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Response to the Paris attacks

The medical response to multisite terrorist attacks in Paris reviews the coordinated effort from the emergency services and Assistance
Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (APHP) .
The article offers the perspective of an Emergency Physician, Anaesthesiologist and a Trauma Surgeon, before offering a conclusion.

It’s clear no matter what the plan, it’s the people; doctors, nurses, emergency services, administrators, volunteers and many others, that enable a successful response.
View the FULL ARTICLE on the Lancet’s website.

Jobs and opportunities

The European Space Agency is once again looking for a doctor to join them for a year of research and experiments at the Concordia research station in Antarctica.
Click HERE to see the post on the ESA website.

Luangwa Safari Association Medical Fund need a doctor for 3-6 months to provide care for staff and guest in addition to providing care at Kakumbi Rural Health Centre.
Check out the full details HERE and to read a previous doctor’s blog written during her time in the role click HERE

Course pick

Mountain Medicine 2016 following another extremely successful course in Nepal trekking to Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp.
The first piece of feedback we received told us “this was the most amazing trip I have been on” and it is comments like these we aim for and pride ourselves on.
Pre-hospital Trauma Workshops will continue throughout 2016. We focus on initial care around head injuries, chest injuries, traumatic cardiac arrest, blast and ballistic injuries. We’ll also touch on crew resource management and effective leadership on scene in the single and multi casualty scenarios.

“We treat athletes like NASA treats astronauts”.

Last month saw the launch of Vollebak, a new brand that aims to tackle the fundamental issues faced by extreme sports people.

Having lived through the highs and lows that come with racing and training in the world’s toughest environments, founders and adventure athletes Steve and Nick Tidball, started working on products and experiments to help athletes relax and survive.
Click HERE to find out more.

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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 

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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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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New Vacancy: Now’s your chance to go to Lesotho

Fantastic short term opportunity in Lesotho:  12th – 28th July, 2014   Doctor required to join Connecting Communities Worldwide and a team of scouts on a sustainability project.

Adventurous doctor required to join 15 scouts  in a magnificent, remote environment engaging with local communities, working on a variety of inspiring, sustainable development programmes.We begin with a visit to Cape Town | Table Mountain | Cape of Good Hope | Robben Island and departs via Johannesburg, with life changing wild life experiences along the way.  Fully stocked med-kit and satellite phone provided.




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Contact KEN DUNN at Connecting Communities Worldwide for more info:
E:  kdunn”AT”
T:  01709 717 111
M:  0752 852 9766

CCW Ltd is a not-for-project organisation   so the successful applicant will need to cover their own flights and contribute towards costs (£500)



Expedition & Wilderness Medicine is the leading  provider of training for medics working in remote and austere environments.



URGENT! Female Doctor required for Vietnam trek, 14-23 March

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LATE CALL!  We have an opportunity for a female doctor to join the Prince’s Trust Women’s Leadership Group, trekking through rural northern Vietnam, raising money for disadvantaged young people in the UK.

If you are available, 14th – 23rd March and can provide medical support to a group of mixed nationalities, we’d love to hear from you.

Please send your CV, location and brief note expressing your interest to:  admin AT by Sunday 9th March, 2014.

Read more about the trek here


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EWM’s Wild Medicine Course Changed our Lives

We know that education opens doors and as the EWM crew are both interested and a bit nosey, we love to hear what our alumni get up to after attending our courses.  Naturally then, we were delighted to hear from Ian P, who told us he and his wife loved the  2013 Wild Medicine course so much, they’re busy packing up in the UK and moving to Namibia…

Not many things you can say that change your life!  Attending the Wild Medicine course was one of those events.  Amazing set of people and a fantastic opportunity to learn about conservation and desert medicine.  

The kind of odd things we learnt…
– Take blood from a cheetah,
– Learn about (and touch – optional) many poisonous snakes,
– Sleep in a desert,  walk 14km through a dry river canyon,
– What are the problem animals with Rabies? (A: Kudu),
– How can carnivores live outside conservation areas & not get killed by farmers &

– How to build a vineyard in a desert … what?!.. 

And the thing that changed our lives? Meet the Bushmen and see their need for healthcare!  My wife and I are volunteering at Naankuse to run the Bushmen medical services. The real thing we learned? There are many people out there that can benefit from our skills … 

Oh and by the way Namibia is amazing you get to see loads … but you can also get a 4×4 and do a week or so trip before the course.


Other courses of interest:
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NEEDED: Medical Professionals to support Fundraising Marathon (May 2014)


street child charitySTREET CHILD are looking for assorted medics and also a Medical Director* to provide cover for this fundraising event in the world’s 10th poorest country and help improve the lives of vulnerable children in West Africa.


The Street Child of Sierra Leone Marathon 2014 is an ambitious project and we need medical help to stage it.   It’s more than just a run.  We invite runners to join Street Child in Makeni, Sierra Leone to see and assist with the work we do in country, and to get involved with the local community.  All of this takes place in a developing country with a basic medical infrastructure.

The race covers tough but beautiful terrain, invariably with high temperatures and humidity.  The route is classed as a category “black” marathon – a marathon where serious consideration should be taken to safety provision.  For this reason medical support is vital.  Over the last 2 years, under the guidance of the Medical Director, groups of medical professionals from across the world have travelled to Sierra Leone to help out.  When joined by local medics and nurses, mining corporation paramedics and medical students, this team have provided essential cover to the marathon.  More importantly, previous teams can testify that they have have had an amazing adventure, providing a great talking point for grand rounds on their return!

Most of the action for the medical team takes place on race day, where teams set up makeshift medical stations around the course, providing first line medical care to the runners.  This is co-ordinated from Medical HQ, the headquarters for ongoing treatment, and communication centre to each of the medical stations.

Sierra Leone is very much a developing country – supplies and equipment are limited and expertise is varied.  This is a challenge, but one worth taking on.  Outside of race day, the medical team will be involved in procuring equipment, medical briefings to international runners, and manning clinics offered to local runners on registration day.  Another important job for the team is spending time chatting to the runners before the race, providing reassurance and advice, usually over a local beer!

We would like people who like the sound of this event to travel out to Sierra Leone for between 1 and 2 weeks to help us organise the 2014 Sierra Leone Marathon.  We do ask that you fund your own trip (flights and accommodation only, all transport and meals will be free) but in return we will give you your own ‘experience of a lifetime’ seeing and assisting with Street Child projects in urban and rural Sierra Leone, taking part in a week of festivities in Makeni and you still get to finish on a high joining our West African beach party and 2 night beach hut retreat!

Dates are pretty flexible, the marathon is on Sunday 25th May so an 8 day trip could fly Wed 21st May and return Wed 28th May 2014.  Direct 6 hour flights from London are available from Gambia Bird Airlines and BA.

For more information, photos and videos please look at and

To enquire or apply please send your details to

 *For applications to the role of Medical Director, the role will be to provide leadership and direction to the medical team.  A return flight from London will also be provided.  Minimum dates Mon 19th – Wed 28th May 14.


Courses of Interest



Inspirational CME accredited medical training courses for 2012 – take up the challenge!

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Looking for something to inspire you in the New Year?

Learning, Adventure and Professional Development all bundled into one with EWM’s CME accredited medical training courses.

New CME accredited courses for 2012

‘Wild Medicine’ – a Conservation Medicine Conference 16.5 CME

11 June 2012 to 16 June 2012

Conservation Medicine examining the spread of zoononsis, handling of wild animals, animal tracking from the air, visits to urban health centers, review of tropical diseases on location. All based from the remarkable Naankuse Lodge in Namibia as supported by the Jolie-Pitt Foundation. Suitable for both medics & vets.

Diving and Marine Medicine | Australia 20.25 CME

15 July 2012 to 21 July 2012

This is a 6 day medical training course based on Australia’s world renowned Great Barrier Reef. Topics covered will include pre-expedition medicals, diving-related illness, marine envenomation, emergency treatments and casevac plans. Practical sessions include boat handling, search and rescue and underwater communications

Antarctic Wilderness Medicine Conference, 10 CME

07 December 2012 to 19 December 2012

Join us aboard the National Geographic Explorer, a state-of-the-art expedition ship. the conference will be led Dr Luanne Freer the Medical Director of Yellowstone National Park

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Expedition & Wilderness Medicine, Keswick & the National Mountain Centre Plas y Brening, 23.75 CME

05 March 2012 to 08 March 2012 | 21 May 2012 to 24 May 2012

The aim of the Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Course is to provide aspiring and experienced expedition doctors, nurses, paramedics and advanced medics with the skills and practical knowledge to become valuable members of an expedition medical team.

Polar Medicine | Norway & New Zealand 9.5 CME

Norway 05 February 2012 to 11 February 2012 | New Zealand 22 July 2012 to 27 July 2012

The course has been developed for medical professionals, expedition and wilderness medics working in cold and at altitude environments. The Polar Medicine course aims to use the winter evenings to cover the essential expedition medical skills required to care for and treat injuries and illnesses likely to occur in this harsh environment, whilst the days are spent in the field.

Mountain Medicine | Nepal 22.5 CME

14 April 2012 to 01 May 2012

Join Dr Freer, Dr Martin ‘Doc Martin’ Rhodes (CMO for the TV production ‘Poles Apart’ and Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions), and Dr John Apps (MO at Union Glacier in Antarctica) for an amazing trek combining adventure and learning as you make your way up to Dr Freer’s seasonal home at the world’s highest medical clinic at Everest Base Camp.

Extreme Medicine Conference | London 31.75 CME

15 April to 18 April 2012

The conference will deliver four days of 31 CME-accredited knowledge, insight and innovation in the field of remote medicine and its sub-disciplines: expedition and wilderness, pre-hospital and disaster and relief. Delivering these messages will be speakers who are amongst the global leaders in these specialised fields, who are ideally placed to provide expert knowledge.

Desert & Wilderness Medicine | Namibia, 20.5 CME

17 June 2012 to 23 June 2012

Developed for medical professionals and advanced medics working in hot or arid climates, the Desert & Wilderness Medicine medical training course aims to introduce participants to the skills required for working in hot, arid and sub Saharan areas, and to care for and treat injuries and illness likely to occur in this fascinating environment.

Jungle Medicine | Costa Rica, 20.5 CME

December 2012 – dates to be confirmed

The Jungle Medicine tutors will develop the skills of the participants through practical sessions and hands on experience, treating snake bites, identifying tropical diseases, heat related illnesses and managing the health of an expedition in the field. The days will be used to experience and develop jungle survival skills, travelling in the jungle on land or by river, setting up camp, river crossing, cooking and lighting fires, managing casualties and evacuating them when needed: skills without which a successful medical response is extremely difficult.






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Nepal Mountain Medicine course returns

The Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Mountain Medicine Course in Nepal has received some fantastic feedback via our Facebook group

It was a fantastic dream that came true!! I miss you all here in Nepal, but I hope to see you again!! The adventure will continue ♥ !

2nd day back at work – still glowing !!  Thanks everyone for an amazing time. It was quite incredible. Miss you all!

What a fantastic adventure! Thank you everyone for making it so enjoyable! Now back to reality…


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Photo’s (c) Ian Quigley

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Dr Luane Freer demonstrated the use of the Kenrick Splint









Following the Everest Base Camp Trail from Lukla, the Wilderness Mountain Medicine course will run over a total of 16 days. 13 days will be spent trekking at an easy pace, staying in Nepalese teahouses along the route and enjoying the spectacular scenery along the route.

The Wilderness Mountain Medicine course will count for 22.5 CME points

A donation is made from the proceeds of the Wilderness Mountain Medicine Course in Nepal to the Everest ER organisation (a US based nonprofit charity org) to help continue its life saving work at Everest Base Camp.   Everest ER T-shirts and 2011 patches for your rucksack can be gained by making a small donation.

To find out when the next CME accredited Mountain Medicine course is running visit the Expedition & Wilderness Medicine website

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