UCSF Imaging Update in Australia (with optional Virtual Colonoscopy and HRCT)

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Four Seasons
Sydney, Australia
Monday, September 11, 2017 to Friday, September 15, 2017
Course Director:
Daria Motamedi MD; Christopher Hess
CME Credits:
22 (12 / 3)
SAM Credits:

Course Faculty and Schedule At-a-Glance

General course is half-day morning sessions Monday through Friday;  22 CME credits and 21 SAM credits.
Optional workshops on Virtual Colonoscopy (12 CME credits) and HRCT of the Lung (3 CME credits) - additional registrations and fees, enrollment in the general session required.
RANZCR CPD points may be claimed for the corresponding sessions and credits.

UCSF Faculty:  Heather Greenwood, MD (breast); Travis Henry, MD (thoracic); Christopher Hess, MD, PhD (neuro); Priyanka Jha, MD (abdominal); Daria Motamedi, MD (musculoskeletal); Judy Yee, MD (abdominal). 

General Session: 7:00 am - 1:00 pm (no session on Wednesday, Sep 13)
Sep 11 / MON - Neuro, Thoracic 
Sep 12 / TUE - Neuro, Thoracic, Virtual Colonoscopy: Prerequisites, Techniques, Interpretation
Sep 14 / THR - Breast, Musculoskeletal
Sep 15 / FRI - Breast, Musculoskeletal

Virtual Colonoscopy (optional) / Dr. Yee, Dr. Jha:
Sep 12 / TUE / 2:00 - 5:00 pm: VC Protocols, Reporting, Normal Findings and Pitfalls
Sep 13 / WED / 7:30 am - 6:00 pm: VC Case Review (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)

HRCT of the Lung (optional) / Dr. Henry:
Sep 14 / THR / 2:00 - 5:00 pm:  Interstitial Penumonia, Rare Diffuse / Small Airways / Diffuse Nodular Disease, Rad-Path Correlation

The Four Seasons Sydney

www.fourseasons.com/sydney / 199 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Bookings:  please fill-out and email or fax the hotel reservation form.
Room Rate:  $300 AUD (approximately $225 USD)  Run of House / Reservation deadline:  Friday, August 11, 2017
The conference roomrate is offered from September 10-15 (pre- and post- dates may be offered depending on availability).
US Toll-Free:  800–819–5053 / Email: [email protected]

A credit card number is required to confirm your reservation, and a non-refundable one-night deposit will be charged.  Rates are inclusive the Federal Goods & Services Tax (GST).  Room rate includes in-room internet. 24-hour access to the Health Club and complimentary overnight shoeshine.
Roll-away bed charge of $70 AUD ($53 USD) per night.  Check-in is 3:00 pm, check-out is 12:00 noon.  Late check-outs will be subject to penalty.  Reservations cancelled at least 7 days prior to scheduled arrival will forfeit the one-night deposit;  cancellations made less than 7 days will be charged for the full reservation. 

Air Travel

UCSF Radiology has fare discounts with Delta and United Airlines for radiology course attendees to Sydney.  To ensure the lowest fares, please book directly with the airline website using the discount codes below:
Delta      tinyurl.com/www-delta-com-book      code NMNZH              800−328−1111 
United    tinyurl.com/www-united-com-book    code ZWZB714473     800−426−1122
Sydney Airport code = SYD;  www.sydneyairport.com.au

Travel Information & Tips  

Passports and visas:  www.immi.gov.au   All non-Australian/NZ citizens require a passport.  An ETA 601 visa (Electronic Travel Authority) is required for USA and Canadian citizens, this replaces the visa stamped in one’s passport.
Currency: The currency is the Australian Dollar (AUD).  ATMs throughout Sydney accept Visa, Amex and Mastercard, as well as other major credit/debit cards.You will likely receive better rates if you wait to exchange money in Australia.  As of January 2017, approximate exchange rate was $1 USD = $1.34 AUD or $0.75 USD = $1.00 AUD. 
Safety and Health: No innoculations or additional health precautions are required.
Weather: the temperature in September is usually around 21C (low 70s) during the day, and 11C (low 50s) in the evening.
Time Zone: Sydney is 14 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight time and 17 hours ahead of Pacific Daylight time (in September).
Tipping:  for waitstaff and taxi-drivers is generally not expected (as service wages are higher than in North America).  You may want to tip an additional 10% for superior service.  Waitstaff usually pool extra tips.
Public Transit  www.transportnsw.info  for information on bus, train, ferry, light-rail and multi-use tickets.