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12-Night Fiji, Tonga, Cook Islands and Society Islands CME AWAY® Cruise

On Board ms Paul Gauguin


Sailing October 8th, 2022 - October 19th, 2022

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Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Robyn Houlden

Dr. Robyn Houlden



About The Speaker

Dr. Robyn Houlden is Professor and Chair of the Division of Endocrinology at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada and a consultant in adult endocrinology at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre. She earned her MD at the University of Ottawa and completed internal medicine residency at Queen’s. In 1988, she completed subspecialty training in Endocrinology, followed by a research fellowship at the University of Toronto. She joined Queen’s University as a faculty member in 1990 in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Houlden has served as a diabetes advisor for the Canadian Optimal Medication Prescribing and Utilization Service of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health, and the Ontario Ministry of Health. She is a member of the eConsult/eReferral Clinical Advisory Group for the Ontario Ministry of Health, and a provincial provider for eConsults in Endocrinology. She has been an investigator in a number of clinical trials of new therapies for diabetes, and has a research interest in innovative models of diabetes health care delivery. She has published 146 peer reviewed papers. Dr. Houlden played a steering role in the 2003, 2008 and 2013 Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines for the management of diabetes and was chair of the 2018 Diabetes Canada edition. Throughout her career, she has been the recipient of several honours and awards. She has been recognized with 20 teaching awards including the Queen’s Department of Medicine Master Educator Award and the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism Educator Award. She was awarded the Charles H. Best Award by Diabetes Canada for her advocacy work in diabetes.

Dr. Pearce Wilcox

Dr. Pearce Wilcox



About The Speaker

Dr. Pearce Wilcox graduated from Queen’s University and did his Internal Medicine training at the University of Western Ontario and his Respiratory fellowship at the University of British Columbia. He is a Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and a member of the Division of Respiratory Medicine, Providence Health Care, St. Paul’s Hospital. He is the Medical Director of the Respiratory Function Laboratory at St. Paul’s Hospital and the Medical Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program at St. Paul’s Hospital, University of British Columbia. His research interests are cystic fibrosis and pulmonary manifestations of connective tissue disorders. Dr. Wilcox received a teaching award from the University of British Columbia and he was the inaugural recipient of the Raja Abboud Investigator Award in 2016. This award recognizes a respiratory division member who has made a significant contribution to research, teaching, and, in particular, mentoring. Dr. Wilcox is the past president of the Canadian Thoracic Society.

CME Topics

Updates in Endocrinology & Respirology

CME AWAY® by Sea Courses is pleased to invite you on a 13 night CME Cruise on board MS Paul Gauguin in French Polynesia. Dr. Robyn Houlden (an Endocrinologist from Kingston, ON) and Dr. Pearce Wilcox (a Respirologist from B.C.) have developed a newly updated program on topics that are both relevant and practical for family physicians, specialists and allied health care professionals. The program is designed to be evidence based with interactivity and attendee participation strongly encouraged. Dr. Houlden will review the endocrinology issues that family doctors see in their offices such as thyroid diseases, diabetes as well as other not so commonly seen, but not to be missed, such as adrenal and pituitary diseases. Dr. Wilcox will review and update new developments in asthma, COPD, an approach to chronic cough and other topics. Dr’s. Houlden and Wilcox look forward to seeing you on the cruise.

Dr. Houlden

  • Obesity: an enlarging problem
  • Osteoporosis: the difficult questions
  • Male hypogonadism + Gynecomastia
  • What’s new in Type 2 Diabetes?
  • Introduction to transgender care
  • Thyroid Disease: guidelines and controversies
  • Anabolic Androgenic Steroid Misuse: more common than you might think
  • Pituitary, Adrenal Diseases and Menopause: just the need to know

Dr. Wilcox

  • Asthma: Bold New Directions in Maintenance Therapies
  • COPD: When Do I Employ Long Acting Bronchodilators and Inhaled Corticosteroids
  • COPD Exacerbations: Why Are They Important and How Do I Treat
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea: CPAP and Beyond
  • Pulmonary Function Tests: How Can They Help in My Respiratory Diagnoses
  • What Are These New Inhalers and How Do I Use Them For My Airway Disease Patients?
  • Challenges in Respiratory Tract Infections: Interesting Cases
  • Chronic Cough: Using an Anatomic Approach to Make an Impact

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 $1345
Specialist $1345
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $1145
Conference Tuition Book Before January 4th, 2022 Book After January 4th, 2022
FP $1195 $1345
Specialist $1195 $1345
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $995 $1145

Venue Information

Calling upon ports in four very different South Seas archipelagos, this exciting 12-night  journey offers a window into the cultures and natural beauty of this diverse and verdant corner of the world. From Fiji’s colonial charms to the white-sand beaches of Bora Bora, to the coral reef-enclosed lagoon of Aitutaki, this is an experience you won’t soon forget.

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
October 8th Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji 5:00 pm
October 9th Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji 8:00 am 5:00 pm
October 10th Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji 8:00 am 5:00 pm
October 11th At Sea 8:00 am—12:30 pm; 1:30 pm—3:30 pm
October 12th Vava’u, Tonga 8:00 am 5:00 pm
October 13th At Sea 8:00 am—12:00 pm; 1:00 pm—3:15 pm
October 13th At Sea
October 14th Aitutaki, Cook Islands 8:00 am 5:00 pm
October 15th At Sea 8:00 am—12:15 pm
October 16th Bora Bora, Society Islands 8:00 am 10:00 pm
October 17th Taha'a, Society Islands 9:00 am 5:00 pm
October 18th Moorea, Society Islands 8:00 am 5:00 pm
Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands 7:30 pm
October 19th Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands

Detailed Port Descriptions

Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji

In Fiji, virtually everyone you’ll meet will be smiling—and when you view the high mountains, lush vegetation, shimmering waters, and pristine white-sand beaches of this island nation, you’ll understand why. A British colony for nearly a century before gaining its independence in 1970, Fiji remains English speaking and today boasts a multinational population, among whom the majority are of Melanesian descent and reputed to be among the friendliest people in the world.

Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji

Suva is perched on a hilly peninsula between two harbors and boasts a fascinating mix of modern and colonial architectural, as well as an easygoing yet sophisticated ambiance. As the largest urban area in the South Pacific outside of Australia and New Zealand, Suva is a great place to experience Fijian culture, with visits to the Fiji Museum, the Municipal Market, or the Handicraft Center, where weavers practice their traditional art.

Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji

The island of Vanua Levu in northern Fiji remains largely undeveloped, making it a charming, unspoiled haven. It is the second largest of Fiji’s 300 islands, and, because of its remoteness, it is reminiscent of the South Seas  before its colonization by Europeans. Nestled among lush green hills and surrounded by coral reefs, Savusavu is sometimes called the “Hidden Paradise of Fiji,” with its half-mile main street facing a beautiful bay.  The 19th-century Copra Shed Marina, the centerpiece of the town, now houses the Savusavu Yacht Club. Hot springs bubble up throughout the town; in the afternoon, you can see pots on top of steaming fissures as women prepare the evening meal.   

 Vava’u, Tonga

One of the easternmost countries in the world, nudging the International Date Line, the Kingdom of Tonga was never colonized by Europeans, a distinction it shares with no other South Pacific nation. As a result, today it is the oldest and last remaining Polynesian monarchy, and its culture remains strong, even in the face of modernization. In addition to being a cultural capital, it is a fantastic place to view a wide array of wildlife, especially in the crystal-clear lagoon, where divers can see to a depth of 130 feet. Species include giant clams, manta rays, sea turtles, spinner dolphins, more than 100 species of colorful tropical fish, and—between July and October—humpback whales. A climb to the top of Mt. Talau, the highest point on Vava’u, offers unparalleled views of the surrounding Tongan islands. 

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.

 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.

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 disembarking The Gauguin. 

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