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9-Night Kenya CME AWAY™ Land Tour

Land Tour

CardiologyDiabetesMental HealthObesityOncology

From April 14th, 2021 - April 23rd, 2021

Trip Characteristics

Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Eileen Rakovitch

Dr. Eileen Rakovitch

Specialty:

Oncology

About The Speaker

Eileen Rakovitch MD MSc FRCPC is a radiation oncologist, and an Associate Professor and Scientist at the Sunnybrook Research Institute. She is an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and is the LC Campbell Research Chair in Breast Cancer Research. She has an active clinical practice and leads a research program that aims to improve the care of women with Ductal Carcinoma in Situ and to identify women with DCIS who are at greatest risk of developing invasive breast cancer.

Dr. Jeff Habert

Dr. Jeff Habert

Specialty:

Family Medicine

About The Speaker

Dr. Habert has been a Family Physician in Thornhill for the last 30 years. He is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Habert is also a Peer Assessor for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Investigating Coroner for the City of Toronto and a Peer Leader at OntarioMD. He has an interest in the use of clinical practice guidelines, and has participated on committees to establish guidelines in the areas of Depression, Stroke and Thrombosis. He has recently served on the Committee for the 2017 Canadian Secondary Stroke Prevention Guidelines and is currently a member of the Canadian Stroke Best Practices Quality Advisory Committee. He is the Co-Chair of Thrombosis Canada Guidelines Committee. He also serves on the University of Toronto FMLE Curriculum committee (2nd year med students). Dr. Habert is very involved in the continuing education of Family Physicians in the multiple areas including Thrombosis/Stroke, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, and Depression/ADHD. He has served on numerous planning committees as a member and chairman for the creation of accredited CME programs. He has also lectured provincially and nationally on these topics. Dr. Habert is published in the areas of Thrombosis and Stroke Prevention, Depression, ADHD, ADPKD, Overactive Bladder, Influenza and EMR use in Family Practice.

Dr. Michael Heffernan

Dr. Michael Heffernan

Specialty:

Cardiology

About The Speaker

Dr. Michael Heffernan is a staff cardiologist at the Oakville Trafalgar Hospital. He obtained his honours bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Genetic Engineering from McMaster University in 1987. He then successfully pursued a Ph.D. in the department of Medical Genetics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Heffernan completed Internal Medicine and Cardiology training at the University of Toronto. He accepted a staff Cardiology position at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in 2001 and is currently the Director of the Oakville Hospital Heart Function Clinic. Dr. Heffernan is also a Director of Oakville Cardiologists and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University. Dr. Heffernan’s research activities have been widely published in academic and peer-reviewed journals including the New England Journal of Medicine. His current research interests include acute coronary syndromes, atrial fibrillation, heart failure, and dyslipidemia.

CME Topics

Dr. Habert
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Osteoporosis
  • VTE (Venous Thromboembolism)
  • Obesity
Dr. Heffernan
  • Atrial Fibrillation: Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Dyslipidemia: Traditional and Emerging Therapies
  • My Patient Has a Cardiac Complaint: An Approach to Cardiac Investigations
  • Congestive Heart Failure: Entering A New Era of Therapy
  • Palpitations: The Diagnosis and Management of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • My Patient Just Had a Heart Attack: Secondary Prevention Post Myocardial Infarction
  • Hypertension Management: A Review of the Updated Hypertension Guidelines
  • Reducing Vascular Risk: The Management of Patients with Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
Dr. Rakovitch
  • Screening and Treatment of Breast Cancer

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 July 8th, 2020 Book After July 8th, 2020
FP $1095 $1245
Specialist $1095 $1245
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $895 $1045

Venue Information

Sea Courses is pleased to invite you to a 9-day CME program/adventure in Kenya. Dr. Jeff Habert (Family Physician), Dr. Eileen Rakovitch (Radiation Oncologist) and Dr. Michael Heffernan (Cardiologist) have developed an educational program that will be of interest to family physicians, specialists and allied health professionals. Their programs are designed to be evidence based with interactivity and attendee participation strongly encouraged.

Dr. Habert is on the Sea Courses’ Medical Advisory Board and his topics for this program will include Mood Disorders, ADHD, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Obesity and Venous Thromboembolism (VTE).

Dr. Rakovitch will present an update on Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment of Invasive Breast Cancer and will include Guideline Recommendations for Breast Cancer Screening.

Dr. Heffernan will discuss various aspects of Cardiovascular Disease and investigations including Hypertension, Atrial Fibrillation, Dyslipidemia, Congestive Heart Failure and Arrythmias.

Drs. Habert, Rakovitch and Heffernan look forward to seeing you in Kenya.

Additional Noteworthy Features

Tour Includes:

  • Lion World Travel Representative Meet & Greet upon arrival
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Game drives as specified
  • All park fees
  • All transport and game drives in a safari 4x4 with an English-speaking driver/guide
  • All activities as outlined in the itinerary
  • All government taxes
  • All meals and drinks at Bogani, including purified water, sodas, beer and wine
  • Maasai Village Visit
  • Light aircraft transfer from Ngerende Airstrip to Nairobi
  • Light aircraft transfer from Wilson airport to Maasai Mara

Tour Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Any items of a personal nature
  • Drinks, dining room tips, porterage
  • Any item not specified
  • Costs of Passports and Visas
  • Hot Air Balloon – Additional Cost: USD650 per person
  • Driver/Guide gratuities

General Points About This Tour

  • Sightseeing of wildlife cannot be guaranteed.
  • To truly experience the program and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing.
  • Visas are required for Kenya
  • You are visiting an area where malaria is found. Please contact your physician or travel clinic for advice as to what precautions against malaria they suggest for you.
  • Vaccination for Yellow Fever is recommended and is required if arriving in Kenya within 6 days after leaving or transiting countries with risk of yellow fever transmission , including Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda.
  • Trip Cancellation, Interruption and/or Medical Insurance – please note that insurance for this trip is a mandatory requirement from suppliers in Africa – proof of insurance must be provided before bookings are confirmed. It is your personal responsibility to ensure you have sufficient travel insurance coverage from the provider of your choice. Please let your Sea Courses agent know if you would like information on this.
  • Luggage restrictions on the Kenya light aircraft transfer flights is 15kg/33lbs in soft bags – including hand luggage. You will be able to leave larger suitcases at your hotel in Nairobi to retrieve at the end of the trip.

Itinerary & Schedule

Date Location Notes / CME Details
April 14th Nairobi—Fairmont Norfolk Hotel
April 15th Nairobi—Fairmont Norfolk Hotel 7:00 am—10:30 am
April 16th Maasai Mara—The Fairmont Mara Safari Club 1:00 pm—4:00 pm
April 17th Maasai Mara—The Fairmont Mara Safari Club 10:30 am—1:00 pm
April 18th Maasai Mara—The Fairmont Mara Safari Club 1:00 pm—4:00 pm
April 19th Maasai Mara—The Fairmont Mara Safari Club 10:30 am—1:15 pm
April 20th Bogani Cottages & Tented Camp
April 21st Bogani Cottages & Tented Camp
April 22nd Bogani Cottages & Tented Camp
April 23rd Depart For Home

Day 1

Jambo! Welcome to Kenya! On arrival in Nairobi, you will be met by a Lion World Travel representative and transferred to the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel. A beloved landmark dating back to 1904, Fairmont The Norfolk has played a pivotal role in Kenya’s historical legacy notably as the town and later the modern city of Nairobi grew around the property. A hidden gem with alluring old-world charm and elegant contemporary design, Fairmont The Norfolk offers guests a sophisticated retreat in the city with easy access to key business districts in addition to leisure hubs and the bourgeoning Nairobi art scene. The 5-star hotel offers luxurious rooms set around tranquil tropical gardens, a heated outdoor swimming pool and a health club with a fitness center and indulgent spa facilities. The rooms combine classic elegance and modern design with discreet technology. Many rooms offer breathtaking elevated views of the landscaped courtyard, while the signature suites are an excellent choice for guests seeking to experience luxury intertwined with the rich history of the city. All guest rooms are tastefully furnished with a lavish king/queen sized bed, plush arm chair and coffee lounge table, and a private ensuite marble bathroom. The rooms are complemented with a 32" Plasma screens and an executive working desk. Fairmont The Norfolk offers superb dining options with local produce, authentic flavors and varied choices on the menu including organically sourced beef, fresh sea food and vegan dishes. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening. Accommodation: The Fairmont Norfolk Hotel (D)

Day 2

After an early morning breakfast, there will be our first CME sessions. After that, you will be picked up for a full day of visits to Nairobi highlights. This tour offers you a great experience from Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage, AFEW Giraffe Center then visit Kazuri Beads Centre with the opportunity to meet Kenyan women at work working in a bead factory -buy yourself a gift! Between 11am and 12 pm every day at Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage, you find the elephants being fed and playing. In addition, there is a keeper who will give a talk about the elephants, where they came from, how they are getting on, and how some of the previous orphans are progressing. You can get really close to the elephants. The orphanage also takes in rhinos and so if you are lucky you will get the chance to see a young rhino. Daphne & David Sheldrick Animal Orphanage Wildlife Trust is a small flexible charity, established in memory of David Sheldrick, famous Naturalist and founder Warden of Kenya's giant Tsavo East National Park in which he served from 1948 until 1976. African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Kenya limited also known as the Giraffe Centre was founded in 1979 by the late Jock Leslie- Melvile, a Kenyan citizen of British descent and his wife the late Betty Leslie Melvile an American citizen. Jock’s extra ordinary vision of creating an educational institution in conjunction with rescuing the endangered Rothschild giraffes resulted in the present day Giraffe Centre that has become a World famous Nature Education Centre. Lunch will be at Tamambo Karen Blixen Restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Kazuri bead centre-a self-help women project where handmade ceramics and jewellery are produced. Kazuri beads produce brightly-coloured, handmade ceramic jewellery which are sold all over the world. It supports literally hundreds of disadvantaged Kenyan women, by providing employment and healthcare services for them and their families. Thereafter, transfer to your city hotel where you will spend the rest of your evening at leisure with dinner. Accommodation: The Fairmont Norfolk Hotel (B, L, D)  

Day 3

This morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport for your light aircraft transfer to Maasai Mara. On arrival at the airstrip, you will be transferred to the Fairmont Mara Safari Club for your 5-night stay, arriving in time for lunch. The Masai Mara is Kenya's finest and most outstanding wildlife sanctuary where gentle rolling grassland ensures animals are never out of sight. The climate is gentle, rarely too hot and well spread rainfall year round. Centuries of close association with the wildlife has resulted in an almost symbiotic relationship where wildlife and Maasai people live in peace with one another. There is nowhere else on earth to compare with this wildlife marvel. The combination of a gentle climate, scenic splendor and untold numbers of wildlife makes the Maasai Mara National Reserve Kenya's most popular inland destination. The greater Mara provides some of the best game-viewing in the world: Lion, Leopard and Cheetah are year-round residents, feeding off the large herds of plains game sustained by the savannah. Large herds of elephant and buffalo plough their ways to and from the rivers, and, with over 450 species, the Mara is a birding hotspot. After lunch (before your afternoon game drive), there will be 3 hours of CME sessions at the lodge. This afternoon head out on your first game drive – sure to be an exciting experience. Return to the lodge later this evening to freshen up and enjoy dinner. Accommodation: The Fairmont Mara Safari Club (B, L, D)  

Day 4

  Enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives in this magnificent game reserve. After your morning game drive, there will be 2.5 hours of CME sessions at the lodge. In between game drives, relax in one of their luxury tents that all boast their own private viewing decks. The property is surrounded on 3 sides by the Mara River and the main lodge hosts a lounge with internet access, library, bar, and fitness center. Accommodation: The Fairmont Mara Safari Club (B, L, D)  

Day 5

  Enjoy another day of exciting game drives in the Mara. The Maasai Mara National Reserve is an extension of the world-renowned Serengeti National Park of Tanzania. Named for the Maasai tribes’ people (the traditional inhabitants of the area) and the Mara River which divides it, the reserve is famous for its exceptional population of game and the annual migration of the wildebeest. Maasai Mara offers wonderful scenery of breathtaking vistas, panoramas of vast rolling plains, hills and woodland groves all watered by the lovely Mara River. The waters of the Mara River are home to crocodiles and pools of hippo, while the woodlands and forests are favored by leopard and elephant. The open savannah areas play host to the plains game. Today you will have the option to visit a local Maasai village. A visit to a local Maasai village is always an interesting cultural experience as you meet this pastoral tribe and learn about their day to day lives. After lunch (before your afternoon game drive), there will be 3 hours of CME sessions at the lodge. Accommodation: The Fairmont Mara Safari Club (B, L, D)  

Day 6

  Spend another day on safari in the Maasai Mara! After your morning game drive, there will be 2.5 hours of CME sessions. Today you will have the option of going on a Hot Air Balloon Ride (subject to weather conditions and additional costs apply over Kenya’s famous wildlife reserve. A hot air balloon ride is one of the most amazing ways to experience the Maasai Mara. The hot air Balloon safaris are ideally suited at the Maasai Mara in the open, treeless plains allowing many of the animals to be seen from the air and viewed from an altitude of several thousand feet. The savannah scenery is breath-taking. Balloon safaris take off just before dawn so that you are high above the plains in time for sunrise. Flights last for approximately one-hour drifting wherever the air current takes you. Once back on terra firma, the flight is celebrated with a glass of champagne and a breakfast in the bush. Accommodation: The Fairmont Mara Safari Club (B, L, D)  

Day 7

After breakfast depart the Maasai Mara and be transferred to Ngerende Airstrip where you will then be met by a ME to WE representative and transfer to Bogani. Bogani offers a completely different experience to all of Kenya's safari camps and it provides a genuine opportunity to get involved. Bogani is located to the north of the Maasai Mara, surrounded by open countryside and local villages. There are five large family cottages and 18 safari tents, all surrounded by open countryside. The camp's traditional safari tents are spread over a large area and offer a good degree of privacy despite the canvas walls. They have stone flooring and fully screened doors and windows. They’re well-furnished using simple local fabrics and traditional Kenyan decor. Each has comfortable twin or double beds, plenty of storage space, standing fans, electrical sockets and a safe. All tents are en suite, with hot running water, basins and flush toilets. Each tent has a private veranda with comfortable chairs. Enjoy lunch on the veranda overlooking the savannah before your orientation, walking Bogani’s winding paths under yellow acacia groves, and get acquainted with the camp, learning some Swahili along the way. Learn about Free The Children’s Adopt a Village Program. Free The Children has developed a model with its five key pillars to break the cycle of poverty and achieve long-term community development: Quality primary education, Health care services, Alternative income projects, Safe, clean drinking water and sanitation and finally Agriculture and food security. After lunch there will be a visit a local Primary School. Experience a guided walking tour of the Free The Children primary school in Enelerai community, and see the difference between an old school structure, and a new working school built by Free The Children. enjoy your first dinner at Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp with a special Me to We feature speaker. Relax into the atmosphere of the Mara with engaging stories on our covered dining platform and a healthy meal featuring some Kenyan flavours, and Western favourites. At the end of the day it is time to retire to your cottage or tent, a serene place to relax and reflect after an invigorating day of volunteering. Accommodation: Bogani Cottages & Tented Camp (B, L, D)  

Day 8

  Join the mamas at Emori Joi for a special walk through the community. Learn more about how the Kipsigis organize their homes and lives. Fetch water from the Mara River with the mamas, a task the women perform daily. This will be followed by lunch with the Mamas where you can participate in a discussion about changes taking place in the community regarding gender and culture. Spend some time deepening your impact on the build site in the afternoon. Roll up your sleeves and work alongside Maasai and Kipsigi community members as you help to build a new school. At the end of the day it is time to recharge and reflect on your day’s adventures. Accommodation: Bogani Cottages & Tented Camp (B, L, D)  

Day 9

  In the morning there will be a visit an authentic Kenyan market to learn about the economic environment in which the community members live. In the afternoon you will continue working at the build site of a new school. After that there will be a visit the Baraka Medical Clinic and Medicinal Garden. Visit one of FTC’s newest projects, the Baraka Health Centre. The Medical Clinic serves over 30,000 community members, promoting healthy living and providing preventative, curative and rehabilitative services to the most vulnerable segments of the Kenyan population. These services enable individuals and communities to enhance their health. Next, learn about the medicinal plants grown in the shamba (garden), including moringa, aloe vera, thyme, spider plant, and many more. This shamba supplements the food program in Free The Children schools, as well as helps to decrease malnutrition in the communities by providing supplements to both pregnant mothers and their children. Bogani Cottages & Tented Camp (B, L, D)  

Day 10

  In the Go on a sunrise hike with the Mass before you say farewell to this incredible experience, and your new friends in the community. There will also be a short debrief on your community experience with your facilitators. Depart from Bogani to the airstrip for your short light aircraft flight to Nairobi. On arrival in Nairobi you will have lunch and visit the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage where you will get the chance to see these fascinating animals up close. You also have a day use room at the hotel where you can relax and re-pack before you transfer to the airport for your departure flight this evening. Accommodation: Ole Sereni Hotel – Dayroom (B, L)

Pre-And-Post Trip Information

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