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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Medical Ethics and Legal Medicine

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

May 16 - 23, 2020
14 CE Credits for Psychologists
14 ASWB ACE Credits
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
CLE may be available  
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.

C. William Hinnant, Jr. MD JD DABU FCLM

Counsel and Past President, The American College of Legal Medicine, Inc.
Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences Clemson University Clemson, SC
Instructor in Health Law, Limestone College Gaffney, SC
Member, Bar of the United States Supreme Court

Bill Hinnant, Principal in the firm Medicolegal Consultants, LLC, is a Urologist and Health Care Attorney admitted to the South Carolina trial and appellate courts, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. His legal practice focuses on medical malpractice, qui tam litigation, administrative health law, white collar crime, drug matters, insurance law, healthcare business and transactions, workers compensation and social security disability. His medical interests include infertility, reproductive endocrinology, oncology, voiding dysfunction, renovascular disease and general urology. He is a long-term member of his state’s Federal Criminal Justice Act Attorney Panel with expertise in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Hinnant is Past President and Counsel of the American College of Legal Medicine.  He has authored amicus briefs and regulatory comments for national medical organizations.  He has advised or represented over 250 physicians in licensing, peer review and credentialing matters. He is active in assisting physicians and attorneys with substance abuse and addiction and is Membership Chair for the World Association for Medical Law.  He is an Adjunct Assoc. Professor of Public Health Sciences at Clemson University, an Instructor in Health Law at Limestone College and has served as a Final Moot Court Judge twice at the National Health Law Moot Court Competition held at the Southern Indiana University College of Law.

Hinnant and his wife, Virginia, have four adult children and two grandchildren.  They enjoy sports, travel, music, theater, travel and cooking.  They attend Renaissance Weekend, an ideas think tank established by Bill and Hilary Clinton, on an annual basis.

Matthias I. Okoye, MD, JD, FRCP, FCLM

Dr. Matthias I. Okoye is a physician, lawyer, and a forensic expert. In 2005, he was nominated as one of the top 50 minority scientists in U.S.A. He has performed and supervised over 15,000 autopsies and investigated and certified over 20,000 deaths during his career. He has been consulted world-wide in over 5,000 cases by prosecutors, defense lawyers and law enforcement agencies in the U.S.A. and overseas. He has testified in the U.S. in several state and federal courts and foreign jurisdictions as an expert in the fields of forensic medicine and pathology, legal medicine, pharmaceutical science, and toxicology. He has assisted academic institutions in developing and setting up undergraduate and graduate forensic science programs in several U.S. and overseas universities.

Dr. Okoye is also the director of the Nebraska Institute of Forensic Sciences, Inc., and Associated Pathologists of Nebraska, P.C. In addition, he is a clinical professor of forensic pathology at Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska and clinical professor of forensic medicine and pathology at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, Missouri. He is also an adjunct and visiting professor of forensic medicine and pathology at several universities abroad. He was the former Chief Medical Examiner for Washington, D.C. and a clinical professor of forensic pathology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Georgetown University School of Medicine and professorial lecturer in forensic pathology at Howard University College of Medicine from 1989-1991.

He is a consultant forensic pathologist with the State of Nebraska’s Office of the Attorney General, and serves as the coroner’s physician and forensic pathologist for several counties in Nebraska and Kansas. Dr. Okoye is also an attending pathologist at Lincoln’s Bryan Medical Center and CHI-St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center. In addition, he is the founding principal of the Law Firm of Okoye & Associates, Lincoln, Nebraska.

He received dual medical degrees (Summa Cum Laude) from both the Universities of Lagos College of Medicine, Lagos, Nigeria and the British Conjoint Board, U.K. in 1974 before serving as a senior house officer in surgery and pathology for the Nigerian Ministry of Health. He was a junior fellow in pathology at King’s College, University of Cambridge, U.K. in 1972. In 1976, he immigrated to the United States and undertook intensive residencies in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas and also graduate training in pharmaceutical science/toxicology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He also took a residency in forensic pathology at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland.

Dr. Okoye also earned both a Master of Science degree in pharmaceutical science (toxicology) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Juris doctorate degree from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Pathology and the American Board of Legal Medicine.

He is a member of the State Bar of Pennsylvania and is also admitted to practice in several Federal District Courts, Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Legal Medicine for several years, and currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Legal Medicine, member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Academy of Legal Medicine, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

Dr. Okoye has been a member of the Academy of Forensic Sciences, National Association of Medical Examiners, and a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists. He has also lectured and published extensively in forensic medicine and pathology, forensic toxicology, and legal medicine. He has appeared on CNN, ABC News, and CBS News to discuss some high profile cases. He has been requested by several foreign governments to conduct thorough medico-legal death investigations in some controversial high profile deaths. He is a visiting professor in forensic sciences at various Universities in the U.S. and overseas.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Nurses, Nurse Practitioners Psychologists, Social WorkersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists, Attorneys
Program Purpose / Objectives
14 Hours CME (2 Hours Ethics)
CLE, Dental and Nursing Contact Hours
    • Bioethics, Professionalism, and Communication
    • Fetal Interests, Abortion and Stem Cell Research
  2. REGULATION OF MEDICAL PRACTICE - Overview of Federal and State Laws 1 Hour
    • Licensing, Credentialing, Privileging and Impairment Issues
    • HIPAA, EMTALA, and Other Federal Mandates
    • Affordable Care Act and Accountable Care Organizations
    • Fraud and Abuse and Criminal Negligence
    • Current State of Implementation of Health Information Technology (HIT)
    • Meaningful Use Stages I, 2 (2014) and 3 (2016)
    • Electronic Informed Consent
    • EHR Malpractice Liability
  4. END-OF-LIFE DECISIONS - Ethical and Legal Issues 1 Hour
    • The Dying Process
    • Classification of Euthanasia
    • Physician Aid in Dying and Hospice Care
    • Determination of Death
    • Controlled Substances Act Standard of Pain Treatment
    • REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy) Program
    • Monitoring Programs and Disposal of controlled substances
    • Pain Management State Guidelines, Laws and Rules
    • Addiction, Death and Pain Malpractice
    • Federal and State Rules of Evidence Governing Expert Witnesses
    • Deposition of Expert Witness
    • Direct and Cross Examination of Expert at Trial
    • Daubert Challenges of Experts
    • Evidence Based Medicine
    • Official Disability Guidelines
    • Rating Impairment under AMA Guides
    • Return to Work Guidelines
    • American Law and Judicial Process
    • Medical Negligence: Causes, Prevention and Defenses
    • Spoliation of Evidence in Medical Records
    • Capacity, Competency, Informed Consent and Informed Refusal
    • Liability of MCOs, ACOs, Hospitals, CRNAs, Nurses, PAs and Nurse Practitioners
    • Malpractice Case Presentations
    • MOCK TRIAL: Never Event Medical Error
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 May 16 Miami, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Sun May 17 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon May 18 Labadee, Haiti
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Tue May 19 Falmouth, Jamaica
9:30 am 6:00 pm
Wed May 20 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Thu May 21 Cozumel, Mexico
7:00 am 7:00 pm
Fri May 22 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat May 23 Miami, Florida
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Western Caribbean

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

Labadee, Haiti - This tropical paradise, reserved exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests, features pristine beaches, walking trails and breathtaking vistas. Labadee is the perfect setting for parasailing, wave runners and the kayak tour, all available on your own private island.

Falmouth, Jamaica - Step off the ship and step back in time. You might not think so at first glance but little Falmouth was an economic and shipping powerhouse and center for dramatic social change during the English Colonial Period. Founded and named Martha Brae Point in 1769 by local English planter, Thomas Reid, Falmouth became the transshipment hub for the sugar plantations covering the hills of the North Coast of Jamaica. Edward Barrett, a wealthy English planter, strongly influenced the early development of Falmouth. From the wharfs of Falmouth, sugar, molasses, rum and coffee were sent to England while ships carrying African slaves and all the necessities of 18th century colonial life dropped anchor in the bustling port town. You'll return with sun kissed skin, timeless memories as well as interesting historical tidbits to share with friends, like this one: Falmouth received piped water before New York City.

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.

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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