On a CME AWAY® by Sea Courses, freed from the interruptions and hectic pace of everyday life, conference attendees have the opportunity to embrace learning with renewed enthusiasm.
The Sea Courses’ team specializes in creating the ideal CME experience that combines quality education with an experiential journey. We offer cruises and land trips to parts of the world that are not only vacation experiences, but learning experiences as well. Our goal is first and foremost to deliver the very best CME program. But in addition to this and recognizing the limited time physicians have available away from their practice, we also want to deliver the very best vacation experience. One reason that our conferences are so highly rated is because we’ve made it our business to anticipate the needs and desires of our guests. We firmly believe that by taking care of all the details of your travel, we will enhance the learning aspect of your CME AWAY® experience. You will quickly realize the incredible value with combining continuing education with a trip away from home. Our surveys continue to validate that destination CME’s offer three key advantages over traditional local classroom CME events:
- Participants have extended opportunities to interact formally and informally with faculty and peers.
- Sessions occur throughout the entire duration of your trip, allowing time for reflection and further questioning of what has been learned.
- Attendees not only come from several disciplines and health professions, but also from many provinces, states and countries – all of which adds to the group interactive discussions,
Even though your primary goal is to be educated, you will accomplish so much more on a CME AWAY® by Sea Courses … The health benefits of time away, the learning experience that is a big part of travelling the world, a vacation experience with family and colleagues. These are the unique advantages of the Sea Courses’ CME AWAY® environment.
Who We Are
Sea Courses is recognized as Canada’s leader in CME (Continuing Medical Education) seminars. We are the only company in Canada with a primary focus and mandate of providing physicians with a range of CME AWAY® opportunities on cruise ships, at resorts and on custom designed tours. Founded in 1995 by Dr. Martin Gerretsen and Mr. Harvey Strydhorst, the company was specifically designed and developed to provide physicians and allied healthcare partners with continuing education courses. On June 30, 2015 Sea Courses merged with Ontario based travel agency group, Uniglobe Adventure House Travel. This is a Canadian owned and operated independent agency led by Mr. Ron Dawick, a travel industry leader with over 45 years of retail travel, airline and tour operator management experience.
What We Do
We provide physicians and allied health care partners with continuing education courses on board cruise ships, at select resorts and on custom designed tours around the world. Along with all the newly expanded Sea Courses team, the founders Martin Gerretsen and Harvey Strydhorst continue their pivotal roles in the merged operation. The company now offers:
- CME conferences on land, at sea and on tours
- Expanded full travel services including air arrangements, travel insurance and any additional travel arrangements required
- New technology/resources to further ease the booking process
Principles of CME Programmes
- Live, certified courses for health care professionals
- Evidence-based with practical pearls and take-home messages
- Opportunities for in depth discussions and case study evaluations
- Unbiased and with no pharma-industry sponsorship
- Opportunities for networking between faculty and participants
- Opportunities to foster health, wellness and rejuvenation
About Our Faculty
The Faculty members for each Sea Courses program are carefully selected. Faculty are chosen based on their knowledge of their subjects, their presentation skills based on previous evaluations as well as input from various sources and their ability to transfer knowledge in the most effective and entertaining manner. Both their topics and their learning objectives are reviewed by the planning committee for that program. Many of the Faculty have been involved in the development of National Guidelines and been involved in the development and review of many CE presentations. As our courses are designed to allow for maximum interaction between faculty and attendees, we look for speakers/presenters that can work as a team and are open to feedback and discussion.
Why a CME AWAY® Provides the Best Possible Learning Experience
Physicians are finding it extremely difficult to even find time to travel to local cities for their continuing education. But a CME AWAY® allows everyone to combine their education requirements with personal health time not only with family but with a learning experience that only travel can provide. Research by Sea Courses points out two main advantages to our conferences. First, there is Inter-professional Learning. Very few home based conferences offer an opportunity for attendees from a variety of specialties to interact, share experiences and learn from one another. Second, there is Longitudinal Learning. The course sessions are spread over several days, so there is ample opportunity for attendees to interact with both faculty and colleagues and to discuss individual issues and learning needs.