You’ll need to be a US citizen, have a US medical licence, hold a valid passport and not averse to the cold, the snow and the dark! In return, you’ll have a unique experience, enjoyed by few others on the planet. You’ll be rewarded with fantastic other-worldly snow-scapes and acres of stars in night-time Polar skies.
The CPMO is hosted at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). Here, they support the National Science Foundation’s US Antarctic Program (USAP) and they seek a doctor to work at one of the scientific research stations in Antarctica.
The Amundsen-Scott South Pole station is one of the most isolated places on earth. CPMO are looking for an Emergency or Family Medicine physician with acute care experience who is up for the challenge of working at 10,000 feet during the depths of the Antarctic Winter.
While the clinical load is light, the opportunity to work in this remote situation will be attractive to physicians with interests in extreme/remote or altitude medicine. Practice medicine under the Aurora Australis and see the Milky Way as few others ever will, all while providing health care to the station crew.
The South Pole Station carries out exciting research in astronomy, weather, geology and supports other science missions. Deployments are 9 months, and US citizenship is required. Warm, shared accommodation is provided as are recreational facilities, internet and telephone access. CPMO are also recruiting for winter staff at the McMurdo and Palmer Stations.
For more information, please visit www.usap.gov or www.utmb.edu/polar
Call 409-772-3626 if you are interested or apply on-line at www.utmb.edu/polar.
Secure complimentary flights from Miami to board expedition ship, National Geographic Explorer in Buenos Aires on 7th December for the iconic Antarctic Medical Conference, when you book with Lindblad Expeditions & mention Expedition & Wilderness Medicine’s medical conference.
Expect breathtaking scenery and huge photo opportunities on this voyage; whales, penguins & a multitude of seabirds: 7th – 20th December. With CME content accredited for 10 hours by the Wilderness Medicine Society and delivered by Dr Alex Kumar.
To read more about this life changing experience visit our Antarctic web-page HERE
This offer is time limited and due to expire 3oth June 2015, so don’t hang around.
If taking part in research that paves the way for space exploration appeals, then the European Space Agency would like to hear from you. You will spend 12 months living in one of the most secluded places on earth at the remote Concordia Antarctic station. After training spacecraft pilot training, you will conduct simulations and various experiments which will assist space mission designers. Applicants must be from an ESA Member State. Application deadline 1 April.
Medicine in the wilderness by Nick Johns-wickberg – see the full article here
Dr John Apps’ career in wilderness medicine has taken him on some extraordinary adventures. He now passes on his skills to other doctors.
There aren’t many people in the world who can run a marathon, let alone one at nearly 5000 metres elevation through the Himalayas. Rarer yet is a doctor who can keep up with the runners and tend to them in harsh conditions if anything goes wrong. John Apps is such a doctor. Overseeing the medical services for the Everest Marathon is all in a day’s work for the British-born adventure doctor and part-time GP.
‘I stationed a number of doctors on the descent route and my job was to jog behind the slowest person,’ Apps said. ‘There’s a lot of up and down, there’s a lot of rough ground, a lot of yaks to avoid.’
Apps’ work throws a wide range of challenges his way – yaks included. Overseeing the marathon isn’t easy, but Apps said the hardest part of that job is convincing the ultra-competitive runners to take it easy while acclimatising to the high altitude. He has also provided medical support for an extreme marathon in Antarctica, where the flatness of the course is offset by the fact that, as he puts it,
‘it’s just blooming cold’.
‘You’re hauling in all these huge lungfuls of air at minus 15°C and it does take it out of people,’.
— POSITION FILLED —
On 6 December 2012, on board the expedition’s South African ice-strengthened research ship, ‘SA Agulhas’, the expedition team – led by Sir Ranulph – will leave London , bound for Antarctica. Their aim is to complete ‘The Coldest Journey’ – the first-ever trans-Antarctic winter expedition. The Coldest Journey will also attempt to raise USD10 million for Seeing is Believing, a global charitable initiative to fight avoidable blindness. During their sea voyage, the team will undertake a number of scientific tasks to provide unique data on marine life, oceanography and meteorology. Using the very latest technological innovations, this epoch-making journey will pave the way for a new dawn in Antarctic, year-round exploration.
On 21 March 2013, the equinox, the six expedition members will begin a six month journey to reach the Ross Sea. Their route from the Russian base of Novolazareskaya (‘Novo’) to Captain Scott’s base at McMurdo Sound – via the South Pole – will test the limits of human endurance. During this six month period the expedition team will travel nearly 4,000 kilometres, mostly in complete darkness in temperatures as low as -90°C. The expedition team will have to be entirely self-sufficient and there will be no search and rescue facility available, as aircraft cannot penetrate inland during winter, due to darkness and risk of fuel freezing.
The post is unpaid, essentially without support from the outside work but is one of the last great expeditions and certainly one of the most significant of this decade
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In July 2011, Queenstown welcomed the course participants with a bitter winter storm: minus 14 degrees, a heavy snow fall, flight cancellations and road closures. This was the second big snow fall of the winter and we were thankful to arrive safely at the Lodge set high on the Pisa range to enjoy good food and great company. Course convener Dr Simon Dalton and the other staff (Dr Sean Hudson, Dr Dick Price and Mr Simon Murfin) welcomed participants to the course, and kicked things off with an introductory lecture on polar medicine and standard operating procedures.
After an early night everyone was ready to acquire the practical skills required for life in this cold environment. We started off with an introduction to snowmobiles – the mechanics, recovering stuck machines, riding and rescue techniques. After a while confidence and doughnuts, grew dramatically, until our arms were exhausted. Then we moved onto the care and use of dogs as a means of transport. Local enthusiasts introduced us to their packs and discussed general care and handling (not to mention some of the dog sledding journeys and races which they had competed in). We each took the dogs for a run by ourselves, gaining an appreciation for the affinity so many polar explorers, scientists and locals have for the enthusiastic Husky and Malamute.
In the evening we had an informative and inspiring talk on hypothermia, cold water immersion and frostbite – tales from the reaches of Everest’s summit to Scott Base and lonely polar research boats. The session covered recognition and management of these important conditions as well as their underlying pathophysiology and an overview of the limitations imposed by the wilderness environment. We then proceeded to hear much more about Dr Dick Price’s amazing life and career; from hair-raising mountain rescues to idyllic igloo building with his son.
Another beautiful dawn brought with it cross country skiing and an overview of the history and development of skiing as a sport and means of transport. Great practice for what was to come! Another half day was spent on navigation techniques in the often confusing white cold landscape. We also had introductions to the principles and practice of fire lighting and snow caving. Evening lectures covered altitude related illness and pre-expedition planning.
Wednesday brought preparation for our own fast approaching overnight expedition. We covered some practical scenarios, wilderness resuscitation, avalanche safety as well as transceivers and communications. The afternoon brought tutorials in stoves, shelter building and a briefing for our trip. We rounded off the day with a movie on Shackleton’s amazing Antarctic adventure and later that evening guest speaker Marcus Waters described some of his expeditions kayaking in the Antarctic Circle and skiing across the Greenland ice sheet – a real eye opener to the realities of Polar travel.
As the sun rose again and the skies changed from black to purple and pink to blue, we picked up our skis, fully prepared for an overnight expedition out into the wilderness. The morning was spent passing through iconic Pisa Range valleys, and quite a few spills and tumbles. We eventually made it to the selected spot for a late lunch and then shelter building. The afternoon was spent jumping, shoveling and carrying until quinsy’s, igloos and snow caves were fitted out with all our kit. After soup, pasta and chocolate for dinner, Dick set off some celebratory fireworks and a surprisingly comfortable, warm sleep was had.
Yet another fresh clear day followed, and after jumping on our snow cave (just as one delights in destroying a sand castle, except with notably more effort) we packed our bags and skied back to the lodge. At the lodge, there was a rush for the showers, but by lunch time everyone was enthusiastically chatting about their snow cave experience.
As we glumly packed our bags, and pulled out the expedition handbook for reading on the bus back to Queenstown, we reflected on the week. Certainly for most people the course taught much about survival in cold and remote areas. Another important aspect of the week was the camaraderie generated between participants. I’m sure the newly struck friendships will continue for many years to come.
Further information on Expedition & Wilderness Medicine UK’s CME approved courses for medical professionals may be found at: www.expeditionmedicine.co.uk
Expedition & Wilderness Medicine’s Polar Medical Skills course is set in Northern Norway near the town of Alta within the Arctic Circle. It runs over a 6-day period, at the height of the Arctic winter. It represents, we believe, one of the best presented and comprehensive winter medical skills courses in Europe and routinely receives outstanding feedback from its delegates.
Earlier this year, as the British winter was beginning to thaw, I ventured over to northern Norway, within the Arctic Circle, to spend the week learning about expedition medicine in an extreme environment. Expedition Medicine’s Polar medicine course aims to equip medics with the skills required to safely manage casualties in the wilderness. The course is led by experienced expedition medics alongside ex-Royal Marine instructors and is structured around learning winter survival skills in the field, followed by evening lectures once the polar daylight fades. Our group was made up of 23 doctors from a variety of countries, grades and specialities. Some had previous expedition experience, although this is not a prerequisite for the course. Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and enthusiasm to participate would be encouraged to attend. For me, the opportunity to get out of the classroom and gain some expedition experience with some inspiring people makes it one of the best medical courses I have attended.
*InnovAiT is the RCGP journal that promotes excellence in primary care through quality education. It was developed to support Associates in Training (AiTs) of the Royal College of General Practitioners from entry into specialist training to qualification. It is also a valuable resource for; GP trainers, trained GPs who wish to update and maintain their knowledge base, newly qualified (First5) GPs wanting to extend their knowledge, practice and community nurses, and foundation level doctors and medical students contemplating a career in primary care.
The course will feature a presentation by Marcus Walters, famous for sea kayaking around the coast of South Georgia, the Antarctic Peninsula and most recently for crossing Greenland on skis.
24 October 2011 to 08 November 2011
Marcus Waters| A biography;
Marcus comes from a family of adventurers: his father was a former deputy director at New Zealand´s Outward Bound school and his brother Sean named NZ 2006 ‘Mountaineer of the Year’. Whilst Marcus has climbed, paddled and skied all over the world it is as much the emotional draw of wild places that leads him to adventure as the physical pursuit.
As a founding member of the Adventure Philosophy team he has shaped the team´s philosophy and values enabling their successful ‘world first’ adventures beyond their initial 2001 kayak traverse of the Antarctic Peninsula. His leadership, strategic view and planning ability ensure Adventure Philosophy expeditions turn up to the right starting line with the right kit. He spent many years management consulting and now works as a Human Resource Manager with the Christchurch City Council.
He has a special talent for turning lessons learnt in the wild into life changing presentations and principles for individuals and motivational practices for businesses. His charitable work includes the Adventure Philosophy Gore-tex Good for Life youth scholarship and is Chairman of the Canterbury, Westland Te Araroa Trust (establishing a walking trail the lenght of NZ).
He balances the carbon footprint he creates through his adventures with the thousands of trees he and his partner and two children have planted on their bit of land outside Christchurch.
Wilderness Medicine CME accredited training courses.
Expedition and Wilderness is proud to sponsor the International Scott Centenary Expedition ISCE.
The story of Captain Robert Falcon Scott RN (1868 -1912) is one of the greatest epic tales in human history. Through h
is life, which he dedicated to the scientific exploration of the Antarctic regions, and in his heroic death, he has inspired the lives of many. His work paved the way for the modern Antarctic as a continent for science and international co-operation.
Scott’s British Antarctic Expedition (1910 -1913) was not, however, in the business of creating heroes. The main objective, as expressed by Scott in his prospectus, was “To reach the South Pole and to secure for the British Empire the honour of this achievement”. The expedition had further objectives in scientific research and geographical exploration and intended to make “…bagging the Pole merely an item in the results”. To achieve this, Scott took with him the most extensive team of scientists to visit Antarctica during the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration.
Their wide ranging achievements were overshadowed by what became the loss of the race to the South Pole to the Norwegian Roald Amundsen and the subsequent death of Captain Scott and the Polar Party. Nevertheless their efforts paved the way for the foundation of modern polar studies with the foundation of the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge as a national memorial to Captain Scott and the Polar Party. This has ensured the continuation of their legacy of scientific exploration to this day.
With 2012 marking the centenary of the deaths of Captain Scott and the Polar Party, there is no better time to remember the achievements of the expedition, to raise the public’s awareness of the role that the expedition members played towards advancing polar research and to commemorate those who gave their lives – Captain Scott RN, Dr Wilson, Lieutenant Bowers RIM, Captain Oates and Petty Officer Evans RN.
Feedback on our recent Polar Medicine training course in Norway has clearly affected some of the course delegates by creating a need for ‘biggles-speak’…
PapaFoxtrot calling Red Leaders AlphaHotel, AlphaCharlie, DeltaBravo, Bravo and Delta
Congrats on recent Operation Polar Bear
Bunks and chow excellent
Red Leaders all SPLENDID
Hope all returned to base safely
Please pass on to all members of Polar Bear as don’t have call signs
Do you read me ?
New course announcement. Expedition Medicine is heading into the Southern Hemisphere! Join us on our inaugural New Zealand Polar Medicine course next July – based on the South Island near the winter sports mecca of Queenstown – spaces are strictly so register your interest now!
And we have been happy to supply – keep you eye for the series in Frostbite featuring images by Mark Hannaford director of Expedition Medicine.
Another superb Expedition and Wilderness Medicine training course in Keswick
The Great North Air Ambulance, dedicated to Expedition Medicine facualty member Dr Rupert Bennett sadly killed in a climbing accident on Ben Nevis, lands as part of a search and rescue training scenerio on the course which aims to prepared medics for working in remote locations and is accredited by the Wilderness Medical Society.
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A dispatch from our Polar Medicine instructor Per Thore Hansen after his epic sea kayak expedition in Svarlbard. ‘Back in Longyearbyen. All well 14 bears, had to scare away 4 of them that was walking into the camp. 550 kilometre paddling , 30 kilometre pulling 100 kilo kajak over the glacier. Surfing in 5 meter waves! Good fun…!’