Tuesday, October 20, 2015

GI CME

CME (Continuing Medical Education) is a necessary evil of the medical field. Like other professionals, we have to do 20-30 hours every year of BS courses to prove we're trying to keep up on our profession.

I personally try to do them online, but there are plenty of companies trying to make them interesting. One common way of doing this is to combine them with a vacation, such as a cruise. So CME-themed cruises are now a real thing for those who wish to rack up some education credits while seeing the world.

Some tie-ins are better than others, as evidenced by this brochure:






Just awesome, isn't it? Generally when you think of something "cruising through the digestive tract"... it probably isn't the S.S. Royal Princess (unless that's what you've nicknamed your butt plug).

I also love the use of the phrase "intimate atmosphere" on the same page as "gastrointestinal pathology." Putting a camera up someone's nether regions is about as intimate as you can get.

Given the history of cruise outbreaks, one can also imagine a boatload of doctors with Norwalk Virus "cruising through" their GI tracts.

Thank you, R!

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe the Royal Princess can't handle greasy turkey, and it cruises right through her.

Sarah D said...



Will Ms Frizzle be leading the GI cruise? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTjXdzxhc_w

And somehow it seems appropriate, yet weird that the highlights of a GI cruise are Turkey and Greece (grease)

Anonymous said...

I wonder if these cruises are also artisanal.

a.generic doc said...

Would neurologists a get their CME while "Sailing Through The Spinal Canal" and Urologists go on the "Princess And The Pee Cruise"? Or perhaps if they were a bit kinky, the "Pee On The Princess Cruise."

Leslie said...

Wow. I amazed you call them a necessary evil. I love CME. I love learning new things. I love reminding myself of the underlying physiology or pharmacology of things I use every day. Sometimes, they say something, and I have an AHA! moment of, "That's just what is going on with patient X!" If I had a job that required 25% of my total hours worked be CME, I'd be the happiest doctor around.

Anonymous said...

Have fun! Remember NOT to send us any postcards!

Packer said...

Out of the blue I was struck with Ulcerative Colitis earlier this year, a miserable disease, so speaking for my fellow sufferers who you think to make the butt of your jokes I must say this is pretty shitty.

Remember that cruise where the toilets stopped working and people were ill all over the place. I think that was level 3 of Dante's Inferno.

Stacey Gordon said...

As long as the name of the ship wasn't the Sea Diff, you are probably doing ok.

Loren Pechtel said...

If you cruise through the digestive tract what are you at the end?

Hattie said...

We're going on a cruise in a few days. I'm getting a little queasy already and feeling a certain looseness in the bowels.

ye olde clap chaser said...

How about the SS Norovirus

Anonymous said...

If you choose courses you believe to be BS that is on you. Questionable ethics, Dr G.

clairesmum said...

Great comments! Don't forget to write your own prescriptions and fill them in advance with all possibly necessary drugs, and pack your PeptoBismol and exam gloves.
that way you will be happily cruising along, untroubled by the turbulence that you will certainly encounter!

Anonymous said...

From what I could see of the vessel advertised, may need to anticipate a few bilious waves.

Anonymous said...

Sponsored by Moviprep

Anonymous said...

The ship where EVERY deck is the poop deck...

Tela Antkowiak said...

Personally, I think the phrase "audience participation encouraged" in conjunction with "gastrointestinal pathology" is both disturbing and totally priceless!!! What a way to advertise!

Shash said...

This is just so perfect. So very perfect.

Anonymous said...

Give and take interactions? So participants are supposed to give each other gastrointestinal pathology and catch whatever is given to them?

Anonymous said...

You should check out the adverts in GI journals. Rectiv has barbed-wire toilet paper (treats anal fissures). Bowel prep includes pictures of a colon superimposed on a rose, and a toilet bowel brush in a colon-shaped pipe. Canasa (suppository for ulcerative proctitis) extinguishing a campfire. We also have a conference called "EndoFest."

 
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