Topics in Primary Care and Rheumatology Southern Caribbean Conference, Round-trip San Juan, Puerto Rico: October 27 - November 3, 2018
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Topics in Primary Care and Rheumatology

7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise Conference
Round-trip San Juan, Puerto Rico
October 27 - November 3, 2018

Celebrity's Classic Celebrity Summit
Celebrity Summit

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

Course Fees:
$895 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy & Dentists
$695 for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners
$495 Nurses, Residents, 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.
Target Audience
Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants
Program Purpose / Objectives
Topics:
  1. Primary Care Treatment of Essential Hypertension: A 2018 Update
    • Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to customize their treatment approach in the essential hypertension patient and maximize the percent of patients treated who reach goal blood pressure.
  2. Atrial Fibrillation: What the Primary Care Practitioner Needs to Know
    • Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to discuss the newest information regarding atrial fibrillation and describe the role of anti-arrhythmics in the management of the disease.
  3. Thromboembolic Disease in Primary Care: Focus on the New Anticoagulants
    • Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to discuss the role of the new oral anticoagulants and describe any relevant differences between the available agents.
  4. Asthma and COPD: New Recommendations and Treatment Options
    • Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to discuss the new recommendations for treatment of patients with asthma and COPD.
  5. Primary Care Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections in the era of Increasing Bacterial Resistance
    • Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to discuss the treatment options for UTI’s in the era of increasing antimicrobial resistance
  6. Antimicrobial Resistance: Implications for the Primary Care Provider
    • Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to describe the impact of antimicrobial resistance in both gram-negative and gram-positive infections and discuss treatment strategies for common infections.
  7. Osteoporosis: Review of Guidelines and New Therapeutic Options
    • Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to describe the new National Osteoporosis Guidelines and how the recommendations will impact the treatment and prevention strategies in their patients with osteopenia or osteoporosis.
  8. Gout - Management and where we fall short
    • Better manage acute flairs and improve confidence with chronic gout treatment
  9. Back pain - is it inflammatory
    • Identify different presentations of mechanical versus inflamatory back pain
  10. Lupus
    • Recognize the dianostic criteria, lab test and potential triggers for flairs
  11. Monitoring of Rheumatology Drugs -what to watch out for
    • Inform practitioners of common and not so common potential side effects and risks of drugs
  12. Labs and Radiology and their limitations
    • Assess labs and radiology results especially in initial work-up
  13. Clinical approach to Rheumatic Diisease
    • Identifying Arthritis vs. other Musculoskeletal pain and how to work it up
  14. The Pregnant Patient
    • Manage the unique challenges seen in Pregnant Rheumatologic Patients
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
John Gums, PharmD
Professor of Pharmacy and Medicine
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

Dr. Gums is a Professor of Pharmacy and Medicine in the Departments of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research and Community Health and Family Medicine at the University of Florida. Additionally, he holds the title of Associate Dean for Clinical and Administrative Affairs in the College of Pharmacy. He received his undergraduate degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Subsequently, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Gums is actively involved in teaching both in the College of Pharmacy and the College of Medicine. He has received the Faculty Recognition Award from the College of Pharmacy, Exemplary Teacher Award from the College of Medicine, and twice was selected as Teacher of the Year by the University of Florida, Department of Family Medicine.

He has authored over 175 peered-review articles, 22 continuing education programs, and 22 book chapters. He has given over 90 invited presentations to national and international pharmacy and medical associations. He maintains an active clinical research program and is currently an investigator on a 5-year NIH trial evaluating the impact of a centralized cardiovascular risk service (MED-FOCUS).

Dr. Gums maintains membership in ASHP, AACP, and ACCP. He is a member of the Family Medicine Editorial Advisory Council for the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, and is a Scientific Editor for the journal Pharmacotherapy. In 1993, he was appointed by the governor as a member of the State of Florida Pharmacy Services and Technical Review panel. In 1997, he received the Outstanding Clinical Practice Award from ACCP. In 2002, Dr. Gums was selected to represent both AACP and ACCP as a Primary Health Care Policy Fellow through the office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services in Washington DC. And in 2007, he was elected as a Fellow in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Nicole Melendez, MD, FACR
Affiliate Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine (Voluntary Faculty)
USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
Tampa, FL

Nicole Melendez graduated from St Matthews University, completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Missouri- Columbia and her Rheumatology fellowship at Louisiana State University. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. Dr Melendez has been practicing in the Tampa Bay area since 2009, working as a hospitalist, as well as in the ED but practicing strictly rheumatology since 2011. Her work interest lies in inflammatory arthritis, particularly rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.

She has been voluntary staff in the rheumatology department at the University of South Florida since 2015 and has been active in clinical trials for the past several years. In addition to her love of rheumatology Dr Melendez also has an interest in nutrition and diet and it's ability to impact disease states and she is currently pursuing a certification in Culinary Medicine from Tulane University.
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
Sat Oct 27 San Juan, Puerto Rico
- 8:30 pm
Sun Oct 28 St. Croix, U.S.V.I.
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Mon Oct 29 Philisburg, St. Maarten
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Tue Oct 30 Roseau, Dominica
Lectures: 4:00pm-6:00pm
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed Oct 31 Bridgetown, Barbados
Lectures: 4:00pm-6:00pm
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Nov 01 St. George's , Grenada
Lectures: 4:00pm-6:00pm
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Fri Nov 02 *At Sea
Lectures: 8-Noon; 1:00pm-5:00pm
- -
Sat Nov 03 San Juan, Puerto Rico
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
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
Basseterre, St. Kitts - The island England zealously defended from Brimstone Hill, the "Gibraltar of the West Indies." In Basseterre, a mini-London, there's Piccadilly Circus to shop and a gingerbread version of Big Ben by which to check the hour.
Bridgetown, Barbados - An island some say is more British than Britain. Here, cricket is the national sport and afternoon tea goes without saying. But Barbados is true blue Caribbean as well, with classic sand beaches, and wild monkeys in the jungle.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. - Named after a Danish Queen, Charlotte Amalie has one of the most breathtaking deepwater harbors in the world. The key sights of Charlotte Amalie are located within the town centre, making it easy to combine sightseeing with St. Thomas’ fantastic shopping opportunities. Eighteenth century architecture provides the perfect backdrop for walking tours and shopping here in the "Duty Free Capital of the World." For a dose of history, visit Emancipation Park, the American-Caribbean History Museum, or Bluebeard the pirate's castle at Magen’s Bay. If tropical bliss is what you're after, head to any of Charlotte Amalie’s pristine beaches, where the warm water, white sands and palm trees will lull you into deep relaxation!
Fort-de-France, Martinique - An intoxicating blend of French perfume and creole spices surround this island paradise. Chase butterflies in the lush tropical foliage or follow the promise of haute shopping for the latest couture.
St. George's, Grenada - St. George's is the capital of Grenada. The city is surrounded by a hillside of an old volcano crater and is on a horseshoe-shaped harbor. The city has significantly developed in recent years, while preserving its history, culture, and natural beauty. It has a moderate tropical climate that ensures the success of spice production. Nutmegs are the most plentiful crop, followed by an array of such spices as cocoa, mace, cloves, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger.

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.

Celebrity Summit

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
PRICING
PER PERSON

Royal Suite (RS) - When you stay in a Royal 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. Separate living room and dining area and a veranda with whirlpool and luxurious lounge seating.
Stateroom Includes: Our signature friendly, personalized service with a guest to staff ratio of nearly 2:1, Twice daily service (makeup and turndown), daily ice service in stainless steel ice buckets.
Dining: 24 hour complimentary room service
Stateroom features: Interactive Samsung flat-screen television system, private safe, dual voltage 110/220AC outlet.
Services: European-trained butler service to help you pack/unpack, make your spa appointments, dinner reservations, shore excursions and so much more, priority check-in, priority debarkation, reserved theatre seating (on formal nights only), full in-suite breakfast, lunch & dinner service, afternoon canapés and tea service, complimentary daily in-suite espresso and cappuccino, priority tender service, shoeshine service.
Amenities: Luxury bath amenities, plush bathrobe, slippers, Extra handheld hair dryer, additional custom bath products, nail kit, shower gel, mending kit, pillow menu, dual iPod/iPad docking station, welcome Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine with a commemorative label featuring exclusive art work from the ArtCenter/South Florida artists, daily fresh fruit platter.
Special amenities for Royal Suite include: Separate whirlpool bathtub, whirlpool on private veranda, Stateroom setup of one bottle of vodka and one bottle of scotch with accompanying mixers, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, separate living room with dining and sitting area, two entertainment centers with televisions, walk-in closet.
Stateroom:538 sq. ft.Veranda:195 sq. ft.

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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 Includes: Our signature friendly, personalized service with a guest to staff ratio of nearly 2:1, Twice daily service (makeup and turndown), daily ice service in stainless steel ice buckets.
Dining: 24 hour complimentary room service
Services: European-trained butler service to help you pack/unpack, make your spa appointments, dinner reservations, shore excursions and so much more, priority check-in, priority debarkation, reserved theatre seating (on formal nights only) Full in-suite breakfast, lunch & dinner service, afternoon canape©s and tea service, complimentary daily in-suite espresso and cappuccino, Priority tender service, Shoeshine service.
Stateroom features: Interactive Samsung flat-screen television system, private safe, dual voltage 110/220AC outlet.
Amenities: Luxury bath amenities, plush bathrobe, slippers, Extra handheld hair dryer, additional custom bath products, nail kit, shower gel, mending kit, pillow menu, dual iPod/iPad docking station, welcome Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine with a commemorative label featuring exclusive art work from the ArtCenter/South Florida artists, daily fresh fruit platter.
Stateroom: 467 sq. ft. Veranda: 85 sq. ft.

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Sky Suite (S1) When you stay in a Sky 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 Includes: Our signature friendly, personalized service with a guest to staff ratio of nearly 2:1, Twice daily service (makeup and turndown), daily ice service in stainless steel ice buckets.
Dining: 24 hour complimentary room service
Services: European-trained butler service to help you pack/unpack, make your spa appointments, dinner reservations, shore excursions and so much more, priority check-in, priority debarkation, reserved theatre seating (on formal nights only) Full in-suite breakfast, lunch & dinner service, afternoon canapés and tea service, complimentary daily in-suite espresso and cappuccino, Priority tender service, Shoeshine service.
Stateroom features: Interactive Samsung flat-screen television system, private safe, dual voltage 110/220AC outlet.
Amenities: Luxury bath amenities, plush bathrobe, slippers , extra handheld hair dryer, additional custom bath products: nail kit, shower gel, mending kit Pillow menu, dual iPod/iPad docking station , welcome Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine with a commemorative label featuring exclusive art work from the ArtCenter/South Florida artists, daily fresh fruit platter.
Stateroom:300 sq. ft.Veranda:79 sq. ft.
$1,704
AquaClass (A1) -These veranda staterooms offer spa elements infused into the stateroom experience and priority seating in the chic AquaClass restaurant, Blu. These spa-inspired staterooms, offer unlimited access to the AquaSpa Persian Garden as well as a host of other soothing extras. If you love the spa, there's no finer way to travel.
Stateroom Includes: Our signature friendly, personalized service with a guest to staff ratio of nearly 2:1, twice daily service (makeup and turndown), daily ice service in stainless steel ice buckets.
Dining: 24 hour complimentary room service, exclusive access to Blu, a specialty restaurant featuring "clean cuisine" that also serves complimentary, full-service breakfast every day, upgraded room service menu
Stateroom features: Interactive Samsung flat-screen television system, private safe, dual voltage 110/220AC outlet.
Services: Daily delivery of bottled water and tea, priority check-in, express luggage delivery, priority disembarkation based on travel needs, complimentary shoeshine service.
Amenities: Complimentary access to the Persian Garden and Relaxation Room, aromatherapy diffuser, Pillow menu, additional bathroom amenities, including shower gel, facial spray and lip balm, plush bathrobes, slippers, On-demand wellness programming including meditation and yoga.
Stateroom:195 sq. ft. Veranda:54 sq. ft.
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Concierge Class Stateroom (C3) - Spacious accommodations complete with special privileges like priority check-in, personalized Concierge service, priority seating time preferences in the main dining room and specialty restaurants, upgraded room service menu, evening hors d'oeuvres, plush bathrobes, and veranda with lounge seating.
Stateroom Includes: Our signature friendly, personalized service with a guest to staff ratio of nearly 2:1, Twice daily service (makeup and turndown), daily ice service in stainless steel ice buckets.
Dining: 24 hour complimentary room service
Stateroom features: Interactive Samsung flat-screen television system, private safe, dual voltage 110/220AC outlet.
Services: Priority check-in, express luggage delivery, personalized Concierge service, priority disembarkation based on your travel needs, Complimentary shoeshine service, access to the exclusive Concierge Class Pre-departure Lounge
Amenities Welcome Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine with a commemorative label featuring exclusive art work from the ArtCenter/South Florida artists, pillow menu to suit your sleeping preferences, daily delivery of Afternoon Savories, plush bathrobes, fresh fruit , custom-blended bath amenities, use of binoculars and golf umbrella, extra handheld hair dryer, Celebrity tote bag.
Stateroom: 191 sq. ft. Veranda: 41 sq. ft.

$1,024
Deluxe OceanView Stateroom with Veranda (2A) - Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Veranda with lounge seating. Two beds convertible to queen-size. Sitting area with sofa. 32" LCD TV. Vanity. Some staterooms may have a trundle bed. Complimentary 24-hour room service. Four pillows in every stateroom. Complimentary use of bathrobes. 100% cotton towels. Bathroom accessories & hair dryer. Complimentary beach towel service. Plentiful storage space in your bathroom & wardrobe. Stateroom: 194 sq. ft. Veranda: 54 sq. ft.
$904
OceanView Stateroom (07) - Large ocean view window. Two twin beds that can be converted to a queen-sized bed. Considerable closet space. Private bathroom with shower stall. Sitting area with desk, drawer space, vanity, and sofa. 32 inch interactive LCD television. Direct-dial telephone. Hair dryer. Mini bar. Individual safe. 100% cotton towels and linens. 24 hour room service. Stateroom : 170 sq. ft.
$574
Inside Stateroom (10) Quad - Two twin beds that can be converted to a queen-sized bed. Considerable closet space. Private bathroom with shower stall. Sitting area with desk, drawer space, vanity, and sofa. 32 inch interactive LCD television. Direct-dial telephone. Hair dryer. Mini bar. Individual safe. 100% cotton towels and linens. 24 hour room service. Stateroom : 183 - 200 sq. ft.
$534
1st & 2nd person

$324
3rd & 4th person
Inside Stateroom (11) - Two twin beds that can be converted to a queen-sized bed. Considerable closet space. Private bathroom with shower stall. Sitting area with desk, drawer space, vanity, and sofa. 32 inch interactive LCD television. Direct-dial telephone. Hair dryer. Mini bar. Individual safe. 100% cotton towels and linens. 24 hour room service. Stateroom : 183 - 200 sq. ft.
$434
Prices are Per Person, Double Occupancy, Subject to change
Port Charges, Taxes & Fees $248.05 per person
Deposit $250 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 . All information is subject to change.
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.