program (energized by the near 24-hour daylight), to some of the best winter skiing you could wish for, Akureyi is a great base for exploring Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord, all year round.

Kirkwall, Scotland - The largest town in the capital of the Orkney Islands, Kirkwall is the center of Orkney in more ways than one. Almost all roads linking the east and west pass through town; it is also the port that provides inter-island ferry links to almost all the northern isles. In addition, it is considered one of the most charming and well preserved small towns in Scotland, rich in scenic beauty , history and medieval architecture.

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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