Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

July 23, 2018
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Put yourself on a river of learning

CME. Cruise. Provence. It just doesn't get any better

In my student days, I worked on a cruise ship that plied the waters of the St. Lawrence from Montreal to Tadoussac on the Saguenay. The accommodation was comfortable, the food was nicely prepared, the ship well appointed - and quiet. These trips were perfect if your idea of a good time was sitting on a deck chair wrapped in a Hudson’s Bay blanket with a good (long) book.

That was then, and this is now. River cruises today are hugely popular - and with good reason. The comfortable staterooms are well appointed, the ships offer extensive amenities, from fitness rooms to swimming pools and the food and service alone can be worth the trip. Here's the most important thing to know about a CME AWAY cruise: it's the people that make the difference. Your shipmates are other doctors who share your professional interests and, in many cases, your personal ones, as well.

There's no better place to network with your colleagues and learn their practice challenges and solutions. Attend accredited CME events, meet with respected presenters, and discuss what you learned over coffee or a drink in the lounge.

The profession can be isolating. A CME AWAY cruise offers the perfect chance for you and your partner to meet other physician couples, compare notes and enjoy yourselves together.

The 7-night Burgundy & Provence CME River Cruise, with just 159 passengers, means you'll have a whole ship to yourselves. Sea Courses just completed a CME AWAY cruise in Bordeaux with Uniworld and it was one of their highest rated trips ever.

This special trip offers a unique chance to update your dermatology skills with Dr. Alain Brassard. Over his long career, he has played a major role in resident training, as part of the faculty at McGill's MUHC. Since 2017, he's served as professor of dermatology at the University of Alberta and chair of the Royal College's Specialty Committee. Dr. Brassard has many published peer-reviewed papers to his name. His talks on how to achieve positive patient care in dermatology are prized for their content and inspiration. Dr. Brassard will be joined by other physician-lecturers, names TBA. There are CME events scheduled throughout the trip.

Away from conference sessions, you'll be enchanted with time aboard the Uniworld SS Catherine here, a new, innovative addition to the fleet. The opulent public spaces include a two-story lobby with a Murano glass chandelier.

Your luxuriously appointed stateroom features handmade beds by Saviour of England - prized for their use of natural materials, high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and menu of pillows to choose from.

Life on the river can be as restful or as energetic as you care to make it. Begin from Lyon with a short, relaxing cruise up the Saône River to Mâcon/Beaume, in the heart of Burgundy, for a welcome dinner with the Captain.

The next day, the ship docks back at Lyon on the Rhone. This sophisticated city is home to Paul Bocuse's flagship restaurant, L'Auberge du Pont de Collonges. Indeed, Lyon is the unchallenged gastronomical capital of France - and today it's all yours. Take in the pleasures on foot or go for a pedal along the city's charming bike paths.

A fan of Syrah grapes? Today's the day to enjoy the many fine vineyards in Tournon. On the other hand, why not relax on board and sample the offerings on the farm-to-ship menu? Food and beverages are always included.

After your CME sessions on day five, explore the quiet charms of the walled city of Verviers (pop. 4,000). Stroll about, meet the people, and enjoy a quintessential French village. Another sumptuous dinner awaits board - a fine ending to a perfect day.

Sail down the river overnight to the fabled town of Avignon. Call in at Palace of the Popes and the famous bridge and, if it takes your fancy, leave time for a kayak paddle under the ancient Roman aqueduct.

Day seven is reserved for Arles/Tarascon. This is the part of Provence made famous by painter Paul Cezanne and another artist who lived here for just 15 months. Van Gogh made good use of his time. He produced some 200 works including Sunflowers and The Yellow House. Leave time to relax and soak up the vibes -- tomorrow you transfer to Marseille for flight out.

For full details of the Burgundy river cruise click here

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Other river cruise trip links: Southeast Asian here India's Golden Triangle here Burgundy-Provence here Lisbon Douro here

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