Gastroenterology and Hematology Eastern Caribbean CME Cruise Dec. 22-29, 2013
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Internal Medicine: Gastroenterology and Hematology/Oncology

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise Conference
from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
December 22 - 29, 2013

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.

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14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
14 Contact Hours
Course Fee

$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.

Course Fee Cancellation Policy
30 days or more - None; 7-29 days - 50%; less than 7 days - 100%

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
  • Recognize and manage patients with spinal cord compression, hypercalcemia, superior vena cava syndrome and tumor lysis syndrome/li>
  • Recognize signs and symptoms associated with transfusions reactions and explain steps taken to minimize their occurrence
  • Differentiate, describe and discuss several anemias caused by deficiencies of red cell production from anemias caused by excessive red cell destruction
  • Discuss the clinical features, diagnosis and management of acquired and congenital disorders of blood coagulation commonly encountered in clinical practice
  • Discuss the definition, epidemiology, clinical features, diagnosis, prognosis and management of carcinomas of unknown primary
  • Describe the clinical and laboratory findings associated with depressed platelet production, enhanced platelet loss, thrombocytosis including its common causes; and common acquired and congenital qualitative platelet disorders
  • Discuss the evolution of scientific thought and discovery which led to the development of chemotherapeutic agents beginning with the early alkylating agents and progressing to today’s modern biologic, immunologic and targeted therapies
  • Assess the need for endoscopy using provided algorithms in a patient with gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Differentiate chronic idiopathic constipation from irritable bowel syndrome constipation predominant and be able to discuss therapy as needed
  • Determine which patients need screening for Hepatitis C and which patients need a therapy referral
  • Discuss fecal transplant and its necessity
  • Differentiate between simple and complex diverticulitis and be able to discuss further management with the patient
  • Assess whether patient is at risk for NASH
  • Utilize the new guidelines for colon cancer screening
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

Robert R. Koch, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, - Fellowship Trained at UCLA in Medical Oncology and Hematology. Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. Private Practice, St. Petersburg, Florida. Visiting Faculty, Associate Professor American University of the Caribbean.

Dr. Koch has practiced medical oncology and hematology in a variety of settings, including private practice, multi-specialty clinics, academic institutions and as an international oncology consultant in New Zealand. He graduated from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine with MD and PhD degrees, followed by Internal Medicine Residency and fellowship training in oncology and hematology at UCLA. He obtained an MBA in 1988 from the University of South Florida. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology and is a licensed practitioner in Florida and North Carolina.

During his professional career, he conducted a full time Oncology and Hematology practice in the private setting for 20 years caring for patients having a wide spectrum of solid tumors, malignant hematologic diseases and blood disorders. In 2000, he joined the faculty at Duke University Medical Center, Division of Medical Oncology and Transplantation, following which he held positions of Medical Director for two biotechnology companies. In 2007, he accepted a full time faculty teaching position at the American University of the Caribbean. In 2010, he worked as a visiting oncology consultant in New Zealand. He has participated in many Medical Staff continuing medical educational activities, conducted teaching seminars, given lectures and instructed and supervised students, post-doctoral residents and fellows. In addition to his clinical activities, he held the positions of Chief of Medicine and Chief of Staff at a large community hospital, as well as CEO and Chairman of the Board of a multi-subspecialty clinic. In addition, he has served as a member of many Boards of Trustees.

Rimma Shaposhnikov, M.D., - Dr. Shaposhnikov is a board certified physician in internal medicine and gastroenterology. She is affiliated with Valley Gastrointestinal Specialists in Burbank CA. Director of Gastrointestinal Diseases and Subspecialties at the Glendale Surgery Center.

Dr. Rimma Shaposhnikov is a board certified physician in both internal medicine and gastroenterlogy, both of which were obtained from University of Southern California. As one of the few female gastroenterologists, her interests lie in encouraging female patients to undergo screening colonoscopies. Her additional interests include esophageal studies, and she is currently in charge of the esophageal motility lab at the Providence St Joseph Hospital. As a member of the Crohns and Colitis board, she enjoys community outreach programs which educate and inform patients about their disease state. Dr. Shaposhnikov is part of a large multispecialty group which allows her to treat and evaluate a multitude of conditions.

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 Dec 22 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - 4:00pm
Mon Dec 23 At Sea Cruising
Lectures 9:00am - 12noon
- -
Tue Dec 24
Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
8:00am 3:00pm
Wed Dec 25 San Juan, Puerto Rico 1:00pm 11:00pm
Thu Dec 26 St. Thomas, USVI 8:00am 5:00pm
Fri Dec 27 At Sea Cruising
Lectures 9:00am - 12noon; 1:00-4:00pm
- -
Sat Dec 28 Half-Moon Cay (Tender required) 8:00am 3:00pm
Sun Dec 29 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 7:00am -

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Ports of Call
San Juan, Puerto Rico (Embark and Debark) - In days of yore, the waters near Puerto Rico teemed with pirate ships commanded by the likes of Sir Francis Drake. Aye, they are long gone, but in their wake they have left an island of national treasures: La Casa Blanca, built in 1501 for the island's first governor, Ponce de Leon; the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan; the tropical rain forests of El Yunque. Port tips from our blog
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.
Grand Turk - Grand Turk is a picturesque island with a relaxed pace and a warm, friendly atmosphere. There are no fast food chains and no sprawling resorts.In addition to the amazing year around diving, with Oasis Divers you have seasonal attractions such as the North Atlantic humpback whales during the winter and manta rays in the summer, you're sure to be amazed.
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas - When was the last time you whiled away the day on a private Caribbean island? Here's your chance. The island is ours; the day is yours to sun, swim, and sail. Enjoy!
St. Thomas, U.S. V.I. - Arguably the island with the best shopping and the best beaches. Shop duty-free Charlotte Amalie 'til you drop. Or dive into the beach scene at beautiful Magens Bay, Coki Point, or Turtle Cove, nesting ground of the endangered hawksbill sea turtle.

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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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

STATEROOMS
DETAILS
Neptune Suite with Veranda (SA) – CALL 1-800-422-0711 for Pricing
Mariner rates and special promos may apply.

2 lower beds convertible to 1 king-size bed, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath, shower and additional shower stall, large sitting area, dressing room, floor-to-ceiling window/sliding glass door leading to your private verandah, 1 sofa bed for 2 persons, and walk-in closet. Approximately 506–590 sq. ft. including verandah

Suite amenities include: use of the exclusive Neptune Lounge and personal concierge service, complimentary laundry, pressing and dry cleaning throughout your cruise, cold hors d’oeuvres served before dinner each evening on request, cocktail party with ship’s officers, priority boarding for tendered ports of call, special disembarkation service, priority dining and seating requests, exclusive daily breakfast service, high tea service in suite on request.

Neptune Suite with Veranda (SC)– CALL 1-800-422-0711 for Pricing
Mariner rates and special promos may apply.

2 lower beds convertible to 1 king-size bed, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath, shower and additional shower stall, large sitting area, dressing room, floor-to-ceiling window/sliding glass door leading to your private verandah, 1 sofa bed for 2 persons, and walk-in closet. Approximately 506–590 sq. ft. including verandah

Suite amenities include: use of the exclusive Neptune Lounge and personal concierge service, complimentary laundry, pressing and dry cleaning throughout your cruise, cold hors d’oeuvres served before dinner each evening on request, cocktail party with ship’s officers, priority boarding for tendered ports of call, special disembarkation service, priority dining and seating requests, exclusive daily breakfast service, high tea service in suite on request.

Signature Suite with Veranda (SS) – CALL 1-800-422-0711 for Pricing
Mariner rates and special promos may apply.

2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath, shower and additional shower stall, large sitting area, floor-to-ceiling windows leading to your private verandah, 1 sofa bed for 1 person. Approximately 273–456 sq. ft. including verandah.

Suites also include a variety of firm, medium and soft pillows, no-host mini-bar for easy entertaining, personalized cruise stationery, over-sized bath towels, one-touch telephone concierge service, fresh flowers, and a complimentary DVD library.

OceanView Stateroom with Veranda (VA) - CALL 1-800-422-0711 for Pricing
Mariner rates and special promos may apply.

2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub, shower, sitting area, floor-to-ceiling windows leading to your private verandah. Approximately 213–379 sq. ft. including verandah

Stateroom amenities include: bathrobes for use during your voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, massage showerhead, magnifying lighted make-up mirror and salon-quality hair dryer, fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities, complimentary fresh fruit on request, ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages, flat-panel TV and DVD player, ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.

OceanView Stateroom with Veranda (VB) - CALL 1-800-422-0711 for Pricing
Mariner rates and special promos may apply.

2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub, shower, sitting area, floor-to-ceiling windows leading to your private verandah. Approximately 213–379 sq. ft. including verandah

Stateroom amenities include: bathrobes for use during your voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, massage showerhead, magnifying lighted make-up mirror and salon-quality hair dryer, fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities, complimentary fresh fruit on request, ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages, flat-panel TV and DVD player, ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.

OceanView Stateroom with Veranda (VC) - CALL 1-800-422-0711 for Pricing
Mariner rates and special promos may apply.

2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub, shower, sitting area, floor-to-ceiling windows leading to your private verandah. Approximately 213–379 sq. ft. including verandah

Stateroom amenities include: bathrobes for use during your voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, massage showerhead, magnifying lighted make-up mirror and salon-quality hair dryer, fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities, complimentary fresh fruit on request, ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages, flat-panel TV and DVD player, ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.

OceanView Stateroom with Veranda (VD) - CALL 1-800-422-0711 for Pricing
Mariner rates and special promos may apply.

2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub, shower, sitting area, floor-to-ceiling windows leading to your private verandah. Approximately 213–379 sq. ft. including verandah

Stateroom amenities include: bathrobes for use during your voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, massage showerhead, magnifying lighted make-up mirror and salon-quality hair dryer, fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities, complimentary fresh fruit on request, ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages, flat-panel TV and DVD player, ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.

OceanView Stateroom (D) - CALL 1-800-422-0711 for Pricing
Mariner rates and special promos may apply.

2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub, shower. Approximately 169–267 sq. ft.

Stateroom amenities include: bathrobes for use during your voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, massage showerhead, magnifying lighted make-up mirror and salon-quality hair dryer, fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities, complimentary fresh fruit on request, ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages, flat-panel TV and DVD player, ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.

OceanView Stateroom (E) - CALL 1-800-422-0711 for Pricing
Mariner rates and special promos may apply.

2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub, shower. Approximately 169–267 sq. ft.

Stateroom amenities include: bathrobes for use during your voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, massage showerhead, magnifying lighted make-up mirror and salon-quality hair dryer, fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities, complimentary fresh fruit on request, ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages, flat-panel TV and DVD player, ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.

Inside Stateroom (J) - CALL 1-800-422-0711 for Pricing
Mariner rates and special promos may apply.

2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, shower.
Approximately 141–284 sq. ft.

Stateroom amenities include: bathrobes for use during your voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, massage showerhead, magnifying lighted make-up mirror and salon-quality hair dryer, fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities, complimentary fresh fruit on request, ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages, flat-panel TV and DVD player, ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.

Prices are Per Person, Double Occupancy, Subject to change
3rd/4th in Stateroom - $699
Port Charges, Taxes & Fees $288.59 per person
Deposit $500 per person

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.
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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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.