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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Topics in Family Medicine and Palliative Care

<em>Celebrity Constellation</em>
Celebrity Constellation
11-Night Panama Canal Cruise
Round-trip Tampa, Florida

March 08 - 19, 2021
21.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
21 ACPE Credits
21.0 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

$1095 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$850 for Physician Assistants
$850 for Nurse Practitioners
$695 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.

Sandra L. Argenio, MD

Sandra L. Argenio, MD
Department of Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Emeritus Staff Member
Faculty Physician and Consultant, Institute for Healthcare Excellence, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Member of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians Continuous Professional Development/ CME Committee 
Past President of the FAFP Dr. Sandra Argenio served as a Consultant in the Department of Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Florida and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Mayo Medical School. She joined Mayo Clinic in 1992 and continues as an Emeritus member of the Family Medicine Department.

Dr. Argenio has nurtured new generations of doctors, was instrumental in the development of the Family Medicine Residency at Mayo Clinic Florida and served as the program’s first residency director. She has trained and mentored over 150 family medicine residents.

Dr. Argenio served as the President of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians in 2005 and has been active on many committees of the FAFP and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

She has been active in CME program planning at Mayo Clinic and the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, conducting Maintenance of Certification Workshop sessions on multiple topics for over 1,100 participants at FAFP meetings.

Dr. Argenio had a leading role in establishing communication training at Mayo Clinic starting in 2005. She was Chair of the Mayo Clinic Florida Communication Faculty.

She developed coursework for faculty and trainees at Mayo Clinic, including Longitudinal Research in Academic Medicine, Family Medicine Residency, Scottsdale, Arizona; and Team Communication, Strengthening the Cornerstone of Teamwork at Mayo Clinic’s three campuses. She also served on the Florida Governor’s Physician Workforce Advisory Board.

Dr. Argenio was awarded the Exemplary Teacher Award by FAFP in 2000. She also received the Outstanding Florida Family Medicine Education Award by FAFP in 2000, and the Mayo Distinguished Educator Award in 2003. She was listed as one of Jacksonville’s Best Doctors by Jacksonville Magazine from 2000 to 2014. She has published on the topics of presence, reflective listening and communicating effectively with female patients.

In her current work, she has collaborated in designing curricula and delivering programs at multiple hospitals, hospice organizations, and veterans administration and military healthcare organizations.

Dr. Argenio is a graduate of Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Hahnemann Medical University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania in 1982. She resides in Ormond Beach, Florida, with her husband Tom Sperrazza and daughter Jessie.

Jeffrey M. Kagan, MD

Jeffrey M. Kagan, MD
Primary Care – Internal Medicine
Newington, Connecticut 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.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Travel Medicine: Staying Healthy on Land and on Sea
    • Define recommendations for travel abroad.
    • Describe CDC's recommendations for travelers.
    • Demonstrate ability to use travel medicine resources such as the CDC site .
    • Manage common illnesses associated with travel (Malaria, Motion sickness, viral illnesses).
  2. Update in Type 2 Diabetets
    • Identify and utilize the current American Diabetes Association Guidelines for the management of Type 2 Diabetes.
    • Describe parameters to treat patients with Type 2 Diabetes.
    • Review pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management of Type 2 Diabetes.
  3. Cardiovascular Disease in Women
    • Recognize the differences in presentation and diagnosis of cardiovascular disease in men and women.
    • Identify differences in treatment including medication, procedures and rehabilitation.
  4. Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma
    • Review the definitions and demographics of allergic rhinitis and asthma.
    • Assess risk factors and triggers for these conditions..
    • Describe and manage pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management of allergic rhinitis and asthma.
  5. Migraine Headaches: Diagnosis, Management and Coping
    • Define common presentations and types of migraine headaches.
    • Assess risk factors and triggers for migraines
    • Describe and manage pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments for migraine headaches
  6. So Many Diets-What's Best? What Works? What's New?
    • Describe basic nutrition requirements
    • Describe and discuss benefits and risks of popular diets
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the connections between different nutritional benefits and risks and health concerns
  7. Difficult Communication in Palliative Care: Breaking Sad News and Bad News
    • Recognize and demonstrate the difficult communication skills that are necessary to deliver sad news and bad news in a careful, compassionate manner.
    • Manage common personal emotional reactions to interacting and communicating with patients and family members at end of life.
    • Demonstrate and practice new skills to facilitate these communications.
  8. Patient Experience: What do patients desire most in their physician?
    • Determine the knowledge of one's own role and those of other professions to appropriately assess and address the health care needs of patients and to promote and advance the health of populations.
    • Recognize qualities patients desire most in their physicians and healthcare providers
    • Determine the association between patient experience and excellent communication with safety and outcomes.
    • Apply basic communication skills to improve patient experience.
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

Mon Mar 08 Tampa, Florida
- 4:00 pm
Tue Mar 09 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Mar 10 Cozumel, Mexico
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Thu Mar 11 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Mar 12 Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
10:30 am 6:30 pm
Sat Mar 13 Panama Canal
8:00 am 8:00 pm
Sun Mar 14 Colon, Panama
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Mon Mar 15 Cartagena, Colombia
10:00 am 5:00 pm
Tue Mar 16 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Mar 17 Georgetown, Grand Cayman
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Thu Mar 18 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Mar 19 Tampa, Florida
8:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Panama Canal

Ports of Call

Tampa, Florida - A myriad of attractions awaits you during your stay in the Tampa area: the active nightlife of Tampa's Ybor City, it's Aquarium, and Busch Gardens for those with kids (even Walt Disney World is within striking distance). Magnificent beaches are a short ride away (Ft. DeSoto being a rare jewel of a beach without hotels and "McMansions" crowding out nature), then there's the Dali museum in St. Petersburg's hip, food-and-art-centric Downtown. To the south, in quieter Sarasota, you can visit the palatial mansion and art museum of the king of the circus: John Ringling. It's a great vacation destination, in itself. Be sure to plan a couple days before or after your cruise to soak it in.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

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.

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica - Surrounded by nearly half of all the animal species on earth and 8,000 species of plants, marvel as you tour tropical flower farms or ride a Mawamba boat through the jungle canals. Or choose to stroll through the markets bursting with color in San Jose

Panama Canal - Cruising

Colon, Panama - Set at the Caribbean end of the Canal, Colon is your portal to the massive Gatun Locks; and a visit to the Gatun Yacht Club for a rare experience - swim in the Canal.

Cartagena, Colombia - The oldest city in the New World, founded in 1533. Through its portals once poured the wealth of the Spanish Main... Mother lodes of gold, silver and emeralds bound for Madrid. See San Felipe, the fortress that guarded it all, then plunder the dazzling Bocagrande, where emeralds still gleam.

Georgetown, Grand Cayman - The premier attraction here is Seven Mile Beach...white as snow, soft as talc. Name your game and you'll find it here: Snorkeling, swimming, sailing, windsurfing over rippling waves, or gliding under them in a passenger submarine. Or perhaps shopping is your game. Duty-free bargains abound: crystal, perfume, jewelry fashioned of silver and prized pink coral.

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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