This Seminar is planned for 12 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.
Icelanders have long been proud of their health care system and believed it to be among the best in the world. For a long time, Icelanders enjoyed (along with Japan) the highest life expectancy in the world. Iceland is a developed country and as such its major health issues are similar to countries in other parts of the Western World. Mental health problems and obesity seem to be the topics most frequently covered by the media. Another common issue is the status of the health care system itself which seems to be in a decline. All Icelandic citizens are covered by the national health insurance scheme. The system is mostly financed by taxes although a small fraction is paid with service fees (15%). The Icelandic healthcare system is divided into four different categories: health care clinics, health institutions such as mental health faculties and institutions with long term in-patients, university hospitals and teaching hospitals. Major hospitals include the Landspitali University Hospital in Reykjavik and the Akureyri Hospital.
Confronting the challenges of delivering quality patient care in the face of increased budget restriction and resources within the overall framework of continued healthcare reform is fast becoming a global issue for healthcare practitioners. It is timely to provide an overview of the current status of healthcare delivery systems, their impact on populations and how key health issues are addressed in both the UK and North America.
Planned In Country Healthcare Topics Include:
Seminar Titles: “Overview of Iceland and Iceland Healthcare” and “Overview of Bisphosphonates and Other Antiresorptive Medications in Dentistry”
Dr. Bryan Bergens received his dental degree from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in 1991 and completed his postgraduate degree in periodontics in 1993. He has been practicing periodontics for 25 years with most of his career in private practice in the Daytona Beach, Florida area and is an Associate Professor at the University of Florida College of Dentistry on a part-time basis. Dr. Bergens is board certified in periodontics and implant surgery.
Dr. Bergens is a Fellow of the American College of Dentist and the Pierre Fauchard Dental Honor Society and has served as President of the Central District Florida Dental Association 2017-2018. He is a Fellow of the International College of Oral Implantologists and Dr. Bergens recently received his ABAAHP board certification as a functional health practitioner at the A4M/MMI institute.
Seminar Titles: “Healthy Gut = Healthy You! – What your microbiome wants for dinner” and ”Building Better Bones Naturally – A whole body approach to peak bone health at any age”
Bridget Bergens received her Occupational Therapy degree from Louisiana State University in 1986. She has 30 years of healthcare experience with 20 years as a hospital executive. In 2015 Bridget became a Certified Health and Wellness Coach and Certified Food and Spirit Practitioner. She is currently pursuing a Fellowship in Botanical Medicine.
Bridget is founder and CEO of BWell, LLC. She coaches clients on evidence-based areas of wellness, lifestyle management, nutraceuticals and overall well-being, including physical activity, nutrition, weight, stress, and life satisfaction. Her accomplishments include establishment of a Comprehensive Cancer Rehab Program, Sports Rehab Performance Program, Orthopedic Center of Excellence, and a Pediatric Rehab Center for a non-profit community hospital.
Dr. Peter G. Fotos graduated from West Virginia University School of Dentistry in 1978, and interned at Miami Valley Hospital at Dayton, Ohio. Following 16 years of teaching dentistry at West Virginia University and at the University of Iowa, he completed his residency training in Endodontics at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. He also holds Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, and has extensive experience in the diagnosis and therapeutic management of dental and facial pain
Heilbrigðisstofnun Vestfjarða, or Westfjords Health Center, serves residents of the Westfjords as well as visitors, travelers and fishermen. Departments include general health care, surgery, emergency, maternity, geriatrics, and psychological services. Specialists, such as ophthalmologists, gynecologists, or cardiologists, travel to the hospital at varying times, ranging from once every month to twice a year. The health center is located in Isafjordur, a small town of 2,600 in northwest Iceland built by fishing merchants in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Educational Goals: Our goal is to provide unparalleled CME/CE travel opportunities for healthcare professionals that combine their most passionate destination desires with their educational goals, fostering exceptional learning experiences, friendships and connections with national and international colleagues.
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.
By design, this program permits medical experts to collaborate with colleagues and international counterparts to realize cross cultural view points and updates within the treatment and prevention of disease and offers opportunities to compare and contrast current best practices to supply quality patient care and outcomes in their own professional setting.
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 12 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.
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 12 continuing education credits.
Nurses: The Professional Education Society is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 5428, for up to 12 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.
Join us on a 7-night voyage of discovery in Iceland and the Arctic Circle on the luxury, all-inclusive yacht Ponant Le Boréal for a truly exotic cruise on the trail of the Vikings. Ponant offers authentic travel experiences aboard smaller-sized yachts in five-star comfort. Le Boréal is an intimate, 132-cabin ship that allows visits to unique ports and tucked-away wilderness areas.
Our itinerary includes volcanoes and glaciers, lava fields and green pastures, boiling thermal springs and ice-cold rivers teeming with salmon. This unspoiled paradise is also home to a very old and sophisticated culture. Go far beyond the tourist hotspots to remote fjords, raging waterfalls, and small fishing villages. Get to know the independent and creative Icelanders, and watch whales and seabirds play offshore.
|Jul 29||Mon||Reykjavik||Embark||6:00 pm|
Crossing the Arctic Circle
|12:00 pm||7:00 pm|
|Jul 31||Wed||Sailing around Grímsey
|Aug 1||Thu||Akureyri||6:00 am||5:00 pm|
|Aug 2||Fri||Seydisfjördur||12:00 pm||6:00 pm|
|Aug 3||Sat||Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar||4:00 pm||9:00 pm|
|Aug 4||Sun||Reykjavik||8:00 am||Overnight|
Monday, July 29, 2019 | Reykjavik
Embark the Ponant Le Boréal.
Your ship will take you to the heart of the fjords of North-West Iceland, a wild land of lost valleys and steep cliffs. In this very isolated region, we find the Isafjörður fjord, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the country, known for its relief forged by ancient basaltic flows. The town of Isafjörður, nestled at the back of the fjord, is a delightful little village that lives exclusively from fishing. Once back onboard the ship, you will cross into the Arctic Circle, the gateway to the Arctic, to experience the beauty of the midnight sun, a natural phenomenon where the sun remains above the horizon throughout the night.
Grímsey is a small island located north of Iceland. It was formed by volcanic rock that has generated majestic basalt pillars. The island has been inhabited since the time of the Vikings. This site is home to fabulous wildlife, with many bird colonies having chosen to nest along the jagged cliffs. While many travelers come here in order to cross into the Arctic Circle, the island is also famed as a place to observe the midnight sun.
The elegant city of Akureyri is close to the Arctic circle, tucked away in the Eyjafjörður fjord. As you walk along the cobbled streets, you’ll come across rows of colorful houses and terraces with wooden furniture. A vast stairway cut into the hillside leads you up to the emblematic feature of the town, the Akureyrarkirkja church. You’ll be amazed by its beautiful botanical garden made possible by the area’s microclimate.
At the end of a beautiful 10-mile fjord, discover Seyðisfjörður. Its colorful houses and a small blue church stand nestled between enchanting rivers and waterfalls. The village, surrounded on all sides by mountains with snow-capped peaks, has around 700 inhabitants. This small fishing port with a picturesque charm is not far from Skálanes, a nature reserve that is home to over fifty bird species. This port combines nature and culture, with guaranteed wonderment.
This island off the southern coast of Iceland is the largest of the Vestmann Islands and is the only inhabited island in the archipelago. The steep Edfell Volcano and the green prairies of Herjólfsdalur offer a rich contrast. On Stórhöfði road, look out over grey sand beaches and cliffs carved by the Arctic Ocean.
The world’s most northerly capital enjoys almost 24-hour sunlight in the summer, all the better to show off the city’s eclectic architecture and dazzling natural wonders. Soak in the milky Blue Lagoon, visit Gullfoss Waterfall, explore Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or discover the vibrant local museum and art scene.
Monday, August 5, 2019 | Reykjavik
Disembark Le Boréal and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Ponant offers authentic, luxury travel experiences aboard smaller-sized yachts in 5-star comfort.
Intimate ship, with only 132 cabins, allows visits to unique ports and tucked-away wilderness areas
Ponant’s All-Inclusive Cruising:
Price Per Person
Price Per Person
|Staterooms with Balcony|
|Deluxe | Deck 3 | 243 sq. ft.||$6,230||$5,930|
|Prestige | Deck 4 | 243 sq. ft.||$6,970||$6,670|
|Prestige | Deck 5 | 243 sq. ft.||$7,300||$7,000|
|Prestige | Deck 6 | 243 sq. ft.||$7,660||$7,360|
|Suites with Balcony|
|Prestige Suite | Deck 5 | 484 sq. ft. Waitlisted||$14,450||$14,150|
|Prestige Suite | Deck 6 | 484 sq. ft. Waitlisted||$15,170||$14,870|
Cruise fares include port taxes of $400 per person.
Please inquire for single pricing
Double pricing is per person, based on double occupancy or two people per stateroom.
Single pricing is based on single occupancy or one person per stateroom and is capacity controlled by Ponant and subject to change
CME/CE Professional Seminar Fee: $695
Seminar Attendance Fee: $450
Cruise: $1,500 per person
Seminar: $200 per person
Second Payment: 50% of the remaining invoice balance is due by January 9, 2019
Final Payment Due: April 24, 2019
Airfare is not included. PES will book your air arrangements for a $75 ticketing fee or you may choose to handle your own reservation.
Please contact PES at 877-737-7005 ext. 117 if you would like assistance with your international flights.
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.
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
All cancellations must be made in writing to Global Tracks. Travel Insurance and Airfare are non-refundable once ticketed. Any payment to Global Tracks constitutes your acceptance of the Terms and Conditions set herein, including but not limited to the cancellation terms. All cancellations are subject to a $200 per person administration fee in addition to the below schedule.
|From time of deposit until November 29, 2018||$250 per person penalty|
|Between November 30, 2018 to January 9, 2019||$1,000 per person penalty|
|Between January 10, 2019 to April 24, 2019||50% of total package price penalty|
|After April 24, 2019 to departure||100% of total package price penalty|
Package price per person: $2,850 for double occupancy, $3,560 for single occupancy
Deposit: $500 per person
The Land of Fire and Ice! Join PES for a custom, four-day program based in Reykjavik that highlights Iceland’s most popular sights! Our full-day tours explore Iceland’s “Golden Circle,” which includes Gullfoss Waterfall, Strokkur Geyser, and Thingvellir National Park, plus a tour to the South Shore to see the black lava sand coast and impressive rock formations. The famous mineral-rich Blue Lagoon is an experience not to be missed!
Day 1 – Arrive Reykjavik / Blue Lagoon
Start your Icelandic adventure bathing in the famous Blue Lagoon to soothe and refresh body and soul after your flight. Relax in the warm waters and enjoy the use of optional on-site facilities. This evening we gather for a Professional Education Society Welcome Reception.
Overnight Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Center
Day 2 – Golden Circle Tour
Full day tour of the famous Golden Circle with Thingvellir National Park, the Great Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss, the Golden waterfall. After breakfast, depart via motor coach as our local guide talks about the history and geology of the area. See the breathtaking Gullfoss waterfall, the bubbling pools and Strokkur waterspout at Geysir and the incredible tectonic rift at Thingvellir National Park. Enjoy Iceland’s stark beauty and learn how islanders are using its natural steam and geothermal waters to produce sustainable energy. Lunch is included during the tour.
Overnight Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Center (B, L)
Day 3 – South Shore Tour
Full day tour along the south shore of Iceland with its beautiful waterfall, active volcanoes and magnificent glaciers. Depart Reykjavik and drive through a volcanic landscape along the south coast of Iceland. You’ll see the magnificent waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, the black-sand beaches of Reynisfjara, and the breathtaking Sólheimajökull glacier on this day trip from Reykjavik. Spot puffins, if you’re lucky, and get a look at Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which erupted in 2010. Lunch is included during the tour.
Overnight Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Center (B, L)
Day 4 – Reykjanes Peninsula / Embark Ship
After a tour of the stunning Reykjanes Peninsula, embark the Ponant Le Boréal to begin your journey on the Iceland Circumnavigation Cruise.
Please fill out the online registration form below, or if you prefer, download the PDF Registration Form and send by mail, fax or email.