A world first. International Postgraduate Medical Degree offered in collaboration with Extreme Medicine and the University of Exeter, a World Top 100 University.

1 January 2016
A world first.  The Extreme Medicine International Medical Degree programme offered in collaboration with Extreme Medicine and the University of Exeter, a World Top 100 University.
International Postgraduate Medical Degree Program

We are extremely proud to be working with The University of Exeter, a world top 100 university, to deliver a credible and academically sound International postgraduate medical degree program in Extreme Medicine.

Patrons. Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Dr David Nott.

The first intake of students is scheduled for September 2016, to mirror the academic year.

Clinical governance and demonstration of core skills and competencies are core values of modern medicine and we have developed our Extreme Medicine Diploma & Masters Programme to fit with this. There is an expected consensus paper from the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, and the Faculty of Prehospital Care, detailing expected competencies for providing travel and expedition medicine. The Masters Programme is designed around this curriculum for the first sixty credits and will give you a high-quality postgraduate medical diploma and MSc qualification.

Here at Extreme Medicine, we are passionate about exploring the breadth and depth of Expedition, Wilderness and Extreme Medicine and the Medical Degree Program will allow you to build a bespoke programme to fit with your interests and passion.  Go to Exeter University Medical School

The Lancet Medical Press
Recent Lancet articles have highlighted to growing interest in Extreme Medicine.

‘I am delighted that these two papers are now in press. I think they reflect many of the sentiments and thrust of the hugely successful Extreme Medicine Conferences.’   Professor Chris Imray.

So what does the Post Graduate Medical Diploma/ Masters Programme in Extreme Medicine involve?
A Post Graduate Masters programme is made up of 180 credits earned over three years. This is divided into individual years of 60 credits each. Each credit in any reputable university-based Masters Programme is equivalent to 10 hours of learning time. These hours include all reading, written work and practical work. Let’s break this down more into the individual years.
Year 1 – Post Graduate Certificate in Extreme Medicine This gives the first 60 credits and on finishing this you will be awarded The Post Graduate Certificate in Extreme Medicine (PgCert Extreme Medicine). You will have an in-depth knowledge of expedition medicine and how to reflect on your own work and also critically appraise that of others. This is the qualification that will demonstrate a sound knowledge of Expedition Medicine, and as regulation tightens, you will be able to use this to prove the required level of knowledge and skill. Some people will choose to stop at this point however, we anticipate most students will want to progress to the Diploma and MSc levels.
This first year is made up of the following core modules Introductory weekend module
This will be a key weekend to set the scene and define the learning skills needed, the work to be covered in the year and the structure of the course. This will either be based in the University of Exeter or form a preface to the Expedition and Wilderness Medicine course below; a detail to be confirmed.


Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Course module – 30 Credits
This module will provide half the credits for the PgCert and forms the bulk of the knowledge base. Students will attend a UK based Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Course at a venue of their choice. The venues are the Lake District, Snowdonia and Dartmoor; all stunning locations.

This course will be lecture and practical based and will give the basic overview needed. You will then be able to use this framework to undertake self-directed learning to expand your knowledge and learn to critically think about expedition planning and logistics. The key ethos behind Masters level learning is to be able to interpret information, critically appraise it then make informed and reasoned arguments in presented work. You will be able to demonstrate this approach in the 5000-word project where you will be given a choice of hypothetical scenarios to plan for. Successful completion of this project will award 30 credits. This will need to be an in-depth piece of work that shows a high level of thinking and planning and should go beyond just the medicine.

UK Based Trauma Course – 15 credits
The leading cause of injury and death overseas is trauma, in particular, road traffic collisions. Trauma care at the roadside is a vital skill to have and this will be taught on the established four-day Trauma Course. This trauma course is also accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

The course will cover all the important skills for trauma management at the roadside. As part of this, you will be given a short evidence research project to undertake on one aspect of trauma care that would be relevant to being an overseas medic.

Leadership and Situational Awareness Module – 15 credits
This module has been designed to provide challenge in a supportive and formative team environment. This will be a weekend on Dartmoor and will be a rolling set of overlapping challenges designed to test the application of knowledge, lateral thinking and resourcefulness. It will run from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon including an overnight on the moor. Expect the unexpected. Following this, there will be debriefing and then a short written piece. There is no pass or fail on this, however, the value will come from personal insights and reflection on these and how to apply your learning to self-development.

Year 2 – Post-Graduate Medical Diploma in Extreme Medicine – 60 credits
Using the skills you have developed in year one, you will be able to choose elective modules to learn about specific areas of Expedition Medicine in more depth. Prime examples would be High Altitude Medicine, Polar Medicine, Dive Medicine, Tropical Medicine, Medicine in Hot Environments, Leadership and Situational Awareness, Logistics, Disaster Relief, Global Health and Prehospital Trauma Care. Ideally, you would plan some form of practical experience in the fields you choose.

Each module will be assessed on your learning log and a written piece of 5000 words for each module. On successful completion of this module, you will be awarded the International Diploma in Extreme Medicine from the University of Exeter and Extreme Medicine.

This is a higher level postgraduate qualification and will allow you to demonstrate in-depth knowledge in your chosen fields.

Year 3 – MSc in Extreme Medicine – 60 credits
This is the final year and will be 60 credits based on a relevant research project, a significant overseas project or challenge.  You will be given the opportunity to present your project at the annual highly acclaimed Extreme Medicine Conference.

Additional information
The international postgraduate Diploma & Masters Programme in Extreme Medicine is delivered by Extreme Medicine and The University of Exeter Medical School in partnership. Participants will be students of Exeter University and will have access to the facilities and resources.

The programme is designed for people who work busy jobs and a good proportion of the work can be completed in your own time at home.  Find out about this medical diploma program.

There will be tutor support by email and also bi-monthly reviews of progress and learning logs.

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With our thanks, on behalf of Extreme Medicine,

Mark Hannaford FRGS FRSA, Managing Director, Expedition & Wilderness Medicine.
Dr Alex Rowe, Medical Director, Expedition & Wilderness Medicine.
Dr Malcolm Hilton, Hospital Sub-Dean, University of Exeter Medical School

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