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EWMi – The Clock’s Ticking.

Time’s running out for the EWMi opportunity in Dartmoor

Below is the information from our blog post earlier this year, which will tell you all you need to know to apply for our next intern opportunity!

We are a friendly, easy going, but hard working bunch who are used to long days, little rest and working together to get a job done. We do this with a ready smile and a can do attitude which very much reflects the EWM philosophy. As an intern we’d like you to be slot into our team straight away and be happy to muck in when and wherever we need you.

If you’re interested in joining us as an intern, you will need to make your own way to the course location on the afternoon prior to the course and remain until we are packed away on the final day. You’ll stay in the faculty accommodation and may be required to assist with almost any part of setting up the course; everything from setting up seating, packing med bags, sorting out kit or directing course delegates to specific locations. In return, while with us as, we will make every effort to ensure you are able to attend each lecture and workshop and of course, you’ll get to know our incredible faculty.

The next intern position available, will be for our Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course based in Dartmoor 16-19 November. You’ll need to get yourself to the venue, but we will provide all your home comforts for you.  For all UK course dates click HERE

We welcome applications from the UK and overseas but are not able to reimburse travel expenses.  To submit your application for consideration, please send us:

  • A recent CV with an outdoor image of yourself (we reserve the right to use this image for marketing purposes).
  • Something that tells us about you and your achievements – this can take any form, but use this as your opportunity to sell yourself to us.
  • A covering letter telling us why you would make a good intern – max 300 words.

In return we only ask for your good humour, entertaining company, a course write up to be supplied to us with one month and agreement to make yourself available for a telephone interview post course.

Email your enquiries and submissions to admin@expedition-medicine.com

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

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine

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.

Interns/Electives

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 
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EWMi – Would you like to be the next University Liaison for Expedition & Wilderness Medicine?

How time passes by quickly! It seems that I only started my role as the University Liaison last week!

In fact it has been over 2 years now – and what a journey I have had being part of the Expedition & Wilderness Medicine (EWM) Team. Now, that’s not to say I am just off yet – I don’t qualify until next May (2013)…but we are beginning to start our search for the next University Liaison for Expedition & Wilderness Medicine EWMi– our ‘career intern’.

I guess if you are reading this, you might be interested in what the role involves. That’s a difficult question to answer fully as EWM’s work will have you dipping in and out of lots of different, exciting task. I have however broken it down into six key areas:

1.                   Developing links with university wilderness medical societies and beyond

This is the key role – developing our relationships with students. This is mainly introducing yourself and EWM by email to the University Wilderness Medical Societies and keeping them aware of what we are up to, if there are student discounts or articles of interest for their members.

2.                   Supporting EWM developments online

EWM is constantly developing and growing. As a result, often there are exciting plans and outlines by email to read over and give your input on. For example, for me as University Liaison, the biggest development was the World Extreme Medicine Conference.

3.                   Write articles for EWM

EWM always want fresh perspective on any and all aspects of expedition medicine. It is an opportunity to share your particular passion with 5,000 plus EWM online members. Often you may be asked to write a review of an event or conference. For example, I wrote this ‘student perspective’ article after the World Extreme Medicine Conference: http://www.expeditionmedicine.co.uk/blog/2012/04/world-extreme-medicine-conference-2012-the-student-angle/

4.                   Support on site at the UK courses

EWM run courses in the UK multiple times a year. It is a great opportunity to experience the courses, help out with its general duties and be part of the EWM team. I can guarantee you will go away having learned a thing or two!

5.                   Assist in organising the World Extreme Medicine Conference & EXPO

As EWM continues to develop its exciting World Extreme Medicine series there are often lots to do and it is a brilliant way to get involved. For example you might be asked to research potential speakers, exhibitors, venues and then – be on site helping run the conference as part of the EWM Conference Team. A very enriching experience I assure you.

6.                   Communicate with leading remote medical professionals on behalf of EWM

You are a representative of EWM and as that you have the opportunity to reach out to some very experienced medical professionals in the expedition medicine fields on their behalf. You may also find people or companies or expeditions that EWM is unaware of and bring them to your attention. Win-Win!

There is no doubt that being the University Liaison is a role that requires more than a medical knowledge – EWM will be looking for someone who has a head for and an interest in business. Furthermore I often get asked the demands of time. It has its busy and its quieter periods but you know what – it is entirely manageable. If you have good time-management skills and like to keep busy – you’ll have no problem at all.

Right, that is probably enough information to wet your appetite!

To get details on how to apply click on the link below and scroll down to ‘Career Interns’:

http://www.expeditionmedicine.co.uk/blog/2011/09/expedition-wilderness-medicine-uk-experience-and-career-internships-for-medical-students/

I very much look forward to hearing from you!

With very best wishes,

Nick

University Liaison for Expedition & Wilderness Medicine

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Our latest student intern, Andrew Blanshard, gives his view on the Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course

Plas Y Brenin Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Course

Expedition Medicine (c) Olivia Lucey

 

The combination of the glorious weather and the fact that I was on my way to the National Mountain Centre in Wales meant that it was good to be a good week. Even better, I had a week’s authorised absence from University and I was attending the course as part of the Expedition Medicine faculty.

I was lucky enough to have won the student internship for the Expedition Medicine course; an initiative that Expedition & Wilderness Medicine have been doing for all of their UK-based courses this year, including the World Extreme Medicine conference in London. The internship is a fantastic opportunity for medical undergraduates to gain experience in this type of medicine; opportunities of which are otherwise rare. In return for being able to attend, I assisted with the running of the course by time-keeping to facilitate the jam-packed schedule, as well as helping to organise the equipment needed for each session. Other than that, I was free to attend all of the lectures, talks and practical sessions throughout the week – more than a fair exchange!

With around 70 delegates in attendance, there was a huge mix of people to talk to and get to know, consisting of doctors, nurses and paramedics, some of whom had travelled from abroad to be there. As a student, being able to talk people from different specialities and getting an idea of the different career paths available was a valuable experience, and it certainly made me think about what I’d like to get out of my own career and how I’m going to get there.

The week began with a brief welcome and warm-up, led by course director EWM Medical Director Dr Amy Hughes. The topics covered during the four days were extensive, and ranged from lectures on altitude, tropical and diving medicine, to talks about planning expeditions, the legal aspects of wilderness medicine and the importance of communication. Many of the sessions took place outdoors, and on Tuesday afternoon we were split into small groups and taken out onto the hills by an instructor from the centre. We were taught about the basics of navigation, how to make various improvised stretchers (which were tried and tested), as well as practicing rope skills that would be handy in a tricky situation.  Other teaching included fracture and wound management, and one of everybody’s favourites; a session on emergency dentistry. In the evenings, talks were given by the faculty about their own experiences working in different parts of the world, including working for MSF in Sri-Lanka, as a medic and journalist in Libya, and dealing with disaster on an expedition. All very different, it was inspirational to hear about these experiences, and it certainly left people talking about them at the bar afterwards!

Members of the local casualty’s union were drafted in to provide some realistic injuries, and with the skills we had accrued and practiced over the week, they were well looked after. The final day culminated in a search and rescue exercise which took place on the hills surrounding the centre. Seven teams had to navigate their way to a location, to then be given the next location in which their casualty was to be rescued from. I was drafted in as an additional casualty, and after the casualty’s union actors had finished with me, I at least looked the part. My allocated rescuers took a little while longer than the other teams due to initial navigation difficulties, so I had a good chance to top up the sun tan whilst I waited.

The final timetabled session was a talk from the EWM faculty about further opportunities for medics to get further training in wilderness medicine, as well as opportunities to volunteer or work for organisations. Amy talked about the other Expedition & Wilderness Medicine courses which take place abroad, and we also heard from Dr Matt Edwards, who had worked for the British Antarctic Survey for 18 months. They also discussed groups that would be good to go with as an expedition medic for the first time, as well as working for aid organisations such as MSF. It was certainly a thought-provoking end to the week, and I now have an even longer list of places that I’d like to travel to and work in!

The student internship is an excellent way for undergraduates to get some experience in expedition and wilderness medicine, and I would strongly recommend that those with an interest in this type of medicine apply. Along with the practical skills and knowledge that I gained, getting to know about the opportunities that are available to medics was an invaluable experience, and I will certainly be aiming to make the most of this in my future career.

To find out more about being a student intern at Expedition & Wilderness Medicine

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Plas Y Brenin Course Intern Announced: Andrew Blanshard

We are thrilled to announce that the Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Experience Intern for the UK course at Plas Y Brenin in Wales on May 21st to May 24th is Andrew Blanshard. Andrew is a 3rd year at Lancaster University studying Medicine and impressed us with his excellent application!

Andrew will spend 4 days working alongside the Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Team helping set up practical exercises and logistics, and when not helping out will be able to watch the excellent lectures that will be held over the 4 day course.

Well done Andrew!

– Dr Nick Knight, University Liaison for Expedition & Wilderness Medicine

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Congratulations to the latest “Experience Intern” winner for the UK March 2012 Course in Keswick, Cumbria

“Taking Medical Students to Extremes”

Firstly thank you to all of you who applied to the March 2012 Expedition & Wilderness Medicine internship. We a huge amount of interest and all were strong candidates from a large number of UK and overseas universities with a fantastic mix of experiences and skills. It is hugely encouraging to see that so many medical students are developing their skills early and are well on their way to be the expedition medics of the future!

Now for the selected intern….

I am thrilled to announce that Marita Flotre has been selected by the EWM team to be the intern for Expedition & Wilderness Medicine’s UK Course in Keswick, Cumbria (5 March 2012 to 8 March 2012). Marita is a 3rd year medical student at the University of Bergen in Norway who caught the Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Team’s attention with a clear passion for the outdoors and medicine.

Marita will join the Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Team in Keswick as an ‘intern’ and be a member of the faculty over the 4 days having the opportunity to:

– attend the UK course as a faculty-assistant
– have the opportunity to attend all the lecture talks
– if not assisting faculty in a practical session, be able to observe other practical sessions
– be part of the faculty team in the final Search & Rescue exercise
– meet the lecturers and faculty behind the scenes and be one of the team

For those of you reading this and thinking you would like a go! We encourage you to submit your entries for the April 2012 Conference competition (the closing date for this is on Thursday February 2nd 2012) and May 2012 UK Course competition (closing date Monday 5th March 2012.

We look forward to sharing Marita’s thoughts on her intern experience with you after the course and I am sure you will all join us in congratulating her!

Nick Knight
University Liaison for Expedition & Wilderness Medicine

 

Of interest – Extreme Medicine Conference, London

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Expedition & Wilderness Medicine UK ‘Experience’ and ‘Career’ Internships for Medical Students

“Taking Medical Students to Extremes”

The EWMi programe

1.0          Overview

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine (EWM) is proud to offer two internship programmes to UK university medical students:

(i)            A short-term Experience internship lasting the length of one EWM UK Course

(ii)           A long-term Career internship lasting the two years of medical school

 

2.0          Purpose

The EWM internship (EWMi) will promote stronger relationships and awareness with the future leaders of remote and pre-hospital medicine and give an educational platform to boost future careers in EWM.

 

3.0          EWMi Experience Internship  

3.1          Overview

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine are proud to announce a new programme to offer university medical students the opportunity to learn more about and be part of the UK Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Courses that are run three times a year.

For each course, we will invite one medical student to ‘intern’ with us as a member of the faculty. As an intern for the course they will:

  1. attend one UK course as a faculty-assistant
  2. have the opportunity to attend all the lecture talks
  3. if not assisting faculty in a practical session, be able to observe other practical sessions
  4. be part of the faculty team in the final Search & Rescue exercise
  5. meet the lecturers and faculty behind the scenes and be one of the team
  6. assist in the logistical running of course

The opportunity for this fantastic experience will initially be run for the 4 courses below:

  1. Expedition & Wilderness Medicine, Keswick, Cumbria (12 September 2011 to 15 September 2011)
  2. Expedition & Wilderness Medicine, Keswick, Cumbria (05 March 2012 to 08 March 2012)
  3. Extreme Medicine Conference and EXPO, Royal Soceity of Medicine, London (15 April to 18 April 2012)
  4. Expedition & Wilderness Medicine, Plas y Brenin, Wales (21 May 2012 to 24 May 2012)

3.2          How to enter for the EWM experience internship:

  1. Write 250 words describing what makes you want to be an extreme medicine doctor? This may include the fields: expedition & wilderness, pre-hospital, and disaster and relief.
  2. Submit one expedition related photograph to support your 250 words
  3. Tip: Stand out!
  4. Email your entries to Dr Nick Knight at uni-liaison@expeditionmedicine.co.uk
  5. Entries to Nick must be sent as a Microsoft Word document attachment and include Name, Age, University, Year of Study, Email
    contact, Telephone contact
  6. Be sure to state which of the three UK courses you are applying for

3.3          The winner must:

  1. Become a member on the Expedition & Wilderness Medicine website (launches in October 2011) and join the Facebook Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Page
  2. Be available for the full 4 days of the course or conference
  3. Cover travel and accommodation in the faculty youth hostel or accommadation in London for the Extreme Medicine Conference
  4. Write a 750 word blog with a picture for the Expedition & Wilderness Medicine website describing their experiences on the course, what they learned and how this will help them in their future medical career
  5. Attempt to submit a small feedback article to a journal or magazine of their choosing (this could be an adaptation of the blog entry for example) e.g. Student BMJ.

3.4          Entry Deadlines:

  1. Entries for the September course 2011 competition closes on Thursday 1st September 2011 (Winner announced on Facebook, EWM website and by email on Monday 5th Sept 2011)
  2. Entries for the March course 2012 competition closes on Monday January 2nd 2012 (Winner announced on Facebook, EWM website and by email on Monday 9th January 2012)
  3. Entries for the April Conference 2012 competition closes on Thursday 2nd  February 2012 (Winner announced on Facebook, EWM website and by email on Monday 20th February 2012)
  4. Entries for the May course 2012 competition closes on Monday March 5th 2012 (Winner announced on Facebook, EWM website and by email on Monday March 12th 2012)
  5. Entries for September course 2012 competition closes on Monday July 2nd 2012 (Winner announced on Facebook, EWM website and by email on Monday 16th July 2012)

4.0          EWM Career Internship

4.1          The internship position involves:

  1. Developing links with university wilderness medical societies and beyond
  2. Supporting EWM developments online
  3. Write articles for EWM
  4. Support on site at the UK courses
  5. Assist in organising the World Extreme Medicine Conference & EXPO
  6. Communicate with leading remote medical professionals on behalf of EWM

4.2          How to enter for this EWM career internship:

  • Stage 1 (September 2012): submit application with answers to Dr Nick Knight at uni-liaison@expeditionmedicine.co.uk (Entries to Nick must be sent as a Microsoft Word document attachment and include Name, Age, University, Year of Study, Email, Telephone contact)
  1. Describe yourself in 10 words
  2. What qualities do you have that will make you a good remote medic? (250 words max)
  3. What is your expedition or remote medicine experience? (250 words max)
  4. What unique qualities will you bring to the company? (250 words max)
  5. Describe any business experience you may have? (250 words max)
  6. What qualities make you a ‘people person’ (250 words max)
  • Stage 2 (January 2013): Top 10 have a telephone interview with Nick Knight
  • Stage 3 (July 2013): Top 5 have a board interview with EWM faculty
  • Stage 4 (August 2013): Career intern announced and starts September 2013

(Note that there will be a 2 month probation period at the start of the EWM career internship)

4.3          Rewards from being a EWM career intern:

  1. Insight into the leading company in Expedition & Wilderness Medicine
  2. Networking and access to leading remote medical professionals
  3. Opportunities to promote career
  4. Put on your CV as the EWMi intern
  5. Develop expedition medicine skills and more
  6. Develop business acumen and communication with medical professionals
  7. Insight into the leading company focused on providing expedition and wilderness medicine training to medical professionals

 

With kind regards

Nick Knight (University Liaison for Expedition & Wilderness Medicine)

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World Extreme Medicine Conference and EXPO 2012: Student Poster Presentation

Invitation:

The International World Extreme Medicine Conference and EXPO 2012 is calling for abstracts from university wilderness medical societies (or equivalent) or university medical students with any interest in extreme medicine.

Guidelines:

The abstract should be no longer than 350 words long and outline a real or fictional medical emergency in a remote or pre-hospital environment. These may want to include:

  1. Event description
  2. Immediate diagnosis and management
  3. Casualty evacuation
  4. Follow-up management
  5. Key issues or complications
  6. Summary

Some scenarios to get you thinking!

  • Heat stroke in desert
  • Compound lower limb fracture in the jungle
  • RTA en route to mountain range
  • Decompression illness following a dive
  • Suspected high altitude pulmonary oedema
  • Snake bite in desert or jungle
  • Humanitarian health issues

Submission and Results:

To submit your entry for the “Taking Medicine to The Extremes” Poster Presentation please email Dr Nick Knight at: uni-liaison@expeditionmedicine.co.uk with the following:

  1. Abstract title
  2. 350 word (max) abstract (in Microsoft Word, Font size 11, Arial, Justified)
  3. Your name and/or Wilderness Medical Society (if a group effort)
  4. University currently studying at
  5. Contact email
  6. Contact telephone

Deadline for submission is Friday January 6th 2012

From the entries, Expedition & Wilderness Medicine will select the top 10-15 and invite these to present their posters at the World Extreme Medicine Conference and EXPO 2012 at 1 Wimpole Street home of the Royal Society of Medicine. Presentation will be in the Events Dining Room.

Award

An award will be given to the best poster presentation as voted by one of the guest speakers – and will look great on your CV!

I look forward to receiving your submissions.

Kind regards

Dr Nick Knight
University Liaison

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine

 

Of interest

Extreme Medicine Conference & Expo

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Expedition & Wilderness Medicine UK Internship: Keswick Intern Winner

“Taking Medical Students to Extremes”

Firstly thank you to all of you who applied to the September internship. We a huge amount of interest and all were strong candidates from a large number of UK universities with a fantastic mix of experiences and skills. It is hugely encouraging to see that so many medical students are developing their skills early and are well on their way to be the expedition medics of the future!

Now for the selected intern….

I am thrilled to announce that Andrew Cumpstey has been selected by the Expedition & Wilderness Medicine team to be the intern for Expedition & Wilderness Medicine’s UK Course in Keswick, Cumbria (12 September 2011 to 15 September 2011). Andrew is a final year medical student at the University of Oxford who caught the Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Team’s attention with a very clever and witty application in the style of a presenting history.

Andrew will join the Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Team in Keswick as an ‘intern’ and be a member of the faculty over the 4 days having the opportunity to:

–   attend the UK course as a faculty-assistant
–   have the opportunity to attend all the lecture talks
–   if not assisting faculty in a practical session, be able to observe other practical sessions
–   be part of the faculty team in the final Search & Rescue exercise
–   meet the lecturers and faculty behind the scenes and be one of the team

For those of you reading this and thinking you would like a go! We encourage you to submit your entries for the March UK course 2012 competition. The closing date for this is on Monday January 2nd 2012.

We look forward to sharing Andrew’s thoughts on his intern experience with you after the course and I am sure you will all join us in congratulating him!

 

Nick Knight
University Liaison for Expedition & Wilderness Medicine

 

Of interest

Expedition Medicine Training Course Keswick

 

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