This is where you can find every useful link related to conference attendance including schedules, syllabi material and recorded lectures. Also, visit conference support to complete a course evaluation, CME worksheet and receive your CME Certificate. Go
The Wilderness Medical Society in association with the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine offer: "A Standard in Wilderness Medicine Education". WMS Electives are designed for third and fourth year medical students, residents, 2nd year PA students and senior nursing students who are enrolled in a program at an accredited or internationally recognized allopathic or osteopathic medical school (PA or nursing school) or residency program in the US and abroad. The standard elective provides four weeks of instruction while the two-week advanced resident elective (New in 2017!) is targeted for those with wilderness medicine experience. Go
Every 4 years, the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) holds a World Congress that attracts those working in wilderness medicine and providing care in challenging areas and extreme environments around the world. Telluride, Colorado USA is the venue for the 7th World Congress on Wilderness Medicine - the only conference of its kind sponsored by WMS. This year’s World Congress will be jointly run and attended by the International Society of Mountain Medicine (ISMM), thus making this conference a truly world class event.
As a service to our Partners and the entire Wilderness Medicine Community, here are the upcoming events related to Wilderness Medicine.
Since 2009, the WMS has recorded most of the lectures that have been delivered at our CME conferences. Particularly useful for members advancing their FAWM (Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine) status, these are organized according to the FAWM disciplines. These lectures represent cutting-edge information in the field of wilderness medicine and serve as an evolving body of knowledge across a very wide range of subjects. Online lectures can be purchased in the WMS Trading Post and viewed an unlimited number of times. WMS Members are able to claim FAWM and/or CME Credits for viewing these lectures. Go
WMS has developed a series of PowerPoint presentations to help physicians and allied healthcare professionals teach topics in wilderness medicine. Each lecture contains more than seventy images and is accompanied by an explanatory text and study guide. Topics were developed by members of the Wilderness Medical Society who are experts in their field. The information presented is accurate and current. These lectures are suited for a broad range of audiences, including physicians, residents, and medical students. The series is also instructive for pre hospital personnel, emergency medical technicians, Wilderness First Responders, and other allied health professionals. Go
One of the fundamental philosophies of the WMS is promotion of wilderness medicine education in the community. The WMS Education Library includes a collection of formal PowerPoint presentations on a variety of common wilderness medicine related topics. These presentations are designed for use by WMS members to assist in reaching out to the community to enhance their awareness and preparedness. Go
While classroom lectures can be very informative, there is no substitute for "hands-on" educational opportunities. The WMS Teaching Scenarios are case-based vignettes (PowerPoint presentations), designed to be implemented in the field to create a realistic and interactive learning experience. Each scenario presents a clinical problem and outlines the expected assessment, management and disposition pathway possibilities. After conducting the exercise in a realistic environment, these cases may then be discussed to enhance lessons learned and provide focus for further training and instruction. Go
The Academy is a modular system of adult education that organizes the broad range of information in the discipline of Wilderness Medicine. It delivers them in a professionally packaged, standardized fashion according to modern concepts of medical education using objectives as the basis for learning experiences and outcomes evaluation where appropriate. Go
The Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM) is an exciting program designed to train the participant in the essentials of caring for patients in the technical mountain environment. It has set the standard over the past 10 years in Europe and other parts of the world for education of doctors, mid-level providers, nurses, and medics in mountain medicine and rescue. The Wilderness Medical Society is partnering with the University of Utah and University of Colorado to introduce this exciting program in the USA. Medical commissions of the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA) and International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR), together with the International Society for Mountain Medicine (ISMM), established minimal requirements for these courses in 1997. Go
The Diploma in Marine Science is a continuing medical educational program for doctors, mid-level providers, nurses, and medics who work in or aspire to work in the Marine Environment. The required coursework is an ideal blend of didactic and practical education in Marine Science, Dive, and Hyperbaric medicine, along with the skills required to make one proficient in this challenging and exciting world of water. Go
"Wilderness & Environmental Medicine is the leading publication for cutting edge advances in the science and practice of wilderness medicine." --Paul S. Auerbach, MD Go
The WMS Practice Guidelines for Wilderness Emergency Care were originally published in 1987 and updated five times by 2006 in a chapter-based book format to provide WMS members with an “official statement” of the best methods of handling wilderness related trauma, environmental illnesses, and managing medical problems in the wilderness. While a valuable source of practical information to WMS members, as the book was coming up for revision in 2007, the WMS decided to move towards a more evidence-based, expert panel driven consensus of practice guidelines that could be referenced in the medical literature as well as accessed by those outside of the society. Go
Abstracts focus on recent research covering the entire spectrum of wilderness medicine. This abstract submission is for consideration at the Wilderness Medical Society’s World Congress in 2016. Abstract Submission
The WMS Research Council offers a couple documents to help researchers and authors successfully negotiate the process of putting together a project and seeing it through to publication. Go
Your WMS Member Area. Here you can access/update all information relevant to your WMS membership as well as retrieve downloadable material or view online lectures you've purchased. You can also submit requests for CME credit, see all CME activity and obtain reprints of certificates. Go
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Claim CME credits, view all CME activity and reprint previously awarded certificates as well as obtain CME credit for Journal article review. Go
The Wilderness & Environmental Medicine journal is publicly available online at WEMJOURNAL.ORG, however the current issue is restricted to WMS Members only. If you are a current WMS member, click:
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Find WMS Members! You can sort/filter by combinations of name, city, state, country and specialty. Go
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We are happy to announce a new and very important product available only to our membership – Medical Liability Insurance for your activities outside the scope of your normal practice.
The Wilderness Medical Society is seeking applications for a Chief Operating Officer (COO). The ideal candidate should have a significant background in business and finance, with experience in organizational leadership. Experience in event organization is also desirable. The COO will assist the current CEO in the organization and administration of the business operation, event management, staff coordination, and project management. Wilderness experience is not required, but a passion for our organization and its mission is.
Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to Jay Lemery, MD, immediate past president.
Ebola: a Unique Perspective - Craig Spencer
An Alaska Life Lived Large - Darryl Miller
Wisdom of Wildlife - Sonoran Desert Museum
Eric Larsen - Polar Explorer
Videos for Members Only:
The Everest ER Response to Nepal Avalanche
Nepal Earthquake Lessons Learned - Rachel Tullet, Megan Walmsley
Companies or oganizations that offer activities and/or educational opportunities to the community of wilderness medicine and realize that interaction with our members, who share a common interest and passion, is a mutually beneficial relationship. The WMS does not necessarily endorse programs, products or activities offered by these entities and makes no statement regarding the quality of a Partner's educational curriculum content, wilderness medicine protocols or practice guidelines not developed by the WMS. Partners
Companies or organizations that interact with the WMS in an educational capacity are recognized as WMS Affiliates. This is evidenced by direct participation in the Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) program as well as the offering of WMS-provided CME credits to registrants of their activities. These entities achieve different levels of affiliation as Gold, Silver or Registered WMS Affiliates according to the degree of educational interaction with the WMS each year. Affiliates
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