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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Topics in Rheumatology and Sports Medicine

Royal Caribbean's <em>Ovation of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas
7-Night Alaska Glacier Cruise
Round-trip Seattle, Washington

July 02 - 09, 2021
16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
16 ACPE Credits
2¾ Hours of Pharmacology for NPs
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.

Deepak Patel, MD, FAAFP, FACSM

Deepak Patel, MD, FAAFP, FACSM
Director of Sports Medicine, Rush-Copley Family Medicine Residency, Aurora, IL
Assistant Professor, Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL
Medical Director, Rush-Copley Sports Medicine, Aurora, IL
Family Medicine and Sports Medicine, Yorkville Primary Care and Sports Medicine, Aurora and Yorkville, IL  Dr. Patel practices family and sports medicine at Yorkville Primary Care and Sports Medicine in Yorkville, IL and is the Medical Director for Rush Copley Sports Medicine in Aurora, IL. He is also Director of Sports Medicine for Rush Copley Family Medicine Residency and Assistant Professor at Rush Medical College in Chicago. 

He has authored, mentored, and served as section editor for several publications and textbooks on sports medicine topics. Dr. Patel has been honored with multiple teaching awards and speaking invitations. He has presented on sports medicine topics at the annual AAFP Scientific Assembly (now FMX) and numerous other CME events at national and regional levels. With his passion for teaching and his combination of family and sports medicine experience, he's uniquely able to deliver effective presentations to a primary care audience.

Vikas Majithia, MD, MPH, FACR, FACP

Vikas Majithia, MD, MPH, FACR, FACP
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

It is estimated that currently 54.4 million U.S. adults suffer from doctor diagnosed arthritis - equating to about 25% of the population. This number is projected to increase to 78 million by 2040. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability, and the most common types are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, and fibromyalgia. In addition, there is a major health care crisis in bone health and epidemic of fractures due to osteoporosis leading to significant morbidities, mortality and costs.

Yet, there remains a significant gap between the awareness of these disorders as well as ability to appropriately diagnose and manage rheumatic disorders in medical community. There have been a lot of advancements in appropriately diagnosing and classifying as well as managing these disorders with an explosion of therapeutic options. These advancements are yet to be used widely in practice and there exists a huge gap.

These lectures provide a huge opportunity in learning how to better diagnose these disorders and choose appropriate therapeutic options. They also provide an opportunity to learn and understand evidence based guidelines published in these disorders for classification and management of these disorders. The desired outcomes in audience is better understanding of these very common disorders to improve their ability to diagnose and differentiate from other mimickers and also manage them appropriately.

  1. Evaluation and management of Osteoarthritis.
    • Identify 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 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. 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

Fri Jul 02 Seattle, Washington
- 4:00 pm
Sat Jul 03 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Jul 04 Inside Passage
- -
Sun Jul 04 Juneau, Alaska
12:00 pm 9:00 pm
Mon Jul 05 Skagway, Alaska
7:00 am 8:30 pm
Tue Jul 06 Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier
7:00 am 12:00 pm
Wed Jul 07 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Thu Jul 08 Victoria, British Columbia
8:00 am 8:00 pm
Fri Jul 09 Seattle, Washington
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
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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

Inside Passage - This is one of the most famously beautiful passages in all the world. It features virtually everything you came to Alaska hoping to see, including rain forests, glaciers, fjords and white-capped peaks. All of which create a setting that's perfect for viewing whales and sea lions.

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.

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.

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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