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11-Night Cook Islands & Society Islands CME AWAY® Cruise

Onboard the ms Paul Gauguin

Infectious DiseasesNeurology

Sailing October 3rd, 2020 - October 14th, 2020

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Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Kathryn Giles

Dr. Kathryn Giles



About The Speaker

Dr. Kathryn Giles completed her medical school and neurology residency at the University of Toronto and moved straight to Cambridge Ontario. She has been a solo community neurologist, seeing both adult and pediatric patients for over 29 years. In addition to a busy full time clinical practice, she does clinical research in the area of multiple sclerosis and has authored numerous scientific posters presented at international MS and neurology meetings. She has sat as a volunteer on the Ontario board of the MS Society of Canada, completing a 6 year tenure. She is an active member of the International Women’s Forum, a global organization with a mandate to promote and support women in leadership around the globe. She is a passionate educator, and although not formally associated with a teaching university position, is an active teacher to medical trainees and practicing physicians. She has spoken internationally, and has toured Asia and Sweden in the area of MS. Her strength is her practical approach to neurological disease. Dr. Giles has been a faculty member at Sea Courses for 7 years and joined the medical advisory board 4 years ago. She helps guide Sea Courses in appropriate educational content to meet the needs of specialists, who comprise approximately half of Sea Courses attendees. Dr. Giles is an enthusiastic traveler and an enthusiastic lecturer, and hopes you will join her soon on a CME AWAY® adventure!

Dr. Wayne Ghesquiere

Dr. Wayne Ghesquiere


Infectious Diseases

About The Speaker

Dr Wayne Ghesquiere is a Clinical Infectious Diseases, Tropical Diseases and Internal Medicine consultant in Victoria BC as well as the former section chief for infectious diseases with the Vancouver Island Health Authority, VIHA. He is an attending physician at the Royal Jubilee and the Victoria General Hospitals in Victoria. Wayne is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine with UBC. He is also the chair of the annual Infectious Diseases Update in Victoria now in it’s 20th year. Wayne is the medical director of the Nova Travel Medicine Clinic. He serves as the Co-Site Director of GeoSentinel surveillance (BC) which is a joint project of the International Society of Travel Medicine & Centre of Diseases Control, Atlanta USA. One of over 60 world-wide sites monitoring infections in returning international travellers. Current areas of interests include clinical research in the area of Hepatitis C antiviral therapy, new vaccines, teaching and presenting. Recent publications in peer reviewed journals include the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases, CMAJ, Gut, Hepatology and Open Medicine.

CME Topics

Dr. Ghesquiere
  • Antibiotics Made Simpler
  • Management and Prevention of Meningitis and Encephalitis
  • Infectious Complications of Diabetes and Other Forms of Neuropathy
  • Red Flags When Assessing Fever and Back Pain: How Not to Miss Discitis and Vertebral Osteomyelitis
  • Shingles Presents When You Least Expect It: Updating Your Knowledge
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections Update for 2020
  • Lyme Disease in Canada
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases Seen in North America Due to Climate Change
Dr. Giles
  • Practical Approach to the Neurologic History and Examination
  • Pearls in the Diagnosis and Management of Headache
  • Concussion: Approach to Diagnosis and Management
  • Parkinson’s Primer
  • Update on Neuropathy
  • Epilepsy Essentials
  • Video Cases in Neurology

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 TuitionBook Before January 3rd, 2020Book After January 3rd, 2020
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other$895$1045

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.

CME AWAY® by Sea Courses is pleased to invite you to an 11 night CME Cruise in the Cook and Society Islands from Oct 3 to Oct 14, 2020 aboard the ms Paul Gauguin cruise ship.

The CME is entitled Updates in Neurology & Infectious Diseases. There are 2 presenters – Dr. Kathy Giles, a neurologist from Ontario and Dr. Wayne Ghesquiere, an infectious disease specialist from British Columbia. Both are veteran Sea Courses speakers and have developed an inte-grated program that will appeal to both for family physicians and special-ists.

Dr Giles will cover neurology topics such as headache, concussion, epi-lepsy and neuropathy. Dr. Ghesquiere will talk about meningitis, encepha-litis, lyme disease, emerging infectious diseases in North America due to climate change and other relevant ID topics

Additional Noteworthy Features

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


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 onboard 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. 

 Dining Included:

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.L’Etoile 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.

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 onboard 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 onboard 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
  • Onboard dive program offering PADI certification for novices & classes at all levels
  • Onboard 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

Itinerary & Schedule

DatePort / LocationArrival TimeDeparture TimeNotes / CME Details
October 3rdPapeete, Tahiti, Society Islands11:55 pm
October 4thHuahine, Society Islands8:00 am5:00 pm
October 5thAt Sea8:00 am – 12:30 pm; 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
October 6thAitutaki, Cook Islands8:00 am6:00 pm
October 7thRarotonga, Cook Islands9:00 am5:00 pm4:00 pm—5:00 pm
October 8thAt Sea8:00 am – 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
October 9thBora Bora, Society Islands8:00 am
October 10thBora Bora, Society Islands11:00 pm
October 11thTaha'a, Society Islands9:00 am5:00 pm3:00 pm—5:00 pm
October 12thMoorea, Society Islands8:00 am
October 13thMoorea, Society Islands/Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands7:30 pm5:00 pm3:45 pm—5:00 pm
October 14thPapeete, 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

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