Ronda, Spain


Emergency Medicine Update Europe is in its seventh edition and we like to think that “EMU Europe” has come to stand for outstanding innovative continuing medical education combined with custom travel at the highest level. Each trip, we push ourselves harder to take the conference to greater heights and for 2022, we have our sights set on Andalucia in Southern Spain.  

We will base ourselves in Ronda, an historic town of about 30,000 people and perched over an immense canyon spanned by three stunning bridges – The Roman Bridge, The Arab Bridge and The New Bridge which dates to 1751 despite its name!   Our Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria is located in the center of town with cafés, restaurants and tapas bars on its doorstep.  But at the same time, it is surrounded by an immense garden/park overlooking the gorge and has both a huge outdoor pool as well as an indoor pool and spa.  The best of all worlds. 

Naturally, we will eat and drink well.  Olive groves and vineyards are everywhere and one evening we will enjoy a private dinner at an organic olive oil estate and on another we will have an extensive tasting and private dinner with the father and son team at the winery of Bodega Joaquim Fernandez.  On another evening, we will split into small groups and get a hands-on gourmet cooking class followed by dinner with the chef. 

But of course, we take as much pride in delivering an outstanding, innovative emergency medicine education program – with expert speakers, novel teaching methods, essential topics and engaged participants.  As an educator – I guarantee it.
And if you have time, please join us for the pre-trip in Seville, a city full of history and architectural wonders that boasts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites - the Alcázar palace complex, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies.  We will visit them all. 

Opportunities like this don’t come along too often.  Space is limited.  The last couple programs have had huge waiting lists so don’t delay.  We truly hope that you can join us in 2022 for what promises to be a very special journey to the town of Ronda in beautiful Andalucia. 

Rick Penciner MD, Course Director
Emergency Services Program
North York General Hospital
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada