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Medical Conferences for Physicians in Exotic Locales

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Though the main purpose of such meetings is to enlighten your mind, add to your skill set, and allow you to collaborate with your peers, it doesn’t hurt when the venue for your latest professional development opportunity doubles as a post-meeting vacation paradise.

Let’s be honest, you’d rather go to a conference in a sunny, tropical, interesting, and/or exciting location rather than, say, Delaware (sorry Delaware…)

So file your delegate bag and tear-off that lanyard: We’ve got the first and best list of select general and specialty 2010 medical conferences with serious exotic locale potential (not that you’re there for anything but the sessions…)

The U.S.


Geriatrics: Primary Care for the Elderly Patient
May 29-31, Las Vegas, Nevada SD860-12

2010 Annual Meeting of American Academy of Pain Management
September 21-24, Las Vegas, Nevada

2010 Scientific Assembly of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
September 28-October 1, Las Vegas, Nevada


2010 International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease
July 10-15, Honolulu, Hawaii

22nd Annual Ironman Sports Medicine Conference
October 3-7, Kailua, Kona Hawaii

164th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA)
May 14-19, (2011) Honolulu, Hawaii

Alaska (preferably in the summer ; )

Primary Care: Mental Health Issues with a Focus on Drugs and Behavior cruise (7 nights, from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to Anchorage, Alaska)
June 27-July 4

Addressing Issues of Aging Patients in Primary Care (7 nights, from Seattle, Washington to Anchorage, Alaska)
July 18-25


Mayo School Clinical Reviews and Primary Care, General, Family, Internal Medicine
June 6-11, Amelia Island, Florida

3rd Annual Emerging Technologies in the OR
June 6-9, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

North American Spine Society (NASS) Annual Meeting
October 5-9, Orlando, Florida


The Caribbean

Internal Medicine in Primary Care Setting
July 8-10, Atlantis Resort, Bahamas

26th Annual Fall Conference on Pediatric Emergencies
October 13-16 Bahamas / paradise island emergency medicine, pediatrics

28th Annual Fall Conference on Obstetrics
October 20-23, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

11th Annual Fall Conference on Emergency Medicine
November 17-20, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

16th Annual Conference on Women’s Health: Care of Women over 50
December 1-4, Paradise Island, Bahamas


17th International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy World Congress
October 3-6, Melbourne, Australia

6th World Congress for Psychotherapy
August 24-28, Sydney, Australia

6th World Congress on Pediatric Critical Care
March 13-17, Sydney, Australia

The Pacific Rim

14th International Congress of Immunology
August 22-27, Kobe, Japan

13th International Conference on Emergency Medicine
June 9-12 Singapore / Singapore emergency medicine

BIT 3rd Annual World Cancer Congress
June 22-25, Singapore

The Mediterranean

9th International Congress on Coronary Artery Disease: From Prevention to Intervention
October 23-26, Venice, Italy

2010 Annual Meeting of International Society of Addiction Medicine
October 4-7, Milan, Italy

1st World Congress on Controversies in Hematology
September 2-5, Rome, Italy

World Congress of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences 2010
August 28-September 2, Lisbon, Portugal

2nd World Congress of Public Health Nutrition
September 23-25, Porto, Portugal


Iscas 14th Annual Conference of the International Society for Computer Aided Surgery
June 23-26, Geneva Switzerland

11th International Congress on Obesity
July 11-15, Stockholm, Sweden

7th SICOT/SIROT (World Orthopedic Association) Annual International Conference
August 31-September 3, Gothenburg, Sweden


The above is a list of – believe-it-or-not – some of the most general conference listings (try “Circadian Rhythms & Submarine Worker’s Performance with 12 hr Shifts, Extrapolation to Shift Workers & Time Zone Travel” on for size.)

For a more exhaustive list of “destination” medical conferences (especially cruises), check out

Having said that, we couldn’t include every exotic conference locale above. Are there any destinations, conferences, or both that especially deserve to be on this list? Drop us a line and add your picks via the Comment fields below…