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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Current Topics in Primary Care, Palliative Care, and Addiction Medicine

<em>NCL'S Pride of America</em>
NCL'S Pride of America
7-Night Hawaii Cruise Conference
Round-trip Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

August 17 - 24, 2019
14 CE Credits for Psychologists
14 ASWB ACE Credits
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
14 CE Credits for Psychologists
5½ Hours 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.

Jeffrey M. Kagan, MD, CMD, FACP

Jeffrey M. Kagan, MD, CMD, FACP
Managing Partner of Newington Internal Medicine - Primary Care
Certified Medical Director for Long Term Care by AMDA
Senior Attending Physician - The Hospital of Central Connecticut
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University Of Connecticut School of Medicine Jeffrey Kagan earned two Bachelors' Degrees: Biology, and Health Sciences, a Masters' Degree in Physiology, and his MD degree. Prior to medical school he was a Certified Physician Assistant. He completed his residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine as well a second board certification in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine. He is also a Certified Medical Director (CMD) for Long Term Care by AMDA. Dr. Kagan is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He currently teaches medical, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students and as well as internal medicine residents.

Dr. Kagan has is frequently called upon by his peers regarding the Business Aspects and Practice Management of Medicine, and is a member of the Editorial Board of Medical Economics. He has done consulting for attorneys, insurance, as well as pharmaceutical and wealth management companies. In addition to his busy private primary care practice, Dr. Kagan is currently the medical director of a skilled nursing facility, a home health agency and previously a hospice agency. He is a Professional Director with HAVEN, an agency that advocates and monitors impaired health professionals. He has served as an Expert Witness for both plaintiff and defendant sides of malpractice cases.

His special interests include: Diving Medicine, Business Aspects of Practice, Medical Legal Cases, Risk Management, Medical Trivia and Impaired Health Professionals. His hobbies include: Bicycling, Boating, Scuba diving, Golf and Skiing.

Adam Bisaga, MD

Adam Bisaga, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry, Division on Substance Abuse
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Dr. Adam Bisaga is a Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.

His NIH-funded research is focused on development of new medications to treat opioid and other substance use disorders.

Dr. Bisaga is co-directing federally-funded national training, mentoring, and technical assistance programs aimed at individual practitioners and states to implement treatments for opioid use disorder.

Dr. Bisaga is a member of UN Expert Panel and the UN Office of Drugs and Crime International Scientific Network. He conducts trainings and addiction treatment program developments internationally and he co-edited "UN/WHO International Standards for the Treatment of Drug Use Disorders."

Dr. Bisaga is a practicing addiction psychiatrist and an author of the book "Overcoming Opioid Addiction."

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Psychologists, Social WorkersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives

Current Topics in Addiction Medicine

Substance use disorders (SUDs) carry significant personal and societal costs. Patients with SUDs have more physical health problems and SUDs complicate management of other chronic diseases in general medical practice. However, individuals with SUDs are often not identified and not treated in the general medical settings. Referring such patients to separate behavioral healthcare setting results in the vast majority not receiving care. Primary care setting is usually the first and often the only contact that these patients have with medical providers.

SUDs can be identified and successfully treated by primary care providers without need for referral to addiction specialists. Providing primary medical care to individuals with SUDs enhances their recovery from SUD, improves their overall health, and decreases healthcare costs. The National Drug Control Strategy asserts that addiction treatment should be integrated into mainstream health care, however, graduate and post-graduate medical education is generally insufficient to adequately prepare medical providers to manage SUDs at the level of primary medical specialties. Training of medical professionals using CME framework can target gaps in knowledge and skills and improve the rates of recognition and treatment of SUDs.

This series of interactive lectures will provide participants with the latest evidence on the strategies to recognize and effectively manage individuals with opioid, tobacco, alcohol, stimulant, sedative-hypnotic, and cannabis-related disorders. Presented material will be illustrated with cases from the primary care setting with opportunities for the audience to problem-solve cases and to practice clinical skills. Throughout presentations we will discuss how to implement the new information and skills in the daily clinical practice of participants to improve patient care.

  1. Addiction as a brain disease and a model for management
    • Recognize the nature of abnormal behavior characterizing addiction and how it results in a chronic and relapsing medical/behavioral disorder.
  2. Screening, evaluation, and diagnosis of substance use problems
    • Apply screening tools and techniques needed to discuss substance use with their patients, influence them to accept treatment, and refer them knowledgeably to a specialized addiction treatment when appropriate
  3. Managing opioid use disorder in the medical office
    • Demonstrate skills to evaluate and discuss with patient available medications to treat OUD and to initiate pharmacological treatment in the general medicine setting and to counsel patients on overdose prevention
  4. Managing tobacco and alcohol use disorders
    • Counsel patients about benefits of medical treatments for tobacco and alcohol use disorders and effectively use medications to help patients reduce or stop using these substances.
  5. Safe prescribing of controlled substances in general practice: prescription psychostimulants and sedative-hypnotics
    • Safe prescribing of controlled substances in general practice: prescription psychostimulants and sedative-hypnotics
  6. Managing cannabis use and cannabis use disorder
    • Implement a plan to assess and address cannabis use in patients who are treated for other medical and psychiatric disorders.
  7. Psychosocial strategies in working with substance-using patients: brief intervention, motivational interviewing, and cognitive-behavioral techniques
    • Demonstrate how to engage in treatment patients with little motivation to change and how to work with patients who are interested in stopping abusing substances

Current Topics in Primary Care & Palliative Care

  1. Osteoporosis
    • Be comfortable screening, diagnosing and treating Osteoporosis with the medications available.
  2. Dementia
    • Be familiar with the work up, how to distinguish the various causes of Dementia, and how it is treated.
  3. Choosing Wisely
    • Become familiar with the concept of judicious ordering of tests and procedures, as is relevant to different specialties.
  4. Case Studies in Primary Care
    • Participate in an interactive session to try and diagnose some common diseases with atypical presentations
  5. Hospice and Palliative Care
    • To understand Hospice and Palliative care, which patients are appropriate and how they are managed with case studies.
  6. Common Outpatient Presentations in Primary Care
    • Learn to evaluate and treat some common outpatient presentations without having to consult a specialist.
  7. Impaired Health Care Providers
    • Become familiar with how to identify Impaired Health Care Providers and how to get them the help they need, confidentially.
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 Aug 17 Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
- 7:00 pm
Sun Aug 18 Kahului, Maui
8:00 am -
Mon Aug 19 Kahului, Maui
- 6:00 pm
Tue Aug 20 Hilo, Hawaii
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Aug 21 Kona, Hawaii
7:00 am 5:30 pm
Thu Aug 22 Nawiliwili, Kauai, Hawaii
10:00 am -
Fri Aug 23 Cruise Napali Coast
- -
Fri Aug 23 Nawiliwili, Kauai, Hawaii
- 2:00 pm
Sat Aug 24 Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
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Ports of Call

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii - Combine the languid allure of the tropics with big-city sophistication, then add the spirit of aloha, and you've got Honolulu. This Pacific crossroads features museums, dazzling beaches, historic Pearl Harbor and spectacular sunrises over Diamond Head. Gardenias and jasmine blanket the air with a heady fragrance, and pink sunsets cast a magical glow over fabled Waikiki Beach.

Kahului, Maui - A surplus of natural splendor and the genuine hospitality of its people have helped to make Maui Hawaii's second most popular island. Explore the fascinating history of the town of Lahaina. Plant yourself on a pristine beach, or play one of the world's most beautiful golf courses.

Hilo, Hawaii - Gaze up from this charming town and see snow-capped Mauna Kea volcano. It's just one of the scenic marvels in this exotic greenhouse of lush tropical plants, towering banyan trees, thundering falls and enough flowers to fill a rainbow. Arid deserts, steaming fissures and volcanoes that blow their tops are just as impressive.

Kona, Hawaii - The sun-blessed Kona coast stretches 80 miles along macadamia nut orchards, famous coffee plantations and some of the most important sites in Hawaiian history. Captain Cook came ashore here and died at the hands of angry natives. The coast is also famous for water sports, and the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is a world-renowned annual event.

Nawiliwili, Kauai, Hawaii - The Garden Isle, Kauai receives the most rainfall of all the Hawaiian Islands, which leads to lush vegetation and elegant hibiscus blossoms, as well as a huge canyon carved by wind and water erosion. Marvel at the narrow paths worn by the ancient Menehunes into the cliffsides of the steep Na Pali Coast, unmarred by roads and unapproachable except by foot trail or helicopter.

Cruise Napali Coast -

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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