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Pain ManagementRheumatology

From March 8th, 2020 - March 19th, 2020

Trip Characteristics

Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Roman Jovey

Dr. Roman Jovey


Chronic Pain Management

About The Speaker

Dr. Jovey, a graduate of the University of Toronto, was a general practitioner and emergency physician for almost 20 years. In 1999, he closed his family practice to focus on his twin interests of chronic pain management and addiction medicine. From 1991 – 2014 he was the Physician Director of the Credit Valley Hospital, Addictions and Concurrent Disorders Centre. Since 2005 he has been the Medical Director at CPM Centres for Pain Management, the largest, outpatient chronic pain management organization in Canada. He is also a staff physician at the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic at Hamilton Health Sciences Centre in Hamilton. He is a Past-President of the Canadian Pain Society and a medico-legal expert for the Canadian Medical Protective Association. Since 1991, Dr. Jovey has been treating patients with chronic non-cancer pain in an outpatient practice setting. He has presented educational workshops and seminars on pain to over 15,000 health care professionals in Canada and internationally.

Dr. Philip Baer

Dr. Philip Baer



About The Speaker

Dr. Philip Baer is a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, where he was the class gold medallist. Dr. Baer has practiced as a clinical rheumatologist in Toronto for over 25 years. He is Chair of the Section of Rheumatology of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), and Editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA). He has received the GTA Community Rheumatologist of the Year, the OMA Section Service Award, the ORA Rheumatologist-of-the-Year, and the CRA Practice Reflection Silver Award.

Dr. Erica Weinberg

Dr. Erica Weinberg


Palliative Care & Pain Management

About The Speaker

Dr. Weinberg is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. Prior to medical studies, she earned a BSc, MSc, and MPhil in Chemistry from Queen’s University and the University of Sussex. Dr. Weinberg is a general practitioner having practiced palliative care and pain management in Toronto for over 20 years. Erica is an active participant in Continuing Medical Education.

CME Topics

Dr. Baer
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis : A Deadly Disabling Disease
  • Handling Osteoarthritis : The Most Common Arthritis
  • Boning Up On Osteoporosis
  • Hot Topics in Rheumatology
  • Rheumatology Lab Testing
  • Gout: Let’s Be Crystal Clear
  • Spondyloarthropathies: Which Back Pain Patients Should You Refer To A Rheumatologist?
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Disease of 1000 Faces
Dr. Jovey
  • Practical Pain Assessment
  • Pain Assessment – Physical Examination
  • Screening for Psychosocial Risk Factors in Patients with Pain
  • Non-Pharmacological Treatment of Pain - Physical and Psychological Approaches
  • Optimizing Non-Opioid Pharmacotherapy for Pain
  • The Controversial Role of Cannabinoids in Pain Treatment
  • Safe Opioid Prescribing – The 2017 Canadian Opioid Guidelines
  • An Exit Strategy for Opioids – When, Why, How
  • Putting Learning into Practice - Managing Challenging Cases of Persistent Pain 
Dr. Weinberg
  • Treating Pain in Your Practice: The View of a College Assessor and Clinical Supervisor

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 June 5th, 2019 Book After June 5th, 2019
FP $1095 $1245
Specialist $1095 $1245
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $895 $1045

Venue Information

Morocco, known as the land of the distant sunset, is bound to charm the most demanding of travellers. From storytellers to snake charmers, from Berber artists to contemporary fashion designers, the Kingdom of Morocco opens its heart to anyone who will listen, wander through its streets and grab one of the outstretched hands. Morocco is increasingly popular with leisure travelers. It’s a great choice for those who have been to Europe and are looking for a touch more adventure in their next destination. A synthesis of indigenous Amazigh (Berber), African, Arab and European cultures, Morocco offers a rich, exotic experience with familiar overtones. It’s a safe, politically stable country of welcoming people, a wide range of cultural sites and extraordinary natural beauty.


Nonstop roundtrip airfare options available from Montreal to Casablanca on Royal Air Maroc and Air Canada.


Additional Noteworthy Features

What's Included?

  • Arrival & departure airport group transfers for Royal Air Moroc or Air Canada flights (on dates of group flights only). Other transfers can be arranged at an additional cost.
  • 11 nights of accommodation with breakfast daily
  • 8 dinners and 3 lunches as per itinerary
  • 11 days of touring in a private air-conditioned bus with a licensed, English-speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Short camel trek in the Sahara Desert
  • Private group transfers as per the tour itinerary
  • Unlimited bottled water in the bus
  • Porterage at airports and hotels
  • Service fees and local taxes
  • Tips for driver, guide, restaurants and hotels
  The UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou is an exceptionally well-preserved example of the ksars (fortified villages) of southern Morocco. Ait Ben Haddou is located in Ouarzazate province, which is also known as the center of the Moroccan film industry. Click here to read about Ait Ben Haddou.     The "Blue Village" of Chefchaouen is tucked into an idyllic valley in the Rif Mountains of northwestern Morocco. It's known as the Blue City because, well, because it's blue. Walls, doors, shutters, even some of the cobbled streets are washed in shades of blue. Click here to read about Chefchaouen.     Gnawa musicians play three-string lutes known as a guembri. Gnawa is the mystical form of Islam practiced by the descendants of enslaved, black Africans brought to Morocco in the 16th century. Music is integral to Gnawa ritual. Click here to read about Gnawa music.     The Sahara Desert! This is the Erg Chebi, a sea of sand dunes where we set up traditional desert camps for our travelers. Two of our published tours include an overnight in the desert, as well as a short camel trek in the dunes. Click here to read about camel riding in the Sahara Desert.Click here to read about a night in the Sahara Desert.     The leather tanneries of the Fez medina are an interesting, if smelly, diversion. Much of the processing of the hides is done in the open air and can be viewed from the balconies of the surrounding leather shops. Click here to read about the Fez tannery experience.

Itinerary & Schedule

Date Port / Location Arrival Time Departure Time Notes / CME Details
March 8th Arrival Day
March 9th Casablanca, Morocco 7:30 am—9:15 am; 3:00 pm—6:00 pm
March 10th Fes, Morocco
March 11th Fes, Morocco 3:00 pm—6:00 pm
March 12th Meknes, Morocco 3:00 pm—6:00 pm
March 13th Merzouga, Morocco
March 14th Ouarzazate, Morocco
March 15th Marrakech, Morocco
March 16th Marrakech, Morocco 7:30 am—8:30 am; 3:00 pm—7:00 pm
March 17th Marrakech, Morocco
March 18th Essaouira, Morocco
March 19th Casablanca, Morocco 7:30 am—10:45 am


Upon arrival at Casablanca Muhammed V Airport you will be met by a Ya’lla Tours Morocco representative and set out for a city tour of Casablanca. Your tour includes the old medina; Place Mohamed V, a busy shopping street lined by residential blocks dating from the 1930s; United Nations Square, designed by French architect Joseph Marrast; the League of Arab States Park, which was built in 1925 and offers a large area of greenery with palm trees, arcades, pergolas and cafés with shady terraces. In the early afternoon, you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight. Normally, rooms are not ready until after 3pm. Please pack bathing suits in your carry-on if you choose to relax by the pool. Our hotel, Barcelo Anfa, is a 5-star hotel located in the heart of the lively commercial district, across from the Hassan Mosque, walking distance from the old medina, the Place Mohamed V, the modern shopping centers and the Arab league park. All guest rooms are equipped with direct-dial phone, desk, a/c, satellite TV, mini bar, free WI-FI, coffee maker, Bose audio system and 24-hour room service. Welcome Moroccan dinner is at the Basmane Restaurant. Meals: Breakfast (Not Included). Lunch (Not Included). Dinner (Included)

MONDAY, MARCH 09 – CASABLANCA                 

We will start the day with conference registration and an initial CME session. Then we head out (around 10 am) to visit the impressive Hassan II Mosque. Completed in 1993 and located on a platform overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the iconic Hassan II Mosque is the second-largest mosque in the world, and one of few open to non-Muslims (through selected guided tour opportunities lasting around an hour each). The mosque, which can accommodate up to 25,000 worshipers, offers Muslims the chance to pray on a glass floor, giving the unique feeling of praying directly over the sea. Everyone is welcome to admire the beautiful piece of architecture at any time from the spacious courtyard, which alone can accommodate a further 80,000 people. Then, visit of the Mellah (Jewish Quarter) with its temples and synagogues such as Beth-El, Em Habanim and Neve Shalom. Continue to the King’s Palace. Located near the new medina is yet another one of the King’s palaces that is just as grand as the rest of the other Royal palaces in Morocco, with its enormous open square at the front, a surplus of guards, and a grand exterior which anyone can enjoy. It’s worth it just to see from the outside and admire the architecture. Then, drive through the Corniche, located in the same region as Hassan II Mosque, La Corniche is a beach front district offering an array of dining experiences as well as pools and beach access. On a hot day, the area can be found brimming with surfers, swimmers and sunbathers, offering a less traditional and a more holiday-escape side of Morocco. La Corniche offers an area full of entertainment, and the chance to go on a refreshing walk on the beach, or even a dip in the sea if you’re feeling daring. We will return to the hotel for an afternoon CME session

CME Sessions: 7:30 am—9:15 am; 3:00 pm—6:00 pm

Companions have the option of relaxing at the hotel or taking the following optional tour. Drive for a visit to Villa des Arts. Part of the ONA Foundation, one of Morocco’s primary cultural foundations, the Villa des Arts is one of the largest museums in Casablanca. The Villa des Arts promotes contemporary arts in a framework of Moroccan culture and heritage and features around 800 artworks permanently, as well as temporary expositions of international and contemporary artists. It provides a different perspective on Moroccan culture, and even the building itself is a beautiful piece of Art Deco architecture daring back to 1934. Hosting numerous cultural events, the Villa des Arts attracts locals and tourists all year round. Then, visit the Museum of Moroccan Judaism. This unique museum, being the only Jewish museum in the Arab world, offers an insight into the history, religion, traditions and daily life of Jews in a Moroccan Civilization. Presented through exhibition rooms containing paintings, ornaments, clothing etc. as well as complete displays of Moroccan synagogues, it demonstrates not only the Jewish influence on Moroccan society but highlights the history of interfaith coexistence in Moroccan civilization. Dinner at the Le Pilotis Casablanca for International cuisine on the beach. Meals: Breakfast (Included), Lunch (Not Included), Dinner (Included)

TUESDAY, MARCH 10 – FES                                           

After a relaxed breakfast, depart Casablanca and drive 1½ hours to Rabat, capital city of Morocco. See the old medina; the picturesque Kasbah of the Oudayas and the Oudaya Gate, built during the Almohad dynasty. Also see the well-preserved Hassan Tower and the Chellah, which were built by the Merinids in the 12th and 13th centuries. Walk into the Mohamed V Mausoleum, the burial place of the present King’s grandfather. Continue to the Mellah, with its narrow lanes and colorful courtyards, now the home of a few Jewish families. Continue to the birthplace of Rabbi Hayyim Ben Moses Attar, the famous 18th century scholar and cabbalist, known throughout the Jewish world for his bible commentary, the "Or Ha-Hayyim ". Continue to Fes for overnight at the hotel. Our hotel, Sahrai, is a 5-star boutique property located on a hill between the Medina and the New Town, with unparalleled views of the city and its surroundings. From an ambiance filled with engaging contemporary Moroccan art to a vibrant rooftop bar and a bold interior architecture by acclaimed French designer Christophe Pillet, the hotel takes tradition and moves it forward into the future. All guest rooms are well-appointed. Dinner tonight is at the unique Maison Blanche Restaurant Meals: Breakfast (Included), Lunch (Not Included), Dinner (Included)


The whole day is devoted to an in-depth visit of Fes, founded by King Moulay Idriss in the 9th century. Flat and comfortable shoes are a must for the visit of the Medina and its small winding and paved alleys. See the old Koranic schools and the Quaraouiyine Mosque (from the outside only), the largest university in the world (now closed) from the 13th century with over 3,000 students at one time. Return to the hotel for afternoon CME sessions.

CME Sessions: 3:00 pm—6:00 pm

Dinner will be at the hotel. Meals: Breakfast (Included), Lunch (Not Included), Dinner (Included)

THURSDAY, MARCH 12 – FES                                     

Drive to Meknes, founded in the 9th century by Zenata Berbers. A visit to this former Imperial City includes the old ramparts; the Agoudal Basin, once used to water the royal gardens and amuse the favorite concubines; and the Moulay Ismaïl royal stables, granaries and House of Water (Dar El Ma), built in the 17th and 18th centuries to house, feed and water the sultan’s twelve thousand horses. Finally, see Bab El Mansour, one of the most beautiful gates in Morocco; and the Moulay Ismaïl Mausoleum, one of the very few holy sites in Morocco, which may be visited by non-Muslims. Then onto Volubilis, this Roman city was a flourishing trade center in the 2nd and 3rd centuries selling oil, corn and wild animals. The Berbers who had been converted to Christianity occupied Volubilis until the 8th century. The earthquake of 1755 destroyed the city and it was found and excavations started in 1887 and continue to this day. A visit to the ruins begins with a tour of the ramparts 5 ¼ feet wide and 1 ½ miles long, which incorporate no fewer than forty bastions and eight 2nd century gates. Return to Fes.

CME Sessions: 3:00 pm—6:00 pm

Companions will transfer to Palais Amani for a cooking class where we will learn how to prepare several types of Moroccan dishes like tagines, salads, pastilla and more. CME attendees will then transfer after sessions to the dinner that has been prepared. Dinner for everyone will be what we learned to cook and more. Meals: Breakfast (Included), Lunch (Not Included), Dinner (Included)  


As you will be travelling to the Berber Camp in the 4 x 4 vehicles, please pack for your overnight stay experience in a small carry on bag. Your main luggage will remain with your bus. Be sure to pack some warm clothes as the desert can get quite cool in the night. Set out for the Middle Atlas Mountains, through the village of Immouzzer du Kandar and the ski resort of Ifrane in the heart of a cedar forest. Continue with a full day drive across the cedar forests and picturesque scenery of the Middle Atlas Mountains to Erfoud. Stop at Midelt for lunch at Taddart Restaurant. Continue through the Ziz Gorge and Er Rachidia. Erfoud, situated amongst the impressive sand dunes of the Sahara Desert, is one of the largest oases in Morocco. From Erfoud, travel approximately 1 ½ hours to Merzouga and from Merzouga, a short drive will take you to your Berber camp for overnight. The site is surrounded by torches and the ground is covered with antique Moroccan rugs. Click here to read about the Berber Camp! Dinner will be at the Berber camp. Meals: Breakfast (Included), Lunch (Included), Dinner (Included)  


End your desert adventure with a camel trek to see a fantastic sunrise over the dunes. Return to the camp for a special breakfast. After breakfast at the camp, board your 4x4 to explore the Oasis of Khemlia. See the ruins of Sijilmassa, the first Arab and Islamic city of Morocco, and the prehistoric fossils present throughout the desert. The Gnawa residents of the area originally came from Senegal and Mali hundreds of years ago as slave soldiers during the reign of the Moroccan sultan Moulay Ismael. They are well known as great musicians, playing large drums and castanets as they sing and dance. Then drive through Tinejdad, Tineghir and the Todra Pass in the beautiful 1,000 Kasbah Valley to El Kelaa des Mgouna and Skoura. After Skoura, the palm trees are replaced by orchards and irrigated gardens. Roses for making perfume are the specialty of El Kelaa des Mgouna. Paris, the famous perfume by Yves Saint Laurent is made from the extract of these roses. You will find some nice shopping here for rose products such as rose water, body milk, dried petals etc. Continue to Ouarzazate for overnight. Dinner will be at the hotel. Our hotel, Berbere Palace, is a 5-star property located on 27 acres in the center of town. It has 220 rooms decorated in traditional Berber style. Dinner will be at the hotel. Meals: Breakfast (Included), Lunch (Not Included), Dinner (Included)


Morning visit to the town of Ouarzazate, the film industry center of Africa. Visit the 17th century Kasbah Taourirt which served as the home of the Pacha Glaoui. Then visit the Atlas Studios, Morocco’s most important and well-known movie studio. Gladiator, Alexander, Lawrence of Arabia, and The Mummy are just few of many movies that were filmed here. Continue for a visit of the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, an impressive 11th century structure which has been declared an historical treasure by UNESCO. Drive through mountainous and semi-desert landscapes, over the High Atlas Mountains at Tizi N’Tichka Pass (7,400 feet) and across the fertile countryside of the Haouz Plain to the pink city of Marrakech for overnight. Our hotel, Jardins de la Koutoubia, is a luxury hotel in an extraordinary site in the heart of Marrakech, facing the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and surrounded by a magnificent park. 8 acres of bougainvillea, palm, orange and lemon trees, between the old walled town and the Menara gardens. The Palace is exclusively composed of suites, all of which enjoy a view of the Atlas Mountains and the swimming-pool. Each suite is unique, designed with unique carved or painted wooden doors, 11ft. ceilings, terra cotta tiled floors and Moroccan rugs, mini-bar, wi-Fi Internet, satellite TV, individually controlled a/c, marble bathroom, large bathtub and separate shower, double sinks, hair dryer, and private terrace with teak wood furniture. Facilities include a luxurious spa and restaurants serving gourmet cuisine, contemporary Mediterranean food and traditional Moroccan food. Dinner is on your own tonight. Meals: Breakfast (Included), Lunch (Not Included), Dinner (Not Included)

MONDAY, MARCH 16 – MARRAKECH                  

Today, we will have an early morning CME session before setting out (around 9:30 am) on a city tour of Marrakech. Begin at the Menara Gardens, with its Saadian Pavilion and olive groves. Continue to the Old Medina with its exotic old-world charm. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour through the fascinating labyrinth, with a stop at the foot of the famous Koutoubia Minaret. Continue to the Bahia Palace, with its lush Moorish style garden. After lunch on your own, visit the Majorelle Garden, with a large variety of trees, plants and flowers from different countries. Stroll through the colorful souks of the medina and then experience the famous Jemaa El Fna Square, an ancient meeting place of North African tradesmen, entertainers, musicians, snake charmers and storytellers. Return to your hotel.

CME Sessions: 7:30 am—8:30 am; 3:00 pm—7:00 pm

Companions: Enjoy a themed shopping tour. A 3-hour shopping spree on themes selected (according to the interest shown by the participants): antiques, jewelry, rugs, leather, pottery etc... An English-speaking guide that will help for the negotiations will accompany each group of maximum 20. Dinner is on your own tonight. Meals: Breakfast (Included), Lunch (Not Included), Dinner (Not Included)                                         


Depart Marrakech for the Ourika Valley in the heart of the Atlas Mountains, just 40 miles from the city. The mountains are the traditional home to the indigenous Amazigh, better known as the Berbers. The Atlas also claim the highest peak in North Africa, Jbel Toubkal. Visit the local country market, where butchers, vendors of vegetables, cereals, and olive oil, blacksmiths and medicine-men gather under canvas and reed shelters, along with a number of small restaurants scattered around in the open air. This is an enchanting landscape, with lazy meandering rivers combined and small red adobe Berber villages hanging on the slopes. The tranquility of Berber village life provides the perfect contrast to the hubbub of the city. Have lunch at the Kasbah Tamadot (owned by Sir Richard Branson…) Continue to the village of Imlil. Footpaths and mule tracks mount through lush, irrigated terraces, apple orchards and walnut groves to other villages, where the way of life has changed little for centuries and traditional values and hospitality are unaffected by the outside world. The Kasbah is perched on a great rock outcrop above the main village with a panoramic view of the mountains, valleys and waterfalls. Enjoy a 4X4 jeep ride in the hidden trail of the Atlas Monutains. You will have about an hour to explore the area. Return to Marrakech and your hotel for overnight. Dinner is on your own tonight. Meals: Breakfast (Included), Lunch (Included), Dinner (Not Included)

WEDENSDAY, MARCH 18 – MARRAKECH                  

Drive to the nearest seaside resort to Marrakech, Essaouira. Renowned for generations for its production of "Murex" a small shellfish used to make the purple dye for Roman togas, Essaouira is now a very active fishing harbour still showing traces of having been occupied by the Portuguese in the XVIth century. Later on Sultan Mohamed Ben Abdellah used it as a base for his corsairs! Today, protected from the sea and the wind behind its commanding fortified walls, Essaouira shelters a flourishing craftsmanship in marquetry, working citron-and-lime wood with ebony, mother of pearl and silver thread to make tables, chess-boards, caskets and bracelets. Also, in the 70’s American Rock Stars such as Bob Dillon and Cat Stevens spent much of their time in Essaouira. After the visits, a seafood lunch may be taken in a on the harbour area. Return to Marrakech for overnight. Farewell gala dinner and entertainment will be offered at the Palais Soleiman - Dar Layadi. Meals: Breakfast (Included), Lunch (Included), Dinner (Included)


CME Sessions: 7:30 am—10:45 am

Companions: Enjoy a drawn carriage tour including Yves Saint Laurent new museum. Your tour concludes! After the CME sessions, the group will be transferred by motor coach to Casablanca Airport. Guests not departing until March 20 will be transferred to Barcelo Anfa Hotel Casablanca. Meals: Breakfast (Included), Lunch (Not Included), Dinner (Not Included)

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