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Expedition & Wilderness Medicine

To take advantage of the World Extreme Medicine Expo early bird offer use discount code WEMEEARLYBIRD30 at the checkout.

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.

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Courses

World Extreme Medicine Conference & Expo


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



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.


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…

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

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Extreme Medicine 2015 – tickets now on sale..



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


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.

Dr Alex Kumar in discussion

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…

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  or Call us on +44 (0)1460 298025



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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Glad to welcome the makers of ‘Helicopter Heroes Down Under’ to the Brisbane Extreme Medicine Conference

Thrilled that we are going to featuring the team behind ‘Helicopter Heroes Down Under’ at our Brisbane Extreme Medicine Conference – tickets now open for sale!!

Top International speakers at the Extreme Medicine Conference at the Royal Society of Medicine inspired a packed auditorium of international delegates in November, 2014.  This specialist conference was developed specifically with medical professionals in mind, providing an opportunity to share experience and learning from the various areas of remote medicine and, we’re bringing our conference programme to Australia!
Our delegate audience is roughly 70% doctors, the remainder, nurses, paramedics, students and industry professionals.
“This was the best attended conference I have been to in eons and small wonder, fantastic standard of speakers, good mix of fact, glorious slides and amazing case studies.”  
88% of respondents rated the 2014 event as Excellent or Very Good, telling us “…
I would rate it one of the best two conferences available at the moment for professionals working in emergency and critical care environments.”

At Brisbane, we will include some of the very best speakers from around the world on remote medicine topics; Day 1 will focus on Pre-Hospital and Day 2 Expedition Medicine.  Our programme of speakers and adventurous medics will remind you just why you entered medicine and the possibilities available to you.

“Great conference with very knowledgeable speakers with a vast amount of experience! “  

We promise a full programme with a chance to get to know delegates, speakers and exhibitors at social and networking breaks.
This conference has had a profoundly positive impact on me…

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EWM faculty and EverestER founder Dr Luanne Freer working with inspirational NGO Partners in Health reports from West Africa

Ebola emerged in West Africa in late 2013 and has spread across borders, killing thousands and leaving behind survivors and shattered families.

Partners In Health has helped respond to the epidemic, aiming to address not only Ebola but also the “staff, stuff, systems, and space” challenges that hamper containment efforts. PIH has recruited and trained American volunteers, many of whom are now working to curb Ebola alongside West African partners in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Several share their reflections below:

Article (c) Partners in Health   
Photo: Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In Health

Partners In Health and Last Mile Health staff tour the Ebola Treatment Unit in Bong, Liberia, managed by the International Medical Corps.

Ebola emerged in West Africa in late 2013 and has spread across borders, killing thousands and leaving behind survivors and shattered families. Partners In Health has helped respond to the epidemic, aiming to address not only Ebola but also the “staff, stuff, systems, and space” challenges that hamper containment efforts. PIH has recruited and trained American volunteers, many of whom are now working to curb Ebola alongside West African partners in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Several share their reflections below:

Sorrow and Celebration

January 1, 2015–It is crazy busy here [in Port Loko district, Sierra Leone], and I’ve cried every day. Not despondent crying, but trying to be appropriate and grieve when I need to. One of our employees, a 52-year-old sprayer (they spray us down with chlorine as we are taking off the personal protective equipment) died yesterday. He was the sole caregiver for two young boys, who were two of our last admits of 2014 yesterday.

One 28-year-old father who survived Ebola was nursing his last child (his wife and other kids died two weeks ago), and we tried so hard to get his baby through. You know where this is going. His last family member, a 1-year-old tiny little girl, died yesterday. Our staff sobbed at the gate when he wailed and said she was all he had left in the world.

It guts me to see their grief. I can deal with the corpses and the horrible illness, but their grief is overwhelming when I think about what it must feel like. They have nothing, live in dirt-floor shacks with a few goats and have to haul their unclean water from the river, have no available health care, and then they lose their family? I’m crying just writing this. I, we, have so much to be grateful for.

But if I had to choose a way to spend New Year’s Eve (I was on the 4 p.m.-12:30 a.m. shift last night), it would be to be doing what I was doing. Giving sleeping pills and valium to people who can’t sleep because of their suffering, feeding a starving little baby with no parents, sedating elderly encephalopathic adults. They just look terrified and mumble unintelligibly, but I can understand enough to know they are having awful hallucinations. And you know what? Sometimes they pull through, and I celebrate those victories; they keep me coming back.

We discharged nine survivors one day last week. I treated a case of cerebral malaria this week and transferred the patient to a government hospital that has one nurse on duty for 50 patients. I hope he gets his artesunate [medication for malaria], but we didn’t want him to catch Ebola just because he had the bad luck to catch malaria in the middle of this epidemic.

So that was my New Year’s Eve. Today I have the only day off I will have for an entire month, and I woke up to go on a 10K run on a relatively cool, breezy morning. I ran through several villages where little kids ran to the road yelling “abado!” (white person!), and adults said “Happy New Year and thank you!” (I am crying again—it’s so beautiful to have people from the community say thanks for what you are doing.) A few little kids ran along with me for a while, and we raced from sign to sign. It will be very difficult to leave this place when it is my time to go.

Luanne Freer

Article (c) Partners in Health 


Winners of the ‘David Weil Extreme Medicine Award’ (DWEMA) 2014

The ‘David Weil Extreme Medicine Award’ (DWEMA) and is by invitation only and we are very pleased to annouce the winners of the 2014 awards

The sponsorship scheme was set up to enable worthy medical candidates, who otherwise might not be able to afford, to attend the conference.  The learnings would then be applied to medicine provided in extreme, front line, disaster & relief environments and in turn relieve suffering and advance medical care in the situations where typically treatment would be laking. The award also serves to promote new qualified individuals who show great promise in the area of disastor, humantarian and remote medicine.


Dr Sanjaya Karki‘David Weil Extreme Medicine Award’ (DWEMA)

Born in the beautiful landscape of Nepal has completed schooling from Nepal   graduated from Dow Medical College, Pakistan in 2003, since then he has been actively participating in Nepal and elsewhere for the promotion of Emergency and Extreme medicine.

After finishing medical school he was involved in the department of Emergency in Kathmandu Medical College and teaching hospital, Nepal as a medical officer.  In  2008 Karki completed the European official double masters in Health and Welfare from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and EHESS –Paris, France.  Soon after he was involved  with Ministry of Health in association of THE GLOBAL FUND and worked in the capacity of Monitoring and evaluation officer in the different districts of Nepal in Malaria program .

With the great passion in humanitarian activities he later joined Medecins Sans Frontieres –Holland and was deployed in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.   Being highly committed in the emergency medicine he later joined 3 years of residency in Emergency medicine in Norman Bethune College of medicine, China . After completing the course he has joined Grande International Hospital, Nepal in the capacity of In charge and consultant  of the Emergency Department, as well advocated in the formation of Emergency medical service and helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) .

He has been advocating in the dire need  of well equipped ambulances even in the underdeveloped countries like Nepal and elsewhere which can save lives and can prevent death.   In the matter of rescuing patients : not only helicopter is enough , in addition, expert medical team should be there on board with the medical equipments where we can save life .This is the main advocating part of Dr Karki because in Nepal still there is no standard EMS and HEMS has established.

Mountains are precious natural gift  to human being and people face challenges out there and Nepal very rich in mountains, Dr Karki is strictly on there should be the best medical unit and established medical facility.  Following the fact he was involved in rescuing many patients from the different part of Nepal by helicopter.  April 2014.  Dr Karki showed  immense courage ,coordination and presence of mind to perform the Heli rescue from the site himself risking his own life. That was on 20,000 ft high, Mount Makalu,Nepal. climbers were stranded on crevasse for about 19 hours.  He went well beyond gone beyond the call of duty and applied extreme effort in saving human life.

Currently Dr Karki is working in the position of Scientific research fellow in the University clinic –Leipzig, Germany.  He has been working to figure out if there could be any measures to detect lung cancer in the early stage even in the Emergency department .In addition to this he has been working in a molecular level in order to find out the role of Phospholipid transfer protein in relation of COPD.

Dr Karki is writing a book about the protocol of emergency medicine.


Dr Therese White ‘David Weil Extreme Medicine Award’ (DWEMA)

In April 2011 Therese was honoured to be chosen as the last UK medical student to experience a medical elective with NASA’s aerospace medical team in Kennedy Space Centre, Florida. It was a very special time to intern with the team as we were in preparation for STS-134 Endeavour- the second last ever space shuttle launch from the KSC.

During my time with NASA I trained with the Department of Defence, preparing for emergency contingency plans for launch day; explored the Space Life Science Lab and presented my research project entitled “Would I survive in space? Infectious disease and the US Space Program”. The project explored the medical obstacles that we need to overcome, to ensure safe long-haul space missions to optimise crew health. This internship sparked my fascination with aerospace medicine and how we can use microgravity as an innovative medical research platform.

Since July 2012 I have worked as a scientific advisor with The Exomedicine Institute, a unique space and technology organisation pioneering in microgravity research; of which Nobel prize winning physician Baruch Blumberg was a founding member. I have prepared a research proposal which outlines microgravity designed experiments in cystic fibrosis and gene therapy, diabetes and infectious disease. With the highly motivated, inspiring and talented Exomedicine team, there are exciting initiatives being prepared for microgravity research being launched and experimented on the International Space Station over the next three years.

EXTREME MEDICINE CONFERENCESir Ranulph Fiennes and Extreme Medicine

To nominate please contact Mark Hannaford, Managing Director, Expedition & Wilderness Medicine;

Successful applicants must have demonstrated considerable commitment to the field of humanitarian or disaster medicine and be registered as a medical professional, must be free for the entire conference and will be expected to prepare a post conference report.   Applications are welcome from medics of all nationalities.

David is a Hong Kong/ London based entrepreneur who is passionate about using his resources to make positive social change and has supported EWM for a number of years and he has offered to cover the following expenses;

  • Travel & expenses from your home to the conference and return
  • Food & Accommodation whilst at the conference
  • Free entry to both the Pre Conference workshop running on the preceding weekend and the Conference itself
  • Winners  have the right to call yourself joint-winner of the 2014 David Weil Extreme Medicine Award to use the conference logos and branding in an appropriate manner

With Extreme Medicine less than a fortnight away…

We laughed out loud when we received this from conference delegate Amy Neilson

Extreme Medicine '14


This specialist conference was developed specifically with medical professionals in mind, bringing together the learnings from various areas of remote medicine, and attracted delegates from around the world. 70% of the delegates were doctors with the rest of the audience being other medical specialists such as nurses, paramedics and ‘aspiring’ extreme medicine university students.






Belgium doctors attending the Extreme Medicine Conference 2014

Good news for Belgian doctors attending the Extreme Medicine Conference!

Belguim CME

Thanks to Kris Vandervoort for applying to the Belgian Accreditation Council & securing 32 credit points. Belgian medics will need a certificate of attendance & a copy of the approval she received.

Email so we can collate your details.


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Sir Ranulph Fiennes