The goal of the Academy is to offer information and insight into the health care delivery systems and diagnostic and treatment methods of medical and dental professionals overseas and compare them to U.S. and Canadian systems. The Academy stays informed by visiting all types of medical institutions in diverse cultural settings and by maintaining an ongoing dialogue with fellow colleagues in foreign lands. As a result, the Academy provides an educational experience that can only take place in the particular destination, an integral part of the location’s culture.
The Academic Program
Upon registration, each participant in the academic program will receive an AIMS paper detailing the health and medical issues of the particular destination and other pertinent information. An all-inclusive professional registration fee of $300 is charged and billed separately to each participant to cover the costs of all professional activities, including transportation to and from meetings, honoraria for local hosts, meeting rooms, equipment, administrative fees and any other academic resources needed.
Book & deposit 90 Days prior to departure, CME fee is reduced to $150.
Professional visits will take place at medical schools, hospitals, clinics or other health facilities in urban or rural areas. Participants will have the opportunity to observe patients and professional staff at work with the socio-economic climate as the backdrop to understanding. Where possible, indigenous healing techniques and practices will be explored.
Lecture and Group Discussions
The focus of group discussions will be the health priorities in the particular country, vital health concerns that are certain to relate to all professionals, regardless of individual practices and specialties. Colleagues from foreign universities and host medical associations will take part in the discussions, comparing current health care problems and advances of the host country to those of North America.
Certificate of Attendance
Participants’ attendance will be monitored during the educational component through sign in lists and the completion of questionnaires and a summary report. An appropriate Certificate of Attendance will be issued after the program has been completed.
The issue of tax deductibility for educational and professional study abroad is a complex question and cannot be answered the same way for each tour and each participant. It should be addressed by the participant’s own professional tax advisor, whose advice we urge you to seek. Current United States tax law does not limit the number of trips one may take or the cost involved. Rather, the test of “reasonableness” applies. The taxpayer must establish that the meeting or professional visit is related to his or her trade or business and that it is “reasonable” for the meeting or visit to take place outside North America. Key factors that your tax consultant must take into account are the purpose of the meeting and activities taking place, and the purpose and activities of the sponsoring organization. Since AIMS has been involved in sponsoring medical tours for many years, we suggest that participants inform their tax advisors that the medical aspects of our tours focus on the health issues of the host countries and can only take place overseas. The tours are based on a concept similar to “people to people” programs. Additionally, participants travel as members of AIMS, an organization exclusively composed of health professionals worldwide.
The international travel excursions described in these pages have been planned meticulously by the Academy for International Medical Study to provide doctors with the opportunity to see the world in a whole new way - benefiting from enhanced professional knowledge and enjoying a world-class cultural experience that they may share with family and friends.
This year, we provide a choice of fabulous destinations, each offering luxury travel and accommodations, unusual cultural experiences, and a rewarding - often inspiring - educational component far removed from the typical lecture hall.
The medical/health component of each tour is well integrated into the cultural aspects of the travel experience and often involves the unexpected. For example, it may be the opportunity to witness the Chinese healing arts, to visit a clinic in the African Bush, or even to walk with a naturalist in the Costa Rican rain forest, exploring how shamans use medicinal plants. AIMS' programs are Category 2 CME accredited. Whatever tour you choose, you may never look at international travel and international CME the same way again.
Specialized, Balanced Tours
None of the tours described on the following pages is, by any stretch of the imagination, "off the shelf." AIMS Travel understands the highly specialized interests and discriminating tastes of doctors and knows that their time is valuable. Therefore, a great deal of attention has been paid to striking the optimal balance between what there is to see and how much time there is to see it. For example, spending eight days in a country that requires ten would make the experience hectic and rushed instead of truly enjoyable. On the other hand, one day too long in a country could make the tour lose momentum and time drag. AIMS Travel has the knowledge and experience to achieve just the right balance. Whether it is a scenic boat ride on the lovely Danube, or a relaxing lunch at the exceptional San Dominica restaurant in Imola after a morning of exploring Bologna, AIMS Travel knows a great deal about each destination and how to make the most of the time spent there.
Experienced Tour Directors
An important element that distinguishes AIMS tours from others is the handpicked, experienced Tour Directors who assist and accompany travelers every step of the way. They know what they're doing and have been where you're going. Since AIMS Tour Directors know the locations firsthand, they may provide advice about unusual places to dine, shop or visit during free hours or may suggest a particular museum or outdoor activity that coincides with a doctor's or other traveler's individual tastes or interests. A traveling spirit and the ability to make people feel at home is typical of AIMS Tour Directors - participants do, and will, follow them everywhere and anywhere.
*All tours with 15 or more passengers will be accompanied by a tour manager.
Sense of Collegiality and Camaraderie
Since these tours are developed with considerable input from doctors (often the tour directors themselves are doctors) specifically for doctors, their families and friends, it is no wonder that a great sense of collegiality and camaraderie usually develops during an AIMS tour. The small group size and the commonality of interests among the travelers enhance this group spirit.
Value in international travel is easily measured. It is in the quality of accommodations, the intelligence of the itinerary and the decision to choose scheduled airlines rather than charters. AIMS Travel Services adds further value because of the volume of travel it handles each year. This allows AIMS Travel to command some extremely favorable rates and gives it access to some of the finest transportation, accommodations, restaurants, and sightseeing activities. This adds value in terms all of us can understand when it comes to travel - enjoyment!
Limited Group Size
To ensure personalized attention to the needs and interests of each traveler, the size of the group of participants in each tour is limited. It generally ranges as few as 6 to as many as 20.