Travel Medicine Review and Update Course


14-15 August 2020

Online Registration for the Virtual Course will be available soon.

ISTM produces the North American Travel Medicine Review and Update Course each year. The 2020 Course will be held 14-15 August 2020. Due to the growing COVID-19 outbreak and the increasing concern that large gatherings and travel pose concern for personal and public health, the ISTM Executive Board has decided to change the format for the Course to a virtual course. The course agenda and presentations will remain the same; you can find the full agenda here. The Course provides a thorough update and review of the Body of Knowledge for the practice of travel medicine.

Course Agenda

Course Speakers

Co-Chair: Sheila Mackell
Co-Chair: Nancy Piper-Jenks
Elizabeth Barnett
Lin Chen
David Hamer
Sarah Kohl
Anne McCarthy
Mary-Louise Scully
Henry Wu

Course Description

The North American Travel Medicine Review and Update Course is designed to review the ISTM 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 travellers, expatriates, and migrants. The sessions offered will include principles of immune response, risk assessment, and a travel vaccine overview. The expert faculty will present topics including adventure travel, bites and envenomation, cases, food and water exposures, ill returning travellers, risk assessment, malaria, special travellers, vaccines, and vectors. The care of special groups such as pregnant women, pediatric travellers, immigrants, VFR travellers, diabetics, and immunocompromised hosts will also be discussed. Recent developments and advances in travellers' 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.

The late Jay Keystone, Past President of ISTM, was a respected colleague, brilliant teacher and personal friend to many. He was also a popular course speaker who frequently presented in past ISTM North American Travel Medicine Review and Update Courses. Jay will be recognized in a special Memorial tribute during the course.

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Course Schedule

The Course is scheduled as follows: 08.00 to 17.15 (with an optional Tribute to Dr. Jay Keystone to directly follow) on Friday, 14 August 2020, and 08.00 to 16.45 conclude on Saturday, 15 August 2020. Click here to view the full agenda.

Program Topics Include:

  • Adventure Travel, Altitude and Diving
  • Bites and Envenomation
  • Cases
  • Child and Pregnant Travellers
  • Food and Water Exposure
  • Global Travel and Risk Assessment
  • High-Risk Travellers
  • Ill Travellers
  • Malaria
  • Review of Statistics
  • Travel Medicine and Digital Communications
  • Vaccines
  • Vectors
  • VFRs

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Course Objectives

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

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

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Continuing Medical Education Credits

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In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and National Quality Forum. Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statement – Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM for physicians and 12.25 contact hours for nurses and 6.25 knowledge-based contact hours for pharmacists. Learners should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

NOTE to Pharmacists: The only official Statement of Credit is the one you pull from CPE Monitor. You must request your certificate within 30 days of the activity to meet the deadline for submission to CPE Monitor.

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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 Travellers' HealthTM Examination (CTH® Program):

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

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Registration and Payment

The following fees apply for the 2020 Course.

All Fees are in U.S. Dollars.

Registrant Class    Registration
   (Until 11 August 2020)
ISTM Member    USD 600 Convert to another currency
Non-Member    USD 800 Convert to another currency

Online Registration will close 11 August 2020.

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.

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Registration Fee Inclusions

The registration fees include admittance to the course, continuing education application fees, electronic course materials, and access to the full course recording 6 months after the course. Speaker presentations will be available online prior to the meeting for printing and use of the registrants.

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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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Certificate in Travel HealthTM Exam

ISTM is planning 2 Certificate of Knowledge in Travel Medicine examinations in 2020: 20 May 2020 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and September 2020 in Atlanta, Georga, United States of America. The certificate recognises 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".

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We are delighted to offer the opportunity to interact and share information about your products and services with travel medicine practitioners during the Annual ISTM North American Travel Medicine Update and Review Course. There will be approximately 200 physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists who manage travel medicine clinics and practice travel medicine. Please contact for more information.

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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 previous Travel Medicine and Review North American Courses as well as from the 16th International Conference of the ISTM CISTM 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