Join us on the edge of the Hardangervidda Plateau in Norway or in the stunning Southern Alps in New Zealand for an action-packed week of Polar & Expedition Medicine. This world-renowned practical course gives you the opportunity to experience and become fully immersed in a polar environment first hand, where you’ll travel by ski, snowshoes and dogsled as well as experience an overnight stay in your own carefully constructed snow shelter.
Led by our expert team, all of whom bring a phenomenal amount of expertise and knowledge of polar and high-altitude environments, you’ll learn the essential expedition medical skills required to care for and treat illnesses and injuries likely to occur in this harsh environment.
The course aims to enable attendees to:
- Increase their knowledge about Polar Medicine and learn the essentials of polar travel, survival and cold weather medicine while immersed in a polar environment
- Acquire and develop specific survival skills applicable to Polar Medicine
- Develop leadership and decision making skills required when working in resource-limited environments
- Enhance knowledge and skills relating to understanding, diagnosing and treating cold weather and altitude illnesses and injuries when presented
- Understand and develop the non-technical skills required for Polar Medicine and Expeditions in general, such as leadership and decision making skills, teamwork and being able to work together in an under-resourced austere environment
What will l learn on the Polar Medicine course?
Through hands-on workshops and scenarios, this highly practical course is supported by a comprehensive curriculum of cold weather and altitude medicine, taught through lectures and fully immersive workshops. You’ll cover a range of topics, such as avalanche awareness, basic navigation, primary survival in the wilderness, pre-expedition planning as well as shelter construction and cold water immersion and hypothermia, all preparing you for work, expeditions and micro-adventures in polar and high-altitude environments.
Who would benefit from attending this course?
Expedition medicine offers an exciting combination of medical practice and the outdoors, so any health professional who is involved in medicine in the outdoors and is interested or considering accompanying a cold weather expedition would benefit the most. If you are willing to think and work outside the box this is a great course for you.
With the role of an expedition medic requiring many skills, our Polar Medicine course offers the perfect opportunity to learn new skills and enhance your basic expedition knowledge as well as focus on key cold weather and high-altitude survival skills in the extreme.
Mark Hannaford, Managing Director & Founder of World Extreme Medicine (WEM) said: “This course gives attendees the opportunity to challenge themselves in a real-life extreme environment, a polar setting is dramatically different from anywhere else on earth.
Our expert team of medics, logisticians and SAR professionals will be combining lectures, workshops and discussions with lots of hands-on experience to give course participants vital insight into the preparation required for an expedition as well as the ability to cope under pressure and perform to the best of their ability in an austere and resource-limited environment.
From this course, they can go anywhere. They could provide medical support for scientists working in Antarctica, become a medic on a polar expedition or with more training go on to work in other exciting areas and austere environments.”
Where else in the world could you receive such hands-on experience, be part of a unique learning experience and have an adventure of a lifetime. To find out more and to experience our Polar Medicine course for yourself, please click here.
Take your EXTREME medical career to the next level – book your place today!
Photo Credit: Andrew Peacock