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Rethinking the Practice of Medicine: How to Thrive in Today's Healthcare World

8-Night Italy & Greece Cruise
from Barcelona, Spain to Athens (Piraeus), Greece January 26 - February 03, 2025
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14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
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
This highly interactive two-part course is taught by two psychologists with a combined career focus on working with healthcare professionals that exceeds 50 years. It offers strategies that allow healthcare professionals to not only survive, but to thrive in the new health care environment. And it goes beyond helping to prevent burnout, to show how to create an organizational foundation for joy in medicine, improve?practice efficiency, and build trust with patients in a way that makes any professional a better healer.

  1. 3 Keys to Overcoming Burnout
    • Develop and practice strategies for sustaining personal well-being and professional satisfaction
  2. Designing Your Practice for Maximum Success and Fulfillment
    • Conduct a practical assessment of their current medical practice
    • Develop a plan to design it for improved fulfillment and success
  3. Tools for Enlisting Patients into Needed Lifestyle Changes
    • Acquire and practice practical skills to enlist patients into needed lifestyle changes
  4. The Art of Listening and Creating Safe Spaces
    • Increased ability to communicate and enlist others into a collaborative space
  5. Dealing with Conflict and Facilitating Crucial Conversations
    • Improved communication with patients and clinical team
  6. Cultivating Personal and Organizational Health
    • Conduct a personal assessment and plan of care to sustain one's own health and to nurture the health of one's organization
  7. Overcoming Personal and Organizational Immunity to Change
    • Develop an understanding of change management and how to promote and manage personal and organizational change
  8. Assessment of Suicidal Risk in Primary Care
    • Discuss risk factors and warning signs and will be better able to identify those at imminent risk (including physician peers) and refer them to specialists trained in treating suicidal individuals
  9. Integrating Behavioral Health Services in Primary Care Offices
    • Be aware of the prevalence and co-morbidity of mental health concerns in traditional medical practices
    • Be aware of the need for both co-training of medical and mental health professionals as well as the value of integrating mental health providers as members of the care team in mainstream medical practices
    • Utilize the "warm hand-offs" approach as a means of readily connecting those in need of mental health services with integrated mental health providers
  10. Introduction to Motivational Interviewing
    • Be aware of the specific stages in the process of change
    • Discuss the principles underlying M.I.
    • Utilize specific M.I. techniques that can be easily integrated into their interaction with patients without significantly lengthening the duration of the exam
  11. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their Effects on Patient Wellness
    • Appreciate the value of identifying those patients whose medical and psychological problems can be attributed to the long-term effects of ACEs<.li>
    • Screen for ACEs in pediatric populations to prevent chronic negative medical or psychological outcomes
    • Better understand the underlying pathophysiology related to the sustained activation of the body's stress response on general health and psychological well-being
    • Identify patients whose ACEs have not been addressed, and refer to mental health professionals for treatment
  12. What is the Role that "Choice" Plays in Fostering Happiness and Well-being
    • Develop an enhanced understanding of the role that personal choice plays in the degree of happiness and self-determination they experience
    • Identify the value of intrinsic vs. extrinsic rewards and their role in the practice of mindfulness
    • Be aware of "stimulus control" as an effective method for reversing "mindless" behaviors
    • Understand how too many options can cause paralysis and distress
    • List five evidence-based choices that lead to greater happiness
  13. How to Cut the Number of "Heartsink" Patients in your Practice in Half
    • Discuss the factors that researchers have found contribute to what healthcare providers describe as "difficult" patient encounters
    • Be aware of what patient, clinic and physician characteristics contribute to such encounters and in doing so they will be able to reduce the frequency of these encounters in their medical practice
  14. What Physician Behaviors Set Them Apart as Exemplary (as Perceived by their Peers)
    • Identify which behaviors and competencies are most important in being viewed as exemplary by their peers
    • Develop a strategy to incorporate these factors into interactions with peers
    • As an educator emphasize those factors in the training of new providers
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.

Timothy Spruill, MA, EdD

Timothy Spruill, MA, EdD
AdventHealth Medical Staff, Dept of Psychiatry
Founding Member of the Faculty of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program, AdventHealth East Orlando
Timothy Spruill earned his M.A. in Counseling Psychology (George Mason University, 1977). After 4 years teaching undergraduate psychology, he worked in a private psychiatric hospital while pursuing his Ed.D. In Counselor Education & Counseling Psychology (Western Michigan University, 1992). Following three years as a rehabilitation psychologist, he was appointed Associate Professor in Counseling Psychology at Andrews University. In 1998 he became the first Behavioral Medicine faculty at Florida Hospital"s Osteopathic Family Medicine residency. After joining the medical staff (Psychiatry Department) in 2001, he became a consultant to the E.D. which ultimately lead to the clinical examination of approximately 4000 suicidal patients over the following 15 years. His role was to assess their imminent risk of self-harm and recommend disposition. Drawing on this expertise, he began conducting day-long training seminars on the ethical assessment and treatment of suicidal patients for mental health professionals in 2010. Since that time, he has presented in 100 cities in 37 states. As a direct result of his extensive consultation in the E.D., In 2007 he was the first psychologist nationally to be invited to join the Emergency Medicine residency faculty. He currently has clinical appointments at three Florida Medical schools and nine scholarly publications.. Motivated by his belief that the future of counseling involves integrating services into primary care, in August of 2014, he created an internship program embedded in the Primary Care residency clinic for University of Central Florida graduate students in the Mental Health Counseling Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy Master"s Degree Program. He has maintained his FL license as a Psychologist since 2002.

Herdley O. Paolini, Ph.D., L.P

Herdley O. Paolini, Ph.D., L.P
Herdley O. Paolini, Ph.D., L.P., gained national attention by creating the first-of-its-kind holistic physician integrative wellness program designed to counteract physician burnout and foster physician resiliency, well-being, and leadership development to support the patient-care mission of the Advent Health care organization. She subsequently left Advent Health after 12 years as director of Physician Support Services to share the program she created there with medical staffs and health systems across the nation. She is the Founder and President of The Institute for Physician Integration.
She has been engaged by several health systems for consultations, including the Mayo Health System, Wisconsin; Centura Health, Colorado; Loma Linda Medical Center, California; St. Helena Health System, California; Tampa General Hospital, Florida; Baylor, Scott & White, Texas; Orlando Health, Florida; Wentworth-Douglas Hospital & Concord Hospital, New Hampshire; Nemours Pediatric Hospital, Florida & Delaware, Spectrum Lakeland, Michigan, Summa Health, Ohio, Akron Children's Hospital, Ohio.
Dr. Paolini is a licensed psychologist, teacher, and author of Inside the Mind of a Physician, published in 2009 by the Florida Hospital Press. She also has authored numerous articles and academic papers and is lead author of Healers in Need of Healing cannot Heal, recently published by Medscape, a multi-specialty online journal serving physicians and other medical professionals. She earned her doctorate from Western Michigan University, and she has 30 + years of experience influencing change through coaching, psychotherapy, CME curriculum, leadership development, and creative programing at both the individual and organizational levels.

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

Sun Jan 26 Barcelona, Spain
- 5:00 pm
Mon Jan 27 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Jan 28 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
7:00 am 7:00 pm
Wed Jan 29 Naples, Italy
7:00 am 7:00 pm
Thu Jan 30 Messina, Sicily
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Fri Jan 31 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Feb 01 Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
7:00 am 7:00 pm
Sun Feb 02 Chania (Souda), Crete, Greece
10:00 am 6:00 pm
Mon Feb 03 Athens (Piraeus), Greece
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

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 and the largest city in Campania, Naples is the third most populated city in Italy (after Rome and Milan) with over a million inhabitants. It's 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.

Messina, Sicily - A beautiful sheltered harbor is your gateway to Taormina, a small town at heart despite its major tourist attraction: the sublime Teatro Greco, offering panoramic views of the coastline and snow-capped Mt. Etna.

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey - The UNESCO World Heritage ruins of Ephesus impress even those familiar with the world's other ancient cities. Though excavations have been underway for 150 years, only 20 percent of the city has been uncovered. Check out the the Celsus Library — built in 117 A.D., the site is made up of towering columns highlighted by the statue of the goddess of wisdom. Cruises to Ephesus will give you a taste of Turkish life by strolling the seafront promenade and the bustling city center. Walk Marble Street, paved with actual marble slabs, which takes you from downtown to the Temple of Artemis — you can still see one lone remaining column from this wonder of the ancient world.

Chania (Souda), Crete, Greece - Chania is the second largest city of Crete, and one of the most beautiful. It lies along the north coast of the island at the east end of the Gulf of Chania. Chania is the site of the ancient Minoan settlement the Greeks called Cydonia (Kydonia), which was mentioned in Virgil's Aeneid. The site has been continuously inhabited from Neolithic times - at least 5000 years. The city's rich history can be traced through historic buildings and monuments with Venetian, Turkish and Greek architecture.

Athens (Piraeus), Greece - As the capital of Greece and one of Europe’s most bustling cities, Athens is powered by 5,000 years of history. At night, the city of Athens glows from afar, light reflecting off the ancient ruins. Today travelers flock from around the world to experience its history while on cruises from Athens. After all, the art, theatre, architecture, and philosophy of Athens had ripple effects through the fabric of entire civilizations.

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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