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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Current Topics in Nephrology and Family Medicine

9-Night Canada & New England Cruise
Round-trip Cape Liberty, NJ (New York, NY)
September 12 - 21, 2024
Royal Caribbean's <em>Liberty of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas
16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
16 ACPE Credits
4.0 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
The purpose of this CME activity is to review and discuss common general medical conditions and to provide guidelines for their management and prevention. Topics have been chosen to benefit the family physician, general internist and Advance Practice Professionals in an ambulatory care setting.

  1. Heart Disease in Women: A Call to Action
    • Appreciate sex-related differences in symptoms of ischemia between men and women
    • Discuss non-traditional risk factors for CAD impacting women that deserve special attention
    • Discuss strategies to raise awareness and close the gaps to optmize treatment of heart disease in men and women
  2. Hypertension in African Americans
    • Discuss the prevalence of hypertension in African Americans
    • Describe social determinants of health which impact on effective treatment in this population
  3. Hypertension Update 2023
  4. Health Literacy
    • Identify which patient groups are at greatest risk for low health literacy
    • Appreciate the role that low health literacy plays on health outcomes
    • Utilize a simple intervention to identify the low health literacy patient
  5. Hypertension Emergencies
  6. Assessing Cardiac Risk Before Surgery
    • Appreciate causes of perioperative cardiac events
    • Discuss which patients require preoperative assessment
  7. Implicit Bias in Health Care
  8. The Choosing Wisely Movement in Medicine
  9. Urinalysis - A Window into the Body
    • Describe methods of urine collection
    • Interpret physical and dipstick examination of urine
    • Identify microscopic elements in the urine sediment
    • Solve clinical cases with abnormal urinalyses
  10. Understanding Diuretics
    • Describe classification and mechanism of action of diuretics
    • Discuss clinical uses and adverse effects
    • Define diuretic adaptation and resistance
  11. Disorders of Sodium Balance
    • Define osmolality and tonicity
    • Describe approach to hyponatremia with case presentations
    • Discuss steps and pitfalls in management of hyponatremia
  12. Poisonings in Nephrology
    • Discuss different medications and poisonings seen in clinical practice
    • Discuss the clinical presentation of these poisonings
    • Describe the management of these poisonings
  13. Acute Kidney Injury
    • Discuss the definition, epidemiology, course and burden of AKI
    • Recognize common causes of AKI and identify risk factors
    • Discuss the medical management of AKI in the hospitalized patient
    • Illustrate with case presentation
  14. Chronic Kidney Disease: A Call to Action
    • Facilitate timely testing and intervention in patients at risk for CKD
    • Apply appropriate clinical measures to manage risk and increase patient safety in CKD
  15. Primary aldosteronism - Is it the Elephant in the room?
    • Identify appropriate patients to screen for PA
    • Outline testing for screening, confirmation and subtype identification of PA
    • Discuss management strategies based on subtype
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.

Mohanram Narayanan, MD, FACP, FNKF, FASN, FRCP(C)

Mohanram Narayanan, MD, FACP, FNKF, FASN, FRCP(C)
Professor of Medicine, Texas A&M HSC COM
Director, Division of Nephrology & Hypertension
Chief, Section of Clinical Transplantation 

Dr. Narayanan received his medical degree at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India, and completed residencies in Internal Medicine at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, India and at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. He completed clinical fellowships in Nephrology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, Illinois, and at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Texas. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Nephrology, and Geriatric Medicine and is a Certified Specialist in Hypertension by the American Society of Hypertension.

Dr. Narayanan is a Professor of Medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center-College of Medicine and Baylor Scott & White Healthcare in Temple, Texas, where he serves as Director, Division of Nephrology-Hypertension and Medical Director of the Abdominal Transplant Program.

A fellow of the National Kidney Foundation, the American Society of Nephrology, the American College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Dr. Narayanan&apos's clinical practice focuses on all aspects of Nephrology as well as kidney and pancreas transplantation. 

A frequent lecturer, presenter, and author, Dr. Narayanan's work has been published in several peer reviewed journals including the American Journal of Kidney Disease, American Journal of Transplantation, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Hemodialysis International, Investigative Radiology, and Journal of the American Society of Nephrology , among many others. He is also the Principal Investigator for several industry sponsored clinical trials. Dr. Narayanan serves on the editorial board of the journal Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease and is a reviewer for the American Journal of Transplantation .

David S. Kountz, MD, MBA, FACP

David S. Kountz, MD, MBA, FACP
Professor of Medicine
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Dr. David S. Kountz is a Professor of Medicine for the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine and Co-Chief Academic Officer for Hackensack Meridian Health. He earned his AB at Princeton, MD at SUNY/Buffalo School of Medicine, and MBA at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ. He completed training in Internal Medicine at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. 

A board-certified internist, Dr. Kountz has had progressive responsibilities in academic medicine as Associate Professor of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine and Professor of Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. 

Dr. Kountz's research interests include hypertension treatment and guidelines in underserved populations, health literacy, pipeline programs and leadership development. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, editorials and abstracts, and is a frequent speaker within and outside of his health network on a variety of topics in primary care. 

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

Thu Sep 12 Cape Liberty, NJ (New York, NY)
- 4:00 pm
Fri Sep 13 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Sep 14 Boston, Massachusetts
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Sun Sep 15 Portland, Maine
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Mon Sep 16 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Sep 17 Sydney, Nova Scotia
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed Sep 18 Halifax, Nova Scotia
9:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Sep 19 Saint John, New Brunswick
11:15 am 11:10 pm
Fri Sep 20 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Sep 21 Cape Liberty, NJ (New York, NY)
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Cape Liberty, NJ (New York, NY) - Cape Liberty Cruise Port is located on the New York Harbor in Bayonne, New Jersey, and is just seven miles from New York City and three miles from Newark Liberty International Airport. Its waterfront location and convenience to the Big Apple allows visitors easy access to everything New York City has to offer along with providing visitors access to the historic roots of Northern New Jersey. Convenient guest parking is located adjacent to the cruise terminal.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Boston, Massachusetts - Before cruising out of Boston, take in the sights. Meander the streets to find historic wonders and modern neighborhoods; stores and restaurants with old-time character; and gracious green spaces as well as a beautiful waterfront. Take a trip back to the American Revolution—explore the Freedom Trail and see legendary figures come alive at building and attractions, including the Paul Revere House and Old South Meeting House, and in Lexington and Concord just outside Boston. Each Boston neighborhood has its own personality. Catch street performers in Cambridge’s Harvard Square, do a food tour of the North End’s Little Italy, and then admire the 19-century architecture of Beacon Hill.

Portland, Maine - Portland is Maine's business, financial and retail capital and the largest city in the state. Seascapes and cityscapes blend harmoniously in Portland, perched on a peninsula, jutting out into island-studded Casco Bay.

The metropolitan hub of Maine's south coast region, Portland is a progressive, lively city incorporating the character of yesteryear into a modern urban environment. Historic architecture blends gracefully with the new as you stroll along her working waterfront or the cobblestone streets of the restored Old Port section of the city.

Sydney, Nova Scotia - So green and Gaelic is Cape Breton Island that Scotsman Alexander Graham Bell called it home for the last 37 years of his life. See why as you follow the scenic 184-mile-long Cabot Trail. Or tour to the Fortress of Louisbourg, meticulously restored to its 1744 mint condition.

Halifax, Nova Scotia - Located on a rocky inlet on the Atlantic Ocean, Halifax—Nova Scotia’s provincial capital—is defined by its maritime geography. It's a spirited mix of world-class history and nautical-themed museums alongside bunkers and fortresses that guarded the harbor, plus striking public art and sights, funky shops and excellent pubs serving up folk music (and good pints).

Saint John, New Brunswick - Founded by Loyalists escaping the Revolutionary War in 1785, Saint John has emerged as a thriving port city. Its restored historic waterfront and surrounding natural beauty have made Saint John a wonderful destination.

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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