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9-Night Costa Rica CME AWAY® Land Tour

Land Tour

Emergency MedicineNeurology

From February 9th, 2022 - February 18th, 2022

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Faculty & CME Details

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. Mitchell Shulman

Dr. Mitchell Shulman


Emergency Medicine

About The Speaker

Dr. Mitch Shulman (or Dr Mitch as he’s known to his many fans on radio, TV and print) has always loved teaching and been actively involved in teaching medical students (he’s an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at McGill), residents (he’s an attending physician in the emergencies at the 2 campuses of the McGill University Health Center) and his peers. He teaches regularly at McGill’s Thursday evening lecture series and its lunchtime webinars and yearly at the McGill Refresher Course for Family Physicians and many other professional meetings. He is also actively engaged in educating the public. He appears daily on Bell Media Radio, monthly on Global TV Montreal’s This Morning and has a regular column in the largest English language weekly in Quebec, The Suburban. He volunteers his time speaking at many charitable events throughout the year. After completing his undergraduate training at Harvard, he came back home to Montreal to attend McGill Medical School and then do a residency in Emergency Medicine (where he was Chief Resident). He was among the first Royal College certified Emergency Medicine specialists (1983) and served as an examiner for the Royal College for many years. He was acting Director of the Emergency Department and served as its Research Director. He’s been a community doc and an occupational health physician. Currently, as well as his emergency department clinical responsibilities, he also serves as a medical scientist on an ethics review committee and works at the McGill Student Health Center. His commitment to his community runs deep. He was its Medical Director responsible for First Response and coached hockey to the Junior level. He still refs local ice hockey and plays. His philosophy on teaching has always been that we all have valuable knowledge to share and so he sincerely looks forward to hearing your own experiences as we share the learning at Sea Courses.

CME Topics

Neurology & Emergency Medicine Update

CME AWAY® by Sea Courses is pleased to invite you on a 9 night CME tour in Costa Rica, from February 9 to18, 2022. There are 2 presenters - Dr. Mitch Shulman, an Emergency Physician from Quebec and Dr. Kathy Giles, a Neurologist from Ontario. They have developed a program that will appeal to both family physicians and specialists. Their programs are designed to be evidence based with interactivity and attendee participation strongly encouraged. Dr. Giles will cover topics such as determining neurological history and the exam, headaches, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease among other things. Dr. Shulman will present on office emergencies, ENT emergencies, inflight emergencies, basic life support and related topics. Dr.’s Giles and Shulman look forward to seeing you in Costa Rica.

Dr. Giles

  • Practical Approach to the Neurologic History and Examination
  • Parkinson’s Primer
  • Pearls in the Diagnosis and Management of Headache
  • Concussion: Approach to Diagnosis, Management and Return to “Play”
  • Epilepsy Essentials
  • Video Cases in Neurology

Dr. Shulman

  • Basic & Advanced Cardiac Life Support: Latest Updates: What Do They Mean For Me and My Patients?
  • Dr Google says....
  • Office Emergencies: You And Your Staff Are At Risk! Do You Know What To Do?
  • ENT Emergencies: From Nose Bleeds To Orbital Cellulitis: What You Need to Know to Handle Common and Uncommon ENT Emergencies
  • Emergency Procedures For Non-Emergency Docs: Tricks to Manage the Airway and Access the Circulation When your Patient is Crashing
  • Red Flags: Uncommon Diseases Masquerading as Common Ones. Things You Must Not Miss
  • In-Flight Medical Emergencies: Is There A Doctor On Board?

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 May 5th, 2021 Book After May 5th, 2021
FP $1195 $1345
Specialist $1195 $1345
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $995 $1145

Venue Information

Only four places in the world boast an ecosystem so unique that it produces a cloud forest, and Costa Rica is one of them. Situated high on a mountain, the Monteverde Cloud Forest is created by the forest’s dry air combining with the humid, hot air of the rainforest. The result is a blanket of clouds that covers the forest, mimicking constant rainfall. This extremely wet environment has bred a diverse world of exotic flora and fauna. One of the cloud forest’s most famous residents is the endangered, resplendent quetzal. This colourful bird sports a golden beak and a greenhooded head, tail feathers of grey, black, and white, and a vibrant scarlet breast. Highly elusive, quetzal sightings are rare, but absolutely unforgettable when attained.

Effective immediately and until further notice, all guests will be required to bring one of the following: proof of vaccination (official vaccination certificate in paper or electronic form), proof of recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test result (FDA Approved diagnostic) for a test performed 72-hours or less from the start date of the tour with you on tour to verify information you will be providing to Collette when filling out the Wellness Declaration upon arrival.

Additional Noteworthy Features

Collette Vacations

CME AWAY® by Sea Courses has chosen Collette Vacations to plan and operate this tour. Backed by nearly a century of experience, Collette (a family owned and award winning leader in travel) is proud to show you the world. Their passionate tour design team travels the globe creating new experiences and staying ahead of the latest travel trends. Plus, with a professional Tour Manager at your service and local guides by your side, you’ll never miss a thing. Payments will be processed by them and final  documentation will come from them.

Tour Includes:

  • Group airport transfers on arrival February 9 and departure February 18 to/from DoubleTree Cariari
  • All baggage handling
  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • 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
  • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 7 dinners (NO BUFFETS)

Tour Excludes:

  • All flights
  • Any items of a personal nature
  • Any meals and items not specified
  • Cost of passports and visas (if necessary)
  • Trip Cancellation, Interruption and / or Medical Insurance – 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 includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected.

Activity Level:


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cariari San Jose
  • Enjoy a warm welcome to DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cariari San Jose - Costa Rica with a signature warm chocolate chip cookie. Conveniently located only five minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), this San Jose Costa Rica hotel is a haven in the capital city of the country and the perfect location for your leisure or business trip. It is also a great place to start exploring the country or to relax before returning home. Surrounded by beautiful lush gardens, the DoubleTree Cariari hotel in San Jose is within walking distance of Cariari Country Club Golf Course and shopping area.
Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa, Arenal
  • Arenal Kioro offers a fabulous place with a natural viewpoint to the Arenal Volcano. The hotel has 27 acres of undulating land, surrounded by two streams (La Palma and Kioro) with crystalline waters that begin to flow in the Arenal Volcano National Park. Private Thermal water surround exuberant gardens for our guests´ pleasure.
Wyndham Tamarindo, Guanacaste
  • Retreat to our serene Wyndham Tamarindo hotel near Tamarindo Bay, along Costa Rica’s North Pacific Coast. Located in one of the most beautiful corners of Central America, we are a tropical oasis, offering natural beauty, elegant accommodations, and world-class service. Unwind in our spa with a signature treatment, relax in the infinity pool with a cocktail from the pool bar, or stay in shape in our fitness center. Vista, our oceanfront restaurant, is your go-to spot for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
El Establo Hotel, Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Nestled in the misty cloud forest of Monteverde, El Establo offers the best quality services that will make your trip an unforgettable experience. The area’s best view, heater indoor pool, spa, restaurants and other services, this half Costa Rican-half Quaker, family-owned hotel, will allow you to share the best of both cultures.

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Itinerary & Schedule

Date Location Notes / CME Details
February 9th San Jose, Costa Rica
February 10th San Jose, Costa Rica 8:00 AM—12:30 PM; 1:30 PM—4:30 PM
February 11th Arenal, Costa Rica
February 12th Arenal, Costa Rica
February 13th Guanacaste, Costa Rica
February 14th Guanacaste, Costa Rica
February 15th Monteverde, Costa Rica 4:30 PM—6:30 PM
February 16th Monteverde, Costa Rica 4:30 PM—6:30 PM
February 17th San Jose, Costa Rica 1:00 PM—4:15 PM
February 18th San Jose, Costa Rica

Day 1 | February 9 | Arrive San Jose

Arrive at San Jose International Airport to be met and transferred to your hotel. Hotel: DoubleTree Cariari, San Jose.

Day 2 | February 10 | San Jose

Partake in your first full day CME Learning Session of the trip. (B, L, D) Hotel: DoubleTree Cariari, San Jose.

Day 3 | February 11 | San Jose - Coffee Plantation - Zacero – Arenal

After breakfast, we depart for the Central Valley. The land in the valley is a relative plain, despite being surrounded by several mountains and volcanoes, the latter part of the Central Range. Begin with a tour of a local coffee plantation highlighting the history and cultivation of this driver of the Costa Rican economy. Visit the charming town of Zacero to explore its whimsical topiary garden on your way to Arenal, where spectacular views of the famous volcano await your discovery. Later, check in for a 2-night stay at a lodge overlooking the majestic Arenal Volcano. Get to know the Costa Rican culture this evening. Taste your way through a cooking demonstration featuring local ingredients. End your evening dining on the recipes of Costa Rica as a guitarist serenades you. (B, L, D) Hotel: Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa, Arenal.

 Day 4 | February 12 | Arenal - Cano Negro – Arenal

What’s next? A Cano Negro guided riverboat trip in a covered canoe known as a panga. A stunning natural refuge, Cano Negro is considered by many to be the third most important wetland in the world. These 20,000 acres are home to the largest viewable collection of indigenous wildlife in all of Costa Rica. Go in search of crocodiles, river otters, sloths, river turtles, exotic birds and rare butterflies. Later, return to Arenal Kiro Suites for time to relax and enjoy complimentary access to the onsite hot spring pools. (B) Hotel: Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa, Arenal.

Day 5 | February 13 | Arenal - Lake Arenal Cruise – Guanacaste

Enjoy a delightful cruise on Lake Arenal, Costa Rica’s largest and most important lake. Take in scenic jungle landscapes as you travel from Arenal to breathtaking Guanacaste, known for its fine sandy beaches. Settle in for another relaxing 2-night stay at your resort and take in the mesmerizing ocean views. (B, D) Hotel: Wyndham Tamarindo, Guanacaste

Day 6 | February 14 | Guanacaste

Fun in the sun is in store today as you explore the nearby beaches, or simply relax by the pool and take advantage of your resort’s lovely amenities. This afternoon you may choose to visit the town of Tamarindo, famous for its beaches and surfing. Enjoy a complimentary shuttle to Langosta Beach Club and full access to all of the amenities. (B, D) Hotel: Wyndham Tamarindo, Guanacaste

Day 7 | February 15 | Guanacaste - Monteverde

It’s off to the secluded Monteverde Cloud Forest, a place you have to see to believe, where trees grow to heights of 100 feet! Set off on a nature walk through this spectacular ecosystem, where you’re sure to encounter many incredible species of flora and fauna. Keep your eyes peeled and you may be lucky enough to spot the elusive quetzal! This afternoon, partake in a CME Learning Session! (B, D) Hotel: El Establo Hotel, Monteverde Cloud Forest

Day 8 February 16 Monteverde

It’s your choice! Explore one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens and a dazzling gallery containing more than 100 beautiful hummingbirds. Then, join an expert for a leisurely paced “Hanging Bridges” walking tour to gain a different perspective of the cloud forest’s lush ecosystem - OR- take an exhilarating ride on one of the longest canopy zip line tours in Costa Rica. If you would like to do both the hanging bridges and the zip line tour, you may purchase the second as an option on tour. Upon arrival back at the hotel, partake in a CME Learning Session! This evening, take part in an expert-led discussion about the migratory birds that flock to Costa Rica. Then bid farewell to paradise over a wonderful dinner with your fellow travellers. (B, D) Hotel: El Establo Hotel, Monteverde Cloud Forest

Day 9 | February 17 | Monteverde - San Jose

Uncover the importance of conservation in Costa Rica during a visit to a tree nursery. Learn about indigenous trees and Monteverde’s reforestation efforts. After, head from Monteverde back to San Jose for your final CME Session. (B, D) Hotel: DoubleTree Cariari, San Jose

Day 10 | February 18 | San Jose - Tour Ends

Today you depart for home with fabulous memories of your Costa Rican adventure. (B)

Pre-And-Post Trip Information

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