Travel Medicine Review and Update North American Courses

ISTM produces a Travel Medicine Review and Update North American Course each year. The 2017 Course will be held in Washington D.C., United States 10-11 March 2017 at the Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center. The Course provides a thorough update and review of the Body of Knowledge for the practice of travel medicine and assists in preparation for the CTH® exam. Participants also have ample opportunities to interact with the faculty through question and answer sessions and informal discussions.

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Course Description

The Travel Medicine Review and Update North American Course offered by the International Society of Travel Medicine is designed to review the Body of Knowledge for the Practice of Travel Medicine and to highlight recent developments in Travel Medicine. The curriculum will cover topics relevant to physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals who provide medical care and advice to travelers, expatriates, and migrants. The sessions offered will include travel clinic management issues, principles of immune response, risk assessment, and a travel vaccine overview. The expert faculty will present topics including epidemiology, enteric infections, traveler's diarrhea, malaria and other vector-borne disease, adventure and wilderness travel, environmental exposures, and evaluation of illness in returning travelers. The care of special groups such as pregnant women, pediatric travelers, immigrants, VFR travelers, diabetics, and immunocompromised hosts will be discussed. Recent developments and advances in travelers' diarrhea, immunizations, malaria medications, and emerging infectious diseases will be highlighted. Participants will have ample opportunity to interact with the faculty through interactive sessions and informal discussions. This education activity will be submitted to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners for approval of up to 11.25 contact hours of accredited education.

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Course Objectives

This course provides a thorough review of the Body of Knowledge for the Practice of Travel Medicine to assist in preparation for the CTH® Examination. The course also provides a comprehensive update on recent advances in Travel Medicine.

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the current epidemiology of common health risks affecting travelers
  • Choose which travelers should receive vaccines relevant for travel
  • Discuss the prevention and self-treatment of common travel-related illnesses such as travelers' diarrhea
  • Identify current malaria epidemiology and discuss chemoprophylaxis regimens
  • Advise travelers on the prevention of disease, including being able to advise pregnant women, pediatric travelers, immigrants, VFR travelers, diabetics, and immunocompromised hosts
  • Recognize illness in travelers returning from overseas travel

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Who Should Attend

Health care professionals interested in Travel Medicine who require a thorough review and update of Travel Medicine to enhance their knowledge, and health care professionals preparing to take the Certificate of Knowledge in Travelers' HealthTM Examination (CTH® Program):

  • Travel Medicine Practitioners
  • Primary Care Physicians
  • Family Physicians
  • Infectious Disease Specialists
  • Occupational Health Specialists
  • Mid-level practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Pharmaceutical Specialists
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about Travel Medicine

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Course Schedule

The Course is scheduled to begin at 8:00 am/08.00 on Friday, 10 March 2017, and conclude at 4:30 pm/16.30 on Saturday, 11 March 2017.

The program topics include:

  • Global Travel and Risk Assessment
  • Vectors and Vector Avoidance
  • Malaria and Malaria Prevention
  • Routine Vaccines and Travel
  • Pre-travel Cases
  • Travel Vaccines (YF, JE, Typhoid, Rabies)
  • Vector-Borne Diseases
  • Extreme Travel
  • Pregnant and Breastfeeding Travelers
  • Marine Medicine, Bites, and Envenomations
  • Travelers’ Diarrhea
  • High-Risk Travelers
  • More Cases
  • Approaches to the Ill Returned Traveler
  • Travel with Children
  • VFR, Long-term, and Business Travelers
  • Post-travel Cases

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Confirmed Faculty

Elizabeth Barnett, MD
Nancy Piper Jenks, MS, CFNP
Lin Chen, MD
David Hamer, MD
Jay Keystone, MD
Phyllis Kozarsky, MD
Anne McCarthy, MD
Mark Riddle, MD
Mary Louise Scully, MD

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Continuing Medical Education Credits

Information will be posted as soon as it is confirmed.

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Certificate in Travel HealthTM Exam

ISTM will offer its 15th Certificate of Knowledge in Travel Medicine examination on 14 May 2017 prior to the opening of the 15th Conference of the ISTM in Barcelona, Spain. The certificate recognizes professionals who have demonstrated expertise in the unique body of knowledge associated with travel medicine care and consultation. Professionals passing the exam will be granted a Certificate in Travel HealthTM or CTH®. ISTM members who receive the certificate will be given special recognition on the ISTM website and in the "ISTM Global Travel Clinic Directory".

Click here for more information about the Certificate in Travel HealthTM Exam.

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Course Location and Accommodations

The course will be held at the Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center located at 3800 Reservoir Rd NW, in Washington DC, United States.

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center. The special rate of USD 159.00 per night for Single/Double occupancy (plus tax) has been negotiated. Hotel reservations must be made prior to 7 February 2017 in order to receive the discounted rate. Guests can call reservations at 1-888-902-1606 or reservations can be made online by following this link. When calling, you must identify yourself as an attendee of the ISTM Review Course in order to obtain the special meeting rate. For any additional nights needed before or after the posted group dates, please contact the hotel directly at +1-888-902-1606 to check availability.

Airport: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. It is an international airport located 3 miles south of downtown Washington D.C.

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Course Tuition and Refund Policy

The following fees apply for the 2017 Course. Register early because course capacity is limited. Those registering after the course is filled will be placed on a waiting list. Click here to access the event registration page.

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Registration Selections and Payment

All Fees are in U.S. Dollars.

Registrant Class Standard Registration
(Through 7 February 2017)
Onsite Registration*
(After 7 February 2017)
ISTM Member USD 450 USD 550
Non-Member USD 650 USD 750

*Onsite registrations are subject to availability-please contact the ISTM Secretariat prior to travel if you plan to register onsite.

Registration fees are payable only in U.S. Dollars and payment must be made by VISA, MasterCard or American Express through the electronic registration program. All credit card payments will be charged in U.S. Dollars. Currency conversions will be handled through the credit card company's billing arrangement with the cardholder. If you are unable to use a credit card when submitting your registration, please contact the ISTM Secretariat at to make alternate arrangements. ISTM members must log in to their member account to receive the member discount on registration fees.

To request reasonable accommodations for a disability please notify the ISTM at, in writing, at least two weeks prior to the conference.

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Registration Fee Inclusions

The registration fees include admittance to the course, continuing education application fees, the course materials, continental breakfast, and refreshment breaks. Speaker presentations will be available online prior to the meeting for printing and use of the registrants.

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We hope you will be able to attend once registered for the course. If you must cancel, notice of cancellation must be received by the ISTM Secretariat (contact information below) in writing by 7 February 2017, and is subject to a USD 75 administrative fee. No refunds for cancellations will be made after 7 February 2017.

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Force Majeure

The ISTM reserves the right to cancel the course without notice or compensation in the case of an extraordinary event or circumstance beyond the control of the ISTM, such as a war, terrorist attacks, riot, crime or an event described as an "act of God" (e.g. earthquake, fire, flooding, breakout of disease, tornado). In such cases the ISTM is free of all responsibility because of such an incident. In the event of it being impossible for the course to take place due to force majeure cases, so long as it arises from a cause not attributable to the ISTM, the ISTM shall only be obliged to reimburse the payments received subject to the deduction of any costs it has incurred in preparation for the course. This liability only extends to payments made directly to the course and not to payments made by the delegates to hotels or airlines.

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ISTM Online Learning Program

Distant learning Program

To expand the reach of the ISTM educational events, the ISTM has established a distance learning program capturing individual sessions from the Travel Medicine and Review North American Course as well as from the 14th International Conference of the ISTM and have made them available through the internet. Offering more than 90 sessions of video with synchronized slides, and audio with synchronized slides, individual modules range from 30 minutes to four hours. The program includes sessions covering all of the areas in the ISTM Body of Knowledge, and features three Mock Tests to help candidates prepare for the CTH® Examination. For more information click here.

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ISTM Secretariat Contact Information

International Society of Travel Medicine
Phone: +1.404.373.8282
Fax: +1.404.373.8283
Mail/Courier: 1200 Ashwood Parkway, Suite 310, Dunwoody, GA 30338