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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


Take a look at our latest newsletter to find out more about the amazingly adventurous Dr Andrew Peacock


Expedition & Wilderness Medicine

Have you booked your place for Dartmoor ’15? We’ll host our next Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course, 16 – 19 November and have new additional content on offer. Places are filling up fast, so if you’re keen to kick-start your Expedition Medicine career join us North Devon.

What’s a ‘traditional’ medicine career?

Dr Andrew Peacock works with us as a faculty member and also as Medical Director for Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Australia. Andrew recently spoke with about his adventurous career, giving an insight into how he balances a passion for outdoor pursuits and medicine. Click HERE to learn what makes the most adventurous of medics tick.

Poster competition

We’re super pleased with our new look Extreme Medicine Conference website. We’ve just added a page for our poster competition.
We’ve made it nice and easy for you to register and submit your abstract. Click HERE to be taken straight to the poster page.

Blogging for all the right reasons.

According to Uncharted Expeditions, “PTSD is a growing epidemic and the dialogue needs to continue for others to step out of the silence and get help”. In this blog one paramedic is finding peace in the mountains and she’s sharing her experiences.
This is a frank and brave blog, but one that is of great value to the writer and will hopefully help many others along the way. THIS LINK will take you straight there.

Antarctic job opportunity

The University of Texas Medical Branch is looking for an Emergency or Family Medicine physician with acute care experience to join them at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.
You must have US citizenship, a US medical license and a love for dark snowy places.
The clinical load will is light, but the opportunity to work in this remote location should appeal to physicians interested in extreme and altitude medicine. This role provides a number of rare experiences like a view of the Aurora Australis and Milky Way from a perspective few others are fortunate experience.
Visit our jobs page HERE for more information and the relevant application contact details.

Kili’ opportunity

Action Challenge are looking for a medic to join their Kilimanjaro expedition, August 20 – 30. This expedition will follow the Lemosho route. The medic must be a fully qualified doctor – altitude experience and expedition medicine course attendance is preferred, but not essential and expenses for the trip will be covered.
If you’re looking for an adventure taking you up the world’s highest free standing mountain and are keen to tick off one of the Seven Summits, this could be right up your street.
For more information, take a look at the job advert HERE or to contact Action Challenge direct, call James Holland on +44 (0)20 7609 6695.

It’s your time to shine

If you have a story to share or know we want to hear from you. Blogs, vlogs interviews etc. are all welcomed, click HERE to share your experiences.

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Courses


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



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.


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 

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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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



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


Extreme Medicine 2012


Conservation Course in Namibia accredited for CME

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine’s new Conservation Medicine course in Namibia has been accredited for 16.5 CME

Located at the stunning N/a’ankuse Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary only 42kms east of Windhoek is Expedition & Wilderness Medicine’s new Conservation Medicine Course. This truly unique lodge is set amidst a natural savannah, with riverine vegetation, lush grass plains and magnificent mountain views, and offers a malaria free Wild Medicine course.

The main objective of the course is to educate attendees as to how we can integrate the diagnostic and problem solving skills of both human and animal health professionals with the knowledge of conservation professionals. Ultimately this should help all concerned to better manage the environment and biodiversity to the benefit of all the inhabitants of our beautiful planet.

The emerging interdisciplinary field of conservation medicine, which integrates human and veterinary medicine and environmental sciences, is largely concerned with  zoonose. At the present time there is very little sharing knowledge in both an academic and practical session and this course serves to address this significant gap.

To book your place


Of interest – Desert & Wilderness Medicinal Training Course


Dr Roger Alcock feedback on Keswick SAR exercise

Dr Roger Alcock, lead medic on this Septembers Keswick based Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course talk about the high calibre of medics on the search & rescue scenerio run on the hills about the EWM training base

The aim of the Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Course is to provide aspiring and experienced expedition doctors, nurses, paramedics and advanced medics with the skills and practical knowledge to become valuable members of an expedition medical team.

The gold standard and highly acclaimed course based in Keswick and Plas y Brenin in Wales

Of interest


Expedition Medicine – April News





Welcome to the latest edition of Expedition & Wilderness Medicine eNews

We’ve just completed a fantastic week in Keswick enjoying the splendour of the English Lake District in amazing spring sunshine, details of the Extreme Medicine Expo in London are getting firmed up & we’ve news of our Desert Medicine course in Namibia, Diving in the Maldives & our exciting new Antarctic Medical Conference in association with Lindblad Expeditions & National Geographic plus some pretty interesting & eclectic job opportunities.

  • Mountain Medicine Course Leader Dr Luanne Freer reports from Everest
  • Desert Medicine Course prepares to gather in Namibia
  • Dr Nick Knight reflects on the recent Keswick course
  • Development of the International ‘World Extreme Medicine’ Conference & EXPO – ‘Taking Medicine to the Extremes’
  • Dr Amy Hughes talks to the camera about Expedition Medicine
  • Jobs

We hope you enjoy this edition of EWM eNews.

If you haven’t already why not join us on Facebook? We update daily, the latest jobs and course news go up here first and its a great place to meet both like-minded medics and hear about expedition opportunities. So come on and join us.


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Mountain Medicine Course Leader Dr Luanne Freer reports from Everest

Leader of this years Mountain Medicine Course in Nepal Dr Luanne Freer head of the EverestER clinic providing medical cover for Everest climbers & Sherpas alike makes her initial report from Base Camp.Luanne reports; ‘Each year we are amongst the first to arrive at Everest Base Camp for the spring season and we are amongst the last to leave. As we work to set up the EverestER clinic, workers from climbing teams level ground and set up tents in anticipation of the later arrival of the climbers and guides. One of the most important tasks taking place during this time is the planning and setting of the route up the treacherous Khumbu Ice Fall.An elite group of Sherpa climbers, known as the Icefall Doctors, bear the difficult and dangerous task of setting ropes and ladders across the numerous crevasses that make up the ice fall.

Ang Gyeltzen Sherpa is a member of the Icefall Doctors and an electronics wizard. Each year he provides assistance to the clinic. This year, bored because snowfall has delayed work on the icefall route, Ang Gyeltzen helps us set up our new solar charging system.

Spaces on the Mountain Medicine course are extremely limited secure your place now

24 October 2011 to 08 November 2011




Desert Medicine Course prepares to gather in Namibia



Our Desert Medicine course departs for Namibia at the end of this month led by Dr Amy Hughes and Dr Christoffer van Tulleken of Channel 4’s ‘Medicine Men Go Wild’ fame.Chris is currently an academic registrar at University College London Hospital in Infectious Disease & Tropical Medicine & has extensive experience of remote medicine. Chris has been the medical consultant and location medic for more than 12 documentary series including BBC’s Tribe, Amazon & Human Planet. He has also presented several documentaries about humanitarianism, science & remote indigenous societies.

The course, set in the shadow of Namibia’s highest peak in a stunningly remote area of Damaraland, covers a whole gamut of desert related subjects including envenomation, desert navigation, tropical medicine & looking for water.

The meeting place is in Windhoek on the morning of the 1st May & to secure your place email us now

01 May 2011 to 07 May 2011




Dr Nick Knight reflects on the recent Keswick course




With the sunshine out and the rasping sounds of the Search and Rescue Teams over the two-way radios out on the Cumbria hills, you would have been easily mistaken in thinking you were in the middle of a real emergency. In fact, it was the final Search and Rescue exercise (with CASEVAC) of a fantastic 4 day Expedition Medicine Course in Keswick in Cumbria.As the University Liaison for Expedition Medicine, it was the first course that I attended as a new member of the ‘EM faculty’ – and what a fantastic experience it was. Not only did I get to absorb the electric atmosphere of the 60+ delegates there alongside the seasoned expedition medics leading the course but it gave me ample opportunity to see how such courses can align themselves with my role as University Liaison and to stimulate a few more ideas.

Read more of Nick’s article

Spaces on this course are limited secure your place now

16 May 2011 to 19 May 2011 – Plas Y Brenin, Wales
12 September 2011 to 14 September 2011 – Keswick, Cumbria




International ‘World Extreme Medicine’ Conference & EXPO – ‘Taking Medicine to the Extremes’.

We are very close now to confirming the content, which will be modular in nature & CME certified, the location & the dates. We are able to offer a great discount rate for nurses, paramedics & students & we are hoping to get all this information out to you over the next couple of weeks.Pre register your interest by emailing here

London late April 2012
Salt Lake City September 2012





Dr Amy Hughes talks to the camera about Expedition Medicine.As Expedition Medicine’s new medical director Dr Amy Hughes, Pre-hospital Care Registrar with the Kent HEMS Team, speaks about the growing opportunities for medics as Expedition Medicine, a medical sub speciality, continues to grow & develop.This article is in video format & can be watched by following this link  





If you want to ensure that you hear about the job opportunities as soon as we receive them then we recommend that you ’like’ our Facebook group. *URGENT: Doctor required for charity expedition with the Ultimate Travel Company.

  • Dates: 9-18 June 2011
  • Location: Kilimanjaro Rongai route
  • Group size: 35 people from a national charity
  • Details: You will be in a team with 2 UK Expedition Leaders along with an expert team of local guides. Medical kit, oxygen and hyperbaric chamber provided
  • Fees: All flights, trek expenses, food included + fee of £400

Outline duties/responsibilities: You will be trekking with the group and will have your own porter to carry the medical kit. You will be expected to provide medical advice, dispense medication and services as appropriate and within your capability to the trek participants and other expedition staff. This may involve triage, stabilization, initial treatment and transfer of anyone suffering a serious illness or injury. You would be expected to have very good communication skills, be an excellent team player and work at all times with the GMC guidelines of Good Medical Practice and the Duties of a Doctor.If you are interested in this post please contact Jennie or Stef at the Ultimate Travel Company with a short resume of your relevant experience email Jennie or Stephanie here or telephone 020 7386 4673.

The Khomas Medical Centre in Windhoek, Namibia, a private multidisciplinary group practice, is looking for qualified doctors to work in their busy practice.

Successful applicants will get a lot of hands on experience & encounter a wide variety of infectious diseases such as HIV & TB as well as ample chance to explore this amazing country Interested doctors should contact Karen Trümper.




We hope you enjoyed this edition of Expedition & Wilderness Medicine news, we’ll be back next month with more news and offers.

Bye for now

Mark Hannaford

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine