Walt Disney World - Orlando, Florida
March 4 to 11, 2017
Alongside Las Vegas and Chicago, Orlando is North America’s top meeting and vacation travel destination. Obviously its amusement parks are Orlando’s biggest claim to fame, with Walt Disney World and Universal Studios topping the list. And yet, a reported 50% of the 60 million tourists who visit every year are adults! And despite this mind-boggling number of visitors, the atmosphere in Orlando is surprisingly down-to-earth yet whimsical. There’s so much to do in Orlando—you can spend the day on the golf course, bike or kayak the many regional parks and rivers, discover the abundant wildlife and unique ecosystem of the Lake Kissimmee swamps, peruse the specialty shops downtown, or sample Harry Potter’s world-famous Butter-beer. And that’s exactly what we’re offering: a week of fun and magic under the sun combined with an unparalleled bilingual CME program aimed at family practitioners and specialists and delivered by guest speakers from the United States and Canada.
We also invite you to attend an exclusive private gala event at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a giant reproduction of some of the iconic landscapes and settings from the Harry Potter films, including Hogsmeade, a sorcerers’ village with shops and restaurants, and Hogwarts castle, the magic and sorcery school so central to the films. After the venue closes to the public, we will have exclusive and private access to attractions and rides, with cocktails, music and desserts in the streets of Hogsmeade.
Brings the kids—or the kid in you!
Gabriel Boisjoly and Julien Martel
CME registration fee: $395
• This registration fee is only required of participants who wish to obtain a certificate of attendance
• Spouses and companions may attend seminars at no cost
Disney’s Contemporary Resort:
• $4,359 for physicians
• $299 for companions
• Breaks down to $2,329 per person for two physicians sharing a room
• Children ages 3 to 18: $139. Free for children under 3
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort:
• $3,279 for physicians
• $299 for guests
• Breaks out to $1,789 per person for two physicians sharing a room
• Children ages 3 to 18: $139. Free for children under 3
• Does not include 0.10% in fees for the compensation fund for customers of travel agents (FICAV)
• Prices valid until September 21, 2016. Subject to change after that date
• 7-night stay at Disney’s Contemporary Resort or Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
• Complementary in-room Wi-Fi
• Access to spa services and fitness rooms in both hotels
• Round-trip transportation between Orlando Airport and the hotel on Disney’s Magical Express
• Parking for one car, if needed
• Continuous shuttle service between the two hotels during the seminars
• All government taxes
Rate does not include:
• Amusement park passes
For family physicians, specialists, and residents
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
4600 North World Drive, Orlando, FL 32830, United States
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
1000 Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32830, États-Unis
A $750 deposit per adult, paid by credit card, is required in order to complete the reservation. The remaining balance will be charged on October 10, 2016. The reservation is 100% refundable if cancelled before October 9, 2016.
The rate does not include your airfare between Canada and Orlando. You may choose whichever airline you prefer and are free to extend your stay in Florida. Direct flights are available from most major cities and usually runs between $375 and $650 depending on the schedule and airline. You can also land in Fort Lauderdale or Miami and drive to Orlando in a rental car.
My spouse isn’t a physician. Can he or she still join me?
Absolutely. Most participants’ spouses tag along!
The average temperature in Orlando in March varies between 19° and 25°C (66° to 77°F).
Certificate of attendance
Your certificate of attendance will be emailed to you upon your return to Canada, following your completion of the meetings evaluation, and subject to compliance with current ethics rules.
Schedule, scientific program and committee
Click here to download the schedule in PDF.
Click here to download the scientific program as well as the learning objectives in PDF.
Family physicians, medical specialists, and residents
Members of the scientific committee, guest speakers, and members of the planning committee:
Dr. Julia McNabb-Baltar
Gastroenterologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Suzanne J. Baron
Interventional Cardiologist, St. Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City
Dr. Geneviève Bécotte
Family Physician, Emergency Physician, CHU de Québec
Co-owner, Cameleo CME
Ms. Karen Bourret
Events Manager, Cameleo CME
Dr. Gilles Brousseau
Assistant Dean of Medical Education for Campus santé
Outaouais, McGill Universitý
Dr. Benoit Dassylva
Psychiatrist, Philippe Pinel Institute, Montreal
Dr. Suzanne Fontaine
Ms. Marie-Pier Gagnon
Travel Consultant, Cameleo CME
Dr. Karine Issa-El-Khoury
Allergist and Clinical Immunologist, Hôpital de Verdun - CIUSSS
Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, Clinique d’allergie et d’asthme de Montréal
Dr. Nadia Lachance
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Dr. Eddy Lang
Emergency Physician, University of Calgary Academic and Clinical Department Head for Emergency Medicine,
Cumming School of Medicine
Dr. Paul Lespérance
Psychiatrist, Notre-Dame Hosp.
Department Head for Psychiatry and Director of the CHUM Neuromodulation Unit
Mr. Julien Martel
Co-owner, Cameleo CME
Dr. Eiman Nasseri
Dermatologist and Mohs Surgeon
Nasseri Medical Centre, Vancouver
Dr. Amir Georges Sabongui, PhD
Dr. Shelly Sud
Medical Oncologist, CSSS de l’Outaouais, Hôpital de Gatineau
Dr. Quoc-Dien Trinh
Urologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Karl Weiss
Microbiologist and Infectious Disease specialist, Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont
President of Association des Médecins Microbiologistes Infectiologues du Québec
Professor of Medicine, Université de Montréal
Disney offers three categories of accommodations:
• Deluxe resort hotels
• Moderate resort hotels
• Value resort hotels
We visited various properties in December and blocked rooms for participants at one deluxe and one moderate resort hotel. Rooms are on a first come, first served basis.
DISNEY’S CONTEMPORARY RESORT
Disney’s Contemporary Resort is a deluxe hotel and one of the most striking Disney properties. This ultra-contemporary hotel features two pools with a waterslide, one of the best restaurants on the Disney menu, and a world-class conference center. All seminars will take place at this hotel. Rooms can accommodate one to five guests, and suites and adjoining rooms are available for larger families and groups.
The hotel is within walking distance of the main Magic Kingdom entrance or you can catch a ride on the resort monorail. The monorail is also a quick and easy solution for traveling between Disney parks and offers a direct return trip to the hotel. No need to take a shuttle! The monorail is directly accessible from deluxe resort hotels, including Disney’s Contemporary Resort. If you hate wasting time waiting for shuttles at the beginning or end of the day, it will be a lifesaver. The Walt Disney World monorail begins running 30 minutes before the first park opens and stops one hour after the last park closes.
The Contemporary boasts two pools—one with a 17 ft. waterslide and one with a more sophisticated atmosphere. Private cabanas are available for those looking for a luxury retreat. And two spas are available onsite for ultimate relaxation.
California Grill, one of the restaurants on the property, serves up a culinary experience like no other. Savour the finest in California cuisine with a breathtaking view of the Walt Disney World Resort fireworks from the bar lounge or observation deck.
DISNEY’S CORONADO SPRINGS RESORT
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is a moderate resort hotel, meaning it is less luxurious than Disney’s Contemporary, but is a great value for the money. This hotel evokes all the romance of Colonial Mexico. It is a southwestern-themed haven of brightly colored casitas, rustic ranchos, and beachfront cabañas encircling a glimmering lake. Rooms can accommodate one to four guests.
The aquatic area is beautifully constructed around a replica of a Mayan pyramid. Watch water stream down the steps of the stone structure or plunge headlong into the pool on the spitting jaguar slide. This complex, known as the Dig Site Pool, is also home to Walt Disney World’s largest outdoor hot tub—with room for 22 people!
Take in the grand Mayan-themed Maya Grill dining room and its Nuevo Latino fusion cuisine. Sample traditional Mexican dishes or choose from a delicious range of Tex-Mex creations.
The property also features the La Vida Health Club, offering a fitness room as well as spa and massage services. Access to the fitness equipment is included in the room rate.
Free transportation via private bus to seminars at the Contemporary hotel will be provided to physicians staying at the Coronado Springs Resort. The bus will run continuously between the two hotels, starting 30 minutes before the first session and ending 30 minutes after the last.
Private evening at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Is there anyone who has never heard of Harry Potter? The fantasy book series—and subsequent film adaptations—captured the hearts and minds of fans of all ages, selling more than 450 million copies translated into over 70 languages.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a giant reproduction of some of the iconic landscapes and settings from the Harry Potter films, including Hogsmeade, a sorcerers’ village with shops and restaurants, and Hogwarts castle, the magic and sorcery school so central to the films. On Wednesday, March 8, we will have the privilege of experiencing the magic first-hand with a private, after-hours event and exclusive access to three rides and a host of attractions, without having to fight our way through the tens of thousands of tourists who visit every day. A truly enchanted evening just for our group, with:
• The Hogsmeade area and Hogwarts castle all to ourselves
• A cocktail and dessert reception in the streets of Hogsmeade
• Open bar, including Harry Potter’s famous Butterbeer
• Access to three rides with no lines
• Shopping at themed shops, including Ollivanders, Makers of Fine Wands
• All-ages performance and music
• $160 per person for adults ages 21+
• $95 per person for ages 3 to 20
• Free for children under 3
Things to do in Orlando
Alongside Las Vegas and Chicago, Orlando is North America’s top meeting and vacation travel destination. Obviously its amusement parks are Orlando’s biggest claim to fame, with Walt Disney World and Universal Studios topping the list. And yet, a reported 50% of the 60 million tourists who visit every year are adults! And despite this mindboggling number of visitors, the atmosphere in Orlando is surprisingly down-to-earth yet whimsical. But outside Walt Disney World, what else is there? In a word: plenty!
Universal Orlando is a theme park with attractions based on the largest movie and TV franchises. You can easily spend two or three days at the park, which is Disney’s only real competitor, without even scratching the surface. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the most popular and wellknown attraction. Its massive size and the high quality experience it offers have raised the bar for these types of attractions.
Kennedy Space Center
The Kennedy Space Center is in Cape Canaveral on the Atlantic coast, about 90 minutes from Orlando. It’s worth the trip. You can visit NASA’s space complex, recapture the excitement of the Apollo 11 lunar launch, admire the Space Shuttle Atlantis, and even have lunch with an astronaut!
Lake Kissimmee swamps
Nature lovers will go wild for Lake Kissimmee—an easy 90 minute drive from Disney World. Florida’s third largest lake is home to an abundant array of wildlife. Lake Kissimmee State Park (nicknamed Cow Camp because of its 1876-era Florida cowboy demonstrations) boasts a natural ecosystem filled with unique plants and animals. Whitetailed deer and bobcats are some of the park’s mammal residents. From the bird watching area, keep your eyes peeled for sandhill cranes, whooping cranes, bald eagles, and a number of other shorebirds.
Shingle Creek Regional Park
Shingle Creek Regional Park was designated as one of “America’s Great Outdoors” by U.S. President Obama. This stunning ecological and recreational gem is best explored by bike, canoe, or on foot. A paradise for active and outdoorsy types, the park is bisected by Shingle Creek, which starts a few kilometers shy of Orlando and flows into the Everglades near Miami. If you want to paddle the creek, it’s best to opt for a local guided tour, if only so you know where to look for crocodile nests and have someone to help you identify the snakes you may see hanging in the trees!
Take a refreshing dip in the Atlantic Ocean on Florida’s east coast at Daytona Beach, only one hour from downtown Orlando. The highoctane city is also known for the Daytona International Speedway, home to NASCAR and other popular races. Try your hand behind the wheel with a professional racing simulator.
Clearwater Beach on Florida’s west coast is one of the state’s most popular beaches. Visit the world famous Pier 60 at 9:00 p.m. for the Sunsets at Pier 60 festival 365 days a year. Artisans hock their wares and street performers fill the pier with a vibrant and festive atmosphere as you take in the breathtaking sunset on the Gulf of Mexico.
Food and shopping
Downtown Orlando is the city’s core business district and is teeming with interesting shops and exciting restaurants. Orange Avenue is particularly popular with foodies. Some eateries even have locations at Disney parks. Overall, Orlando’s food has all-American roots with influences from its proximity to the Caribbean.
If you are in the city during the day, make time for a visit to Lake Eola Park. In the heart of Downtown Orlando, this park is famous for the fountain jetting up from the lake. The feature was struck by lightning in 2009 but has since been refurbished. The park makes an excellent picnic spot. You can even rent a boat to explore the lake. Lake Eola gives visitors a good idea of what Orlando looked like before Disney’s arrival and the tourism boom that followed.
Today Orlando is to golf what Hollywood is to the film industry. Greater Orlando boasts over 200 golf courses and is one of the most popular golf destinations in North America. The PGA’s greatest golf legends have designed courses in Orlando. With so many to choose from, it’s no problem finding one to fit your budget.
Florida is also famous for its plump, juicy oranges. You can even visit one of the many citrus groves to pick your own fruit, including tangerines, grapefruit, and lemons. And don’t forget to enjoy a fresh squeezed glass of orange juice in the sun!