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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Emergency Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and COVID Update

12-Night Patagonia & Argentina Cruise
from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Valparaiso, Chile March 26 - April 07, 2024
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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
6.0 Hours of Pharmacology for Nurse Practitioners
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. Toxicology/Poisonings: What's Old and What's New
    • Review the fundamentals of examining and diagnosing the poisoned patient.
    • Discuss appropriate strategies for managing the common toxicologic emergencies.
    • Analyze some common and interesting cases in which a poisoned patient presented to the emergency department.
    • Discuss some of the new, and up-and-coming recreational drugs of abuse
  2. Vertigo: I'm So Dizzy, My Head Is Spinnin
    • Describe the common presentations of peripheral and central vertigo.
    • Describe and review some of the provocative testing which can help to differentiate between a benign presentation of vertigo and a more serious central vertigo.
    • Explore a systematic approach to patients presenting with vertigo.
  3. Syndromes you can't afford to miss
    • Discuss some of less frequently seen syndromes that are potentially very dangerous if they are not recognized.
    • Describe the pattern-recognition approach to help in diagnosing these conditions.
    • Explore cases in which patients presented with these problems
  4. Emergencies in Hematology and Oncology: Heme Horrors and Oncology Uh Ohs
    • Discuss a few of the common yet complicated hematologic emergencies.
    • Discuss a few of the common yet complicated oncologic emergencies.
    • Develop a simplified approach to a very complicated topic.
    • Analyze some difficult cases in hematology and Oncology.
  5. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for the Emergency Provider
    • Describe the mechanisms of action of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
    • Explore clinical scenarios where the use of hyperbaric oxygen may be curative or adjunctive to standard therapy.
    • Discuss some controversial uses of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
  6. Difficult Airway: A Basic Problem Solving Approach to the Difficult Intubation
    • Discuss predictors of the difficult airway.
    • Discuss strategies for creating a ""Plan B"" to manage difficult intubations.
    • Use a case based discussion to cement understanding.
    • -Describe management of the failed airway. .
  7. The Science of Ballistics and Gunshot Wounds
  8. Myths in Medicine
  9. Environmental Emergencies
  10. Treatment of Respiratory Tract Infections in Adults and Children
    • Develop treatment strategies for Otitis media, sinusitis and pneumonia
  11. Immunization Update: Adults
    • Develop strategies for implementing new vaccines such as the new shingles vaccine into schedules
  12. Immunization Update: Pediatrics
    • Develop strategies for addressing vaccine hesitancy
  13. Avoiding Common Diagnostic Pitfalls
    • Spot situations can can often lead to diagnostic errors
  14. Using New Diagnostic Modalities
    • Consider how new tests can be cost effectively added to patients they treat
  15. Animal Bites and Related Syndromes
    • Identify common pathogens and treatment guidelines
  16. Approach to the Patient With Lymphadenopathy
    • identify common etiologies incuding EBV, cat scratch and Mycobacteria
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.

Blaise L Congeni, MD

Blaise L Congeni, MD
Professor of Pediatrics 
Northeastern Ohio Medical University
Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases
Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, Ohio. Blaise L. Congeni, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics and of Medical Microbiology at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED.) He also serves as Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Attending Physician at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio.

Dr. Congeni received his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed his pediatrics residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and his pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital

Dr. Congeni is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases. A member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases Society of America, and American Society of Microbiology, Dr. Congeni has been named in the Best Doctors in America for more than a dozen years. He has been the recipient of numerous faculty awards including Leibelt-Wheeler, 1999, Legendary Service, 2013, Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence 6 times, honorary hooder by the graduating class 4 times, and he was elected Master Teacher at NEOMED, class of 2000.

Dr. Congeni serves as an editorial board member for Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice, and he is a past editorial board member for Concise Reviews of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. He has authored more than 60 abstracts, book chapters, and peer-reviewed medical journal publications, and he has served as a guest editor of Pediatric Annals.

Colin G. Kaide, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, UHM

Colin G. Kaide, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, UHM
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Specialist in Hyperbaric Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
The Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Recipient of the 2020 Emergency Physician Medical Education Award from the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (Ohio ACEP), for his contributions as a exemplary physician educator. Colin Kaide is professor of Emergency Medicine at the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. As a native of Chicago, Illinois, he completed Undergraduate Studies and Medical School at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign. He completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at the Ohio State University (1993-1996). After residency, he served as the assistant director of the emergency department in Lima, Ohio for 3 years while serving as part-time faculty at OSU. In 2000 he joined the department at OSU as a full-time faculty member. He is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and Hyperbaric Medicine. In addition to emergency medicine and hyperbarics, he completed advanced training in wound care and is certified by the Council for Medical Education and Testing. He does wound care at the Ohio State Comprehensive Wound Center.

His academic interests include: Medical education, Rapid-Sequence Intubation and the Advanced Management of the Difficult Airway, Hematological and Oncological Disorders, Anticoagulation and its Reversal, Procedural Sedation, Hyperbaric Medicine and Chronic Wound Care. He was honored as "Teacher of the Year" for the Department of Emergency Medicine (2008) and has received both the OSU College of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award (2004) and Outstanding Teaching Award (2008). He is core faculty in the Emergency Medicine residency program at OSU.

One of his outside interests is martial arts. He has participated in the combative arts since 1978 and holds a 3rd-degree black belt in Goshin Jitsu. He has been a teacher of self-defense since high school and has developed a specialized course for EMS providers and healthcare professionals. He has also been a principal developer and Chief Medical Editor for a medical software company that produces a computer-based electronic medical record product that creates computerized ED and inpatient discharge instructions, prescriptions, and work excuses with over 800 hospitals using the software and instructions.

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

Tue Mar 26 Buenos Aires, Argentina
- 6:45 pm
Wed Mar 27 Montevideo, Uruguay
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Mar 28 Punta del Este, Uruguay
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Fri Mar 29 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Mar 30 Puerto Madryn, Argentina
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Sun Mar 31 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Apr 01 Cape Horn, Chile
4:00 pm 6:00 pm
Tue Apr 02 Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Wed Apr 03 Punta Arenas, Chile
9:00 am 6:30 pm
Thu Apr 04 Strait of Magellan
- -
Fri Apr 05 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Apr 06 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Apr 07 Valparaiso, Chile
5:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Buenos Aires, Argentina - The capital of Argentina throbs with creative energy. In this melting pot of cultures—native American, Spanish colonial, Italian, French, British, and more—the local Porteños greet you warmly with a kiss. Connoisseurs of culture find 300 theaters and 160 museums. Explore the French neoclassical Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo, near the port, or Teatro Colón, an opera house with interiors as beautiful as the acoustics, in the Centro. You'll shop till you drop in Buenos Aires, a leader in design. Find clothing, jewelry, and art at lavish Galerías Pacifico, near the port, or browse the fashionable Recoleta quarter for exclusive boutiques. Shop elegant Calle Florida, bustling with bustling with office workers by day and street performers at night. Look for native leather, antiques, and crafts. Eat and drink like a king on your cruise to Argentina, from elegant 19th-century bars to contemporary cafés and restaurants. Discover maté, the local tea, and don't miss the renowned steaks and excellent Malbec wines. Find pizza, pasta, and ice cream on every corner. For dessert, try alfajores, chocolate-covered double-decker cookies filled with dulce de leche.

Montevideo, Uruguay - Montevideo is a thoroughly modern city with a rich artistic tradition, the reach of the rural estancias is all around you. If ever there were a time you were inclined to indulge, delicious steaks are the specialty of the house in virtually every restaurant.

Punta del Este, Uruguay - The Saint-Tropez of Latin America is a favorite summer playground of southernmost South America. Sail the calmer waters or lounge on the beach along a 20-mile shoreline. And witness the big waves breaking at la Brava.

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Puerto Madryn, Argentina - The vibrant Puerto Madryn is a must-see town for a variety of reasons, like its quirky Welsh influence, its geographic proximity to the stunning Valdes Peninsula, some of the best whale and dolphin watching in the world, and much more. In fact, a Puerto Madryn cruise is a jumping off point for some of the most significant animal conservation efforts of modern day, making it a perfect stop for nature and wildlife lovers alike.

Discover the natural beauty of Puerto Madryn and the surrounding Chubut region. This seaside city offers classic beachy activities like swimming, snorkeling, and diving in a region of Patagonia that is both luxurious and down to earth.

Cape Horn, Chile - Tierra del Fuego, Land of Fire, is the most isolated place in the Americas, and Cape Horn is its southernmost point. Named after the Dutch town of Hoorn in 1616, its craggy cliffs and windswept shores are stark, with a rugged beauty that creates a dramatic setting for the collision between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. And, depending on the time of year, you’ll either encounter “hold on to your hat” waves, or gentle currents on a Cape Horn cruise. Visit Cabo de Hornos (Cape Horn) National Park and discover this lush UNESCO protected ecosystem. Created in the 1940s this 155,906-acre national park is home to diverse flora and fauna.

Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina - Dramatic Ushuaia is the southernmost town in the world. Domineering peaks loom on three sides; the fourth opens to the Beagle Channel, where sea lions bellow and mountains drop straight into the sea. From here it's on to Cape Horn, and new respect for ancient mariners.

Punta Arenas, Chile - South America isn't all tropical rainforests. Around Punta Arenas you'll find soaring mountains, beautiful national parks, vast ice fields and towering glaciers. The city itself has been a hub of commerce and trade for generations, thanks to its access to both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Trek through Magallanes National Reserve or visit the penguin colony at Seno Otway.

Strait of Magellan - This 350-mile journey is a bucket-list experience for most cruisers. Named for the 16th century Portuguese explorer and navigator, Ferdinand Magellan, the Strait of Magellan connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in the far Southern Patagonia region of Chile. On a Strait of Magellan cruise, you'll encounter the raw beauty of Tierra del Fuego plains in the distance, the imposing Amalia glacier, stunning Seno Eyre fjord, humpback whales, colonies of Magellanic penguins, and much more. You are certain to leave with amazing memories, and pictures, of the breathtaking scenic highlights as you make your way through this corner of the world.

Valparaiso, Chile - The picturesque neighborhoods of Valparaíso extend up into the 45 steep hills overlooking this busy Chilean port and the Pacific Ocean beyond. Brilliant murals and wonderful street art in bright, bold color dominates this seaside town. There’s so much to discover on a Valparaiso cruise. To explore the churches and architectural landmarks that make this a World Heritage site, ride the vibrant ascencores, a series of elevators that are over 100 years old. Many of the ascensores have ceased operation, however the few that are still running also offer wonderful birds eye views. Walk along the Caleto Portales Beach and take in the views of the ocean, the people, and the occasional sightings of sea lions sunbathing. Then, make your way to one of the many restaurants along the shore for delicious specialty dishes like empanadas, ceviche, the famous conger chowder and the freshest seafood.

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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