Pain Management CME Caribbean Cruise Conference Round-trip Miami, Florida, November 23 - 27, 2016
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Pain Management

4-Night Western Caribbean Cruise Conference
Round-trip Miami, FL
November 23 - 27, 2016

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14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
14 Contact Hours
6½ Hours of Pharmacology for NPs

Course Fees:
$795 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy & Dentists
$550 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 from sailing-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, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants
Program Purpose / Objectives
Topics:
  1. The Basics of Pain I: Anatomy and Applied Physiology Pertinent to Clinical Pain
  2. The Basics of Pain II: Types of Pain, Common Pain Syndromes
  3. Diagnostic Evaluation of Pain: History, Symptoms and Signs, Diagnostic Tests for Chronic Pain
  4. Clinical Pharmacology of Pain: Non-Opioid and Opioid Medication
  5. The Management of Non-malignant Pain by Non-Pain Specialists: Treatment Modalities at a Primary Care Setting
  6. The Management of Cancer Pain by Non-Pain Specialists: Diagnostic Evaluation and Evidence-Based Therapies at a Primary Care Setting
  7. Interactive Problem-Based Case Discussion Based on Chart-Review
  8. Pain of Spinal Origin. Focus on mechanical neck pain and low back pain.
  9. Neuropathic Pain.
  10. Musculoskeletal Pain (Myofascial pain and Fibromyalgia)
  11. Post-herpetic Neuralgia
  12. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  13. Chronic Pelvic Pain
  14. Interactive Problem-Based Case Discussion
Objectives:
  1. Describe and explain basic concepts of pain (acute; chronic; nociceptive; neuropathic; malignant or cancer-related) as pertinent to clinical decision making, when determining plans for management of pain in a primary care setting; determine mechanism-based therapies in cases wherein diagnosis of chronic pain is unclear. Describe the contribution of biological, psychological/emotional and social factors to the experience and behavior of pain.
  2. Describe and diagnose various distinct syndromes or types of pain; design multidisciplinary pain treatment plans, appropriate for each specific type of pain in a primary care setting. Apply suitable history taking techniques and carry out pertinent physical exams to evaluate patients who present with various manifestations of pain; order appropriate diagnostic tests and consultations (in the context of multidisciplinary approaches) in order to establish diagnoses and to develop reasonable comprehensive, patient-centered pain management plans.
  3. Apply evidence-based principles and guidelines in the rational use of opioids for malignant and non-malignant pain in a primary care setting; assess and stratify patients' risk for aberrant drug behaviors; select patients suitable for safe opioid prescriptions; monitor patients for efficacy and adverse effects. Include non-opioid analgesics in a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary pain management plan based on evidence-based and mechanism-based approaches.
  4. Determine, design and carry out evidence-based, safe and patient-centered therapeutic plans suitable for individual patients in pain from non-malignant or non-terminal conditions.
  5. Describe and adhere to the recent recommendations from the IOM Report (Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research. The National Academies Press, 2011 ) regarding:
    • The moral imperative and professional responsibility of effective pain management for all patients
    • The need for comprehensive approaches to prevention and management of pain
    • The need for interdisciplinary approaches, assessment and treatment of pain
    • The need for individualized pain care, tailored to each person's experience
    • The rational use of opioids in an evidence-based, safe and effective manner
    • The value of clinicians, families and patients working together
    • The value of a public health and community based approach, including targeting disparities in occurrence and treatment of pain, goal of prevention and public health education
    • The need for a cultural transformation on the way pain is viewed and treated
  6. Design and carry out evidence-based, safe and patient-centered therapeutic plans suitable for individual patients in pain from malignant or terminal conditions, or conditions at the end-of-life.
  7. Describe and utilize therapies for cancer pain supported by the best available evidence and/or therapies that are mechanism-based.
  8. Practice skills pertinent to diagnostic analysis and to designing a comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment plan in a problem-based discussion based on a real-life-case discussion.
  9. Define acute and chronic spine pain. Review clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, and evidence based treatment modalities for the management of mechanical spine pain.
  10. Describe neuropathic pain. Discuss pathophysiological mechanisms involved in neuropathic pain. Identify various types of neuropathic pain disorders and appraise their global and individual management.
  11. Review painful musculoskeletal disorders, mainly myofascial pain and fibromyalgia. Focus on history and physical examination findings as well as revise multidisciplinary management including pharmacological, physical, rehabilitative, and supportive therapeutic options.
  12. Appraise the pathophysiology of Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN). Identify risk factors affecting the development of postherpetic neuralgia. Understand the effects of PHN on sleep, mood and quality of life.
  13. Apply evidence based principles in the management of Zoster induced chronic pain.
  14. Define Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Review the types and differences of this neuropathic condition.
  15. Establish the diagnostic criteria as suggested by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). Identify para-clinical studies relevant in the diagnosis of this entity.
  16. Review multimodal management strategies recommended for the symptomatic and functional management of this disease.
  17. Establish the diagnostic criteria as suggested by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). Identify para-clinical studies relevant in the diagnosis of this entity. Review multimodal management strategies recommended for the symptomatic and functional management of this disease.
  18. Distinguish the different anatomical, physiological and psychological causes of chronic pelvic pain in men and women. Discuss pharmacological and non pharmacological treatments available for the comprehensive management of distinct painful conditions.
  19. Present various clinical cases of painful conditions and promote discussion with focus on diagnosis and treatment.
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
Konstantinos D. Sarantopoulos, MD, PhD, DEAA
Professor and Chief, Division of Pain Management Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida.

Dr. Sarantopoulos serves as Professor and Chief of the Division of Pain Management, and as Pain Medicine Fellowship Program Director at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine since August 2010. He has earned an MD and a PhD degree from the Medical School of the National and Capodistrian University of Athens, Greece, and a MS degree from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has trained as an Anesthesiologist and as a Pain Medicine Specialist at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee, WI, wherein he also held faculty appointments in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology & Toxicology. He has conducted NIH-funded research on the mechanisms of neuropathic pain and neuronal ion-channels as targets for analgesia and neuroprotection.

Dr. Sarantopoulos is a clinician-scientist, an experienced board-certified pain specialist recognized by several clinical awards, including "Best Doctors in America®" since 2009, as well as by international research awards. His main clinical focus is interventional pain medicine in the context of an interdisciplinary, bio-psycho-social approach. Dr Sarantopoulos' basic research focuses in the pathophysiology and pharmacology of peripheral neuropathic pain, and his clinical research in the transition from acute to chronic pain after surgery for cancer. Dr. Sarantopoulos has developed novel techniques in studying ion channels in neurons, and he continues his research on neuronal potassium channels as pharmacological targets for neuroprotection and for analgesia. Specifically, for the past eight years, Dr. Sarantopoulos has been characterizing ATP-sensitive potassium channels in peripheral sensory neurons, and he is investigating their role in pain following peripheral nerve injury. He has also developed clinical strategies limiting the transition from acute to chronic pain after surgery for cancer. Dr Sarantopoulos' work has resulted in several peer-reviewed articles in the areas of clinical and experimental neuropathic pain, book chapters and international awards.

To date, Dr. Sarantopoulos has authored and co-authored more than 60 articles in scientific journals and books, and has as served as reviewer and/or associate editor in several biomedical journals, as well as in several committees. He has been lecturing on several topics pertinent to the management of acute and chronic pain in several national and international meetings.

Esther M. Benedetti, MD, FIPP
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia Director, Interventional Pain Management, Department of Anesthesia Director, Resident Pain Medicine Rotation, Department of Anesthesia .

Dr. Esther M. Benedetti obtained her medical degree at the Escuela de Medicina Jose Maria Vargas and her anesthesia training at the Hospital Domingo Luciani (Universidad Central de Venezuela) in Caracas, Venezuela. In the year 2003, she acquired her Pain Medicine fellowship training at the University of Vermont. She returned to Venezuela where she worked as a chronic pain specialist at the Instituto de Clinicas y Urologia Tamanaco and the Centro Medico Docente La Trinidad. She received certification by the World Institute of Pain as a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice. In the year 2007, she emigrated to the US and worked at the University of Iowa for nearly a decade. She recently moved to Florida and started working both at the Miami VA Medical Center and the University of Miami where she currently serves as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Anesthesia.
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
Wed Nov 23 Miami, Florida
- 4:00 pm
Thu Nov 24 *At Sea
- -
Fri Nov 25 Cozumel, Mexico
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Sat Nov 26 *At Sea
- -
Sun Nov 27 Miami, Florida
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
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.
Miami, Florida - South Florida's exciting, international city is much more than the gateway to Latin America, it's one of the world's most popular vacation destinations. Before departing from Miami, enjoy a tour that will highlight this "Magic City." Board an airboat and explore the wild Everglades‐be ready to see gators. Experience the one-of-a-kind art deco district in South Beach. Discover a cuisine and culture that fits perfectly with your South American adventure.

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

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PRICING
PER PERSON
Owner's Suite (OS) - Queen-size bed, private balcony, separate living area with queen-size sofa bed, private bathroom with bathtub, separate shower and bidet, and concierge service. (559.7 sq. ft., balcony 90.4 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 into queen-size), private balcony, sitting area (some with sofa bed), and concierge service. (349.8 sq. ft., balcony 100.1 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 into queen-size), private balcony, sitting area (some with sofa bed) and private bathroom. (297 sq. ft., balcony 94 sq. ft.)
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Superior OceanView Stateroom with Balcony (D1) Quad- Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size), private balcony, sitting area, and a private bathroom. (199q. ft., balcony 65 sq. ft.)
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Superior OceanView Stateroom with Balcony (D2) - Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size), private balcony, sitting area, and a private bathroom. (199q. ft., balcony 65 sq. ft.)
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OceanView Stateroom with Balcony (E2) - Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long, private balcony, sitting area with sofa, and a private bathroom. Rates vary from deck to deck. (184 sq. ft., balcony 46 sq. ft. - balcony sizes may vary)
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OceanView Stateroom with Balcony (E1) Triple - Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long, private balcony, sitting area with sofa, and a private bathroom. Rates vary from deck to deck. (184 sq. ft., balcony 46 sq. ft. - balcony sizes may vary)
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OceanView Stateroom (H) Quad-Two twin beds (can convert Queen), private bathroom and sitting area. (178.7 sq. ft.)
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OceanView Stateroom (I) - Two twin beds (can convert Queen), private bathroom and sitting area. (178.7 sq. ft.
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Interior Stateroom (L) - Two twin beds (can convert Queen), private bathroom and sitting area. (150.7 sq. ft.)
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Interior Stateroom with Virtual Balcony (J) - Interior Stateroom with a Virtual Balcony, a high-definition screen that spans nearly floor to ceiling, providing real-time views of the ocean and destinations. Two twin beds that convert to Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long with open bed frames, sitting area with sofa, and a full bathroom. (150 sq. ft.)
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Prices are Per Person, Double Occupancy, Subject to change
Port Charges, Taxes & Fees $197.44
3rd/4th in Stateroom - Please Call for Pricing
Deposit $100 per person
Important Note: Not all staterooms within each category have the same furniture configuration and/or facilities. Appropriate symbols within the rooms on the deck plans describe differences from the stateroom descriptions below. All information is subject to change.
* COMPETITIVE PRICING PROMISE: While we are not a 'cruise discounter,' we will match any price offered by the cruise line, directly to the general public, at the time of booking. This offers includes many short-term, promotional rates. All cruise line rates can be withdrawn by the cruise line at any time and are capacity controlled.
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.

TravelSafe.comPlease visit TravelSafe.com for travel insurance information.

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.