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Topics in Physiology for the Primary Care Provider & Topics in Internal Medicine and Diabetes

6-Night Western Caribbean & CocoCay Cruise
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
July 07 - 13, 2024
<em>Celebrity Beyond</em>
Celebrity Beyond
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
4.0 Hours of Pharmacology for Nurse Practitioners
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
  1. How to navigate through various Hypertension Guidelines?
    • Appraise various guidelines and compare the evidence to apply in own clinical practice
  2. How to Improve BP Control in Your Practice?
    • Apply information learned through case examples to evaluate and treat hypertensive patients to achieve better control rates
  3. 2024 Diabetes Update
    • Integrate guideline-based medical options in your practice for the management of patients with diabetes
  4. New Medications Update
    • Assess the newly FDA approved medications and warnings to achieve better patient outcomes.
  5. Maximizing Outcomes by Utilizing effective Communication Skills
    • Demonstrate new communication tools used when interviewing patients
  6. How to cope with difficult patients in a busy practice?
    • Manage conversations when they become difficult.
    • Demonstrate use of a communication tool to mitigate anger in oneself and others.
  7. Well-Being, Renewal, Balancing Work and Life (reducing burnout and enhancing joy)
    • Define Burnout.
    • Apply techniques to manage burnout in oneself and others
  8. Use of bioinformatics to improve health outcomes
    • Explore the use of bioinformatics to improve health outcomes.
    • Discover the value of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for population health.
    • Explain Big data and how to utilize to enhance health outcomes.
  9. Physiology of the thyroid and thyroid disorders
    • Overview of the normal synthesis and function of thyroid hormone
    • Understand Graves’ Disease: what it is and how it is treated?
    • Discuss the most common kinds of hypothyroidism and how it is currently treated.
    • Investigate subclinical hypothyroidism and inquire if levothyroxine is overprescribed.
    • Recognize the potential for postpartum thyroid disorders and why they develop.
  10. The "Pregnant" Pancreas: Gestational Diabetes
    • Review pancreatic hormones insulin and glucagon
    • Outline the pathology of type I and type II diabetes
    • Describe the pathophysiology of gestational diabetes
    • Discuss management and treatment for gestational diabetes
  11. Skeletal muscle fatigue: types and causes
    • Review physiology of skeletal muscle excitation and contraction
    • Outline cellular mechanisms of high-intensity skeletal muscle fatigue
    • Outline cellular mechanisms of endurance fatigue
    • Address some unanswered questions about the etiology of fatigue
  12. Protective effects of exercise on bones and muscles
    • Review the physiology and cellular anatomy of bone and skeletal muscle.
    • Describe osteoporosis and other common age-related bone pathologies
    • Describe sarcopenia
    • Outline evidence-based exercise programs that can prevent age-related loss of bone and/or muscle
  13. Cardiovascular disease in reverse: the role of exercise
    • Review the cardiac cycle, cardiac output, and the Frank-Starling mechanism
    • Distinguish pathological and physiological hypertrophy
    • Understand the mechanisms behind benefits of cardiovascular exercise
    • Discuss if resistance training is beneficial to cardiovascular health
  14. Role of exercise in mental health
    • Review clinical definitions of depression and anxiety.
    • Outline physiological predispositions to depression and anxiety
    • Describe some effects of exercise on the brain
  15. Microplastics: what are they and what are they doing in our bodies?
    • Describe the origin of plastics and the enormity of the plastic pollution crisis the world currently faces
    • Define micro- and nanoplastics and describe the chemical makeup of them
    • Outline how plastics enter the human body.
    • Give an overview of the current literature on how plastics are implicated in human health.
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.

Shakaib (Shak) Rehman, MD, SCH, FACP, FAACH

Shakaib (Shak) Rehman, MD, SCH, FACP, FAACH
Associate Chief of Staff for Education
Phoenix VA Healthcare Systems
Chair and Professor
Department of Informatics
Professor of Internal Medicine
University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix Dr. Rehman is the Associate Chief of Staff for Education at the Phoenix VA Healthcare Systems. He is also the Professor of Informatics/ Interim Chair & Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix (UACOM-P). He is also currently serving as the Chair of UACOM-P Admissions Committee and Graduate Medical Education.

He received his MD from University of Punjab, Pakistan with Gold Medals in Physiology, Forensic Medicine and Pathology. He did his Internal Medicine Residency at Nassau University Medical Center/SUNY @Stony Brook, New York and General Internal Medicine/Medical Education Fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. He then graduated from the Senior Executive Fellowship (SEF) Program from the Harvard University, Boston.A

He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hypertension and Clinical Informatics. He is also a Fellow of American College of Physicians (ACP) and American Academy on Communication in Healthcare. American Society of Hypertension designated him a Clinical Specialist in Hypertension. He is a certified Mentor for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Rehman is a well-recognized expert in "Healthcare Communication", "Balancing Work and Life" and "Hypertension". He has taught courses/workshops around the country as well as in many countries outside the USA. He was invited to give the Commencement Address on the graduation ceremony of Medical University of South Carolina class of 2013.

He have received numerous awards including Department of Veterans Affair Excellence in Medical Education Award, Best Doctors in America ® award, David E. Rogers Teaching Award from Society of General Internal Medicine twice, Medical University of South Carolina Best Teacher Award, American College of Physicians (ACP) Young Physician Award, ACP James A. McFarland Award in Excellence in Teaching and Humanism, ACP Laureate Award, ACP Arizona Chapter Leader of the Year Award and Outstanding IMG award. He has been inducted in the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society. He has been inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He has received the Department of Veterans Affairs Gerald Schmitz Award, ICARE Award and Certificate in Recognition for important contributions to VA's education mission.

He has served as the President of the Society of General Internal Medicine, Mountain West Region and Vice- President of the Academy on Communications in Healthcare (ACH). He was also the Conference Chair for the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare (ICCH) in 2007. He is currently the Chair of ACP Arizona Chapter’s Public Policy committee. He was the founding member of ACP Council of Young Physicians (CYP) and was also the Chair of ACP-SC Chapter CYP, Chair of ACP-SC Chapter Health and Public Policy Committee (HPPC). He has been a member of the scientific committees for annual sessions of SGIM, AACH, SMA, ACP (South Carolina and Arizona chapters) as well as ACP national Public Policy Committee for the last many years.

Dr. Rehman has participated in many landmark research trials such as ACCORD, SPRINT, ACCOMPLISH, ONTARGET, PROMINENT etc. He has published hundreds of articles and book chapters. He is reviewer for many scientific journals such as Annals of Internal Medicine, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and American Journal of Hypertension etc. He is the Associate Editor of Medical Encounter and was the editor of Journal Scan. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and five children, hiking and meditating.

Cassandra R. Nelson, MS, PhD

Cassandra R. Nelson, MS, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor
Division of Life Sciences
Nelson Biological Laboratories / Busch Campus
Rutgers University
Piscataway, New Jersey Dr. Cassie Nelson is an assistant teaching professor in the Division of Life Sciences and in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Rutgers University. Dr. Nelson received her undergraduate degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in physiological sciences. She went on to earn a masters degree in Cellular and Integrative Physiology from the Indiana University School of Medicine and received her Ph.D. in Biology from Marquette University, where her dissertation explored the cellular mechanisms of skeletal muscle fatigue.
Since graduating with her PhD in 2014, Nelson has worked at 3 universities and taught all kinds of courses, ranging from introductory biology to comparative vertebrate anatomy. At Rutgers, Nelson teaches Systems Physiology to over 800 students per academic year. In addition to teaching, Nelson mentors learning assistants, guides undergraduate students through their senior research theses, and serves on several committees. Nelson recently received financial support for an interdisciplinary research fellowship, where she will work with 3 undergraduate students to explore the relationship between microplastics and human cells and tissues.
As a teaching professor, Nelson loves the Rutgers student body and feels truly privileged to spend her time as a faculty member focused on student education and growth. Outside of teaching and mentoring undergraduate students, Dr. Nelson is a wife and mom of 3 kids, and enjoys running, strength training, listening to podcasts, baking, and coaching her kids sports teams. Nelson is a former division 1 track and field and cross-country athlete and loves to talk about all things running related.

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

Mon Jul 08 Coco Cay, Bahamas
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Tue Jul 09 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Jul 10 Georgetown, Grand Cayman
10:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Jul 11 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Jul 12 Bimini, Bahamas
9:30 am 6:00 pm
Sat Jul 13 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7:00 am -
Sun Jul 07 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 4:00 pm
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Coco Cay, Bahamas - Located in the middle of the Caribbean's bright blue water lies the secluded island of CocoCay. With its white-sand beaches and spectacular surroundings, CocoCay is a wonderland of adventure. Reserved exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests, this tropical paradise has recently been updated with new aquatic facilities, nature trails and a ton of great places to just sit back, relax and enjoy a tropical drink.

CocoCay Map

Perfect Day at CocoCay

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

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.

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.

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - Now that you've finished your cruise take advantage of the  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.

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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