CURRENT MEDICAL/DENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
CME/CE Lecture Seminars for Medical, Dental, Nursing and Allied Healthcare Professionals
This Seminar is planned for 14 Continuing Education Credit Hours
CME/CE credits, Certificates of Completion and possible tax deductible guidelines will be provided for registered Professional Seminar attendees
Certificates of Attendance will be provided for ALL registered seminar participants
Seminar Overview/Statement of Purpose:
PES is fortunate to have dental and medical practitioners representing a variety of specialties participating in the CME/CE sessions. PES understands the importance of offering inter-professional healthcare education, allowing colleagues to gain cross-specialty perspectives and updates in the treatment and prevention of disease. The need to adapt best practice models in the context of emerging healthcare reforms impacting patient care delivery and access to care is an important issue for all healthcare practitioners.
The Portuguese are among the world’s healthiest people and have one of the highest life expectancies in the European Union. However, the country also once had one of the highest infant mortality rates in western Europe, although it’s fallen considerably in recent years as medical services have improved. The incidence of heart disease in Portugal is among the lowest in the world, a fact officially contributed in large part to their diet (Mediterranean), as is the incidence of cancers. However, the country has a high incidence of smoking-related health problems.
Portugal has a public health system, providing free or low cost health care for those who contribute to Portuguese social security. Primary health care in Portugal is of key importance and they promote universal access to a comprehensive set of health services through a nation-wide system of public sector health centers.
Planned In Country Healthcare Topics Include:
Learning Objectives: Keep abreast of rapid expansion of medical knowledge and current best practice models on multiple topics to facilitate change and thus provide continually excellent patient care.
Continuing Education Recognition Awards offered for healthcare professionals on this PES Program include:
Physicians: Programs are reviewed by the American Academy of Family Physicians for a minimum of 14 Prescribed Credit Hours. AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s) toward the AMA Physician Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.
Dentists: The Professional Education Society is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
The Professional Education Society designates this activity for a minimum of 14 continuing education credits.
Nurses: The Professional Education Society is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 5428, for up to 14 contact hours. Although the California Board of Registered Nursing does not approve individual continuing education courses, providers are required by law to be approved by the Board. Reciprocity for continuing education hours for nurses is available in most states. Please check with your regulation board regarding requirements.
For Other Healthcare Professionals: Certificates of Attendance are issued to all participants attending credit sessions and can be submitted for credit approval to their professional board. In order to receive a Certificate of Attendance, registrants must sign-in, attend the programs and complete a program evaluation.
Tax Deduction: This healthcare seminar has been designed to comply with current IRS convention rules and deductibility requirements under Code Section 274(h)(1) as directly related to the conduct of the attendee’s profession and meeting the reasonableness standard of the foreign seminar rules. The formal meetings will be scheduled with lectures and discussions. Seminars in conference rooms, clinics or hospitals will be conducted by in-country speakers as well as distinguished faculty of the Professional Education Society.
Documentation verifying the scheduling dates, locations, hours of attendance, certificate of participation, and appropriate certificate of continuing medical, dental or nursing education will be provided at the completion of the conference. Tax deductible benefits are not guaranteed and we recommend that every attendee should consult with their Tax Consultant about their Individual situation to determine the appropriate amount and reporting of deductible expenses.
Learn, Explore, Experience
Spend three nights in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, before beginning your journey down the Douro River, with its dramatic gorges, lush vineyards and tranquil fishing villages. Begin in Porto and continue on to ancient and picturesque city of Lamego. Enter Spain to visit Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the beautiful inland countryside and the palace and gardens of Mateus – before concluding your cruise in Porto.
3-nights in Lisbon
Visit Jeronimo’s church with its beautiful Manueline architecture, ancient Belem Tower and Sintra, a mountain village & Summer residence of the royal family
7-night Douro River Cruise
Cruise the world’s oldest wine region and a UNESCO Site. From your balcony soak in the terraced hillsides & dramatic gorges,
and acres of lush Vineyards
unpack once & settle in!
Tour Portugal’s quaint villages
Visit Charming Porto with its bridges and baroque cathedrals & iconic sights
Visit Régua to see the Mateus Palace and explore the beautiful gardens
Visit Salamanca, a university town & UNESCO World Heritage Site
PES Added Value – Family and friends are always welcome!
|Sep 8||Saturday||Lisbon||Arrive Lisbon – 3 Nights hotel stay|
|Sep 9||Sunday||Lisbon||City tour: Belem Tower & Jeronimos Monastery|
|Sep 10||Monday||Lisbon||Sintra excursion: Castelo da Pena & wine tasting|
|Sep 11||Tuesday||Porto||High speed train to Porto / Embark AMA Vida|
|Sep 12||Wednesday||Régua||Lamego city tour or Bolas de Lamego tasting / Wine Museum|
|Sep 13||Thursday||Barca d’Alva||Scenic cruising & Castelo Rodrigo tour|
|Sep 14||Friday||Barca d’Alva||Salamanca excursion & Flamenco show|
|Sep 15||Saturday||Pinhão||Wine Tasting and lunch at Quinta de Roeda|
|Sep 16||Sunday||Régua||Mateus Palace or Quinta da Pacheca picnic or Port wine tasting|
|Sep 17||Monday||Porto||City tour & port wine tasting / Taste of Matosinhos /td>|
* Arrival and departure times will depend on tidal restrictions.
Sep 8, Friday Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal
Arrive in Lisbon and check in to your hotel. The remainder of the day and evening is free to explore this historic city on your own.
Sep 9, Saturday Lisbon
One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Lisbon sprawls across several hills along the Tagus River. See Belem Tower, a fortified 4-story tower made of limestone, and visit the Late Gothic Jerónimos Monastery, the burial place of many Portuguese kings and heroes. You will also see the Discoveries Monument, the city’s most famous monument, built in honor of Portugal’s greatest maritime explorers. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the city’s other top sights, such as the Castle of São Jorge or the Santa Justa Elevator that overlooks the castle, river and Rossio Square. (B)
Sep 10, Sunday Lisbon – Sintra
Enjoy a morning excursion to Serra de Sintra, one of the loveliest mountain villages in Portugal and a favorite summer residence of the Portuguese royal family for more than 500 years. Long an inspiration for artists and poets, Lord Byron once called it “perhaps the most delightful village in Europe.” High up on a rocky peak, you will tour the Castelo da Pena, a wonderful fairy tale castle dating from Portugal’s Romantic period. Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting or free time on your own. (B)
Sep 11, Monday Lisbon – Embarkation – Porto
After breakfast, board a high-speed train to Porto to embark your ship. Gather on board tonight for a Welcome Dinner. (B,D).
Sep 12, Tuesday Porto – Régua
This afternoon, you will have an excursion to ancient and picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all of Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). The shrine features a staircase of nearly 700 steps, beautifully decorated with white and blue tiles. Other attractions include a Gothic cathedral, a museum, and charming cafés. Alternatively, you will have the opportunity to sample local traditional specialties such as Bolas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham, Presunto, a type of dry-cured ham, and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. Late this afternoon, you will visit a Wine Museum in Régua, where the ship will overnight. (B,L,D).
Sep 13, Wednesday Régua – Barca D’Alva
Spend some leisurely time soaking up the beauty of the Douro River as you cruise to Barca d’Alva, where you will visit Castelo Rodrigo. Tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop with centuries-old walls, steep narrow streets and fantastic views. We will stop to admire the Chafariz dos Pretos, a truly unique fountain decorated with black faces, and taste some delicious locally grown produce. (B,L,D)
Sep 14, Thursday Barca D’Alva
Drive to Salamanca today for a tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the center of Spain’s Castilla y León region. Built of golden sandstone, Salamanca is known as a “living museum,” an opportunity to step back in time to the Middle Ages. During your guided tour, you will see the city’s elegant university buildings, the twin-towered Cathedral, the intriguingly decorated House of Shells, as well as Plaza Mayor, considered the most magnificent main square in Spain. Later, enjoy a Flamenco show in Vega Terrón. (B,L,D)
Sep 15, Friday Pinhão, Portugal
Today we have something special planned. You will indulge in an exclusive wine tasting and lunch at Quinta da Roeda, a famous estate that is home to one of the Douro Valley’s finest vineyards. (B,L,D)
Sep 16, Saturday Régua
This morning, cruise to Régua for a morning excursion to the Baroque-style Palacio de Mateus and its gardens, located in the beautiful Trás-os-Montes region near the city of Vila Real. Inside the house you’ll see exhibits of religious images and beautiful furnishings, paintings and ceiling of intricately carved wood. The gardens here are considered some of the most beautiful in Portugal. Alternatively, you may either wish to visit Quinta da Pacheca where you will enjoy breathtaking views over the Douro River and picnic in a terraced vineyard, or enjoy a port wine tasting at Quinta do Seixo. Return to the ship for lunch while the ship cruises to Entre-os-Rios, arriving this evening. Tonight, you will enjoy a traditional home-cooked Portuguese meal off ship at Casa de Vila Verde. (B,L,D)
Sep 17, Sunday Porto
Your ship arrives in Porto, the capital of northern Portugal, early this morning. Your guided tour of the historical quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, includes a number of iconic sights: the Porto Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest and most impressive monuments, the bustling main square and the Sao Bento Railway Station, renowned for its magnificent blue and white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history. More active guests may wish to instead take part in a guided hiking tour of Porto where they will explore the old harbor quarter, passing through the medieval streets of Porto, and cross the Dom Luis Bridge by foot. You’ll also enjoy a tasting of port wine, which derives its name from this very city. A third option is a walk along the Atlantic coast and Porto’s seaside promenade, with a stop at a local café for Portuguese coffee. This afternoon, we take a short journey to the nearby coastal town of Matosinhos, where we will visit a traditional restaurant for a cooking demonstration of Pataniscas, a traditional Portuguese cod fish cake, and other typical regional snacks. The ship moors overnight in Porto. (B,L,D)
Sep 18, Monday Porto – Disembarkation
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Guest capacity: 106
The AmaVida brings AmaWaterways’ distinctive standard of excellence to the Douro River in Portugal. This grand 106-passenger vessel features balconies in the majority of its spacious staterooms and suites, which range up to 323 sq. ft. Guests on the AmaVida will enjoy fine dining in the main dining room, plus al fresco dining for up to 32 guests. The AmaVida also features a Sun Deck swimming pool; fitness center and spa; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access on a 42” flat-screen and ship-wide Wi-Fi.
Dining and Cuisine
Gourmet dining on the AmaVida brings you sophisticated and outstanding cuisine with delightful, attentive service, plus a casual al fresco dining option. Savor culinary masterpieces and free-flowing local wines at lunch and dinner, while surrounded by the Douro River Valley.
After dinner, we invite you to enjoy engaging evening entertainment. You are sure to be enthralled as different performers come on board each night. It’s the perfect complement to your daily discoveries.
With AmaWaterways, you’ll find an exceptional vacation experience. In addition you’ll enjoy the finest onboard service of any river cruise line. After ten years in business, we believe that a big factor in our award-winning success is superior service and attention. Our passengers consistently rate our personalized, professional and friendly service as a highlight of their cruise. How do we know? They tell us. Passengers aboard every AmaWaterways ship complete a detailed questionnaire at the end of their cruise, and we diligently read every single one of them. It provides continuous feedback on our passengers’ experience, and enables us to guide our onboard staff. We can praise the staff for a job well done, and make quick adjustments before the start of the next cruise. At AmaWaterways, customer service is our top priority.
Note: Rates does not include port taxes of $168 per person.
International Flights: For passengers arranging their flights on their own, please note flights from USA/Canada to Lisbon are typically overnight, thus you would depart home on September 7 and arrive in Lisbon the following day, September 8.
Pre and Post Hotels: Please contact your PES Travel coordinator if assistance is needed to arrange a hotel before or after your trip.
Airport Transfers: Airport transfers are NOT included in the package price, please contact your PES travel coordinator for assistance in arranging your transfer in advance.
Please contact PES at 877.737.7005 ext. 117 if you would like assistance with your international airfare.
PES will gladly assist in making your international air arrangements to/from London for a $75 booking fee.
Does PES offer Individual Travel Insurance?
Yes! We have designed a customized Travel Protection plan with comprehensive coverage for trip cancellation, travel interruptions and delays, emergency medical and health expenses, lost baggage and more. We are a licensed travel insurance broker and highly recommend optional trip cancellation, health, and accident insurance
Penalties apply to the total package per person price which could include: cruise, airfare, pre/post land packages, extra services, and seminar fees. Airfare and PES booking fees are non-refundable once purchased. All cancellations must be made in writing to the Professional Education Society and are subject to a $200 per person PES administration fee in addition to the below schedule. Any payment to Global Tracks/PES, the cruise line or a third party vendor constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out herein, including but not limited to the cancellation terms.
From time of deposit until March 12, 2018 $200 per person administration fee
From March 13, 2018 to May 11, 2018 $500 per person
From May 12, 2018 to June 25, 2018 50% loss of total package
From June 26, 2018 to Departure 100% loss of total package
Cruise: Ama Waterways AmaVida
PES Seminar Fees:
Final Payment: May 11, 2018