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2014 Updates in Gastroenterology and Rheumatology for the Primary Care Provider

11-Night Mediterranean Cruise Conference
Round-trip Barcelona, Spain
May 12 - 23, 2014

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.

Royal Caribbean's Romantic Serenade of the Seas
Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas

16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
16 AAFP Prescribed Credit(s)
16 Contact Hours

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.

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
Internists, Family Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants
Program Purpose / Objectives

 

Topics and Objectives:

Rheumatology

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis – Diagnosis and Management 2014
    • Learn the new American College of Rheumatology/EULAR diagnostic criteria
    • Understand the application of new serologic tests
    • Appreciate the judicious use of biologic agents in the management of RA
  • Psoriatic Arthritis: What’s New in the Management of the Skin and Joints
    • Differentiate between the various forms of psoriatic arthritis
    • Know the treatment modalities for the skin and joints
  • Spondyloarthropathies
    • Discuss the rheumatic and systemic manifestations of this group of diseases
    • Learn new diagnostic and treatment options
    • Apply these principles to the management of ankylosing spondylitis
  • Gout and Crystal-induced Arthropathies
    • Understand the epidemiology of gout
    • Discuss the clinical diagnosis and assessment in patients with gout and pseudogout
    • Learn the application of new treatment modalities
  • Fibromyalgia: What it is and what it is not
    • Appreciate the contentious arguments surrounding this controversial disorder
    • Learn the current opinions on its pathophysiology
    • Diagnose this condition and understand advances in treatment
  • Osteoarthritis
    • Discuss the biomechanical and epidemiological basis of OA
    • Appreciate the medical management of OA via lifestyle and pharmacologic intervention
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE): Clinical vignettes
    • Review the current diagnostic criteria of SLE
    • Learn when to refer a patient with SLE to a rheumatologist

 

Gastroenterology :

  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) and who is at risk for Barrett’s Esophagus
    • Assess the need for endoscopy using provided algorithms in a patient with gastroesphageal reflux disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome and constipation – new treatments on the market
    • Differentiate chronic idiopathic constipation from irritable bowel syndrome, constipation predominant, and be able to discuss therapy as needed
  • Hepatitis C – Where are we now with treatment recommendations?
    • Determine which patients need screening for Hepatitis C and which patients need referral for therapy
  • Clostridium difficile – Is fecal transplant the new solution
    • Discuss fecal transplant and its necessity
  • Colon Cancer Screening – Are we doing all that we can?
    • Utilize new guidelines for colon cancer screening
  • Diverticular Disease – Beyond Surgery
    • Differentiate between simple and complex diverticulitis and be able to discuss further management with patients
  • Fatty Liver - Benign misnomer or is it worse than you think
    • Assess whether the patient is at risk for Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)
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
Alan Rubinow, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Medicine, Hadassah University Medical Center, Ein-Kerem, Jerusalem

Dr. Alan Rubinow MD was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and is a graduate of the Hadassah - Hebrew University School of Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel. Following his residency in Internal Medicine he trained in Rheumatology and Allergy in the Division of Arthritis at the Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts. His main research interest during his seven year tenure in Boston was amyloidosis, particularly the hereditary and familial forms of the disease.

He is American Board certified in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology and Allergy/ Clinical Immunology. Dr. Rubinow is Associate Professor of Medicine and Senior Physician in the Department of Medicine and past chairman of the Rheumatology unit. He is past Chairman of the Israel Rheumatology Society and past Chairman of the Board of Examinations in Rheumatology.

He has been visiting professor at many international universities and medical schools where he was involved in teaching at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels: Indiana University School of Medicine (1994), University of Western Australia in Perth (2004) Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York City (2005), University of Cape Town, South Africa (2007) and University of Florence, Italy (2008).

Prof. Rubinow was a member of the Board of Directors of Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI). He is the author of over 140 publications and chapters in books.

In 1998 Prof. Rubinow was the recipient of the Feldman Foundation Fellowship and was Associate Visiting Professor of Medicine in the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Stanford University. He is a member of the Hadassah Medical Center Helsinki committee (Institutional Review Board) for research on human subjects, member of the ethics bureau of the Israel Medical Association and advisor to the Ombudsman in the Ministry of Health.

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 16 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.

AAFP LogoThis Live activity, 2014 Updates in Gastroenterology and Rheumatology for Primary Care Cruise Conference, with a beginning date of 05/12/2014, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 16.00 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.
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
Mon May 12
Barcelona, Spain
- 5:00pm
Tue May 13

Nice (Villefranche), France

10:00am 8:00pm
Wed May 14
Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy
7:00am 7:00pm
Thu May 15

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

7:00am 7:00pm
Fri May 16

Amalfi Coast (Naples/Salerno), Italy

7:00am 6:30pm
Sat May 17 At Sea Cruising
Lectures 9:00am-12noon; 1:00pm-4:00pm
- -
Sun May 18

Messina, Sicily, Italy

8:00am 5:00pm
Mon May 19

Valletta, Malta

7:00am 4:00pm
Tue May 20

Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Lectures 8:00am-12:00noon

12noon 8:00pm
Wed May 21
At Sea Cruising
Lectures 9:00am-12noon; 1:00pm-4:00pm
- -
Thu May 22

Palma de Mallorca, Spain

7:00am 5:00pm
Fri May 23
Barcelona, Spain
6:00am -

Ports of Call
Barcelona, Spain - Barcelona is a one of a kind, world-class city. While away the day exploring the beautiful, tree-shaded Las Ramblas. Or, marvel at its fantastic Art Nouveau architecture, with dozens of buildings that seem to have been sculpted from the stuff of dreams, like the Sagrada Familia Cathedral. For the more worldly, shop for exquisite Lladro ceramics, chic spanish fashions or enjoy a cuisine that many say has rival's the French for the title of world's best.
Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy - Traces of ancient settlements are found all over the island of Sardinia: neolithic ruins at Nora; Phoenician, Cathaginian and Roman relics near Cagliari; and Arab, Genoese and Iberian heritage evident in architecture dating back to the Middle Ages. Cagliari, the capital, climbs a hillside overlooking the aptly named Gulf of Angels. In the old Castello Quarter, the streets are narrow and shaded and the buildings are old, but the beaches of Sardinia are wide and expansive, basking in the Mediterranean sun.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - Plan your time here carefully, as the Eternal City's sights are endless: the Colosseum, the Forum, the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican and so much more.
Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy - In Florence view the timeless treasures: the lofty Duomo, Giotto's bell tower, Michelangelo's David, the Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio over the Arno. In Pisa, see the famous Tower, still standing, if crookedly, after 650 years.
Messina, Sicily - A beautiful sheltered harbor is your gateway to Taormina, a small town at heart despite its major tourist attraction: the sublime Teatro Greco, offering panoramic views of the coastline and snow-capped Mt. Etna.
Naples, Italy - Capital of Southern Italy, the largest city of Campania, Naples is the third most populated city in Italy (after Rome and Milan), with over a million inhabitants, and is the most important industrial center and trading port for the South. Naples itself can provide a day's fun and entertainment, if its somewhat rundown appearance doesn't dissuade you. Or, join a tour of incredible Pompeii, frozen in time since A.D. 79 when Mt. Vesuvius brought an end to that then-thriving city. Or, take a quick ferry across the bay to the flowery Isle of Capri. Or, (yes, there's more) visit fabulous Sorrento, vacation spot for the well to do.
Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain - Floating gemlike off Spain's Mediterranean Riviera, these islands offer you pearls, pottery and perfectly sublime sandy beaches. Visit Valldemosa, where George Sand and Frederic Chopin spent a romantic winter in 1838.
Valletta, Malta - Tiny Malta abounds in forts and temples. In Valletta, wander through the ornate Grand Master's Palace of the Knights of St. John. Within the thick walls of Medina, the Silent City (no cars), visit the serene Baroque cathedral.
Villefranche (Nice), France - Villefranche is your gateway to the one-of-a-kind French Riviera, home to Monte Carlo, Cannes and Nice. Shaded by jagged mountains touching deep blue shores, Villefranche offers sunny beaches, sophisticated resort cities, quaint red-roofed villages and spectacular views.

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.

Serenade 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 (E1) - 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 (G) -Two twin beds (can convert Queen), private bathroom and sitting area. (178.7 sq. ft.)
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Large Interior Stateroom (L) - 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
Port Charges, Taxes & Fees $408.36
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.

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