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Combined Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine / Emergency Medicine post

Two 6 month junior / middle grade doctor posts available – one commencing Feb 2018, the other Aug 2018. Includes funded enrolment in Postgraduate Certificate in Remote Healthcare or Diploma in Occupational Medicine.

DDRC 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 2018 and the other August 2018.

 

DDRC Healthcare 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. You must also hold a diving qualification.

 

The post will be an average of 6 sessions per week at DDRC Healthcare and 4 sessions per week in the Emergency Department, Derriford Hospital. Derriford Hospital is adjacent to DDRC Healthcare and is the largest teaching hospital in the southwest with a busy Emergency Department.

 

DDRC Healthcare provides HBO for elective and emergency patients for conditions including decompression Illness (DCI), 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 or the Diploma in Occupational Medicine.

 

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 www.ddrc.org

To discuss the job or to arrange a visit – please contact Dr Christine Penny – info@ddrc.org or 01752 209999

 

Closing date:  16/08/17 at 1700                                Interview date: 31/08/17

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Combined Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine / Emergency Medicine post

Two 6 month junior / middle grade doctor posts available – one commencing Feb 2017, the other Aug 2017. Includes funded enrolment in Postgraduate Certificate in Remote Healthcare or Diploma in Occupational Medicine.

DDRC 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.

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. You must also hold a diving qualification.

The post will be an average of 6 sessions per week at DDRC Healthcare and 4 sessions per week in the Emergency Department, Derriford Hospital. Derriford Hospital is adjacent to DDRC Healthcare and is the largest teaching hospital in the southwest with a busy Emergency Department.

DDRC Healthcare provides HBO for elective and emergency patients for conditions including decompression Illness (DCI), 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 or the Diploma in Occupational Medicine.

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 www.ddrc.org

To discuss the job or to arrange a visit – please contact Dr Christine Penny – info@ddrc.org or 01752 209999

Closing date:  25.8.16 at 1700                                interview date: 9.9.16

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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

 

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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 www.ddrc.org

To discuss the job or to arrange a visit – please contact Dr Christine Penny – info@ddrc.org or 01752 209999

Closing date: 01.09.2015 (08.00) interview date: 11.09.2015

Courses and Conferences of Interest

Expedition Medicine Courses

World Extreme Medicine Conference

Diving & Marine Medicine

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

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2 Vacancies: Combined Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine / Emergency Medicine

Two 6 month junior / middle grade doctor posts available – one commencing Feb 2015, the other Aug 2015.  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 2015 and the other August 2015.

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 www.ddrc.org

To discuss the job or to arrange a visit – please contact Dr Christine Penny – info@ddrc.org or 01752 209999

Closing date: 18.08.2014 (08.00) interview date: 05.09.2014

 

Courses and Conferences of Interest

Expedition Medicine Courses

Expedition Medicine Conference

Diving & Marine Medicine
Sir Ranulph Fiennes

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New Australia wilderness medicine course launched

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine is pleased to announce the launch of the much- requested Dive & Marine CME accredited wilderness medical training course on the 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. We will aim for at least 2 dives a day, including a night dive. At the end of the week, participants should feel confident to act as medical officer on a diving expedition, or in any diving medical practice

Diving & Marine Medicine participants will arrive in the Gladstone area and transfer to the Eastern Voyager on a Sunday morning. It is advisable to fly into the region on the Saturday if possible to get over jet lag before starting the course. You’ll then meet the rest of your group, with whom you’ll be living and diving over the following week. One of the challenges of expedition life is living in close quarters in a group, with people who you would not naturally choose as companions…so please bring a positive attitude and a sense of humour!

Dive and Marine CME accredited medical training

also of interest

Extreme Medicine Conference

Conservation ‘Wild Medicine’ Namibia

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Malaria and the Diver

As our CME accredited Diving and Marine Medicine course in the Maldives hoves into view in October Dr Rob Conway, founder of award winning marine conservation charity Blue Ventures, looks at Malaria and its risks to diving.

An increasing number of us are heading to more remote areas to discover that dream dive, which means that you may be exposed to an increasing number of diseases. Dive and Marine Medicine course in the Maldives

Malaria is common and caused by the parasite Plasmodium.  There are several different types that effect humans, most commonly Plasmodium falciparum.  The others are less common and cause a milder form of the disease that is rarely fatal.

Malaria is transmitted by female mosquitos (Anopheles sp) that bite from dusk.  Males feed on plant nectar and so do not transmit malaria. They transmit the parasite whilst feeding on your blood.  These migrate to the liver and over 7 to 30 days multiply before bursting and infecting red blood cells in waves.  Therefore an infected individual may feel waves of fever that are characteristic of the disease.  Other symptoms include severe headache, shivering, arthralgia (joint pain) and vomiting all of which may be confused with a diving related illness.  Signs include enlarging of the spleen and anaemia.  In severe cases there is blood in the urine, renal failure, seizures, coma and death.

If you are heading to an endemic area be smart.  Avoid getting bitten by using a suitable repellant, wear long sleeves and trousers from dusk and sleep under a net. Take an anti-malarial medication for the correct amount of time.  The most common drugs include mefloquine (Lariam), doxycycline (an antibiotic) and a combination of atovaquone and proguanil (Malarone).  There is no evidence that any of these are contraindicated in SCUBA, but efloquine is not universally accepted by all doctors and there is little data on Malarone at depth.  Each has its own benefits and pitfalls.  Some require you to take them for a period of time before and after a trip, remember, the parasites life cycle can be over a month.  Consult a physician before departing.

If you suspect malaria, seek medical treatment immediately.  Look for flu like symptoms from 7 days after entering a malarial area.  Work along the lines of it is malaria until proven otherwise.  I evacuated someone from Madagascar on a  diving expedition with convulsions, I had no idea at the time of the cause, it turned out to be malaria.  If you are going remote then there is a rapid test available (ICT kit) and take a stand by emergency treatment with you such as artemether-lumefantrine (Coartem) or quinine plus doxycycline.

 

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