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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Topics in Emergency Medicine, Physician Wellness, and Burnout

Royal Caribbean's <em>Ovation of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas
7-Night Alaska Cruise Conference
Round-trip Seattle, Washington

May 24 - 31, 2019
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
1 Hour of Pharmacology for NPs
14.0 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

$895 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$695 for Physician Assistants
$695 for Nurse Practitioners
$495 for Nurses, Residents, Students & Others

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the University at Sea® meeting group through University at Sea® at 800-926-3775 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.

Kathy Stepien, MD, FAAP

Kathy Stepien, MD, FAAP
Pediatric Regional Hospitalist, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA
Director, Institute for Physician Wellness, Juneau, AK
Private practice, Juneau, AK Kathy Stepien is a board-certified pediatrician and practicing pediatric hospitalist. She is the founder and CEO of The Institute for Physician Wellness, a mission-driven organization focused on improving physician wellness through retreats, workshops and consultations.

A prolific speaker and advocate of physician wellness, Dr. Stepien teaches both nationally and internationally. She holds a Master's degree in Philosophy and practiced physical therapy for 13 years prior to entering medicine. She draws upon these broad experiences as she works to support physician wellness at the personal and organizational levels as well as within the culture of medicine.

David Effron, MD

David Effron, MD
Assistant Professor
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
Physician burnout is everywhere. It affects physicians, their colleagues and staff, their families and, ultimately, their patients. What can we do about it?

Participants in this course will develop new knowledge and strategies that can be applied immediately to their unique hospital or clinic setting. The series begins with a framework for understanding physician wellness at the personal and institutional levels as well as within the culture of medicine. Additional topics include medical marriages/relationships, the ethical principles and obligations of burnout, when the doctor becomes a patient, and dealing with difficult patients/colleagues. Participants will develop skills for using self-compassion when coping with trauma and loss in medicine.

  1. Update of Physician Wellness
    • Apply conceptual framework of physician wellness at the personal and institutional level and within the culture of medicine to their unique hospital/clinic setting.
  2. Dealing with Difficult Patients and Colleagues
    • Give examples of how to assist a burned-out colleague.
  3. Medical Marriage/relationships
    • Analyze an important variable that affects physician wellness and assess strategies for support of relationships.
  4. Coping with Trauma/Loss
    • Utilize a compassion-based strategy for self care when coping with struggles experienced in medicine.
  5. Ethics of Burnout
    • Apply principles of ethical obligations to their unique hospital/clinic setting.
  6. When the Doctor becomes a Patient
    • Summarize common insights physicians report when experiencing role reversal.
  7. Burnout: Is it Medicine or is it Me?
    • Identity sources of personal-professional conflict that increase symptoms of burnout.
  8. Concussion
    • Assess patients for a concussion and make appropriate referrals for follow up
  9. Update on Burns
    • Manage acute thermal injury and make appropriate referrals
  10. Doorway Diagnosis 1
    • Use visual clues in order to establish a differential diagnosis
  11. Doorway Diagnosis 2
    • Use visual clues in order to establish a differential diagnosis
  12. How to Read A Head CT
    • Assess the findings on a head CT
  13. Dermdilema
    • Utilize the clinical presentation and history to diagnose their disease
  14. Orthopedic Pitfalls
    • Recognize and manage acute orthopedic injuries
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.

Cruise Itinerary

Fri May 24 Seattle, Washington
- 4:00 pm
Sat May 25 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun May 26 Alaska Inside Passage
- -
Sun May 26 Juneau, Alaska
12:00 pm 9:00 pm
Tue May 28 Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier
12:00 pm 12:00 am
Mon May 27 Skagway, Alaska
7:00 am 8:30 pm
Wed May 29 *At Sea - Cruising
12:00 am 12:00 am
Thu May 30 Victoria, British Columbia
9:00 am 6:00 pm
Fri May 31 Seattle, Washington
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas Map

Ports of Call

Seattle, Washington - The Emerald City of the Pacific Northwest. In Seattle, stroll the bustling waterfront, visit the Space Needle, sample a local microbrew, a glass of Washington wine and world-famous coffee.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Alaska Inside Passage - Winding along the breathtaking coast of Alaska, the Inside Passage offers magnificent views of forested islands, rock-walled fjords and snowcapped mountains. Richly diverse flora and fauna are also on display.

Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier - One of Alaska's lesser-known gems, Endicott Arm Fjord marks the southern edge of Fords Terror Wilderness area. As you drift through its 30 -mile-long stretch, you can't help but be awed by the sorrounding granite cliffs, mountain valleys and dozens of gushing waterfalls. Drifting icebergs, deep blue waters and a spectacular tidewater glacier only add to this natural spectacle's appeal.

Skagway, Alaska - A frontier town perfectly preserved as the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. Gateway to the Trail of '98, which you may explore by helicopter or vintage railcar.

Victoria, British Columbia - Stroll through the charming downtown of this very British city, with its double-decker buses, turreted castles, fine British woolens, tea and china. Or, just outside the city, visit the lush flora and fauna of Butchart Gardens.

Non-US/Canadian individuals, please Click here to determine if you'll need a visa to board this cruise which visits Canada.

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.
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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