Wilderness Medicine: Learning the Fundamentals and Implementing Innovative and Practical Educational Curriculums Into Residency and Medical School 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Emergency physicians are uniquely equipped to provide improvised medical care, the hallmark of wilderness medicine (WM), and it has become a robust academic subspecialty. The age of globalization has increased the ease of remote travel, popularity of backcountry sports, natural disasters due to climate change, and frequent humanitarian response needs, leading to an increased incidence of improvised medical care. Thus, we have an obligation to instruct our trainees with the fundamentals of WM so they can effectively provide care outside of an emergency department. 

Morning Part 1: Fundamentals of Academic Wilderness Medicine 
Interactive sessions including: principles of academic WM, research and publications in academic WM, WM future academic directions, WM educational curriculums, and academic WM career paths. 

Morning Part 2: Wilderness Medicine Foundations & Teaching Best Practices 
Rotating small group sessions highlighting key foundation topics of wilderness medicine and showcase best teaching practices. Topics will include: mountain medicine, cold and heat injuries, field preparation, and marine medicine. 

Working Lunch: Small Group Discussions of Implementing WM Curriculums in Academic Institutions 
The steps required, potential barriers encountered, and solutions will be discussed. Discussion table options: Medical school WM curriculums, residency WM curriculums, WM fellowship development, WM conference development, and simulation and scenario-based learning events. 

Afternoon: Innovative and Practical WM Curriculums and Instructional Techniques 
Rotating small group sessions will teach WM educational skill sets while exhibiting instructional techniques (e.g. scenarios. simulation, table top exercises, cases, etc). Sessions include: Lifesaving ABCs in the wilderness, field reduction and splinting, packaging and evacuation, medical device improvisation, rescue and survival, toxic plant ingestions, animals/venomous reptiles, insects and zoonoses, and WM mass causality.

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