Calling snow-loving doctors!

Life-changing opportunity for a physician to deploy to the North Poleutmb-Polar-Ops-Side-Banner_2 with the US Center for Polar Medical Operations (CPMO).

You’ll need to be a US citizen, have a US medical licence, hold a valid passport and not averse to the cold, the snow and the dark!  In return, you’ll have a unique experience, enjoyed by few others on the planet.  You’ll be rewarded with fantastic other-worldly snow-scapes and acres of stars in night-time Polar skies.

The CPMO is hosted at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB).  Here, they support the National Science Foundation’s US Antarctic Program (USAP) and they seek a doctor to work at one of the scientific research stations in Antarctica.

The Amundsen-Scott South Pole station is one of the most isolated places on earth. CPMO are looking for an Emergency or Family Medicine physician with acute care experience who is up for the challenge of working at 10,000 feet during the depths of the Antarctic Winter.

While the clinical load is light, the opportunity to work in this remote situation will be attractive to physicians with interests in extreme/remote or altitude medicine.  Practice medicine under the Aurora Australis and see the Milky Way as few others ever will, all while providing health care to the station crew.

The South Pole Station carries out exciting research in astronomy, weather, geology and supports other science missions. Deployments are 9 months, and US citizenship is required.  Warm, shared accommodation is provided as are  recreational facilities, internet and telephone access.  CPMO are also recruiting for winter staff at the McMurdo and Palmer Stations.

For more information, please visit or

Call 409-772-3626 if you are interested or apply on-line at


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Expedition & Wilderness Medicine and Extreme Medicine Conference & Expo.

Have you used ‘WEMEEXPO15SPECIAL30′ ? There’s only 8 days left to take advantage of this massive 30% off the Extreme Medicine Conference & Expo tickets. Full Ts&CsHERE

Dive Medicine – Raja Ampat

Only 1 space remaining!
From September 21, we’ll be spending 11 days exploring the under water paradise of Raja Ampat. Home to over 1,050 divers fish species, 537 coral species and 6999 mollusc species, this stunning location is considered by many divers to have the richest composition of sea life anywhere in the world.
During this exciting expedition you’ll be staying on the liveaboard Shakti, taking part in up to three dives per day, with up to two hours of CME per day – leaving you plenty of time to enjoy your surroundings and share experiences with your fellow delegates and faculty.
If you’d like to snap up the last space email us HERE and we’ll hold the space for the first person to get in touch.
For more information on this trip clickHERE.

Polar Medicine – New Zealand

In a little over two weeks we’ll be enjoying the snowy wonders of the Southern Alps, and we now have capacity for a couple more delegates to join us.
Our highly experienced team will develop your specialist skills with practical sessions giving you hands on experience of rescuing and treating cold water immersion, frostbite, altitude related illnesses and hypothermia. Essential cold weather skills such as building shelters, snowshoeing and dog sledding will all be included.
If you’re thinking of applying your medical skills in a cold environment, you can’t go wring by starting here.
For more information on Polar Medicine click HERE.
If you’d like further information on our Polar and Mountain courses the check out THIS LINK.

Kili’ medic opportunity

Action Challenge are looking for a medic to join their Kilimanjaro expedition June 30 – August 09 2015. The expedition will be following the Machame route. The medic must be a fully qualified doctor – altitudue experience and expedition medicine course attendance preferred but not essential. Expenses for the trip will be covered.
Contact James Holland +44 (0)20 7609 6695 for more info.

Conference news

Keep your eyes peeled for a special newsletter this weekend with conference announcements that you just wont want to miss!

Poster Competition Liaison

James Yates works for the Great Western Air Ambulance as a Critical Care Paramedic. James has worked nationally and internationally, as a clinician and educator, as well as spending time with HART and UK-Med.
After completing an Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course, James has worked on various events across the world and we’re please he can now use his skills to assist us.
To entre our poster competition for the Extreme Medicine Conference email usHERE



Medic opportunity for two Kilimanjaro trips

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URGENT! Action Challenge is looking for expedition doctors to join us on their international challenges in Kilimanjaro!

International expeditions in Kilimanjaro

7 day Machame: 30/07/15 – 09/08/15
Open Kili Lemosho August A: 20/08/15 – 30/08/15

Description of the trip:

– 7 day Machame: 30/07/15 – 09/08/15

For more information please see:

– Open Kili Lemosho August A: 20/08/15 – 30/08/15

For more information please see:

Experience and Level of training required:
Fully qualified Doctor of medicine – Altitude experience and courses in expedition medicine are preferred requirements bur not essential
Great interpersonal skills and a positive attitude are essential!

Contact details email & phone:
James Holland – Resourcing Executive

Company biography
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.


Bangor Emergency Department review Retrieval 2015 Conference

For this report – Retrieval 2015 – our own Clinical Fellow Dr Niki Boyer (Day One) is joined by Jim Walmsley from South East Coast Ambulance Service for Day Two – (in production & coming soon!) We must make an important disclaimer.

Whilst our reporters make their notes as accurate as possible, this whole publication is based upon notes made during the lectures with all the attendant distractions and possibility of mis-recording the words of individual speakers. Whilst we have cross-checked data were possible, and included links to some studies mentioned during lecture, we can accept no responsibility for any errors or omissions we have made (or that the speakers made and we may have inadvertently propagated).

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EWM returns to Nepal for Mountain Medicine…

Extreme Medicine ’15

Have you claimed your 30% off the World Extreme Medicine Conference & Expo yet? Simply enter ‘WEMEEXPO15SPECIAL30′ when registering to receive your discount. *T&Cs apply.

World Extreme Extreme Medicine Conference & Expo – Poster Competition!

We are now welcoming abstract submissions for the World Extreme Medicine Expo 2015 poster competition. Submissions are welcome from any healthcare professional at any stage of their career including students.   Posters must be based on the key topics of the Conference.

We’d like to see content of educational value  and we’d love to see new research ideas.

Abstract submissions must be no greater than 300 words and include, your name, occupation or subject of study and any professional affiliations.

For more information contact us a  and keep an eye out for more announcements in our newsletters.

Returning to Nepal

Mountain Medicine: Plans to head back to Nepal during November 8 – 25, 2015 are in full swing and we’re really excited! This 17 day expedition will be headed up by Dr Martin Rhodes and Dr Johns Apps who are both hugely experienced in Polar and Altitude environments.

Responsible travel to Nepal is now vital in helping the country get back on it’s feet and as ever we will be donating a portion of the proceed to Everest ER.

Spaces are strictly limited and we recommend getting in touch as soon as you can if you wish to secure your place on this amazing course. Click HERE for more details

The Cure – Season 4

Al Jazeera’s The Cure returns: Featuring World Extreme Medicine Conference speaker Javid Abdelmoneim,

The Cure sees medics working in resource poor environments performing truly amazing and innovative work. Journeying to the frontiers of world health from cutting edge scientific breakthroughs to advances in affordable healthcare for those who need it most.
You can see the the season 4 promo HERE

To catch up with past episodes and learn more about The Cure follow THIS LINK.

If your interested in seeing Javid at the Conference click HERE to be take to the conference website

British Antarctic Survey dentist Burjor Langdana at the Expo

We are so excited that once again Burjor will be hour long practical dental treatment in remote location workshops during this year’s World Extreme Medicine Conference & Expo.

These workshops will be some of the most engaging, exciting and lively sessions you are likely to be involved in. There will be an energy and level of excitement that few but Burj can deliver. For more information on dentistry workshops contact us HERE.

Job opportunities

DDRC Healthcare – Combined Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine / Emergency Medicine.
DDRC and Derriford hospital are currently seeking applications for two junior / middle grade doctors for six months posts, one commencing February and the second in August 2016. Applicants must have two years experience post qualification and have full registration (or be eligible) with the GMC. Successful candidate will be provided with training in Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine and will be funded to enrol in the Postgraduate Certificate in Remote Healthcare at Plymouth University. Check out THIS LINK for more information on this exciting opportunity.

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2 Vacancies: Combined Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine / Emergency Medicine

Two 6 month junior / middle grade doctor posts available – one commencing Feb 2016, the other Aug 2016.  Includes funded enrolment in Postgraduate Certificate in Remote Healthcare

DDRCDDRC Healthcare is a charity providing hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO), training and research in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine and associated fields.  In conjunction with Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, we are looking to appoint two junior doctors for 6 month posts – one doctor to commence February 2016 and the other August 2016.

The post will be an average of 6 sessions per week at DDRC and 4 sessions per week in the Emergency Department. We are looking for Doctors with a minimum of 2 years experience post qualification.  You must have full registration with the GMC or be eligible to become fully registered.

Derriford Hospital is adjacent to DDRC and is the largest teaching hospital in the southwest with a busy Emergency Department. DDRC provides HBO for elective and emergency patients for conditions including Decompression Illness, tissue damage secondary to radiotherapy and diabetic ulcers.

Training will be provided in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine and successful candidates will be encouraged and funded to enrol in the Postgraduate Certificate in Remote Healthcare run by the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.

There is no on call commitment for the diving aspect of this post however individuals will be encouraged to be involved in the management of diving accidents. The ED sessions may include some night shifts.


For application form and further information see Employment section

To discuss the job or to arrange a visit – please contact Dr Christine Penny – or 01752 209999

Closing date: 01.09.2015 (08.00) interview date: 11.09.2015

Courses and Conferences of Interest

Expedition Medicine Courses

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Diving & Marine Medicine

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Doctor needed … Solomon Islands

Doctor needed for expeditionThis winter, Adventure For Good, in partnership with OceansWatch will be setting off from the Bay of Islands on a four-month expedition to deliver medical supplies to the Temotu province in the Solomon Islands. Over this period we will also be refitting medical clinics in the remote region and finally return to New Zealand with locally refined virgin coconut oil for a sustainable livelihoods programme.

Adventure For Good’s flagship – CALIPH has been undergoing an extensive renovation in preparation for her new role and will have a re-launching at Opua Marina on Friday, 5 June at 1400. Her voyage will begin from there in July and could include a stop in Vanuatu where she will be available to assist in relief efforts before continuing on her journey. AFG Chairman Christian Pera explains, “Both because of the remoteness of the area and its relatively low international profile, we are still trying to establish the full extent of the support needed in the wake of the recent cyclone season.” This will be the maiden voyage for Adventure For Good in their quest to engage young people in the immediacy of positive action over idle good intentions. “This expedition will be our first step towards becoming a force for positive action, both at home and abroad”.

Together with pioneering OceansWatch, they seek to make a lasting difference in these small communities by providing resources that ultimately promote independence and self-sufficiency.


Adventure For Good is a multi-facetted organization based in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Incorporated in 2015, they endeavor to equip future decision makers with better skills to analyse, adapt, and most importantly– act for the better of their world. Follow our progress and adventures at






The Extreme Medicine Conference is home to the world’s most adventurous doctors, medics and experts in remote, expedition and pre-hospital medicine.

Extreme Medicine 2015 –  the premier gathering of medical professionals working in the world’s most remote areas. Due to sponsorship support we are able to offer a significant limited time discount on entry for a limited period.

Come join us at the world’s largest gathering of medics working in the world’s most remote corners…

Central Hall, Parliament Square, London.  26-29 October 2015.

30% off entry for a limited time

Working in partnership with a generous sponsor is allowing us to offer a 30% discount on the cost of Expo tickets* until 12.30UTC on 31 July. Simply visit the Expo page: and enter the code: ‘WEMEEXPO15SPECIAL30′ when registering to receive your discount. *T&C’s

Now in its fourth year, the World Extreme Medicine conference challenges thinking, builds bridges and shares new and more effective approaches to medical practice in the world’s most remote and austere locations.

The Extreme Medicine Conference is home to the world’s most adventurous doctors, medics and experts in remote, expedition and pre-hospital medicine. These global thought leaders have gathered to share universally relevant knowledge and experience, research and techniques in a stimulating, interactive and accessible forum.  It is medicine that saves the lives of not only the single remote explorer but also entire populations devastated by natural and man made disasters.

The Extreme Medicine Conference has partnered with some of the world’s most active organisations and charities pushing the edge of human endeavour including War Child, Medicines Sans Frontiers, NASA and the Society for Experimental Biology.Key note speakers… Dame Sally Davis, Prof. Hugh Montgomery, Dr David Nott, Prof Greg Whyte, Lord Nigel Crisp, Dr Michael Barrett, Prof. Mike Tipton, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Steve Mannion, Brig. Prof. Tim Hodgetts, Prof. Tony Redmond, Rob Williams, Nick Gent & Vickie Hawkins

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Charity partner news…

We’re delighted to be working with the good folks at War Child who work tirelessly to improve the lives of children affected by conflict.

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Photographic Gallery

We are really pleased to be featuring the photographers MSF, WarChild, NASA and Rob Holden, on assignment for the UN at this year’s conference – each gallery will feature 20 images illustrating humanitarian medicine in action.


Partner Cloud..

MSF, WarChild, DfiD, University of Exeter, RCSED, European Space Agency, NASA, DARPA, Raleigh International, GE Healthcare, Doctors without Borders, Phoenix Foundation, PTC Foundation, BASICS International Medical Corps, London’s Air Ambulance, Royal Veterinary College, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, UCL, Xtreme Everest, Department of Health, Virgin Galactic, University of Manitoba, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Great Northern Air Ambulance, Scottish Emergency Medical Retrieval Service, Helicopter Heroes, University of Portsmouth, Public Health England, The Ecological Sequestration Trust, Handicap International, World Health Organisation, EveresER, Feetfirst Worldwide, UK International Trauma Register, Society of Evolutionary Biology.

Join us at Extreme Medicine ’15…

If you require any further information on our courses, events or how you can get involved please contact us.

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Call us on +44 (0)1460 298025



Extreme Medicine – images that shape our world…

The Extreme Medicine Conference in 2015 will feature the unique work of photographers working within a humanitarian setting

We’ve been working with MSF and  photographer Rob Holden, the Phoenix Foundation and WarChild, the conference charity of the year.  Each individual and organisation will present 20 images that will inspire, provoke thought but ultimately create a desire for change…

We featured earlier the work of inspirational image maker Rob Holden from a series entitled ‘A Tribute to Health Workers.’  This post we feature evocative images from Extreme Medicine ’15 Conference partner  Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).  

MSF Health worker show the strain of her work.

MSF Health worker show the strain of her work.


MSF & Extreme Medicine ’15; As well as featuring a thought provoking gallery of MSF’s work across the world, MSF will be represented by a exhibition stand and a number of inspiring speakers on the stage.  You’ll be able to meet members of the Manson Unit and learn first-hand about the reality of being an MSF medic.


Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)  help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemic, disaster or exclusion from healthcare.Médecins Sans Frontières

MSF’s first mission was to the Nicaraguan capital, Managua, where an earthquake in 1972 had destroyed most of the city and killed between 10,000 and 30,000 people.

In 1974, MSF set up a relief mission to help the people of Honduras after Hurricane Fifi caused major flooding and killed thousands of people.

Then, in 1975, MSF established its first large-scale medical programme during a refugee crisis, providing medical care for the waves of Cambodians seeking sanctuary from Pol Pot’s oppressive rule.

Since 1980, MSF has opened offices in 28 countries and employs more than 30,000 people across the world. Since its founding, MSF has treated over a hundred million patients – with 8.3 million outpatient consultations being carried out in 2011 alone.

From its inception, MSF has proved itself to be unlike any other NGO. MSF remains fiercely independent of both governments and institutions and its permanent criticism of the humanitarian illusion are a constant thorn in the side of the establishment.



Now in its fourth year, the World Extreme Medicine conference challenges thinking, builds bridges and shares new and more effective approaches to medical practice in the world’s most remote and austere locations.

The conference focuses on four related medical fields: Pre-Hospital, Disaster & Humanitarian, Expedition, and Extreme Medicine. Together, our programme of fascinating talks from world-renowned experts in their field – from Arctic explorers to vascular surgeons, remote medics to NASA personnel – and practical sessions on innovations and field-proven techniques and ‘hacks’, will inspire you and enhance your skills, helping you to become a more effective and highly valued practitioner of remote medicine.


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The view from EWM towers is a very exciting one and here’s why.

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News and updates

The view from EWM towers is a very exciting one and here’s why.

Moving forward

We’re delighted to announce the development of a new postgraduate education programme in Expedition, Wilderness and Extreme Medicine where students will work towards a Certificate, Diploma and MSc.
Building on over a decade of successful evolving courses to highlight Expedition Medicine as a career option, we feel that now is the right time to take a step forward and offer a formal postgraduate programme that matches the increasing levels of clinical governance in this field. We think you’ll all agree that this is really exciting for us at EWM, but also for medics out there who wish to formalise the learning and skills they have picked up in this exciting field of medicine.
If you’re interested and would like to hear more news as we announce it, be sure to sign up to our postgraduate mailing list HERE.

Next stop…
..New Zealand.

To be a little more precise we’ll be off to the beautiful Southern Alps for our ever popular Polar Medicine course. There are only a few spaces left so click HEREif you’re thinking of joining us.

Course News

We listen to our delegates and as part of our improvement strategy extended our next UK based course, to four full days. The course, which will be held in Dartmoor, will allow time for additional learning, a little more free time and greater networking opportunities. For more information visit our Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Dartmoor page HERE.


Great news for our readership who approach us about intern posts or electives. We are re-establishing our EWMi programme to accept an intern on each of our UK based courses. For more information on the application process click HERE.
If you have any questions about electives we’d recommend you take a look at what our great friends at Adventure Medic are doing. It’s a fantastic resource which contains accounts from returning medics, but check out their resources section for elective opportunities!

We want to hear from you

Your experiences: We love a good blog (or vlog) that shares your experiences with the wider world. EWM was born out of adventure and although we’re passionate about delivering high quality training, adventure is still in our soul and we enjoy reading your tales and admiring your photos.

Your photos: Photography is another passion of ours, bridging languages, sharing culture and stirring the deepest emotions. If you have a great snap you’d like to see appear in our newsletter then get in touch HERE