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Expedition & Wilderness Medicine, Corfe Castle, Dorset England

30 October 2017 to 02 November 2017

Our internationally renowned Expedition & Wilderness Medicine courses 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.

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Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Course Overview
This four-day Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course takes place at Brenscombe Outdoor Centre, near Corfe Castle, Dorset.
The course's lecture and outdoors education programme 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. Expedition Medicine training offers a wealth of transferable skills, approaches and associated competencies equipping medics with the skills they need to practice in challenging and austere environments.
The course will include: 
16 hrs lecture based content
8 hrs workshops
7 hrs outdoor activities
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, Diving 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!  


(Course content and timings subject to change.)
Day One 
Overview of wilderness and expedition medicine
Pre-existing and common conditions on expedition 
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 
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 
45-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 
What the future can hold; open forum. 
Course summing up. 


"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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