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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, and Emergency Medicine

Royal Caribbean's <em>Symphony of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas
7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise Conference
Round-trip Miami, Florida

July 20 - 27, 2019
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
14 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
14.0 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

$895 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$695 for Physician Assistants
$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.

Daniel R. Martin, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM

Daniel R. Martin, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM
Professor and Vice Chair of Education
Director EM IM Residency Program 
Department of Emergency Medicine
Ohio State University  Daniel R. Martin is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He is the Program Director of the Emergency Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program and the Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Martin served as the Program Director for the Emergency Medicine Categorical Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center from 1990 to 2010. 

Dr. Martin received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Indiana University School of Medicine and recently received an Executive MBA from Fisher School of Business. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and then completed an Emergency Medicine Residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin serving as Chief Resident during his final year. 

His clinical interests include the treatment of infectious diseases in the emergency department, cognitive errors, leadership and patient education and satisfaction. His research interests are the ED treatment of infections, such as pneumonia and respiratory infections, medical education research and patient experience. 

Dr. Martin is an active member of national organizations such as the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors, The American Academy of Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) where he is an Ohio ACEP Counselor and an Ohio ACEP Board member. He has lectured as a Visiting Professor both regionally and nationally on topics such as Respiratory Infections, Case Studies of Infectious Emergencies, Recognizing and Reducing Cognitive Errors in Medicine, Applying Leadership Literature to Emergency Medicine and Patient Experience.

Vikas Majithia, MD, MPH, FACP, FACR

Vikas Majithia, MD, MPH, FACP, FACR
Professor of Internal Medicine 
University of Mississippi School of Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology. 
Rheumatology Division Director and Fellowship Program Director  Dr. Majithia currently serves as Division Director and Fellowship Program Director at division of Rheumatology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, and Rheumatologist at GV (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center Rheumatologist. 

Dr. Majithia completed his medical school at Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Postgraduate Institute of Medical Science in India, residency at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit Michigan and a fellowship in rheumatology at University of Mississippi Medical Center. He is board certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. 

He is board certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is the principal investigator on a number of clinical trials, longitudinal studies and has published more than 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts and multiple book chapters. 

He has received many honors and accolades for his teaching and service including induction into Norman C. Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence. He has current and previous service on a number of intra-mural committees. He currently serves on/ has served on multiple extra-mural committees which include those for American College of Rheumatology, American College of Physicians and American Board of Internal Medicine.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Evaluation and management of Osteoarthritis.
    • dentify that osteoarthritis(OA) is most common form of arthritis and has an immense impact on lives in USA.
    • Describe various clinical manifestations of OA.
    • Select the various management options based upon the evidence based guidelines provided by various professional organization.
  2. Update on diagnosis and management of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
    • Elucidate the epidemiology of Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA).
    • Differentiate Inflammatory from non-inflammatory arthritis.
    • Recognize various clinical presentations of RA and its classification criteria.
    • Describe common agents used to treat and evidence based strategies in management of RA.
  3. Gout in 21st century: How far have we come?
    • Identify the recent updates in the evaluation and management of Gout.
    • Ascertain the role of uric acid in pathogenesis and management of Gout.
    • Distinguish the differing positions of American College of Rheumatology and American College of Physicians in management of Gout.
    • Describe therapeutic options for management of Gout and potential pitfalls.
  4. Osteoporosis: A Silent Killer; Current state of evaluation and management.
    • Identify the recent updates in the evaluation and management of Osteoporosis.
    • Describe the role of bone density testing in evaluation of Osteoporosis.
    • Discuss recent advances including a new therapeutic options on horizon for management of Osteoporosis.
  5. Inflammatory Low Back Pain: How to evaluate spondyloarthritides and manage them?
    • Differentiate clinical presentation and common features of mechanical back pain from inflammatory back pain.
    • Ascertain various clinical presentations and classification of Spondyloarthritides (SpA).
    • Discover the available therapeutic options and guidelines for management of axial and peripheral SpA.
  6. Connective Tissue Disease: What does it mean? How is it evaluated and when do I get rheumatology involved?
    • Conclude that a positive test for auto-antibodies does not mean a diagnosis of autoimmune diseases.
    • Describe common auto-antibodies and their association with underlying diseases.
    • Identify clinical presentations where testing for auto-antibodies and referral to rheumatology is appropriate.
  7. DMARDs and Biologics in management of rheumatic diseases: current state of understanding
    • Recognize the vast number of disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and biologic response modifiers (Biologics) used in management of rheumatic diseases.
    • Differentiate various pharmacological features of DMARDs and Biologics.
    • Summarize regulatory and financial issues with biologics and biosimilars.
  8. Pregnancy in autoimmune diseases: No reason to panic!!
    • Conclude that pregnancy in patients with autoimmune diseases is common and easily managed.
    • Identify common maternal and fetal complications that may complicate pregnancy in patients with autoimmune diseases.
  9. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE/Lupus): An Overview
    • Identify various clinical presentations and classification of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE).
    • Describe the common agents and evidence based strategies in management of Lupus (SLE).
Additional topics under development
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

Sat Jul 20 Miami, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Sun Jul 21 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Jul 22 Roatan, Honduras
9:30 am 6:00 pm
Tue Jul 23 Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed Jul 24 Cozumel, Mexico
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Jul 25 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Jul 26 Coco Cay, Bahamas
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Sat Jul 27 Miami, Florida
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas  Map

Ports of Call

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.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Roatan, Honduras - Roatan Island, Honduras is an adventure traveler's vacation paradise with its blue skies, clear turquoise water and year-round moderate climate. Go scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming with the dolphins or, ashore, take a canopy tour, ride horses, explore tropical scenery, shop for island crafts, walk the beach and view butterfly and floral gardens.

Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico - Exploring the dense tropical vegetation and wide sandy bays of the Costa Maya, it's easy to imagine the days when sacrifice and slavery, rite and ritual were rampant in the Mayan culture. Even today, the countless ruins of temple walls, stairs and secret pathways exude magic and mystery. And when your archaeology lesson is complete, glorious stretches of coral sand may inspire you to build your own empire-of sand castles, of course!

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.

Coco Cay, Bahamas - Located in the middle of the Caribbean's bright blue water lies the secluded island of CocoCay. With its white-sand beaches and spectacular surroundings, CocoCay is a wonderland of adventure. Reserved exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests, this tropical paradise has recently been updated with new aquatic facilities, nature trails and a ton of great places to just sit back, relax and enjoy a tropical drink.


Perfect Day Cococay

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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