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12-Night Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia and the Mekong CME AWAY®

On Board Mekong Jewel

CardiologyRespirologySleep Medicine

Sailing January 28th, 2022 - February 9th, 2022

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Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Harry Birman

Dr. Harry Birman



About The Speaker

Dr. Birman graduated from University of Toronto Medical School in 1980 and did postgraduate training in Internal Medicine, Respirology and Critical Care at various Toronto Hospitals.  He was part of the original “Group of Seven” internists at Scarborough Grace Hospital in 1985. He practiced general Respirology and was Director of ICU until retiring from critical care in 2007. He retrained in Sleep Medicine in the mid to late 90’s and has been the director and Quality Advisor of a number of sleep diagnostic and treatment centres. He currently has an active office practice seeing consultations and follow-up patients for Respiratory disorders and Sleep Medicine and practices telemedicine to Northwest Ontario for Sleep Disorders. He interprets sleep studies for the North Toronto Sleep Centre and the Medical Diagnostic and Consulting Sleep Clinic in Thunder Bay, Ontario.


Dr. Petr Polasek

Dr. Petr Polasek



About The Speaker

Dr. Polasek is a clinical cardiologist from Kelowna, BC. He is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia. He was educated in Prague, Czech Republic and trained in Saskatoon, Canada. He practices invasive and non-interventional cardiology. Dr. Polasek has been actively involved in CME for over 20 years, has been the chairman of numerous regional CME events and is an international speaker.


CME Topics

Cardiology, Respirology & Sleep Medicine

CME AWAY® by Sea Courses is pleased to invite you to a 12-night CME conference in Cambodia and Vietnam on the Mekong River starting Jan 28, 2022 on board Uniworld Mekong Jewel. Dr. Petr Polasek (a cardiologist from British Columbia) and Dr. Harry Birman (a pulmonologist from Ontario) are both veteran Sea Courses speakers and have developed a newly updated program on topics that are both relevant and practical for family physicians and specialists. Dr. Polasek will review such things as atrial fibrillation, cardiac diagnoses and how to investigate patients with potential cardiac problems. Dr. Birman also does sleep medicine and he will review COPD, asthma, investigating patients with respiratory disease and investigating patients with sleeping disorders. Dr. Polasek and Dr. Birman look forward to meeting you on this cruise.

Dr. Birman

  • Progresssive Lung Fibrosis-Interstitial Lung Disease: Diagnosis, Management and Emerging Therapies
  • Management of COPD in 2021
  • Pulmonary Diagnostic Testing-PFT’s and Sleep Studes
  • Management of Severe Asthma in 2021
  • Approach to Assessment and Diagnosis of Sleep Related Breathing Disorders
  • Approach to Treatment of Sleep Related Breathing Disorders
  • Pulmonary Hypertension-A Primer for Primary Care physicians

Dr. Polasek

  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Cardiac Testing
  • Cardiac Interventions without Instruments
  • Cardiac Interventions with Instruments
  • Less common cardiac diagnoses
  • Hot off the press
  • Lead by example – Lifestyle Medicine
Drs. Birman & Polasek
  • Doctor’s Lounge & Case Studies

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 April 28th, 2021 Book After April 28th, 2021
FP $1195 $1345
Specialist $1195 $1345
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $995 $1145

Venue Information

A fascinating, rewarding and multilayered adventure.

Two of the most beautiful, historic and friendly places in all of Asia, dynamic Vietnam and pastoral Cambodia are intriguing studies in contrast. Each possesses its own unique charm and social traditions, its own tragic history and complex past. In many ways, a visit here is less about the sights you see than it is about the people you meet and the experiences you have along the way.

Ho Chi Minh City offers a heady mixture of old and new, often surprising visitors with its charm. As the lifeblood of Southeast Asia, the Mekong teems with colorful floating villages and mementos of its French Colonial past. Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s thriving capital, is fast-forwarding to the future yet retains a provincial intimacy. And colorful Siem Reap provides the gateway to the vast UNESCO-designated jungle temple complex of Angkor Wat.

Additional Noteworthy Features

Land Tour Inclusions

  • 3 night hotel accommodations in Siem Reap at Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort (or similar)
  • Daily breakfast in Siem Reap, plus 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • 2 night accommodations in Ho Chi Minh City at Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel (or similar)
  • Daily breakfast in Ho Chi Minh City, plus 1 lunch and 1 dinner (Gala Dinner)

Uniworld River Cruises

Service is at the heart of everything we do. We treat our guests like family–a philosophy instilled in our company culture as a family-owned business with 100 years in the hospitality industry. It’s the driving force behind our guest-centric atmosphere and the reason you leave your cruise feeling like part of the family.
At Uniworld, we all live by the credo “No request is too large, no detail is too small.” Our goal is to give you the unique and unforgettable experiences you seek, with the personalized, industry-leading service you deserve.
The tiniest details often draw the brightest smiles. Our staff’s passion is apparent in their matchless attention to your interests, like remembering your drink order from day one, or venturing off the ship to surprise you with chocolates from a local shop you mentioned in passing.
With one of the best staff-to-guest ratios on the river, each guest receives our crew’s full attention and unmatched attention to detail.
Our butlers are trained to the same standards of excellence required by Buckingham Palace, educated under the tutelage of Zita Langenstein at England’s Ivor Spencer Butler School. Each assumes the role of butler 100% of the time, and doesn’t moonlight in other roles, enabling him or her to focus fully on making your cruise one to never forget.


  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options


  • All meals on board, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • Unlimited beverages on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water
  • Onshore, lunches include complimentary soft drinks, coffee and tea
  • Onshore, dinners include complimentary house wines, local beer, soft drinks, coffee and tea


  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Shore excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking Local experts
  • Guided “Do as the Locals Do,” “Village Day,” “Go Active” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audioheadset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Captivating on board local entertainment
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All group transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All gratuities, both on board and onshore
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access

The Ship

One of the most unique ships cruising Europe’s waterways, the River Queen has an exterior resembling the steamships of the 1930s and an elegant Art Deco interior. Decorated in richly textured blue and white fabrics—with marble bathrooms and inspiring artwork—River Queen is a sublime floating hotel designed with your every comfort in mind. River Queen was rated the #1 ship in the entire cruise industry (both river and ocean) in the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Cruise Poll.

Click here for the latest health and safety protocols from Uniworld River Cruises!

Itinerary & Schedule

Date Port / Location Arrival Time Departure Time Notes / CME Details
January 28th Ho Chi Minh City
January 29th Ho Chi Minh City
January 30th Ho Chi Minh City (Embark)/My Tho
January 31st Tien Loi (Ben Tre)/Vinh Long/Sa Dec 10:30 am - 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
February 1st Sa Dec/Gieng Island/Hong Ngu 11:00 am - 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
February 2nd Hong Ngu (Long Khanh A)/Phnom Penh 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
February 3rd Phnom Penh 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
February 4th Phnom Penh/Angkor Ban 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
February 5th Angkor Ban/Wat Hanchey/Kampong Cham 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
February 6th Kampong Cham (Disembark)/Siem Reap
February 7th Siem Reap
February 8th Siem Reap 8:00 am - 12:15 pm
February 9th Siem Reap

Detailed Port Descriptions

DAY 1: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport. If your cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the Park Hyatt Saigon. Tonight, consider popping out to explore the lively Ben Thanh Night Market or one of the city’s quintessential evening cafés—either choice would mark a splendid start to your adventure.  

DAY 2: Ho Chi Minh City

Experience how ancient history melds with the boisterous present in Vietnam’s largest city, where skyscrapers tower over ancient temples and motorbikes putter along picturesque alleys. This evening, join us on board Saigon Princess for dinner and a dance performance with beautiful views of Ho Chi Minh City at night. Featured Excursions:
  • Dinner cruise on Saigon Princess
  • Dynamic Ho Chi Minh City

DAY 3: Ho Chi Minh City, Transfer to My Tho (Embark), Tien Loi (Ben Tre)

Today’s featured excursion provides a fascinating glimpse of the Viet Cong’s vast network of incredibly narrow tunnels dating back to the Vietnam War. Following lunch, you’ll be taken to the Mekong Jewel. Featured Excursion:
  • Vestiges of war—Cú Chi Tunnels

DAY 4: Tien Loi (Ben Tre), Vinh Long, Sa Dec

Today, you’ll witness the hustle and bustle of delta river life as the local traders take their produce to market. After breakfast, you’ll board a traditional sampan and explore the narrow canals and backwaters of this famed region. The untouched island of Tien Loi awaits on a unique excursion created exclusively for Uniworld guests, where you can see how local farmers make rooster cages, decorate bonsais in their yards and more. Upon arrival to Vinh Long, your sampans will bring you to a traditional rice factory. Back on board, savor an authentic Vietnamese meal this evening. Featured Excursion:
  • Village life on the Mekong

DAY 5: Sa Dec, Gieng Island, Hong Ngu, Cruising the Mekong River

Following breakfast, continue your journey via sampan, where you’ll observe the daily routines of the villagers in Sa Dec. Visit a colorful temple, the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le and then venture to Gieng Island, where you’ll experience how a local family makes incense sticks and the conical hat. Featured Excursion:
  • Sampans and colonial romance

DAY 6: Hong Ngu (Long Khanh A), Cruising the Mekong River, Phnom Penh

Visit the local island village of Hong Ngu, a major producer of the traditional Khmer scarves located not far from the Vietnam-Cambodia border. Since they’re woven in many homes around the village, you’ll have the opportunity to see the process first-hand. You’ll also stop at a local temple dedicated to a unique religion founded in this area of Vietnam, Hoa Hoa. Your last and most interesting visit of the day? A visit to the local home of a retired VC General. Featured Excursion:
  • Daily life on the great delta

DAY 7: Phnom Penh

Today, you’ll discover the thriving and exotic capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. It stands at the juncture of three captivating rivers and is divided into three districts, the picturesque French colonial area, a handsome residential district and a rapidly changing Old Town. Here, you’ll find an alluring riverside esplanade amid numerous bewitching Buddhist temples, palaces and artifacts. Featured Excursion:
  • Cambodia’s capital—Phnom Penh

DAY 8: Phnom Penh, Cruising the Mekong River, Angkor Ban

Today’s featured excursion may be the most profound and memorable experience of your entire journey. You’ll learn about the infamous Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge and visit a former school-turned-prison that is now a genocide museum. Featured Excursion:
  • The Killing Fields—tragedy and reconciliation in Cambodia

DAY 9: Angkor Ban, Wat Hanchey, Kampong Cham

If yesterday was an exploration of Cambodia’s dark past, today is a celebration of the country’s bright future. You’ll meet young children at a local school and friendly villagers in their homes, and have a rare opportunity to receive an unforgettable water blessing from local Buddhist monks. Featured Excursion:
  • Cambodia’s vibrant cultural life

DAY 10: Kampong Cham (Disembark), Transfer to Siem Reap

You’ll disembark in the morning and transfer via executive motorcoach to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor, the legendary archaeological site. Cap your trip with three nights at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, minutes away from the famed temple complex of Angkor Wat. Featured Excursion:
  • City tour & Artisan visit by remork

DAY 11: Siem Reap

Today is a bucket list kind of day as you explore the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, a gigantic religious complex that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Featured Excursion:
  • Angkor Wat Temple
Today’s lunch will be on your own. NOTE: Order of sightseeing may change on Days 11 and 12. Temple visits are subject to change due to factors beyond our control.  

DAY 12: Siem Reap

Today you will enter the spectacular remnants of Angkor Thom, the royal city. Built during the heyday of the Khmer dynasty in the 12th century, this extraordinary complex of Hindu and Buddhist monuments was once lost to the world for many years, hidden under dense jungle vines. Featured Excursions:
  • Apsara show and dinner
  • South Gate Angkor Thom, Bayon and Ta Prohm
NOTE: Order of sightseeing may change on Days 11 and 12. Temple visits are subject to change due to factors beyond our control.  

DAY 13: Siem Reap

Check out of your luxury hotel and head to Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport for your flight home.

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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