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Emergency Medicine, Mental Health and Burnout

Sex and Gender Based Medicine, Healthcare Communication, Provider Burnout, and the Psychologic Impacts of COVID-19

9-Night Italian Riviera & France Cruise
Round-trip Barcelona, Spain
April 27 - May 06, 2024
<em>Celebrity Ascent</em>
Celebrity Ascent
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
1.5 Hours of Pharmacology for Nurse Practitioners
14.0 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. Depression
    • Manage symptoms with brief interventions in primary care
    • Utilize the most suitable cognitive behavioral approaches to treatment of depression
  2. Anxiety
      Discuss brief treatment principles; rapid assessment tools and psychological treatment approaches in primary care
  3. Substance abuse: overview of brief treatment using Stages of Change Model: Return to mental wellness and the search for internal balance
    • Assess levels of substance use in primary care
    • Understand the conditions that facilitate change in addictive behavior?
    • Explain the stages of change model for primary care interventions
  4. Provider Burnout
    Discuss signs of depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, fatigue, alcohol and drug misuse, martial & family dysfunction, exhaustion, premature retirement
    Coping Strategies: adjusting personal and professional expectations, case discussion
    Prevention strategies: recovery, renewal and resilience in provider care
    • To identify early signs of provider burnout, discuss adequate coping strategies and preventative strategies
  5. Post-pandemic impacts:
    Psychological phases associated with Covid19 outbreak: vulnerability and uncertainty contributions to somatic and cognitive symptoms of anxiety across different age groups

    Psychological Reactions: longer quarantine duration, fears and frustration of infection, social distancing, boredom, inadequate resources or information, and financial loss. Consequences on mental health; emphasis on social cohesion, connectedness, hope, and resiliency.

    • Take steps to quell the epidemic of fear that eventuates rapid Communication & Education campaigns about psychological impacts of disease control and prevention is essential
  6. What every health care provider should know about sex and gender.
    • Describe the correct use of the terms sex and gender.
    • Describe an example of how biological sex influences health outcomes.
    • Describe an example of how gender influences health outcomes
  7. Heartbroken- Sex and gender differences in heart disease
    • Describe an example of how an individual's sociocultural attributes impact their cardiac risk.
    • List several cardiac conditions in which there is a disproportionate prevalence in males or females
  8. Rats, sex, sleeping pills and vaccinations- the influence of biological sex in pharmacology
    • Describe how biological sex influences pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
  9. Sex and Gender Jeopardy
    • Recognize the importance of considering biological sex and gender in their clinical care by highlighting examples in which sex and/or sociocultural differences impact health outcomes
    • Describe at least three examples of diseases
  10. Shut up or Speak up- tips to manage difficult professional interactions
    • dentify potential blindspots in inter-professional communication patterns
    • Describe several techniques to enhance professional communication
  11. Bridging the Silence- real conversations about end of life care
    • Create a framework that utilizes key phrases to talk to a patient or their proxy about goals of care
  12. Sex and Gender Wrap up- three concrete ways you can help advance science.
    • List key components of the SAGER guidelines used for journal articles
    • Identify resources to draft surveys using appropriate sex and gender definitions
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 Beltempo, PhD Psychologist

Joseph Beltempo, PhD Psychologist
Affiliate Professor, Concordia University, Psychology Dept. Montreal, Canada
Instructor, McGill University, Counseling Psychology Dept. Montreal, Canada
Order of Psychologists of Quebec, Canada (OPQ)
Association of Psychologists of Quebec, Canada (APQ)
Site Clinical Supervisor at Kahnawake
Consultant and Expert Witness for Quebec Youth Courts
Dr. Joseph Beltempo, Ph.D. Psychologist Since 1984 he was Lecturer in the Psychology Department of Concordia University (in Montreal) teaching in a wide spectrum of clinical and research areas. His clinical training was in Cognitive and Gestalt psychology at the University of Montreal. His approach takes into account the holistic (systemic) ways reflecting Native cultural perspectives together with contemporary clinical psychology. From 1982 to 2012, Dr. Beltempo, senior clinical psychologist, worked for Kahnawake Shakotiia'takenhas Community Services, a Mohawk Community. For two years he was the Coordinator for the Kahnawake Outreach Project, which was established to deal with the after-effects of the 1990 Mohawk Crisis. His clinical work has largely focused on addiction, mental health, dual diagnosis, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and various methods of clinical intervention. He is highly trained in assessments and interventions of FASD and has received extensive training in diagnostics. He is Clinical Site Supervisor for Doctoral Interns in Psychology at Concordia University and McGill University. He is an Expert Witness and Consultant for Youth Courts of Quebec involving First Nations peoples.
He is the father of three young adults and married since 1980. Dr. Beltempo received his B.A. in Psychology from McGill University. He earned his Master's (MA, 1979; Ph.D. 1986 and Post-Doctorate, 1990) in Research & Clinical Psychology from Université de Montréal. He is a member of the Order of Psychologists of Quebec since 1979 (Lic. 2675-80).

Jeannette Marie Wolfe, MD

Jeannette Marie Wolfe, MD
Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Emergency Medicine Physician, Baystate Medical Center
Department of Emergency Medicine
Springfield, MA  Dr. Jeannette Wolfe is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School/Baystate Campus. She has spent her entire attending career working and teaching in one of the busiest emergency departments in the Northeast.

Besides emergency medicine, her passion is understanding ways in which biological sex and gender influence wellness and disease as cutting edge research definitively shows that men and women often have different responses to the same illness, trauma, toxins and therapies. 

Dr Wolfe's personal mission is to increase awareness of this information and to use it to improve medical care of both men and women. She is a national lecturer and writer and has recently started a podcast called- Sex and Why: : exploring how biological sex and gender influence our brain, body and behavior.

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 Apr 27 Barcelona, Spain
- 5:00 pm
Sun Apr 28 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Apr 29 Villefranche (Nice), France
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Tue Apr 30 Santa Margherita (Portofino), Italy
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed May 01 La Spezia, Italy
8:00 am -
Thu May 02 La Spezia, Italy
- 6:00 pm
Fri May 03 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
7:00 am 7:00 pm
Sat May 04 Naples, Italy
7:00 am 7:00 pm
Sun May 05 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon May 06 Barcelona, Spain
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Barcelona, Spain -

Barcelona is a one of the world's great cities. Stroll down her tree-lined boulevards, the magnificent Passeig de Gràcia or the more touristed Las Ramblas. On the Passeig, shop a serious fashion district while marveling at examples of Mordenisme architecture, seemingly sculpted from the stuff of dreams (Gaudi's masterpiece of a family home, Casa Batlló is well worth a visit). If a trip on the Passeig hasn't convinced you of Gaudi's genius, a visit to La Sagrada Familia Cathedral will do the trick; this fantastic, soaring marvel will live on in your memory long after you've returned.

Not far from the Passeig and just north of Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter (the Barri Gotic) provides an abundance of shopping opportunities for all tastes, and a bit of European history to boot - check out the tranquil Cathedral of Barcelona. To see a bit of local life a visit to a food market is a quick, fun detour: try Santa Caterina near the Cathedral or Mercado de La Boqueria, right off of Las Ramblas.

Barcelona's food is also a highlight: stop into a tapas bar and try a variety of delicacies. "Standard" restaurants of every style are available, too. And, there's music, too! Visit an underground jazz club or the magnificent Palau de la Música Catalana; or stop by the Palau Dalmases for a stunning, flamenco performance (it's near the Picasso museum). Did we mention art? One of the largest collections of Picasso's art is found at the Museau Picasso, and a great collection of contemporary, figurative (i.e not abstract) painting and sculpture is housed at the European Museum of Modern Art just around the corner.

It's probably clear by now that you really can't get it all done in a day (even if all means "just the must-sees"). So, stay for a day or three in the Gothic Quarter or near Plaça de Catalunya and really get a feel for what makes Barcelona such a wonderful place. Partly it's the result of the "accidents" of its history and present: as the regional capital of Spain's prosperous Catalunya region, Barcelona has a "flavor" that is a bit of a mix between Spanish and French (it's located quite close to the French border). Yes, you can practice your Spanish here - it attracts Spaniards from throughout the country - but you'll also see and hear Catalan with it's own charm. You won't regret your time here.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Villefranche (Nice), France - Villefranche is your gateway to the one-of-a-kind French Riviera, home to Monte Carlo, Cannes and Nice. Shaded by jagged mountains touching deep blue shores, Villefranche offers sunny beaches, sophisticated resort cities, quaint red-roofed villages and spectacular views.

Santa Margherita (Portofino), Italy - Portofino, picturesquely situated in a narrow cove at the southeastern tip of a promontory might be the most beautiful place you'll ever see. A tiny port on Italy's northern coast, enchanting Portofino has long been popular with artists, actors and important people thanks to its beautiful setting. Abundantly blessed with agreeable climate and luxuriant vegetation, this "Pearl of the Mediterranean" should have a place on everyone's "bucket list." Fortunately for we in the know, it still remains unspoiled.

La Spezia, Italy - La Spezia, Italy is a lovely Ligurian town not far from some of Italy’s most attractive sites, including Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terra and even Genoa. It is an ideal port of call for an overnight stay, depsite not being well-known outside Italy. Historically, La Spezia was a prominent trade center during the Roman Empire. Today it remains not only one of Italy’s busiest port towns, but also home to the country’s largest naval base. As a cruise port, La Spezia is convenient, centrally located and a little underrated. This is the region reputed to make the world's best olive oil; be sure to try a local focaccia to see for yourself.

The Cinque Terre are merely a short train trip from Stazione La Spezia Centrale (no roads), making it easy to explore the port of call and surrounding areas in a day or half-day excursion. Florence, home of the Renaissance, is just two hours away;start your day on the coast of the Ligurian Sea and end the day looking up in awe at the Gothic-style Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Genoa is also well within reach, a little closer than Florence really, and is a quite beautiful city.

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - Extraordinary architecture, millennia of turbulent history, magnificent basilicas concealing unimaginable riches, and ornate fountains splashing at the heart of sun-drenched piazzas are just some of the many reasons to visit Rome. Art greets you on every corner, from elaborate statues to delicate frescoes. Stroll the ancient center and history comes to life as you explore the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Roman Forum. Enjoy Italian café culture in Trastevere, where you can wander the narrow streets and soak up a sense of la dolce vita, or throw a coin into the baroque Trevi Fountain to guarantee your return to this vibrant, intoxicating city.

Naples, Italy - Capital of Southern Italy, the largest city of Campania, Naples is the third most populated city in Italy (after Rome and Milan), with over a million inhabitants, and is the most important industrial center and trading port for the South. Naples itself can provide a day's fun and entertainment, if its somewhat rundown appearance doesn't dissuade you. Or, join a tour of incredible Pompeii, frozen in time since A.D. 79 when Mt. Vesuvius brought an end to that then-thriving city. Or, take a quick ferry across the bay to the flowery Isle of Capri. Or, (yes, there's more) visit fabulous Sorrento, vacation spot for the well to do.

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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