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Other ways to attain knowledge in Travel and Tropical Medicine

What are the other ways one can attain knowledge in Travel and Tropical Medicine?
→ Travel & Tropical Medicine Societies & Conferences.

Travel Medicine
Travel Medicine has emerged as an entity in it’s own right in recent years; and the International Society for Travel Medicine ( has really gone from strength to strength. The Journal of Travel Medicine these days has some extremely good articles.Their biennial conferences are always good, I have been to a couple of them (Lisbon & Boston.) There is also an examination available for a the Certificate of Travel Medicine

The Asia Pacific Travel Health Society holds conferences in Southeast Asia/Australasia; usually the alternate year of the ISTM ( I have been to at least two, and the last one in Bangkok (2018) had good content; it’s always a short trip in the region to get to it.

The Australian College of Tropical Medicine ( ran a great conference in Sydney in September 2019 with an excellent list of speakers and topics.

For more concentration on Tropical Medicine you could attend a regional conference in Bangkok next year in September 2020 – the 20th International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria (ICTMM2020) or the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) in Kuala Lumpur in February 2020.

Tropical Medicine
Further afield you could consider the annual American Society for Tropical Medicine meeting , or the UK or European European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health These conferences are more academic, but usually have some luminary plenary speakers. The clinical sessions on Tropical medicine would be very thorough. I have reviewed their conference programs (late 2019) and all look good. Maybe I should make the effort and go to one in the next year or two.

Infectious Diseases
I have been to a couple of meetings of the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) meetings over the years (Singapore and Hyderabad) and they were both good value.

At most of these conferences the “Meet The Professor” early morning sessions I have attended have been really worthwhile, despite the pain of the early morning wake up.

For GPs new to the subject I would suggest the ISTM (biennial), the APTHS (alternate year of ISTM), or Australian College of Tropical Medicine annual conference. You will get exposed to a combination of Travel Medicine with some Tropical Medicine.

In 2020 there are three conferences in the region you could attend:-
- (Kuala Lumpur, 20-23rd February)
- (Auckland, 18-21st March)
- (Bangkok, 20-24th September)

If are planning on attending any let me know and we can meet up. You can see the details about our Dengue course here

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