department OF ANESTHESIA
southern portugal
MAY 14-20, 2017


MAY 14- 20, 2017

Dear Controversies Friends and Colleagues,

Controversies in Perioperative Medicine 2017 will be the 11th multi-disciplinary CME meeting that we have organized since our inaugural event in 1998. Over the years we have visited some classic sites in France, Italy and Spain. For 2017, we have decided to shift countries and thus language, food, wine and culture – to open up a whole new set of exciting experiences for all to enjoy.  Southern Portugal, here we come!!

With every “ Controversies “ trip we challenge ourselves to take the academic program to greater heights and for 2017 we have some exciting new approaches to speakers and topics that we think will do just that. We are currently putting together what will be a highly interesting and educational morning program.  That same challenge to impress and stimulate is also always there for the biking, hiking and social side of “Controversies” 2017.

We will base ourselves in the deluxe 5-star Convento do Espenheiro, a leading member of Starwood’s Luxury Collection and, without a doubt, the most comfortable hotel ever to host our conference.  The sprawling property around this once 15th-century monastery is covered with 500-year-old olive trees, cork oaks and red wine vineyards. Numerous bars, a gourmet restaurant, indoor and outdoor pools, a tennis court and a wonderful spa are among the hotel’s amenities that await you!

Just 10 minutes away is the historic and picturesque town of Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting a 1st-century BC Roman temple and an eye-popping 16th-century aqueduct but whose real appeal remains its quiet central medieval core filled with interesting shops, bars, bistros, cafés and relaxed restaurants hidden away down narrow cobbled shady lanes. 
The biking and hiking will be quite relaxed through this mostly flat/slightly rolling bucolic landscape that often feels frozen in a time from 50 years ago.   The quiet paths and roads will take us to ancient Megalithic dolmens and menhirs, excellent wine makers and fascinating villages where ceramics and rug-making carry on as they have for centuries. 

Great food and wine have been essential elements of every “Controversies” trip thus far and we feel that this trend will continue for 2017.  The Alentejo province is not only famous for its cooking but is also home to the finest sparkling, white, rose and red wines of the country!  We truly hope that you can join us in 2017 for what promises to be a very special journey to Southern Portugal. 

Mark Friedlander, MBChB FRCPC
Program Director

Charles Knapp, MD, FRCPC
Program Director