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8-Night Panama CME AWAY™ Land Tour

Land Tour

DementiaGeriatricsJoint Disease & ReplacementMSK Injections

From November 5th, 2020 - November 13th, 2020

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Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Greg Thomson

Dr. Greg Thomson



About The Speaker

Dr. Greg Thomson is a family physician in Oakville Ontario since 1977. He has a specific interest in caring for the elderly especially those with dementia. He is the Medical Program Lead for Rehabilitation and Geriatrics for Halton Healthcare since 1999. Dr. Thomson is also the Medical Director for two Halton Region Long Term Care facilities. He has co-chaired a strategic plan for Halton Region for Senior’s Services including social as well as medical services. He has been a member of many Regional and Provincial Committees contributing to the needs of the elderly population. Most recently he lead a hospital committee which developed a Medical Manpower Plan for Oakville Hospital recruiting 41 new specialists. Dr. Thomson has 3 children and one step-daughter, ages 38 to 12, and is happily married to his beautiful and supportive wife, Cathy.

Dr. Peter Rockwood

Dr. Peter Rockwood



About The Speaker

Dr. Rockwood is a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery (Orthopaedics) at Memorial University. He is an Active Staff at Eastern Health. Dr. Rockwood’s practice includes general orthopaedics but he also has an interest in Adult Reconstruction and Sports Medicine. He was previously a Royal College Examiner and currently teaches at an Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate level. Dr. Rockwood has also been the Chair of Anatomy for MUN Medical School and an ATLS Instructor.

CME Topics

Dr. Rockwood
  • The Hip Check
  • The Skinny on Back Pain: Orthopaedic Perspective
  • Practical Approach to Orthopaedic Emergencies
  • Foot Issues; Never Accept DeFeet
  • ‘Shouldering’ the Responsibility
  • What You ‘Knee’s to Know
  • MSK Injection
Dr. Thomson
  • Driving and Dementia
  • The Total Joint – The Patient Journey Today
  • Delirium, Dementia, Depression
  • Diagnosing Dementia
  • Music and Memory
  • Medical Cannabis Use in Older Patients
  • Falls

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 TuitionBook Before February 4th, 2020Book After February 4th, 2020
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other$895$1045

Venue Information

CME AWAY™ by Sea Courses is pleased to invite you to a CME program on a Tour through the Panama including a visit to the Panama Canal.

Dr. Peter Rockwood (Orthopedic Surgeon from Newfoundland ) and Dr. Greg Thomson (Family Physician from Ontario) have developed a program on topics that are both relevant and practical for family physicians and specialists. Topics will include assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of joint disease as well as a focus on Geriatrics.

Dr. Rockwood will present a practice approach to Orthopaedic emergencies as well as a review of hip, back, shoulder and foot conditions including the use of injections.

Dr. Thomson will review Geriatric care including the topics of dementia, depression and delirium. He will also review Post Joint Replacement care and rehabilitation.

Dr. Rockwood and Dr. Thomson look forward to seeing you in Panama.

Additional Noteworthy Features

Tour Includes:

  • Roundtrip airport transfers are included to Panama 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
  • All taxes and service charges
  • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 4 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
  • Panama charges an international airport departure tax of approx. $40USD. Some airlines include this in their fare. Please be prepared to pay it if it is not included
  • Due to the Panama Cruise schedule, activities on days 2 & 3 may have to be interchanged

Itinerary & Schedule

DateLocationNotes / CME Details
November 5thArrive Panama City
November 6thPanama City7:30 AM – 8:00 AM (Registration)
November 7thPanama City4:30 PM – 7:45 PM
November 8thAnton Valley4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
November 9thAnton Valley5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
November 10thChitre
November 11thChitre2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
November 12thPlaya Bonita1:00 PM – 5:15 PM
November 13thDeparture

Discover Panama

The Panama Canal: Connecting the Atlantic & Pacific

Panama is steeped in history – from early Inca traders and Spanish Conquistadors to the Panama Canal, a modern day engineering marvel. Completed in 1914, almost 50 miles long and one of the most complex engineering projects ever undertaken, your journey across the Isthmus of Panama takes you through the Gaillard Cut, carved through the Continental Divide. Take a partial transit cruise on the Pacific Queen for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to view this marvel up close and learn all about its construction and importance in world trade. Pass through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks and learn about the canal expansion project. It’s an unforgettable journey between the seas. And this is only part of your journey.

Day 1 November 5 Panama City

Your tour begins. Arrive in Panama and be met and transported to your hotel, Le Meridian Hotel, Panama City (for 3 nights). You will experience a land of contrasts. Remote rainforests, rich history, diverse wildlife and spectacular coastlines abound. Your tour opens in vibrant Panama City. Meals are on your own today.

Day 2 November 6 Panama City – Embera Village – Panama City

Meet your fellow travellers during a welcome breakfast and register for your CME. After breakfast, travel north to the Gamboa Rainforest Reserve. Board dugout canoes and set off on an excursion up the Chagres River to an Embera indigenous village. As the “Keepers of the Rainforest”, the Embera strive to preserve their heritage and take price in sharing their traditional techniques of home building and handicrafts – such as basket weaving and tagua nut carving. Join in their dances and partake in a traditional lunch. The remainder of your day is free to enjoy Panama City at leisure. Today, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 3 November 7 Panama City – Panama Canal Cruise – Panama City

Today, we explore the canal! Board the Pacific Queen for a partial transit cruise through the Panama Canal. Enjoy lunch onboard and pass through two locks as you revel in a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see this incredible engineering feat firsthand. Learn all about its construction and operation from your onboard guides. Disembark in Flamenco Marina in Panama City. This afternoon, we will have our first CME session. Today, breakfast and lunch are included and dinner is on your own.

Day 4 November 8 Panama City – Anton Valley

After breakfast, depart for the Miraflores Locks Visitor Centre to again view the Panama Canal and learn about its past, present and future as you watch ships traverse the lock system. Continue to Casco Viejo, the Old Quarter (UNESCO). Then, its’ your choice. Follow your guide for a short walking tour showcasing the Plaza de la Independencia and the National Theatre - OR - for a more immersive experience, journey through the same neighbourhood with a local resident. Hear the story of Casco Viejo’s comeback from a member of the community who will take you through the palce he calls home, highlighting the incredible revitalization of the historic area and its people. Everyone then gathers for a visit to the Mercado de Mariscos, a seafood market, to try fresh Panamanian cerviche. Drive a short distance on the famed Pan-American Highway before heading to Anton Valley, a community nestled inside the world’s second largest volcanic crater. Here we check into the Los Mandarinos Hotel (for 2 nights) at the base of the mountains that make up the crater. Upon arrival, we will have another CME session. Today, breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 5 November 9 Anton Valley

After breakfast, we delve into history and biodiversity. This morning, visit a frog conservation centre that protects critically endangered species, including the emblematic Panamanian Golden Frog, said to bring good luck to anyone who sees it. Then we visit a non-profit orchid nursery which dedicates itself to preserving regional orchids. We follow that with a visit to the Butterfly Haven exhibit. Here we stroll through the screened tropical displays that are home to over 250 live butterflies. Meet the locals at the handicraft market. Try your hand at negotiations (a local pastime) as you peruse items made by indigenous peoples, including the “mola” embroidery of the Kuna Yala. This afternoon, visit El Chorro macho waterfall. Embark on a moderate hike along the rainforest trails, crossing several bridges before arriving at the impressive waterfall. You may even take a swim in the natural pool. Upon returning to the hotel, we will have another CME session. This evening is your at leisure to continue exploring this charming mountain community. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 6 November 10 Anton Valley – Chitre

After breakfast, we step into the heartland of Panama as we visit a village of artists. Interact with the makers of the famous Panama hat and see firsthand how these wearable works of art come to life. Next, meet the legendary cigar rollers of Panama. Then head north to Chitre. Established in 1558, it is one of Panama’s first Spanish settlements. Check into the Cubita Boutique Resort & Spa (for 2 nights). Spend the day meeting the people of Chitre, the “folklore capital” of Panama. Talk to a famous local artist whose whimsical masks are used in traditional Panamanian parades. Then, pause to experience the region’s pre-Columbian and colonial times at the local museum. Tonight, immerse yourself in the local culture during dinner. Learn about the various Panamanian drums and how they are incorporated into song and dance during a folkloric dance performance. Today, breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 7 November 11 Chitre

Today, we’re off to spend time with Panamanian women who have dedicated their lives to making the handwoven pollera dress. Later, see what a typical day in the life of a Panamanian farmer is like during an inclusive finca experience. Choose to explore the farm by horseback or carriage, milk the cows or feed the sheep. Put your hands to work as you prepare some local dishes to accompany a farm to table lunch. Savour the tastes of a well-known, locally crafted rum cocktail. The remainder of the day is your to enjoy at your hotel. There will also be another CME session. Tonight, you can enjoy dinner on your own or opt to join a home hosted dinner experience (optional extra). This will be an opportunity to learn about a local family’s life, culture and food while enjoying the warmth of their home. Today, breakfast and lunch will be included.

Day 8 November 12 Chitre – Playa Bonita

Before departing Chitre, get to know a traditional way of cooking at a clay oven bakery and sample artisanal bread and sweets along with some sugarcane juice known as guarapa. Your journey continues to Playa Bonita, just outside of Panama City. Arrive midday to soak up the sun and scenery from your beachfront property. Check in to the Westin Playa Bonita (for 1 night). Upon arrival, we will have the final CME session. Tonight we bid farewell to Panama at a special dinner. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 9 November 13 Tour Ends

Transfers are provided from the hotel to Panama Airport. Today, breakfast will be included.

Pre-And-Post Trip Information

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