This Wilderness Medicine CME course takes place in the remote Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan. It is a country of mountains, untouched forests, and fortified monasteries that lies nestled in the high Himalaya. A country the size of Switzerland with a population of less than one million, it vigilantly protects it ancient traditions, religion and culture. Traveling there is like visiting Nepal or Tibet forty years ago. National Geographic has called it the last “Shangri-La.”
Our seminar will take us on a journey that will travel through the heart of Bhutan visiting the famous monasteries and villages at Paro, Thimphu, Bumthang, Trongsa, and Punakha. We will cross the 10,200 foot Dochu La Pass with its spectacular views of Bhutan’s Himalaya as we travel from Thimphu to the famous Punakha monastery.
The culmination of our journey will come at the end of our trip when we hike for 3 hours to visit the “Tigers Nest” of Takstang, the most famous and sacred of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on side of a sheer cliff 3,000 ft above the Paro valley. No other monastery in the world can match the grandeur of Takstang’s natural setting. This wilderness medicine course is designed for the active traveler. Bhutan’s spectacular mountain scenery provides the perfect setting for day hikers to explore its remote villages and mountain paths.
Faculty for the Bhutan For The Active Traveler Wilderness Medicine CME Conference:
Matthieu DeClerck, MD is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician and Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Matthieu is the Course Director for USC’s “Wilderness & Survival Medicine” that focuses on combining the physiology of wilderness medicine with hands-on experiences in medical and survival skills. His experience in wilderness medicine ranges from ocean Search & Rescue and survival as a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, expedition medicine as a member of the medical team for numerous outdoor adventure races, and a certified provider for the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber. He completed his Wilderness Medicine Fellowship at Stanford University in 2013.