Focus Session: Medical Preparedness B


One of the many responsibilities of a professional mariner is healthcare. This involves not only the health of oneself, but the health of staff and students. Join Dr. Jennifer Kabak for a presentation focusing on the health of you, your crew and your program participants. Come hear about the United States Coast Guard documents required for professional mariners working toward licensure. Become familiar with how to search for healthcare for your crew in any port. Listen to helpful hints about reviewing the medical forms of your program participants and how to address any red flags that may arise. There will be time at the end for questions.

Biography of Speaker:

Dr. Jennifer Kabak

Dr. Jennifer Kabak is a graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Currently, she is a second-year family medicine resident at Kent Hospital in Warwick, RI.  Prior to her career in medicine, Dr. Kabak completed both an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Political Science at New York University and a master’s degree in Journalism with a focus in medical journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She was the Editorial Assistant at the Journal of Andrology, where she created a new section of the Journal addressing the needs of those beginning their training in the field.

 Dr. Kabak became familiar with sail training when she met her future husband, Capt. Jonathan Kabak. Once introduced, she became hooked and was active in the South Street Seaport’s volunteer program where she sailed aboard the schooners Pioneer and the Lettie G. Howard. Medical officers aboard a number of ASTA member vessels have called her for consultations regarding the care of crew members and passengers in ASTA’s sail training fleet.


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