What is Hostile Medicine? [Podcast]

14 February 2024

When crisis strikes in austere environments, saving lives hinges on adapting emergency care to harsh realities on the ground. Enter Hostile Medicine – specialised protocols preparing medical professionals to operate at the edge of extreme hardship.

Whether responding to disasters, conflicts or remote rescues, some missions transcend textbooks to require resourcefulness honed through experience. 

As lead medic, how do you swiftly triage care when dust storms foil evacuation or critical equipment lies damaged? Texts never covered improvising tourniquets from debris or fuelling 36-hour transports across rugged wilderness. And that’s before even addressing security concerns…

Bridging this training gap, Hostile Medicine imprints both vital trauma skills and the mindset to stay cool under fire when patients’ lives hang in the balance.

→ Watch Surviving Hostile Environments: Inside the High Fidelity Training for NGOs with Scott King

What to Expect

The 7-day Hostile Environment Medicine course by World Extreme Medicine offers full immersion in the unforgiving Namibian bush. With no roads or hospitals for hundreds of miles, the striking yet harsh Ugab River Valley serves as the perfect isolated campus.

The intensive curriculum synthesises dynamic lectures and hands-on simulations to treat injuries and stabilise vitals in exceptionally austere settings. After covering core concepts, crisis scenarios scale in complexity and realism through the week:

  • Firearms Safety & Ballistic Injury Care
  • Tracking, Evasion & Wilderness Survival
  • Emergency Protocols in Resource-Limited Settings
  • Final Full-Scale Crisis Simulation with Special Effects

Where It Can Take Your Career

Completing this elite hostile medicine course opens up global career opportunities where emergency medical skills intersect adventure and frontier exploration.

Graduates gain real-world competencies that enable overseas deployments with reputable institutions like the UN or Médecins Sans Frontières when medical response teams mobilise worldwide.

You could also embed within scientific research expeditions in extreme climates, lead medical support for ultra-endurance events in remote areas or work with governmental agencies assessing new protocols.

Those forging this career path gain access to awe-inspiring experiences that fundamentally expand perspectives on patient care in adversity. 

Ultimately, the lifesaving skills and adaptability gained here can improve emergency response everywhere – whether in global hotspots or local hometown A&Es.


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