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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Emergency and Acute Care Medicine & Cardiology

7-Night USVI & Puerto Plata Cruise
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
April 13 - 20, 2025
<em>Celebrity Ascent</em>
Celebrity Ascent
16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
16 ACPE Credits
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. We’ve Got Your Back: a common sense approach to acute back pain
    • List examples of the many medical causes of back pain
    • Identify 'red flags' for those etiologies of back pain that need urgent versus emergent evaluation
    • Describe acute treatment options for common causes of back pain
  2. Updates in DVT & PE—ICU or home?
    • Describe the use of validated criteria to measure risk of early mortality in venous Thromboembolism
    • Classify parameters that make a patient with thromboembolism low or high risk
    • Differentiate and manage the life threatening PEs vs appropriate discharge strategies.
  3. What's Sex and Gender Medicine and why you should care!
    • Differentiate between the terms biological sex and gender
    • Describe how sex and gender can impact acute patient care
  4. In Case You Missed It: Review of recent clinically impactful journal articles
    • Discuss and review current literature
    • Identify research/treatment that could be applied to clinical practice
    • Explain research trends occurring in medicine
  5. Teamwork at the Bedside—How it Impacts Rapid Responses and Patient Safety
    • Identify and describe hazards and imperfect processes at the point of care
    • Define communications vulnerabilities that affect safety in healthcare
    • Illustrate tools that can enhance team functioning
  6. The Opioid Epidemic: Best practice tools for Substance Use Disorder
    • Describe the Magnitude of the Opioid Epidemic
    • Explain Screening and Staging Techniques
    • Summarize Brief (SBIRT) Effective Counseling
  7. Beyond "Clumsy": Recognizing and assisting victims of Intimate Partner Violence
    • Describe the magnitude of intimate partner violence
    • Explain how to perform consistent and effective screening for domestic violence (DV) in acute care settings
    • Recognize history and physical exam findings that are consistent with patterns of abuse in clinical scenarios
    • List opportunities and successful methods for intervention and prevention
  8. Survivor: How to last in a demanding Profession
    • Discuss risks of our profession to well-being
    • Review recommendations to improve personal health
    • Describe tools/ resources to help combat these risks
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.

Marna Rayl Greenberg, DO, MPH

Marna Rayl Greenberg, DO, MPH
Former Vice-Chair, Department of Emergency and Hospital Medicine
Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA
Professor, USF Morsani College of Medicine
Tampa, FL Marna Rayl Greenberg, DO, MPH is the immediate past Vice-Chair of the Department of Emergency and Hospital Medicine, Research at Lehigh Valley Health network and Professor, USF Morsani College of Medicine. She is actively involved in the curriculum development and advising for USF SELECT students and chair of the DME academic appointment and promotion committee for their faculty.

Dr. Greenberg completed her medical school training at the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Tulsa, OK), followed by a three-year residency in Emergency Medicine at Delaware Valley Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. She has maintained her continuous board certification in Emergency Medicine (EM) and Family Medicine since 1991 and 1995 respectively. After joining LVHN, she completed her Master of Public Health Degree at Johns Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore, MD) and was certified in medical management by the certifying commission in medical management in 2011.

Dr. Greenberg has had extensive research and publication experience related to resolving gender differences in education and care provided in the Emergency Department. She has received over $600,000 as a principle or sub-investigator on research projects designed to improve patient care and she has over 100 personal peer reviewed publications.* Her manuscripts have been published in reputable journals such as Annals of Emergency Medicine, Academic Emergency Medicine, JACEP Open, the Journal of Emergency Medicine, the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, Clinical Therapeutics, among others. She serves as a journal editor for JACEP Open, and a peer reviewer for many journals having been awarded the WestJEM 'High Quality Peer-Reviewer' award and a “Top Reviewer” award by JACEP Open. Dr. Greenberg was a core faculty of the EM residency program from 2002-2021. She successfully mentored medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty in hundreds of abstracts, capstones, and manuscripts in her 15-year tenure as the Director of Emergency Medicine Research (2007-2017) and subsequent position as the Vice-Chair of Emergency and Hospital Medicine Research (2017-23). In parallel, she began teaching in the USF SELECT program in 2013. She developed the MS4 curriculum for the health systems domain and was a domain leader from 2014-19 followed by advancing to the SELECT IV course director (2019-current) and a SELECT Collegia Faculty Advisor (2021-current).

She has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors such as receiving the SELECT advisor award (2021, 2023), the outstanding SELECT Faculty award (2022), the Keystone Faculty Teaching Award (2022), the Leonard Tao Humanism Award from the Barness Behnke Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (2021), receiving nomination and induction into the Robert A. Good Honor Society (2020) , the LVHN Medical Staff Research Award (2019), receiving the USF Theodore/Venette Ashounes-Ashford Distinguished Scholar Award (2019), the nomination and induction as faculty to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (2018), receiving the American College of Emergency Physicians recognition award for longevity in Emergency Medicine (2014), receiving the Academy of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine Momentum Award (2014), receiving the Unsung Hero award from the American Osteopathic Association (2014) , receiving the Soroptimist International Ruby Award (2010) for Women Helping Women; the Pennsylvania American College of Emergency Physicians 2005 Emergency Physician of the Year Award; the Physician Service Star Award (2004) for ER Preventive Health Initiatives; and the Koop Community Service Award (2000).

Dr. Greenberg is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and a long-standing member of the American Osteopathic Association and the Society of Academic Emergency Physicians. She is an internationally recognized expert and invited speaker on the topics of acute care medicine with particular emphasis on sex and gender in acute care medicine. Sine 2013 she has been a member of the national ACEP research committee and served a four-year term as incoming chair, chair elect, chair, and immediate past chair of their annual research forum (2019-2023). As the first woman and osteopathic physician in this role, during her tenure, she was integral to the development of a pipeline of diverse medical student scholars and junior faculty. Her tenure established a pathway for sustainability of diversity in ACEP future scholars. In 2014 she co-chaired the Academic Emergency Medicine Consensus Conference that put forth the national research agenda on Gender Specific Research in Emergency Medicine.

In the LVHN community, Dr. Greenberg was the inaugural medical director for the USF SELECT street medicine clinic at the Valley Youth House (2014-2022) and continues to serve as the Amigos de Guatemala Medical Director (international outreach).

Nihar R. Desai, MD, MPH

Nihar R. Desai, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine
Yale School of Medicine
Associate Chief
Section of Cardiovascular Medicine
Center for Outcomes Research and Investigation
New Haven, CT Nihar R. Desai, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief of the Section of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, an Investigator at the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, and Medical Director for Value Innovation at the Yale New Haven Health System Heart and Vascular Center. His interests focus on cardiovascular health services and comparative effectiveness research, examining patterns of care, identifying opportunities to improve clinical outcomes, and evaluating the impact of novel care delivery systems on cost and quality. In addition, he serves as a clinical consultant on the CMS acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and coronary artery bypass graft surgery readmission and mortality measures. He graduated with highest honors from Lehigh University before completing an internship in the Clinton White House. He then attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine where he received his Doctorate in Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health where he received his Master’s in Public Health. Dr. Desai completed his residency training in Internal Medicine as well as his clinical fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He then completed a research fellowship at the TIMI Study Group with Dr. Eugene Braunwald. His scholarly work has been published in New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Circulation, and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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 Apr 13 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 3:30 pm
Mon Apr 14 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Apr 15 Puerto Plata, Dom. Rep.
7:00 am 3:00 pm
Wed Apr 16 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
11:30 am 7:00 pm
Thu Apr 17 Philipsburg, St. Maarten
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Fri Apr 18 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Apr 19 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Apr 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

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.

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!

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.

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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