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About World Extreme Medicine

World Extreme Medicine, formerly Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, is the world’s leading provider of expedition, wilderness and remote medicine training courses for medical professionals as well as an International Diploma in Expedition Medicine and a gold-standard MSc programme in Extreme Medicine.

WEM was born out of expeditions over 25 years ago, and whilst we have changed and grown, we continue to lead the way in outstanding and inspirational expedition medicine training. Alongside exciting training, we also offer extensive consultancy and medical support for projects across the globe. If you have a project you’d like help with please get in touch HERE.

Some interesting facts about World Extreme Medicine…

  • A bright idea by ATD expedition medics around campfire in the Namib Desert led to the first ever Expedition and Wilderness Medicine course for medical professionals in 1998 which became publicly accessible in 2002.
  • WEM Extreme Medicine courses & conferences work with over 200 world-leading experts each year.
  • 2016 saw WEM planning & supporting the #PeoplesConvoy to Syria to rebuild a paediatric hospital in the Aleppo Province
  • The upcoming AmazonPrime EcoChallange series, presented by #BearGrylls, is backup up by a team of over 20 WEM Consultants, Doctors, Nurses and Paramedics.
  • In 2015, in partnership with the University of Exeter WEM established the first ever modular MSc in Extreme Medicine.
  • The annual WEM Conference is now the largest global gathering of #MaverickMedics

WEM – ‘The Movie’!

Our Education

Our courses provide medical professionals with the expert knowledge and practical skills needed to become a valuable member of an expedition or remote medical team. Courses range from our ‘Core’ modules, which teach a wide range of extreme medicine topics with essential skills workshops, to our ‘Specialised’ courses which offer an immersive environment specific learning experience based in incredible locations across the world.

All of our courses are open to doctors, nurses, paramedics and other medical professionals providing medical cover in remote or austere environments. Students and non-medics are encouraged to discuss any training needs directly with the office team.

If you are looking for progress academically in this area, then you might want to consider the unique International Diploma/ MSc in Extreme Medicine offered in partnership with Russel Group Exeter University Medical School which will soon offer a modular approach enabling you to follow your specific area of interest and exiting with a Diploma in Expedition Medicine for instance.

As part of our commitment to education, we are release regular FOAMEd podcasts via our highly popular WEMcast podcast, high-quality video courses via WEM Academy and new written resources.

Our Faculty

We are proud to have drawn together a teaching faculty whose expedition medicine experience is unsurpassed, ranging from Pole to Pole from the depth of the Oceans to the world’s tallest peaks.

Our faculty members represent a wide range of medical and expedition professions, through their extensive experience they share common passions for adventure, medicine and teaching. Through our courses, they aim to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary for you to fill your career with adventure.

An eclectic selection of speakers add to our training with inspirational talk showing the opportunities that are available and you can achieve when you are willing to push the boundaries of human performance in extreme environments. Past speakers include Sir Chris Bonington Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Sarah Outen, Stephen Venables, Børge Ousland, Rob Savage, Andy Cave, Simon Yates, Jamie Andrews, and expedition medics Sundeep Dhillon, Mike Stroud, Mike Grocott, Jim Milledge, Chis Imray and Luanne Freer to name but a few.