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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


Take a look at our latest newsletter to find out more about the amazingly adventurous Dr Andrew Peacock


Expedition & Wilderness Medicine

Have you booked your place for Dartmoor ’15? We’ll host our next Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course, 16 – 19 November and have new additional content on offer. Places are filling up fast, so if you’re keen to kick-start your Expedition Medicine career join us North Devon.

What’s a ‘traditional’ medicine career?

Dr Andrew Peacock works with us as a faculty member and also as Medical Director for Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Australia. Andrew recently spoke with about his adventurous career, giving an insight into how he balances a passion for outdoor pursuits and medicine. Click HERE to learn what makes the most adventurous of medics tick.

Poster competition

We’re super pleased with our new look Extreme Medicine Conference website. We’ve just added a page for our poster competition.
We’ve made it nice and easy for you to register and submit your abstract. Click HERE to be taken straight to the poster page.

Blogging for all the right reasons.

According to Uncharted Expeditions, “PTSD is a growing epidemic and the dialogue needs to continue for others to step out of the silence and get help”. In this blog one paramedic is finding peace in the mountains and she’s sharing her experiences.
This is a frank and brave blog, but one that is of great value to the writer and will hopefully help many others along the way. THIS LINK will take you straight there.

Antarctic job opportunity

The University of Texas Medical Branch is looking for an Emergency or Family Medicine physician with acute care experience to join them at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.
You must have US citizenship, a US medical license and a love for dark snowy places.
The clinical load will is light, but the opportunity to work in this remote location should appeal to physicians interested in extreme and altitude medicine. This role provides a number of rare experiences like a view of the Aurora Australis and Milky Way from a perspective few others are fortunate experience.
Visit our jobs page HERE for more information and the relevant application contact details.

Kili’ opportunity

Action Challenge are looking for a medic to join their Kilimanjaro expedition, August 20 – 30. This expedition will follow the Lemosho route. The medic must be a fully qualified doctor – altitude experience and expedition medicine course attendance is preferred, but not essential and expenses for the trip will be covered.
If you’re looking for an adventure taking you up the world’s highest free standing mountain and are keen to tick off one of the Seven Summits, this could be right up your street.
For more information, take a look at the job advert HERE or to contact Action Challenge direct, call James Holland on +44 (0)20 7609 6695.

It’s your time to shine

If you have a story to share or know we want to hear from you. Blogs, vlogs interviews etc. are all welcomed, click HERE to share your experiences.

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Courses


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



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.


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 

Fanfare please! This week, we passed 75,000 “likes” on the Expedition Medicine Facebook page

Sir Ranulph FiennesLearning that we now reach so many medics across the globe has made us feel pretty good, so we’re offering a 7.5% discount on the cost of Expo tickets* until 12.30UTC on Sunday 3rd May.

Simply visit the Expo page: and enter the code: FB75KLIKES when registering to receive your discount.

Facebook enables us to extend the Extreme Medicine community far and wide with news, updates and camp fire tales from adventurous medics, so while you have your web-browser open, visit and “like” our page.


World Extreme Medicine Conference



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.

Extreme Medicine Speaker

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.

Extreme Medicine Speaker

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…

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



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



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…

Brisbane Extreme Medicine Conference


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.