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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Topics in Internal Medicine and Primary Care

7-Night Labadee & Cayman Cruise
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
March 09 - 16, 2025
<em>Celebrity Ascent</em>
Celebrity Ascent
16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
16 ACPE Credits
3.5 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
  1. Diabetes Medication Updates Primary care clinicians need to understand the differences between different types of diabetes medications and secondary clinical outcomes with many of the pharmacologic categories
    • Compare medication options for treating diabetes including secondary clinical outcomes
  2. CKD: Using Cystatin C for eGFR calculation
    • Incorporate new strategies for early detection of chronic kidney disease
    • Understand background and support for the use of cystatin C
  3. Dementia Diagnosis in Primary Care
    • Discuss types of dementia and typical clinical features
    • Understand appropriate diagnosis and treatment options
  4. Hospice Referral Criteria Overview
    • Reduce confusion in regards to the specific criteria for hospice eligibility
    • Discuss hospice philosophy and benefits. Outline disease-specific criteria for hospice qualification
  5. Risk Adjustment Opportunities in Clinical Documentation
    • Discuss background and basics of risk adjustment. Review clinical documentation pearls
  6. Weight Loss Medications
    • Discuss weight loss options including medical and surgical options
    • Discuss clinical outcomes, benefits, and risks of medications
  7. Major Depression for PCPs
    • Outline specific diagnostic criteria for major depression
    • Discuss medication classes and clinical outcomes
  8. Personality Disorders in Primary Care
    • Discuss screening tools and diagnosis of personality disorders
    • Discuss clinical characteristics manifested in primary care
  9. Hypertension in African Americans
    • Describe the current state of hypertension in African AmericansReview evidence-based practices to improve blood pressure control and reduce health inequities among African Americans
    • Discuss key actions that clinicians can take to make significant progress in getting hypertensive patients to control
  10. Hyperaldosteronism - Not Just for Specialists!
    • Improve the confidence of primary care clinicians in recognizing hyperaldosteronism in clinical settings
  11. Management of Hypertension in the Frail Elderly
    • Provide a framework for clinicians to consider all factors before recommending treatment, and understand where approaches are similar and different than in younger patients
  12. Pre-Operative Assessment for Non-Cardiac Surgery
    • Discuss current guidelines for cost-effective and evidenced-based testing to assess risk before surgery
  13. Heart Disease in Women - An Update
    • Develop awareness of the various presentations of heart disease in women, and gain an appreciation for limitations of current tests to detect CHD
  14. Can Digital Health Literacy Improve Patient Outcomes?
    • Identify gaps in knowledge regarding DHL and empower clinicians to identify their low literacy patients
  15. Hypertension Update - New Clinical Trials, and What They Mean for Clinicians
    • Equip the clinician with new approaches to the management of the hypertensive patient
  16. Q & A: Anemia in the Hospitalized Patient
    • Discuss the principles of management and diagnosis of the hospitalized patient with anemia using an interactive approach
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.

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. 

Kevin M. Baran MD, MPH, HMDC, FACP

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 Mar 09 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 3:30 pm
Mon Mar 10 Bimini, Bahamas
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Tue Mar 11 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Mar 12 Labadee, Haiti
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Mar 13 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Mar 14 Georgetown, Grand Cayman
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Sat Mar 15 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Mar 16 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.

Bimini, Bahamas - For such a tiny isle, Bimini packs a huge adventure punch. Alice Town buzzes with a low-key vibe, while sugary sands lead to scuba diving and snorkeling in bright-blue waters filled with shipwrecks. This is a small-island paradise for sun-seekers and anglers. Here you can check out Bimini Museum exhibits, hike the Bimini Nature Trail, or soak up fresh-from-the-sea Bahamian seafood.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Labadee, Haiti - Beachside meets mountainside on the shores of Labadee — a Royal Caribbean private destination on Haiti’s northern coast. Here you’ll find pristine sands, coral reefs and jungle-covered hilltops nestling lagoon-like bays. There’s no shortage of places to relax and recharge across five stretches of beach. Or dial up the thrills on an active adventure like a half-mile-long zip line ride over the ocean. And fascinating culture, history and the natural beauty of Haiti’s spectacular coasts wait to be discovered around every corner. Escape to the Western Caribbean for a wilder way to experience paradise.

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.

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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