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CISTM18 Courses & Accrediation

CISTM18 Pre-Courses

CISTM18 Pre-Courses will be held at the Basel Convention Center the afternoon of Sunday, 21 May 2022, staring at 13.00. ISTM will offer five pre-courses which will occur concurrently. Pre-courses are included with CISTM18 full registration; it is not necessary to have a badge to receive access.

Pediatric Pre Pre-Course

(12.00 – 13.00)

Sheila Mackell and Mike Starr | Pediatric Special Interest Group | Mexico Room

Join members of the Pediatric Interest Group for a lively conversation with Q & A about Pediatrics and Travel Medicine.

Military Travel: Cough, Blood and Pain

Olivier Aoun | Military Special Interest Group | Conference Foyer

The new “cold” war: How Armed Forces from France, the US and India Responded During the COVID19 Pandemic. This session describes how continued activities were facilitated, despite the risk of infection in the unique living and working conditions of the military environment, at home and abroad.

Sweat and blood: War medicine has seen major advances in the last two decades following the Afghan, Iraqi and Sahel campaigns. Initially reserved to military healthcare personnel, this specialty is currently being taught to civilian emergency physicians (for example in France) following the terror attacks that hit Western countries in the last decade. Due to the current situation in Eastern Europe, all civilian healthcare personnel should be at least informed on the principles of combat casualty care. This session will cover the management of a war casualty.


  • To review how French, Indian and USA military healthcare providers controlled the risk of COVID19 infection among troops in the unique living and working conditions of the military environment, at home and abroad despite the necessity of continued military operations.
  • To review how the military medical services contributed to the national medical efforts against the COVID19 outbreak
  • To review the epidemiology and management of kidney stones during deployment.
  • To review the medical fitness criteria and prevention of kidney stone disease during the pre-deployment phase.
  • To review the epidemiology, etiological spectrum, management and prevention of reactive arthritis during deployment.
  • To review medical fitness, common ailments, and medical evacuation specificities when deploying in a submarine.
  • To review the principles of combat casualty care, resuscitation on the battlefield, and war surgery (damage control)
  • To review the major advances in war medicine in the last two decades following the Afghan, Iraqi and Sahel campaigns.
  • To review the long path to recovery of a military combat casualty

Clinical Research & Evidence at Travel Medicine Alliance (CRESTMA)

How to Conduct Impactful Research in Travel Medicine Clinic – Lessons Learned from CRESTMA

Deborah Mills and Luis Furuya-Kanamori | Location: Sydney Room

Research is about answering questions to BETTER help your travelling patients.  This workshop is for primary care medical staff interested in doing more research. We will describe how to convert clinical questions into workable projects, and share lessons learned during our collaboration between academics and clinicians in a travel clinic in Brisbane, Australia ( This hands-on session will help you come away with a workable plan for your next project.


  • To assist participants to define a research question relevant to their practice.
  • To describe the design process to satisfy both clinicians and academics. 
  • To introduce the audience to the `research language’ and describe various models for financing the research.

Drug Holidays/Drug Holidaze

Karl Hess | Pharmacists Professional Group (PPG) | Location: SIngapore Room

The Pharmacist Professional Group proposes a pre-conference session around the topic of “Drug holidays / Drug holidaze”. In certain cases, this can mean using medications during travel to help the traveler adjust to travel-specific conditions such as jet-lag or the use of devices to help monitor one’s response to drug therapy or to the regulatory complications of taking drugs “on-tour” across borders. In other cases, this can mean purposely using unregulated and/or potentially dangerous substances such as Ayahuasca during travel.

Agenda Topics and Speakers:

  • Karl Hess – Chair’s Welcome and Year in Review 
  • Derek Evans – Alcohol Consumption: the Impact on Travel Health Behaviours 
  • Patricia Schlagenhauf – Clear the Holidaze with the ITT App: A New Tool for Travel Medicine 
  • Keri Hurley – Traveling with Diabetes — Medication Use and Monitoring During Travel 
  • Sherilyn Houle – Ayahuasca and Travellers – Use and Abuse
  • Peter Felkai and Karl Hess – Update on Carrying Medicines Across Borders Project


  • Understand travellers behaviour changes towards alcohol use during travel
  • Learn about the ITIT app which provides travellers with key information on vaccine and malaria medication requirements at the destination 
  • Learn how ITIT can monitor travel illness during travel and revolutionize surveillance
  • Describe the intersection of travel health and chronic disease management
  • In collaboration with other pharmacists and providers, recommend strategies to manage chronic diseases during international travel
  • Describe reasons why travellers may consume ayahuasca abroad and the potential benefits and risks associated with its use
  • Review challenges associated with carrying medicines across boarders and discuss the PPG carrying medicines database project

Pre-Travel Health Consultation

Caroline Nash | Nurses Professional Group (NPG) | Location: Montreal Room

After the impact of COVID-19 globally, the world has finally reopened for international travel. For clinicians who are new to the field of travel health or those returning to practice after a lengthy absence, a pre-travel health consultation will present new challenges. This will be an interactive practical workshop to guide clinicians and offer learning opportunities to develop within the scope of Travel Health.

Agenda Topics and Speakers:

  • Caroline Nash – Introduction and welcome, Overview of Global Return to Travel
  • Catherine Keil – How to Structure a Pre-Travel Health Consultation including Prioritizing Important Content
  • Lisa Scotland – How to Deliver Pre-Travel Information Effectively in a Given Timeframe
  • Tara Lombardo – Resources for a Pre-Travel Health Consultation- A Global Perspective
  • Case Study: A Pre-Travel Health Consultation in the new COVID-19 Era


  • Describe a pathway of the return of international travel
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills to deliver a high quality and well-structured pre-travel health consultation
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide a high-quality and well-structured pre-travel consultation
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide a high-quality pre-travel health consultation priorizing content appropriately and delivering information effectively and efficiently
  • Identify a broad range of high-quality global travel health resources including industry guidelines and standards

Climate Change Incubator

AIsha Khatib | Responsible Travel Special Interest Group | Location: Osaka/Samarkand Room

Climate change is the single biggest health threat facing humanity, and this incubator will engage participants in a thought-provoking dialogue to understand the travelers ‘climate footprint,’ to encourage innovative and sustainable solutions, and to empower them to make immediate, conscientious, and responsible choices to educate about and abate the impact of climate change. Now, more than ever, is there a need to examine the role that we as travelers and travel medicine practitioners have on ecosystems, economies, populations, and future generations while addressing some of the greatest systemic challenges caused by the acceleration of travel and tourism in recent years, most pressing being the climate emergency. 

Global warming is and will continue to alter the landscape of travel medicine as we know it with expansion of transmission seasons and geographic ranges of disease, increased risk of infections and harmful marine toxins, and introduction of emerging infections to naïve populations.  By identifying and understanding the climate-sensitive health risks to the traveler, and the detrimental effects that the role of travel can contribute to climate change, the travel medicine practitioner can be a catalyst for transformative action, while promoting education and ethical travel choices. 

Sustainability and responsibility needs to be interwoven and embedded within the framework of travel medicine and this incubator will create the environment needed to foster a collaborative platform to generate awareness, discourse innovative solutions, and adapt our practices and choices to ensure a more sustainable travel future that generations to come can benefit from, experience, and enjoy.  The Incubator is an idea growth forum with the goal to engage stakeholders, industry, individuals, travelers and the scientific community to assess the projected situation and to encourage the development of strategic action plans and deliverables.




Basel, Switzerland

has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) for a maximum of 18 European CME credits (ECMEC®s).

Each medical specialist should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

The EACCME® is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS),

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Live educational activities occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for ECMEC® credits are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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has been awarded [xxx] European CME Credits (ECMEC®s) for his/her attendance at this event