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Expedition & Wilderness Medicine

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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

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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

 

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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.

Interns/Electives

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 
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Antarctic Medical Conference 2015: Fight offer

Free flights from Miami to Buenos Aires!

Antarctic Wilderness Medicine Conference

Secure complimentary flights from Miami to board expedition ship, National Geographic Explorer in Buenos Aires on 7th December for the iconic Antarctic Medical Conference, when you book with Lindblad Expeditions & mention Expedition & Wilderness Medicine’s medical conference.

Expect breathtaking scenery and huge photo opportunities on this voyage; whales, penguins & a multitude of seabirds: 7th – 20th December. With CME content accredited for 10 hours by the Wilderness Medicine Society and delivered by Dr Alex Kumar.

To read more about this life changing experience visit our Antarctic web-page HERE

This offer is time limited and due to expire 3oth June 2015, so don’t hang around.

 

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2 Vacancies: Combined Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine / Emergency Medicine

Two 6 month junior / middle grade doctor posts available – one commencing Feb 2015, the other Aug 2015.  Includes funded enrolment in Postgraduate Certificate in Remote Healthcare

DDRCDDRC Healthcare is a charity providing hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO), training and research in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine and associated fields.  In conjunction with Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, we are looking to appoint two junior doctors for 6 month posts – one doctor to commence February 2015 and the other August 2015.

The post will be an average of 6 sessions per week at DDRC and 4 sessions per week in the Emergency Department. We are looking for Doctors with a minimum of 2 years experience post qualification.  You must have full registration with the GMC or be eligible to become fully registered.

Derriford Hospital is adjacent to DDRC and is the largest teaching hospital in the southwest with a busy Emergency Department. DDRC provides HBO for elective and emergency patients for conditions including Decompression Illness, tissue damage secondary to radiotherapy and diabetic ulcers.

Training will be provided in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine and successful candidates will be encouraged and funded to enrol in the Postgraduate Certificate in Remote Healthcare run by the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.

There is no on call commitment for the diving aspect of this post however individuals will be encouraged to be involved in the management of diving accidents. The ED sessions may include some night shifts.

 

For application form and further information see Employment section www.ddrc.org

To discuss the job or to arrange a visit – please contact Dr Christine Penny – info@ddrc.org or 01752 209999

Closing date: 18.08.2014 (08.00) interview date: 05.09.2014

 

Courses and Conferences of Interest

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New Vacancy: Now’s your chance to go to Lesotho

Fantastic short term opportunity in Lesotho:  12th – 28th July, 2014   Doctor required to join Connecting Communities Worldwide and a team of scouts on a sustainability project.

Lesotho
Adventurous doctor required to join 15 scouts  in a magnificent, remote environment engaging with local communities, working on a variety of inspiring, sustainable development programmes.We begin with a visit to Cape Town | Table Mountain | Cape of Good Hope | Robben Island and departs via Johannesburg, with life changing wild life experiences along the way.  Fully stocked med-kit and satellite phone provided.

 

 

 

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Contact KEN DUNN at Connecting Communities Worldwide for more info:
E:  kdunn”AT”ccwltd.org
T:  01709 717 111
M:  0752 852 9766

CCW Ltd is a not-for-project organisation   so the successful applicant will need to cover their own flights and contribute towards costs (£500)

 

 

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine is the leading  provider of training for medics working in remote and austere environments.

 

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URGENT! Female Doctor required for Vietnam trek, 14-23 March

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LATE CALL!  We have an opportunity for a female doctor to join the Prince’s Trust Women’s Leadership Group, trekking through rural northern Vietnam, raising money for disadvantaged young people in the UK.

If you are available, 14th – 23rd March and can provide medical support to a group of mixed nationalities, we’d love to hear from you.

Please send your CV, location and brief note expressing your interest to:  admin AT expeditionmedicine.co.uk by Sunday 9th March, 2014.

Read more about the trek here

 

Additional Information & Training:

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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 &
villagers?

– 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

 

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NEEDED: Medical Professionals to support Fundraising Marathon (May 2014)

 

street child charitySTREET CHILD are looking for assorted medics and also a Medical Director* to provide cover for this fundraising event in the world’s 10th poorest country and help improve the lives of vulnerable children in West Africa.

**** POSITION NOW FILLED *****

The Street Child of Sierra Leone Marathon 2014 is an ambitious project and we need medical help to stage it.   It’s more than just a run.  We invite runners to join Street Child in Makeni, Sierra Leone to see and assist with the work we do in country, and to get involved with the local community.  All of this takes place in a developing country with a basic medical infrastructure.

The race covers tough but beautiful terrain, invariably with high temperatures and humidity.  The route is classed as a category “black” marathon – a marathon where serious consideration should be taken to safety provision.  For this reason medical support is vital.  Over the last 2 years, under the guidance of the Medical Director, groups of medical professionals from across the world have travelled to Sierra Leone to help out.  When joined by local medics and nurses, mining corporation paramedics and medical students, this team have provided essential cover to the marathon.  More importantly, previous teams can testify that they have have had an amazing adventure, providing a great talking point for grand rounds on their return!

Most of the action for the medical team takes place on race day, where teams set up makeshift medical stations around the course, providing first line medical care to the runners.  This is co-ordinated from Medical HQ, the headquarters for ongoing treatment, and communication centre to each of the medical stations.

Sierra Leone is very much a developing country – supplies and equipment are limited and expertise is varied.  This is a challenge, but one worth taking on.  Outside of race day, the medical team will be involved in procuring equipment, medical briefings to international runners, and manning clinics offered to local runners on registration day.  Another important job for the team is spending time chatting to the runners before the race, providing reassurance and advice, usually over a local beer!

We would like people who like the sound of this event to travel out to Sierra Leone for between 1 and 2 weeks to help us organise the 2014 Sierra Leone Marathon.  We do ask that you fund your own trip (flights and accommodation only, all transport and meals will be free) but in return we will give you your own ‘experience of a lifetime’ seeing and assisting with Street Child projects in urban and rural Sierra Leone, taking part in a week of festivities in Makeni and you still get to finish on a high joining our West African beach party and 2 night beach hut retreat!

Dates are pretty flexible, the marathon is on Sunday 25th May so an 8 day trip could fly Wed 21st May and return Wed 28th May 2014.  Direct 6 hour flights from London are available from Gambia Bird Airlines and BA.

For more information, photos and videos please look at www.sierraleonemarathon.com and www.facebook.com/sierraleonemarathon.

To enquire or apply please send your details to info@sierraleonemarathon.com.

 *For applications to the role of Medical Director, the role will be to provide leadership and direction to the medical team.  A return flight from London will also be provided.  Minimum dates Mon 19th – Wed 28th May 14.

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Speakers at the Extreme Medicine Conference

Experience the cutting edge knowledge of the global leaders in remote extreme medicine at the International World Extreme Medicine Conference & EXPO

Our speakers will be sharing their state-of-the-art operational best practices and experience, and are ideally placed to provide expert knowledge to delegates within the areas of:

Expedition and Wilderness Medicine | Pre-Hospital Medicine | Disaster and Relief Medicine | Pre-Hospital and Disaster Medicine

It is a unique opportunity to gain knowledge from the world’s most experienced and senior extreme medicine professionals, and will also give many valuable practical learnings:

  • How to assess practical strategies for the pre-hospital care of trauma patients
  • How to identify world class practices for quicker and better diagnosis
  • Discovering effective techniques that will improve your medical skills in extreme conditions

The speaker line up includes:

  • International emergency ‘Legend’, Professor Anthony Redmond OBE
  • ‘Professor Popsicle’ your hypothermia expert, Dr Gordon Giesbrecht
  • The world’s leading toxinologist, Professor David Warrell
  • Professor Mike Grocott, Director & Leader of Caudwell Xtreme Everest Expedition
  • Dr Greg Ciottone recognized expert in Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management, international healthcare policy and infrastructure-building

 

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