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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Gastroenterology and Hepatology & Addiction Medicine

7-Night Western Caribbean & CocoCay Cruise
Round-trip Miami, Florida
January 18 - 25, 2025
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14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
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
Addiction Medicine: This interactive course will involve learners by utilizing case studies, small and large group discussion, short patient-focused videos, and a journal club session. Didactic sessions will include practical, real-world information related to these complex clinical topics. Curriculum is intended to satisfy DEA MATE Act requirements.

Course Learning Objectives:
  1. Review evidence-based recommendations for prescribing, universal precautions and stewardship of controlled substances
  2. Discuss treatments for two common substance use disorders: opioid and alcohol
  3. Develop a personal action plan to actively participate in reversing the overdose epidemic
  1. Origins and Current Overview of the Opioid/Overdose Crisis
  2. Stigma, Substance Use Disorders and the House of Medicine
  3. The Benzodiazepine Bandwagon
  4. Controlled Substance Stewardship and Tapering Strategies
  5. Buprenorphine and MOUD Basics
  6. Treating Alcohol Use Disorder
  7. Addiction and Pain Journal Club
  8. Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) and Harm Reduction
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
The purpose of this Interprofessional Continuing Education activity is to equip healthcare professionals from various disciplines with the essential knowledge and collaborative skills required to provide holistic and effective care for patients with gastrointestinal and hepatic disorders. This program focuses on fostering a deeper understanding of the interconnected nature of gastroenterology and hepatology, promoting comprehensive patient management strategies, and improving clinical outcomes through collaborative practice.
  1. Management of C. difficile Colitis Gut Microbiota
    • Analyze and understand the diagnostic testing and treatments for C. difficile colitis
  2. Management of Celiac Disease
    • Analyze and understand differences in diagnosis, testing and treatment for celiac disease
  3. "Management of Chronic HBV and HDV Hepatitis
    • Identify risk factors, symptoms, signs, tests, treatment for chronic hepatitis B and D viral infections
  4. Management of Chronic HCV Hepatitis
    • Identify risk factors, symptoms, signs, tests, treatment for chronic hepatitis C infection
  5. Management of Foreign Body Ingestions
    • Identify risk factors, symptoms, signs, tests, treatment for foreign body ingestions
  6. Management of Non-Alcoholic (Metabolic Associated) Fatty Liver Disease
    • Identify risk factors, symptoms, signs, tests, treatment for non-alcoholic (metabolic associated) fatty liver disease
  7. Management of GI Diseases Mediated by Bacterial Toxins
    • Identify risk factors, symptoms, signs, tests, treatment for GI diseases caused by bacterial toxins
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.

George Yung-hsing Wu, MD, PhD

George Yung-hsing Wu, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Hepatology Section
Herman Lopata Chair in Hepatitis Research
University of Connecticut Health Center
Farmington, CT

American Gastroenterological Association (FAGA)
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (FAASLD)
  Dr. George Y. Wu is a Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Hepatology Section, and holds the Herman Lopata Chair in Hepatitis Research at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

He has been a pioneer of targeted delivery of biological substances including genes, and mitochondria specifically to hepatocytes. He has received an American Gastroenterological Association/Industry Research Scholar Award, American Liver Foundation Research Prize, AGA-Gastroenterology Research Group Young Scientist Award, was elected a Fellow of the AGA, and the American Association for the Study of liver Diseases.

He was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Association of American Physicians, the National Academy of Inventors, and was a Fulbright Specialist. He has published more than 160 articles, edited 13 books and is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology, and senior associate editor of the Journal of Digestive Diseases.

Elisabeth Fowlie Mock, MD

Elisabeth Fowlie Mock, MD
Elisabeth Fowlie Mock, MD, MPH, FAAFP attended Colby College, Emory University, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and UNC Chapel Hill School of Public Health. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine and works primarily as a consultant and clinical educator with per diem hospitalist shifts. Her passions are travel, women's basketball and public speaking. She lives in Bangor, Maine with her husband and 3 doodles (dogs) now that her 3 young adult children have left the nest.

Dr. Mock spent several years as Family Medicine faculty and has been delivering CME lectures and workshops since 2011. She is also trained in an educational technique known as Academic Detailing. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including at a low barrier opioid treatment clinic at a Federally Qualified Health Center and as an adult hospitalist at a community referral hospital. Her QI work with chronic pain, controlled substance prescribing and addiction dates back to 2014. She strives to develop interactive workshops that are practical and actionable for practicing physicians and providers and has focused on being an engaging and enthusiastic presenter for 2 decades. Her work with opioid continuing education has reached several thousand providers in her home state. She considers herself a community-based academic.

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 Jan 18 Miami, Florida
- 5:00 pm
Sun Jan 19 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Jan 20 Roatan, Honduras
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Tue Jan 21 Costa Maya, Mexico
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed Jan 22 Cozumel, Mexico
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Jan 23 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Jan 24 Coco Cay, Bahamas
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Sat Jan 25 Miami, Florida
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Miami, Florida - As far as vacation destinations go, Miami tops most sun-seekers’ lists. With its gorgeous beaches, vibrant neighborhoods and melting pot of cultures, the Magic City is the perfect place to spend a few days before your Caribbean island hop. Ahead of your cruise from Miami, jump-start your morning in true Miami style with a Cuban cafecito from a ventanita — a streetside shop window. Then climb the historic lighthouse at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on quiet Key Biscayne before lounging on the island’s secluded sandy shores. If you’re looking for a bit more action, head to South Beach — home to world-class restaurants, nightlife, shopping and lively beaches, all set against snap-worthy Art Deco buildings. Art lovers who visit Miami can head to Wynwood and explore the neighborhood’s colorful street murals and local galleries. Or take a trip back in time at the Renaissance-style Vizcaya estate, which offers a glimpse into Miami’s dazzling past.

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Roatan, Honduras - The island of Roatan is known for its glittering bays and colorful coral reefs perfect for outdoor adventures like snorkeling and scuba diving. Discover your inner pirate in Roatan, where you can taste local rum, swim among starfish at Starfish Alley, or sample fresh seafood at local restaurants.

The 40-mile-long island borders the second-longest barrier reef on the globe, which attracts many divers each year. Go horseback riding at Little French Cay or unwind in paradise at West Bay. Don’t forget to try conch fritters and rum cake during your visit.

Costa Maya, Mexico - Exploring the dense tropical vegetation and wide sandy bays of the Costa Maya, it's easy to imagine the days when sacrifice and slavery, rite and ritual were rampant in the Mayan culture. Even today, the countless ruins of temple walls, stairs and secret pathways exude magic and mystery. And when your archaeology lesson is complete, glorious stretches of coral sand may inspire you to build your own empire-of sand castles, of course!

Cozumel, Mexico - With its lively tropical reefs, crystal-clear waters and ancient ruins, Cozumel is ripe for one-of-a-kind adventures. Cruise to Cozumel and head to Chankanaab National Park, where you can snorkel among the colorful reefs and schools of tropical fish that give this island its premier diving status. Or travel back in time on an adventure through the towering Maya ruins of Tulum. When you’re done exploring, unwind with a beachside massage at Playa Mia. From culture savoring to soaking up sunshine, you’ll find a world of adventure waiting for you in Cozumel.

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

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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