Little Saint Simons Island, Georgia
February 28 - March 3, 2013
Basic Information: Expedmed is excited to announce its latest CME adventure: a Wilderness Medicine CME retreat on Little Saint Simons Island, Georgia. Little Saint Simons Island is a private island that allows no more than 32 overnight guests. This beautiful barrier island has seven miles of pristine beach, is overrun with wildlife including various species of birds, alligators, dolphins, crabs, fish, deer, and bald eagles, and has won numerous awards for its incredible food, history, service, and sustainable eco-friendly policies. Addtionally, the American Bird Conservancy and The Nature Conservancy have designated the island as a Globally Important Bird Area due to the variety and quantity of bird species on the island.
Little Saint Simons Island has been privately owned for over 100 years and was converted from a hunting lodge into an eco-resort approximately 40 years ago. It is over 10,000 acres with only a handful of rooms and cottages for visitors and staff. No bridges connect the island to the mainland and guests must take a 15 minute ferry ride from nearby Saint Simons Island.
People often confuse Little Saint Simons Island with its larger neighbor, Saint Simons Island. However, while Saint Simons Island is a community with approximately 15,000 residents, Little Saint Simons Island remains almost untouched by human development through generations of careful conservation practices.
The beach on Little Saint Simons Island is one of the last significant stretches of undeveloped coastline on the East Coast with no human development for its entire seven miles.
Little Saint Simons Island has won multiple awards from various travel and adventure organizations including Conde Nast Traveler and Outside magazine. The lodge has received rave reviews for its excellent food and superior service.
Activities: Little Saint Simons Island offers activities for the entire family. Included in the room rate are a host of outdoor possibilities including bicycling, hiking, beach combing, bird watching, kayaking, fishing (all gear provided), swimming (both at the beach and in a large swimming pool at the lodge), ping pong tables, and exploring the island waterways in motorized skiffs.
In addition, the island provides full-time Naturalists who are available to lead tours of the island. The Naturalists have extensive experience with the fauna and flora of Little Saint Simons Island and enjoy teaching guests about the natural wonders of this unique geographic location.
Children are welcome and the field staff are adept at teaching about the island animals and plants in ways that stimulate and encourage children to engage the world around them.
Food: All meals are prepared family-style in the main lodge by the talented staff. Many dishes are inspired by seasonally available produce from the island’s USDA Certified Organic Garden.
The first evening, guests will be welcomed to the island with an oyster roast hosted by one of the island’s knowledgeable naturalists.
Complimentary alcoholic beverages are available in the lodge including Georgia-brewed Sweetwater 420 on tap.
Cost: The special ExpedMed room rate for three nights on the island is $1,950 total for a double occupany room. This breaks down to $325 per person per night. This price is all inclusive and covers all food, ferry transport to and from the island, all activities, and any guided tours with the island field staff.
CME: ExpedMed is pleased to offer our 20 hour online course for CME plus 8 hours of live CME training. Topics covered in the live CME include envenomations, travel medicine, malaria, and other pertinent Wilderness Medicine topics. All CME lectures will be taught by the expert ExpedMed faculty.
In addition, all participants will receive a free copy of Expedition & Wilderness Medicine, the 750 page hardback textbook edited by Drs. Gregory Bledsoe, Michael Manyak, and David Townes. This textbook has received excellent reviews from JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine and lists for $150.
CME fees are $799 (for a total of 28 hours of Category I CME). Active military, non-physicians requiring CME, and students/residents pay a discounted fee of $649. Non-medical guests (excluding children under the age of 12 years old) pay an administrative fee of $459.
Registration: Please call the ExpedMed offices at 866-924-7929 to register for this remarkable CME adventure. Space is extremely limited.