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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Cardiology, Emergency Medicine & Provider and Patient Wellness

11-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
January 08 - 19, 2024
<em>Celebrity Beyond</em>
Celebrity Beyond
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
4.0 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. Dangerous Medication in the Elderly
    • Define adverse drug reactions, severe adverse drug reactions, and Black Box Warnings, that would qualify a medication as a "Dangerous Drug".
    • Discuss the speaker's choice of the most dangerous medications for elderly patients and how those medications are dangerous.
    • Provide the audience with several options for alternative approaches in clinical situations that suggest the use of these dangerous drugs
  2. Workplace Violence
    • Create a plan to apply the principals of de-escalation and safe contingency plans when confronting a potentially violent patient.
  3. Intimate Partner Violence
    • Employ the principles of identification, treatment, documentation, and referral to aid patients suffering from intimate partner violence
  4. Sexual Assault
    • Determine which patients have suffered the consequences of sexual assault and how to manage the encounter with compassion.
  5. Physician Burnout and Depression
    • Cite the literature documenting the burden and exploring the causes of burnout and depression in physicians.
  6. Improving Provider well-being: Personal and Institutional Interventions
    • Devise a plan to address personal and institutional wellness at work.
  7. Challenging Interactions in the Medical Setting
    • Assess what makes an interaction challenging and plan optimal ways to meet those challenges.
  8. Disease Prevention: Tobacco Cessation
    • Develop confidence in addressing tobacco use and how to engage with patients to discuss quitting, decrease the harm, and improve health.
  9. Disease Prevention: Alcohol Misuse, Health Consequences, and Patient Counseling
    • Be confident in screening for and addressing unsafe alcohol use and engaging with patients to discuss ways to decrease harm from unsafe alcohol use.
  10. An evidence-based approach to oral analgesics for Acute Pain
    • Employ non-pharmacologic analgesic methods and use the least harmful but effective oral medication available for a variety of painful conditions.
  11. Atrial Fibrillation
    • Discuss management and treatment to include when to anticoagulant, when to treat and when to refer for ablation.
  12. CHF-modern day treatment including the role of device therapy
    • Know when to refer patients for cardiac hemodynamic monitoring therapy to reduce admissions and improve quality of life.
  13. DVT and PE: modern day treatment
    • Evaluate treatment detection strategies and role of catheter directed therapy
  14. Abdominal Aneurysms and EVAR
    • Discuss guidelines and screening recommendations to lead to enhanced detection of AA.
  15. Peripheral Vascular Disease
    • Enhance screening and provide options for medical therapy including endovascular therapy.
  16. Preoperative testing
    • Enhance screening and decrease cardiovascular event rates .
  17. Varicose Veins
    • Identify when to refer for ablation and when to treat with compression stockings.
  18. Endocarditis
    • Discuss treatment regiments and when to refer for valve surgery
  19. Coronary Revascularization Guidelines
      Discuss current guidelines for coronary revascularization
  20. Acute Coronary Syndromes
    • Discuss the current guidelines for management of patients with nonST-elevation acute coronary syndromes
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.

Merrill A. Krolick, DO, FACC, FACP

Merrill A. Krolick, DO, FACC, FACP
Merrill Krolick, DO, FACC, FACP, was born in New York City. He received his bacherlor's degree in biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. He then attended the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, N.Y.   He completed a rotating internship at Sun Coast Osteopathic Hospital in Largo, Fla. In Tampa, Fla. he completed his internal medicine and cardiology training at the University of South Florida, including training in interventional cardiology and cardiac transplantation.
  Dr. Krolick has been in clinical practice since 1992. Initially he practiced at Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Va. Currently he is practicing at The Heart Institute at Largo. He is an attending cardiologist at HCA Largo Medical Center, Morton Plant Hospital and HCA Indian Rocks Hospital.

Dr. Krolick has been a previous chairperson and director of the Pinellas chapter of the American Heart Association. He currently serves as co-director of the cardiology fellowship program at HCA Largo Medical Center and is director of the interventional cardiology fellowship. He directs the cardiac cath lab at HCA Largo Medical Center.

Dr. Krolick is triple board certified in Internal medicine, cardiology and interventional cardiology. He has written numerous articles including being published in The New England Journal of Medicine, and writing recent chapters in cardiovascular textbooks. He is an associate professor in cardiology at the University of South Florida, and at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Dr. Krolick has served as clinical investigator on numerous drug and clinical device trials including drug coated balloons for treatment of peripheral vascular disease and the original drug coated stent trials for coronary artery disease He practices noninvasive cardiology and interventional cardiology. His special interest is in peripheral vascular disease. He is recognized as both a national and local leader in endovascular interventions. He is currently on advisory panels for Bard Peripheral Vascular, CSI, Access Closure and St. Jude Medical. He has spoken at major vascular meetings including AMP and The Veins.

His peripheral interests included endovascular aortic aneurysm treatment and treatment of CLI (critical limb ischemia), Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), venous treatment, and treatment of symptomatic claudication.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians and Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventionalists.

C. Joy Sachs, MD, MPH

C. Joy Sachs, MD, MPH
Clinical Professor, UCLA Emergency Medicine Department
Los Angeles, California
Voluntary Medical Director FNS Sexual Assault Examination Program
Long Beach, California Dr. Carolyn Joy Sachs graduated from the honors program in medical education at Northwestern University in 1990 and then went on to completed an emergency medicine residency and research fellowship at the UCLA Emergency Medicine Center where she has stayed on ever since and currently serves in the rank of Clinical Professor step III. Her career research interests have centered on violence against women and she has authored many peer reviewed publications and book chapters on sexual assault and intimate partner violence.

For the last 23 years she has served as a chairwoman of the UCLA Intimate Partner Violence Committee.  She serves as the voluntary medical director for a comprehensive forensic sexual assault examination program which provides over 1200 emergent sexual assault examinations to adults and children living in Southern California each year.  

Dr. Sachs also a full time practicing academic emergency physician in the UCLA Emergency Department with an interest in physician well-being.  She serves on the UCLA physician Health and Wellness committee and as the faculty advisor for the UCLA/OV Emergency Residency Wellness Committee. She has lectured nationally and internationally about intimate partner violence, sexual assault, provider well-being and other emergency medicine topics.

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

Mon Jan 08 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 4:00 pm
Tue Jan 09 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Jan 10 Georgetown, Grand Cayman
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Thu Jan 11 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Jan 12 Cartagena, Colombia
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Sat Jan 13 Oranjestad, Aruba
4:00 pm -
Sun Jan 14 Oranjestad, Aruba
- 6:00 pm
Mon Jan 15 Willemstad, Curacao
7:00 am 8:00 pm
Tue Jan 16 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Jan 17 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Thu Jan 18 Nassau, Bahamas
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Fri Jan 19 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.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

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.

Cartagena, Colombia - The oldest city in the New World, founded in 1533. Through its portals once poured the wealth of the Spanish Main... Mother lodes of gold, silver and emeralds bound for Madrid. See San Felipe, the fortress that guarded it all, then plunder the dazzling Bocagrande, where emeralds still gleam.

Oranjestad, Aruba - A Dutch jewel with a tropical touch. In Oranjestad, Aruba's capital, explore the colorful floating market and Nassaustraat, brimming with quaint shops. Head for the beach where water sports abound: snorkeling, rides on glass bottom boats and submarines. Or venture into the countryside to see the haunts of the huge green parakeet, the unique rock gardens of Casi Bari, the curious divi divi tree, forever bending in the tradewind breezes

Willemstad, Curacao - Curaçao is a treasure trove of cultural attractions, rich history, and natural scenery — from desert landscapes and rugged cliffs to 38 spectacular, and mostly secluded, beaches. Sint Anna Bay separates the two sides of the capital of Willemstad. Punda, the original settlement, is a tidy grid filled with shops and unique markets, restaurants and open-air cafes. Not to mention the famous tropicalized Dutch architecture in vibrant hues. Otrobanda (literally, “the other side”) is a maze of narrow streets and even narrower alleyways. And at only 40 miles long, a wide variety of island adventures are within easy reach during your Curaçao cruise.

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.

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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