5 Continuing Medical Education Conferences for Winter

While I was thrilled to get an extra hour of sleep last night, the premature evening darkness left me feeling exhausted on my way home from work today.  This combined with a crisp chill in the air sapped all my motivation for post work social activities.  I can feel winter creeping in and with it the impending need for a break.  There's nothing better than a warm weather vacation in the dead of winter and now is the time to start planning.

Whenever possible, I like to combine my personal vacations with my continuing education conference for the year.  An employer-funded getaway is one of the perks of being a nurse practitioner or physician assistant and I intend every year to take full advantage of my education allowance.  So, I am beginning to research and plan how to best spend my continuing medical education allowance for 2014 and came across a few appealing CME conferences scheduled for this winter.

If you too are looking for a way to earn your continuing education hours while getting the most bang for your buck, consider these continuing education getaways this winter.

1. Wilderness and Travel Medicine San Jose, Costa Rica

If you haven't noticed by my quarterly CME conference recommendations, I dream of attending one of these exotic wilderness medicine adventures.  This particular trip February 5-14, 2014 whisks attendees across Costa Rica to participate in activities like snorkeling with dolphins on Cano Island and whitewater rafting on the Savegre River.  Meanwhile, conference goers fulfill educational requirements with courses on topics like "Surviving the Unexpected Night Out" and "Wilderness Dermatology".  Oh, to dream...

2. Pharmacotherapy for Primary Care Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Known for it's miles and miles of white sand beaches, Punta Cana promises to be a welcome reprieve from winter weather.  Courses at this conference March 13-15, 2014, are held in the morning so attendees have the opportunity to relax or explore for most of the day.  Focusing on pharmacology, this conference promises to refresh your knowledge of how and when to use medications, especially in treating cardiovascular disease.  Sounds like the perfect blend of vacation and education. 

3. Geriatric Medicine for Primary Care Breckinridge, Colorado 

Not big on hitting the beach?  Then this winter conference pick is for you.  Hit the slopes at renowned ski resort Breckinridge February 14-16, 2014 all while working on your required continuing education hours for the year.  Conference attendees study issues affecting older adult patients in the morning hours followed by free time for snow sports, shopping and relaxation.  Spa anyone?

4. Family Medicine Eastern Caribbean Cruise 

There's no better way to spend a vacation than cruising.  Promising sunshine, beaches and activities galore, this conference January 11-18, 2014 educates providers on concepts in primary care.  Courses like "Joint pain- Not all is a sprain" and "From lumps to bumps- Common breast complaints in primary care" will refresh your clinical know how while leaving plenty of time to experience the Eastern Caribbean sailing aboard Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas.  This vacation looks like the perfect getaway for the cruising enthusiast. 

5. Canyon Ranch Tucson, Arizona

Did you know that acclaimed spa Canyon Ranch offers year-round continuing education courses?  Operated in conjunction with the University of Arizona, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses can earn continuing education credits all while indulging in the spa and outdoor activities Canyon Ranch has to offer.  Courses focus on wellness, prevention and integrative health topics.  If your focus is relaxation this winter, CME at Canyon Ranch might be the perfect fit for your educational vacation.


How are you planning to spend your continuing education allowance for 2014?  Have you attended any noteworthy CME conferences in the past?


iS there CME available in Dominic Republic in October 2016

Latif Ziyar, M.D.