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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Pain Management, Palliative Medicine, and End-of-Life Care, including Related Topics in Neurology

7-Night CocoCay and Bahamas Cruise
Round-trip Cape Liberty, NJ (New York, NY)
February 16 - 23, 2025
Royal Caribbean's <em>Odyssey of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Odyssey of the Seas
16 CE Credits for Psychologists
16 ASWB ACE Credits
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
Psychologists, Social WorkersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
Topics
  1. Palliative Care Overview: History, Range of focus and Relation to Hospice Care
    • To discover the roots of palliative medicine, its impact on traditional practice models and the relation/definition between palliative and hospice care
  2. Advanced Care Directives
    • To define the history/legalities of advanced care directives.
    • To differentiate the various formats and techniques to advance end of life discussions.
    • To examine the controversies in ACD such as surgical thirty day rules.
  3. Pain Management and Palliative Care: Pharmaceutical review and a Review of the Issues of the Opioid Crisis
    • To illustrate treatment options for critical and end of life medical conditions.
    • To examine the roots and solutions of the opioid crisis particularly as related to palliative and hospice care.
  4. COPD, CHF and ESRD in Palliative Care
    • To utilize palliative medicine skills in the planning/treatment of these common chronic conditions.
  5. Patient Driven Voluntary Cessation of Hydration and Nutrition
    • To identify the phenomena of patient's elective decision in non acutely mortal situations to terminate their lives through active decision.
    • To examine the practitioners role/obligations in such a situation
  6. End of Life Symptomology and Management
    • To summarize the common EOL symptoms.
    • To demonstrate pharmaceutical and behavioral management of these conditions.
  7. Reimbursement and Coverage Strategies
    • To examine the CMS rules of remuneration for non palliative/hospice providers in palliative/hospice patients
  8. Mental State - delirium, MCI and dementia
  9. Can the Patient Hear Me? - awareness, unresponsiveness and coma
  10. Stroke - follow-up and prognosis
  11. Gap Analysis - quality approach to practice improvement
  12. Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's in Palliative Care
  13. Brain Death - what is it and diagnosis
  14. The Plan for Monday - changes for ease of practice and improvement in care
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.
Faculty

Charles S. Mills, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDBC

Charles S. Mills, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDBC
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
Medical Director, Palliative and Hospice Medicine, Elliot Health System, Manchester, NH
Medical Director, Manchester VNA and VNA of Southern NH Hospice
Medical Director, Inspiris/Optum Care of United Health, Massachusetts
Fellow, American College of Physicians
Fellow, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Dr Mills is a board certified internist and palliative care specialist with over 35 years of medical experience and practice. He practiced for many years both clinically and with administrative positions at the former Fallon Clinic/Fallon Community Health System. It was here that he built a strong interest in and knowledge of the impact of health care systems and economics on the delivery of care. In these various rolls, he became a strong advocate for physician education to assist the evolution of the care models necessary for success in the developing health care market.

Dr Mills's extensive work in geriatrics in his clinical practice led to his growth in palliative and hospice medicine. Taking on a medical directorship at a local hospice, he gained practical knowledge of this field and went on to complete additional study in this area leading to his successful completion of board certification in 2008. 

He is a zealous proponent of interactive learning processes and enjoys leading/mentoring invigorated medical education forums. He has lectured and taught broadly at both a community/ lay level, medical school level , residency/fellow level and at attending level of audience

Joel M. Kaufman, MD, FAAN

Joel M. Kaufman, MD, FAAN
Clinical Professor of Neurology
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Department of Neurology
Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI. Dr. Joel M. Kaufman is Clinical Professor of Neurology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a member of the Department of Neurology at Rhode Island Hospital, where he is the Medical Director of the Neurology Resident Teaching Clinic. 

Dr. Kaufman graduated from Boston University, majoring in mathematics, and from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his medical internship at Presbyterian Hospital at Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco (now California Pacific Medical Center) and his Neurology residency at Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center). He then joined Fallon Clinic (now Reliant Medical Group) in Worcester, Massachusetts. From 1988 through 1996 he was Medical Director of Fallon Community Health Plan. From 1997 to early 2014 he was Executive Director of the Lifespan/Physicians Professional Services Organization.

Dr. Kaufman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and active with the Academy, currently chairing the Payment Alternatives Team. He is also serving or has served on many other professional boards and committees.

Dr. Kaufman's interests include physician advocacy, quality improvement in medical practice, provide-payer interaction, and clinical teaching.

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

DATE PORT OF CALL ARRIVE DEPART
Sun Feb 16 Cape Liberty, NJ (New York, NY)
- 3:00 pm
Mon Feb 17 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Feb 18 Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida
11:59 am 8:00 pm
Wed Feb 19 Coco Cay, Bahamas
9:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Feb 20 Nassau, Bahamas
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Fri Feb 21 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Feb 22 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Feb 23 Cape Liberty, NJ (New York, NY)
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Cape Liberty, NJ (New York, NY) - Cape Liberty Cruise Port is located on the New York Harbor in Bayonne, New Jersey, and is just seven miles from New York City and three miles from Newark Liberty International Airport. Its waterfront location and convenience to the Big Apple allows visitors easy access to everything New York City has to offer along with providing visitors access to the historic roots of Northern New Jersey. Convenient guest parking is located adjacent to the cruise terminal.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida - As the home of Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral is the launching point for all-out adventure in Central Florida. Its beaches offer a mix of family-friendly shores and secluded swaths of sand. And with Orlando’s theme park sprawl only an hour away, you can easily mingle with your favorite characters. Beyond the parks lie equally amusing gems packed with Old Florida character. Kayak past manatees in the Banana River Lagoon and zip line above alligators at Brevard Zoo. Discover notable art museums and Park Avenue’s ritzy charm. Orlando cruises give you access to trace the region’s roots at the Orange County Regional History Museum.

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

Nassau, Bahamas - Caribbean charm shines in the Bahamian capital, where you’re never more than a few steps away from rhythmic percussions, appetizing flavors, white-sand beaches, and some of the clearest waters in the world. This picture-perfect paradise was once a pirate’s haven— and you can explore its colorful past of buccaneers, blockade-runners and bootleggers along historical streets and at the three colonial fortresses that line the shores. If you’re looking for a more hands-on maritime adventure, look no further. Cruise to Swim with stingrays, dive with dolphins, or spot colorful coral on a glass-bottom boat.

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.
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