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7-Night Alaska CME AWAY Cruise

On Board Celebrity Solstice

Palliative CarePsychiatry

Sailing August 11th, 2023 - August 18th, 2023

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Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Jon Davine

Dr. Jon Davine



About The Speaker

Jon Davine, MD, CCFP, FRCP(C) is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, with a cross appointment in the Department of Family Medicine.  His outpatient psychiatry practice focuses on liaising with primary care physicians in the “shared care” model.  For a number of years, he has taught courses in behavioural sciences to family medicine residents and to family doctors in the community. He is currently a Council Member and Treasurer of the Ontario Psychiatric Association. He has co-edited a book called “Psychiatry in Primary Care: A Concise Canadian Pocket Guide”, in 2011, with the second edition in 2019. He was made a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association in 2014. He was made a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 2018.

Dr. Nicola Macpherson

Dr. Nicola Macpherson


Palliative Care

About The Speaker

Dr. Nicola Macpherson has been travelling and lecturing with Sea Courses since 2008. She completed Medical School in Ottawa in 1985 followed by a rotating internship at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, BC. Until 1989, she was a medical officer in the Canadian Forces at the National Defense Medical Centre in Ottawa. She finished her anaesthesia residency at UBC and became a Fellow of the Royal College in 1992. She worked for 12 years as an anaesthesiologist in Prince George and Maple Ridge, BC, including a brief stint in the Australian Outback. She returned to training as an R6 in Palliative Medicine in 2004-05. Since then, she has practiced full-time palliative medicine, initially throughout the Fraser Health Authority in BC. In 2014, realizing how hard it was to find locum coverage for palliative physicians in practice, she decided to become a locum in Regina, Calgary and in Fraser Health, so that colleagues can take much needed time off to recharge. She currently has faculty appointments in the Department of Medicine at UBC, and in Anaesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics at UBC, as well as Family Medicine, at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. She developed and helped present three palliative workshops in Ghana (West Africa) in 2013 and 2015.

CME Topics

Dr. Nicola Macpherson

  • Spotting Palliative Patients in the Wild
  • The Jedi Approach to Opioid Prescribing for Cancer Pain
  • The Opioids Strike Backy
  • Dyspnea in Advanced Disease
  • “Orphan Symptoms” in Palliative Medicine
  • Final Weeks, Days and Hours—Dying Well at Home and in Hospital
  • Mind your Language!

Dr. Jon Davine

  • Approach to Depression
  • Approach to Bipolar Disorder
  • Approach to PTSD
  • Approach to Anxiety Disorders
  • Somatizing: What Every Physician Needs to Know
  • Approach to Suicide
  • Approach to Psychosis

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 $1395
Specialist $1395
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $1195
Conference Tuition Book Before January 1st, 1970 Book After January 1st, 1970
FP $1245 $1395
Specialist $1245 $1395
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $1045 $1195

Venue Information

Additional Noteworthy Features

Itinerary & Schedule

Date Port / Location Arrival Time Departure Time Notes / CME Details
August 11th Seattle, Washington 4:00PM
August 12th At Sea 8:00am - 11:30am
August 13th Ketchikan, Alaska 7:00am 4:00pm
August 14th Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier 5:30am 10:30am
Juneau 1:30pm 10:00pm
August 15th Skagway, Alaska / Inside Passage 7:00 6:00pm
August 16th At Sea 8:00am - 11:00am
August 17th Victoria, British Columbia 5:30pm 11:59 pm 8:00am - 12:15pm
August 18th Seattle, Washington 6:00am

Detailed Port Descriptions

Day 1 | August 11, 2023 | Seattle, Washington

Surrounded by mountains, water and evergreen forests, Seattle is the perfect place to begin your Alaskan adventure. Before embarking on the cruise, explore the city including the city including the first-ever Starbucks, Pike Place Market, the Space Needle and more or you can get out of the city and explore nature in the surrounding islands, whale-watching on Puget Sound, hiking and a variety of other adventurous activities.

Day 2 | August 12, 2023 | At Sea (Cruising)

Day 3 | August 13, 2023 | Ketchikan, Alaska

You've never tasted salmon so fresh. Known as the 'Salmon Capital of the World', Ketchikan is also the ancestral home of the Tlingit people, who have carved the world's largest collection of totem poles. If you're up for an adventure, take a canoe and nature trail excursion through the rain forest or a wilderness exploration followed by a sumptuous crab feast you'll long remember.

Day 4 | August 14, 2023 | Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier (Cruising) & Juneau, Alaska

Admire the pristine, untouched natural beauty of Endicott Arm Fjord, a 30-mile stretch of water located at the southern end of the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness area. Experience breathtaking scenery as you sail past steep granite cliffs, floating icebergs, and cascading waterfalls. Here's your chance to take a glacial dogsled adven-ture in Alaska's capital, where cultured sophistication meets the ruggedness of the Last Frontier. For a state capital, Juneau maintains a surprising small-town charm, in part because it can only be reached by sea or air due to the surrounding wilderness. Collections from the indigenous people are displayed in the Alaska State Museum. Visit Mendenhall Glacier for outdoor adventure.

Day 5 | August 15, 2023 | Skagway, Alaska & Alaska Inside Passage

Home to many gold rush era structures and buildings that are now preserved as part of the Klondike Gold Rush Na-tional Historical Park, the small town of Skagway, Alaska, is located in the southeast region of the state –right next to the Inside Passage you’ll sail through. Famous for its mining past and as a favorite stop for today’s tourists, Skagway is also part of the setting for the books The Call of the Wild by Jack London, Jason’s Gold by Will Hobbs, and Guardian by Joe Haldeman. Additionally, the John Wayne film “North to Alaska” was filmed close by.

Day 6 | August 16, 2023 | At Sea (Cruising)

Day 7 | August 17, 2023 | Victoria, British Columbia

The quaint charm and English manners of Victoria will take you back in time to the days of British occupation in the 19th century. Victoria is known as “the garden city” for its lushness and its commitment to keeping the city beauti-ful. Head to Butchart Garden or Beacon Hill Park to enjoy nature during your time in port.

Day 8 | August 18, 2023 | Seattle, Washington

Disembark after a fun filled week in Alaska this morning.

Pre-And-Post Trip Information


Western Canada Office

402 West Pender Street, Suite 715

Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 1T6

604-684-7327 Or 1-888-647-7327

BC Travel Agent Reg. #3320-2

Eastern Canada Office

110-3425 Harvester Rd

Burlington, Ontario, L7N 3N1

905-845-6631 Or 1-800-268-3273

TICO #3328458