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Team Rubicon: Short term position in Nepal

TeamRubiconLogoOur lovely friends at Team Rubicon urgently require a volunteer medic to join them in Nepal, 19 March – 2 April.  Flights & expenses covered.  Please email a brief introduction and medical CV to tim.edwards@teamrubiconuk.org .  Here’s the detail:

Calling all medics! There is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a volunteer team going to Nepal in March to rebuild a school destroyed in the earthquake. Team Rubicon UK provides disaster relief to those affected by natural disasters, be they domestic or international. By pairing the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions, Team Rubicon aims to provide the greatest service and impact possible.

After last year’s earthquake Team Rubicon sent teams into Nepal to help with the immediate aftermath and hundreds of thousands of people were helped. Almost a year on there are still thousands of Nepalis who still need help with basic services. The team is complete except for one important member – a medic. Due to the remote nature of the deployment it is vital that they take someone suitably qualified to deal with trauma, life support, and normal medical problems. The team is 16 strong with basic first aid qualifications but what they really need is a paramedic or other suitably qualified person to deploy with them.

Team RubiconThe trip is from the 19 March until 2 April (flights dependent within a day). The deployment is unpaid but all flights and expenses are covered.If you are interested in being involved in what will be a fantastic opportunity please email a brief introduction and medical CV to tim.edwards@teamrubiconuk.org .

As time is short Team Rubicon have asked that only those who are confident that they can deploy get in contact.  Thanks.

 

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The latest news, views and opportunities from EWM Towers

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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

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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.

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Enjoy heights & panoramic views?

The International Porter Protection Group (IPPG) require a mountain loving doctor to volunteer at  the Machermo Rescue Post, Nepal for the Spring 2015 season (end Feb – start May).

You will be situated at Machermo at 4450 m and the satellite post in Gokyo Village, in the Gokyo Valley at 4800 m.  This provides an opportunity for a volunteer to practice mountain medicine in the heart of the Everest region of Nepal, in a stunning environment and

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to be welcomed into the local Sherpa community.

IPPG pays a small contribution to accommodation while in Kathmandu; flight costs to and from Lukla and then accommodation during the walk in and out. All food and accommodation is provided for free while at Machermo/Gokyo.

IPPG will consider potential volunteers who could work either the whole, or half of the season.  For further details please contact Nick Mason at: npmason@doctors.org.uk

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Nepal Mountain Medicine with Dr Luanne Feer

 

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Mountain Medicine Course in Nepal: Visit Everest Base Camp High Altitiude Clinic in the company of its founder Dr Luanne Freer
22.5 CME | 22 October 2012 to 08 November 2012
Unique experience – world class faculty

Join Dr Freer, Dr Martin ‘Doc Martin’ Rhodes (CMO for the TV production ‘Poles Apart’and Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions), and Dr John Apps (MO at Union Glacier in Antarctica) for an amazing trek combining adventure and learning as you make your way up to Dr Freer’s seasonal home at the world’s highest medical clinic at Everest Base Camp.The CME accredited Mountain Medicine Course will draw on the impressive experience of these three specialists to deliver a didactic learning experience in one of world’s most stunning classrooms.’It’s the ultimate win-win-win”: join us on a trek that supports the nonprofit Everest ER that combines great exercise, exploration, and learning. Medical professionals earn CME credits (but non medics are welcome to join too!) and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Everest ER. Watch the BBC’s feature on Everest ER.

Find out more here….

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Latest EWM news; iphone app for Extreme Medicine Conference, Mountain Medicine Nepal, members area & upcoming courses

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Upcoming Courses & Remote Medicine News:  2 weeks to go until the Extreme Medicine Conference, Mountain Medicine in Nepal departing soon and new developments at EWM
A week to go to the Extreme Medicine Conference iphone App release!  Book your place now….

With the Extreme Medicine Conference at the Royal Society of Medicine just over a fortnight away we have been adding the finishing touches to iphone app which is now with Apple for their final approval and we hoping to have this ready for release the week before.  Featuring the lecture content, speaker profiles, exhibitors and the student poster competition plus loads more information we are really pleased with the results and excited at being able to share all the behind the scenes hard work   We will also be announcing the winner of the inaugural EWM Remote Medicine Awards, thank you to all of you who have voted as the response has been superb, in the next fortnight and the winner will be featured on the app.With contributors coming from all over the world recently confirmed are Kevin Fong an expert with a special interest in human space exploration & extreme environment physiology, columnist for the Times Higher Education magazine and presenter of the recently aired critical acclaimed BBC Horizon documentaries Back from the Dead and How to Mend a Broken Heart.   Joining him will be Ben Major  presenter of the multi-BAFTA winning series Serious Explorers for BBC1 and consultant on series such as Tribe, Human Planet, Frozen Planet, Last Man Standing, Extreme Dreams and Adrenaline Junkies.

From Canada From Canada Gordon Giesbrecht Professor of Thermophysiology at the University of Manitoba and who Outdoor Magazine titled “Professor Popsicle” combines well-published research with extensive Arctic expedition experience, and a passion for educating people on hypothermia, frostbite and cold weather survival.

Mountain Medicine, Nepal with Dr Luanne Freer founder of EverestER

If the Extreme Medicine Conference isn’t your thing but you are at loose end in a fortnights time there is a last minute space available with a last minute discount.Join Luanne and Doctors Martin Rhodes & John Apps from the medical team at Union Glacier in Antarctica on an amazing CME accredited adventure whilst helping to raise much needed funds for EverestER..

Contact us for more information.

***New dates for later in the year 22nd October to 8th November – sign up here.***

Working hard for remote medicine

Alongside delivering highly rated remote medicine courses, establishing a comprehensive student intern program and a world class extreme medicine conference the EWM team has also been really busy behind the scenes…..Due for release in the next fortnight is a brand new members area, free of charge to all, but a point of access for CME accredited videos, remote medicine jobs, special kit and travel offers and access to a community of like-minded medical professionals keep your eyes peeled for more news on these exciting developments…

Upcoming courses in the near future – take your pick!

International World Extreme Medicine Conference & EXPOHosted by the Royal Society of Medicine London with world class speakers, great networking & 31.75 CME credits. Find out more >>
CLICK TO VIEW THE EXPEDITION & WILDERNESS MEDICINE COURSESQuote ‘Expedition Medicine’ to receive very special RSM membership discounts.
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Everest ER founder heads up Mountain Medicine Course in Nepal

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Expedition & Wilderness MedicineJoin Dr Luanne Freer Director of Medicine at Yellowstone National Park, past president of the Wilderness Medical Society & founder of Everest ER in Nepal this April.
Mountain Medicine Course in Nepal14th April 2012 to 1st May 2012
Join Dr Freer, Dr Martin ‘Doc Martin’ Rhodes (CMO for the TV production ‘Poles Apart’ and Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions), and Dr John Apps (MO at Union Glacier in Antarctica) for an amazing trek combining adventure and learning as you make your way up to Dr Freer’s seasonal home at the world’s highest medical clinic at Everest Base Camp.The CME accredited Mountain Medicine Course will draw on the impressive experience of these three specialists to deliver a didactic learning experience in one of world’s most stunning classrooms.

‘It’s the ultimate win-win-win”: join us on a trek that supports the nonprofit Everest ER that combines great exercise, exploration, and learning. Medical professionals earn CME credits (but non medics are welcome to join too!) and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Everest ER. Watch the BBC’s feature on Everest ER

If you can’t travel to Nepal why not join us at the Extreme Medicine Conference? This spring, The Royal Society of Medicine will host the inaugural World Extreme Medicine Conference & EXPO from Sunday 15th – Wednesday 18th April, aimed at attracting a range of attendees from across the medical profession.

The conference is a unique opportunity to share the insight and knowledge of the leaders in the field, explore the opportunities that this area of medicine could offer and obtain valuable CME credits The Extreme Medicine Conference website.

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Nepal Mountain Medicine with Dr Luanne Freer

Details on next year’s Mountain Medicine course trekking to Everest Base Camp with the founder of EverestER, Dr Luanne Freer.

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Upcoming Courses: Mountain Medicine in Nepal, Extreme Medicine Conference London 2012 and Dive & Marine Medicine on the Great Barrier Reef

Mountain Medicine Course in Nepal New dates for our Mountain Medicine Course in Nepal with Dr Luanne Freer, founder of EverestER.14th April 2012 to 1st May 2012.Join Dr Freer, Dr Martin ‘Doc Martin’ Rhodes (CMO for the TV production ‘Poles Apart’and Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions), and Dr John Apps (MO at Union Glacier in Antarctica) for an amazing trek combining adventure and learning as you make your way up to Dr Freer’s seasonal home at the world’s highest medical clinic at Everest Base Camp.

‘Mountain medicine course was one of the most amazing experiences of my life lead by a world class exped team. Really grateful for the opportunity to attend the course’

The CME accredited Mountain Medicine Course will draw on the impressive experience of these three specialists to deliver a didactic learning experience in one of world’s most stunning classrooms.

If you can’t travel to Nepal why not join us at Extreme Medicine Conference at the Royal Society of Medicine? We have just made the speakers’ page live and it’s a pretty impressive array – but don’t take our word for it, visit the website to see for yourself.

New course launch Australia A 6 day medical training course based on Australia’s world renowned Great Barrier Reef. This course aims to give participants an understanding of conditions likely to occur whilst working as a doctor on a diving or marine based expedition and is led by world marine environment expert Dr Mark Read.

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Expedition & Wilderness Medicine would like to introduce a major new International World Extreme Medicine Conference and EXPO series starting in 2012. Find out more >>

 

CLICK TO VIEW THE EXPEDITION & WILDERNESS MEDICINE COURSES

Quote ‘Expedition Medicine’ to receive very special RSM membership discounts.

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Dr Luanne Freer talks about Mountain Medicine

The next CME Mountain Medicine course sets off for Nepal in April 2012.

Dr Luanne Freer, founder of EverestER, the highest medical post in the world and feature of the well known BBC documentary, talks about what she believes are the strengths of the EWM Mountain Medicine course

Spaces on this course are restricted. To book your place now visit the Mountain Medicine webpage

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Nepal Mountain Medicine course returns

The Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Mountain Medicine Course in Nepal has received some fantastic feedback via our Facebook group

It was a fantastic dream that came true!! I miss you all here in Nepal, but I hope to see you again!! The adventure will continue ♥ !

2nd day back at work – still glowing !!  Thanks everyone for an amazing time. It was quite incredible. Miss you all!

What a fantastic adventure! Thank you everyone for making it so enjoyable! Now back to reality…

 

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Dr Luane Freer demonstrated the use of the Kenrick Splint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following the Everest Base Camp Trail from Lukla, the Wilderness Mountain Medicine course will run over a total of 16 days. 13 days will be spent trekking at an easy pace, staying in Nepalese teahouses along the route and enjoying the spectacular scenery along the route.

The Wilderness Mountain Medicine course will count for 22.5 CME points

A donation is made from the proceeds of the Wilderness Mountain Medicine Course in Nepal to the Everest ER organisation (a US based nonprofit charity org) to help continue its life saving work at Everest Base Camp.   Everest ER T-shirts and 2011 patches for your rucksack can be gained by making a small donation.

To find out when the next CME accredited Mountain Medicine course is running visit the Expedition & Wilderness Medicine website

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Nepal Mountain Medicine leader featured in Smithsonian article

Dr Luanne Freer, leader of this years Nepal CME accredited Wilderness Mountain Medicine course in Nepal, has been written up in a brillant article on the illustrouis Smithsonian website in an article entitled ‘Inside the ER at Mt. Everest’ by Molly Loomis.

A middle-aged woman squats motionless on the side of the trail, sheltering her head from the falling snow with a tattered grain sack.

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Luanne Freer, an emergency room doctor from Bozeman, Montana, whose athletic build and energetic demeanor belie her 53 years, sets down her backpack and places her hand on the woman’s shoulder. “Sanche cha?” she asks. Are you OK?

The woman motions to her head, then her belly and points up-valley. Ashish Lohani, a Nepali doctor studying high-altitude medicine, translates.

“She has a terrible headache and is feeling nauseous,” he says. The woman, from the Rai lowlands south of the Khumbu Valley, was herding her yaks on the popular Island Peak (20,305 feet), and had been running ragged for days. Her headache and nausea indicate the onset of Acute Mountain Sickness, a mild form of altitude illness that can progress to High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE), a swelling of the brain that can turn deadly if left untreated. After assessing her for HACE by having her walk in a straight line and testing her oxygen saturation levels, the doctors instruct her to continue descending to the nearest town, Namche Bazaar, less than two miles away.

Freer, Lohani and I are trekking through Nepal’s Khumbu Valley, home to several of the world’s highest peaks, including Mount Everest. We are still days from our destination of Mount Everest Base Camp and Everest ER, the medical clinic that Freer established nine years ago, but already Freer’s work has begun. More than once as she has hiked up to the base camp, Freer has encountered a lowland Nepali, such as the Rai woman, on the side of the trail ill from altitude. Thankfully, this yak herder is in better condition than most. A few weeks earlier, just before any of the clinics had opened for the spring season, two porters had succumbed to altitude-related illnesses.

Each year over 30,000 people visit the Khumbu to gaze upon the icy slopes of its famed peaks, traverse its magical rhododendron forests and experience Sherpa hospitality by the warmth of a yak dung stove. Some visitors trek between teahouses, traveling with just a light backpack while a porter carries their overnight belongings. Others are climbers, traveling with a support staff that will aid them as they attempt famous peaks such as Everest (29,029 feet), Lhotse (27,940 feet) and Nuptse (25,790 feet). Many of these climbers, trekkers and even their support staff will fall ill to altitude-induced ailments, such as the famed Khumbu cough, or gastro-intestinal bugs that are compounded by altitude.

A short trip with a group of fellow doctors to the Khumbu in 1999 left Freer desperate for the chance to return to the area and learn more from the local people she had met. So in 2002 Freer volunteered for the Himalayan Rescue Association’s Periche clinic—a remote stone outpost accessed by a five-day hike up to 14,600 feet. Established in 1973, Periche is located at an elevation where, historically, altitude-related problems begin to manifest in travelers who have come up too far too fast.

For three months, Freer worked in Periche treating foreigners, locals and even animals in cases ranging from the simple—blisters and warts—to the serious, instructing another doctor in Kunde, a remote village a day’s walk away, via radio how to perform spinal anesthesia on a woman in labor. Both the woman and the baby survived.

Find out more about the  Nepal CME accredited Wilderness Mountain Medicine course in Nepal attendance of this course will count toward a FAWN degree.
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