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Topics in Family Medicine, Primary Care, and Disability Evaluation

7-Night Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise
Round-trip Seattle, Washington
August 30 - September 06, 2024
<em>Celebrity Edge</em>
Celebrity Edge
16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
16 ACPE Credits
16.0 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
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. Things we missed in medical School-Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements
    • Develop a strategy to respond to patients requesting complimentary or alternative medicine treatment or are on self-procured regimens
    • Utilize selected resources on supplements and complimentary medicine
    • Discuss alternative non-hormonal therapies
    • Understand normal hormonal pathways
    • Identify bio-identical hormones to incorporate into your practice
  2. Toxicology 101-what is the approach?
    • Identify difficulties between Acute vs. Chronic Occupational Claims
    • Discuss why true cases may be missed and false cases may present
    • Learn legal vs. Scientific Causation
    • Be aware of available resources to handle a toxicologic claim
    • Review of the medical literature
    • Utilize steps that can be summarized as “Does“ “Can“ and “Did“
    • identify what the patient has, what can cause their problem and what may have contributed to this condition
  3. Sleep Complaints with a focus on Obstructive Sleep Apnea
    • Identify risk factors for Obstructive Sleep Apnea(OSA)
    • Know the associated medical conditions that indicate OSA may be present
    • Recognize symptoms commonly claimed to be associated with OSA
    • Recall the shifting trends in obesity internationally
    • Complete a USPSTF quiz on OSA
  4. Medical Mimics: medical conditions that look orthopedic
    • Utilize presenting case history and examinations to generate a working differential diagnosis from an orthopedic presentation
    • Be able to request additional appropriate testing to define an illness
    • Review literature for specific presented cases
  5. Stress and Cardiovascular Disease
    • Raise awareness of the impacts of stress on cardiovascular outcomes
    • Look at different models of stress in the literature
    • Know guideline statements for the benefits of work
  6. Causation: what causes the common things we see in practice
    • Understand methods underlying causation
    • Learn Medical vs Legal Causation
  7. Work Ability and Returning Someone to Work
    • Identify the types and sources of mixed messages sent to patients
    • Be able to articulate the negative health consequences of being placed out of work
    • Discuss specialty society statements on the return to work process
    • Know the generalized health benefits of working
    • Understand what are Risk, Capacity and Tolerance
  8. Illness Behavior and Pain Questionnaires-What Patterns Can We Find
    • Learn about questionnaire based techniques to identify these subtle and complex psychosocial issues
    • Implement a more structured approach in their office to patients with pain and injury claims based on useful questions and their interpretation
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.


Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine Emeritus, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 
  Dr. Hyman is an internist with more than 30 years of experience and head of HymanHealth, which is located on the Westside of Los Angeles, California. A nationally recognized disability expert, Dr. Hyman provides medical-legal evaluations spanning the continuum of internal medicine for a wide variety of legal and insurance organizations. He has evaluated hundreds of workersí compensation patients around the country, from NFL players to everyday workers, providing credible and thorough diagnoses, depositions and documentation, often using the state-of-science technology found in his office.

Dr. Hyman had served for 30 years as an Associate Professor on the clinical faculty at the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA). He pursued medical school, internship, residency and fellowship at UCLA. Dr. Hyman is a highly sought-after lecturer, including being the keynote speaker for annual State level meetings. He has authored various medical-legal and internal medicine topics. He has served as editor for the Internal Medicine section of the Medical Disability Advisor, Fifth and Seventh Editions. Much of his work can be found in prestigious peer-reviewed journals including the Annals of Internal Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Archives of Neurology, the American Family Physician, and the Journal of Occupational Environmental Medicine. Dr. Hyman is a chapter author and editor for numerous American Medical Association (AMA) books including:

  • A Physicianís Guide to Return to Work
  • Guides to Disease and Injury Causation
  • Guides to Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Guides Transition Book
  • Guides to Navigating Disability Benefit Systems
  • Guides 6th edition and accompanying Internal Medicine Workbook
  • Over the years, Dr. Hyman has been a member of the AMA, American College of Physicians and the American College of Environmental and Occupational Medicine. His FACP designation acknowledges that he is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and has served on the organizationís Governorís Advisory Council. His FAIME designation recognizes that he is a Fellow of the International Academy of Independent Medical Examiners. He is past chair of the National Board of Directors for IAIME. Dr. Hyman has testified before the United States Congress as a national expert on disability issues.

    Dr. Hyman has received acclaim for his contributions to the medical world. In 2009, WebMD selected Dr. Hyman for its annual &@8220;Health Heroes&@8221; award. In addition, the City of Los Angeles recognized his involvement with the LA Police Department related to developing police arrest procedures.

Elliot Davidson, MD, FAAFP

Elliot Davidson, MD, FAAFP
Medical Director, The Center for Family Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Professor of Family Medicine, NEOMED
Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, Ohio Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Dr. Elliot Davidson is the Medical Director of the Center for Family Medicine (CFM) at Cleveland Clinic Akron General in Akron, Ohio.

He is Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUHCOM). He serves on many committees and is Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee. He is past Chairman of the Board of Partners Physician Group, the Private Practice of Akron General Health System.

Dr. Davidson is passionate about the prevention of heart disease and has published in and has been a reviewer for the Journal of Clinical Lipidology. He is a leader in test taking preparation and has presented on this topic at many local and national meetings and worked individually with many learners. For the 11 years he was a Family Medicine Program Director from 2008 to 2019 his graduates had a 100% pass rate on their first attempt on the American Board of Family Medicine Certifying Examination. He is actively engaged in teaching many medical and pharmacy students, and family medicine residents. In 2022, he received the Outstanding Family Medicine Faculty Award from OUHCOM and Cleveland Clinic. In 2023, he was presented with the Medical Education Leadership Award from Cleveland Clinic Akron General.

Dr. Davidson graduated from both Kent State University (Summa cum Laude) and NEOMED in 1982 and did his Family Medicine Residency at Akron General Medical Center.

He is married, has four children and one granddaughter (so far).

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

Fri Aug 30 Seattle, Washington
- 4:00 pm
Sat Aug 31 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Sep 01 Ketchikan, Alaska
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Mon Sep 02 Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier
5:30 am 10:00 am
Mon Sep 02 Juneau, Alaska
1:30 pm 10:00 pm
Tue Sep 03 Skagway, Alaska
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Tue Sep 03 Alaska Inside Passage
6:30 pm 10:30 pm
Wed Sep 04 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Thu Sep 05 Victoria, British Columbia
5:30 pm 11:59 pm
Fri Sep 06 Seattle, Washington
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Seattle, Washington - Sailing out on a cruise from Seattle? Make sure you spend a few a days in the beautiful Emerald City. If you’re a nature lover, this jewel in the Pacific Northwest is the perfect place for you to explore ahead of your cruise vacation. Though it offers plenty of metropolitan delights — think great restaurants, bars, a ton of shopping and lots (and lots) of hip coffee shops — Seattle is a big city with a wild, great-outdoors soul. It’s surrounded by ancient forests, sprawling public parks and, of course, the misty Puget Sound, where you can slow-moving tugboats, sleek kayaks and the occasional pod of whales. Head to Discovery Park for beautiful views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges or visit the Olympic Sculpture Park near Elliott Bay. And if you’re craving a drink and a tasty bite to eat, head to one of Seattle’s many rooftop bars and take advantage of those extra-long northern summer days while you sip local brews and expertly crafted cocktails.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Ketchikan, Alaska - Ketchikan sits at the southern end of Alaska’s Inside Passage— a gateway to the wild landscapes and seascapes of Misty Fjords National Monument. The canned salmon capital of the world, it’s a hub for fishing and outdoor sports. It’s also home to three tribes of Northwest Coast Native Americans, making it a great place to get a taste for the local culture. You’ll see it in the colorful, hand-carved totems that line the city’s streets and parks, and in the unique stilted homes that cling to Deer Mountain’s slopes. If you want to get up close and personal with nature, venture into the Tongass National Forest, the largest in the United States. Or head to Ketchikan Creek Waterfall for amazing views of downtown Ketchikan and a glimpse at the yearly salmon runs.

Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier - One of Alaska's lesser-known gems, Endicott Arm Fjord marks the southern edge of Fords Terror Wilderness area. As you drift through its 30 -mile-long stretch, you can't help but be awed by the sorrounding granite cliffs, mountain valleys and dozens of gushing waterfalls. Drifting icebergs, deep blue waters and a spectacular tidewater glacier only add to this natural spectacle's appeal.

Skagway, Alaska - The tiny town of Skagway still looks like it did during the Klondike Gold Rush over 100 years ago— and today it remains an outpost for thrilling Alaskan adventure. An old-time street car ride along bustling Broadway Street reveals well-preserved buildings, including the state’s oldest hotel. You can see engraved walrus tusks at the Corrington Museum, or get lost in riveting historical reenactments around town. If outdoor adventure is more your thing, there are plenty of ways to amp up the adrenaline, from sledding with Alaskan Huskies on Laughton Glacier to rafting Lynn Canal, the longest fjord in North America.

Victoria, British Columbia - Though Toronto and Vancouver are the more famous Canadian destinations, it’s high time for the sophisticated and beautiful city of Victoria, British Columbia (BC) to have its big moment. The quaint charm and English manners of Victoria will take you back in time to the days of British occupation in the 19th century. Victoria is known as “the garden city” for its lushness and its commitment to keeping the city beautiful. Head to Butchart Garden or Beacon Hill Park to enjoy nature during your time in port.

Of course, a little history lesson is another must while on a cruise to Victoria, BC. Tour the expertly maintained Craigdarroch Castle and the Parliament Buildings, or stop in the Royal BC Museum, a natural history museum dedicated to the history of human settlement in the region. There’s also the Emily Carr House, a museum dedicated to the life and works of the famous painter, Emily Carr. Victoria exudes an intellectualism where art galleries and afternoon tea await you, but so do long bicycle rides along the seafront. Stylish cafes and restaurants are modernizing the city, all while maintaining its signature look: something straight out of a postcard.

Non-Americans/Canadians, please Click Here to determine if you'll need a visa to board this cruise, which visits Canada

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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