World Extreme Medicine Conference – Edinburgh 2016

This year, our World Extreme Medicine Conference will host around 300 lecture and seminar sessions across 4-days, in 4 separate theatres at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, 18th – 21st November.

We provide a platform for leaders and inspiring medical minds in extreme and austere medicine to meet, and create the most elite gathering of extreme medicine clinicians in the world.  Collectively, we facilitate and share knowledge and skills around key topics, impacting on how we practice medicine in the most hostile and challenging conditions.

The four consecutive high level conference days will each address a different theme of medicine in the extreme; Disaster and Humanitarian; Extreme, Expedition and Wilderness; Endurance Sports and Pre-Hospital Medicine. Practical sessions, workshops and smaller seminars will run concurrently throughout the conference schedule, including a special programme on vulnerable populations and the particular issues affecting women and children during humanitarian disasters.

Extreme Medicine ConferenceWhether you are new to or well-practiced in the field of extreme medicine, there will be something original and inspiring for you.

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Its time for adventure!

UOTW

Ultrasound of the Week is the brainchild of Dr Ben Smith at the University of Tennessee, Department of Emergency Medicine.

He created this amazing blog as a way to keep his residents thinking about bedside ultrasound throughout their training.

Described as a ‘junkie for the critically ill’ his blog leans towards this patient population and aims to improve treatment of the critically ill using this incredible tool.

Practice in paradise

Koh Rong Emergency Services and Medic programme was created by one man who spotted complete lack of medical care for locals and the growing population of tourists in Cambodia.

The project’s goal is to inspire and encourage the community to live and maintain safe, healthy lives through education and practice.

From teaching first aid to the local community to a 24/7 medic service, this project is about more than healthcare, it’s about improving the lives of the local community.

You can see more about what they do HERE. They are still looking for volunteer doctors, nurses and paramedics, so if you’re looking for something a little different, get in touch at kohrongemergency@gmail.com

Seas this great opportunity

Windfall Films seek medical professionals to take part in a programme where adventurous sea lovers will retrace a famous voyage across the Pacific Ocean.

Find out more about this amazing opportunity HERE.

Join us in Slovenia

This October we’re taking our famous EWM course on the road to Slovenia. The course will be extended to a total of five days.

We’ll spend our mornings focusing on lectures, with afternoons dedicated to outdoor skills and specialised workshops.

The final night will see us camping wild under tarps, with heaps of camp-fire tales from our faculty and delegates.

On the final day of the course you’ll complete an extended search and rescue exercise where all of your acquired skills will be put to the test.

We’ve hired coaches to take you from the airport to the course location, so you just need to get yourself to Ljubljana airport on Sunday 2nd October and we’ll be waiting for you on the shores of the stunning Lake Bohinj.

The mountains are calling

For our altitude loving audience we now run a total of five exciting mountain medicine courses:

Everest Base Camp (5,380m)
Kilimanjaro (5,895m)
Aconcagua (6,961m)
Carstensz Pyramid (4,884m)
Bariloche Skiing & Avalanche course 

These course will test your physical and mental robustness, while challenging your ability to function in an expedition team.

By immersing yourself in these challenging environments you’ll find real cases requiring medical attention, plus you’ll visit medical facilities set up on the mountains and gain an insight into how they work and the challenges medics face.

Whether you’re looking for a non-technical ascent, high altitude trekking, a technical challenge or to learn invaluable information about snow-packs, we have something for you!

Join our experts for a life-changing high altitude expedition and learn the skills you’ll need to support teams around the world.

Not ready for the mountain? Join us this May in Plas y Brenin to lay the foundations of your expedition medicine knowledge.

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New jobs, course news and working with South Georgia

Extreme Medicine

GLOBAL • EXPLORATION • SPACE

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National Mountain Centre

With plans in full swing, we’re super excited about our upcoming course in Wales.

We’ll bring together specialists from Antarctic Loogistics & Expeditions, experts in altitude, HEMS staff, Humanitarians, you name it we’ve got it!

Having recently returned from the summit of Chimborazo, the shores of Lesbos, diving in the Southern Ocean or completing the world’s toughest Arctic Ski race, our faculty are full of tales to inspire and knowledge to educate.

You’ll struggle to find a line up quite like this one!

To join the fun, you simply need to register via our website or email us for more details.

Extreme Medicine Edinburgh

World Extreme Medicine Conference

Some ticket types are already sold out for the World Extreme Medicine Conference… Don’t miss out on the extreme medicine gathering of the year!!

Hosted in the magnificent city of Edinburgh this years gathering is already beginning to gather pace and energy!

‘By far and away the best medical conference I have ever attended!’

Grab your ticket now!

Pre-hospital Care

The rapidly evolving and hugely varied world of pre-hospital care can present endless challenges to medics. Provision of high quality care in this environment significantly improves patient outcomes when faced with some of medicine’s most dynamic challenges.

Our Pre-hospital Trauma Care Workshops use cutting edge techniques and equipment in purpose built facilities, allowing for an immersive training experience. We’ll explore Crew Resource Management giving you transferable skills enabling you to get the best out of any team in any situation.

Check out our workshop dates coming up this year.

WEM working with South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands

World Extreme Medicine (WEM) is delighted to announce that we have been selected to work with and assist the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) to takee forward a review of the provision of medical support for visits to this UK Overseas Territory.

WEM will produce a clinical review and develop guidelines for minimum medical standards helping to ensure the safe operation of tourism and expedition vessels operating in sub Antarctic waters.

Medic needed for Kili’

Our friends at the Meningitis Research Foundation are planning a trek up Kilimanjaro and need a medic with altitude experience.

The planned trek is a little out of the ordinary as the team will be taking one of their supporters, who is a double amputee, up in a wheelchair.

The trip will take place during 13th – 24th May 2016, so if you’re looking to help make someone’s dreams come true, this could be just the thing for you.  For more information contact Ian at ianb@meningitis.org

Check out our Kilimanjaro Expedition & Safari to boost your altitude medicine and expedition skills.

Polar Medicine in New Zealand

Polar Medicine
New Zealand

A hands on course, featuring six days of Mountain & Polar Expedition Medicinewith a amazingly accomplished staff team situated in some of the south islands most stunning surroundings.

Last few places…

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World Extreme Medicine (WEM) working with Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands.

World Extreme Medicine: Where Man Goes, Medicine Must FollowSGSSI arms

World Extreme Medicine (WEM) is delighted to announce that we have been selected to work with and assist the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) in taking forward a review of the provision of medical support for visits to this UK Overseas Territory. We will produce a clinical review and develop guidelines for minimum medical standards helping to ensure the safe operation of tourism and expedition vessels operating in sub Antarctic waters.

This review will clarify minimum standards for physicians seeking to work on vessels in remote polar maritime environments and for vessels carrying fee paying clients. Building on the work already undertaken for GSGSSI, WEM was selected to undertake this review based on our expert knowledge, experience of providing cover in remote areas and our extensive peer review network, enabling us to disseminate recommendations widely across the medical community.

GSGSSI is committed to facilitating visits that are safe, responsibly managed and environmentally sensitive. GSGSSI looks forward to working closely with WEM and the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) in the delivery and implementation of this review.map-south-georiga-south-sandwich-islands

More about WEM

We live in an evolving world where the spread of rapid pandemics is not only a hypothetical concept but a reality, where terrorism makes its way on to our streets and refugees suffer in distress.

World Extreme Medicine is a global community of like-minded individuals offering an international conference, immersive training courses and a post-graduate academic programme.

Our World Extreme Medicine conference is a platform where inspiring medical minds meet, share experiences and promote cross-disciplinary working.   Our partners come from an eclectic range of disciplines; medicine to zoology, military to aero medical retrieval.  We introduce research, left field paradigms and innovation.  The energy is unparalleled and the presence of so many amazingly energetic minds creates an electrifying experience.

Our training portfolio gives medical professionals confidence to take their skills into challenging environments.  Join us in remarkable places like Namibia and the foothills of the Himalayas for fully immersive learning experiences, approved by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh FPHC (subject to assent).

Partnering in a unique co-venture with the University of Exeter Medical School, WEM developed the world’s first post-graduate qualification in Extreme Medicine.  The programme meets modern medicine’s clinical governance values and demonstrates core competencies for travel and expedition medicine.  The modular learning programme matches students’ interests and passions to achieve a Post-Graduate Certificate, Diploma or Masters in Extreme Medicine.

World Extreme Medicine is dedicated to sharing and spreading best practice for the world’s medical professionals, willing to risk themselves to help others.

More about South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands

South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) is a UK Overseas Territory, situated 800 miles South East of the Falkland Islands. The main island of South Georgia is approximately 170 km long and between 2 and 40 km wide and occupies an area of 3,755 km2, more than half of which is permanently ice covered. Mt Paget rises to 2,934 m and is the highest point in all UK mainland and territories. The South Sandwich Islands are a chain of eleven small volcanic islands stretching from 56-60oS, 550 km South East of South Georgia. SGSSI is administered by a Government based in Stanley, Falkland Islands. In recent years visitors to SGSSI have numbered over 9,000, mostly on cruise ships operated by members of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) who come to see SGSSI’s major populations of seabirds and marine mammals, including globally threatened species such as the wandering albatross.

(C) Mark Hannaford

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We are changing and we are updating our ‘look’; we hope you like it!

We are changing and we are updating our ‘look’; we hope you like it!

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine started a world movement for medics working in remote and austere locations. We remain at the forefront in all we do and that’s why we are changing our name to ‘World Extreme Medicine’. It reflects a change in how we as a worldwide community of medics respond to emergencies and an ever widening range of opportunities for adventurous medics…

‘Where man goes, medicine must follow’.

We live in an evolving world where the spread of rapid pandemics is not only a hypothetical concept but a reality, where terrorism makes its way on to our streets and refugees suffer in distress.

Using our international conference, our course portfolio, our global community of like-minded individuals and our post-graduate programme, we offer a common meeting ground for sharing ideas, new research and to network.

Through our World Extreme Medicine conference, we have built a platform where inspiring medical minds meet, share experiences and promote cross-disciplinary working.   We have an eclectic range of partners from a range of disciplines; medicine to zoology, military to aero medical retrieval.  We introduce research, left field paradigms and innovation.  The energy is unparalleled and the presence of so many amazingly energetic minds creates an electrifying experience.

We offer training to medical professionals, giving them the confidence to take their skills into challenging environments.  Join us in some remarkable places including the jungles of Costa Rica and the foothills of the Himalayas for fully immersive, unique learning experiences, approved by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh FPHC (subject to assent).

Partnering in a unique co-venture with the University of Exeter Medical School, WEM has developed the world’s first post-graduate qualification in Extreme Medicine.  The programme fits with modern medicine’s values of clinical governance and demonstrates core competencies for providing travel and expedition medicine.  Students learn in a modular programme, matching individual interests and passions to gain a Post Graduate Certificate, Diploma or Masters in Extreme Medicine.

World Extreme Medicine is dedicated to sharing and spreading best practice for the world’s medical professionals, willing to risk themselves to help others.

We hope that you like the new look we have created which, I believe melds our heritage with our new direction

 

Mark Hannaford

Founder, Extreme Medicine

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Patrons & Advisory Board announced for Extreme Medicine

Extreme Medicine Patrons & Advisors. It’s going to be a month of announcements for us but we couldn’t more delighted, and humbled, to introduce an amazing group of people, both medical and non, who have agreed to assist us in moulding Extreme Medicine into a positive force for good and help determine our direction.

From Astronauts to Zoologists; these individuals have made incredible achievements part of their everyday and we are humbled to be working with each and everyone one of them…

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WEM a potted history

We live in an evolving world where the spread of rapid pandemics is not only a hypothetical concept but a reality, where terrorism makes its way on to our streets and refugees suffer in distress.

WEM is dedicated to sharing and spreading best practice for the world’s
medical professionals willing to risk themselves to help others.

WEM is the first of its kind.  A common meeting ground for sharing best practices, new ideas, new research and to network.  Working with an eclectic range of partners from across a range of disciplines from medicine to zoology, military to aero medical retrieval, WEM introduces new research, left field paradigms and innovation.  The energy is unparalleled and bringing this many amazingly energetic minds into one place is an electrifying experience.

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Course accreditation update

Given our new academic focus, we have chosen not to renew our accreditation with the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS), therefore we  are no longer able to offer CME through the WMS for our courses.

CME is generally considered to be educational content that is appropriate for the speciality that a doctor works in. Expedition and wilderness medicine is not part of any core medical specialty programme and as such does not fit any conventional CME programmes except the WMS. Historically, we chose the WMS to accredit our courses to provide clients with an opportunity to claim CME/ CPD credits. Very recently we learned that the WMS had changed their internal processes which meant that in addition to us re-applying for course accreditation, our faculty would also need to have their FAWM in order to teach on our courses. We recruit our staff based on their academic qualifications along with their skills, experience and research that has contributed to the world’s understanding of expedition medicine. As such, we do not consider it necessary for them to also have their FAWM.

This coincides with the considerable amount of effort we’re applying to develop our Extreme Medicine post-graduate and Masters programme. This is work undertaken in collaboration with the University of Exeter, one of the top 100 universities in the world, and will result in a universally recognised academically consistent qualification, which holds more weight. This introduces a competency based programme across our entire course portfolio. Whether you’ll be part of the post-graduate programme or you’re choosing to take part on one of our stand alone courses, all content will be subject to the same review and approvals process by the University.

Right now, you’re a client who is at a bridging point before the post-graduate programme is fully established. At the end of the course you’re scheduled to attend, we will give you a certificate of attendance and a list of competences / learning outcome which you can self-assess against your portfolios or CPD learning logs

We continue to strive for best practice within the expedition medicine world and think that courses based on competences offer a better outcome for our clients continued professional development and for the people ultimately under your care.

If you have any questions please do get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to discuss these with you.

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Calling all sea-loving adventurous medics.

Windfall films are looking for sea-loving medical professionals CH4 Pacific Challengeto take part in a series for Channel 4. You’ll retrace a famous naval adventure across the Pacific Ocean in a replica sail boat, with only basic rations to keep you going.

For more information click on the picture and contact Windfall Films directly.

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Team Rubicon: Short term position in Nepal

TeamRubiconLogoOur lovely friends at Team Rubicon urgently require a volunteer medic to join them in Nepal, 19 March – 2 April.  Flights & expenses covered.  Please email a brief introduction and medical CV to tim.edwards@teamrubiconuk.org .  Here’s the detail:

Calling all medics! There is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a volunteer team going to Nepal in March to rebuild a school destroyed in the earthquake. Team Rubicon UK provides disaster relief to those affected by natural disasters, be they domestic or international. By pairing the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions, Team Rubicon aims to provide the greatest service and impact possible.

After last year’s earthquake Team Rubicon sent teams into Nepal to help with the immediate aftermath and hundreds of thousands of people were helped. Almost a year on there are still thousands of Nepalis who still need help with basic services. The team is complete except for one important member – a medic. Due to the remote nature of the deployment it is vital that they take someone suitably qualified to deal with trauma, life support, and normal medical problems. The team is 16 strong with basic first aid qualifications but what they really need is a paramedic or other suitably qualified person to deploy with them.

Team RubiconThe trip is from the 19 March until 2 April (flights dependent within a day). The deployment is unpaid but all flights and expenses are covered.If you are interested in being involved in what will be a fantastic opportunity please email a brief introduction and medical CV to tim.edwards@teamrubiconuk.org .

As time is short Team Rubicon have asked that only those who are confident that they can deploy get in contact.  Thanks.

 

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Prof. Chris Imray, world expert on cold weather injuries to join Polar Medicine Faculty

Have you heard about our new 5 day Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course held in Slovenia? For more on this exciting new course click THIS LINK to receive the latest information and early bird discount code.

Snow Sports Injuries

The Adventure Medic have recently published the ‘Practical Approach to Snowsports Injuries (Part II)’. The second in a series of articles by Dr Edi Albert, explores knee and shoulder injuries discussing how the approach of a ski doctor may differ from a hospital-based doctor or surgeon.

To learn more about Polar Medicine join Chris Imray, world renowned cold injuries expert and lead author of the recent Extreme, expedition and wilderness medicine article published by the Lancet.Alongside Chris we’re sending an expert faculty of seasoned polar medics and travellers teaching how to survive, provide medical care and function as part of a team in such a harsh environment.

If camping out in snowholes and challenging your limits with cold water immersion excites you, snap up one of the last Polar Medicine places here!

Part I of Dr Alberts’ series.

White Mars

EWM faculty member Dr Alex Kumar and Extreme Medicine speaker Dr Mike Barratt talk to CNN about the effect of extreme isolation on the human body.

Alex Kumar recalls his time with the European Space Agency discussing the physiological changes which occurred while facing extreme isolation in the world’s most hostile, monotonous and challenging environments, Antarctica. While Mike Barratt backs up Alex’s comments adding his findings and experiences from NASA’s human research programme.

CNN – The closest thing on Earth to a Mission to Mars

‘Survivor’ selects EWM to provide medical backup

Home to the world’s most adventurous medics, we’re proud to announce we’ve been selected as the medical operations provider for the Emmy Award-winning US reality show, “Survivor.”

Mark Hannaford, Managing Director of Expedition & Wilderness Medicine and the Extreme Medicine Conference series explains;

“At Expedition & Wilderness Medicine, we excel in providing medical back-up in challenging locations, so we’re delighted to support contestants and crew on one of the world’s longest running reality TV shows. We have the world’s largest network of medics equipped to work in remote and austere locations and look forward to developing a great working relationship with the amazing team at Survivor.”

Be prepared

‘Our Trauma workshop enables a more resilient, effective and efficient approach treating acutely injured and unwell patients. The focused patient assessment and stepwise approach enables the optimal treatment to the critical patient in the shortest time frame.’

Take a look at a workshop scenario in action and let Advance Paramedic, Eoin Walker explain what going on.

Held in a London Ambulance Service training facility, we have access to the best equipment, emergency vehicles and training spaces offering realistic scenarios to mimic the pressures of pre-hospital care.

Click HERE for more information and to book.

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