I’m always looking for an excuse to take a vacation. The more exotic the destination, the better. I love traveling to personally uncharted territories, planning an itinerary, taking in the sights, navigating with a crumpeled map, and most of all sampling local cuisine. What better excuse for an adventure than to complete required continuing medical education credits?

Sure, you can complete your CME hours online, but where’s the fun in that. Using your employer-funded continuing education allowance to take an international vacation is a great way to see the world at a reduced cost. Here are a few fun international CME getaway options for 2014 to spark your imagination.


1. Primary Care Including Topics in Palliative Care 7-Night Tahiti Cruise

Tahiti is perhaps my favorite place in the world. I traveled to Bora Bora for my honeymoon and can’t wait to get back to the beach bungalows, remote jungle islands, and sensation of ultimate relaxation the Tahitian islands bring. Contining Education Inc. presents to medical providers the opportunity to travel Tahiti by sea October 18-25. Not only will conference attendees have the chance to snorkel picturesque reefs and sun themselves by crystal blue waters, courses on everything from pituitary and adrenal disorders to “Supplements- Are They Necessary” will fulfill required continuing education credits.

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2. Wilderness and Travel Medicine Hiking Tour of Provence and the French Riviera

While the title of this conference, “Wilderness and Travel Medicine” gives the impression that participants may be roughing it, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Amidst walking along the colorful landscapes of the French Riviera, attendees will break to sample French cuisine and sip world renowned wines. Lectures take place each evening and cover wilderness medicine related topics such as lightning injuries and altitude illness.


3. Clinical Pearls in Medicine 14-Night Northeast Asia Cruise

No trip seems quite as exotic as an Asia getaway. Sailing from Tokyo to Shanghai, Sea Courses conference attendees will be exposed to everything from the grandeur of Mt. Fuji to the secrets of Beijing’s Forbidden City. Course content for the conference centers around primary care covering topics in cardiology, diabetes, obesity, and geriatrics.


4. Dermatology for Primary Care Grand Cayman Island

If underwater wildlife is your thing, then Grand Cayman is the place for you. Famous for its massive stingrays, the island also features a lesser known starfish beach and turtle farm. Lodging for this conference hosted by MCE Conferences is located directly on Seven Mile beach, the most desirable location on the island. Not only will conference goers enjoy all the surf, sand, and sun Grand Cayman has to offer, courses like “Adult Dermatological Emergencies” and “Seborrhea” will further attendee’s dermatologic expertise.


5. Managing Diabetes 7-Night Greek Isles Cruise

Get your passport ready. This conference pairs the dream destination of the Greek Isles with all things diabetes. While cruising around sites like Corfu and Mykonos, conference participants will hone diabetes management skills. Courses are taught during the ship’s day at sea leaving plenty of time for island exploration.

Where will your continuing medical education take you?


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