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Acute Care Medicine and Legal Aspects of End-of-Life Care

<em>Celebrity Solstice</em>
Celebrity Solstice
7-Night Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise
Round-trip Seattle, Washington

July 09 - 16, 2021
16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
16 ACPE Credits
16.0 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

$995 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$750 for Physician Assistants
$750 for Nurse Practitioners
$595 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 L. Cerminara, JD, LLM, JSD

Kathy L. Cerminara, JD, LLM, JSD
Professor of Law
Shepard Broad College of Law
Nova Southeastern University
Ft. Lauderdale, FL Professor Kathy Cerminara bridges the medical and legal professions with her work on patients' rights in the end-of-life decision-making arena. She co-authors the nationally known treatise, The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking, and is a reviewer for several medical and medical-legal journals. Her scholarship most recently has focused on the intersection between end-of-life care, palliative care, and health care coverage policy. At the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, she is a full professor. She is also an affiliate faculty member at NSU's Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine.

Professor Cerminara teaches Torts; Health Policy, Bioethics & Quality of Care; Administrative Law; Civil Procedure; Bioethics; and other health-law-related courses. She also created and was the initial director of the online Master of Science in Health Law program for non-lawyers.

In 2017, she received a Scholars Award for innovative interprofessional work with the Broward County Mental Health Court.

Since 2012, she has been a member of the International Scientific Committee for the International Academy of Law & Mental Health, based in Montreal, Canada. In that position, she has co-organized the stream of therapeutic jurisprudence presentations for four of the Academy's bi-annual Congresses: one in Amsterdam in 2013, one in Vienna in 2015, one in Prague in 2017, and one in Rome in 2019. In recognition of that work, in 2017, the International Society of Therapeutic Jurisprudence awarded her and her co-organizer the first-ever Wexler/Winick Distinguished Service Award in Prague.

In recognition of that work, the International Society of Therapeutic Jurisprudence awarded her and her co-organizer the first-ever Wexler/Winick Distinguished Service Award in Prague.

Prior to joining the College of Law faculty, Professor Cerminara taught at the University of Miami School of Law and St. Thomas University School of Law, clerked in the Western District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and practiced law with Reed Smith Shaw & McClay in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Professor Cerminara received her JD magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh and her LLM and JSD from Columbia University. She is an affiliate member of the Health Law and Tort Trial and Insurance sections of The Florida Bar, a retired member of the Pennsylvania Bar, and a member of organizations such as the American Bar Association, the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics and the American Health Lawyers Association.

Marna Rayl Greenberg, DO, MPH

Marna Rayl Greenberg, DO, MPH
Vice-Chair Department of Emergency and Hospital Medicine, Research
Professor, USF Morsani College of Medicine
Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network Campus, Allentown, PA

  Marna Rayl Greenberg, DO, MPH, is the Vice-Chair of the Department of Emergency and Hospital Medicine, Research at Lehigh Valley Health Network and Professor, USF Morsani College of Medicine. She completed her Master’s at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has research and publication experience related to the prevention of alcohol and tobacco abuse and resolving gender differences in education and care provided in the Emergency Department.

She recently co-chaired the Academic Emergency Medicine Consensus Conference that put forth the national research agenda on Gender Specific Research in Emergency Medicine.  She is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a member of the American Osteopathic Association.

She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors such as completing her certification as a physician executive (2011), being selected as a Barness  Behnke Chap of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (2020), being inducted in the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society (2018) , and receiving the USF Theodore/Venette Ashounes-Ashford Distinguished Scholar award in 2019  (the highest award the University gives to a researcher).  She received the American College of Emergency Physicians recognition award for longevity in Emergency Medicine (2014),  the Academy of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine Momentum Award (2014),  the Unsung Hero award from the American Osteopathic Association (2014) ,  the Soroptimist International Ruby Award (2010) for Women Helping Women; the FHS Distinguished Alumna Award (2006); the Pennsylvania American College of Emergency Physicians 2005 Emergency Physician of the Year Award; the Physician Service Star Award (2004) for ER Preventive Health Initiatives; and the Koop Community Service Award (2000).

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
If you practice medicine, chances are you already have a pretty good system to quickly find that latest guideline to help you manage the ever changing medical needs of your patient. When was the last time, however, that you truly invested in learning ways to better connect with your patients on an emotional level that allowed you to navigate more easily through difficult conversations , motivationally interview your patients and demonstrate improved healthcare outcomes for your patients?

In this conference we will highlight some updates in acute care medicine and we will delve into how to better manage difficult conversations around loaded topics like substance use, intimate partner violence, and inter-professional team dynamics. In addition, we will introduce you to the cutting edge new field of Sex and Gender Based Medicine in which we will discuss how our biological sex and gender affects our physiology, pathophysiology and our response to different drugs and therapies. Studying men and women side by side allows us to optimize the care of both sexes. We will also provide pearls on maintaining provider well-being. We hope you are able to join us for this definitely unique CME opportunity!

  1. The Opioid Epidemic: How we got here, how we move forward. Best practice tools for caring for patients with Substance Use Disorder.
    • Describe the Magnitude of the Opioid Epidemic.
    • Explain Screening and Staging Techniques Summarize Brief (SBIRT) Effective Counseling
  2. Their Blood Pressure was What? Who needs what, when and where?
    • Recognize the parameters of blood pressure that need acute care treatment.
    • Describe best practice treatment options for management of abnormal blood pressure.
  3. Updates in DVT & PE--ICU or Home
    • Describe the use of validated criteria to measure risk of early mortality in venous thromboembolism.
    • Classify parameters that make a patient with thromboembolism low or high risk.
    • Differentiate and manage the life threatening PEs vs appropriate discharge strategies.
  4. We've Got Your Back-a common sense approach to back pain.
    • List examples of the many medical causes of back pain.
    • Identify 'red flags' for those etiologies of back pain that need urgent versus emergent evaluation.
    • Describe acute treatment options for common causes of back pain.
  5. Beyond "clumsy" Recognizing and assisting victims of intimate partner violence
    • Describe the magnitude of intimate partner violence
    • Explain how to perform consistent and effective screening for domestic violence (DV) in acute care settings.
    • Recognize history and physical exam findings that are consistent with patterns of abuse in clinical scenarios.
    • List opportunities and successful methods for intervention and prevention.
  6. Sex and Gender Medicine- What it is and why you should care
    • Differentiate between the terms biological sex and gender and describe how both can impact acute patient care
  7. Teamwork at the Bedside-How it Impacts Patient Safety
    • Identify and describe hazards and imperfect processes at the point of care
    • Define communications vulnerabilities that affect safety in healthcare.
    • Illustrate tools that can enhance team functioning
  8. Survivor: How to last in a demanding profession
    • Discuss risks of our profession to well-being.
    • Review recommendations to improve personal health.
    • Describe tools/ resources to help combat these risks.
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

Fri Jul 09 Seattle, Washington
- 4:00 pm
Sat Jul 10 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Jul 11 Ketchikan, Alaska
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Mon Jul 12 Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier
5:30 am 10:00 am
Mon Jul 12 Juneau, Alaska
1:30 pm 10:00 pm
Tue Jul 13 Skagway, Alaska
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Tue Jul 13 Alaska Inside Passage
6:30 pm 10:30 pm
Wed Jul 14 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Thu Jul 15 Victoria, British Columbia
5:30 pm 11:59 pm
Fri Jul 16 Seattle, Washington
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Seattle, Washington - The Emerald City of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is one of America's most vibrant cities. Stroll its bustling waterfront (including Pike Place Market), visit the Space Needle, and find a great coffee-shop to enjoy in this coffee-loving city (the home of Starbucks). One of America's tech centers (Amazon and Microsoft are both headquartered here), the city is abuzz with the interesting people attracted to the opportunities to be found there. There is more than enough to see and do here to keep you busy for a day or two. If you have a little extra time, Seattle is a great place to visit.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Ketchikan, Alaska - Immerse yourself in Tlingit Indian culture as you view the world's largest collection of totem poles; kayak the colorful waterfront.

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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