Forensic Pathology CME Caribbean Cruise - September 21-28, 2014
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Essential Topics in Primary Care and Forensic Pathology for the Primary Care Practitioner

7-Night Western Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
September 21 - 28, 2014

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14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
12.75 AAFP Prescribed Credits
14 Contact Hours

Course Fees:
$695 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy & Dentists
$450 for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses & 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, Physicians Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners
Program Purpose / Objectives

Topics:

  • Death Certification: What Killed my Patient?
  • Natural Death: What Forensic Science can teach us about sudden, unexpected outcomes from diagnosed diseases
  • Medical and Forensic Toxicology: How overmedication can injure or kill
  • Suicide: The silent killer. How to recognize the signs, intervene, and counsel families
  • Pediatric Injury & Death: Recognizing abuse and keeping kids safe
  • Medical Malpractice: How to avoid being sued and testify effectively if you are
  • Trauma: Recognizing potentially lethal traumatic injuries in private practice
  • Health Promotion: Encouraging a Healthy Body, Mind, and Spirit
  • Screening Tests in Primary Care: Applying the Latest Guidelines
  • Sleep Disorders: Insomnia and Excessive Daytime Somnolence
  • Headache: Migraine, Tension-Type, and Cluster Headaches
  • Male Sexual Disorders: Hypogonadism, Erectile and Ejaculatory Dysfunction
  • Enhancing Clinician-Patient Communication: Becoming a Healer
  • The Faith Factor: Practicing Spiritually-Sensitive Care

This Live activity, Essential Topics in Primary Care and Forensic Pathology for the Primary Care Practitioner Cruise Conference, with a beginning date of 09/21/2014, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 12.75 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Objectives: After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:
  • Read a medical history for a patient and correctly determine the most likely cause of death in order to
  • Read a medical history for a patient and correctly determine the most likely cause of death in order to properly inform public health entities (vital records and medical examiners/coroners)
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of common natural diseases that precede sudden death, and how to address ┬ápotentially fatal complications to prevent a lethal outcome.
  • Assess patients on multiple analgesic medications to recognize the risk factors that predispose them to accidental overdoses.
  • Recognize the not-so-obvious signs of suicide, communicate effectively with medical examiners and coroners about their patients, and with families about their grief following a suicide.
  • Recognize the household risks to children that can be addressed to prevent accidental deaths; and also be able to recognize injuries in children that are signs of neglect or abuse.
  • Recognize the common complications of therapy that can lead to untimely death and how to talk to families when their error results in a death.
  • Assess patients with apparently minor traumatic injuries and determine whether those injuries could be lethal
  • Assess the patient’s current state of physical, psychological and spiritual health
  • Analyze the patient’s current dietary and exercise practices
  • Discuss and individualized health-promotion strategy for the patient
  • Describe the necessary characteristics of an effective screening test
  • Determine and individualized program of screening tests for the patient, based on age, gender, and medical status
  • Discuss the controversies regarding the usage and appropriate screening interval for common screening tests
  • Assess patients with excessive daytime somnolence for associated medical illnesses
  • Describe the four states of sleep and identify sleep disorders associated with each stage of sleep
  • Discuss elements of a sleep hygiene program
  • Explain the classification of headaches
  • Describe the appropriate use of abortive and preventive medications in the treatment of migraine
  • Discuss the pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment of tension-type and cluster headache
  • Elicit a through, non-judgmental sexual history
  • Discuss the effects, risks, and benefits of testosterone replacement therapy
  • Describe the effects, risks, and benefits of medications for erectile and ejaculatory dysfunction
  • Distinguish the technical, biomedical aspects of clinician's role from the personal psychosocial aspects of care
  • Describe specific attitudes and values needed to create a healing environment with patients
  • Apply techniques for establishing and maintaining rapport with patients and enhancing clinician-patient communication
  • Elicit a spiritual history in an ethically-appropriate manner
  • Analyze the physiologic, psychological, social, and lifestyle effects of religious beliefs upon health outcomes
  • Describe the spectrum of possible interventions available for addressing patients'; spiritual needs
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.
Faculty
Judy Melinek, M.D.

Dr. Judy Melinek, a Board-Certified Forensic Pathologist and Assistant Medical Examiner at the San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office for 9 years, today works for the Alameda County Coroner's Office. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF Medical Center and has testified over 100 times as an expert in Forensic Pathology in both civil and criminal cases. She is the author of "Working Stiff" a memoir of her training as a Medical Examiner in New York in 2001-2003.

Dr. Melinek grew up in New York City. She graduated magna cum laude with a major in Biology from Harvard University in 1991. She received her medical degree from UCLA Medical School in 1996 and went on to specialize in General Surgery. After 6 months of surgical training she returned to UCLA and switched specialties to pathology. She completed training in pathology in 2001, and during that time did research and published with the UCLA Liver Transplant team. Dr. Melinek trained in forensic pathology at the New York City Medical Examiner's Office from 2001-2003. Her memoir "Working Stiff" about her training years will be published by Scribner in August 2014. After her training she held positions as an Assistant Medical Examiner, first in Santa Clara, then in San Francisco. Dr. Melinek currently works for the Alameda County Sheriff-Coroner's Office and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pathology at the UCSF Medical Center.

Dr. Melinek also works as a medico-legal consultant in civil and criminal cases and is the owner and Chief Executive Officer of PathologyExpert Inc. She has has been qualified as an expert witness in forensic pathology, neuropathology and wound interpretation. Because of her training in surgery, she has published and consulted on cases of medical malpractice and therapeutic complications. She trains doctors and attorneys on forensic pathology, proper death reporting and certification. She has been invited to lecture at professional conferences on the subjects of death certification, complications of therapy, forensic toxicology and in-custody deaths. She has also published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature on subjects of surgical complications, death following gastric bypass, forensic toxicology, opioid overdose deaths, immunology, neuropathology and transplant surgery.

To see Dr. Judy Melinek in some recent public interviews, please click on the following links:

New York Post, Sunday, August 3, 2014
CNN/Anderson Cooper interview with Dr. Melinek about MH 017 crash, Thursday, July 24, 2014
Science Friday podcast, Friday, August 8, 2014

Dale A. Matthews, M.D., FACP,

Dr. Matthews practices general internal medicine in Washington, DC and is a member of the clinical faculty at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He conducts research and lectures nationally and internationally on the doctor-patient relationship and the psychological and spiritual dimensions of medicine, including the role of faith, religion, and prayer in clinical care and healing. He is the author of The Faith Factor: Proof of the Healing Power of Prayer (Viking, 1998).

Dr. Matthews is a cum laude graduate of Princeton University (AB, 1976), where he majored in Romance Languages and Literatures with a special concentration in European Civilization. He graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in 1980, and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Connecticut in Farmington in 1983. In the same year, he was named as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at Yale University School of Medicine. At Yale, he studied clinical epidemiology and began his research career by examining patients' perceptions of physician performance in the hospital and outpatient setting.

Accreditation

Accredited 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.


ANCC Accredited Continuing Nursing Education
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 Credits™ as needed.
Pharmacology credits are identified on individual activities.

Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

Canadian Physicians: This activity is eligible for Section 1 credits in the Royal College’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program . Participants must log into MAINPORT to claim this 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.

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 Sep 21
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
-
5:00pm
Mon Sep 22
At Sea
Lectures 8:00am-12noon, 1:00pm-4:00pm
-
-
Tue Sep 23
Labadee, Haiti
8:00am
5:00pm
Wed Sep 24
Falmouth, Jamaica
10:30am
7:00pm
Thu Sep 25
At Sea Cruising
Lectures 8:00am-12noon, 1:00pm-4:00pm
-
-
Fri Sep 26
Cozumel, Mexico
8:00am
7:00pm
Sat Sep 27
At Sea Cruising
-
-
Sun Sep 28
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
6:15am
 

Ports of Call
Cozumel, Mexico - The Conquistadors first saw Mexico from the shores of Cozumel while searching for gold. Today, visitors to the island continue to seek out gold and silver jewelry in the shops of San Miguel while having a great time in its many local bars and restaurants. Plus, the waters around Cozumel's sheltered coral reefs make this one of the best snorkeling areas in the world.
Falmouth, Jamaica - Step off the ship and step back in time. You might not think so at first glance but little Falmouth was an economic and shipping powerhouse and center for dramatic social change during the English Colonial Period. Founded and named Martha Brae Point in 1769 by local English planter, Thomas Reid, Falmouth became the transshipment hub for the sugar plantations covering the hills of the North Coast of Jamaica. Edward Barrett, a wealthy English planter, strongly influenced the early development of Falmouth. From the wharfs of Falmouth, sugar, molasses, rum and coffee were sent to England while ships carrying African slaves and all the necessities of 18th century colonial life dropped anchor in the bustling port town. You'll return with sun kissed skin, timeless memories as well as interesting historical tidbits to share with friends, like this one: Falmouth received piped water before New York City.
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - There is an abundance of things to see and do in the Ft. Lauderdale area: visit the newly redesigned Ft. Lauderdale Beach and cafes, stroll the historic Riverwalk, shop the luxurious stores on Las Olas Boulevard or adventure to the Everglades for an intriguing air boat excursion.
Labadee, Haiti - This tropical paradise, reserved exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests, features pristine beaches, walking trails and breathtaking vistas. Labadee is the perfect setting for parasailing, wave runners and the kayak tour, all available on your own private island.

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.

Allure of the Seas

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.
Cruise Pricing

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

STATEROOM ACCOMMODATIONS PER PERSON
Owner's Suite (OS) - Two twin beds (can convert to Queen). Private bathroom with tub, shower and two sinks, marble entry, large closets, living area with table and sofa. Private balcony with table and chairs. (569 sq. ft., balcony 246 sq. ft.) Each stateroom also has its own flat-screen television, thermostat controlled air-conditioning, internet access, direct-dial telephone, radio, mini bar, individual safe, and 24 hour room service.
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Grand Suite (GS) - Two twin beds (can convert to Queen). Private bathroom with tub and two sinks, marble entry, large closets, sitting area with table and sofa. (371 sq. ft., balcony 114 sq. ft.) Each stateroom also has its own flat-screen television, thermostat controlled air-conditioning, internet access, direct-dial telephone, radio, mini bar, individual safe, and 24 hour room service.
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Junior Suite with Balcony (JS) - Two twin beds (can convert to Queen). Private bathroom with tub, sitting area with table and sofa. (287 sq. ft., balcony 78 sq. ft.) Each stateroom also has its own flat-screen television, thermostat controlled air-conditioning, internet access, direct-dial telephone, radio, mini bar, individual safe, and 24 hour room service.
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Superior OceanView Stateroom with Balcony (D8) - Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size), private balcony, sitting area, and a private bathroom. 182 sq. ft., balcony 53 sq. ft.)
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OceanView Stateroom (H) -Two twin beds (can convert Queen), private bathroom and sitting area. (178.7 sq. ft.)
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Large Interior Stateroom (N) - Two twin beds (can convert Queen), private bathroom and sitting area. (150.7 sq. ft.)
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Prices are Per Person, Double Occupancy, Subject to change
Cancellation Policies vary by cruise line, destination and sailing date.
Please check with one of our cruise consultant for policies applicable to this cruise.
PRICING SUBJECT TO CHANGE: Although subject to change at any time, the listed prices are generally available up to about 90 days before sailing; at that time they convert to typically higher, market rates. Rates offered directly by the cruise line and quoted by our agents are also subject to change at any time, can be withdrawn at any time and are capacity controlled.
CANCELLATION PENALTY POLICY WILL APPLY: Cancellation policies vary by cruise line, itinerary and length of cruise. When reserving your stateroom, please review the policy applicable to this cruise with our staff. We strongly recommend Travel Insurance to cover the unexpected.
FUEL SUPPLEMENT: Cruiselines may implement a fuel surcharge depending on the price of crude oil.
Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
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Cruise Line cancellation policies are strictly enforced. For that reason, we urge all of our travelers to carefully consider whether travel insurance is a good value for them.

Certainly, if you have reason to think that "something might come up" that might force you to cancel, travel insurance is worth the cost of the premium. Examples we've seen in the past include ill or frail family members and changes in employment causing relocation.

If travel insurance is the right choice for you, we recommend TravelSafe. To visit their site and explore your options click here or on the link above. The cruise lines also offer travel insurance and we'd be happy to help you go that route if you'd prefer.