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WEM faculty Dr Alexander Kumar seeks either of the following self-funded scientists who might be interested to join a research collaboration and join our field trip to investigate Aedes mosquitoes and Zika Virus (ZIKV) among conducting other Arbovirus research onsite in Brazil from July 3rd to 16th.

(1) Entomologist (preferred Aedes mosquito knowledge/ experience)


(2) Epidemiologist (preferred infectious/ tropical diseases interests)

English language skills are essential.

If you are interested AND available from July 3rd to 16th 2016 (there is no flexibility in dates) please send a photo of yourself, a single page CV and brief paragraph outline about where you are based (institution/ country) and what areas in research you specialise/ are interested in, before deadline midnight Sunday 12th June.

Please email these to:

Please feel free to circulate among friends and colleagues who may be interested.

Thank you

Dr Alexander Kumar
NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Infectious Diseases


Urgently required: Expedition medic for Central America

Due to late withdrawal, there is an opportunity for a motivated medic to spend 3 months in the jungle of Central America to support Expedition Leader Course. Project start date: 11th November – 14th February



You will be responsible for:

–          Providing Medical support to all members of Gapforce expeditions.
–          Monitor and safeguard the general health and hygiene of their expedition group
–          Provide immediate emergency medical care to participants and staff
–          Teach basic medical lessons

You need to:

  • Be an F2 doctor (minimum)
  • Have experience in Expedition Medicine

In return you will receive:

•             Accommodation
•             Meals
•             A travel bursary (varies depending on the length of your availability)

For more information or to apply, please email your CV to Lauren Nethercot at


FIJI: Expedition Medic Vacancy

GapForceLogoMotivated medic required in remote northern Fiji to support a marine conservation project.

Project:  5th July ’til 13th September.

Greenforce require a magnificent medic to support their meforce fijimarine conservation project team, located near Savusavu, Vanua Levu in Northern Fiji. (voluntary post)

You will be responsible for:

  • Overseeing the health and hygiene on camp
  • Providing health education classes in the local village
  • Mentoring a small group of elective students
  • Treating marine volunteers

You need to:

  • Be an F2 doctor (minimum)
  • Have previous experience as an expedition medic. Tropical Medicine experience would be desirable
  • Have experience of working in a remote, tropical environment
  • Have an interest in marine conservation and working with local communities

In return, you will receive:

  • Your accommodation
  • Your meals
  • A travel bursary (varies depending on the length of your availability)
  • As much diving as you can fit around your schedule

Project starts:  5th July ’14
ends:   13th September ’14

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please send your CV and a covering letter to:


Medical links of interest

Tropical Medicine Course

Extreme Medicine Expo


Sir Ranulph Fiennes





Conservation Research Organisation Requires Medics

Man--and-lemur Operation Wallacea undertakes biodiversity monitoring and conservation research expeditions in countries across the tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. We need medics urgently for 2-8week contracts on a variety of expeditions including: Madagascar, Honduras and Mexico.

Many of our projects are in developing countries where medical facilities are poor, and we are generally based in remote areas, so we rely on the help of volunteer medics to join our teams and provide medical support for the staff and students on site.  Accommodation, meals and a travel bursary (which varies in size depending on how long you are available for) will be provided.

Being a medic on expedition generally involves giving health and safety briefings to incoming participants, providing a daily clinic session and being available for emergencies at other times.

You are free to join the research projects for most of the time, as long as you remain within a reasonable distance of the camp at which you are based so it is a great opportunity to get out and involved in research and conservation in some truly amazing locations.


If this sounds like it may be of interest and you are free from two to eight weeks between June and August then please send a copy of your resume to Caroline Acton at


Medical links of interest

Extreme Medicine Conference

Pre-Hospital Care Workshop with London Air Ambulance

Sir Ranulph Fiennes & Extreme Medicine


Jungle Medicine in the happist country in the world!

Jungle Medicine course in Costa RicaHappiest country in the world? According to Wanderlust Magazine its Costa Rica. With the second-highest life expectancy after Canada the are deemed to have the highest life expectancy in the world. It might be sunshine, stunning surrounding and great food that’s good for you!!

With the second-highest life expectancy after Canada the are deemed to have the highest life expectancy in the world. It might be sunshine, stunning surrounding and great food that’s good for you!!

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine has developed an exciting and comprehensive course for all those medical professionals responsible for clients, patients or team members in a tropical or jungle environment. The course aims to introduce participants to the practical skills required to be a valuable member of a jungle expeditionary team, and to care for and treat injuries and illnesses likely to occur in this exciting environment

A Jungle Medicine course set on the stunning Pacuare River, Costa Rica. As featured in the British Medical Journal and as the Editor’s Choice

Find out more detials regarding this Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course

Jungle Medicine course in Costa Rica



Expedition and Wilderness co-founder Dr Sean Hudson talks about what makes the Jungle Medicine (20.5 CME) course special

Dr Sean Hudson shares the love about the Jungle Medicine course in Costa Rica

Jungle Medical Training Course - Central America

Jungle Medicine Course - Costa Rica

‘It’s humid, hot, muddy and sometimes cold at night, but it’s exactly this which makes the beautiful elements of the jungle just that bit more fantastic. Hidden waterfalls, incredible rivers, primary rainforest and then of course the chance of seeing elusive wildlife, jaguars, jaguarondis, monkeys and the plethora of ants, scorpions, spiders and snakes. The course is based on the Pacuare River, four hours by raft into the jungle.

The base camp has all the luxuries you don’t expect, with even a raised lecture theatre looking over the river. Expect to work hard in the jungle during the day, getting used to travel and life in the jungle and then relax in comfy chairs listening to a few evening lectures. Towards the end of the week you will have the opportunity to trial your new skills and travel into the jungle, sleeping in hammocks, cooking on fires and navigating through the jungle.

The directing staff will guide you through all of this and allow you to work and learn at your own speed, allowing you to feel safe and gain the most out of your experience and this incredible adventure. This course aims to give you the confidence to look after yourself in the jungle, hence allowing you to focus on the care of a sick patient.

See you in November!’

Jungle Wilderness Medicine Training CourseSpaces on this course are limited secure your place now

13 November 2011 to 19 November 2011


Treatment of cholera in active malaria zone

The treatment of cholera in an active malaria zone is a difficult matter.  This is especially true with lessons being learned in Haiti and their recent cholera outbreak.  I am specifically referring to the combination of Chloroquine (antimalarial) and the antibiotic class Macrolides (used in treatment of cholera).  A post that I made back in 2009 has new recent relevance and I wanted to repost that here:

Azithromycin, Chloroquine and Arrythmias:

Travel medicine frequently uses medicines that are taken under special circumstances and for short periods of time, like a trip.  Many travelers carry an antidiarrheal antibiotic on their trip and a common choice is azithromycin.  This can potentially be a problem when they are also traveling in a malaria area and using chloroquine for prevention.  Two very commonly used medicines chloroquine (antimalarial) and azithromycin(macrolide antibiotic used for respiratory infections and diarrhea) both have wonderful safety profiles, individually.  However when taken together, there is discussion of the chance of a heart arrhythmia, specifically prolonging the QT interval.  In fact, my software I use for prescribing cites this as a combination to avoid. 

There are several important articles that can be used to look at this problem and evaluate the risks.  One very good paper looks at medications that prolong this QT interval:

These authors list azithromycin as a “very improbable” medication, although other macrolides are listed as higher risk.  Chloroquine is listed as an “Unknown” medication, with respect to prolongation of QT interval.  This article was based on expert opinions.

This study looked directly at this problem, in animal models.  Their research showed no increase in arrhythmia risk. 

A wonderful article that is actually helping to look at using this drug combination to treat resistant forms of malaria.  More about this combination and treating malaria here.  Their study did show an increase in the QT interval in both groups of those who received chloroquine alone and those who received the combination of chloroquine and azithromycin.  This QT interval increase was maximum on day number three and returned to baseline by the end of the study.

Most of the information I am finding looks reassuring for safely using this combination, in healthy individuals.  Those with a history of arrhythmia should use this combination with caution and discuss this problem with their doctor, before they take these two medicines within a close amount of time.

Contributer: Dr Erik McLaughlin |


Expedition Medicine is not just about core medical skills its about so much more as this video from Congo shows

Hi all!
I’ve been doing this warm-up with the staff of our MSF-project last Monday and it was a GREAT success! It’s the same warm-up we did one morning during the Expedition Medicine course in Keswick last March, with Piers I think. Good fun, they loved it 🙂
Many thanks!
Cheers from the Congo,


Great week on Keswick Expedition Medicine course

Another superb Expedition and Wilderness Medicine training course in Keswick

The Great North Air Ambulance, dedicated to Expedition Medicine facualty member Dr Rupert Bennett sadly killed in a climbing accident on Ben Nevis, lands as part of a search and rescue training scenerio on the course which aims to prepared medics for working in remote locations and is accredited by the Wilderness Medical Society.


Expedition Medicine are delighted to announce the launch of a brand new medical malpractice insurance facility

Expedition MedicineSpecifically aimed at Tour Medics and medical professionals accompanying groups/tours outside of the UK.

This product has been developed in conjunction with specialist industry brokers, Campbell Irvine and is open to all UK-resident medically-qualified professionals.

It is designed to work alongside your current UK medical malpractice cover and is competitively priced to reflect this.

Cover provides worldwide territorial limits and has a worldwide excluding North America legal jurisdiction as standard. Cover will not operate for UK risks, as these will be covered by your existing policy. The policy is underwritten by recognised Medical Malpractice Insurers. 

Quotations are very quick and easy to obtain. Further information and application forms are available from Alan Pattison at Campbell Irvine on 020 7937 6981 or

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