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"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 Cook Islands and Society Islands CME AWAY® Cruise

On Board ms Paul Gauguin

DermatologyFamily Medicine

Sailing September 25th, 2021 - October 6th, 2021

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Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Alain Brassard

Dr. Alain Brassard



About The Speaker

Dr. Brassard is a Dermatologist, graduating from McGill University in 1989. From 1994 until 2001 he was the Founder and Director of the Leg Ulcer Clinic in Sacre-Coeur Hospital in Montreal, which was at the time, the largest in Canada. From 2001 until 2007 he was Assistant Professor of Medicine and Dermatology at McGill University Health Centre, where he was very involved in Resident teaching. From 1989 until 2007, Dr. Brassard maintained a private practice in Montreal and Laval Quebec. In 2007 Dr. Brassard became Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology, and University of Alberta. He is currently the Dermatology Examination Past-Chair and Past- Chair of the Specialty Committee for the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada, Board member of the Canadian HS Foundation, and Past-Treasurer of the Canadian Association of Dermatology (CDA). He is currently in California at the University of California, Davis as Health Sciences Professor, the Novy Professor of Dermatology and the Vice-Chair of Education at the UCD Department of Dermatology.Dr. Brassard has been intimately involved in a number of clinical research projects, grants and fellowships since 1991. He is a published author and co-author of numerous research papers included in peer reviewed Journals. He has been a member of many expert panels and his ability to transfer the knowledge to influence positive patient care is truly exceptional.

Dr. Robert Stern

Dr. Robert Stern


Family Medicine & Practice Management

About The Speaker

Dr. Rob Stern graduated from the University of Toronto School of Medicine in 1989.  He has practiced as a full service family physician in Woodstock Ontario since 1991.  He has been chair of both Emergency Medicine and the Department of Family Practice at Woodstock Hospital.  He has also held chair of District 2 of OMA twice and been the President of the Oxford County medical Society serving as member of Council for OMA for over 20 years. He has recently transitioned out of family practice and is working part time in a community clinic and doing some hospital work while enjoying spending more time with his wife, 5 children and various pets and critters at home.


CME Topics

Family Medicine & Dermatology

Dr. Brassard
  • Thyroid and neck lesions – a family practice approach to management of a new neck mass
  • Leg Ulcer Quiz
  • Approach to the diabetic foot
  • Drug Eruptions
  • Alopecias
  • Approach to pruritus
  • Psychodermatology
Dr. Stern
  • Transitioning, Closing or Retiring from Practice. A Practical guide to what you need to do
  • Choosing Wisely – MRI’s, imaging, labs and what family docs should know – what is all the fuss about?
  • Depression and Mood disorders – what’s new and what works
  • Update in Diabetes – what’s happening for 2021 and beyond
  • Vaccination and immunization update – don’t stop just because you’re not a kid anymore
  • Thyroid and neck lesions – a family practice approach to management of a new neck mass

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 Price
FP $1295
Specialist $1295
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $1095
Conference Tuition Book Before January 22nd, 2021 Book After January 22nd, 2021
FP $1145 $1295
Specialist $1145 $1295
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $945 $1095

Venue Information

This 11-night odyssey showcases the region’s  incredible diversity of scenery, from Aitutaki’s  low-lying islands to the jagged peaks and deep  valleys of fertile Rarotonga, which was simply called “Paradise” by the first European explorers. Continue to the Society Islands to delight in the  South Pacific’s crown jewels—Bora Bora, Taha’a,  Huahine, and Moorea.

Additional Noteworthy Features

Paul Gauguin Cruises

The m/s Paul Gauguin completed a $21 million Canadian dry dock in May of 2020, with a full modernization to staterooms and public areas & improvement to the vessel’s environmental footprint, and energy efficiency. Refurbishments included new furniture, refurbishments of the staterooms and suites and modifications/refurbishment of the public spaces.


Nearly 70% of suites and staterooms have private balconies, and all feature an ocean view, temperature control, queen-size bed (a limited number can have twin-bed configuration), bathroom with full-size bathtub and shower, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, and more.


La Veranda
  • Dine al fresco or enjoy wraparound ocean views from the dining room of La Veranda, where we offer an ever-changing selection of buffet breakfast and lunch items and a la carte options, many of which are inspired by the destinations we visit. In the evening, La Veranda is transformed to a reservation-only dining venue serving Jean-Pierre Vigato’s gourmet cuisine.
  • Our exquisite main dining room is dressed to impress with perfectly appointed décor, fine table linens, and delicate china. Join us every evening for dinner and sample a tantalizing array of expertly prepared dishes, perfectly paired with complimentary wines.
Le Grill
  • When your day’s plans call for a more casual dining experience, join us at Le Grill, located by the pool and offering a buffet breakfast, grilled lunch favorites, salads, and fresh tropical fruit. In the afternoon, stop by for tea with finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, desserts, pastries, and petit fours. Return in the evening to sample Polynesian specialties in a relaxed atmosphere. Reservations required for dinner.


  • Our specially designed watersports platform turns the ship into your headquarters for all kinds of adventures on the water. It’s as easy as descending to sea level and hopping aboard a windsurfer or paddleboard or launching a kayak. Our watersports equipment is also available when we call upon our private beaches. Plus, if you plan on snorkeling in multiple ports, you’re welcome to check out snorkeling gear from the marina for the duration of your cruise.
Les Gauguins & Les Gauguines
  • On every voyage of The Gauguin, we’re accompanied by our own troupe of Tahitian hosts and entertainers that bring the spirit of Polynesia to life. Enjoy a retelling of ancestral legends through dance, delight in traditional songs on board and on our private motu, and learn local handicrafts during hands-on demonstrations. Couples celebrating a honeymoon or anniversary can even attend a Polynesian blessing ceremony.

The Ship

This ship was designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific, visiting small ports that larger ships can’t reach and effortlessly blending into the stunning natural beauty of the South Seas. She offers an extension of the informal, relaxing environment of the islands, coupled with five-star service, comfort, and luxury. Life on board also reflects the beauty and rich cultural heritage of the islands she calls upon, with a warm, friendly feel, informal setting, and even a beloved troupe of Gauguines and Gauguins—local Tahitians who serve as cruise staff, entertainers, and storytellers.
  • Only 332 guests for an intimate cruising experience and “small ship feel”
  • Crew to guest ratio of 1 to 1.5
  • All ocean view accommodations — nearly 70% with balconies
  • Space to guest ratio of nearly 58 to 1, one of the highest of any ship
  •  All on board gratuities included
  • Complimentary beverages including fine w ines & premium spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee & tea served throughout the ship
  • Butler Service in categories B and above, including in-suite bar setup plus SoundDock® for iPod®
  • In-suite minibar replenished daily w ith soft drinks, beer & bottled water
  • On board dive program offering PADI certification for novices & classes at all levels
  • On board informative lecture program (special guest lecturers & port of call information)
  • Two elegant restaurants plus one pool-side grill, all with easy open-seating dining
  • Well-being and vegetarian selections & special dietetic menus upon request
  • Complimentary unlimited wifi
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service
  • Complimentary in-room dining (order 5 star cuisine from L’Etoile Restaurant menu)
  • Complimentary in-room movie channels & DVD library available

Top 10 Reasons to Sail With Paul Gauguin

  1. Small, intimate, and award winning
  2. Extraordinary value in luxury cruising
  3. Exceptional service
  4. Exclusive retreats
  5. Luxurious accommodations
  6. Three fine-dining venues and 24-hour room service
  7. Watersports
  8. Enrichment program
  9. Longer port stays
  10. Stewards of Nature Family Program

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Itinerary & Schedule

Date Port / Location Arrival Time Departure Time Notes / CME Details
September 25th Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands 11:55 pm
September 26th Huahine, Society Islands 8:00 am 5:00 pm
September 27th At Sea 8:00 am – 12:30 pm; 1:30 pm—3:30 pm
September 28th Aitutaki, Cook Islands 8:00 am 5:00 pm
September 29th Rarotonga, Cook Islands 9:00 am 5:00 pm 4:00 pm—5:00 pm
September 30th At Sea 8:00 am – 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
October 1st Bora Bora, Society Islands 8:00 am
October 2nd Bora Bora, Society Islands 11:00 pm
October 3rd Taha'a, Society Islands 9:00 am 5:00 pm 3:00 pm—5:00 pm
October 4th Moorea, Society Islands 8:00 am
October 5th Moorea, Society Islands 7:30 pm 5:00 pm 3:45 pm—5:00 pm
Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands
October 6th Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands

Detailed Port Descriptions

Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands

The islands of Polynesia are a gorgeous collection of volcanic atolls strewn across the grand Pacific Ocean, and the island of Tahiti is the largest of all 118. Explore the dynamic dining, nightlife, and shopping in the capital city  of Papeete before embarking on The Gauguin.

Huahine, Society Islands

Known as “The Garden Island,” Huahine’s lush rainforests and dramatic terrain surround sacred sites  and legendary landmarks that are among the best-preserved archeological sites in French Polynesia. If Huahine’s expansive lagoon  is calling your name, enjoy a SCUBA diving excursion or picnic on the beach.

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

While the island of Aitutaki may be small, it’s big on beauty, thanks to its coral reef-enclosed lagoon. Witness its splendor up-close with a leisurely beach visit. Don’t forget to save time to venture into the village of Arutanga, where  you’ll find the oldest church in the Cooks, which dates from 1829.

Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Rugged Rarotonga is the most mountainous of all the Cook Islands, and time here is best spent exploring its natural beauty. Snorkel in Muri Lagoon, wander the lush Takitumi Conservation Area, or take a hike into the island’s  dense interior with Pa, a local naturalist.

Bora Bora, Society Islands

A bucket list destination for many, stunning Bora Bora welcomes you for two full days of exploring  lush peaks, white-sand beaches, colorful coral reefs, and romantic lagoons. Experience the natural beauty of the island with an optional snorkeling excursion, sunset jetboat ride, or a helicopter tour that flies you over Bora Bora’s iconic Mount Otemanu. You  can also spend time at our private beach which offers volleyball, snorkeling, kayaking and paddleboarding.

Taha’a (Motu Mahana), Society Islands

Embark on your choice of exciting shore excursions today, or spend your whole day relaxing on Motu Mahana, our very own private islet. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking, or simply lounge on the beach  with a chilled beverage from our floating bar. Les Gauguines will also be on hand to provide musical entertainment and  demonstrate traditional Polynesian crafts. A delicious barbecue lunch is provided.

Moorea, Society Islands

Vibrant colors abound during two leisurely days in Moorea, in everything from fresh fruits and flowers  to multi-hued lagoons, and from spectacular mountain peaks to palm-fringed beaches. Shop for local handicrafts, embark on an  optional dolphin-watching expedition with a marine biologist, and sample the local pineapples, said to be the most delicious in all  of French Polynesia.

Pre-And-Post Trip Information

There are no Sea Courses pre or post tours for this CME AWAY. Please click here to design your own!

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