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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Current Topics in Critical Care, Pulmonary Medicine, & Sleep Medicine

7-Night Bahamas, Mexico & Grand Cayman Cruise
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
February 04 - 11, 2024
<em>Celebrity Ascent</em>
Celebrity Ascent
16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
16 ACPE Credits
16 (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. COPD
    • Discuss GOLD 2023Guidelines for Staging COPD
    • Discuss GOLD 2023 Guidelines for COPD management
    • Discuss the ACCP and Canadian Thoracic Society published guidelines for prevention of acute exacerbations of COPD
    • Discuss the data that shaped these guidelines as related to:
      • Medication Recommendations
      • Non-medications Recommendations
    • Discuss data on surgical and non-surgical lung volume reduction in patients with COPD.
    • Discuss data on NIV for stable and acute COPD management
    • Discuss New areas of investigation.
  2. Asthma
    • Discuss the prevalence and economic impact of asthma
    • Examine the pathophysiology of asthma
    • Discuss strategies for management of asthma patients with acute respiratory failure
    • Discuss expert consensus recommendations and application of these recommendations for accessing asthma control and disease management
    • Discuss updated expert consensus recommendations for long term asthma management
    • Examine data on recently FDA approved medications and bronchoscopic interventions used to treat severe persistent asthma
  3. Pulmonary Nodules and Lung Cancer Screening: Understanding and Applying the Society Recommendations
    • Describe characteristics of pulmonary nodules that influence clinical suspicion for benign versus malignant
    • Discuss the Fleischner Society Guideline recommendations for following incidental pulmonary nodules noted on CT scans of the chest
    • Discuss Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines.
    • Discuss Lung-RADS: the structured reporting system for interpretation of lung cancer screening CT examinations. Understand the difference in the Fleischner Guidelines and Lung Cancer Screening guidelines as related to nodule management
    • Discuss diagnosis and staging of lung cancer
    • Brief discussion of lung cancer treatment
  4. Acute Hypoxic Respiratory Failure and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Clinical Update
    • Review updated definition of ARDS
    • Discuss risk factors for developing ARDS as well as the differential diagnosis of patients presenting with acute hypoxic respiratory failure and bilateral pulmonary infiltrates
    • Examine data on the use of non-invasive ventilation and high flow nasal cannula for management patients with hypoxic respiratory failure. Recognize clinical parameters suggesting failure of these modes of respiratory support
    • Understand the current recommendations regarding mechanical ventilation and management of patients with ARDS.
    • Discuss the benefits and how to implement alternative treatments in patients with severe ARDS including: prone positioning, ECMO, paralytics, and vasodilators
  5. Pulmonary Embolism: Treating Patients Based on Risk Stratification, Evidence-Based Guidelines
    • Discuss the Risk Stratification for Acute Pulmonary Embolism
    • Identify Clinical Tools, Radiological Imaging, and Laboratory Markers Used in Risk Stratification of Acute Pulmonary Embolism
    • Discuss Current ACCP Recommendations for Treatment of Acute Pulmonary Embolism
    • Discuss Data on Treatment Outcomes of Patients with High and Intermediate Risk Acute Pulmonary Embolism Treated with Thrombolyis, Catheter Directed Thrombolyis, and Standard Anticoagulation
    • Discuss Data on Long Term Follow-up from Patients with High and Intermediate Risk PE Treated with Thrombolysis versus Standard Anticoagulation
    • Review Current ACCP Recommendation for Duration of Treatment of Acute Pulmonary Embolism
  6. Sleep Apnea Treatment Options: PAP, PACERS, and Beyond
    • Discuss the clinical benefit of weight loss and positional sleep therapy as treatment for OSA
    • Discuss data on medical interventions as related to treatment for OSA
    • Discuss data on Provent nasal device as related to treatment of OSA
    • Discuss data on dental devices as related to treatment for OSA
    • Discuss data on various surgical interventions as related to treatment of OSA
    • Discuss data on use of upper-airway stimulators for treatment of sleep apnea
    • Discuss data on use of diaphragm pacing in patients with central sleep apnea
  7. Interstitial Lung Disease Part 1: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and Sarcoid.
    • Discuss the broad differential diagnosis of diffuse parenchymal lung disease
    • Discuss the ATS/ERS diagnostic criteria for IPF and CT findings characteristic of IPF
    • Understand the various clinical measures predictive of survival in IPF
    • Discuss data that resulted in FDA approval for two drugs for treatment of IPF
    • Discuss the ATS/ERS guidelines for treatment of IPF
    • Understand the clinical presentation of pulmonary sarcoidosis.
    • Discuss the ERS clinical practice guidelines for treatment of sarcoidosis as related to organ involvement
  8. Interstitial Lung Disease Part 2: Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis and Non-Cystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis
    • DiscussATS/ERS practice guidelines for diagnosis and management of hypersensitivity pneumonitis
    • Examine CT findings for fibrotic and non-fibrotic HP
    • Discuss the pathogenesis of Non-Cystic Fibrosis bronchiectasis
    • Explain the work-up to determine the etiology of non-CF bronchiectasis
    • Discuss how to manage patients with non-CF bronchiectasis
    • Discuss management strategies in patients with acute exacerbations of non-CF bronchiectasis
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.

Stephen R. Clum, MD, PhD

Stephen R. Clum, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor 
Department of Internal Medicine
Division: Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep Medicine
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Central Florida
Chief of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at Bay Bines VA, St. Petersburg, FL Stephen Clum, MD PhD Dr. Clum earned his PhD in biochemistry at the University of Kansas. His PhD studies involve characterization of the dengue virus type II serine protease. After completing his PhD, he then pursued his medical degree at the University of Kansas. Following completion of his medical school training, he completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at University of South Florida. He remained at University of South Florida for fellowship training in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine.

After completing his fellowship training, he moved to Springfield Missouri where he joined a multispecialty group. His practice encompassed Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep Medicine including an active pediatric sleep practice. In 2014, he returned to the University South Florida to join the faculty in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine where he served as the associated division director. In this role he was actively involved in expansion of inpatient and outpatient services at Tampa General Hospital and USF. Following the retirement of his mentor, he served as the interim division director until the fall of 2020 when he joined the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System as the Chief of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine. In his current role as Chief of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, he has helped developed a robust pulmonary nodule program, COPD program, and ILD program. At both the University of South Florida and Bay Pines VA, Dr. Clum has been a core faculty involved in the education of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine fellows.

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

Sun Feb 04 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 3:30 pm
Mon Feb 05 Nassau, Bahamas
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Tue Feb 06 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Feb 07 Cozumel, Mexico
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Feb 08 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Feb 09 Georgetown, Grand Cayman
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Sat Feb 10 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Feb 11 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - There is an abundance of things to see and do in the Ft. Lauderdale area: visit the newly redesigned Ft. Lauderdale Beach and cafes, stroll the historic Riverwalk, shop the luxurious stores on Las Olas Boulevard or adventure to the Everglades for an intriguing air boat excursion.

Nassau, Bahamas - Caribbean charm shines in the Bahamian capital, where you’re never more than a few steps away from rhythmic percussions, appetizing flavors, white-sand beaches, and some of the clearest waters in the world. This picture-perfect paradise was once a pirate’s haven— and you can explore its colorful past of buccaneers, blockade-runners and bootleggers along historical streets and at the three colonial fortresses that line the shores. If you’re looking for a more hands-on maritime adventure, look no further. Cruise to Swim with stingrays, dive with dolphins, or spot colorful coral on a glass-bottom boat.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

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.

Georgetown, Grand Cayman - Grand Cayman is where the high life meets island life. Snorkel with stingrays in Stingray City. Treat your inner foodie at eateries established by acclaimed top chefs like Michael Schwartz, or chow down on conch fritters by the seashore. You can even soak up some rays at one of the beaches voted best in the world, Seven Mile Beach. And do it all in the same day.

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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