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Expedition & Wilderness Medicine, Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

02 October 2017 to 06 October 2017

Our extended version of our internationally renowned Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course, returns to the stunning Lake Bohinj in Slovenia. 
Highlights include: 
Extended trauma workshops
Dental and maxillofacial trauma workshops 
Navigation, rope skills and rescue techniques lead by IFMGA Mountain Guides
Camping (one night)
Designed to inspire doctors, nurses, paramedics and advanced medics at all stages of their career, this new course will span 5 days, include additional lecture content and an extended and expanded programme of outdoor activities, hosted on the shores of beautiful Lake Bohinj in Slovenia.
Aimed at medical professionals based in Europe the course will be taught in English by a highly experienced faculty.

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Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Course Overview
We will be based in Slovenia, on the southern shores of Lake Bohinj in the heart of the Triglav National Park in a comfortable, well-equipped lodge.
The course's lecture and outdoors education programme (50/50) is designed to encourage course participants enhance their practice and to develop the practical skills, mindset to be an effective expedition medic.. You'll practice existing skills and we’ll teach you new ones too, growing in depth, building towards a search & rescue medical exercise.
We select our teaching faculty for their academic qualifications, expedition experience and their ability to educate and inspire. Between them, our remarkable faculty have a depth of experience, living and working  in the most remote corners of the world, achieving notable success in the face of extreme challenge and adversity.  
EWM’s reputation and experience 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, Andy Cave and Javid Abdelmoneim.
What to expect
We’ve developed the course to provide an excellent balance between lectures, hands-on workshops and practical activity.
In a series of lectures, we deliver content on many areas of expedition medicine including, Hot Weather Medicine, Cold Weather Medicine, Altitude Medicine, Communication Systems, Pre-Expedition Planning and Casualty Evacuation. 
During the course you will also attend a series of hands-on workshops exploring various skills including pre hospital trauma management, dentistry and wound dressing plus innovative tricks and tips to help you manage in resource poor environments.
Our introductory outdoor skills sessions will give you an insight into the skills you will need to be an effective member of an expedition team. Sessions are designed to provide a foundation for you to build your abilities, identify learning needs and have fun!  


The course will involve mornings of lectures and workshops, moving onto practical outdoor sessions in the afternoon.

Day 1

Pre expedition planning

Casevac planning

Risk assessment and  management

Medical kit planning

Medico legal and ethical issues

Introduction to navigation and map work practical


Day 2

Public health and group management

Group dynamics


Medicine in cold environments

Pre hospital trauma management afternoon and scenarios

Pre hospital assessment and treatment

RTC approach

Fracture management and improvisation


Day 3

Medicine in hot environments


Dive medicine

Afternoon practical sessions

Wound management

Communications exercise

Water disinfection and supply

Medical kits workshop

Hyperbaric bag


Day 4

Small group work on expedition planning

Tropical medicine- the essentials- case based lecture

Tropical medicine pub quiz

Safety on the hill, rope work, emergency shelters

Set up camp for a night under the stars in preparation for the next morning


Day 5

Search and rescue exercise- this will test your navigation, leadership, teamwork and skills during an extended exercise. This will be followed by a team debrief.

Course close, question and answer session, future opportunities.

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