"The goal of a CME AWAY™ conference by Sea Courses is to provide the very best opportunity for health care professionals to not only LEARN but to CONNECT with peers in a stimulating yet RELAXING environment."

11-Night Italy, Malta & Best of Greece CME AWAY™ Cruise

Onboard the Celebrity Edge

CardiologyPalliative Care

Sailing August 17th, 2020 - August 28th, 2020

Trip Characteristics

Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Petr Polasek

Dr. Petr Polasek

Specialty:

Cardiology

About The Speaker

Dr. Polasek is a clinical cardiologist from Kelowna, BC. He is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia. He was educated in Prague, Czech Republic and trained in Saskatoon, Canada. He practices invasive and non-interventional cardiology. Dr. Polasek has been actively involved in CME for over 20 years, has been the chairman of numerous regional CME events and is an international speaker.

 

Dr. Nicola Macpherson

Dr. Nicola Macpherson

Specialty:

Palliative Care

About The Speaker

Dr. Nicola Macpherson has been travelling and lecturing with Sea Courses since 2008. She completed Medical School in Ottawa in 1985 followed by a rotating internship at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, BC. Until 1989, she was a medical officer in the Canadian Forces at the National Defense Medical Centre in Ottawa. She finished her anaesthesia residency at UBC and became a Fellow of the Royal College in 1992. She worked for 12 years as an anaesthesiologist in Prince George and Maple Ridge, BC, including a brief stint in the Australian Outback. She returned to training as an R6 in Palliative Medicine in 2004-05. Since then, she has practiced full-time palliative medicine, initially throughout the Fraser Health Authority in BC. In 2014, realizing how hard it was to find locum coverage for palliative physicians in practice, she decided to become a locum in Regina, Calgary and in Fraser Health, so that colleagues can take much needed time off to recharge. She currently has faculty appointments in the Department of Medicine at UBC, and in Anaesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics at UBC, as well as Family Medicine, at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. She developed and helped present three palliative workshops in Ghana (West Africa) in 2013 and 2015.

CME Topics

Dr. Macpherson
  • Spotting Palliative Patients in the Wild
  • Nausea, Vomiting and Constipation at End of Life - The Triple Threat to QOL at EOL
  • The Jedi Approach to Opioid Prescribing
  • Managing Respiratory Symptoms in Advanced Disease
  • Delirium at End of Life – “Everyman’s Psychosis”
  • Responding to Requests for Hastened Death
  • Final Weeks, Days and Hours
  • Topical Lotions and Potions
  Dr. Polasek
  • Details coming soon!
 

This course is designed for family physicians, specialists, and allied health care professionals. The aim is to provide evidence-based material, as well as practical and relevant clinical pearls that will be easy to implement into one’s own medical practice. Conference attendees will be invited to complete a pre-course Needs Assessment to assist the faculty with the development of their presentations.

Conference Tuition Book Before November 14th, 2019 Book After November 14th, 2019
FP $1095 $1245
Specialist $1095 $1245
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $895 $1045

Venue Information

Additional Noteworthy Features

All staterooms include:
  • Our signature friendly, personalized service with a guest to staff ratio of nearly 2:1
  • Twice daily service (makeup and turndown)
  • Ice service on request
  • 24 hour room service
  • Robe
  • Complimentary tote bag
  • Custom blended bath products (shampoo, conditioner and lotion), shower cap, cotton balls and cotton swabs
  • Water/wine glasses
  • Celebrity eXhale™ bedding featuring custom premium mattresses, plush duvets and pillows, and 100% cotton linens
  • Hair dryer
  • Private mini-bar*
  • Interactive Samsung flat-screen television system to view and select shore excursions, order room service, and watch movies*
  • Private safe
  • Dual voltage 110/220AC outlets
For modern adventurers, travel isn’t a spectator sport. It’s about being fully immersed in new destinations and cultures without sacrificing comfort and style. Celebrity Cruises knows this. After all, we set the standard for modern luxury travel. And now we’ve made the destination experience even more immersive, starting right on board. From its unique outward-facing design to the industry-first Magic Carpet that reaches heights of 13 stories above sea level, Celebrity Edge breaks from traditional ship design. Here, predictability and convention are stripped away, returning luxury sea travel to its very essence: simple, beautiful, imaginative encounters that leave you relaxed, refreshed, and inspired by the world around you. Revolutionary in its vision, the Resort Deck is encompassed by an outward-facing asymmetrical pool deck with a poolside gallery full of over sized art installations, two-story martini hot tubs, and high-ceilinged private cabanas that overlook the ocean. There’s also the Rooftop Garden, an urban playscape where you can catch a movie, have a picnic, or dance among the stars. Fly high in the sky on the Magic Carpet, cantilevered over the ocean and connecting you to destinations in a new immersive way. Find an intimate space at the reimagined, adults-only Solarium. Or go for a run on the jogging track that spans two decks and winds up, down, and around the Rooftop Garden and terraced pool deck. The Magic Carpet is designed with comfortable seating, a full bar, and space for live music performances, so it truly is a destination itself on Celebrity Edge. But depending on the positioning, its mood and function changes—providing exciting new venues, incredible visual perspectives, and a distinct experience on every deck it visits. At the center of this space (but not the center of attention) is a 25-yard lap pool, the largest in our fleet, featuring in-pool loungers. Positioned magnificently above the Pool Bar is an oversized and ever-changing mirror installation. Along with unique tree sculptures that add an air of whimsy, it’s part of a remarkable poolside gallery that sets this space apart from any other at sea. Another attention-grabbing addition to the pool deck—and another first for Celebrity—are two striking, two-story martini hot tubs, that take unwinding at sea to new heights. Just off the pool deck are the outward-facing, private cabanas. Spacious (165 square feet) and airy (more than 18 feet high), these luxurious coves invite you to climb in and get lost in the plush seating and incredible views of the sea. At night, ambient lighting turns the cabanas into intimate spaces perfect for enjoying cocktails and the moonlight glimmering off the ocean. On Celebrity Edge, the Rooftop Garden is full of unexpected pleasures day and night. Find a cozy chair, sink in, and get lost in a good book. Sip a refreshing cocktail as you gaze out over the open ocean. Satisfy your cravings with gourmet burgers, brisket, and BBQ at the Rooftop Garden Grill. Drift away to the rhythm of live musical performances coming down to you from treetop sculptures. Get caught up in a friendly game of giant chess with fellow vacationers. Catch a movie at A Taste of Film for an interactive fusion of food and film. Dance the night away as a live band plays your favorite songs. Or just lie back on a comfy lounger and gaze up at the sea of stars above you as you glide over the sea below. Your imagination is your guide in this fantastic garden escape designed to awaken the inner child in all of us.  

Itinerary & Schedule

Date Port / Location Arrival Time Departure Time Notes / CME Details
August 17th Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 5:00 PM
August 18th Catania, Sicily 1:00 PM 9:00 PM 8:00 AM—11:30 AM
August 19th Valletta, Malta 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
August 20th At Sea 8:00 AM—12:00 PM; 1:00 PM—3:00 PM
August 21st Santorini, Greece 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
August 22nd Athens (Piraeus), Greece 6:00 AM 6:00 PM
August 23rd Mykonos, Greece 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
August 24th Nauplion, Greece 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
August 25th Katakolon, Greece 9:00 AM 7:00 PM 8:00 AM—9:00 AM
August 26th At Sea 8:00 AM—12:00 PM; 1:00 pm—3:15 pm
August 27th Naples, Italy 7:00 AM 6:30 PM
August 28th Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 5:00 AM

Detailed Port Descriptions

Rome, Italy / Civitavecchia was settled in 108 A.D. by the Emperor Trajan and has since served faithfully as a gateway to the capital of the Empire - Rome. Once the center of the Ancient World from which emperors ruled over nearly all of western civilization, Rome is still a cultural mecca. Stroll the ancient halls of the Colosseum or gaze upon the ceilings of the Sistine Chapel. Catania, Sicily / Located on the east coast of Sicily, Catania is situated at the foot of the largest volcano in Europe, Mount Etna. Elegant, modern, and an important hub in Europe’s tech industry, Catania is also rich with baroque architecture, medieval castles, Roman era theatres, and a flourishing cultural and artistic center. The first university in Sicily was opened here in 1434. The Ursino castle built in the 13th Century is now a museum. The Piazza del Duomo, at the heart of Catania, is home to the city’s symbolic Fountain of the Elephant, constructed in 1736 from lava and an ancient Egyptian obelisk. Valetta, Malta / In addition to a number of significant works of art, this town is known for the many fortifications built by the Knights of Malta, who for years helped care for European pilgrims and crusaders en route to and from the Holy Land. Santorini, Greece / Here on the island of Santorini, you’ll find a classic Greek seascape—whitewashed houses accented by sea-blue roofs. This is a treasure trove for both professional and amateur archeology buffs, with sites that    include tombs that date back to the 9th century and the sanctuary of Apollo. Athens, Greece / Athens brought the world drama, history, poetry, and philosophy. Once home to the world's most powerful and civilized empires, Athens is now the world's foremost archaeological playground. The towering columns of the Parthenon still stand in homage to the virgin goddess Athena. Mykonos, Greece / Mykonos is known for its whitewashed villages sprinkled with blue and jade green. It's also famous for its sophisticated nightlife. The most popular island in the Cyclades is bustling with activity, awash in beautiful alleyways, and home to alluring sandy beaches. Naupilon, Greece / Just two hours outside of Athens, this historic seaport town offers a quaint, island-like feel while still being on the mainland. Situated on the northern end of the Argolic Gulf, most of the old town is on a peninsula that juts into the gulf. The town offers beaching, shopping, dining, and so much more, and you’ll feel the warmth of the people who live there everywhere you go. In Nauplion, we’ve designed some incredible shore excursions for you to choose from. Set off on our Ancient Mycenae excursion that will transport you back in time as you explore the ruins of Mycenae—a UNESCO World Heritage site. Or journey to the Turkish and Venetian fortification, the Palamidi Fortess, and marvel at breathtaking, panoramic views of Nauplion and the sea beyond. Katakolon, Greece / This small port on the Ionian coast is your gateway to ancient Olympia, the home of the original Olympic Games. Olympia has preserved both athletic and mythological monuments, many dating back to 776 BC. Most intriguing is the stadium, which is still standing, and the gymnasium. The museum also offers a peek at fabulous Greek sculptures. Naples, Italy / Framed by Mount Vesuvius along a dramatic skyline, the 2,800 year-old port city of Naples is chock full of historical sites, churches, and museums that make it an incredible place for you to explore. And in the region where pizza was first invented, you know the food is going to be incredible. Just 35 miles down the coast, Salerno offers you a rich history but also boasts a marvelous collection of parks, natural wonders, and unique vantage points to take in the beauty of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Two cities. One incredible stretch of Italian coastline.

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