"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."


Onboard the AmaDouro

Family MedicinePain Management

Sailing June 1st, 2019 - June 8th, 2019

Trip Characteristics

Faculty & CME Details

Dr. John Axler

Dr. John Axler


Primary Care

About The Speaker

John Axler MD, CCFP, FCFP is an Assistant Professor in the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine. His CME career began in the 1980’s when he organized “The Fundamentals “ at what was then known as the Toronto East General Hospital, and has been actively involved in CME since then for over 35 years. He was the Director of Continuing Education Projects for DFCM from 2003 to 2011 and was the Director of Continuing Education from 2011 to 2016. He was the Course Director for Saturday at the University and the Course Director for Pri-Med (formerly Primary Care Today ) from it’s inauguration in 2003 until 2012.  He currently is the co-director of CME AWAY by Sea Courses. He is the 2009-2010 co-winner of the U of T faculty of Medicine Colin Woolf award for Long Term Contribution to Continuing Education and the 2011 co-winner of the DFCM award for excellence in CME. He has helped develop over 260 certified CME programs, been the CME director of over 60 CME conferences and an invited speaker to over 100 CME programs. He was in full time active family practice and on active staff at MGH from 1969 to 2012 and has done locums at the Albany Clinic since 2012.

Dr. Sol Stern

Dr. Sol Stern


Family Medicine & Pain Management

About The Speaker

Dr. Stern is a Family Physician and the Former Chief of Staff at Halton Healthcare Services in Oakville, ON. A member of the Canadian Pain Society as well as a member of Thrombosis Canada. He is also a panel Committee Member of the 2018 Opioid Guidelines. Dr. Sol Stern obtained his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Toronto in 1982 after obtaining a BSc and MSc at the same university. He started a family medicine practice in Oakville, Ontario in 1983 and has been practicing in Oakville ever since. Dr. Stern spends about 1/4 of his time involved in CME and has developed and collaborated on many CME workshops including the topics of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic pain management. He has presented over 1000 CME programs over the last 20 years.

CME Topics

Dr. Axler
  • CORE Back Tool
  • A Picture is Worth?
  • Screen Before You Prescribe NSAIDS
  • Common Osteoporosis Conundrums
  • CORE Head and Neck Tool
  • Treating BPH By the Numbers
  • Deprescribing
Dr. Stern
  • Non-Opioid Management of Pain
  • Approaches to Neuropathic Pain
  • Applying the Canadian Opioid Guidelines to Initiating Opioids for Chronic Pain
  • Applying the Canadian Opioid Guidelines to Legacy Patients
  • Managing Adverse Reactions from Opioid Medications
  • Using Electronic Medical Records and Technology for Patient Care
Drs. Axler & Stern
  • Doctor’s Lounge

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 September 26th, 2018 Book After September 26th, 2018
FP $1045 $1195
Specialist $1045 $1195
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $845 $995

Venue Information

Experience luxury travelling onboard an intimate river cruise as you sail along the beautiful Douro River. Enjoy an optional 2-night Lisbon pre-cruise package.

Additional Noteworthy Features

The 102-passenger AmaDouro makes her debut on Portugal and Spain’s Douro River in 2019. Spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms range in size from 161-215 sq. ft., or indulge even more in one of the suites at 323 sq. ft. Most staterooms have balconies. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the bathroom, enjoy multi-jet shower heads. AmaDouro offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a stylish and inviting Main Lounge, a spa, fitness room, Sun Deck swimming pool and a gift shop. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you'll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner in Main Restaurant. At AmaWaterways, we love what we do — providing our guests with the best travel experiences possible. In fact, “Ama” is derived from the Latin word for “love.” It is a concept that permeates every aspect of our river cruises, from the design of our ships to the development of our itineraries to the high levels of service we deliver to our guests. It is a philosophy that drives our attention to detail, constant innovation and culture of always making our guests our top priority. It is the reason our guests all have a story about why it was the best cruise they’ve ever taken. When you sail with AmaWaterways, you will experience the luxury of more – more ways to discover, more ways to indulge and more onboard amenities. With an award-winning fleet, critically acclaimed dining and unique tour options, you will have the trip of a lifetime on our cruises.
  • In-room temperature control
  • Deluxe hotel-style bedding with Egyptian linen, down pillows and duvet
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone
  • Flat-screen TV that also works as a computer
  • Entertainment on Demand system providing complimentary TV, movies and music library
  • Complimentary internet and Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Desk and chair

Itinerary & Schedule

Date Port / Location Arrival Time Departure Time Notes / CME Details
June 1st Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto)
June 2nd Porto/ Regua/ Pinhao 7:30 am - 12:45 pm
June 3rd Pinhao/ Barca d’Alva 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
June 4th Barca d’Alva/ Vega Terron
June 5th Vega Terron/ Pinhao/ Regua 8:00 am - 11:30 am
June 6th Regua/ Entre-Os-Rios 1:15 pm - 5:15 pm
June 7th Entre-Os-Rios/ Porto 8:00 am - 9:00 am
June 8th Villa Nova de Gaia (Porto)

Detailed Port Descriptions

Porto, Portugal - Embark your cruise in Porto. Gather on board tonight and meet your fellow passengers.
Porto – Regua - Travel to picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all of Portugal, where you’ll go to the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). The shrine features a staircase of nearly 700 steps, beautifully decorated with white and blue tiles, which for the more active adventurer will want to hike. Concluding both tours, you will have the opportunity to sample local traditional specialties, such as Bôlas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham; Presunto, a type of dry-cured ham; and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. You'll then go to the formal Episcopal Palace Museum.
Regua – Barca d'Alva - Spend time soaking up the beauty of the Douro River as you cruise to Barca d’Alva, where you will visit Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop with centuries-old walls, steep narrow streets and fantastic views. You can also opt to hike up to the village should you wish a more active exploration. While here, taste some delicious locally grown produce.
Salamanca, Spain – Vega Terron, Spain - Drive to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built of golden sandstone, Salamanca is known as a “living museum,” and you will have an opportunity to step back in time to the Middle Ages during your escorted tour, which includes the city’s elegant university buildings, the New Cathedral, the intriguingly decorated House of Shells and Plaza Mayor. You can also enjoy a traditional Flamenco show in Salamanca.
Vega de Terron - Pinhao, Portugal - Be treated to an exclusive lunch at Quinta da Avessada, where you’ll enjoy an authentic and traditional dining experience complete with entertainment. The warm, spirited hospitality of this family-run Quinta is quite special as you will discover. Several family members play in a band, and while dining, they will entertain you. Quinta de Avessada is also a fascinating interactive museum commemorating the history and culture of wine in the Alto Douro region, so you’ll have fun discovering all the various stages of wine production as well as doing plenty of tasting. Later in the day, venture to Quinta do Seixo, producers of some of the most traditionally made wine in the Douro region. An expert from the Sandeman Winery will take you on a tasting and private tour of the wine cellars, teaching you about the centuries-old winemaking methods.
Regua - Entre-Os-Rios - Cruise to Régua where you can visit the Baroque-style Palacio de Mateus and its gardens, located in the beautiful Trás-os-Montes region. Inside the house you’ll see exhibits of religious images and beautiful furnishings, paintings and a ceiling of intricately carved wood. The gardens here are considered some of the most beautiful in Portugal. Later, we wander through the Quinta de Aveleda’s beautiful gardens and estate. Known as one of the best wine producing estates in the Vinho Verde region, we will treat you to a wine and cheese pairing here.
Porto - The colorful city of Porto blends the best of old and new, which you can discover on an escorted tour of the historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest monuments; and the São Bento Railway Station, known for its blue and white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history. You’ll also enjoy a tasting of Port, Portugal’s most renowned contribution to the world of wine at Graham’s Winery. Prefer to get more active, you can hike to Graham’s Winery, offering magnificent views over the Douro River. Later in the day, take a short journey to a nearby coastal town for the “Tastes of Matosinhos” tour where you’ll visit a traditional restaurant serving Pataniscas, a traditional Portuguese cod fish cake, and other typical regional snacks.
Porto - Disembarkation - Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight.

Pre-And-Post Trip Information

Please click here to see information about our Sea Courses pre- and post-cruise tours! 1, 2 or 3 night stays in Lisbon available. Please click here to design your own tour!

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