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Expedition and Wilderness Medicine the roots of WEM; a journey of passion?

Expedition and Wilderness Medicine the roots of WEM; a journey of passion?

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine
SAR Helicopter turns up to assist on the world’s first Expedition and Wilderness Medicine training course for medics

When World Extreme Medicine ran its first course in Patterdale, in the English Lake District, the terms ‘Expedition Medicine’ and  ‘Expedition and Wilderness Medicine’ was rarely used in fact we were the first people to do so when we established our company but it is amazing to see how its use has spread to the point that its has even been borrowed for the title of a book on the topic.

The original course sprang out of internal training courses provided I established for my other company Across the Divide Expeditions for their own medics who wanted to learn specific pre-hospital skills and its gone from there, with the help of mentor Hong Kong based entrepeneur David Weil, to the  world class conference ‘WEM Conference‘, an International Post Graduate Diploma & MSc Extreme Medicine program partnered with a Russel Group University, a raft of world class courses and medical location support for some of the world’s largest film productions.

We decided to rename ourselves ‘World Extreme Medicine’ to better reflect to opportunities open to medics in not only expedition medicine but also disaster & humanitarian medicine, military medicine, aviation medicine, remote pre-hospital care and a host of other specialities..

We, as a team, are so utterly passionate about what we do we count ourselves honoured to have the opportunity to share our passion with an amazing group of delegates, students and course attendees. I count myself incredibly lucky.

  • WEM Courses  Our courses are aimed at doctors, nurses, paramedics and other medical professionals wanting to add more adventure into their careers. At the heart are our Expedition and Wilderness Medicine courses but we no offer a range of environment specific courses as well.
  • WEM Conference   The WEM conference focuses on a number of interrelated medical fields: Pre-Hospital, Disaster & Humanitarian, Expedition, Endurance and Extreme Sport, Space and Extreme Medicine. We work with a range of multi-disciplinary partners and together, we offer a programme of fascinating talks from world-renowned experts in their field – from Arctic explorers to vascular surgeons, remote medics to NASA & ESA personnel. We host practical sessions on field-proven techniques and ‘hacks’ to inspire and enhance your skills, helping you to become a more effective and highly valued practitioner of remote medicine.
  • International PG Dip/MSc in Extreme Medicine. This unique programme is delivered in partnership between the University of Exeter Medical School and World Extreme Medicine, the world’s leading provider of specialist training courses for medics taking their skills into challenging environments.Modular Pathway allowing you to follow your interests • Full Time & Part Time options  •Open to Senior Intercalated Medical Students •Residential and distance learning means that you do not need to resident in Exeter.The course is open to a wide range of medical disciplines and past students have included: •Paramedics •Medics •Nurses •Medical scientists •Allied healthcare •Military medics •Midwives •Physiotherapists Intercalated Medical Students in years 4 & 5

    This is a course that could quite literally change your life, medicine at its best, crossing geographical and professional boundaries.

Expedition Medicine in Nepal
Dr Sean Hudson WEM co-founder, awarded an MBE in 2017 for services for Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, on the Annapurna Circuit, Nepal acting as an Across the Divide medic.


Expedition Medicine in Namibia
WEM Founder Mark Hannaford providing vehicle backup in the Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia.








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