The Wilderness Medicine Skills Course is an exciting and highly acclaimed field course. It is designed for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers who want to learn practical wilderness medicine, and survival skills in an outdoor setting. The location of the course is in the beautiful, rugged Mt. Shasta/Marble Mountains Wilderness areas of Northern California.
Approved for 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
This course is also highlighted by 4 days of exciting whitewater rafting on the beautiful Salmon and Klamath Rivers. Experienced guides will skillfully guide you through exhilarating scenery and rapids. You’ll enjoy delicious meals and camaraderie in a fantastic riverside setting!
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The CME lectures all take place in spectacular riverside settings. The course features interactive workshops and demonstrations taught by renowned faculty including Howard Donner, MD and Sheryl Olson, RN – leaders in the field of wilderness medicine. Topics include:
– Hypothermia, frostbite and altitude illness
– Improvised immobilization and splinting techniques
– Backcountry evacuation/improvised carries and litters
– Patient assessment in a wilderness setting
– Basic wilderness rescue
– Field management of wounds, fractures, dislocations, sprains, and other common problems.
The course will also teach hands-on wilderness travel skills including:
– Wilderness survival (half-day course)
– Orienteering (including map/compass, GPS)
– Whitewater raft skills
– Swift-water crossing techniques
– Basic climbing skills including use of crampons, ice axe (including self-arrest)
– Avalanche safety and basic rescue.
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: Colorado Springs; Flight Nurse; Owns Wilderness Wise, a outdoor survival and navigation educational company. Avid backcountry skier and backpacker. Has led two expeditions to Everest base camp.
Kyle Allred, PA-C: International guide on five continents; Co-owner of Adventure Whitewater (raft guide outfitting service). Co-founder of MedCram.com Medical Education Videos; Wilderness survival instructor and co-founder of MedWild 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).
Lars Alvarez: Member of several US and World Championship Whitewater Raft teams; co-owner of Bio Bio Expeditions Worldwide which conducts trips on some of the most challenging and exotic rivers on the planet.
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.