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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Current Topics in Infectious Diseases and Cardiology

7-Night Mexican Riviera Cruise
Round-trip San Diego, California
March 22 - 29, 2025
Holland America's <em> Koningsdam</em>
Holland America's Koningsdam
16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
16 ACPE Credits
9.0 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
  1. Evaluation of Chest Pain on the Front Lines
    • Develop a differential diagnosis of acute chest pain
    • Know how to use the Heart Score index in the algorithm for assessment of cardiac chest pain.
  2. Hyperlipidemia Evaluation and Management Update
    • Understand the biology of common clinical lipid disorders
    • Become familiar with current clinical guidelines for the management of hyperlipidemia
    • Recognize the indications for applying novel therapies for treating lipid disorders
  3. Cardiac Risk Assessment and Use of Risk Calculators
    • Understand the features of common cardiovascular risk calculators
    • Apply cardiovascular risk calculators in clinical practice
  4. Unique Issues in Women’s Heart Health
    • Appreciate the misconceptions and misperceptions of women’s heart health
    • Diagnosis and manage common cardiovascular conditions unique to women
  5. Optimal Medical Therapy for the Management of Stable Coronary Heart Disease
    • Know the definition of stable coronary heart disease
    • Apply optimal medical therapy to treat coronary heart disease
    • Appreciate the evidence in support for medical management of coronary heart disease
  6. Heart Failure Guidelines Update
    • Classify and define various forms of heart failure
    • Apply clinical and imaging criteria to diagnose heart failure
    • Apply current management guidelines in the treatment for heart failure
  7. Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines Update
    • Understand the indications for anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation
    • Apply medical therapy for management of atrial fibrillation
    • Become familiar with indications for interventional therapies to manage atrial fibrillation
  8. Don't Neglect the Impact of Emotions and Stress on Heart Health
    • Discuss the neurohormonal and physiologic basis of stress and adverse cardiovascular effects
    • Become familiar with stress-related cardiovascular syndromes,
    • Counsel patients on basic techniques to manage stress to achieve a health benefit.
  9. New antimicrobial agents and antimicrobial prophylaxis for prevention of infective endocarditis
    • Utilize up-to-date information regarding indications and usage of new antimicrobials
    • Develop a reasoned approach to considering antimicrobial prophylaxis per American Heart Association guidelines
  10. Confusing diagnostics in infectious diseases
    • Discuss how infectious disease tests are reported
    • Appropriately use and interpret some newer molecular tests for infectious diseases
  11. Intraabdominal infections and diverticulitis
    • Describe the approach to intraabdominal infections and select appropriate antimicrobial therapy
  12. Skin and soft tissue infections
    • Recite common pathogens associated with skin infections
    • utilize appropriate antimicrobial therapy based on exam
  13. C difficile and other diarrheas
    • Recite common challenging aspects of treating diarrhea in the era of C difficile infection
  14. Infectious risks in international travelers
    • Recite commonly encountered diseases associated with international travel
    • Identify necessary items to bring for international travel
  15. Infectious Disease image review and word association (1-1.25 hrs)
    • Recall specific infectious diseases based on keywords and/or images
  16. Review of SARS-CoV2 since 2020 and update in Mpox
    • Understand presentations for covid 19 as well as inpatient and outpatient treatment strategies, and vaccine indications
    • Discuss the current status of Monkey Pox and vaccination
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.

Michael J. Tan, MD, FACP, FIDSA

Michael J. Tan, MD, FACP, FIDSA
Summa Health Medical Group Infectious Diseases 
Professor of Internal Medicine
Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) Michael J. Tan, MD is Professor of Internal Medicine at Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) in Rootstown, Ohio. At NEOMED, he is co-course director of the Infection and Immunity Course and Vice-Chair of the Infectious Disease Section of the Principles of Medicine Course.  Dr. Tan is Lead Physician for Summa Health Medical Group-Infectious Disease at Summa Health in Akron, Ohio where he is also Clinical Physician, Infectious Diseases and HIV as well as Medical Director for the Summa Health Clinical Research Center.

Dr. Tan is board certified in infectious disease and internal medicine. He obtained his medical degree from the Northeastern Universities College of Medicine (now NEOMED) and completed his residency training at Summa Health System. He then completed a fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

Dr. Tan is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). He is Regent for the American College of Physicians and immediate past-Governor for the Ohio Chapter of the ACP.

Dr. Tan’s primary research interests include participation in multi-centered controlled trials of new and novel treatments for Clostridium difficile infection, skin and soft tissue infection, and pneumonia. He is co-editor of Tan JS, File TM Jr., Salata RA, Tan MJ (eds.) Expert Guide to Infectious Diseases, 2nd edition (2008, ACP Press) and Rosenthal KS and Tan MJ (eds.) Rapid Review Microbiology and Immunology 3rd edition (2010, Mosby). Dr. Tan is listed in Best Doctors in America (2010 to present).

Khalid H. Sheikh, MD, MBA, FACC, FNLA, FASE

Khalid H. Sheikh, MD, MBA, FACC, FNLA, FASE
Director of the Health First Institute for Cardiovascular Wellness and Disease Prevention, Cocoa Beach, FL.
Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida, College of Medicine, Orlando, FL.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Duke University Global Health Institute, Durham, NC. Dr. Sheikh is a consulting cardiologist, practicing on the Space Coast of Florida. He serves as Director of the Health First Institute for Cardiovascular Wellness and Disease Prevention. He is engaged in clinical practice, as well as research and teaching. His academic appointments include Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Duke University Global Health Institute, as well Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Central Florida.

His clinical interests include preventative cardiology, cardiac imaging, and global cardiac health and wellness. He was voted by the Consumer council of America as one of America’s top cardiologists. Dr. Sheikh speaks at national and international forums about a variety of topics related to his clinical research, cardiovascular diseases and cardiac wellness. He has served as the principal investigator in over 100 national and international clinical trials. He has authored over 150 scientific abstracts, peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and reviews. He is the author of the critically acclaimed heart wellness book, “Don’t Let Your Heart Attack.”

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 Mar 22 San Diego, California
- 3:00 pm
Sun Mar 23 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Mar 24 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
11:00 am 6:00 pm
Tue Mar 25 Mazatlan, Mexico
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed Mar 26 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
8:00 am 8:00 pm
Thu Mar 27 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Mar 28 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Mar 29 San Diego, California
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

San Diego, California - Easygoing San Diego embodies the Southern California surfer town fantasy, with its more than 300 days of sun, mild year-round temperatures and accessible, sporty pastimes and tourist attractions. Hike the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve to get a glimpse of whale migrations, go sailing in the bay and, of course, surf the famous swells of Del Mar, Oceanside and La Jolla (among many other superb spots). Old Town, North Park, Point Loma and Coronado are all within a few miles of the port, while the bustling Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy are within walking distance.
And while there are lots of things to do for everyone on a San Diego Cruise—from visiting the country’s largest urban park to taking in the famous horse-racing season in Del Mar to riding the charming Old Town Trolley—definitely don’t pass up the chance to investigate San Diego’s quickly growing reputation as a culinary destination. Its inventive new restaurants and huge craft-brewing industry are something to be explored.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - This sleepy fishing village turned celebrity vacation haven is known for its snorkeling, coral reefs galore, and a nightlife that rivals the biggest party destinations in the world. Located at the southern end of California’s Baja Peninsula, Cabo San Lucas is growing in popularity, attracting everyone from Hollywood stars to nature lovers with its tropical ease and natural beauty. Fishing enthusiasts are encouraged to bring their catch of the day to local restaurants, who will grill your fish onsite for you. On a Panama Canal cruise, a stop in Cabo San Lucas isn’t complete without a margarita or a wildly-popular local tequila tasting.

While on your Cabo cruise, don’t miss iconic sites like El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, where tourists flock to catch the sunset glittering off the massive arch-shaped rock formation. Snorkel and see the coral reefs along the Sea of Cortez, or do nothing but sunbathe at Lover’s Beach. When you need a slower day away from the incredible beaches and nightlife of Cabo San Lucas, head north for a day trip to the Todos Santos for art galleries, sleepy cafes, and a relaxed vibe.

Mazatlan, Mexico - If you're ready to experience some of the finest sailing and sport fishing available, then you're ready for Mazatlan. This is an exquisite seaside resort by anyone's standards. Of course, you don't have to partake in world-class water sports to enjoy Mazatlan. You can relax on one of its soft-sand beaches caressed by trade winds that are even softer. Or shop for silver jewelry and Mexican crafts in the shops of "The Golden Zone", where you can also celebrate your purchases at one of the area's lively cantinas.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Puerto Vallarta has all the amenities of a classic beach resort ‐ surf, sand and sun‐ but it also offers so much more. Perfect for honeymooners, families and seniors alike, Puerto Vallarta offers sport fishing, golfing, horseback riding, hiking and whale watching. Boasting mountains, jungles, beaches, rivers, and waterfalls, this port is completely different from any other destination in Mexico. Puerto Vallarta is a modern destination that remains loyal to its traditional Mexican roots. And that's just scratching the surface.

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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