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8-Night Holland and Belgium Tulip Time CME AWAY® River Cruise

On Board River Queen

Infectious DiseasesMotor Vehicle AccidentsNeonatal CareSpace Travel

Sailing March 26th, 2022 - April 3rd, 2022

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Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Robert Banks

Dr. Robert Banks


Multi-Disciplinary Medical Doctor

About The Speaker

Robert Banks, MD, BEng

Dr. Robert (Bob) Banks received his Doctor of Medicine (MD) and completed internship at University of Toronto in 1987.  After four years as a military pilot, flight surgeon and ER physician, he completed the US Navy Residency of Aerospace Medicine. During the residency he conducted human-subject research on a NASA centrifuge that identified a previously unknown cause of loss of consciousness of pilots in flight.  His professional activities over many years were focused on medical and engineering forensic investigations of severe traumatic events that included the historic loss the Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003.  His publications are found in the journal of the Aerospace Medical Association, textbooks on aviation and space medicine, and the NASA website.  He is also the author of a historic narrative entitled Warriors and Warships, scheduled for release in January 2023.

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. Sandra Seigel

Dr. Sandra Seigel



About The Speaker

Dr. Seigel graduated from University of Toronto Medical School in 1986. She completed her paediatric residency at McMaster University and is currently an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at McMaster University. Dr. Seigel has had a consulting paediatric practice in Dundas since 1990 seeing a large range of general paediatric issues including a large number of children with behavioural/learning and mental health difficulties. Since 1995, she have been the paediatrician in the SIS (Special Immunology Services) Clinic at Hamilton Health Sciences taking care of HIV positive children and adolescents as well as infants of HIV positive mothers. Dr. Seigel was a member of the CAAP (Child Advocacy and Assessment Program) team from 1998-2020 assessing infants and children being assessed for possible child maltreatment. She also supervised paediatric residents in the Refuge clinic in Hamilton which sees children who are new immigrants or refugees after their arrival to Canada. Dr. Seigel was deputy chief in the Division of General Paediatrics at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton from 2006-2019. She continues to be a staff paediatrician at St. Joseph’s Healthcare working in the level 2 B nursery. St Joseph’s sees a large number of infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)/ Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS) and in addition to caring for those infants in hospital, she is one of the paediatricians who continues to follow them in our NAS follow up clinic. Dr. Seigel was the recipient of the 2020 Sister Joan O’Sullivan award from St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton.

CME Topics

Infectious Disease, Neonatal Care, Space Travel and Motor Vehicle Accidents

Dr. Robert Banks

  • Human Response to Lethal and Benign Accelerations
  • Medicine and Space Tourism
  • Forensic Investigation of STS-107 Space Shuttle Columbia Crash
  • The Genesis and Prevention of Injuries in Motor Vehicle Crashes

Dr. Kathy Giles

  • Pearls in the Diagnosis and Management of Headache
  • Practical Approach to the Neurologic History and Examination
  • Parkinson’s Primer

Dr. Sandra Seigel

  • Approach to Infants Born after Limited Prenatal Care
  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) /Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS)
  • Transitions of Care for Children with Chronic Medical Conditions from Pediatric to Adult Care
  • Care and Follow up of Infants and Children Born Prematurely

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 June 23rd, 2021 Book After June 23rd, 2021
FP $1195 $1345
Specialist $1195 $1345
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $995 $1145

Venue Information

This itinerary adds a contemporary flair to the classic tulip time experience, where you’ll find an ideal mix of old and new, historic and modern, in some of Europe’s liveliest cities. You’ll spend time in Amsterdam and Maastricht, allowing you to discover great shopping, countless active options and mouthwatering foodie destinations. Explore Belgium’s historical and contemporary capital city of Brussels, home of a rich and vibrant culinary tradition. Discover Antwerp’s penchant for tasty treats, including Belgian waffles, beer, pralines and chocolate on a walking discovery tour of the diamond capital of the world. In splendid Maastricht, a city with hundreds of national heritage sites, you’ll uncover why it’s known as one of the most beautiful cities in all of Holland. Follow in Van Gogh’s footsteps with a stroll through Nuenen, where you’ll wander through the sites that inspired much of his art. Or venture into the town of Heusden and marvel at a historic working mill, learn to make bread at a local bakery, or wander through the remnants of a 13th-century fortress. Delight in a visit to Kinderdijk to see it’s 19 well-preserved windmills that have stood the test of time.

Additional Noteworthy Features

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


  • 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.

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Itinerary & Schedule

Date Port / Location Arrival Time Departure Time Notes / CME Details
March 26th Amsterdam, Netherlands TBA 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM
March 27th Amsterdam, Netherlands TBA TBA 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
March 28th Amsterdam, Netherlands TBA TBA 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
March 29th Schoonhoven (Kinderdijk), Netherlands TBA TBA
March 30th Heusden, Netherlands TBA TBA
March 31st Maastricht, Netherlands TBA TBA
April 1st Antwerp, Belgium TBA TBA
April 2nd Brussels, Belgium TBA TBA 3:00 PM – 6:15 PM
April 3rd Brussels, Belgium TBA

Detailed Port Descriptions

Day 1 | Amsterdam

Arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schipol. You will be met and transferred to your hotel, Hilton Amsterdam. There will be a late afternoon CME Registration and session. The evening is on your own.

Day 2 | Amsterdam (Embark)

There will be a morning CME session before transferring to the ship in the afternoon.

Day 3 | Amsterdam

The Netherlands’ largest city, Amsterdam has been an international port and financial center for 400 years, endowing it with a lively cosmopolitan feeling to match its historic architecture. The famous Keukenhof  Gardens is a 70-acre park planted with millions of tulips and other flowers—an extraordinary sight in the spring.

Day 4 | Schoonhoven (Kinderdijk)

Bike around the silversmithing town of Schoonhoven, best known for its abundant silversmiths, clock makers and quaint shop-lined avenues. Or venture forth to captivating Kinderdijk to see its 19 well-preserved, UNESCO-designated windmills.

Day 5 | Heusden

Follow in Van Gogh’s footsteps today as you stroll through Nuenen, where the artist once lived and painted “The Potato Eaters.” After a delicious lunch, you may choose to walk or cycle through Heusden, or choose from a panoply of other ways in which you can experience this charming region.

Day 6 | Maastricht

Your next stop in The Netherlands—Maastricht—is a city with more than 1,670 national heritage sites, some of which can be seen on your Old Town walking tour. And not only that, but it’s known as one of the most beautiful and romantic cities of Holland and loved for its convivial lifestyle and historic center, which has long played a strategic role in European politics. Or you can choose to make a pilgrimage to the 65-acre Netherlands American Cemetery and memorial, the final resting place of 8,301 U.S. soldiers who perished during the Second World War. The cemetery is the only American military center in The Netherlands and sits near the famous Cologne-Boulogne highway that was constructed by the Romans for Caesar to use for his conquests. Choose to explore the beguiling banks of the Meuse River, the second oldest river in the world.

Day 7 | Antwerp

It may be the diamond capital of the world, but Antwerp is also known for a number of other sought-after cultural gems, including Golden Age art, Belgian beer, waffles, pralines and fries, chocolate and more. Your walking tour of Antwerp, complete with Belgian treats, features the City Hall, Market Square and the UNESCO-designated Cathedral of Our Lady, which houses four extraordinary works by one of the city’s most beloved sons—Peter Paul Rubens.

Day 8 | Brussels

Brussels, the capital of Belgium, offers a treasure trove of historic architecture, along with a rich culinary tradition—chocolate!—and a vibrant culinary capital. Food lovers will be lured by the divine aromas drifting from delightful cafés and chocolate shops. After a panoramic tour of Belgium’s historical and contemporary capital city, get an up-close view of the city center with a guided tour on foot. Then, treat yourself to some delicious chocolate.

Day 9 | Brussels (Disembark)

Disembark the ship in Brussels. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Brussels 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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