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EWM’s Wild Medicine Course Changed our Lives

We know that education opens doors and as the EWM crew are both interested and a bit nosey, we love to hear what our alumni get up to after attending our courses.  Naturally then, we were delighted to hear from Ian P, who told us he and his wife loved the  2013 Wild Medicine course so much, they’re busy packing up in the UK and moving to Namibia…

Not many things you can say that change your life!  Attending the Wild Medicine course was one of those events.  Amazing set of people and a fantastic opportunity to learn about conservation and desert medicine.  

The kind of odd things we learnt…
– Take blood from a cheetah,
– Learn about (and touch – optional) many poisonous snakes,
– Sleep in a desert,  walk 14km through a dry river canyon,
– What are the problem animals with Rabies? (A: Kudu),
– How can carnivores live outside conservation areas & not get killed by farmers &

– How to build a vineyard in a desert … what?!.. 

And the thing that changed our lives? Meet the Bushmen and see their need for healthcare!  My wife and I are volunteering at Naankuse to run the Bushmen medical services. The real thing we learned? There are many people out there that can benefit from our skills … 

Oh and by the way Namibia is amazing you get to see loads … but you can also get a 4×4 and do a week or so trip before the course.


Other courses of interest:
Remote Medicine
Extreme Medicine Conference

This years Wild Medicine Course



New course announcement – Pre-hospital trauma & medical emergency 2 day course

We are really pleased to be announcing the launch of a new milestone course.   Building on the skills learnt in the foundation Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course but also suitable as a standalone the Pre-Hospital Trauma and Medical Emergency 2 day course is for medical practitioners who may not have regular exposure to witnessing and managing acute medical emergencies and/or trauma injuries and who are interested in improving and refining their skill base for expeditions, remote practice, humanitarian relief mission or everyday practice.

The course will be CME/ CPD accredited.


The weekend will consist of small group interactive workshops with practical sessions and moulages (clinical scenarios using a mannikin and all relevant medical equipment) and lectures. Examples of practical sessions will include limb splinting, use of pelvic, Kendrick and improvised splints, advanced IV access and chest drains, so the weekend learning is interactive, experiential and dynamic.

The topics covered over the weekend will include basic trauma care such as simple fracture reduction, basic splinting, ring blocks, suturing, wound dressings, burns, minor injuries; major trauma care such as detailed primary survey, airway management (including use of iGELS), chest injury management, haemorrhage control including pelvic and long bone fracture management, permissive hypotensive fluid management, head injuries; and assessment and management of medical emergencies such as the treatment of the severe asthmatic, anaphylaxis, seizures, myocardial infarction, sepsis, heat illness – all in the pre-hospital and remote environment setting (i.e. learning how to optimise care prior to a patient getting access to hospital).

Visit the Pre-Hospital Trauma and Medical Emergency course webpage