2021 Antarctic CME Conference & Expedition 

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Abdominal Radiology and Urology CME Conference & Expedition to Antarctica on-board Quark Expeditions World Explorer Ice-class ship 

Keynote Speaker: Dr Neil Rofsky (US) Conference Convenor: Dr Victor Mansberg (AU)

  January 28 - February 7, 2021 | *65 ATTENDEES ONLY *Family members welcome 


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" Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. " 

Dear Colleagues and Friends,  

You are invited to join an extraordinary Conference & Expedition going to one of the most beautiful and remote locations on earth - Antarctica!  

Conference convener, Dr Victor Mansberg (AU), is putting together a truly unique and fascinating conference program, highlighted by our internationally renowned Keynote Speaker, Dr. Neil Rofsky (US). [A full list of Speakers will be announced in the coming weeks].  

We have had an incredibly positive response from Delegates which has resulted in a sufficient number of Delegates registering to attend this event, therefore we are now accepting bookings so registrants can secure their place aboard.

Thank you to those of you who have already confirmed your booking with us.  

If you would like to enquire to join, please add your name and email by clicking any of the 'Enquire to join' buttons on this page. 

Once you have entered your details, you'll be redirected to another page with instructions on how to proceed with making a booking if you would like to do so.  

Places are limited and will be booked on a 'first come, first served' basis. Please do follow the above mentioned steps to avoid missing the opportunity to attend.  

Please see all details of our Conference & Expedition below. 

Our conference co-ordinators, Jay Duncanson & Samantha Wyatt (Blue Horizon Conferencing) are available to answer any questions you might have, and can be reached at jay@bhconferencing.com.

We would love you to join us on this unique and unforgettable experience.

Warm regards, Dr. Victor Mansberg and your conference co-ordinator team  

Keynote Speaker - Dr Neil Rofsky


I am delighted and honored to serve as the keynote speaker for the upcoming Radiology conference in 2021.  

By enveloping high-quality CME into a truly unique and hearty adventure, the journey to Antarctica will chart the way for new professional and personal insights.  

The experience is bound to be a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience for me and I look forward to sharing this unique journey with you!  

- Dr Neil Rofsky

Keynote Speaker highlight lectures include:  

1. Prostate and Body MRI

2. MR Guided HIFU

3. Coaching as a leadership style. 

A native New Yorker, and Board Certified in Nuclear Medicine and Radiology, Dr. Rofsky spent his early years on the East Coast. 

After earning his bachelor's degree in biochemistry at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, he received his medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. He pursued and completed residency training at New York University Medical Center, where he also completed fellowships in abdominal imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); he continued at NYU as a faculty member, ultimately serving as Director of Body MRI. 

The next phase of his career was spent at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, serving as Director of MRI where he rose to the rank of Professor at Harvard Medical School. At BIDMC he worked with imaging scientists to develop the world’s first human, whole body 3T instrument and the world’s first 32 channel MRI scanner.  

In 2010, he was recruited to UT Southwestern Medical Center as Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology and was honored as the holder of the Effie and Wofford Cain Distinguished Chair in Diagnostic Imaging.  

In 2016, Dr. Rofsky enrolled in a master’s degree program in healthcare administration at Columbia University, earning an MHA degree in 2018.


Dr Victor Mansberg - Convenor (Australia)  

Dr Lance Lawler 

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Dr Victor Mansberg is a dual qualified radiologist and nuclear medicine specialist. He works at the Prince of Wales Private Hospital and Miranda I-Med Radiology Network practices in Sydney Australia with special interest in body and oncology imaging.  

He completed his radiology training at St. Vincent's Hospital Sydney and nuclear medicine training at the Prince of Wales Hospital Sydney. 

Thereafter he undertook further advanced training in PET/CT and Body MRI at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre New York (MSKCC). 

He has authored numerous radiology and nuclear medicine publications  

Dr Lawler is the current President of RANZCR and feels fortunate to work in both Australia and New Zealand.  

Previously the CEO of the Pacific Radiology Group, and currently the Managing Partner of Pacific Radiology Australia, he has wide ranging leadership and governance experience (in both the profit and not for profit arenas), is a Harvard Business School alumnus and is a member of both the IOD in NZ and AICD in Australia.

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We will be announcing the full list of speakers and the Scientific Program in the coming months.

 Topics covered include: Prostate and Body MRI, Urology surgical techniques and MRI Guided HIFU, Coaching and Leadership style. 

We anticipate that there will be Delegates who would like to speak to contribute to our scientific program. We are inviting all delegates with a special topic of interest applicable to the Conference theme to deliver a presentation during the meeting if they would like to do so.

Space is limited. We only have 30 double occupancy cabins for this conference. *Travel companions & additional family members are welcome.  

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Why Quark?

"Since 1991, and our first-ever tourism transit of the Northeast Passage, Quark Expeditions has been blazing trails in Polar adventure travel. 

This is just one reason we’re a uniquely qualified company to ensure a trip of a lifetime."


Conference Schedule & Expedition Itinerary

Our Radiology Abdominal and Urology CME Conference promises to be a comprehensive educational program including lectures and problem based learning discussions. 

January 28 / Day 1 : Arrive & overnight Ushuaia, Argentina - the world's most southern town.

Day 2: Embark the ship - World Explorer

With a population of more than 63,000, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Although the city has grown during the past few years, it retains an easygoing and accessible feel. 

Surrounded by the sea to the south and the mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic adventure. 

If you arrive early, you can spend time in nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy Argentine wines and barbecues in the city, or visit the many boutiques and cafés before you leave for your expedition to Antarctica.

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail through the historic Beagle Channel. 

This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. 

Expect an air of anticipation as you depart — the next time you’ll see land, you’ll be on the world’s most southern continent!


Day 3 & 4: Crossing the Drake Passage / Conference Schedule 

Your days at sea are filled with presentations led by your Expedition Team who will prepare you for the wildlife, geology and history that will greet you upon your arrival. In between presentations spend time on deck looking for wildlife or chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar.

Conference schedule to be announced.


Day 5 - 8: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Once the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. 

Every time we visit Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience. 

You will take daily Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.

The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Danco Island, affords us the opportunity to visit a penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here, you’ll have the choice between hiking to the island’s summit or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach, enjoying the antics of curious penguins. 

If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets!

Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour.

Each day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

Conference schedule to be announced.


Day 9 & 10: Crossing the Drake Passage / Conference Schedule 

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck, watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Conference schedule to be announced.


Day 11: Disembarkation in Ushuaia

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, which allows for you to continue your adventure on land or catch your flights home.

Quark Expeditions® World Explorer Ice-class Ship

Quark Expeditions® reveals the latest addition to its Antarctic fleet – World Explorer, its fastest and finest expedition ship to date.

Inaugural Voyage: March, 2019 Capacity: 176 guests Year Built: 2019 Crew: 125 Length: 413 feet 

As a hybrid polar-capable ice class 1B expedition vessel it is able to run on electric motors that minimise noise, meaning travelers can fully immerse themselves in the pristine, natural wonders of Antarctica with only the sound of cracking ice. The environmentally friendly hybrid propulsion system of the ship allows for lower CO2 emissions by incorporating state-of-the-art Rolls Royce diesel/electric engine technology.

“As the world leader in remarkable polar adventures, we constantly explore new ways to enhance the traveler experience,” says Quark Expeditions® President Andrew White. “With two powerful Rolls Royce engines and six tiers of deluxe accommodations featuring balconies across all suites, World Explorer is Quark’s fastest and finest ship to date.

From an outdoor running track and heated pool to an exclusive spa and sauna, passengers will enjoy touches of luxury throughout their authentic polar expedition.”

Polar Experts Since 1991-

Since 1991, Quark Expeditions has specialized in expedition cruising to the Arctic and Antarctica, in ships with ice-strengthened hulls or in icebreakers. Polar travelers will enjoy unparalleled technical expertise, leadership and passion for expedition trips to the Arctic and Antarctica. 

Conference & Expedition Costs

What will it cost for Delegates and their partners/travel companions to join the Conference & Expedition? 

1.

Conference & Expedition deposit:  

US$250 per person


What is this for? All attending Delegates, plus those individuals coming along as partners/traveling companions are required to pay this $250 fee. (Deposits are non-refundable). 

When & how do I pay for this? This will be due to pay when we open for bookings. Your invitation to book (plus instructions on how to book) will be sent to you via email.

You will receive further details via email about payments and the booking process in your Conference & Expedition Invitation.  


2.

Radiology Abdominal Imaging & Urology Conference Fee:  

US$1,250 per Delegate  


What is this for? Only Delegates participating/attending the content scheduled for CME Conference - the talks, lectures & breakout sessions - are required to pay this US$1,250 fee. 

*** Partners/traveling companions of Delegates are NOT required to pay this fee ***

When & how do I pay for this? The US$1,250 Conference Fee will be billed separately and payable AFTER your booking has been processed and confirmed.

You will receive further details about how to pay this at a later date.  


3.

Expedition/Voyage Cost: (cabin bookings)

USD$13,495 per person / double occupancy 


What is this for? This covers your 11 day, 10 night ship & hotel accommodations (per Quark Expeditions itineray), plus amazing additional inclusions - please see a more detailed inclusions list below.

All Conference attendees, plus those individuals coming along as partners/traveling companions are required to make a voyage booking.

See below for cabin selection and rates.  

When & how do I pay for this? A 20% voyage deposit - approx. US$2,700pp - is due at the time of booking to secure your cabin. (Deposits are non-refundable). 

The remaining balance will be due to be paid in a final instalment by July 31st, 2020.

You will receive further details about how to pay this at a later date.  

What is included as part of my Conference & Expedition experience? 

Inclusions: 

CPD / CME hours .  

Lectures will be run in between the normal Antarctica itinerary and scheduled activities. 

You will not be missing excursions by attending the conference program.  

Antarctica Expedition Highlights - Zodiac landings (included)  

During our expedition you’ll be setting foot, not only on the Antarctic Peninsula but on the Antarctic Continent itself.  

Not only a chance to get a picture of yourself on a continent not too many people get to set foot on, but endless opportunities to experience the wildlife of this beautiful part of the world, up close.

Antarctica Expedition Highlights - Snowshoeing (included)  

Something fun to quite literally ‘walk a mile in someone else’s shoes’. The explorers of yesteryear would have had to do all their explorations by snowshoe.  

This activity allows us to experience what it might have been like for them and see things from a slightly different perspective. 

Antarctica Expedition Highlights - Zodiac water tours (included)  

Yes, we’re sailing on a ship, enjoying the beauty that is Antarctica from it’s decks and from within its luxurious comforts.  

But it is just as amazing to feel the crisp Antarctic air on your face, and feel the thrill of exploring at sea level by zodiac, often with the opportunity to approach wildlife in it’s own natural habitat.  

The Zodiacs give accessibility where the ship can’t quite reach, which is why they are a favourite amongst guests visiting Antarctica.

Antarctica Expedition Highlights - Polar Plunge (included)  

Whilst plunging into Antarctic waters may seem like a ridiculous notion - this is a must do!  

You’ll find the crew is well trained in making sure this once-in-a-lifetime experience is as fun and enjoyable as possible!

Antarctica Expedition Highlights - Walking/Hiking (included)  

By being on a ship, you truly get to enjoy the unique perspective of seeing Antarctica by sea, but being on land offers another amazing perspective.  

You can really imagine how brave the first explorers of the Antarctic must have been, walking amongst giant mountain peaks, and gain a real appreciation for the wildlife that survives in such a wild environment.  

And there is more to explore on the land than you might think… 

Complimentary 3-in-1 Quark Expeditions® Parka

Please Note: Your Parka is provided to you by Quark, and is complimentary. The Body Basics (pictured right) is the suggested additional attire you should bring to ensure your comfort over the course of the Expedition and Voyage.

Other Inclusions Rates include all accommodations aboard ship and pre expedition hotel as outlined below. 

What is included in the price of our 11 day/10 night Antarctic Expedition aboard the Quark Expeditions, World Explorer. 

  • Departure transfer from pier to airport for early flights on disembarkation day. Passengers leaving on later flights have access to supervised luggage storage until late afternoon.
  • Pre-night hotel stay in Ushuaia, Argentina.
  • Accommodation aboard the World Explorer. 
  • All meals while aboard the World Explorer (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible).
  • Domestic beer and wine with dinner. 
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of $500,000 USD per person is included complimentary.
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails aboard.
  • All Zodiac landings and excursions, snowshoeing and hiking are included in daily program.
  • Walking poles are also provided at each landing for your convenience. Snowshoes may also be provided when conditions are favorable. 
  • The loan of a pair of waterproof boots for the duration of the voyage per passenger.
  • One complimentary 3-in-1 Quark Expeditions® parka to keep. (you'll order your size beforehand, and your parka will be in your cabin upon arrival) 
  • Professional Expedition Leadership.
  • Formal and informal educational presentations by the Quark Expeditions® Team.
  • Online Photographic Journal.
  • Coffee, tea, cocoa, soft drinks and juices available around the clock.
  • All shore excursions and sightseeing; entrance fees, special access permits.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure package including the Quark Expeditions® Polar Reader and Map.
  • An on-board Photographer.
  • All taxes, service charges and port charges.
  • Services of the ship’s physician. 

Not Included:  

  • Air transportation from country of origin (return). 
  • Passport and visa expenses (if applicable) 
  • Alcoholic beverages outside of domestic beer and wine at dinner or Polar Boutique store charges.
  • Voyage-end gratuities for Crew, Hospitality and Expedition Team members. (approx. US$150pp is recommended)
  • Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance.
  • Meals ashore, other than the breakfasts included with the hotel accommodation.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Extensions; passport, visa, security or immigration fees; travel insurance/travel protection plan; items of a personal nature such as use of on-board internet, laundry etc. 

Unique extras & experiences on your expedition voyage...  

Highly Experienced Captains, Ice Masters & Expedition Leaders and Quark's Open Bridge Policy


  • The bridge is your expedition ship’s command centre; this is where the magic happens! From the bridge, your Captain and his crew can see the way forward both visually and through advanced nautical navigation equipment. They can control the wheel and throttle, guiding your group safely over open water, through narrow fjords, and into pristine polar bays for further exploration by Zodiac or on foot.


  • Your Captain and Expedition Leader exercise an ‘Open Bridge’ policy. This means you’re allowed to actually go into the command centre of ship for a look at the inner workings of your expedition. On larger ships, as with the cockpits of commercial airlines, these areas are typically restricted and inaccessible to passengers.

More Adventure Options... 

 Sea Kayaking  

 Stand Up Paddle Boarding

 Paddle Kayak

  • Kayaking in Antarctica is probably one of the most intimate and inspiring ways you can explore this incredible region. Glide through the quiet waters and take in the beauty of Antarctica. Paddle through astounding icebergs, watch penguins, seals and possibly whales swim around your kayak.  
  • Kayaking in the Polar Regions is highly weather-dependent, however we guarantee at least one outing during your voyage. Your kayak guides will always attempt to take you out as many times as possible throughout your voyage.  
  • Spaces are limited and require some kayaking experience. All equipment, guides and instructions are provided by Quark.
  • Cost: US$995pp 
  • Combining surfing with kayaking or canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding will give you a very personal and unique perspective on Antarctica. 
  • Guided by experienced staff in small groups in good weather conditions on calm bays and harbours, reservations for 10 paddleboarders will be taken at time of booking. 
  • Other paddleboarding opportunities will be offered via sign-up, onboard ship, on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • Cost: US$295pp 
  • Explore the ocean from a more intimate vantage point on a sit-on-top kayak. No experience is required to manoeuvre these very stable kayaks, allowing you to enjoy an unforgettable experience on the water, taking in breathtaking landscapes and wildlife. Whether it’s your first time in a kayak or you want greater flexibility to try other Adventure options, this shorter excursion is for you.  
  • All equipment, guides and instructions are provided by Quark.  
  • Please note: Paddling in the Polar Regions is highly weather-dependent and a one-time experience. Your kayak guides will attempt to take you out on the water for 1-1.5 hours of paddling. Spaces are limited.  
  • Cost: US$295pp 

"My Seventh was Heaven" MOLLIE M. — Mar 16, 2018 VERIFIED PASSENGER  

"In my 40's I decided to step food on every continent. You made it not only possible to complete my goal, but you also provided a trip full of unbelievable memories. 

This adventure was above any and all expectations anyone could imagine. Your staff was by far the best informed and accommodating group that I have ever encountered in all my travels. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." 

Cabin Selection and Rates  

Please Note: Some of the images below are graphic representations of each of the stateroom cabins due to the fact that the ship has only recently set sail on her inaugural voyage Aug, 2019.

Verandah Suite:  

 US$13,495 per person - Twin Share

US$23,792 per person - Single Occupancy

  Featured in each cabin:

Walk-out balcony. A sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV and state of the art “info-tainment” system. Private bathroom with shower.


Payment Schedule & Cancellation Policy:

Deposits: To confirm reservations on all Quark products a deposit of 20% of the gross per person rate (approx. US$3000, AU$3900, £2300) is required at time of booking. The deposit must be paid by major credit card. 

Final Payments: Balances are due by July 31, 2020. Final payment can be made by calling Quark Expeditions (final payment cannot be made online) and may be paid by major credit card, bank wire or check. Deposits and payments for pre-expedition and post-expedition services are specific to each item and are explained and communicated at time of purchase.  

Late payments: All late payments are subject to a penalty of 1.5% interest per month, or 18% per annum. Quark reserves the right to cancel any booking that is not paid within 120 days of departure or deny boarding on any unpaid balances.

Days and date prior to Expedition start, per person Cancellation Fees: 

Please Note: 

Should delegates need to transfer their Expedition ticket to a different person due to unforeseen circumstances, we have arranged for you to be able to do so. A US$1250 fee will apply.

Cancellations received 180 days or more prior to departure, are refundable less an administrative fee of minimum US$1250, AU$1600, £830, €1100 per person. If cancellation is received between 179 days and 120 days, the voyage deposit is forfeited. 

If cancellation occurs less than 120 days prior to departure, all payments are forfeited. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. To protect your investment, Quark Expeditions highly recommends that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance.

All requests for cancellation must be received in writing.

Come join us...

Disclaimer: Conference Tax Deductibility and CPD/CME compliance Taxation Laws are complex and subject to change and interpretation. Whilst every effort will be made to have a comprehensive and fulfilling conference experience for all delegates, it is not expected that the conference expedition costs will be fully tax deductible. This is due in part to the many non-conference activities available and the high cost of the venue and accommodation. 

The conference convenor/s and conference organisers cannot accept any responsibility for whatever costs delegates claim as tax deductible. This is ultimately an issue between the individual delegate and their accountant.  

Comments from passengers who have travelled with Quark Expeditions to Antarctica...

"Life changing experience!" ISAAC R. — Mar 16, 2018 VERIFIED PASSENGER  

"We had a fabulous experience with Quark. The expedition team and ship crew/staff were amazing. Thanks so much for incredible service, warmth and your expertise in all areas of the trip. We hope to visit the Arctic with Quark someday soon!!"  


"Surpassed every expectation, cannot recommend enough!" JARED H. — Jan 26, 2018 VERIFIED PASSENGER

"There is not one negative thing I can find in my trip, both things in Quark's control and out of their control. The staff was fantastic, the ship was cozy and spacious, the food was wonderful, the stops and landings were awe-inspiring, kayaking was a must-do, and the wildlife and scenery were beyond anything I could've expected. We also lucked out with weather as the Drake was easy to pass both directions, and we got ot get out on the kayaks 9 times out of a possible 9."  

"Quark took great of me and us and I would recommend them and this trip to anyone!"