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Current Topics in Cardiology and Pediatric Gastroenterology

7-Night Eastern Caribbean & Coco Cay Cruise
Round-trip Miami, Florida
April 08 - 15, 2023

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.

Royal Caribbean's <em>Harmony of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas


16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
16 ACPE Credits
16 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
16 MOC (Part II) points in the American Board of Pediatrics' (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
2 Hours of Pharmacology for Nurse Practitioners
16.0 Contact Hours


$995 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Pharmacists, & Dentists
$795 for Physician Assistants & Nurse Practitioners
$595 for Nurses, Students & Others


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



To educate the attendees in many of the common gastroenterological issues faced by the primary care providers for children.

Interventional Cardiology has expanded its impact on not only patient survival but patients quality of life. During these lectures, we will discuss a broad range of topics including coronary atherosclerosis and treatment options including PCI and novel surgical approaches, peripheral arterial disease focusing on limb ischemia. Recent trials and meta analyses of PCI compared to CABG for MVD will be discussed as we discuss developing a plan of care for individuals based upon their co-morbidity

  1. Constipation in Children
    • List the common causes and treatment of constipation in children
  2. GI Case Management Part 1
    • Explain the pathophysiology of common gastrointestinal problems thus helping with appropriate treatment approaches
  3. GI Case Management: Part 2
  4. Show and Tell
    • Identify various non-GI symptoms or signs, associated wtih GI diseases.
  5. Celiac Disease
    • Differentiate signs and symptoms of one of the most common pediatric gastrointestinal problems
  6. Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Children
    • Determine the major issues affecting children with one of the most common chronic diseases in children
  7. Gastrointestinal Foreign Bodies
    • Apply the correct evaluation approach to patients with suspected foreign bodies
  8. Gastroesophageal Reflux in Children
    • Analyze the correct approach to pediatric patients with possible gastroesophageal reflux
  9. Coronary Revascularization Who, How, What do I do after?
    • Describe a strategy for identifying patients likely to benefit from revascularization and understand optimizing care post procedure
  10. My Leg Hurts When I walk! How to evaluate the patient and what treatment to recommend.
    • Develop a differential diagnosis for exertional leg pain
    • Determine the appropriate non-invasive tests and develop a plan of care
  11. Why is My Heart Rate so Funny? The epidemic of Atrial Fibrillation
    • Summarize the current knowledge regrading atrial fibrillation and evaluate therapeutic options including medication and LAA occlusion
  12. MINI CABG: Don1t Crack my Chest: Non sternotomy approaches including hybrid PCI
    • Discuss the risks, benefits and patients who might be considered for these procedures
  13. I thought I was having a stroke and they told me I have a hole in my heart! What now
    • Summarize the frequency of PFO in strokes, the relationship of PFO and Atrial septal aneurysms to recurrent events
    • Compare treatment options in specific patient groups
  14. They told me I have a heart murmur, Am I gonna die? How to evaluate valvular heart disease
    • Discuss the valve(s) involved, type of disease and the hearts response will allow us to devise and treatment plan
  15. Mitral Valve Disease: Open it if it sticks and closing it if it leaks
    • Assess clinical status, valvular and ventricular function \to create an individualized plan of care


PLEASE NOTE: To attend the conference or participate in conference events, participants, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the CEI meeting group through Continuing Education, Inc. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.

Register your interest and receive a full quote at 800-422-0711 (US/Can) or direct/int'l tel: +1-727-526-1571 or register online.

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


Vera Hupertz, MD

Vera Hupertz, MD

Executive Vice Chair Pediatrics
Vice Chair of Pediatrics, Quality and Patient Safety
Medical Director Transplant Hepatology
Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Institute

Dr. Hupertz was a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY (1974-1978) and received her BS in Biology. She attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY and graduated in 1982 with MD. Internship and residency was completed at Rainbow Babies & Children's (RB&C) Hospital, Cleveland, OH by 1985 and Pediatric Gi and Hepatology fellowship by 1988. She maintains 3 board certifications which include: Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology, and Pediatric Transplant Hepatology. 

Vera stayed on as Staff Physician at Rainbow Babies and Hospital and achieved the level of Associate Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. She was made Medical Director of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Team, and was co-director of the Residency Training Program at RB&C. In addition to the above, I developed a residency curriculum for Chronic Care to be used at Health Hill Hospital (now Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation). 

She became a staff physician at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in July of 2000 and currently has a joint appointment with the Department of Transplant Surgery. She is Medical Director of Pediatric Liver Transplantation. She is Vice Chair of Quality Improvement for the Children's Hospital and Pediatric Institute at Cleveland Clinic. Current interests are liver disease (especially neonatal disease) and liver transplantation, as well as inflammatory bowel diseases

Steven R. Bailey, M.D

Steven R. Bailey, M.D

Chairman of Internal Medicine at LSU Health Shreveport; Malcolm Feist Chair of Interventional Cardiology

Dr. Steven Bailey is the Chairman of Internal Medicine at LSU Health Shreveport and the Malcolm Feist Chair of Interventional Cardiology. He is a Tenured and Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Radiology and previous Chief of the Janey and Dolph Briscoe Jr. Division of Cardiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Bailey received his medical degree from the University of Oregon Health Science Center at Portland and did his medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty board certification in both Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Bailey's clinical focus is in Adult Congenital/Structural and Valvular heart disease in addition to Coronary Atherosclerotic Disease. His research laboratory is involved in investigating the effects of NOX subtypes in promoting cardiovascular disease and Pulmonary Endothelial cell prothrombic response to Covid 19 viral infection. He has translational research in the field of nanotechnologies and nanosensors and holds several patents in these fields. He was the Program Director for Interventional Cardiology at UTHSCSA from 1999 to 2019. Dr. Bailey chaired the UTHSCSA Promotion and Tenure committee. Dr. Bailey is a Past President of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) and is currently the Editor in Chief of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions. He is a Master Fellow of SCAI, a Master Fellow of ACP, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and a Fellow of the American Heart Association. He is a member of the Association of the Professors of Medicine, Association of University Cardiologists, the Association of Cardiology Professors, as well as the International Andreas Greuntizig Society.


 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 16 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 16 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 16 hours of pharmacy continuing education credit.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 16 (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.


Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity, with individual assessments of the participant and feedback to the participant, enables the participant to earn 16 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics' (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provide's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit.


Sat Apr 08 Miami, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Sun Apr 09 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Apr 10 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Apr 11 Philipsburg, St. Maarten
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Apr 12 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
7:00 am 3:00 pm
Thu Apr 13 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Apr 14 Coco Cay, Bahamas
10:00 am 6:00 pm
Sat Apr 15 Miami, Florida
6:00 am -