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8-Night Ireland CME AWAY® Land Tour

Land Tour

AddictionFibromyalgiaMedical CannabisSleep & Mood Disorders

From August 12th, 2021 - August 20th, 2021

Trip Characteristics

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Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Joel Bordman

Dr. Joel Bordman


Chronic Pain & Addiction

About The Speaker

Dr. Bordman graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1985. He has achieved credentials in both addiction and pain from international societies. He is a mentor to other doctors as part of The College of Family Physicians of Ontario’s “Medical Mentorship in pain and addiction” program (MMAP). He has experience in Emergency Medicine, Palliative Care, Family Practice and Long Term Care. His main interest is in treating Opioid Addiction and assessing Chronic Pain treatment in the complex patient.

Dr. Lydia Hatcher

Dr. Lydia Hatcher


Pain Management

About The Speaker

Dr. Hatcher graduated with her MD in 1982 from Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 1984, she received certification with the College of Family Physicians of Canada(CFPC) and in 1994, was certified with the Canadian College of Health Service Executives. In 1998, she received the Canadian Psychiatric Association’s annual Mental Health Awareness Award. In 2001, the College of Family Physicians of Canada awarded her a fellowship. She has been doing pain management for over 25 years. Her focus is on a bio-psycho-social approach to pain management. She does a significant amount of teaching in chronic pain across the country and is a physician assessor for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of both Ontario and Newfoundland & Labrador. She chairs a subcommittee for the National Opioid Use Guideline Group. She is a member of the Canadian Academy of Pain Management and the Canadian Pain Society. She is a committee member of the CFPC community of practice in chronic pain. She is an Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at McMaster University and Chief of Family Medicine at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, Ontario.

CME Topics

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 15 Mainpro+ credits.

Addictions, Fibromyalgia, Medical Cannabis & Sleep and Mood Disorders

Dr. Bordman
  • Differential Diagnosis of Opioid Use Disorder
  • Medically Assisted Treatment in Opioid Use Disorder
  • Urine Drug Testing
  • Deprescribing Medications in the Long-Term Care Setting
  • Other Addictions in Society (Focus on Alcohol Use Disorder)
  • The Opioid Crisis – Part 1 – How We Got Here
  • The Opioid Crisis – Part 2– Possible Solutions
Dr. Hatcher
  • Understanding Pain and Making a Diagnosis
  • Non-Pharmacologic Approaches to Pain
  • Fibromyalgia and Central Sensitivity Syndromes: Recent Guidelines and Management
  • Applying the Guidelines for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Acute and Chronic Non-Cancer Pain into Your Practice
  • Considering Medical Cannabis? Patient Based Scenarios
  • Managing Sleep Disorders: Insomnia to Narcolepsy
  • Depression, Anxiety, Panic, and PTSD – What to Do!!

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 TuitionPrice
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other$1095
Conference TuitionBook Before January 1st, 1970Book After January 1st, 1970
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other$945$1095

Venue Information

A small country with a big reputation, helped along by a breathtaking ancient landscape you’ll find along the Dingle Peninsula, The Ring of Kerry and at the majestic Cliffs of Moher. Thanks to our mild climate, clean seas, fertile soil and yes, the rain too. We have some of the best raw ingredients in the world. And, on this small island you’ll eat seafood straight off the boat. Dairy products from local pastures. Beef, lamb and pork raised within a few miles. Sea vegetables harvested on nearby strands. Wild food foraged from hedgerows. Greens picked that same day. Lately there has been a resurgence in craft beers and whiskeys so lots to taste, but we’re told Guinness and Jameson taste even better here so it might be rude not to give them a try. Ireland is a nation of story-tellers; we are a friendly people, whose lyrical nature is expressed in the warmth of our welcome. A hundred thousand welcomes might seem excessive, but in Ireland, excess is encouraged, so long as it’s practiced in moderation.

Sea Courses is pleased to invite you to an 8-day CME program in Ireland. Dr. Joel Bordman (Addiction Specialist) and Dr. Lydia Hatcher (Family Physician) are veteran Sea Courses speakers and will be presenting an updated program (total of 15 hours of CME) on topics that are both relevant and practical for family physicians and specialists.

Dr. Bordman will review the diagnosis and management of substance use disorders and review the use of medications in the elderly. He will also review urine drug testing and explore the non-opioid treatment of chronic pain.

Dr. Hatcher will review the 2017 Canadian Opioid Guidelines as well as the pros and cons of Cannabis. Dr. Hatcher will also update participants on the management of chronic conditions including mood disorders, fibromyalgia and sleep disorders.

Dr. Bordman and Dr. Hatcher are very much looking forward to seeing you in Ireland in August 2021.

Additional Noteworthy Features

Tour Includes:

  • Group airport transfers are provided from Dublin Airport and to Shannon Airport
  • All baggage handling
  • Services of a professional Tour Manager
  • Gratuities for Tour Manager, driver and Local Guides
  • Transportation via deluxe air-conditioned motor coach for all sightseeing and group activities
  • All taxes and service charges
  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 6 dinners

Tour Excludes:

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Cancellation and Medical Travel Insurance which is strongly recommended

General Points About This Tour

  • As with all foreign travel, you may encounter different living standards and practices and different standards and conditions with respect to the provision of services and accommodations outside of Canada. Sea Courses and Collette Tours have carefully planned these arrangements to provide maximum enjoyment for participants
  • This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestone streets
  • Gentlemen are required to wear jackets for dinner at Dromoland Castle
  • Hotels featured on this tour have been carefully selected, each with quality amenities to ensure a unique guest experience.  Guests will enjoy standard rooms at each hotel, upgrades are not available due to limited space. Bedding varies at each hotel, requests for 1 king or 2 twin beds will be accepted, however cannot be guaranteed. Triple occupancy will not be possible.

Itinerary & Schedule

DateLocationNotes / CME Details
August 12thDublin
August 13thDublin1:30 PM—6:00 PM
August 14thDublin3:00 PM—6:00 PM (CME will take place at Royal College of Physicians of Ireland)
August 15thDublin—Castlemartyr
August 16th Castlemartyr—Killarney8:00 AM—12:00 PM
August 17thKillarney
August 18thKillarney—Dromoland Castle
August 19thDromoland Castle8:00 AM—12:15 PM
August 20thDromoland Castle—Shannon

Day 1     August 12            Dublin

You will be met at Dublin Airport and transferred to the Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin (3 night stay). There’s no better place to begin your journey than Dublin, Ireland’s dynamic capital city. Discover a city brimming with history and warmth. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Meals are on your own today.

Day 2     August 13            Dublin

It’s your choice. You can set out with a local guide on  a drive to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, O’Connor Street, and the historic Phoenix Park – OR – you can choose a walking tour of the city’s historic centre, exploring Grafton Street, St. Stephen’s Green, the General Post Office and the River Liffey. This afternoon attend your first CME session. Breakfast and a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant is included today.

Day 3     August 14            Dublin

This morning, visit the famous Jameson Distillery on Bow Street, which is the original site where the famous Irish Whiskey was distilled until 1971. This afternoon, enjoy something special. Today’s CME session will take place at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. The Royal College is dedicated to preserving medical history and proudly curating over 350 years of Ireland’s medical heritage. Afterwards (companions will join in) have dinner at the College where you will get to chat with a representative. Breakfast and dinner are included today.

Day 4     August 15            Dublin – Kilkenny – Farmhouse Lunch – Castlemartyr, Cork

Today after breakfast, we leave Dublin behind to visit the country’s medieval capital, Kilkenny. Meander along its historic streets and soak up the unique sights of the city built on both banks of the River Nore. Visit a family run farm and enjoy lunch while hearing about the traditions of Irish farming. Next, travel south for a relaxing stay (one night) at the Castlemartyr Resort, Cork, a grand manor house once owned by Sir Walter Raleigh. Upon arrival, attend a CME session, before enjoying dinner at the resort. Cap off the evening enjoying Ireland’s oldest form of entertainment, storytelling, and explore the legends that shape the country’s unique culture. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included today.

Day 5     August 16            Castlemartyr – Blarney – Killarney

This morning, after breakfast, attend a CME session. Later we depart Castlemartyr Resort and travel to historic Blarney Castle and see and hear about the legend of the Blarney Stone. Arrive in Killarney and check in to The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens (2 nights). The remainder of the day is at leisure. Dinner is on your own. Breakfast is included today.

Day 6     August 17            Killarney

It’s your choice. Join a local guide for an adventure on one of the most beautiful coastal routes in the world – the Ring of Kerry. This world-famous trail is part of an unspoiled region that is home to the types of plunging cliffs and miles of brilliant greenery for which the Emerald Isle is known – OR – you may stay behind and enjoy a relaxing day at your 5-star resort. Today, breakfast and dinner are included.

Day 7     August 18            Killarney – Foynes – Cliffs of Moher – Dromoland Castle

After breakfast, depart Killarney for a visit to the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, which recalls the history of aviation travel between North America and Europe. Foynes is also where Irish Coffee was invented, so drink up! Then, journey to the stunning 700 foot high Cliffs of Moher. For awe-inspiring views of the mighty Atlantic and the Aran Islands. As you are whisked through gorgeous countryside, arrive at Ireland’s iconic Dromoland Castle for a relaxing (2 night) stay. Enjoy a special dinner at the resort. Today, breakfast and dinner are included.

Day 8     August 19            Dromoland Castle

Spend this morning attending the final CME session. This afternoon, live the life of a royal as you enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure at Dromoland Castle. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the castle and toast the end of an unforgettable trip. Today, breakfast and dinner are included.

Day 9     August 20            Dromoland Castle – Shannon Airport

After breakfast, transfer to Shannon Airport as your Elegant Ireland journey comes to an end.

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