Enjoy heights & panoramic views?

The International Porter Protection Group (IPPG) require a mountain loving doctor to volunteer at  the Machermo Rescue Post, Nepal for the Spring 2015 season (end Feb – start May).

You will be situated at Machermo at 4450 m and the satellite post in Gokyo Village, in the Gokyo Valley at 4800 m.  This provides an opportunity for a volunteer to practice mountain medicine in the heart of the Everest region of Nepal, in a stunning environment and


to be welcomed into the local Sherpa community.

IPPG pays a small contribution to accommodation while in Kathmandu; flight costs to and from Lukla and then accommodation during the walk in and out. All food and accommodation is provided for free while at Machermo/Gokyo.

IPPG will consider potential volunteers who could work either the whole, or half of the season.  For further details please contact Nick Mason at: npmason@doctors.org.uk

EWM Mountain Medicine course, Nepal
EWM Mountain Medicine course, Aconcagua

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine


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Urgent – Medical Post in Australia

Employers positively seek out members of the Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Community so please mention ‘EWM’ when enquiring…

Head Medical are seeking an Emergency Medicine Physician to join a team in the beautiful garden city of Toowoomba, Queensland.

90 minute drive west of Brisbane and only 2 hours from the Gold Coast. Situated on the rim of the Great Dividing Range, Toowoomba is the largest inland settlement in Queensland and this major hospital provides a comprehensive range of high-quality acute, sub-acute, mental health, drug and alcohol, oral health, residential aged care, and community health services with the Emergency Department averaging 48,000 presentations pa and a 32% admission rate.

·         Close proximity to Brisbane, fantastic climateQLD - Toowoomba Valley

·         Teaching hospital and main hospital for the region

·         Excellent public and private schooling options, including Universities

·         Competitive package (circa AUD$350k to AUD$380k), dep on exp

·         We handle medical registration and work visa for you

In addition to your significant experience and skills in Emergency Medicine, you will have proven leadership skills and experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment; an interest in medical education and teaching, providing supervision and education to junior medical staff, medical students and other clinical staff, and take a proactive approach to maintaining your own professional  development; as well as having a commitment to quality improvements and a willingness to be involved in continuous quality improvement programmes.

Ideally, you may hold FACEM, or perhaps you hold FCEM or equivalent and are progressing towards Fellowship with Australasian College of Emergency Medicine already. Or perhaps you are at the early stages of exploring your options in Australia and have considerable experience as a specialist – either way, we would like to hear from you.

PrintOnce we have secured a job for you, we’ll manage all the Medical Registration and Visa application process, and support you (and your family) with the relocation itself.

For further information regarding either of these fantastic opportunities, please contact Caroline on +44 (0)131 240 5252; caroline@headmedical.com or Julie on +44 (0)131 240 5267; julie@headmedical.com


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Beat the Champ at the Extreme Medicine Conference!

We are delighted to welcome World Champion table football player, Francesco Bonnano to this year’s Extreme Medicine Conference, invited by conflict mediation specialist, Emily Knox, who is also an international standard table football player and promotes the sport to improve social cohesion across the globe.  Emily in her role as President of the International Table Soccer Federation (ITSF) Education Commission, works in partnership with Peace & Sport to introduce table football into public schools and centres that promote disaster preparedness, most recently in the Great Lakes of Africa and is currently working on a new project for Nepal.

Foosball for wheelchair users, ‘wheelfoos’ is already a big sport in Italy and the Extreme Medicine Conference is delighted to offer Emily and Francesco a platform to highlight how it could be fantastic addition to hospitals and recovery centres across the UK. Emily Francesco

Francesco has offered to train any wheelchair users who would like to try out the table at the exhibition stand and has offered up a ‘Beat the Champ’ challenge, playing two non-disabled people, if you feel you’re ready for him!

Show off your moves in the exhibitor’s area!



Sir Ranulph Fiennes

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Winners of the ‘David Weil Extreme Medicine Award’ (DWEMA) 2014

The ‘David Weil Extreme Medicine Award’ (DWEMA) and is by invitation only and we are very pleased to annouce the winners of the 2014 awards

The sponsorship scheme was set up to enable worthy medical candidates, who otherwise might not be able to afford, to attend the conference.  The learnings would then be applied to medicine provided in extreme, front line, disaster & relief environments and in turn relieve suffering and advance medical care in the situations where typically treatment would be laking. The award also serves to promote new qualified individuals who show great promise in the area of disastor, humantarian and remote medicine.


Dr Sanjaya Karki‘David Weil Extreme Medicine Award’ (DWEMA)

Born in the beautiful landscape of Nepal has completed schooling from Nepal   graduated from Dow Medical College, Pakistan in 2003, since then he has been actively participating in Nepal and elsewhere for the promotion of Emergency and Extreme medicine.

After finishing medical school he was involved in the department of Emergency in Kathmandu Medical College and teaching hospital, Nepal as a medical officer.  In  2008 Karki completed the European official double masters in Health and Welfare from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and EHESS –Paris, France.  Soon after he was involved  with Ministry of Health in association of THE GLOBAL FUND and worked in the capacity of Monitoring and evaluation officer in the different districts of Nepal in Malaria program .

With the great passion in humanitarian activities he later joined Medecins Sans Frontieres –Holland and was deployed in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.   Being highly committed in the emergency medicine he later joined 3 years of residency in Emergency medicine in Norman Bethune College of medicine, China . After completing the course he has joined Grande International Hospital, Nepal in the capacity of In charge and consultant  of the Emergency Department, as well advocated in the formation of Emergency medical service and helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) .

He has been advocating in the dire need  of well equipped ambulances even in the underdeveloped countries like Nepal and elsewhere which can save lives and can prevent death.   In the matter of rescuing patients : not only helicopter is enough , in addition, expert medical team should be there on board with the medical equipments where we can save life .This is the main advocating part of Dr Karki because in Nepal still there is no standard EMS and HEMS has established.

Mountains are precious natural gift  to human being and people face challenges out there and Nepal very rich in mountains, Dr Karki is strictly on there should be the best medical unit and established medical facility.  Following the fact he was involved in rescuing many patients from the different part of Nepal by helicopter.  April 2014.  Dr Karki showed  immense courage ,coordination and presence of mind to perform the Heli rescue from the site himself risking his own life. That was on 20,000 ft high, Mount Makalu,Nepal. climbers were stranded on crevasse for about 19 hours.  He went well beyond gone beyond the call of duty and applied extreme effort in saving human life.

Currently Dr Karki is working in the position of Scientific research fellow in the University clinic –Leipzig, Germany.  He has been working to figure out if there could be any measures to detect lung cancer in the early stage even in the Emergency department .In addition to this he has been working in a molecular level in order to find out the role of Phospholipid transfer protein in relation of COPD.

Dr Karki is writing a book about the protocol of emergency medicine.


Dr Therese White ‘David Weil Extreme Medicine Award’ (DWEMA)

In April 2011 Therese was honoured to be chosen as the last UK medical student to experience a medical elective with NASA’s aerospace medical team in Kennedy Space Centre, Florida. It was a very special time to intern with the team as we were in preparation for STS-134 Endeavour- the second last ever space shuttle launch from the KSC.

During my time with NASA I trained with the Department of Defence, preparing for emergency contingency plans for launch day; explored the Space Life Science Lab and presented my research project entitled “Would I survive in space? Infectious disease and the US Space Program”. The project explored the medical obstacles that we need to overcome, to ensure safe long-haul space missions to optimise crew health. This internship sparked my fascination with aerospace medicine and how we can use microgravity as an innovative medical research platform.

Since July 2012 I have worked as a scientific advisor with The Exomedicine Institute, a unique space and technology organisation pioneering in microgravity research; of which Nobel prize winning physician Baruch Blumberg was a founding member. I have prepared a research proposal which outlines microgravity designed experiments in cystic fibrosis and gene therapy, diabetes and infectious disease. With the highly motivated, inspiring and talented Exomedicine team, there are exciting initiatives being prepared for microgravity research being launched and experimented on the International Space Station over the next three years.

EXTREME MEDICINE CONFERENCESir Ranulph Fiennes and Extreme Medicine

To nominate please contact Mark Hannaford, Managing Director, Expedition & Wilderness Medicine; admin@expedition-medicine.com

Successful applicants must have demonstrated considerable commitment to the field of humanitarian or disaster medicine and be registered as a medical professional, must be free for the entire conference and will be expected to prepare a post conference report.   Applications are welcome from medics of all nationalities.

David is a Hong Kong/ London based entrepreneur who is passionate about using his resources to make positive social change and has supported EWM for a number of years and he has offered to cover the following expenses;

  • Travel & expenses from your home to the conference and return
  • Food & Accommodation whilst at the conference
  • Free entry to both the Pre Conference workshop running on the preceding weekend and the Conference itself
  • Winners  have the right to call yourself joint-winner of the 2014 David Weil Extreme Medicine Award to use the conference logos and branding in an appropriate manner
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Urgently required: Expedition medic for Central America

Due to late withdrawal, there is an opportunity for a motivated medic to spend 3 months in the jungle of Central America to support Expedition Leader Course. Project start date: 11th November – 14th February



You will be responsible for:

-          Providing Medical support to all members of Gapforce expeditions.
-          Monitor and safeguard the general health and hygiene of their expedition group
-          Provide immediate emergency medical care to participants and staff
-          Teach basic medical lessons

You need to:

  • Be an F2 doctor (minimum)
  • Have experience in Expedition Medicine

In return you will receive:

•             Accommodation
•             Meals
•             A travel bursary (varies depending on the length of your availability)

For more information or to apply, please email your CV to Lauren Nethercot at laurennethercot@gapforce.org

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With Extreme Medicine less than a fortnight away…

We laughed out loud when we received this from conference delegate Amy Neilson

Extreme Medicine '14


This specialist conference was developed specifically with medical professionals in mind, bringing together the learnings from various areas of remote medicine, and attracted delegates from around the world. 70% of the delegates were doctors with the rest of the audience being other medical specialists such as nurses, paramedics and ‘aspiring’ extreme medicine university students.






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Belgium doctors attending the Extreme Medicine Conference 2014

Good news for Belgian doctors attending the Extreme Medicine Conference!

Belguim CME

Thanks to Kris Vandervoort for applying to the Belgian Accreditation Council & securing 32 credit points. Belgian medics will need a certificate of attendance & a copy of the approval she received.

Email admin@expedition-medicine.com so we can collate your details.


Extreme Medicine Conference

Sir Ranulph Fiennes








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Pre-Hospital Care Workshop – Press Release

Learning from experienceLondon HEMS

London’s Air Ambulance & Extreme Medicine to host two-day Pre-Hospital Care Workshop

For 25 years London’s Air Ambulance has been at the forefront of pre-hospital emergency medicine, gaining a reputation for clinical excellence and pioneering procedures which have been adopted across the world.

Next month, ahead of the World Extreme Medicine Expo, on the 6th and 7th of November, London’s Air Ambulance is hosting a two-day Pre-Hospital Care Workshop as a precursor to the Extreme Medicine Conference 2014 to give delegates and medical practitioners an insight into the work of the charity and to share some of its advanced practices.

The charity has achieved survival figures for traumatic cardiac arrest and pre-hospital thoracotomy, and success rates for adult and paediatric intubation, which are among the highest in the world.

The workshop will give practitioners the opportunity to get involved with medical demonstrations and scenario based exercises while also providing access to the senior consultants and paramedics responsible for London’s Air Ambulance governance, major incident planning, research and innovation.

Speaking about the event, consultant and education lead, Dr Gareth Grier said“London’s Air Ambulance has treated over 31,000 patients, which we recognise is a huge amount of experience and learning developed over 25 years. By passing on this knowledge we can help to drive excellence in pre-hospital care standards”.

“Many of the techniques we have pioneered have become widespread as a result of being heard and talked about at events such as this one. During the workshop we will be showcasing some of our more recent innovations, REBOA being one of them, discussing the future of pre-hospital care, challenging conventional wisdom and hopefully, inspiring the next generation of trauma specialists”.

Earlier this year London’s Air Ambulance became the first service to perform roadside balloon surgery to control severe internal bleeding on a patient who had fallen from height.  Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) is just one of the practical demonstrations delegates can participate in amid a programme that will look at biological terrorism, crew resource management at complex pre-hospital scenes and the role of a UK pre-hospital doctor in the international response to humanitarian disasters.

For full programme details or to book visit: www.londonsairambulance.co.uk. Tickets start at £125 for medical students rising to £595 for doctors.


END ———pre hospital care


London’s Air Ambulance                                                         Tel: (0)20 7220 5498

Katy Evans (Senior Media Liaison & Public Affairs Officer)



Notes to Editors

More about the Pre-Hospital Care Workshop

 Date: Thursday 6th and Friday 7th November 2014

Venue: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

Ticket prices: Doctors £595 / Paramedics, Nurses & other medical professionals £195 / Medical Students £125. Book tickets.


Programme Overview: london hems

Day One

Seminar topics:

Introduction and overview of London’s Air Ambulance and Pre-hospital Care in the UK

The role of a UK pre-hospital doctor in the international response to humanitarian disasters

Biological Terrorism

Crew Resource Management at complex pre-hospital scenes

The medical response to major incidents in London


Pre-hospital advanced airway

Emergency thoracotomy

Emergency Neurosurgery

Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA)


Day Two

Seminar topics:

Pre-hospital blood transfusion in civilian trauma

Damage control anaesthesia – lessons from Afghanistan and London

Opportunities for medical students in pre-hospital care

Paramedic scene leadership during advanced pre-hospital interventions

Defying medical dogma – case studies from the pre-hospital phase

The future in pre-hospital care Nanorobots and suspended animation


Various scenario based training exercises


Extreme Medicine Conference 2014

Extreme Medicine Conference

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Central America: Expedition Medic Required

Motivated medic required in the jungle of Central America to support our Expedition Leader Course. Project start date: 11th November – 14th February



You will be responsible for:

-          Providing Medical support to all members of Gapforce expeditions.
-          Monitor and safeguard the general health and hygiene of their expedition group
-          Provide immediate emergency medical care to participants and staff
-          Teach basic medical lessons

You need to:

  • Be an F2 doctor (minimum)
  • Have experience in Expedition Medicine

In return you will receive:

•             Accommodation
•             Meals
•             A travel bursary (varies depending on the length of your availability)

For more information or to apply, please email your CV to Lauren Nethercot at laurennethercot@gapforce.org

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TV Medic needed…

medical jobs in north africaIf you’re an adventurous doc & fancy yourself on TV, we have a fantastic role for you! Our friends at Remote Trauma require a doctor for an activity-based TV programme. Role starts in Feb 2015 for 7-10weeks filming in North Africa.

Television programme with high risk activities requires an adventurous doctor for 7-10 weeks. Filming begins February 2015 in North Africa.  You’ll be working as part of a risk management team and the role may involve some on screen time.

Position available for a UK-doctor on an action based expedition television programme with high risk activities. The project is for 7-10 weeks in North Africa working as part of a risk management team. May involve some on screen appearance. Start date February 2015. Please email admin@remotetrauma.com for more information.

Course of interest

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