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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Updates in Family and Sports Medicine and Emergency Medicine

8-Night Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao Cruise
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
August 24 - September 01, 2024
<em>Celebrity Beyond</em>
Celebrity Beyond
20.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
20 ACPE Credits
2.0 Hours of Pharmacology for Nurse Practitioners
20.0 Contact Hours
Course Fees
$1095 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$850 for Physician Assistants
$695 for Nurses, Residents, Students & Others

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Examination and treatment of common shoulder conditions
    • Introduce, discuss, and demonstrate a layered approach to the examination of the shoulder
  2. Evaluation and treatment of low back pain
    • Describe common conditions associated with low back pain and appropriate treatments
  3. Examination and treatment of common knee conditions
    • Demonstrate an approach to the examination of the knee and describe common knee conditions
  4. The sports physical examination
    • Discuss and demonstrate the cardiovascular requirements of the Sports Physical Examination
  5. Performance enhancing drugs
    • Discuss and understand the most common performance enhancing substances and their effect on athletic performance
  6. Common pediatric injuries
    • Describe the evaluation and examination of common pediatric musculoskeletal injuries and overuse injuries
  7. Cardiac conditions in athletes
    • Discuss the differences between Athletic Heart Syndrome and Sudden Cardiac Death and the EKG findings associated with these conditions
  8. Concussion management
    • Discuss the requirements of the current evaluation of concussion and the return to sport guidelines
  9. Joint injections
    • Be familiar with the proper approach to commonly used joint injections and aspirations including identification of anatomic landmarks and sites for needle insertion
  10. Sports Dermatology and infectious diseases
    • Recognize, treat and provide sports clearance for athletes presenting with common dermatological conditions
  11. Respiratory Emergencies and RSI/Airway Management
    • Apply updated techniques and knowledge of available medications on situation based airway emergencies and distinguish the most appropriate medications to perform RSI safely
  12. Sepsis and Septic shock
    • Diagnose and manage patients in septic shock and apply recommended treatment strategies
  13. STEMI! Pre-hospital and Emergency Department Management
    • Diagnose and asses based on pertinent patient history and ECG's of typical and atypical ST-segment elevation myocardial infarctions and apply current treatment recommendations
  14. Cardiogenic Shock
    • Diagnose and assess patients in cardiogenic shock and apply evidence-based current treatment recommendations to stabilize their patients
  15. Hypertensive Emergency and Crisis
    • Identify the difference between hypertensive emergency and hypertensive urgency
    • Determine which patients require an urgent reduction in blood pressure and which patients need EMS interventions and emergency department evaluation.
  16. Stroke - Ischemic, Hemorrhagic and Subarachnoid
    • Diagnose and treat patients with symptoms concerning for acute stroke, large vessel occlusion and intracerebral hemorrhage
    • Apply current treatment recommendations
    • distinguish between occlusive CVA versus intracerebral hemorrhage
    • Establishing time of onset to decide on if TPA vs MERCI treatment which can affect admission versus transfer to most appropriate hospital
  17. Rapid Trauma Assessment and Stabilization
    • Diagnose and manage significant traumatic injuries and apply initial stabilization techniques
  18. Hemorrhagic Shock - TXA and Blood Product Utilization
    • istinguish patients in true hemorrhagic shock and apply current treatment strategies, and ascertain if blood product utilization is appropriate
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.

Carlos R. Rodriguez, MD, FAAFP, CAQSM

Carlos R. Rodriguez, MD, FAAFP, CAQSM
Director of Family and Internal Medicine at Evara Health
Program Director Family Medicine Residency- Nova Southeastern University Khiram Patel College of Medicine at Evara Health
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine Nova Southeastern University Khiram Patel College of Medicine
Dr. Carlos R.Rodriguez, MD, FAAFP Dr. Rodriguez is the Director of Family and Internal Medicine at EVARA Health Systems in Clearwater, FL. and the Program Director of the Nova Southeastern University Khiram Patel College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency at Evara Health. He is the former Program Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship and Assistant Director to the Family Residency Program at Bayfront Health Saint Petersburg. He served as Assistant Medical Director of the sports medicine program at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.

Dr. Rodriguez received his B.A. in Biology from Harvard University in 1989. He completed his medical degree at the Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, IL in 1993. Following medical school Dr. Rodriguez completed a General Surgery Internship at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. He then joined the United States Navy where he served as General Medical Officer from 1994 to 1997. After completing his active duty commitment he remained in the United States Naval Reserve until 2002 when he was Honorably Discharged.

Dr. Rodriguez completed the Family Medicine Residency Program at The Medical Center of Central Georgia/Mercer University School of Medicine in 2001 where he served as Chief Resident during his final year and received the Resident Teacher Award. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Bayfront Medical Center. After finishing the fellowship program, Dr. Rodriguez remained in the Tampa Bay area in private practice and later joined Community Health Centers of Pinellas where he served as Director of the Family Medicine Department before becoming fellowship director.

Dr. Rodriguez has served as a team physician for many of our local sports. These activities include the Tampa Bay Rays, Eckerd College and University of South Florida sports, St. Anthony's Triathlon, St. Petersburg Parrots (Hockey), Seminole High School, Indian Rocks Christian School, St. Petersburg Pelicans (Rugby) and the Tampa Bay Storm. He provided medical care to the United States Women's Gymnastics team in 2018 and the Tachi Palace World Strongest Man competition in 2019. He is also a licensed professional ringside physician and provides medical coverage for professional boxing and mixed martial arts in Florida.
Dr. Rodriguez has published sports medicine articles in FP Essentials, Florida Family Physician and ACSMs Health and Fitness Journals. He is a former editorial member of the AAFP's FP Essentials. He is faculty for University at Sea providing sports and family medicine CME courses.

Dr. Rodriguez is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a member of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, the Pinellas County Medical Association, and the Association of Ringside Physicians.

Aaron Buzzard, MD, FACEP

Aaron Buzzard, MD, FACEP
Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Bryan-College Station Campus, Bryan, TX
Regional EMS Medical Director Dr. Buzzard is a decorated veteran and served numerous deployments to Iraq as a flight surgeon and emergency physician. He was an EMT and combat medic before becoming a physician in the US Army. Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Bryan-College Station Campus, Bryan, TX Regional EMS Medical Director for numerous EMS agencies and aircraft. Dr. Buzzard, who is Board Certified in both Emergency Medicine and EMS Medical Direction, is an emergency physician at the CHI St. Joseph emergency trauma center in Bryan, Texas. The facility is a level II trauma center, and the largest hospital in the region.
His areas of interest and expertise are in trauma, critical care medicine, and emergency medical service

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 Aug 24 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 4:00 pm
Sun Aug 25 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Aug 26 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Aug 27 Oranjestad, Aruba
8:00 am 9:00 pm
Wed Aug 28 Kralendijk (Bonaire), Antilles
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Aug 29 Willemstad, Curacao
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Fri Aug 30 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Aug 31 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Sep 01 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

Oranjestad, Aruba - A Dutch jewel with a tropical touch. In Oranjestad, Aruba's capital, explore the colorful floating market and Nassaustraat, brimming with quaint shops. Head for the beach where water sports abound: snorkeling, rides on glass bottom boats and submarines. Or venture into the countryside to see the haunts of the huge green parakeet, the unique rock gardens of Casi Bari, the curious divi divi tree, forever bending in the tradewind breezes.

Kralendijk (Bonaire), Antilles - Kralendijk is the sleepy capital of Bonaire, an island in the Dutch Antilles. Kralendijk is lined with delightfully pastel stucco houses, in pinks, oranges and lime greens. Famous for its diving - the island is surrounded by a Marine Park - Bonaire also offers such treats as flamingos, hiking and the only barefoot casino in the Caribbean.

Willemstad, Curacao - Curaçao is a treasure trove of cultural attractions, rich history, and natural scenery — from desert landscapes and rugged cliffs to 38 spectacular, and mostly secluded, beaches. Sint Anna Bay separates the two sides of the capital of Willemstad. Punda, the original settlement, is a tidy grid filled with shops and unique markets, restaurants and open-air cafes. Not to mention the famous tropicalized Dutch architecture in vibrant hues. Otrobanda (literally, “the other side”) is a maze of narrow streets and even narrower alleyways. And at only 40 miles long, a wide variety of island adventures are within easy reach during your Curaçao cruise.

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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