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Course accreditation update

Given our new academic focus, we have chosen not to renew our accreditation with the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS), therefore we  are no longer able to offer CME through the WMS for our courses.

CME is generally considered to be educational content that is appropriate for the speciality that a doctor works in. Expedition and wilderness medicine is not part of any core medical specialty programme and as such does not fit any conventional CME programmes except the WMS. Historically, we chose the WMS to accredit our courses to provide clients with an opportunity to claim CME/ CPD credits. Very recently we learned that the WMS had changed their internal processes which meant that in addition to us re-applying for course accreditation, our faculty would also need to have their FAWM in order to teach on our courses. We recruit our staff based on their academic qualifications along with their skills, experience and research that has contributed to the world’s understanding of expedition medicine. As such, we do not consider it necessary for them to also have their FAWM.

This coincides with the considerable amount of effort we’re applying to develop our Extreme Medicine post-graduate and Masters programme. This is work undertaken in collaboration with the University of Exeter, one of the top 100 universities in the world, and will result in a universally recognised academically consistent qualification, which holds more weight. This introduces a competency based programme across our entire course portfolio. Whether you’ll be part of the post-graduate programme or you’re choosing to take part on one of our stand alone courses, all content will be subject to the same review and approvals process by the University.

Right now, you’re a client who is at a bridging point before the post-graduate programme is fully established. At the end of the course you’re scheduled to attend, we will give you a certificate of attendance and a list of competences / learning outcome which you can self-assess against your portfolios or CPD learning logs

We continue to strive for best practice within the expedition medicine world and think that courses based on competences offer a better outcome for our clients continued professional development and for the people ultimately under your care.

If you have any questions please do get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to discuss these with you.


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



Join Paul Auerbach & EWM, National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions in Antarctica

Join Paul Auerbach & EWM, National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions in Antarctica

Antarctic Medical Conference 28 November-14 December 2014 with the world’s leading authority on Wilderness Medicine Dr Paul Auerbach of Stamford University.

Flight deal…

Book by December 31, 2013 to receive complimentary airfare on this departure. Airfare based on round-trip economy group flights Miami/Buenos Aires. Subject to availability. New bookings only. Not combinable with other offers.


Remote. Untrammeled. Spectacular. Antarctica is one of the most exhilarating adventures on Earth. There are many reasons to explore it. Wildlife: scores of penguins and whales. Ice: an entire museum of colossal and magical ice forms defying description. And the dashing history of the Heroic Age of Exploration.

Find out more here….




Emergency Medicine Doctor, Locum, Papua New Guinea

Emergency Medicine Job - Papua New Guinea***POSITION NOW FILLED**** Head Medical have a 4-8 week locum post available in Papua New Guinea, located in the south-western Pacific Ocean, PNG is one of the most challenging, culturally diverse and exotic countries in the world.

You will be working with the world’s leading international healthcare and medical services company starting December 5th 2013
You must have 4 years + Emergency Medicine experience working as a Middle Grade, Snr Registrar or Consultant and have ATLS & ACLS as a minimum.
Paid flights and secure accommodation provided.

• Minimum of 4 years appropriate postgraduate Emergency Medicine experience • ATLS/ACLS • You must have obtained your primary medical degree in the UK, Europe, North America, South Africa or Australasia

Head Medical are espiecally interested to hear from ‘Expedition Medicine’ medics so please do mention us when making contact!

• Overseas experience in a remote location
In return you will receive:
• An excellent rate of pay plus benefits, including accommodation and travel expenses • An opportunity to broaden your international experience

If you’d like to find out more about this job or have an informal chat, please get in touch with us:

Yan Scouller

Recruitment Consultant
Tel: +44 (0)131 240 5274

Of interest


Expedition Doctor needed in Central America

Expedition medic job

Expedition Medicine In Central America: Doctor needed for one month to train Expedition Leaders In January 2014.

Trekforce is the number 1 gap year expedition organisation. We run the leading Expedition Leader Training Course for those that want to go on a lead youth expeditions.

Due to a last minute situation we urgently require a Doctor, who along with our in country trainers, can provide pre-hospital training to a small team of around 8-10 leaders. Based in the jungle training to cover: Triage, sutures, IV etc as well as testing scenarios for our team. Please call us for full details +44 (0)207 3843028

Return flights to Belize and all in county costs are included. Dates: Start around January 4 to February 1-6, 2014. An exciting and interesting opportunity in an amazing location.

Trekforce are espiecally keen to hear from Expedition & Wildermess medics so please mention our name.


Of interest


Never Off Duty? the daily routine of an expedition doctor

Never Off Duty?adventure medics

Katie Hawkins / General Practitioner / Scotland

Another great article curtesy of Adventure Medics

So, you’re a doctor and you want to go on holiday somewhere exotic? Have you it through before you go? Dr Katie Hawkins, newly married and a recently qualified GP, tells us the tale of her honeymoon trek in remote Nepal. Her story beautifully illustrates some of the problems that can be encountered as an off-duty medic in a remote place. Katie also includes some excellent advice to help you deal with such problems yourself, while giving us the lowdown on the GMC and defence unions’ views on Good Samaritan Acts. Despite her honeymoon, Dr Hawkins remains happily married and is now working for the International Porter Protection Group in Nepal. (Photos: Sam Hawkins)

Big plans

Imagine this: it’s your honeymoon, and you’ve been dreaming of a big trip – to go away together, to be just the two of you. You love mountains, climbing, walking and adventures. Finally you manage to arrange time off work. You’ve not managed to get time like this since University days, trekking in Nepal. It’s a must, and you’ve earmarked a trek you’ve heard only a few people do. It will be bliss.

There are a few mutterings from friends:

Have you met the people you’re going with?

Don’t worry, we’ve been assured that they’re all super fit and anyway, if we get bored of each other at least we’ve got company.

The day before you leave a kind colleague thrusts some dexamethasone and nifedipine in to your hand and says ‘this might be useful’. Also by chance you ordered the book Pocket First Aid and Wilderness Medicine by Jim Duff and Peter Gormly. This arrives on the morning of your departure.

On arrival, there are the standard problems of missing luggage, retained passports and road blocks. However somehow, later that evening and despite the chaos, you find yourself eating veg thali and sipping on a cool beer. Well here we are.

However, it’s not just the two of you. You’re sitting at the table with your trekking group, all in their 60s. You think:

This can’t be right. Well if they’re not young then they must be fit

They are really lovely people and are filled with the same enthusiasm for the mountains that you have. For some of them though, it’s even more than this – this is their adventure of a lifetime! You decide not to be ageist. They seem lovely and you look on the bright side.

However, a few warning shots are fired. One man pipes up that this is his first trekking trip. It seems he hasn’t camped or trekked before. He is also recovering from a broken leg.

Then it emerges that your group also has a woman recently recovered from an episode of vestibular neuronitis, and a man who had a pneumothorax last year. The man with the broken leg is not able to take big steps does not trust it on uneven surfaces. Still you’re all a team now and you get along well. You’re still enthralled by the sights, sounds and smells around you, so you decide to appreciate being here and try not to let it all worry you.

Funnily enough it’s slowly dawning on you that although you’re on your romantic holiday, you’re still a doctor. Well are you? The inevitable conversation at the start of the trek begins, what do you do back home?’ Will you say it? What harm can it do? ‘Okay, I’m a doctor’. ‘Ah, she’s a doctor’, someone says to the trek leader… Help.

On the road

You come to the first village and due to their excessive loads, many of the porters have blisters. It seems that the trek leader’s kit has no tape in it, so you offer them some of your Compede. ‘She’s a doctor’ they all say and soon you have 5-10 people coming up to you for help. ‘You should get your local nurse to see to that’ you say to the man with a nasty sore. ‘There isn’t one for miles’. A quick check of the other people, and alarm bells are ringing. Only treat people in an emergency, you think to yourself. Is that right? What should I do? You soon escape the village, having handed over iodine solution and some plasters and realise you need a rethink. ‘I am a doctor, but I’m on holiday’, you tell the trek leader. Phew that should sort it.

Diarrhoea starts spreading around the porters, another comes to you with really painful athletes’ foot. Another porter bashes his head and is sent home (alone?) before you’ve even set eyes on him. Where does my responsibility lie?

Before you left you had a quick briefing. ‘If you get altitude sickness you must go down’. Back in your medical student days you’ve been to altitude with young, fit classmates. You vaguely remember one chap feeling a bit funny and heading down and not getting to the top, but otherwise everyone seemed okay. How would I recognise altitude illness? How fast should I really be ascending? You’ve always known it’s slow but not really thought about the specifics of how to avoid it and how to diagnose it?

You realise soon enough that the group are looking to you for advice:

Should we take Diamox?

How much water should I drink?

Should my hands be this puffy?

How should I manage my nasty cough at altitude?

One of these seems easier to answer than the rest, or does it? Where’s my stethoscope and sats probe? I didn’t think I’d need them on holiday.

Somehow you feel you’re in a role you were not prepared for. You tell the group that you’re interested in mountains but not the expedition doctor. They need to make their own decisions. You will try and help in an emergency but that’s it. However, you feel a sense of impending doom.

Altitude blues

You arrive at camp at 4800m. It’s been a fairly long day and you’ve now made it to well above the tree line. You can feel the altitude a bit here, but having trekked up and beyond the previous camps each night, you feel you’re acclimatising well. So you kick off a game of Frisbee with the porters. Beautiful light caressing the peaks, glowing with florescent colours. No wonder people used to think the mountains were Gods. You feel small and insignificant with these towering above you. And then the light is gone. A cold wind and chill sweeps through the valley. Although the mountains are tempting you up them, this is a stark reminder that ‘this is no place for men’.

Back at the tents you realise that one of the group has started to panic. This has been a recurring theme all the way up but you’ve got them to this stage so you feel you’ve done quite well. ‘He’s cold’ they say. Luckily you’ve been reminding yourself how to treat hypothermia by reading the pocket book. Hot drink, bottles in the sleeping bag and huddling in mess tent. He seems better pretty quickly. In the back of your mid you’re thinking is this AMS?

There’s the call of ‘Dinner is ready’. You see a woman emerge from their tent and stumble, trip, wobble. ‘This is how I always walk’, she says. This is true in part but how do you distinguish pre-existing vestibular neuronitis from cerebral oedema? You revert to your now trusty text. No advice there. You decide that it would be difficult. It’s dark and icy. You say:

It’s probably best that you go down

I’ll just have my dinner thanks and I’ll be fine

Can you argue with that? She’s certainly walking a bit better after dinner. You’re not sure what to advise, and should you be advising anyway? She refuses to descend so you make sure her tentmate will keep an eye on her.

In contrast, the man hardly eats anything at dinner. ‘I’ve had lots during the day.’ You advise him to go down as well but he refuses but agrees to share a tent with one of the other guys who will keep an eye on him. By now alarm bells are not just tinkling, they’re ringing loudly. You scribble down some notes before going to sleep; I probably ought to keep some sort of record. However, at the same time you plan a possible escape for the two of you.

At 0030, you have the dreaded feeling of needing a pee. This has been quite normal occurrence over the past few nights. You’re just having the same argument with yourself about leaving your warm sleeping bag, when you hear a kerfuffle outside.

Five porters are carrying the man in his sleeping bag to the shelter. Oh help. This is an emergency. I’ve no choice but to get involved now.

He looks a bit puffier, claims he can’t stand up, can’t see and his headache has returned. What headache? This time it’s 1am, you’re feeling the altitude yourself. Armed with your first aid kit and trusty book, you check his finger nose point test, he cannot walk and his respiratory rate is 40. This is an emergency. We’ve got to get him down. You give him a Diamox whilst the trek leader is ordering soup.

The rivers are bigger at this time of night due to the melt run-off in the day. It’s also icy (-20°) and the porters have flimsy plimsolls on their feet. The leader says they can’t take him down. You try to treat him. You look up the doses for nifedipine and dexamethasone. Soon after you’ve fumbled with boxes and books and plucked up the courage to give him the treatment, a decision is made to attempt descent.

You’re realising now that altitude sickness is unpredictable. Will descent make him better? You hope so, but now, being this involved you decide that you would not forgive yourself if anything was to happen. You’re going down too. The porters and leader prepare a basket with poles across the bottom and strap the man, in his sleeping back, into the basket with a belt. Three able porters then take it in turns to carry the basket, using straps across the fronts of their heads, and down you go.

The streams are bigger, throwing out the melting ice, rubble and dust from the mountains down to the camp below. The porters negotiate these, but also the landslides at top speed. By 5am, still dark, you can hear the familiar sound of the tinkling of Yak bells in the camp below. You’re all down safely. The man is feeling better and the porters are your new heroes.

What now?

Your only way out now is over a 4900m pass or 7 days of undulating trekking to back your starting point. The man assures you that now he’s fine and can continue the trek. You are at least certain of one thing: no chance. Fed up with the commotion and feeling sick with the lack of sleep you start strolling back to the previous day’s camp. On your way up you meet the chesty woman, still stumbling, coughing and looks as though she’s aged 20 years. Again??

So now, two casualties, both insisting they can carry on trekking, and you’re pretty sure that they can’t. Luckily the trek leader steps in and is very willing to organise a helicopter. Within two hours it arrives and they are both whisked away. Gone. All that’s left is the fluttering in the breeze of the makeshift ‘H’ made out of loo-roll. A small child is dancing delightedly holding a piece aloft.


From here your trek goes up over a pass and into a still colder and higher valley. From this point, although missing the banter from the others, the pace picks up and there’s more time to spend together and stand in awe amongst the towers, pillars and giants above you.

Twenty-eight days finishes with smiles; a wonderful, memorable holiday to a magical place, the mountains of the gods. Yet there are still questions playing on your mind, most notably: did I do the right thing?

My honeymoon, as well as plenty of others’ tales, raises some of the issues to consider when going on holiday as a doctor. Although advice and guidance may differ depending on which country you travel to, I have attempted to offer some tips below.

It’s you!

Know when you might/need to help in an emergency

The GMC Good medical Practice Guide states that ‘In an emergency, wherever it arises, you must offer assistance, taking account of your own safety, your competence, and the availability of other options for care.’ Good Medical Practice applies to all doctors, whether they have a licence to practice or registration only.

In other words, you are in it, whether you like it or not.


Make sure you are aware of what your indemnity covers you for prior to departure.

The latest responses from the three leading UK defence unions from email and telephone advice (Feb 2013) are as follows:

MDU / The MDU is primarily a UK indemnifier. We are not set up to handle claims arising from overseas. For this reason we advise our members to seek indemnity in their destination country for work abroad. There are some circumstances where indemnity might be granted for overseas work but this is on a discretionary basis, We are unable to offer this for the USA, Canada, Australia, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, Bermuda, Israel, Nigeria.

MPS / As a truly Global organisation, MPS provides indemnity and support to healthcare professionals in over 40 countries, We can offer access to indemnity for our UK-based members who undertake medical work abroad, including those who work as an expedition medic. The rate charged for this will vary largely on the location, nature of work to be undertaken, earnings of the doctor and the time period over which the indemnity is to be provided. Existing members will benefit from reduced subscription costs. MPS is unable to indemnify health professionals working in some countries, including the USA or Canada. If the act is a ‘good Samaritan act’, the MPS will aim to assist no matter where in the world the care is being provided or action is brought.

MDDUS / Doctors are only covered to go on expeditions provided that they are going on a voluntary basis with a UK registered charity. We require written notification from the charity confirming details of the expedition, and we only cover claims raised within the UK jurisdiction. If the doctor is being paid as the expedition medic and /or the doctor is not going with a UK registered charity, the doctor will not be covered. All members do have worldwide cover through MDDUS membership for Good Samaritan acts in emergency situations.


Think carefully about what you take in your first aid kit.

When you make up a first aid kit to go abroad, you must make decisions based on whether you are providing for yourself, for you and the group, or for everyone including porters and locals. If you are also providing for your group and locals, your treatment is no longer a ‘Good Samaritan act’. You would need to contact your defence union to make sure that you have the correct indemnity for this.

Jim Duff and Peter Gormly’s book provides a handy resource to help in emergencies. Ultimately, what you decide to take is your own personal decision but there are plenty of resources out there. For example, Adventure Medic’s own Resources Section.

If you prescribe for others on the trip think carefully about why you are doing this, especially at altitude. The GMC states:

Wherever possible you must avoid prescribing for yourself or anyone with whom you have a close personal relationship’. If you prescribe for yourself or someone close to you, you must make a clear record at the same time or as soon as possible afterwards. The record should include your relationship to the patient (where relevant) and the reason it was necessary for you to prescribe.

Tell your own or the patient’s general practitioner (and others treating you or the patient, where relevant) what medicines you have prescribed and any other information necessary for continuing care, unless (in the case of prescribing for somebody close to you) they object.

You must not prescribe or collude in the provision of medicines or treatment with the intention of improperly enhancing an individual’s performance in sport. This does not preclude the provision of any care or treatment where your intention is to protect or improve the patient’s health.

If you are prescribing a medicine for somebody overseas which is being dispensed overseas, you should check whether you need to be registered with the country in which you are prescribing.


If you do have mountain medicine experience, be wary of stating you are a ‘specialist’ as you will be judged against your peers.


When going in a group, make sure you do your best to vet your companions carefully. You may be able to meet before-hand, speak over the phone or email. This will at least give you some idea of what you are letting yourself in for. I found this out the hard way, as problems within the group had been denied by the agency but only revealed themselves on our arrival. Some companies have medical vetting procedures and some don’t. It would be worth asking your company about this, even if you are only going on holiday somewhere remote.

10% off…

Be wary of companies that offer that you can act as Expedition Doctor and get a 10% reduction. This may be tempting but make the decision carefully. Check whether they would provide first aid kits/medications and what they would include. Check your indemnity. The extra cost may actually be considerably more than the 10% reduction.

Treating the locals?

Even if you are not medically qualified, if you employ local porters or guides, you are responsible for their health. They should be treated in the same way as any other member of the group. See the IPPG ‘Guidelines on Ethical Trekking’ for more on this subject.

The decision as to whether or not to treat local people en route is difficult. Unless the problem is an emergency it is usually best to refer the problem to local health care workers. Treatment may be appropriate if i) the problem is an emergency, ii) you can provide a full course of treatment, iii) you will be around in the area to give the patient adequate follow up.

In the case of chronic illness it may be appropriate to provide a letter for the patient to take to their nearest health care facility.

If a medical problem arises, keep detailed notes of what happened. This is important medico-legally, even if acting as a Good Samaritan. The GMC states ‘you must keep clear accurate and legible records, reporting relevant clinical findings, the decisions made, and any other drugs prescribed or other investigations or treatment’ and ‘make the records at the same time as the event you are recording or as soon as possible afterwards’.

Beware of buying medications abroad. It is common that medication ‘is not what it says on the tin’. Also be aware of internet sales as in >59% cases medicines from illegal sites have been found to be counterfeit.


The home office website has some useful advice on where you can take opiates. Make sure you speak to them and also the country of origin prior to travelling, as well as taking all prescriptions with you. It is not advisable to take any opiate through United Arab Emirates countries or Saudi Arabia (5, 6).

Putting the ‘surgeon’ in Tree Surgeon

Consider the option of not telling anyone you’re a doctor. If you really are going on holiday, and fancy a break, there is always the option of not telling anyone you’re a doctor, but remember in the event of an emergency, GMC guidance says that you must step in. In such an event, it may then be hard to explain to your companions why a part-time musician/novelist/barmaid has suddenly morphed into a full-time, business-like clinician.


Duff, Jim; Gormly P. First Aid and Wilderness Medicine. Tenth ed. Cicerone Press; 2007. GMC. Good Medical Practice. Point number 11. P. 11. 13th Nov 2006. GMC. Good practice in prescribing and managing medicines and devices. GMC. 31 Jan 2013. World Health Organisation. Medicines: spurious/falsely-labelled/falsified/counterfeit (SFFC) medicines. WHO May 2012. Home Office: licensing for drugs.  Accessed 31/1/2013. Home Office: list of UK based Embassies. Accessed 31/1/13.

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Of interest


Extreme Medicine Conference opens in five days!

Extreme Medicine Conference opens in five days!

Yes, the doors to the Harvard Medical School Conference centre will be opening on Monday the 28th of October.
If – like us, you’ve been looking forward to seeing the amazing line up of speakers, exhibitors, break out sessions and an amazing networking oppurtunity you make sure you book your ticket now!

Location of Extreme Medicine Conference in Boston

Located within The New Research Building at Harvard Medical School, The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School a cutting edge conference space.

Address: Medical Center Area, Boston, MA 02115 Phone:+1 617-432-8993

World Extreme Medkcine Conference USA

Five good reasons to come!

World class speakers from around the globe

Great lecture topics and optional sessions

Amazing networking opportunities

CME, FAWN and MBEMSC medical training credits

Superb location & great fun with some of the world’s most inspirational medics!


Final speakers program for Extreme Medicine 2013 | Harvard Medical School, Boston

An amazing array of speakers ranging from Astronauts to Everest summiteers, from humanitaritian to pre hospital care experts are gathering next week at the Harvard Medical School Conference Centre in Boston for the annual Extreme Medicine Conference.

The final polish has now been applied to an amazing an speakers program – you can view it here and if you are one of the few people without a ticket yet they can be purchased here…

The International World Extreme Medicine Conference and Expo 2013 will host some of the very best speakers from around the world, who are amongst the leading figures in remote extreme medicine fields, including expedition and wilderness, pre-hospital, disaster, and relief medicine. Alongside the daily lecture series will be exhibitions from focused industry leaders, showcasing products and services to meet your extreme medicine needs.

**’This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Wilderness Medical Society and Expedition Medicine. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 33.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity’.




Tahiti – Easter Island Wilderness Medicine Conference

Legends of the South Pacific: Tahiti to Easter Island Expedition & Wilderness Medical Conference, 10 CME.Wilderness Medicine Conference

03 December 2014 to 22 December 2014

Dr Freer is the Medical Director of Yellowstone National Park, ex President of the Wilderness Medical Society and subject of the documentary ‘Everest ER’which features her work running the field hospital at Everest Base Camp.  You will also travel with an Expedition Leader, a team of naturalists, an undersea specialist, divemasters, a National Geographic photographer and a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, who are amazing experts in their own right, and consequently offer a superb environment from which to explore this incredible region.

Aboard the luxurious, 102-guest National Geographic Orion

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  • Dive or snorkel the stunning reefs of Fakarava, part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and the Pitcairn Islands, one of National Geographic Explorer‐in‐Residence Enric Sala’s Pristine Seas preservation areas.
  • Trace the legend of the ill‐fated H.M.S. Bounty from Tahiti to Pitcairn Island, where descendants of its mutineers still live today.
  • Explore the unusual geology and wildlife of Henderson Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and look for some of its endemic bird species. •
  • Delve into the intriguing lost culture of Easter Island, and examine ancient burial sites and towering moai with an archaeologist. Laced with wispy islands and coral atolls, the tropical seas that stretch from French Polynesia to Easter Island have seen missionaries and mutineers, intrepid explorers and enigmatic cultures pass their way.

Traveling aboard the new National Geographic Orion, encounter spectacular volcanic landscapes in Bora Bora and uplifted atolls of Makatea and Henderson Island. Snorkel and dive some of the most remote and pristine reef systems in the world. Hear the tales of the Mutiny of the Bounty and the Kon‐Tiki, and experience the lively culture of the islands. End the voyage among the evocative statues of Easter Island.

You will be booking your trip directly with Lindblad Expeditions but doing sounder our conference name in order to gain access to our special lecture program. The conference content is CME accredited for 10 hours by the Wilderness Medical Society and will include the following topic headings:

  • Altitude Illness
  • Cold Weather Injuries
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Wilderness Environments
  • Wilderness Medical Kits
  • Interpersonal Features of Group Travel
  • Psychological Issues in Expedition Travel

The cost of the conference is based on two people sharing a standard cabin but if you want to upgrade your cabin, travel singly or book separate travel arrangements then Lindblad Expeditions will be more than happy to make these arrangements for you. Most meals, landings and activities are included in the price but the arrangements will be governed by Lindblad Expedition’s terms and conditions.

How to book: Please email Liz Estes for a reservation form. Should you require further information regarding the itinerary, flights and travel arrangements or specific requirements regarding your stay on the National Geographic Orion, your point of contact is Liz at 888-773-9007, if ringing from outside the US on 001-212-261-9000 or email We recommend you make your flight arrangements through Lindblad especially if travelling from the US to tie in with local ground arrangements.


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Expedition Medics needed for 2014 Peru Expedition

scientific expedition society2 Medical Officers’s need by Col John Blashford-Snell for his expedition to Peru 2014

JBS is leading an expedition to support the Peruvian conservationists and to give aid to the indigenous communities. This is likely to be medical and dental treatment, the provision of reading glasses for older villagers and school books for the children. At the same time biological and engineering advice will be given to the park officials and volunteers will monitor the wildlife

The expedition is approved by the Scientific Exploration Society and will probably be 1-21 July 2014 and involve around 20 self funded volunteers. The expedition subscription is likely to be £2900 per person excluding the international air fare. They will travel by vehicle and on foot and use pack horses and mules. He is especially keen to involve doctors, dentists, nurses, biologists and engineers who speak some Spanish. Persons to assist with the community aid are also being sought.Peru Medical Expedition

Email Anne Gilby at or phone 01747 854456 for more details – they are particulary interested in hearing from candidates from ‘Expedition & Wilderness Medicine’ so please do mention our name.