Alpine Medicine Course: take your medical career in a new direction

29 October 2019

If you’re a medic keen to support expeditions in cold, mountainous environments or simply be better prepared for your own winter mountain adventures then our exciting 6-day Alpine Medicine training expedition, in the stunning Julian Alps is for you!

Making the most of the winter conditions, this comprehensive medical training expedition brings together likeminded medics from a variety of backgrounds and career stages all sharing the same common desire – to bring more adventure into their careers and blend their passion for travel, adventure and the great outdoors with their medical skills.

This course blends winter mountaineering skills, advanced expedition medicine skills, altitude and cold weather medicine through a mix of engaging short, focused lectures and hands-on intense case-based scenarios. Throughout the course you will be encouraged in new ways of thinking and new approaches to problem solving as well as challenging your abilities to adapt to unpredictable situations – a must-have when taking on any type of expedition.

We’ll start by getting to know each other during a big kit session, discussing the benefits and drawbacks of different items, what to pack and how to best equip yourself for you adventures. Over the next two days you’ll learn essential clinical skills and environmental factors specific to cold and mountainous environments, this learning will be interspersed with simulation exercises. As your skill and adaptability within the exercises grows, so will the complexity of the tasks.

Midway through the course we will travel to Vogel ski area for a full day of avalanche training and snow science with world-class IFMGA Guides. Here you’ll learn about the types of avalanches, how they form and release, avalanche terrain, decision making and route planning, and the essential skills needed for avalanche rescue.

The final two days of the course will take us out into the mountains including an overnight stay at Dom na Komni (a Komna hut). This mini-expedition phase will include the opportunity to learn or enhance your technical mountain skills from some of Slovenia’s best guides. During this phase you’ll also have further opportunities to run through simulation exercises, bringing together everything you have learnt over the week.

By the end of the course you’ll have learnt a wide range of mountain skills and expedition mountain medicine, but most importantly you’ll be better equipped to deal with emergency situations in remote mountain areas.

Where else in the world could you receive such hands-on experience, be part of a unique learning opportunity and have an adventure of a lifetime. To find out more and to experience our Alpine Medicine course for yourself, please click here.

Take your EXTREME medical career to the next level – book your place today!

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