"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."


Land Tour

Family MedicinePain Management

From November 2nd, 2019 - November 11th, 2019

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. 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.

CME Topics

Dr. Axler
  • CORE Back Tool
  • CORE Neck Tool
  • A Picture is Worth?
  • Deprescribing
  • NSAIDS: Screen Before You Scribe
  • Five Common Conundrums in the Typical Osteoporosis Patient
Dr. Jovey
  • Practical Pain Assessment
  • 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 Role of Cannabinoids in Pain Treatment
  • Safe Opioid Prescribing – The 2017 Canadian Opioid Guidelines
  • An Exit Strategy for Opioids – When, Why, How

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 February 4th, 2019 Book After February 4th, 2019
FP $1045 $1195
Specialist $1045 $1195
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $845 $995

Venue Information

Only four places in the world boast an ecosystem so unique that it produces a cloud forest, and Costa Rica is one of them. Situated high on a mountain, the Monteverde Cloud Forest is created by the forest’s dry air combining with the humid, hot air of the rainforest. The result is a blanket of clouds that covers the forest, mimicking constant rainfall. This extremely wet environment has bred a diverse world of exotic flora and fauna. One of the cloud forest’s most famous residents is the endangered, resplendent quetzal. This colourful bird sports a golden beak and a greenhooded head, tail feathers of grey, black, and white, and a vibrant scarlet breast. Highly elusive, quetzal sightings are rare, but absolutely unforgettable when attained.

Additional Noteworthy Features


Lush forests and stunning waterfalls …… rumbling volcanoes and endless coastlines ….. Cost Rica is a paradise teeming with exotic plants and incredible animals. Start in the colourful capital city of San Jose. Explore San Jose’s’ Plaza de Cultura and the magnificent National Theatre. Spend two nights in a lodge with views of the majestic Arenal Volcano. Explore part of the 20,000 acre nature preserve of Cano Negro on a river boat adventure. Enjoy a relaxing two nights stay in Guanacaste known for its breathtaking views and sandy beaches. Spend two nights in Monteverde’s fascinating cloud forest. Experience the forest canopy on a hanging bridges’ nature walk.


  • Culinary and cultural experiences in San Jose
  • Discover the charming town of Zarcero and its whimsical topiary garden
  • Climb high into the trees for a “Hanging Bridges” tour in a cloud forest
  • Enjoy the breathtaking scenery surrounding the Arenal Volcano
  • Spot indigenous wildlife while on a Cano Negro riverboat cruise
  • Learn about Costa Rica’s vegetation on a guided walk in the cloud forest
  • Uncover the importance of conservation in Costa Rica during a visit to a tree nursery
  • Enjoy the fine sandy beaches of Guanacaste
  • Discover the history of coffee in Costa Rica during your visit to a coffee plantation


Enjoy a warm welcome to DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cariari San Jose - Costa Rica with a signature warm chocolate chip cookie. Conveniently located only five minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), this San Jose Costa Rica hotel is a haven in the capital city of the country and the perfect location for your leisure or business trip. It is also a great place to start exploring the country or to relax before returning home. Surrounded by beautiful lush gardens, the DoubleTree Cariari hotel in San Jose is within walking distance of Cariari Country Club Golf Course and shopping area.


Arenal Kioro offers a fabulous place with a natural viewpoint to the Arenal Volcano.The hotel has 27 acres of undulating land, surrounded by two streams (La Palma and Kioro) with crystalline waters that begin to flow in the Arenal Volcano National Park. Private Thermal water surround exuberant gardens for our guests´ pleasure.


Nammbú, is a family hotel, designed by the need to offer our clients an excellent service in a paradisiacal beach. Our hotel has a great interest in the conservation of thenatural environment, which is why we apply an Environmental Management System that distinguishes us in our region.


Nestled in the misty cloud forest of Monteverde, El Establo offers the best quality services that will make your trip an unforgettable experience. The area’s best view, heater indoor pool, spa, restaurants and other services, this half Costa Rican-half Quaker, family-owned hotel, will allow you to share the best of both cultures.

Itinerary & Schedule

Date Port / Location Arrival Time Departure Time Notes / CME Details
November 2nd San Jose, Costa Rica Arrival Day
November 3rd San Jose, Costa Rica 8:00 am - 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
November 4th Arenal, Costa Rica
November 5th Arenal, Costa Rica
November 6th Guanacaste, Costa Rica
November 7th Guanacaste, Costa Rica
November 8th Monteverde, Costa Rica 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
November 9th Monteverde, Costa Rica 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
November 10th San Jose, Costa Rica 1:00 pm - 5:15 pm
November 11th San Jose, Costa Rica Departure Day
Day 1: San Jose / Arrival. Your tour opens in the colorful capital city of San Jose, the perfect place to relax and soak up the sights as your adventure begins.   Day 2: San Jose / This morning we will begin our CME sessions. After lunch, you are free to explore San Jose (B, L, D)   Day 3: San Jose – Coffee Plantation – Zacero – Lake Arenal Cruise - Arenal / Welcome to the Central Valley. Begin with a tour of a local coffee plantation highlighting the history and cultivation of this driver of the Costa Rican economy. Visit the charming town of Zacero to explore its whimsical topiary garden on your way to Arenal, where spectacular views of the famous volcano await your discovery. Enjoy a delightful cruise on Lake Arenal, Costa Rica’s largest and most important lake. Later, check in for a 2-night stay at a lodge overlooking the majestic Arenal Volcano. CME sessions will take place from 4:00 pm—6:00 pm. Get to know the Costa Rican culture this evening. Taste your way through a cooking demonstration featuring local ingredients. End your evening dining on the recipes of Costa Rica as a guitarist serenades you. (B, D)   Day 4: Arenal - Cano Negro - Arenal / What’s next? A Cano Negro guided riverboat trip in a covered canoe known as a panga. These 20,000 acres are home to the largest viewable collection of indigenous wildlife in all of Costa Rica. Go in search of crocodiles, river otters, sloths, river turtles, exotic birds and rare butterflies. Later, return to Arenal for the chance to relax during an optional spa visit. CME sessions will take place from 4:00 pm—6:00 pm. (B)   Day 5: Arenal - Guanacaste / Take in scenic jungle landscapes as you travel from Arenal to breathtaking Guanacaste, known for its fine sandy beaches. Settle in for another relaxing 2-night stay at your resort and take in the mesmerizing ocean views. (B, D)   Day 6: Guanacaste / Fun in the sun is in store today as you explore the nearby beaches, or simply relax by the pool and take advantage of your resort’s lovely amenities. This afternoon, visit the delightful beach town of Samara, one of the top sunset spots in Costa Rica. Soak in the spectacular colours as the sun illuminates the natural landscape. (B, D)   Day 7: Guanacaste—Monteverde / Uncover the importance of conservation in Costa Rica during a visit to a tree nursery. Learn about indigenous trees and Monteverde’s reforestation efforts. It’s off to the secluded Monteverde Cloud Forest, a place you have to see to believe, where trees grow to heights of 100 feet! Set off on a nature walk through this spectacular ecosystem, where you’re sure to encounter many incredible species of flora and fauna. Keep your eyes peeled and you may be lucky enough to spot the elusive quetzal! This afternoon/evening meeting will take place. (B, D)   Day 8: Monteverde / It’s your choice! Explore one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens and a dazzling gallery containing more than 100 beautiful hummingbirds. Then, join an expert for a leisurely paced “Hanging Bridges” walking tour to gain a different perspective of the cloud forest’s lush ecosystem -ORtake an exhilarating ride on one of the longest canopy zip line tours in Costa Rica. If you would like to do both the hanging bridges and the zip line tour, you may purchase the second as an option on tour. This afternoon/evening, take part in an expert-led discussion about the migratory birds that flock to Costa Rica. This evening a meeting will also take place. (B, D)   Day 9: Monterverde - San Jose / Today, head from Monterverde back to San Jose to see the treasures of the city on a panoramic tour. See the bustling Plaza de Cultura. Partake in one last set of CME sessions this afternoon. This evening, bid farewell to paradise over a wonderful dinner with your fellow travellers. (B, D)   Day 10: San Jose / Today you depart for home with fabulous memories of your Costa Rican adventure. (B)

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