Antarctic Medical Conference 2015: Fight offer

Free flights from Miami to Buenos Aires!

Antarctic Wilderness Medicine Conference

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. With CME content accredited for 10 hours by the Wilderness Medicine Society and delivered by Dr Alex Kumar.

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

This offer is time limited and due to expire 3oth June 2015, so don’t hang around.

 

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Fanfare please! This week, we passed 75,000 “likes” on the Expedition Medicine Facebook page

Sir Ranulph FiennesLearning that we now reach so many medics across the globe has made us feel pretty good, so we’re offering a 7.5% discount on the cost of Expo tickets* until 12.30UTC on Sunday 3rd May.

Simply visit the Expo page:  www.extrememedicineexpo.com and enter the code: FB75KLIKES when registering to receive your discount.

Facebook enables us to extend the Extreme Medicine community far and wide with news, updates and camp fire tales from adventurous medics, so while you have your web-browser open, visit www.facebook.com/ExpeditionMedicine and “like” our page.

 

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Extreme Medicine ’15 – Hot off the press…

Hot off the press…

We spend our working lives building relationships with extraordinary individuals and organisations in the field of extreme medicine…

As a result, the quality of the speakers you’ll encounter at World Extreme Medicine & Expo is unparalleled. And they’ll be in London this October 26-29 to help you gain new skills, share their compelling insights and knowledge of the latest, proven-in-the-field medical techniques, and also to share their own inspiring stories.

Dr David Knott

Nott to be missed…

Known as the ‘Indiana Jones’ of surgery, Mr David Nott has worked in conflict zones for more than 20 years, and is renowned for both his compassion and his nerves of steel.

@GoodSAMApp

Good news for GoodSAM

News just in that the GoodSAM App co-created by Mr Mark Wilson – neurosurgeon and two-time World Extreme Medicine speaker – is set to feature on the BBC’s Trust Me, I’m a Doctor, later this year. The idea behind GoodSam is to get someone qualified on the scene within the first four to six minutes to manage the patient’s airways and improve survival rates. The app came about largely as a result of insights Wilson gained in his work as a pre-hospital care doctor with the London air ambulance service, and you can expect real-world insights aplenty from his talk.

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The British Doctor on the Ebola front line

Just announced for this year’s event is Dr Javid Abdelmoneim, whose profile as a medic and a humanitarian went global after his work with MSF in Sierra Leone last year became the subject of a BBC Panorama programme. Dr Abdelmoneim went on to deliver a hugely well-received TedX talk, and his insights into the Ebola crisis are helping to change the approach to the crisis.

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Snow forecast…

Also joining the line-up is Jon Snow, multi-award-winning journalist and Channel 4 news anchor for the last 25 years. Self-described as, ”the most anti-establishment person [in the establishment] I know,” Snow is known for his intelligence, insight and strongly-held opinions on a range of humanitarian issues, and is never less than fascinating…

Thank you for reading our news!

If you require any further information on any of our courses or how you can get invovled please contact us.

Email operations@expedition-medicine.com  or
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Short term medic opportunity – Doctor required in Central America 18th April – 19th May

Gapforce require a motivated medic to support their expedition medicine course starting 18th April.gapFORCElogo

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:

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

 

Contact Lauren Nethercot

laurennethercot@gapforce.org

0207 384 3028

 

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Extreme Medicine 2015 – tickets now on sale..

 

EXTREME MEDICINE 2015

26 – 29 October, Central Halls, Westminster, London

Radically expanded focus

New content, new speakers, a selection of practical hands-on sessions and a raft of truelly inspirational and thought provoking speakers; your are not going to want to miss this years gathering…
“The London Extreme Medicine Conference was an international gathering of some of the best Extreme Medicine minds in the world. It provided an amazing, stimulating and accessible forum for all to question and learn more about this diverse branch of medicine. Dr Alex Rowe

Program

Conference Outline: As our conference schedule evolves, we have introduced new focuses into the programme.  In addition to the main conference, we’re adding a number of plenary sessions:
Day 1 Disaster & Humanitarian Medicine Day 2,Environmental Changes & Global Medicine Day 3,Extreme Medicine & Biomedical Technologies Day 4, Pre-Hospital Medicine & Endurance Sport & the Ultra Athlete
Our new ‘Innovation Platform’ offers ambitious young medics the opportunity to pitch ideas for research projects to an expert panel, in a bid to win seed funding (think TedMed crossed with Dragons Den…). We’ll also be offeing loads of hands-on practical sessions including frostbite in the field, expedition dentistry, avalanche rescue and combat trauma. This year will also see new features on Nanotechnology, Remote Diagnosis Tools, Bio-Medical Technology, Endurance Sports and the Ultra Athlete.

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New Content

This year’s World Extreme Medicine Conference & Expo will take place from 26-29 October 2015 at Westminster Central Hall, London. With confirmed speakers including Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Profs. Anthony Redmond and Hugh Montgomery, journalist Jon Snow, MSF, WHO, NASA and Peter Head, international sustainability guru, we expect demand to be keen, so we’re offering you the opportunity to secure your place before tickets go on general release at the end of April.  To book your priority place now, simply follow this link, and book here…

How to book

We have simplified the pricing structure to make its easier and we have keep the prices broadly the same but at the same time providing a great deal more in terms of speakers and sessions – you don’t want to miss this years conference..
Book you place here…

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White Mars: Doctoring in the Coldest Place on Earth

Extreme medicine and expedition doctor Alexander Kumar provides an account of his time spent working in one of  the coldest places in Antarctica and one of the few true extreme environments on Planet Earth.  Known for his sense of humour, he has lived, worked and travelled through over 80 countries all over the world, including the Amazon and extensively across the Arctic and the Antarctic a few times also over the past 10 years

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Shackleton in Space

Antarctica is a large flat egg-white expanse with bits of egg shell in it (aka the TransAntarctic mountain range) that is greater in area than India and China put together.

Exactly 100 years on from Scott and Shackleton, I travelled to Antarctica and spent around one year living at Concordia, a joint French-Italian inland Antarctic research station as the Human Spaceflight Research MD to conduct research for the European Space Agency in an attempt to understand how far human physiology and psychology can be pushed towards a future manned mission to Mars.  It is one of the most remote outposts on the planet located in one of the world’s most extreme environments.

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The most extreme place on the planet?
Environmental extremes experienced there include:

*  Enduring around 3 months of complete darkness, where the sun does not rise above the horizon
*  The world’s coldest temperatures dropping down below minus 80 degrees Celsius
*  Complete isolation with no means of escape for 9 months, simulating long duration space missions and life on the surface of another planet
*  Chronic hypobaric hypoxia being located at around 3800 metres equivalent altitude
*  Nothing lives outside the station for over 1,000 kilometres, in nearly all directions.
*  Our nearest neighbours are the astronauts orbiting the earth on board the International Space Station, and then some Russians snowed* in at Vostok station (* = it does not actually ‘snow’ inside Antarctica).

Answering the job advertisement for what may be the coldest and loneliest job in the world, I found packing my mind for a year away was much more difficult than my bags.

“The uttermost end of the world”

To travel to the moon from the base would only take three days – far less than the three weeks it took to fly from London to Hobart and then to sail by icebreaker across the Southern Ocean, battling high seas, whales and being stuck in the ice pack with leopard seals before reaching a 60,000-strong rookery and football stadium’s worth of Adélie penguins.  The stench nearly turned me back home.

Antarctica is an ill defined space in people’s minds.  It incorporates South Georgia and other sub Antarctic islands, which are in fact closer to South America than the continent of Antarctica itself.  People can and have sailed to South Georgia even during its winter.  Whereas the interior of Antarctica remains an inpenetrable block of ice.  Even a team led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ (Coldest Journey) could not penetrate the continent’s interior during winter.

The longest on-call 

Antarctica is full of surprises (and penguins).  Adding to that it was the first time since the station opened 10 years previously that there would be just one doctor overwintering – that was to be me, since another doctor left the base just before winter began.  It was a game of Tag and I was ‘it’.  I can’t complain now about a set of nights or hardship on-call after doing nearly a year on-call in Antarctica.

The journey wasn’t over, it had just begun.  After flying a further five-hour flight inland in a Twin Otter over the Great White Silence, a blank white canvas.  Perhaps God had forgotten to paint this continent, intentionally I thought, as he took rest on the 7th day.

Alex Kumar, Expedition & Wilderness Medicine

Coldest science on earth

Antarctica’s ice layer protects and hides its secrets like a thick skin, stretched over the bedrock many thousands of feet below. Recent efforts at Russia’s Antarctic Vostok station tapped the veins of the sub-glacial lakes, which flow deep beneath the surface, that may harbour evidence of life forms of our distant past.  But as yet, this continent’s secrets remain teasingly elusive.

Ice cores plumbed out of the 800,000-year-old ice have told a story of their own – the impact of mankind on Earth and climate change. Century-old equipment was used in the discovery of a hole in the ozone – earth’s own flesh wound, which may yet scar over.

We conducted earth science research including glaciology, meteorology, seismology and astronomy, alongside my own research (on the adaptation of human health and well-being to this extreme environment), and trying to help in arranging the jigsaw pieces involved in sending a manned mission to Mars and back.

Curtain of darkness

As winter sets in, you stop living and start surviving.  Temperatures plummet below minus 80C. In May the sun sets for the last time.  A curtain of darkness falls, leaving you to endure three months of 24-hour darkness.  Spinning uncontrollably through the world’s time zones, leaving you gasping as you wake from unforgiving, hypoxia-euphoric vivid dreams.  The cold and isolation begin to seep in and your mind begins to stretch uncomfortably, as your senses become blunted by the sensory deprivation.

There is light at the end of the tunnel as multicoloured lights flicker overhead in the darkness, the Aurora Australis.

One way journey to the great beyond

Once you enter the Antarctic winter, you begin a personal journey of discovery and you will learn a lot about yourself.  You cannot turn back or go home.  Once that last plane departs, there is only one way up, you have to summit and there is no quitting, only crying along the way.

Alex Kumar, Expedition & Wilderness Medicine

Living and over-wintering as the only British national among a team of 13 Europeans in the most extreme and remote environment on the planet was not ‘easy’ but not so challenging as it was predictable.  As in any stressful environment living in an Antarctic station can be likened to living in one of the Old West frontier towns – a continual sense of not knowing who is going to shoot at who next or why.  As a team, we ate, slept, exercised, conducted science and survived alone frozen into the landscape in close proximity.  We all survived.

Not wanting to spoil the winter and many stories that came from it, I can summarise wintering in Antarctica in one sentence… it is one of the world’s only psychological marathons and one of the Earth’s greatest, most magnificent and most peculiar journeys.

‘I’ve been to Antarctica’

Tourists are so often bedazzled by Antarctica.  And the public are often impressed by those who have been there. It certainly is special.  However, all in all, you can say you have ‘been’ to Antarctica if you have flown in to work there for a few weeks or been on a cruise down there, during the breezy summertime.  Take heed, when this is so often thrown about in conversations and talks.

We are all just tourists when it comes to Antarctica

Really, you can never say you actually know Antarctica until you have wintered there.  And not just anywhere.    A winter on a subantarctic island such as South Georgia, Antarctica’s coast or peninsula (-20C climbing and skiing activities which can be accessible during the winter) is nothing like a winter in the interior of the continent (-80C in hypoxic darkness that is inaccessible for months).  And even a well connected wifi ridden winter in the interior nowadays is nothing like a broken radio winter in Shackleton’s day.  If you want real isolation, you’ll have to bury your head and phone in the ice.

My own conclusion?  Simple – Watching people around you unfold and unzip at the seams during wintering as a doctor is an interesting and can be an unforgiving past time.  For sure, people aren’t made of the same grit and stuff these days.  If you want to really experience something try to do it properly.  Challenge yourself and mankind.  What have you got to lose? … Only a few fingers or toes.

Alex Kumar, Expedition & Wilderness Medicine

 

Alex has since worked in different space analogue environments and constructed the ‘White Mars’ research protocol for Sir Ranulph Fiennes. 

As an accomplished writer, photographer and public speaker, he has published articles in BBC News, New York Times and by invitation, recently held an exhibition at the Royal Photographic Society, featured in The Guardian.  

Alex now talks and works internationally for different organisations and humanitarian agencies, conducts global health research and continues to enjoy taking photos behind his camera and presenting in front of cameras for TV including BBC and Discovery, alongside his day to day NHS job and is a member of the EWM faculty.

Alex is continuing important work on a patent for a unique blend of cheerful and optimistic British sarcasm.

More information can be found at: www.AlexanderKumar.com  

Alex’s TED talk ‘Malaria to Mars’ can be found at: http://youtu.be/OukZ04e6kOM

 

 

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Concordia Calling!

If taking part in research that paves the way for space exploration appeals, then the European Space Agency would like to hear from you.  You will spend 12 months living in one of the most secluded places on earth at the remote Concordia Antarctic station.  After training spacecraft pilot training, you will conduct simulations and various experiments which will assist space mission designers.  Applicants must be from an ESA Member State.  Application deadline 1 April.
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ESA is looking for a medical doctor to spend a year at the remote Concordia Antarctic station. Like a martian outpost can be imagined, you will be away for over a year and cut off from the rest of the world, living and working with 15 colleagues to conduct science  in preparation for missions to the Red Planet.
Astronauts on long missions in space need to pilot their spacecraft and conduct complex operations months or even years after their training on Earth. On the International Space Station, astronauts periodically take refresher courses for critical tasks such as berthing cargo spacecraft.
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For astronauts returning from Mars, mission designers need to know that they will be able to perform after months of isolation and stressful exploration. The Simskill experiment needs a spacecraft simulator to be shipped down to Antarctica to see how the Concordia crew will cope over the course of their stay.
Another planned experiment will look closely at how our immune system responds to the isolation at Concordia. Blood, urine and saliva samples will be collected and compared to stress test results to understand how stress influences our immune system. This research is also being done on the International Space Station to understand what factors are causing astronauts immune systems to behave as they do.
Further experiments include looking at how special lights could help keep a normal sleep pattern during the dark winter months. Others are checking bone health and monitoring how the crew interact and form groups during the isolation through  activity monitors and games that test teamwork.
Does taking part in research that is paving the way for space exploration, while living in one of the most secluded places on Earth for a year, appeal to you? Anyone from an ESA Member State with a medical degree can apply before the 1 April deadline    

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes joins Extreme Medicine ’15 line-up

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We are delighted to welcome veteran explorer and writer Sir Ranulph Fiennes as guest speaker at the World Extreme Medicine Conference.

Fiennes was the first person to visit both the North and South Poles by surface means and the first to completely cross Antarctica on foot, and in 1984 was recognised as the “world’s greatest living explorer” by The Guinness Book of World Records.

The veteran explorer is still breaking records and undertaking expeditions, and in April this year is taking part in the ‘toughest footrace on Earth’; the Marathon des Sables in Morocco. If he completes it, he will be the oldest Briton ever to have done so. Fiennes, who has written numerous books about his army service and his expeditions as well as a book defending Robert Falcon Scott from modern revisionists, is bound to be an enthralling speaker…

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, are speakers on nanotechnology, remote diagnosis tools, extreme physiology and endurance sports medicine. We will also be considering the impact of climate change on global health, as well as 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.

The conference opens 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: http://www.kclsu.org/ents/event/2127/

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 http://www.kclsu.org/ents/event/2127/ 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.

 

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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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