Sir Ranulph Fiennes is to join the Extreme Medicine ’15 line up

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He later undertook numerous expeditions and was the first person to visit both the North and South Poles by surface means and the first to completely cross Antarctica on foot. In May 2009, at the age of 65, he climbed to the summit of Mount Everest.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records in 1984, he was the world’s greatest living explorer. Fiennes has written numerous books about his army service and his expeditions as well as a book defending Robert Falcon Scott from modern revisionists.

Now in its fifth year, the World Extreme Medicine conference challenges thinking, builds bridges and introduces new ideas about medicine at its most remote and austere.  We join together in one arena, four disparate but overlapping medical fields; Pre Hospital, Disaster & Humanitarian, Expedition and Extreme medicine to present new ideas and experiences from leading experts in their field.

New for 2015, we introduce speakers on nanotechnology, remote diagnosis tools, extreme physiology and endurance sports medicine.  We consider the impact of climate change on global health and the impact of conflict on civilians.

Always keen to inspire debate, our Innovation Platform will see ambitious medics pitching their ideas for small research grants before an expert panel.

Conference will open for registrations on March 29th 2015

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Extreme Undergraduate Medicine Conference: 7/8 March, 2015

ExtremeUndergradA collaboration between King’s College London Wilderness Society, Emergency Medicine Society and St George’s Pre-Hospital Care Society, this fantastically extreme event is for all students with an interest in Pre-hospital or Wilderness Medicine.

Extreme Medicine Conference 2015
Date: Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March
Venue: King’s College London, Guy’s Campus, SE1 9RT
Timings: 09:00 – 18:00
Audience: Any student with an interest in Pre-hospital or Wilderness Medicine
Cost: £40 including all refreshments, certificates and entry to the conference social
Ticket Sales:

KCL Wilderness Medicine Society, Emergency Medicine Society and St George’s Pre-hospital Care Society are delighted to announce that tickets are now available for the Second Annual Extreme Medicine Conference 2015. We are anticipating a multi-disciplinary audience with a range of skill sets and experiences. There is no such thing as too new or too experienced as our tailored program will ensure that every delegate gains from a wealth of knowledge and expertise​.

We have an amazing list of confirmed speakers including:

  • Dr Ben Singer – Pre-hospital ECMO
  • Lt Col Dr Guy Sanders – Trauma in Afghanistan and Haemorrhage Management
  • Dr Simon Jones – MSF and Expedition Medicine
  • Dr Jason Fitch – Dive Medicine
  • Sr Kay Mitchell​ – Extreme Physiology
  • Dr Andy Grieve – RAF – Assessing Patients in Extreme/Difficult Environments
  • Dr Russell Hearn – Wilderness Medicine in the US
  • Mr Michael Bradfield – King’s Sierra Leone Partnership

We are also awaiting confirmation from a couple of additional speakers.

We will also be hosting an interactive Careers Forum at the end of the conference delivered by some of the speakers.

There will be Clinical Skills Workshops on the Saturday afternoon and either Moulages or Masterclasses on the Sunday morning dependent on each delegate’s experience. We want to tailor make the Sunday morning to ensure that each delegate is able to maximise on the session. However any delegate can opt to attend the masterclasses if they would prefer. All teaching will be provided by ED/Anaesthetics Registrars and Senior Paramedics.

Masterclasses will include:

  • Primary Survey and Initial Management
  • Secondary Survey and Handovers
  • Scene Safety
  • Trauma Radiology – including a prize quiz

The Conference Social will be held at Guy’s Bar on Saturday evening and will be a great chance for everyone to get to know each other and network.

The link for the tickets is and non-KCL students will have to create a guest account which only takes a few minutes.

We look forward to welcoming as many of your students as can attend for what promises to be an excellent weekend of Pre-hospital and Wilderness Medicine.


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Doctor(s) / Nurse Practitioner required at Lifeline Clinic, Namibia

The N/a’an ku sê Foundation is looking for two doctors or a doctor and a nurse practitioner to run the Lifeline

Clinic 2Clinic based in Pos 3 in the remote Omaheke region of Namibia, from May 2015. This is a unique opportunity to provide primary and pre-hospital care to the San Bushman.  This is a voluntary position with food, accommodation and a living allowance provided and the Foundation would like applicants to stay for at least one year. The N/a’an ku sê Foundation is looking for two doctors or a doctor and a nurse practitioner to run the Lifeline Clinic based in Pos 3 in the remote Omaheke region of Namibia, from May 2015. This is a unique opportunity to provide primary and pre-hospital care to the San Bushman.  This is a voluntary position with food, accommodation and a living allowance provided.  The Foundation would like applicants to stay for at least one year.



The San are considered to be the oldest peoples in the world. For tens of thousands of years the San were hunter gatherers and did not farm or keep livestock. With the advent of agriculture, the San have been forced from their original lands and are unable live their traditional lifestyle.  As a consequence, most San people now live in extreme poverty. They are the poorest group in Namibia with a per capita income of just N$ 3,263 compared with a national average of N$ 10,358. They suffer from discrimination, political and social marginalisation, domination and exploitation. They are the unhealthiest group in Namibia and have a life expectancy of just 46 years.
The N/a’an ku sê Foundation is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the San and is looking for two doctors or a doctor and a nurse practitioner to run the Lifeline Clinic based in Pos 3 in the Omaheke region of Namibia from May 2015 for one year or longer.
You will provide primary healthcare services and pre-hospital care to the local San population from a reasonably modern, clean and well-equipped clinic. You will also, through outreach clinics, provide care to those living further afield on farms and re-settlement villages. Working with you is a UK trained respiratory consultant who, as part of a research programme, is screening for TB among the San (we estimate 10% of the San people currently have TB) and will be looking at ways of improving their compliance with treatment.
The work is rewarding but the logistics of providing a quality service can be challenging at times – after all ‘this is Africa’. Experience in general medicine, primary care, or emergency medicine is desirable. Most importantly you need to be resilient, flexible, and tolerant.  Having a sense of humour definitely helps!
This role provides you with an opportunity to improve the lives of the San people and leave a legacy that remains long after you have returned home. If you would like to find out more about these posts, contact Sharon Smart by emailing “sharon at naankuse dot com” [email address spelled out to deter spamming]
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Antarctic Medical Conference 2015: Special Offer

Antarctic Wilderness Medicine ConferenceFree flights from Miami to Buenos Aires!

Secure complimentary flights from Miami to board expedition ship, National Geographic Explorer in Buenos Aires on 7th December for the iconic Antarctic Medical Conference, when you book with Lindblad Expeditions & mention Expedition & Wilderness Medicine’s medical conference.

Expect breathtaking scenery and huge photo opportunities on this voyage; whales, penguins & a multitude of seabirds:  7th – 20th December.

To read more about this life changing experience visit our Antarctic web-page HERE


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Extreme Dental Anaesthesia

Simple, practical guides to expedition dentistry.


Writing their third article for the Adventure Medic’s dental series, EWM faculty Burjor Langdana and

Matt Edwards have produced a step-by-step guide to local anaesthesia when working in the field.

Achieving Dental local Anaesthesia is a very useful skill to have while working as a medic in a remote area.  This freely accessible article could help you develop a skill to help control excruciating dental pain. A simple dental procedure in a dentally phobic patient would be possible, if only you knew how to get that tooth numb!

Using their experience while working for several expeditions and providing remote access dental cover, Burjor & Matt have produced a straight-forward guide aimed towards doctors, nurses, paramedics, medics & advanced first-aiders which is available freely HERE.

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Are you a British GP working in the UK?

Dragonfly Film and Television, makers of One Born 
Every Minute, are looking for Britain’s best GPs to take part in a brand new medical series.  

This new medical format we will take three of some of Britain’s most dynamic, talented and engaging GPs in a brand new medical series.

We’re searching for GPs from across the UK, both NHS and private. We will share the GPs’ reactions as they discover exactly what lies behind each new front door in their catchment area. We’ll show how living conditions can play a part in poor health uncover emerging health trends such as increasing levels of TB and morbid obesity.patients’ homes as they explore the connection between lifestyle and health.

If you’d like to know more or recommend a GP please contact: DragonFly Logo
Sarah, tel: 020 7033 3195
(Please also include your contact details)

All correspondence will be dealt with in complete confidence and by contacting us, you are not making a commitment to take part in the final programme.

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Glad to welcome the makers of ‘Helicopter Heroes Down Under’ to the Brisbane Extreme Medicine Conference

Thrilled that we are going to featuring the team behind ‘Helicopter Heroes Down Under’ at our Brisbane Extreme Medicine Conference – tickets now open for sale!!

Top International speakers at the Extreme Medicine Conference at the Royal Society of Medicine inspired a packed auditorium of international delegates in November, 2014.  This specialist conference was developed specifically with medical professionals in mind, providing an opportunity to share experience and learning from the various areas of remote medicine and, we’re bringing our conference programme to Australia!
Our delegate audience is roughly 70% doctors, the remainder, nurses, paramedics, students and industry professionals.
“This was the best attended conference I have been to in eons and small wonder, fantastic standard of speakers, good mix of fact, glorious slides and amazing case studies.”  
88% of respondents rated the 2014 event as Excellent or Very Good, telling us “…
I would rate it one of the best two conferences available at the moment for professionals working in emergency and critical care environments.”

At Brisbane, we will include some of the very best speakers from around the world on remote medicine topics; Day 1 will focus on Pre-Hospital and Day 2 Expedition Medicine.  Our programme of speakers and adventurous medics will remind you just why you entered medicine and the possibilities available to you.

“Great conference with very knowledgeable speakers with a vast amount of experience! “  

We promise a full programme with a chance to get to know delegates, speakers and exhibitors at social and networking breaks.
This conference has had a profoundly positive impact on me…

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EWM faculty and EverestER founder Dr Luanne Freer working with inspirational NGO Partners in Health reports from West Africa

Ebola emerged in West Africa in late 2013 and has spread across borders, killing thousands and leaving behind survivors and shattered families.

Partners In Health has helped respond to the epidemic, aiming to address not only Ebola but also the “staff, stuff, systems, and space” challenges that hamper containment efforts. PIH has recruited and trained American volunteers, many of whom are now working to curb Ebola alongside West African partners in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Several share their reflections below:

Article (c) Partners in Health   

Photo: Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In Health

Partners In Health and Last Mile Health staff tour the Ebola Treatment Unit in Bong, Liberia, managed by the International Medical Corps.

Ebola emerged in West Africa in late 2013 and has spread across borders, killing thousands and leaving behind survivors and shattered families. Partners In Health has helped respond to the epidemic, aiming to address not only Ebola but also the “staff, stuff, systems, and space” challenges that hamper containment efforts. PIH has recruited and trained American volunteers, many of whom are now working to curb Ebola alongside West African partners in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Several share their reflections below:

Sorrow and Celebration

January 1, 2015–It is crazy busy here [in Port Loko district, Sierra Leone], and I’ve cried every day. Not despondent crying, but trying to be appropriate and grieve when I need to. One of our employees, a 52-year-old sprayer (they spray us down with chlorine as we are taking off the personal protective equipment) died yesterday. He was the sole caregiver for two young boys, who were two of our last admits of 2014 yesterday.

One 28-year-old father who survived Ebola was nursing his last child (his wife and other kids died two weeks ago), and we tried so hard to get his baby through. You know where this is going. His last family member, a 1-year-old tiny little girl, died yesterday. Our staff sobbed at the gate when he wailed and said she was all he had left in the world.

It guts me to see their grief. I can deal with the corpses and the horrible illness, but their grief is overwhelming when I think about what it must feel like. They have nothing, live in dirt-floor shacks with a few goats and have to haul their unclean water from the river, have no available health care, and then they lose their family? I’m crying just writing this. I, we, have so much to be grateful for.

But if I had to choose a way to spend New Year’s Eve (I was on the 4 p.m.-12:30 a.m. shift last night), it would be to be doing what I was doing. Giving sleeping pills and valium to people who can’t sleep because of their suffering, feeding a starving little baby with no parents, sedating elderly encephalopathic adults. They just look terrified and mumble unintelligibly, but I can understand enough to know they are having awful hallucinations. And you know what? Sometimes they pull through, and I celebrate those victories; they keep me coming back.

We discharged nine survivors one day last week. I treated a case of cerebral malaria this week and transferred the patient to a government hospital that has one nurse on duty for 50 patients. I hope he gets his artesunate [medication for malaria], but we didn’t want him to catch Ebola just because he had the bad luck to catch malaria in the middle of this epidemic.

So that was my New Year’s Eve. Today I have the only day off I will have for an entire month, and I woke up to go on a 10K run on a relatively cool, breezy morning. I ran through several villages where little kids ran to the road yelling “abado!” (white person!), and adults said “Happy New Year and thank you!” (I am crying again—it’s so beautiful to have people from the community say thanks for what you are doing.) A few little kids ran along with me for a while, and we raced from sign to sign. It will be very difficult to leave this place when it is my time to go.

Luanne Freer

Article (c) Partners in Health 

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Action Challenge is looking for expedition doctors 07 January 2015

Wilderness Medics neededAction Challenge is looking for expedition doctors to join them on thier international challenges for  2015…

Expedition medics (full doctor) required for Kilimanjaro Expeditions in 2015. Departure from London.

Please fill in this link:  and email

Experience and Level of training required:   Fully qualified Doctor of medicine – Altitude experience and courses in expedition medicine are preferred requirements but not essential

Great interpersonal skills and a positive attitude are essential!

Please mention ‘Expedition Medicine’ when applying for the this post as employeers actively seek members of the EWM Community.

About Action Challenge

Action Challenge organises high quality challenges, trips and adventures for individuals to join our groups, and bespoke events for charities, companies, private groups & schools. What makes all our challenges truly unique is the way we encourage our groups to bond together as teams – and take on the challenge in front of them!  As the saying goes, it’s through adversity that people come together; and in addition to the natural camaraderie that comes with a shared adventure, we actively involve people in the way the challenge unfolds. We believe that through great organisation and a good relationship with our clients, the more we are out of the limelight; the more members of the group get to shine.

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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:

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EWM Mountain Medicine course, Aconcagua

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