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Expedition & Wilderness remote medicine courses approved by Wilderness Medicine Society

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Expedition & Wilderness Medicine, Dartmoor, Devon 23.75 CME England

16 November 2015 to 19 November 2015

Our internationally renowned Expedition & Wilderness Medicine courses (eligible for 23.75 Wilderness Medicine Society CME points) 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.

Join a family of like-minded medics who want to do something different and exciting with their careers. An overwhelming 82% of participants rate our Expedition & Wilderness courses as ‘excellent’, so book now to secure your place and take your career in an exciting new direction.

Read the BMJ write up on the course here.

 

**Please note that this course is not taking any further bookings**



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Course News
We are delighted to announce we will be extending this course to a full four days. The additional time will allow for new content covering musculoskeletal injuries on expeditions and the starpping and taping of injuries. This content will bolster the current timetable offering a learning covering the precuation, management and treatment of injuries common to expeditions and extreme environments.

 

Course Overview 
This four-day Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course takes place at Adventure Okehampton, on the edge of Dartmoor National Park.

The course's lecture and outdoors education programme (60/40) is designed to challenge course members both mentally and physically. Skills are taught in a logical order, with sessions building on each other and culminating in a morning of moulage and subsequent feedback.

Cost includes all accommodation & food and VAT, together with a detailed Expedition & Wilderness Medicine manual, and membership of the RemoteMed Association, which gives you access to extensive ongoing support and a network of fellow professionals.

 

Course Accreditation, 23.75 CME
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 providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and Expedition Medicine.

The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians, and designates this educational activity for a maximum of 23.75 hours of AMA PRA Category I Credits towards the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship Programme to gain the FAWM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty

Members of the teaching faculty have been selected not only for their academic qualifications but also for their expedition experience, and their ability to communicate their knowledge and skills with passion and enthusiasm. One of the most select faculties of expedition-experienced teachers in the UK, their experience ranges from Antarctica to Namibia, China to Chile. They are all active in their varied fields of expedition and wilderness medicine, and continue to undertake expeditions and expand their skills. We count ourselves fortunate, both in being able to attract them in the first place, and also in managing to gather them all in one place at the same time...

Our reputation and experience also helps us to attract inspirational guest lecturers who are leaders in their field, with past speakers including Sir Chris Bonnington, Sundeep Dhillon, Steve Venables, Simon Yates, Jamie Andrews, Mike Stroud, Jim Milledge, Steve Jones, Luanne Freer and Andy Cave.

 

What To Expect
The course offers an excellent balance between lectures and practical activity. During the first three days, half the day is taken up with lectures, with the other half spent in smaller group teaching sessions and practical activities. Lectures include 1-hour slots on many areas of expedition medicine including Hot Weather Medicine, Cold Weather Medicine, Altitude Medicine, Diving Medicine, Communication Systems, Pre-Expedition Planning and Casualty Evacuation.

After lunch on day two, participants spend three or four hours outside practising rope work, navigation and improvised carrying techniques. Frequent smaller group teaching sessions encourage everyone to ask questions and share best practice. These sessions can be inside or outside, so a full waterproof shell and good outdoor clothing are essential. (Outside sessions may be run in basic shelters in inclement weather.)

The final morning involves a large-scale search and rescue exercise, involving a sustained stretcher carry. This is intense, physical work at times, but we encourage people to work to their own limits rather than feel completing any activity they're uncomfortable with.

The timetable is packed, but those wishing to explore the mountains and lakes usually take a morning run, swim (not for the faint-hearted!) or bike ride. Our optional evening lectures are extremely well-attended, and leave time for drinks and campfire tales with new friends and colleagues.

A modern, well-equipped centre with fantastic staff and facilities, and shared, en-suite rooms, Adventure Okehampton provides wholesome home-made food, and can cater for all dietary requirements. If you'd like more information, or you're thinking of extending your stay at the end of the course, you can contact them HERE or call them on 01837 53916. You may also want to check out the wide range of hotels and holiday accommodation in the Dartmoor area.

Itinerary

(Course content and timings subject to change.)

Day One
Overview of wilderness and expedition medicine
Pre-existing and common conditions on expedition
Communication
Group dynamics and understanding behaviour
Expeditions: a public health perspective
Four 55-min practical sessions run as stations with four teams rotating through:
• RTC scenario
• Fracture Management
• Wound Management
• Managing altitude illness and hypothermia
Expedition Security

Day Two
Tropical Medicine
Problems encountered in a hot environment
Pre-expedition planning and legal issues
Altitude
Small groups out on the hill working on:
• Safety in the outdoors and steep ground
• Rope skills
• Improvised carrying techniques
• Navigation
• Group shelters
Rupert Bennett Lecture

Day Three
Diving Medicine
Three 55-min practical sessions run as stations with three teams rotating through:
• Pre-hospital wilderness resuscitation
• Dentistry
• The Art of Verbal Judo
Problems encountered in the cold environment
Three 30-min sessions run as stations with three teams rotating through:
• Aero-medical Evacuation
• Communications and Radios
• Medical Kit
Medicine in unconventional places

Day Four
Search and Rescue scenario
Course summing up and what the future can hold; open forum.

Testimonials

"Course staff were fantastic, well organised, enthusiastic, informative and delivered the lectures with technical ability. Best course I’ve been on." UK course delegate

"Outstanding course – it maintained interest and motivation throughout." UK course delegate

"The course gives you a very good idea of what needs doing and what to expect in preparation for an expedition." UK course delegate

"Thanks for what was without doubt one of the best medical education experiences I have so far experienced..." UK course delegate, 2015

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