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(This is a non-commercial support conference)


CME Series Feature:

Series 1: Case-Based Multidisciplinary Management of

Genitourinary Malignancies

Featuring Thought Leaders: 

Evan Yu, MD – Course Director
Professor of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine
Medical Director, Clinical Research Support, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


Ravi A. Madan, MD – Course Director

Prostate Cancer Expert, Bethesda, MD


Richard Lee, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Assistant Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Boston, MA


Edwin M Posadas, MD FACP KM

Co-Director, Translational & Clinical Oncology Research Program
Medical Director, Urologic Oncology Program Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute


Tanya Dorff, MD

Associate Clinical Professor
Head of Genitourinary Cancer Program
Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research City of Hope


John Gore, MD, MS, FACS

Associate Professor, Department of Urology, University of Washington


Petros Grivas, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Oncology
Clinical Director, Genitourinary Cancers Program University of Washington
Associate Member, Clinical Research Division Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center  


Series 2: Challenges In Women's Sexual Medicine


Featuring Thought Leaders: 


Karen E. Adams, MD - Course Director

Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oregon Health Sciences University
Director, OHSU Center for Women’s Health Menopause and Sexual Medicine Program

Geri D. Hewitt, MD

Section Chief, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
Professor of Clinical Obstetrics in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine


Catherine Leclair, MD 

Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oregon Health Sciences University

Director, OHSU Center for Women’s Health Program in Vulvar Health

 Mindy Goldman, MD  

HS Clinical Professor Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

Director, gynecology Center for Cancer Survivors and At-Risk Women
School of Medicine, University of California San Francisco

Nicole Cirino, MD

Associate Professor Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Director, OHSU Center for Women’s Health Division of Women’s Mental Health and Wellness
Department of Psychiatry Oregon Health Sciences University


 Jennifer Potter, MD

Professor of Internal Medicine
Director, LGBT Population Health Program, The Fenway Institute

Harvard Medical School Harvard University



CME River Conference brings you a-once-in-a-lifetime travel experience as we sail the majestic Rhone through Provence, France.  Experience exceptional comfort, unexcelled quality, and the highest levels of service in a classic and graceful atmosphere. Discover an unforgettable river cruise on Europe’s most storied waterway—from the comfort of your floating 5- star conference center.
CME River Conferences and the 5-star Emerald Liberte stand for the highest levels of hospitality and service and are devoted to satisfying your every wish and every need.  Our reputation and  years of travel conference experience  guarantees you will feel pampered in every way and enjoy each and every moment, both on the river and  on land..


Your all-inclusive luxury CME conference will include ½ day education program followed ½ day tour program at our ports of call.




The Rhône is a beautiful river, wending its way from the Swiss Alps maritime through Provence, with port calls in the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Arles and Avignon, once home to the Papacy, tours of the Beaujolais wine region, visits to quaint villages like Tournon, Vienne, and Lyon, France’s culinary heart. Romantic settings, quaint villages, stunning scenery, French flavors and rolling vineyards are yours to discover on your river cruise from Lyon to Chalon-sur-Saône, then onto Avignon and Arles.
Our all-inclusive program includes delicious Haute cuisine, our unique CME education program featuring the worlds top educators in their fields of medicine, thought-provoking lectures, entertainment, along with local tours from Lyon to Arles that combine the culture and history of each locale.  
Picture yourself watching the river flow from the window of your cabin or one of the decks as it takes you to new places and reveals storybook landscapes as you relax in total comfort. The sublime ambiance and personal service aboard your CME River Conference ship creates an oasis of relaxation that is simply unexcelled. Each one of the bright, airy cabins has unrestricted views of the scenery through panoramic, glass windows with French balcony (sliding glass windows / doors) that spans the cabin’s width.  Experience European travel like you never have before with the sheer ease of river transport!



Day 1 - Lyon

A CME representative will greet you in Lyon and transfer you to the Emerald Liberte Luxury ship in Arles where you will be welcomed by your captain, crew and educators. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.


Day 2 – Lyon:

Morning CME, afternoon join your local guide and discover this beautiful Baroque city.  Lyon is France’s third largest city, a former Roman capital positioned at the conference of the Rhone and Saone rivers, which is steeped in history. Today take part on the guided tour of Lyon, which starts with a drive to the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, Lyon’s hilltop church, with stunning views over the town. Then pass by the recently re–discovered Roman amphitheatre and walk through the cobbled streets of the gastronomic old town including the secret laneways. Alternatively, join a guided bike tour of Lyon.


Day 3 - Chalon-Sur-Saône – Beaune

Morning CME, afternoon we visit Chalon–Sur–Saône is best known as the birthplace of photography and the centre of Burgundy’s wine region. Travel by road to the quaint village of Beaune, where we visit the Hospices de Beaune, one of the finest examples of French fifteenth–century architecture. Marvel at the multi–coloured roofs of this former hospital, now a museum, which has become one of the symbols of Burgundy.’


Day 4 - Tournon

Morning CME, afternoon Join your local guide for a walking tour of Tournon, which is dominated by the 16th century castle and roman ruins, and is nestled in the valley near the steep slopes of le Massif Central, France's 3rd largest mountain range. The area has a long tradition in wine making, including the renowned wine growing centre of Tain l'Hermitage across the river.  Regional wine tasting on board and optional guided bike tour to Glun.


Day 5 - Viviers

Morning CME, afternoon we arrive in Viviers, a town which still has a lot of flare. Viviers is also the home of one of France’s oldest cathedrals, join an included city tour exploring all the architectural heritage of this quaint town.


Day 6 - Avignon

Morning CME, afternoon tour. Avignon has a rich history from Celtic beginnings to being the residence of the Popes and later central to the French Revolution. Although a fortified town, it is the Papal Palace which stands more secure on a hill in the centre of town; its walls are 17–18 feet thick. Your guided walk with a local guide takes you through this historic centre strolling the cobbled laneways and browsing the shops, overlooking the famous 'Pont d’Avignon'.


Day 7 - Arles

Morning CME, afternoon join your local guide for a walking tour showcasing the highlights of the city in particular the 2000-year-old Roman Amphitheater still in use today, which was originally built to hold 20,000 spectators in the style of the Colosseum in Rome.  Evening Provençale dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale


Day 8 - Arles - Marseille

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport.



Spring 2020
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  • Day 1 Mo - Embarkation Lyon

  • Day 2 Tu – Lyon

  • Day 3 We – Chalon-Sur-Saône – Beaune

  • Day 4 Th – Tournon

  • Day 5 Fr - Viviers

  • Day 6 Sa – Avignon

  • Day 7 Su – Arles

  • Day 8 Mo – Marseille - Disembark


* Please note mooring and casting off times are only guidelines. We reserve the right to make changes to the itineraries and excursion programs. If due to low or high water or a defective ship a section of the river is closed to travel, the ship-owner reserves the right to transport guests along this section by bus, accommodate them in hotels and /or change the course of this part of the journey. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to transfer to another ship. These situations are rare but do happen from time to time and are all part of riverboat vacations. There’s nothing anyone can do to control mother nature.


CME Accreditation and Credit Designation Statement:
The Institute for Medical and Nursing Education, Inc. (IMNE), is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.

IMNE designates EACH live activity series for 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Because this is a dedicated medical education cruise, course participants will have unprecedented access to faculty to interact with them with inquiries both during and after the program. 



Experience the sleek beauty of the Emerald Liberte as we glide through the south of France. As soon as you set foot on the ship, its coziness and hospitable atmosphere will overtake you and you can relax.  Make yourself comfortable in the lounge and drink in your surroundings. The restaurant, surrounded by tall glass walls, offers an unobstructed view of the river and its banks. Watch bucolic landscapes pass as you enjoy fine food and good company.  The cabins on the Liberte offer guests a private retreat, with balcony views that take in the river and surrounding  landscape.

Emerald Waterways revolutionary ‘Star-Ships’ aren’t like other river cruise ships. They’re designed to impress and inspire with every little detail, exceeding any expectation you have of what a river cruise ship would be like. With its striking minimalistic design, sleek composition and stylish features, an Emerald Waterways ship is comparable to a contemporary designed hotel. Only it’s better, because your hotel travels with you to a multitude of fantastic destinations and offers incredible panoramic views of the stunning scenery you pass along the way.


CME River Conferences doesn't  just meet your expectations; we aim to create spectacular surprises that exceed what you would expect from an every day CME Conference. That’s why our new deluxe ships boast all balcony suites and a heated swimming pool complete with retractable roof - creating a brilliant onboard oasis for you to relax, whatever the weather. And on selected evenings, the pool area inventively transforms into a cinema showing a collection of films.

Embarkation & Disembarkation: 
Embarkation (November 11 Lyon): Clients will be able to check-in and board in Lyon, France beginning at 16:00. Guest who arrive earlier may leave their luggage at reception beginning at 13:00 but will not be able to check-in or receive their cabin until 16:00.  Lyon Airport is approximately 30 minutes travel to the pier. Scheduled airport transfers will be made available in the late morning and early afternoon.


Disembarkation (Arles): Clients will be required to disembark by 9:30a.  Transfers from boat to Marseille airport will be available.  Airport is approximately 1.5 hours from the pier.

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