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Columbia University Department of Medicine CME Program

Clinical Pearls in Internal Medicine
Learn from the Leading Clinician Educators

Course Overview:
This uniquely specialized and educationally intense Columbia University Medical Center & NewYork Presbyterian Hospital program will immerse attendee’s in some of the most important topics in internal medicine.  Designed specifically by Columbia Physicians, this inaugural conference takes place on board the EPIC Norwegian Cruise Ship.   
Spend 25 fun & intense hours on cutting edge topics and issues that face you daily.  The material will be presented in interactive lecture format, presented by the leading clinician educators from Columbia University Medical Center & NewYork Presbyterian Hospital. Learn directly from Columbia Physicians on the following topics: Cardiology, Pulmonary Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Gastroenterology, Neurology and Nephrology.  In addition, each specialty will have a case-based question and answer session using the Audience Response System which will allow you (anonymously) to test your knowledge in the different areas of medicine.
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After participating in this course, participants will:

  •      Understand the most current, evidence-based clinical practice for key core competency-based topics in medicine
         and their guidelines
  •      Be familiar with the latest knowledge and skills and understand how to apply these in daily practice
  •      Make recommendations for optimal management of many common diseases
  •      Diagnose and manage problems frequently encountered in the hospital and office
  •      Make recommendations for optimal management of many common diseases
  •      Network with Columbia University/NewYork Presbyterian Faculty
  •      Use the information presented in preparation for recertification

Physicians:  $695
Nurses & Physician Assistants:  $395

Cruise rates start at $626, registration is additional as noted in above registration fees. Please note: If you find a better price for the cruise rate, Norwegian Epic will try to match it.

To Register, book your cruise and travel arrangements, please call 1-800-422-0711.

Please Note: Single cabins must pay a double occupancy rate. If you are interested in sharing a cabin to conserve on costs, please email to see if we can accommodate you with another traveler.


ACCME ACCREDITATION Statement:  This program is approved for CME credit and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  This educational activity will provide a maximum of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) . Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA ACCREDITATION Statement:  This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 25 hours of AAPA Category I CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Physician assistants should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity. This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs.
AAFP: Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.
Norwegian Cruise Details:  or call 800.422.0711
Fun For You and Your Family
Columbia University Medical Center Faculty:
Paul Lee, MD, MPH – Course Director
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Section of Hospital Medicine
Associate Director, Medical House Staff Training Program

Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine

Hyunmi Choi, MD, MS  
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department of Neurology

Angelo Biviano, MD
Esther Aboodi Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine

Katherine D. Crew, MD, MS
Florence Irving Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine

R. John Crew, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Medical Director, Comprehensive Incompatible Kidney Transplant Program
Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine

Marcus Pereira, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, Transplant Infectious Diseases Program

Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine

Elizabeth C. Verna, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Assoicate Director, Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Program
Division of Digestive & Liver Diseases, Department of Medicine

Week-at-a-Glance:                                                                               Please note – agenda and topics may change

Saturday, February 18th, 2012, set sail from Miami, Florida

Sunday, February 19th – CME Conference - University at Sea*

Highlights of Internal Medicine Conference*
07:00 am    Registration
07:30 am    Venous Thromboembolism
09:00 am    End-Stage Liver Disease
10:00 am    Infectious Endocarditis and Other Blood Stream Infections
11:00 am    Key Concepts in Solid Tumors
12:00 pm    Lunch Break
12:30 pm    Acute Renal Failure
01:30 pm    Arrhythmias
03:00 pm    Perioperative Cardiac Risk
04:00 pm    Adjourn         

*The first day represents highlights from Columbia University’s annual medical conference “Annual Update & Intensive Review of Internal Medicine”.  The 18th Annual Update & Intensive Review of Internal Medicine” is scheduled May 20-25, 2012. New York, New York. 

Monday, February 20th – CME Conference - University at Sea

07:00 am    Registration
07:30 am    Acid Base Abnormalities
08:30 am    Electrolyte Abnormalities
09:30 am    Approach to Abnormal Liver Tests
10:30 am    Anemia and Thrombocytopenia
11:30 am    Review of the ECG
12:30 pm    Lunch Break
01:00 pm    Overview of Antibiotics
02:00 pm    Hospital Acquired Infections
02:45 pm    Community-Acquired Pneumonia
03:30 pm    Pleural Effusions
04:00 pm    Adjourn
06:00 pm    Meet the Faculty Cocktail Reception (Fat Cats Jazz & Blues Club, Deck 6, aft, port side)

Tuesday, February 21st

Phillipsburg, St. Maarten

Wednesday, February 22nd

Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas

Thursday, February 23rd  – CME Conference - University at Sea

07:00 am    Registration
07:30 am    HIV Updates
08:15 am    Hematologic Malignancies
09:00 am    Oncologic Emergencies
10:00 am    Hypertensive Emergencies
11:00 am    Neurologic Emergencies
12:00 pm    Lunch Break
12:30 am    Upper & Lower GI Bleeding
01:30 pm    Pancreatitis & Hepatobiliary Disease
02:30 pm    Coronary Artery Disease/Acute Coronary Syndrome
03:15 pm    Heart Failure
04:00 pm    Adjourn            

Friday, February 24th

Nassau, Bahamas
07:00pm-08:00pm    Farewell Cocktail Reception (Bliss Ultra Lounge, Deck 7, forward)

Saturday, February 25th

Miami, Florida






Sat Feb 18

Miami, Florida



Sun Feb 19

CME Conference - University at Sea! Cruising



Mon Feb 20

CME Conference - University at Sea! Cruising



Tue Feb 21

Philipsburg, St. Maarten



Wed Feb 22

Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas



Thu Feb 23

CME Conference - University at Sea Cruising



Fri Feb 24

Nassau, Bahamas



Sat Feb 25

Miami, Florida



Conference Sessions take place during the days at sea to avoid conflicts with Ports of Call or evening entertainment.

Contact Information:
Telephone: (212) 342 - 2107
Fax: (212) 305 - 8466
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