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Topics in Emergency Medicine

6-Night Western Caribbean Cruise Conference
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
September 07 - 13, 2019

This conference has already sailed, but that doesn't mean you have to miss the boat! Click here to see our complete schedule of upcoming programs.

<em>Celebrity Equinox</em>
Celebrity Equinox
14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
14.0 Contact Hours
4½ Hours of Pharmacology for NPs

Course Fees:

$895 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Pharmacists, & Dentists
$695 for Physician Assistants
$695 for Nurse Practitioners
$495 for Nurses, Students & Others

BIAS FREE CME - No Commercial Support was provided for this CME activity.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the CEI meeting group through Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea® at 800-422-0711 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.

Target Audience

Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists,

Program Purpose

A variety of topics will be presented allowing providers to develop better patient care strategies. Over the last several years there has been a growing awareness of the dangers of excessive oxygen and ventilation during resuscitation. Some of the studies and their implications will be discussed to assist the provider in improving resuscitative care. Remote Ischemic Conditioning (RIC) is a low cost, low tech adjunct to STEMI care that appears to improve both short and long term outcomes.

Having all the knowledge and tools as an ED physician is of no use if to the busy provider if they make the wrong diagnosis. Cognitive medical errors and their avoidance will also be discussed to help the busy practitioner avoid pitfalls and errors in assessment and diagnosis.

Despite discussions about walls and fears of terrorist incidents, worldwide travel and immigration continues. It is important to understand the potential dangers of traveling for yourself and your patients as well as to recognize some of the diseases that returning travelers and immigrants can present with as patients in the ED.

Finally the speakers will select a number of recent and potentially practice changing article to review.

  1. Travel Medicine: Preparation and Prevention
    • Assess appropriately the medical risk to the traveler
    • List commonly needed Immunizations for travelers
    • Implement helpful travel preventative treatments
    • Utilize travel medicine related website resources
  2. There is a What in My ED?
    • Identify common and not so common diseases of travelers and immigrants
    • Assess returning travelers presenting with varied complaints
    • Discuss treatment options
  3. Tackling the Opiate Crisis: An overview of MAT and Suboxone
    • Discuss the role suboxone can play in the treatment of an opiate addict
    • Identify potential candidates for suboxone (or other MAT) treatment
    • Review the limits of treatment
  4. Medical Error Reduction: Optimizing Outcomes and Patient Safety
    • Identify potential sources of medical errors in the way they approach pt assessment and diagnosis
    • Discuss how functioning as a team with open communication and no fault reporting can help prevent errors
    • Incorporate this understanding into their approach to patients
  5. Death by Breathing: Reassessment of the ABCs in resusciation
    • Describe the dangers of excessive ventilation
    • Identify errors in ventilation
    • List the techniques to mitigate and correct this
    • Apply this information in the treatment of respiratory and cardiac arrest
  6. Death by Oxygen: Reassessing the need for oxygen in all patients
    • Identify the conditions for which hyperoxemia is potentially dangerous
    • Describe the goals and targets of oxygen therapy
    • Apply this information in patient care
  7. Remote Ischemic Conditioning (RIC) in STEMI care
    • Describe the technique of performing RIC
    • List the benfits of RIC therapy
    • Apply this information in the treatment of STEMI patients in the acute setting
  8. Updates and Practice Changing Articles
    • Describe some of the newest science and interventions in acute medicine as described in recent literature
    • Discuss how these articles are potential game changers
    • Demonstrate how this will change your patient assessment and care
  9. The Holliman Healthcare Plan and Why You Should Get Involved in Social Activism
    • Describe the inter-relationships between healthcare reform, tort reform, welfare reform, and prison reform.
  10. The Role of Emergency Medicine in Global Health
    • Describe the current structure of emergency medical care in different countries
  11. Mammal Bites
    • State the indications for antibiotic prophylaxis and treatment of mammal bites
  12. Toxic Seafood Ingestions
    • List the potentially dangerous types of seafood
  13. Abdominal Pain
    • Describe the diagnosis and initial management of acute abdominal pain
  14. Allergic Emergencies
    • List the sequence and dosages of medications used to treat allergic emergencies
  15. Chemical Weapons
    • Describe the management of exposure to chemical agents
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.
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.


Francis R. Mencl, MD, MS, FACEP, FAAEM

Francis R. Mencl, MD, MS, FACEP, FAAEM

Professor of Emergency Medicine NEOMED Rootstown Ohio
Emergency Department Western Reserve Hospital Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

A graduate of Case Western Reserve (BA), Cleveland State (MS), and NEOMED (MD), Dr. Mencl has been an emergency physician for more than 25 years.  After completing his residency in EM at Akron City Hospital (Summa Health System), he stayed on, eventually becoming the system EMS Medical Director.  In this leadership position, he assisted the hospital in acquiring and maintaining a variety of certifications and accreditations including level 1 trauma center, STEMI and chest pain, as well as stroke center. He also revamped numerous EMS protocols and introduced many area firsts.

Dr. Mencl’s passions include teaching and research.  He is professor of Emergency Medicine at NEOMED, lectures nationally and internationally, and is on the editorial board of Prehospital Emergency Care.  He has translated research into practice using some of his published work to develop best practices for his EMS agencies and helped Summa’s STEMI program achieve significant savings in time-to-intervention.

Under his direction, the EMS curriculum for the residents and EMS continuing education for the EMTs and paramedics was revamped moving to more hands-on, case-based, and simulation training, even going out for an overnight training at the local national park. From 2004-2006 Dr. Mencl took a sabbatical to serve as the program director of a new EM residency at the OLVG hospital in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, thus gaining additional insight into different health care systems.

After leaving Summa Health System, Dr. Mencl continues to work in the ED but has also done wound and worked in a Subaxone clinic.  He is now board certified in EMS and continues to serve on several area, state, and national committees while teaching whenever possible.

C. James Holliman, MD, FACEP, FIFEM

C. James Holliman, MD, FACEP, FIFEM

Emeritus Professor of Emergency Medicine and Public Health Sciences 
Global Health Program Advisor at Penn State University Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania
Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland
Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia, 
Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine at Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, Peoples Republic of China

Dr. Holliman (Jim) also is the Past-President of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine, a consortium of all of the world's national and regional Emergency Medicine organizations. Jim's career has been centered around the development of the specialty of Emergency Medicine and training programs internationally. 


Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education


Accreditation: Continuing Education, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation: Continuing Education, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



Osteopathic Physicians: This program is eligible for Category 2 credit with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

US or Canadian Family Physicians: Please let us know if you require AAFP Prescribed Credits.



Continuing Education, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea® or ANCC of any commercial products displayed or used with an activity.

Nurse Practitioners: can claim either ANCC Contact Hours or AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM as needed.  Pharmacology credits are identified on individual activities.



Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Through an agreement between the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, medical practitioners participating in the Royal College MOC Program may record completion of accredited activities registered under the ACCME’s “CME in Support of MOC” program in Section 3 of the Royal College’s MOC Program.


Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea ® is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
This activity is approved for a total of 14 contact hours of Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) credit.


Accreditation Council for American Academy of PAs

Continuing Education, Inc. has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 14 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.


 Joint Accreditation

In support of improving patient care, Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea® is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.