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Topics in Cardiology, Preventive Cardiology, and Women's Health

12-Night Japan, Hong Kong & Vietnam Cruise
Round-trip Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan
October 10 - 22, 2021
<em>Celebrity Solstice</em>
Celebrity Solstice
21 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
21 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
21 ACPE Credits
21.0 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

$1095 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Pharmacists, & Dentists
$850 for Physician Assistants
$850 for Nurse Practitioners
$695 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.

Program Purpose

The overall purpose of these lectures is to provide clinicians in general adult medicine with useful, updated information of management of their patients with risk factors for cardiovascular disease.  
We will cover evidence based information on the ideal diet for patient with coronary artery disease and those at risk. We will discuss the epidemic of obesity and the effect of the cardiometabolic syndrome on the cardiovascular system.

We will delivery a comprehensive and evidence-based lecture on the management of congestive heart failure. We will provide the clinician with the newest information on the evaluation and management of hypertension and on the new class of drugs for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia-PCSK9 inhibitors.

We will explore issues and treatment strategies for patients who could benefit from statins but who are intolerant of these medications. We address a very common issue for midldle-aged men, erectile dysfunction. We will discuss prevalence, mechanisms and potential therapies for ED. We will present new recommendations for patients who require antiplatelet and anticoagulation therapy for cardiovascular conditions.

We will explore Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) a new technology that will potentially expand and enhance the physical exam. Finally we will review evidence based guidelines for the pre-operative evaluation of adult patients with and without cardiovascular disease.

As medical and pharmaceutical breakthroughs are frequent in today's society, primary care providers must call upon the evidence-based knowledge and talents of a variety of allied healthcare professionals to effectively meet the complex needs of their patients.

For a perimenopausal woman, her medical provider may call her pharmacist to determine if there is a less costly yet equally effective hormonal preparation for her vasomotor symptoms. Additionally he or she may inquire about compounding for atrophic vaginitis, vulvodynia and chronic Candida vulvovaginitis.

Beyond conferring with a gynecologist and other specialists, the primary care provider must network with a physical therapist for patients with pelvic organ prolapse and levator myalgia.

Patient-specific and dynamic communication among nutritionists, psychologists, team physicians and exercise physiologists is essential to the diagnosis and treatment of the female patient with amenorrhea with the Female Athlete Triad or an Eating Disorder.

Equally important as a gynecologist identifying a patient with PCOS and the provider managing her hyperinsulinemia and hyperlipidemia is the dietician who directs her weight loss.

The health department nurse providing the HPV vaccine to a 13-year old girl benefits the teenager with more protection from future cervical, oropharyngeal, anal cancer than Pap smears alone performed by a women’s healthcare specialist.

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  • Obesity and Cardiometabolic syndrome
    • Describe the pathophysiology of the cardiometabolic syndrome
  • The Mediterranean diet and other heart healthy diets
    • Describe the evidence supporting the beneficial effects of the Mediterranean diet
  • Hypertension-new treatment recommendations
    • Outline the major changes in the new AHA/ACC guidelines regarding the treatment of hypertension
  • Erectile Dysfunction-The hard evidence
    • Explain the prevalence and the pathophysiology of erectile dysfunction.
    • Describe three treatment strategies for ED
  • Statin intolerance-the tricks of the trade
    • Describe the prevalence of statin intolerance
    • Describe three treatment strategies for statin intolerance
  • Alirocumab and Evolocumab–PCSK9 inhibitors
    • Explain the pharmacologic mechanism of PCSK9 inhibitors in the treatment of hypercholesterolemia
  • Pre-Operative evaluation for noncardiac surgery
    • Explain the risk stratification for patients anticipating noncardiac surgery
  • Congestive Heart Failure-Update
    • Describe a comprehensive and evidence-based approach to the medical management of congestive heart failure
  • Antiplatelet and anticoagulation Therapy
    • Explain new strategies for the CV use of antiplatelet and anticoagulation therapy
  • Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS)
    • Describe new uses of POCUS in clinical practice
  • THE FUTURE Of CERVICAL CANCER: The Legacy of Screening and the Prophecy Of Eradication
    • The healthcare provider will recognize the development of modern day cervical cancer screening, the role of high risk HPV in male and female lower genital tract, oropharyngeal, anal carcinogenesis, and the importance of promoting HPV vaccination. Additionally the attendee will be able to properly manage the patient with abnormal cervical cancer screening testing according to the 2019 ASCCP Guidelines.
  • FLASH!!!
    To Treat or Not To Treat with Estrogen
    • The clinician will address the concerns of perimenopausal women including their complaints of mood disturbance, vasomotor symptoms, insomnia, diminished sexual desire, vaginal atrophy. He/She will offer patients a variety of behavioral, hormonal, nonhormonal therapeutic modalities during this perimenopausal window.
    • The provider will describe the new model of ovarian carcinogenesis and the obstacles encountered in trying to develop ovarian cancer screening. The participant will assess the malignant potential of a palpable mass in a woman using present day imaging and ovarian tumor markers and direct appropriate conservative, medical, or surgical intervention. Additionally, the attendee will identify, counsel and if indicated refer women who are at risk of hereditary predisposition to ovarian cancer for genetic testing.
    • Participants will generate a differential diagnosis for females of various reproductive ages presenting with signs of hyperandrogenism and order appropriate laboratory, radiologic imaging and timely referral to an endocrinologist, gynecologic oncologist, or general surgeon.
    • Upon completion of this didactic activity, the attendee will identify patients with PCOS, initiate recommended metabolic screening endorsed by the 2013 Endocrine Society and employ treatment for signs of hyperandrogenism. The participant will also prescribe risk reducing behavioral and pharmacotherapeutic measures for long term sequela of this disorder.
    • The participant will give examples of the variety of infectious, inflammatory, neoplastic, and neurologic disorders that cause vulvar burning/ pruritus, and make timely decisions on proper treatment and need for biopsy.
    • The participant will draw from historical and physical exam findings, culture and new quantitative PCR based assays to properly detect and treat a variety of recurrent infectious and non-infectious causes of vaginal irritative symptoms.
    • Attendees will adopt the PALM-COEIN classification system in defining the etiology of abnormal uterine bleeding in a nonpregnant woman of reproductive age. Additionally, participants will be able to select the most appropriate and cost effective imaging studies to confirm a specific disorder and direct endometrial biopsy based on patient specific risk factors.
    • The provider will recognize the potential role of new GnRH receptor antagonists, selective progesterone receptor modulators and the levonorgestrel-IUD in treating AUB-L
    • Having acquired an understanding of fibroid tumorigenesis, the health care provider will select from a variety of pharmacotherapeutic agents among them continuous GnRH agonists, GnRH antagonists, SERM's, SPRM's, Aromatase Inhibitors, Tranexamic acid, Levonorgestrel IUD, as well Interventional Radiological Interventions to best meet the individual needs of his/her patient.
    • The attendee will openly discuss problems of a sexual nature with his/her patients, define the type of sexual dysfunction and offer behavioral, pharmacologic therapy or referral to sex therapist
  • 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.


    Frank B. Marsalisi, MD, FACOG

    Frank B. Marsalisi, MD, FACOG

    Director of Gynecology
    Bayfront OB/GYN Residency Program
    Bayfront Health St. Petersburg
    Orlando Health Inc.

    Dr. Frank Marsalisi is the Director of Gynecology  at the Bayfront OB/Gyn Residency Program , Bayfront Health St. Petersburg -Orlando Health Inc.. Originally from New York, he preceded his medical degree from Michigan State University with two years of research with publication in Hypersensitivity Diseases at USV Pharmaceutical and the Upjohn Company. 

    After completing his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency as Chief resident at the University of South Florida, he went on to fulfill his four-year commitment with the National Health Service Corp as Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Ruskin Migrant and Community Health Center in Ruskin, Florida. While at Ruskin, he was made a Clinical Assistant Professor of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of South Florida and received the U.S. Public Health Service Regional Health Administrator's Award.

    Throughout his residency training and postgraduate career, Dr. Marsalisi has been the recipient of many prestigious university and national teaching awards, including the University of South Florida's Distinguished Professor Award and the John Turlich Medical Student Teaching Award, the Council on Resident Education in Ob/Gyn National Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, and many Bayfront Health Teaching Faculty of the Year awards.

    He has been honored as being one of the "Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists in America" by the Consumer Research Council of America, and in 2017 he was recognized by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd to be among the"Leading Physicians of the World"

    He is a medical community leader serving on the Board of his county medical association and is a delegate to the Florida Medical Association. He has been a speaker on women's health issues for the University at Sea since 2012.

    George P. Rodgers, MD, MACC

    George P. Rodgers, MD, MACC

    Dr. Rodgers received the Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Cardiology Award in 2017

    Associate Professor of Medicine 
    Associate Chief of Cardiology 
    The University of Texas Dell Medical School
    Austin, TX.

    Dr. Rodgers is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Associate Chief of Cardiology for Education at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. He led the development of the cardiovascular curriculum for the new medical school. Dr. Rodgers teaches medical students, residents and cardiology fellows on a regular basis. Beyond medical education, he has a particular interest in prevention the early detection of heart disease, team-based care and innovative value based care for the safety net population.

    Dr. Rodgers received his medical education at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed his fellowship training in cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He began his cardiology practice in Austin in 1989. Dr. Rodgers has been very active in the American College of Cardiology over the last 25 years. He has served as the Chair of the Board of Governors, the Board of Trustees and as Co-chair Leadership Council of the Cardiovascular Team.

    He has also served on a number of other committees and writing groups within the College He received the Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Cardiology Award in 2017. This year he was awarded Master of the American College of Cardiology.



    Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 21 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

     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.


    Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

    Credit Designation for Physicians: Continuing Education, Inc. designates this live activity for 21 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians 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.



    Credit Designation for Nurses: Continuiung Education, Inc. designates this continuing nursing education activity for 21 contact hours.
    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

    Credit Designation for Pharmacists: This knowledge-based activity is approved for 21 hours of pharmacy continuing education credit.

    Cruise Itinerary

    Sun Oct 10 Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan
    - 6:00 pm
    Mon Oct 11 Shimizu (Mt. Fuji), Japan
    7:00 am 3:00 pm
    Tue Oct 12 Kyoto, Japan
    10:00 am 8:00 pm
    Wed Oct 13 Kochi, Japan
    8:00 am 6:00 pm
    Thu Oct 14 Hiroshima, Japan
    8:00 am 5:00 pm
    Fri Oct 15 Beppu, Japan
    8:00 am 5:00 pm
    Sat Oct 16 *At Sea - Cruising
    - -
    Sun Oct 17 Jeju Island, South Korea
    8:00 am 5:00 pm
    Mon Oct 18 Busan (Pusan), South Korea
    8:00 am 5:00 pm
    Tue Oct 19 *At Sea - Cruising
    - -
    Wed Oct 20 Aomori, Japan
    8:00 am 5:00 pm
    Thu Oct 21 *At Sea - Cruising
    - -
    Fri Oct 22 Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan
    6:00 am -
    *Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

    Ports of Call

    Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan - There aren't many places on Earth that blend ancient tradition and the ultra modern quite like Tokyo. Centuries-old gardens and cobblestone laneways live in perfect harmony with soaring skyscrapers and dazzling neon lights. Get immersed in an unrivalled dining scene, fashionable boutiques, and endless cultural encounters in this ever-evolving city.

    Shimizu (Mt. Fuji), Japan - On clear days, particularly in winter, Mount Fuji (Fuji-san in Japanese) is visible from as far as Tokyo, 60 miles away. When Japan’s highest mountain is capped with snow, it’s a picture-postcard perfect volcanic cone. One of the best-known symbols of Japan, this iconic mountain has been considered sacred since ancient times and was even forbidden to women until the early 1900s.

    Kyoto, Japan - Japan's past and traditions are well preserved in the former imperial capital. Your cultural exploration can include temples and shrines, elegant and peaceful gardens, palaces and museum. Bring an appetite to enjoy the city's famous cuisine.

    Kochi, Japan - Kochi is the capital of Kochi Prefecture on the southern coast of Shikoku. The city is small and friendly, with a casual atmosphere and a dose of southern flair.
    Kochi boasts several attractions of interest to travelers. A well preserved, original hilltop castle from the feudal period marks Kochi's downtown

    Hiroshima, Japan - Hiroshima is now defined as a beacon of peace and prides itself on its exceptional natural beauty. See more than 300 cherry blossom trees in bloom at Peace Memorial Park, journey to the breathtaking Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, and take time to sample "okonomiyaki"—a delicious example of Japanese soul food.

    Beppu, Japan - Beppu is a city and spa resort on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. Set between Beppu Bay and volcanic mountains, it's home to more than 2,000 onsen (hot springs). 

    At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

    Jeju Island, South Korea - Jeju is the capital of Jeju Province in South Korea and the largest city on Jeju Island. The city is served by Jeju International Airport. Located on an island off the Korean Peninsula, Jeju has mild, warm weather during much of the year. The city is a well-known resort, with prestigious hotels and public casino facilities

    Busan (Pusan), South Korea - Find stillness at some of the largest Korean Buddhist temples, including Beomeo-sa, first constructed in the year 678 and home to over one thousand monks-it also contains seven different registered national and cultural treasures. Near the port, explore the famous Jagalchi fish market or the city's renowned beach resorts. Journey to the Dongnae area to soak in the city's healing hot springs.

    Aomori, Japan - Aomori, a prefecture in the northern part of Japan’s main island of Honshu, is known for natural landscapes including volcanic mountain ranges. Towada-Hachimantai National Park, near the southern border, has hot springs, autumn foliage in Oirase Gorge, skiing at Mount Hakk?da and lava domes around Lake Towada. Aomori, the capital, is a laid-back port that hosts the Nebuta summer festival.

    Celebrity Solstice

    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.

    Prices below are for the full cruise including meals and evening entertainment



    Penthouse Suite, PS Penthouse Suite (PS)
    Master bedroom features: two lower beds convertible to queen-size bed, extra dressing room with vanity, powder room with shower, master marble bath with whirlpool tub and separate shower, separate whirlpool bathtub, and one complimentary dinner for all guests in suite and two complimentary dinners for all guests in suite in a specialty restaurant. Stateroom: 1,291 sq. ft. Veranda 389 sq. ft. 
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    Agent will check for lower promo pricing at the time of booking
    Royal Suite, RS Royal Suite (RS)
    With spaces fit for a king or queen, our Royal Suites deliver on style and comfort. Separate living, dining, and sleeping areas provide all the room you need to relax in modern luxury. Enjoy VIP treatment in the exclusive lounge bar serving complimentary cocktails, craft beers and tapas, and savor mouthwatering meals in a private Luminae restaurant. Stateroom: 590 sq. ft. Veranda: 158 sq. ft. 
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    Agent will check for lower promo pricing at the time of booking
    Sky Suite, S2 Sky Suite (S2)
    When you stay in a Sky Suite, you'll enjoy the luxury of private butler service. This includes assistance with unpacking and packing. In-suite lunch and dinner service. Afternoon tea. Evening hors d'oeuvres and complimentary in-suite espresso and cappuccino from Café al Bacio.  Staterooms: 300 sq. ft. and Veranda: 79 sq. ft. 
    Agent will check for lower promo pricing at the time of booking
    Celebrity Suite, CS Suite/Deluxe Celebrity Suite (CS)
    When you stay in a Celebrity Suite, you'll enjoy the luxury of European-style butler service. This includes assistance with unpacking and packing. In-suite lunch and dinner service. Afternoon tea. Evening hors d'oeuvres and complimentary in-suite espresso and cappuccino from Cafe al Bacio. Stateroom: 394 sq. ft. Veranda: 105 sq. ft.
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