The Wilderness Medicine Skills Course is an exciting and highly acclaimed field course. It is designed for physicians, PAs/NPs, nurses, and other medical professionals who want to learn hands-on and practical wilderness medicine, survival, and wilderness travel skills in a spectacular outdoor setting.
Non-medical guests (at least 13 years old) are welcome to participate in the course to whatever extent they’d like – and their recurring feedback is also very positive.
The CME lectures (16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits) include exciting demos, interactive workshops, and patient scenarios. Learn from renowned leaders in the field of wilderness medicine including Howard Donner, MD, and Sheryl Olson, RN.
Participants will experience four days of whitewater rafting on some of the country’s finest rivers and savor delicious farm-to-table meals crafted by Chef Lauren. There’s also an optional challenge to summit the breathtaking Mt. Shasta at 14,180 ft.
Your home for the course is Paradise Point, a private 20-acre riverside retreat in the rugged Mt. Shasta/Marble Mountains Wilderness areas of Northern California. It is an ideal location for whitewater rafting some of America’s finest rivers. All delicious meals and drinks (wine, beer, non-alcoholic drinks) are included!
Despite its secluded wilderness location, traveling to Paradise Point is easy. We recommend flying into Medford Airport (MFR) which is a well-connected regional hub that’s a relatively short drive away (rent a car, or inquire about an optional round-trip shuttle service).
This course is also highlighted by 4 days of exciting whitewater rafting on the beautiful Klamath and Salmon Rivers. Experienced guides will skillfully guide you through exhilarating scenery and rapids and give you a chance to guide the raft in calmer waters if you’re interested.
Approved for 16 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits
The CME lectures take place at various beautiful riverside settings. The course features interactive workshops and demonstrations taught by renowned faculty including Howard Donner, MD and Sheryl Olson, RN – both leaders in the field of wilderness medicine. Topics include:
- Hypothermia, frostbite, heat illness, and altitude illness
- Field management of wounds, fractures, dislocations, and sprains including reduction and improvised splinting techniques
- Snake envenomations, wilderness ENT problems
- Backcountry evacuation, helicopter rescue, improvised carries, packaging, and litters
- Lightning, OB/gyn in the wilderness, waterborne illness and disinfection
- Patient assessment in an austere/wilderness setting
- Preparing a medical kit for travel, adventures, and expeditions
The course will also teach hands-on wilderness travel skills including:
- Fire starting, shelter building, signaling and attaining water
- Ropes & Knots for survival and rescue
- Orienteering (map and compass) and navigation (including GPS)
- Blister prevention and treatment
- Whitewater rafting skills and cold-water immersion
- Flood and swift-water crossing techniques
- Wilderness rescue, communications, emergencies in airplanes
- Basic mountaineering, ice axe, and snow travel skills (optional, taught by SWS Mountain Guides)
Head Instructor – Howard Donner, MD
Dr. Howard Donner is renowned as one of the world’s most experienced expedition physicians. He is also a highly acclaimed speaker on Wilderness Medicine.
Dr. Donner has been prominently featured in two award-winning NOVA television documentaries including; “Deadly Ascent” which chronicles mountain medicine and research on 20,320 ft Denali (Mount McKinley); and “Everest: The Death Zone”. Donner served as expedition doctor on the 1998 NOVA Everest expedition, which was featured in the television documentary: “Everest: The Death Zone”
- 3 seasons as a rescue doctor on Mt. McKinley in Alaska for the National Park Service at the 14,000 foot medical / rescue station
- Worked on numerous medical projects in the Himalayas including two seasons as a staff physician for the Himalayan Rescue Association
- Expedition physician on the first American ascent of Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak (28,000 feet)
- Olympic physician for the United States White Water Team in Atlanta in 1996
- 5 years of service as a medical operations consultant for NASA, where he was involved in the design of the Shuttle and International Space Station medical systems
- Co-author of The Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine (3rd edition was published in August of 2008)
Sheryl Olson, RN, BSN: Wilderness medicine, survival, and navigation instructor for 28 years. 18 years as a helicopter flight nurse, and 10 years as an ICU nurse. Developed a survival training program for air medical flight crews in Colorado. Has led several expeditions to Everest base camp. One of the lead instructors of Advanced Wilderness Expedition Provider (AWEP).
Kyle Allred, PA-C: International guide on five continents; Co-owner of Adventure Whitewater (raft guide outfitting service). Wilderness survival instructor. Co-founder of MedCram.com and MedWild.com Instructional Videos.
Ryan Allred: Captain of US National Championship Raft team (2000). World-class kayaker and kayak instructor. Professional fly fishing guide. Co-Owner Adventure Whitewater (raft guide service).
CME ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
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 Center for Emergency Medical Education and Wilderness and Travel Medicine. The Center for Emergency Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Center for Emergency Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.