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7-Night Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy CME AWAY® River Cruise

On Board Uniworld S.S. La Venezia

EndocrinologyOral Health

Sailing May 28th, 2023 - June 4th, 2023

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Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Brian Jafine

Dr. Brian Jafine



About The Speaker

Dr. Brian Jafine graduated with a Bachelor of Science and received his DDS degree from the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry in Ontario, Canada. He has been a practicing Endodontist for 30 years, and received his post graduate degree in Endodontics from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA. Dr. Jafine’s emphasis is on patient comfort, as well as keeping up-to-date with the latest advancement in endodontic techniques, enabling him to provide the best quality of care for his patients. He has a wide range of experience in different areas of endodontics, from root canal treatments to microsurgery. His expertise is also frequently called upon by referring dentists for endodontic retreatment. Dr. Jafine is a member of the Canadian and Ontario Dental Associations, as well as the American Association of Endodontics. He is also a member, and has served as President, of three specialty organization: the Canadian Academy of Endodontics, the Ontario Society of Endodontists and the George Hare Endodontic Study Club. Dr. Jafine’s specialty practice, Partners in Endodontics, strives to utilize the best in current sterilization and endodontic treatment techniques. Specialty equipment in his two office locations includes surgical operating microscopes and digital radiography systems in order to provide the optimum in endodontic care for patients requiring root canal treatment.

Dr. Carol Joyce

Dr. Carol Joyce



About The Speaker

Carol is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) at Memorial University in St. John’s, NL, and is in clinical practice at Proactive Wellness and Prevention, also in St. John’s.

Carol is a graduate of Dalhousie University Medical School in Halifax, NS, did an Internal Medicine residency at Memorial University, and then completed her fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Toronto.

Carol has been on faculty at Memorial University since 1985. She is former Division Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Research interests have included: evaluation of new diabetes treatments, prevention of Type 2 diabetes, prevention and treatment of diabetes complications, the epidemiology of osteoporosis, and the genetics of multiple endocrine neoplasia syndromes.

Carol is also past chair of the Royal College examination board in Endocrinology and Metabolism.

CME Topics

Endocrinology & Oral Health

Dr. Brian Jafine

  • Dental First Aid
  • Innovations and Game Changers in Dentistry
  • Controversies in Dentistry
  • The Use & Abuse of Antibiotics and Opioids
  • Maxillary Sinusitis of Dental Origin
  • Biphosphonate-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

Dr. Carol Joyce

  • Endocrine Jeopardy
  • Pituitary and adrenal disorders-what you need to know
  • Diabetes Complications
  • Demystifying insulin
  • Endocrine disorders in pregnancy
  • Approach to thyroid nodules
  • Hyper and hypothyroidism- guidelines and controversies

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 May 28th, 2022 Book After May 28th, 2022
FP $1245 $1395
Specialist $1245 $1395
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $1045 $1195

Venue Information

Uncover the enchanted beauty and breathtaking history of Venice and Northern Italy.

Travel to romantic Venice and treat yourself to a private evening opening and lighting ceremony at St. Mark’s Basilica. Depart the enchanting “City of Water” to explore the waterfront shops, colorful facades and peaceful canals unique to Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. Farther south, discover Chioggia—a charming southern port loved by fishermen, artists and anyone looking for unique gifts or souvenirs. Enjoy additional shopping time in “bountiful” Bologna and medieval Padua, once home to Galileo and Copernicus. Each of these enchanting locales is yours to uncover on “Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy.”

Note: To maximize your Venetian experience, plan to walk by foot whenever possible and avoid taking water-based transportation, which is slower, less-efficient and often costly.

Who will enjoy this cruise/tour

This itinerary is ideal for experienced travelers who enjoy walking to the many sights in Northern Italy. Many of these experiences are best discovered on foot. Romantics, connoisseurs of food & wine, and lovers of art & architecture will love this adventure.

Additional Noteworthy Features

The River Countess underwent a complete design renovation in 2020, debuting as the S.S. La Venezia to bring guests an enhanced luxury experience inspired by Northern Italy. The redesign of the S.S. La Venezia drew influence from the fine Fortuny fabrics displayed prominently onboard. Murano glass, gilded accents and artistic etched elements pay homage to popular Venetian aesthetics of the early 20th century, creating an onboard atmosphere that is at once elegant and nostalgic.  


  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water


  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided "Do as the Locals Do" and "Let's Go" programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of Nordic walking sticks


  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the impressive S.S. La Venezia
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, high thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access


  • 1 country: Italy
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture

Itinerary & Schedule

Date Port / Location Arrival Time Departure Time Notes / CME Details
May 28th Venice
May 29th Venice 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
May 30th Venice to Polesella 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
May 31st Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara) 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
June 1st Polesella to Porto Viro 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
June 2nd Burano to Venice
June 3rd Venice 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
June 4th Venice Disembark

Detailed Port Descriptions

There’s not a better way to see all that the area around Venice has to offer. Only small ships can now enter the Venice lagoon area. The S.S. La Venezia will dock within easy walking to all major attractions. Highlights include a private evening opening and lighting ceremony at St. Mark’s Basilica. Depart the enchanting “City of Water” to explore the waterfront shops, colourful facades and peaceful canals unique to Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. Farther south, discover Chioggia – a charming  southern port loved by fishermen, artists and anyone looking for unique gifts or souvenirs. Enjoy additional shopping time in “bountiful” Bologna and medieval Padua, once home to Galileo and Copernicus. Visit the Anatomical School of Padua, founded in 1222 and known for preserving the history of modern medicine.

Day 1 | Sunday, May 28, 2023 | Venice (Embark)

 (Embark) Arrive at Venice Marco Polo International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship. Unpack, relax and enjoy your first evening on the Venetian Lagoon and getting to know the completely redesigned and renovated S.S. La Venezia.

Day 2 | Monday, May 29, 2023 | Venice

 With your early morning arrival at Doge’s Palace, you’ll be able to marvel at the estate in total peace. Wander through a Venetian neighborhood and experience daily life in an authentic Venetian residential quarter. After lunch, we will enjoy our first CME sessions. Later in the evening, after dinner, cap the day off with a private once-in-a-lifetime experience at an  after-hours lighting ceremony inside St. Mark’s Basilica without the crowds.

Day 3 | Tuesday, May 30, 2023 | Venice - Padua

This morning, we take a short drive to Padua and visit the University of Padua, Italy's second oldest university. We will have a guided tour of the Anatomical School of Padua, pointing out many of the historical significances. We head back to the ship for lunch and an afternoon CME session. A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 4 | Wednesday, May 31, 2023 | Polesella – Porto Viro

 This morning we leave Polesella by coach to Bologna, getting there in time for a walking tour and shopping. We then enjoy a Pasta Making demonstration and lunch. Afternoon TBA. Evening features on board local entertainment.

Day 5 | Thursday, June 1, 2023 | Porto Viro, Chioggia, Burano

 Today, you’ll admire the greatest sites of charming and coastal Chioggia, including a stop at the local and lively market. The ship will move from Porto Viro to Chioggia during our visit. We’ll be back on board for lunch and then set sail for the island of Burano. During the sailing we will conduct another CME session. Your ship will dock overnight in Burano, where you’ll have time to enjoy a lovely evening stroll through this multicolored island.

Day 6 | Friday, June 2, 2023 | Burano (Torcello, Mazzorbo, and Burano), Venice

 Spend the day exploring the northern lagoon of Venice and three of its captivating islands. Explore a basilica with an art  historian in Torcello before heading to the peaceful, agricultural island of Mazzorbo. End the tour with a stroll through Burano’s rainbow of colorful homes and visit a lace-making atelier.

Day 7 | Saturday, June 3, 2023 | Venice

 As your water taxi glides past narrow side canals and the Canal Grande, you’ll arrive in style at the Rialto Bridge and Fondaco dei Tedeschi. The iconic stone arch bridge sits at the narrowest point of the Canal Grande and holds numerous shops and  restaurants. Enjoy the “do as the locals do” Venice walking tour. Be back on board for lunch and the final CME sessions this afternoon. A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 8 | Sunday, June 4, 2023 | Venice (Disembark)  

Disembark the ship and head to the airport for your flight home or onward journey.    

Pre-And-Post Trip Information

CME AWAY has curated an Optional Milan Pre-Cruise Tour for 3 days and 2 nights, May 26 - 28, 2023. Click here for more details! 

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