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Physician Acupuncture Training
for Pain, Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Introductory Course

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise
Round-trip Fort Lauderdale, FL
December 04 - 11, 2016

This stand-alone introduction teaches physicians about the evidence-based use of acupuncture to treat the symptoms of pain, stress, anxiety, and depression by integrating the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine within a framework of conventional Western research about consensus diagnosis and treatment guidelines. Live lectures on each topic supplemented by printed materials prepare participants for hands-on training sessions on the critical kinesthetic skills for the effective needling required for therapeutic effect.

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20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
20 Contact Hours

COURSE FEES:
$1095

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, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Licensed Massage Therapists
Program Purpose / Objectives
Topics, Materials, Schedule, Post-Course Outcome determinations & instruments

This 20 hour introductory course is a stand-alone introduction to the use of acupuncture to treat the symptoms of pain, stress, anxiety, and depression by integrating the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine within a framework of conventional Western research about consensus diagnosis and treatment guidelines.

This course also provides a practice-based foundation for further intensive clinical and knowledge-based training consisting of a total of 70 hours of didactic and clinical hands-on experience. Our data indicates that this combined training provides a complete set of knowledge and skills for participants to begin effectively treating patients with these target conditions in their home practices with confidence. For the minority of U.S. states requiring additional training in order for licensed physicians to provide acupuncture services (typically, 200-300 hours total), this introduction and subsequent modules provide unparalleled hands-on clinical experience, and remains the best foundation for physicians to self-study or take additional training to meet their state requirements.

The course consists of live lectures on each topic supplemented by printed materials, and hands-on training sessions on the critical kinesthetic skills for the effective needling required for therapeutic effect.

Segment A introduces and explains topics and issues fundamental to the integrated clinical understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of pain, stress, anxiety and depression. Segment B focuses upon Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) terminology, diagnostic/treatment paradigms, and actual needling practice.
Topics:

Segment A - Scientific Foundation

To lay the groundwork for the course, this Unit will first present the latest research defining the biological and physiological nature of stress, pain, anxiety, and depression, emphasizing screening, diagnosis, and treatment from within current western clinical and research models. This review & update will improve Provider management of these conditions by focusing on current conventional diagnosis and treatment guidelines. In particular, this unit will utilize current validated screening and symptom questionnaires for both conventional Western clinical assessment and for TCM acupuncture diagnosis and outcome tracking.

This will establish the context for how acupuncture may be integrated with contemporary treatments to improve overall outcomes.

This Unit will also review the scientific literature on the biological and physiological mechanisms of acupuncture, focusing upon what the research documents as acupuncture effects on stress, pain, anxiety, and depression. This unit will thus give participants a better understanding both of the Western physiology of acupuncture, and the basic correlations with TCM diagnostic and treatment concepts.
  1. The epidemiology and conventional treatment effectiveness of stress, pain, and mood disorders
  2. The pathophysiology of Chronic Pain, acute & chronic stress, Depressive Illness, and Chronic Anxiety States
  3. Biological and physiological mechanisms of acupuncture; and the clinical and scientific literature about acupuncture treatment for specific diagnoses
  4. Integrated Practice - Models that WORK and what makes them work
    1. Current Western clinical tools for diagnosis and treatment
    2. Consensus (conventional) Treatment Guidelines and algorithms
    3. Practice Options for offering acupuncture services
    4. Basics of Charting, Coding, and Billing
Segment B - Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Principles & Practice

This portion of the didactic unit will introduce physicians to essential concepts in acupuncture as well as provide a stable theoretical foundation for understanding and discussing the integration of holistic Chinese medicine with Western medicine. The methodology of pattern discrimination will be introduced and explained using equivalency terminology where needed.
  1. Characteristics of functional medicine and parallels to Chinese medicine - 15 min
    1. How to understand the concept of "Qi","blood", and Yin/Yang - 15 min
    2. "Five phases" and "Fluids and humors" - 15 min
    3. Channels and network vessels ("channels", "meridians") - 30/45 min
  2. Disease causes and mechanisms‐ pathophysiology in TCM - 15 min
    1. The conceptual basis for the "Four Examinations" - 30 min
    2. Pattern discrimination and treatment principles. 45 min - 1 hr w/ practice cases
  3. Common errors and misunderstandings when learning and using TCM acupuncture.
    15 min
  4. Integration of symptoms documented from consensus-recommended conventional screening questionnaires to generate an integrated Differential Diagnosis list - 1 hr w/ practicum
    1. Refining the differential with Tongue Signs and their indications - mostly practice, 30-60min
    2. Pulse signs and their indications, 15 min presentation, 45 min practice (WITH other pattern discrimination and diagnostic tools presented earlier)
    3. Questioning for finalizing common TCM patterns related to pain and stress, anxiety and depression, and how to follow up for clarity - 30 min, mostly practice upon prior topics and practice.
  5. 'Point vocabulary' for acupuncture treatment of pain and stress/anxiety/ depression - 15 min overview, handout to use and 30 minutes practice on point selection and locations of most important points
  6. Clinical Practicum and Case Studies (approximately 6-7 hours)
    1. Course participants will work on one another and with course instructor-supervision for real-time feedback on diagnostic logic and integration of current conventional clinical tools for diagnosis of pain, stress and mood disorders
    2. Needle technique and practice‐ Essential kinesthetic skills (i.e. needle response) and needle technique checklist will be demonstrated by instructors on each participant and each participant will be allowed to needle instructors as well as each other with emphasis on correct needle response and painless insertion techniques
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.
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Faculty
Paul Raford, MD, MPH

Dr. Raford obtained his BA and MD degrees from the University of Virginia, and became Board Certified in Family Medicine through the University of North Carolina, and in Preventive and Occupational Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

He held Associate Clinical Professor appointments at the University of Utah and the University of Colorado, and completed clinical and research fellowships in both Beijing and Hangzhou, China. Most recently he designed a physician acupuncture training course to promote the clinical and research standards needed to effectively study this modality.


Christian Nix, MA, LAc

Christian graduated with his master's degree program for Integrative Healthcare Administration. He completed a five-year training program in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is certified as a Licensed Acupuncturist in Colorado. His current professional activities focus on teaching and in clinical practice serving cruise ship patients. Christian's experience includes establishing a Community Pain and Stress Center in an urban medical center, designing and teaching Hospital Based Acupuncture Teacher Training programs (for acupuncturists), and conducting clinical training at Mercy Hospital in Chicago and Hospitalito de Santiago in Santiago de Atitlan, Guatemala.

Most recently, Christian co-designed and is chief instructor for a Physician Acupuncture Training program that teaches a standardized approach to acupuncture, and allows providers to track patient outcomes in real time. The focus of the this course is to improve outcomes among the most difficult to treat and costly co-morbidities among 21st century patients by focusing on Acupuncture's efficacy in treating anxiety and depression, pain and related sequelae.
Accreditation
The Sutter Health University is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation: The Sutter Health University designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

To obtain AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for the In-Person Introductory Module, participants may claim all hours for which they sign-in and attend, up to a maximum of 20 hours. Participants will complete a Post-Module course feedback questionnaire, after which instructors will provide the commensurate CME Certificate of Attendance to Participants.
Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
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Cruise Itinerary
DATE PORT OF CALL ARRIVE DEPART
Sun Dec 04 Fort Lauderdale
- 4:30 pm
Mon Dec 05 *At Sea
- -
Tue Dec 06 San Juan, Puerto Rico
3:30 pm 9:00 pm
Wed Dec 07 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Dec 08 Philipsburg, St. Maarten
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Fri Dec 09 *At Sea
- -
Sat Dec 10 *At Sea
- -
Sun Dec 11 Fort Lauderdale
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Ports of Call
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (Embark and Debark) - 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.
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!
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - An island under two flags. Sample the Dutch treats of Philipsburg: chocolate, cheese, delftware. On the French side linger over bouillabaisse, shop for Parisian perfumes.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - 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

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

STATEROOM DETAILS
PRICING
PER PERSON
Royal Suite -
Veranda with lounge seating. Floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows. Separate living room with dining and sitting area. Two entertainment centers with plasma-screen televisions and VCR or DVD player. Music center. Walk-in closet with vanity table. Bath, including tub with whirlpool jets. Glass enclosed sitting area (connecting door to adjacent suite). Butler at your service. Complimentary 24-hour room service. Priority check-in. Priority tender service. Welcome bottle of sparkling wine and fresh fruit. Assistance with packing and unpacking. Full in-suite breakfast, lunch & dinner service. In-suite afternoon tea service. Complimentary espresso & cappuccino (in suite). Evening hors d'oeuvres, daily. Main & specialty restaurant seating preferences. 100% Egyptian cotton oversized bath towels. Plush Frette® bathrobes. Complimentary shoeshine service, use of golf umbrella, & binoculars. Bathroom accessories & hair dryer. Complimentary beach towel service. Plentiful storage space in your bathroom & wardrobe.

Stateroom : 590 sq. ft. Veranda: 158 sq. ft.
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Celebrity Suite
Veranda with lounge seating. Floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows. Separate living room with dining and sitting area. Two entertainment centers with plasma-screen televisions and VCR or DVD player. Music center. Walk-in closet with vanity table. Bath, including tub with whirlpool jets. Glass enclosed sitting area (connecting door to adjacent suite). Butler at your service. Complimentary 24-hour room service. Priority check-in. Priority tender service. Welcome bottle of sparkling wine and fresh fruit. Assistance with packing and unpacking. Full in-suite breakfast, lunch & dinner service. In-suite afternoon tea service. Complimentary espresso & cappuccino (in suite). Evening hors d'oeuvres, daily. Main & specialty restaurant seating preferences. 100% Egyptian cotton oversized bath towels. Plush Frette® bathrobes. Complimentary shoeshine service, use of golf umbrella, & binoculars. Bathroom accessories & hair dryer. Complimentary beach towel service. Plentiful storage space in your bathroom & wardrobe.

Stateroom : 394 sq. ft. Veranda: 105 sq. ft.
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Sky Suite (S2) –
Veranda with lounge seating. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Two lower beds convertible to queen-size. Sitting area, some with sofa bed and lounge chair. Entertainment center with television VCR and DVD player. Bath with shower/tub combination and washbasin. Complimentary 24-hour room service. Priority check-in. Priority tender service. Welcome bottle of sparkling wine and fresh fruit. Assistance with packing and unpacking. Full in-suite breakfast, lunch & dinner service. In-suite afternoon tea service. Complimentary espresso & cappuccino (in suite). Evening hors d'oeuvres, daily. Main & specialty restaurant seating preferences. 100% Egyptian cotton oversized bath towels. Plush Frette® bathrobes. Complimentary shoeshine service, use of golf umbrella, & binoculars. Bathroom accessories & hair dryer. Complimentary beach towel service. Plentiful storage space in your bathroom & wardrobe.

Stateroom : 300 sq. ft. Veranda: 79 sq. ft.
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AquaClass (A2)
Love the spa life? These veranda staterooms offer priority seating in the exclusive specialty restaurant, Blu, unlimited access to the Relaxation Room (on Solstice Class only) and Persian Garden as well as a host of other soothing extras.
Amenities: Robe, complimentary tote bag,Custom blended bath products (shampoo, conditioner and lotion), shower cap, cotton balls and cotton swabs, Water/wine glasses, Celebrity eXhale&trade bedding featuring custom premium mattresses, plush duvets and pillow and 100% cotton linens, Hair dryer. 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: 194 sq. ft. Veranda: 54 sq. ft.
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Concierge Class Stateroom (C3) –
Veranda with lounge seating. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Sitting area with sofa. Two lower beds convertible to queen. 20" LCD TV. Vanity. Some staterooms may have a trundle bed . Early embarkation and debarkation. Priority check-in. Sparkling wine, fresh fruit and flowers upon arrival. Main and specialty restaurant seating preferences. Expanded room service breakfast menu. Evening hors d'oeuvres, daily. Pillow menu, Plush Frette® bathrobes Hansgrohe® massaging showerhead. Extra handheld hair dryer. 100% cotton oversized bath towels. Complimentary shoeshine service, use of golf umbrella, & high-quality binoculars. Complimentary beach towel service.

Stateroom: 194 sq. ft. Veranda: 54 sq. ft.
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Veranda Stateroom (Double) (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.
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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 : 177 sq. ft.
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Inside Stateroom (10) –
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
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Prices are Per Person, Double Occupancy, Subject to change
3rd/4th in Stateroom - Please Call for Pricing
Port Charges, Taxes & Fees $274.52 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.

* 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.
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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; this link allows you to price out the insurance plan you prefer. The cruise lines also offer travel insurance and we'd be happy to help you go that route if you'd prefer. The cruise lines also offer travel insurance and we'd be happy to help you go that route if you'd prefer.

What Our Travel Insurance Can Cover:

  • Trip Cancellation & Interruption
  • Baggage/Personal Effects Loss & Dealy
  • Missed Connection
  • Medical Expense/Emergency Evacuation
  • Non-Medical Emergency Evacuation
  • Accidental Death
  • On-Call 24 Hour Assistance Services
  • Some plans even include cancel for any reason