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Current topics in Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
January 13 - 20, 2024
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16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
16 ACPE Credits
1.0 Hour 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

This educational activity will further the understanding of the learner about sports medicine topics. We will cover musculoskeletal issues so as to improve the comfort zone in dealing with common issues in athletes as well as weekend warriors. Medical professionals that attend these sessions will leave feeling comfortable recognizing and managing issues in young athletes and active adults. Along with the common conditions, we will also review some more complex "zebras" in the field of sports medicine..

  1. Stress fractures in athletes: Identifying low risk vs. high risk fracture
    • Analyze the causes behind this most common of overuse injuries and help identify common causes. Differentiate those fractures which are low vs. high risk
    • Describe the hallmark presentation of Jones fracture, tarsal navicular and proximal/anterior tibial stress fractures and femoral neck, and be aware of the implications of missing them.
  2. Spine Injuries in athletes: differentiating the workup and management in young athletes and adults
    • Determine a cost-effective work-up algorithm for back pain in young athletes vs. skeletally immature
    • Determine the appropriate use of x-rays, MRI, bone scan and CTs.
  3. Ankle Sprains and foot, ankle/heel mimics
    • Recognize simple pediatric overuse injuries of the foot and ankle as timesavers for medical providers.
  4. A systematic approach to assessment of sports shoulder injuries
    • Explain a simple algorithm for the cost-effective work-up of shoulder injuries such as dislocation, separation, impingement and neurologic origin.
    • Differentiate and manage dislocated shoulder vs. separated shoulder.
  5. Initial evaluation and management of sports concussions
    • Analyze the current approach to ward timely diagnosis and initial management of sports related concussion
    • Be aware of factors that predispose athletes to prolonged recovery from sports concussion.
  6. Hand, finger, wrist injuries in athletes (including splinting vs. surgical approach)
    • Discuss A systematic approach to assessment of hand, finger, wrist, injuriesbe aware of those conditions appropriately treated in primary care vs. those less common conditions that require surgical referralDescribe the differences in "jammed finger" injuries from volar plate injury (ligament tear), mallet finger, Jersey finger, and fracture.
  7. Concussion part II - post concussion syndrome, complications, research
    • Review the current research in concussion evaluation and management
    • Be are comfortable with the recognition and treatment options of post-concussion syndrome and some of the other complications of this injury
  8. The evaluation and management of sports knee injuries in young athletes and adults
    • Differentiate between injuries that can be treated in primary care vs. those where we need to discuss surgical intervention
    • Be aware of and comfortable with recognizing types of knee injuries that occur in active young people and adults
Additional Topics and Objectives under development
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.

Joseph A. Congeni, MD

Joseph A. Congeni, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), Rootstown, OH
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics & Sports Medicine,Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH
Medical Director of the Sports Medicine Center, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH

Joseph A. Congeni, M.D. is the Medical Director of the Sports Medicine Center at Akron Children's Hospital as well an Professor of Pediatrics at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Sports Medicine at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He developed the Primary Care Pediatrics Sports Medicine Fellowship at Akron Children's Hospital, the first of its kind at a pediatric hospital in the U.S. in (1990). He is a (1980) graduate of the University of Notre Dame; and received his medical degree from NEOMED in (1984). Dr. Congeni is currently a team physician for the University of Akron and Archbishop Hoban High School since (1988).

He has won many awards including: the OHSAA Respect the Game Award (2004-2005), the Ohio Athletic Trainer's Association’s Team Physician of the Year Award (2008), and Ohio Outstanding Team Physician by the Ohio State Medical Association (2008), Best Doctors in Northeast Ohio (2009-2022), the Dr. Carl Krill Award for humanism and excellence in the field of medicine from the Knights of Columbus (2013),Sports & Exercise Medicine Godfather, Cleveland Clinic (aka Warthog Society) (2017), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Thomas Shaffer National Award for significant contributions to the field of sports medicine (2018) and most recently was inducted to the Diocese of Cleveland CYO Hall of Fame in (2019).

He is also a lead author on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Baseball/Softball Policy Statement issued March 2012. Dr. Congeni’s media events vary from appearing on NBC’s TODAY Show in 2009 to his appearance on a PBS documentary entitled “The Smartest Team” in 2012 and a Sports Illustrated segment in 2014. He also has been appearing on a weekly radio sports medicine segment since 1995. In addition, he does about 10-15 media appearances and 25-35 speaking engagements, locally, regionally, and nationally per year. Joe and his wife Karen have six children.

Michael J. Drescher, MD, FACEP

Michael J. Drescher, MD, FACEP
Visiting Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Beilinson Hospital
Rabin Medical Center
Petah Tikvah
Dr Drescher graduated from the University of Michigan in 1982 with a BA in economics after writing his senior thesis on “Jewish and Arab Economies in Mandatory Palestine.” Upon graduating from the U of M he moved to Israel where after performing his military service as an infantry rifleman he began his medical school studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Hadassah Medical School where he graduated in 1992. After marrying his wife Yosefa, Michael returned to the US and completed a residency at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine Emergency Medicine Residency, staying on as faculty and in charge of research for the residency as well as an attending physician at Hartford Hospital Emergency Department.

In 2000 Dr Drescher and his family moved back to Israel where he worked as an attending physician in the ED at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, Israel where he was interim head of the Trauma service and of the ED until 2005. Those were years of unrest in Israel with terrorist attacks happening with relative frequency affecting both work in the ED and life outside.

From 2005 -2010 moved back to Connecticut where he was the Associate Chief of Emergency Medicine at Hartford Hospital and after another move from 2015-2022 was the Chief of EM at Beilinson Hospital, Rabin Medical Center, in Petah Tikvah, Israel.

Dr Drescher has published over 40 peer reviewed articles, with a research interest in emergency radiology, pain control, clinical decision making among other topics.

From 2018-2022 he was the Chairman of the Israel Association for Emergency Medicine and worked on the advancement of the specialty in Israel. He is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at UCONN school of medicine and visiting Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Tel Aviv University School of Medicine.

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 Jan 13 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 3:30 pm
Sun Jan 14 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Jan 15 San Juan, Puerto Rico
3:30 pm 10:00 pm
Tue Jan 16 Philipsburg, St. Maarten
10:00 am 7:00 pm
Wed Jan 17 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
7:00 am 3:00 pm
Thu Jan 18 Puerto Plata, Dom. Rep.
11:00 am 6:00 pm
Fri Jan 19 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Jan 20 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

San Juan, Puerto Rico - The vibrant capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan offers something for every traveler — world-famous beaches with crystal clear waters, incredible cuisine, rugged natural beauty and a rich history that goes back 500 years. With its ancient fortresses and colorful colonial-era buildings, San Juan makes it easy to feel as though you’ve slipped into the past. Life moves at a slower pace along the sunny cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, and salsa beats seem to waft perpetually from open windows. If you’re craving a hike, head to El Yunque National Forest. And if you’re more in the mood to unwind, set your sights on the beautiful shores of Isla Verde or El Condado. Mealtime is also an adventure, with so many delicious options to try — from mofongo and pastelon to chillo frito and alcapurrias. Pair every bite with a piña colada — Puerto Rico’s national drink.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten - The capital of the Dutch side of St. Maarten is the town of Philipsburg, though St. Maarten is an island with two distinct sides. To the north is the French side, whose capital is Marigot, while Philipsburg sits on the southern part of the island. When exploring on cruises that go to St. Maarten, it’s important to visit both sides to understand their customs and heritage.

You’ll quickly be charmed by all sides of the island. Of course, this Caribbean island is best known for its beaches, like Maho Beach or Great Bay Beach, one of the area’s best snorkeling spots. Sample local seafood or rum during your time in port, which have become symbols of St. Maarten life. There’s just enough to fill the day here, especially if you hop between the French and Dutch beaches.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. - Named after a Danish Queen, Charlotte Amalie has one of the most breathtaking deepwater harbors in the world. The key sights of Charlotte Amalie are located within the town centre, making it easy to combine sightseeing with St. Thomas’ fantastic shopping opportunities. Eighteenth century architecture provides the perfect backdrop for walking tours and shopping here in the "Duty Free Capital of the World." For a dose of history, visit Emancipation Park, the American-Caribbean History Museum, or Bluebeard the pirate's castle at Magen’s Bay. If tropical bliss is what you're after, head to any of Charlotte Amalie’s pristine beaches, where the warm water, white sands and palm trees will lull you into deep relaxation!

Puerto Plata, Dom. Rep. - In Puerto Plata, you’ll be greeted by verdant mountains, pristine beaches, and nature-filled adventures. Go for a swim at the awe-inspiring 27 Waterfalls complex. Hike through the lush, protected jungle of El Choco National Park, enjoying the park’s two lagoons. Swim with dolphins at World Ocean, the largest manmade dolphin habitat in the world, or grab a kayak and head out on the water at Manatee Reserve.

For history buffs, tour the Fortress of San Felipe and travel back in time to Spanish occupation. Don’t leave the Domincan Republic without sampling locally distilled rum or delicacies like la bandera and mofongo.

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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