Expedition & Wilderness Medicine is delighted to announce the revival of its very popular internship on each of our UK based Expedition & Wilderness courses.
We hold three courses per year, visiting Keswick in March, Plas y Brenin in May but we’re kicking off the programme in Dartmoor this November.
We are a friendly, easy going, but hard working bunch who are used to long days, little rest and working together to get a job done. We do this with a ready smile and a can do attitude which very much reflects the EWM philosophy. As an intern we’d like you to be slot into our team straight away and be happy to muck in when and wherever we need you.
If you’re interested in joining us as an intern, you will need to make your own way to the course location on the afternoon prior to the course and remain until we are packed away on the final day. You’ll stay in the faculty accommodation and may be required to assist with almost any part of setting up the course; everything from setting up seating, packing med bags, sorting out kit or directing course delegates to specific locations. In return, while with us as, we will make every effort to ensure you are able to attend each lecture and workshop and of course, you’ll get to know our incredible faculty.
The next intern position available, will be for our Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course based in Dartmoor 16-19 November. You’ll need to get yourself to the venue, but we will provide all your home comforts for you.
We welcome applications from the UK and overseas but are not able to reimburse travel expenses. To submit your application for consideration, please send us:
- A recent CV with an outdoor image of yourself (we reserve the right to use this image for marketing purposes).
- Something that tells us about you and your achievements – this can take any form, but use this as your opportunity to sell yourself to us.
- A covering letter telling us why you would make a good intern – max 300 words.
In return we only ask for your good humour, entertaining company, a course write up to be supplied to us with one month and agreement to make yourself available for a telephone interview post course.
Email your enquiries and submissions to [email protected]
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The Extreme Medicine Conference in 2015 will be featuring the unique work of photographers working within a humanitarian setting, working with MSF, UN Photographer Rob Holden, the Phoenix Foundation and WarChild, the conferences charity of the year. Each individual and organisation will be presenting 20 images that will inspire, provoke thought but ultimately create a desire for change…
First we feature some of the photography from inspirational image maker Rob Holden from a series entitled ‘A Tribute to Health Workers’.
Rob Holden is a documentary photographer who has been engaged with global humanitarian issues for the past 20 years. Through his work Rob strives to connect with real people and communicate a meaningful message. Working for a range of organisations such as the UK Government, the United Nations and NGO’s, he has operated most notably in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iraq, Kosovo, Liberia, Pakistan, Sierra Leone and Nepal.
More recently, Rob spent several months in Ebola affected countries capturing images of health workers. Men and women who often go unrecognised for the critical work they play, and are risking their own lives to save the sick and dying, and protect the healthy from infection.
Health workers are the most important aspect of any health service. No health workers means no health service. The photo exhibition is devoted to honouring the dedication, selflessness, bravery and critical role of health workers who endeavour to help others, often in challenging and dangerous environments.
For further information: www.robholdenphotography.com
MORE ABOUT EXTREME MEDICINE ’15
Now in its fourth year, the World Extreme Medicine conference challenges thinking, builds bridges and shares new and more effective approaches to medical practice in the world’s most remote and austere locations.
The conference focuses on four related medical fields: Pre-Hospital, Disaster & Humanitarian, Expedition, and Extreme Medicine. Together, our programme of fascinating talks from world-renowned experts in their field – from Arctic explorers to vascular surgeons, remote medics to NASA personnel – and practical sessions on innovations and field-proven techniques and ‘hacks’, will inspire you and enhance your skills, helping you to become a more effective and highly valued practitioner of remote medicine.
INTERNATIONAL WORLD EXTREME MEDICINE CONFERENCE ’15 LONDON
London’s Air Ambulance & Extreme Medicine to host two-day Pre-Hospital Care Workshop
For 25 years London’s Air Ambulance has been at the forefront of pre-hospital emergency medicine, gaining a reputation for clinical excellence and pioneering procedures which have been adopted across the world.
Next month, ahead of the World Extreme Medicine Expo, on the 6th and 7th of November, London’s Air Ambulance is hosting a two-day Pre-Hospital Care Workshop as a precursor to the Extreme Medicine Conference 2014 to give delegates and medical practitioners an insight into the work of the charity and to share some of its advanced practices.
The charity has achieved survival figures for traumatic cardiac arrest and pre-hospital thoracotomy, and success rates for adult and paediatric intubation, which are among the highest in the world.
The workshop will give practitioners the opportunity to get involved with medical demonstrations and scenario based exercises while also providing access to the senior consultants and paramedics responsible for London’s Air Ambulance governance, major incident planning, research and innovation.
Speaking about the event, consultant and education lead, Dr Gareth Grier said: “London’s Air Ambulance has treated over 31,000 patients, which we recognise is a huge amount of experience and learning developed over 25 years. By passing on this knowledge we can help to drive excellence in pre-hospital care standards”.
“Many of the techniques we have pioneered have become widespread as a result of being heard and talked about at events such as this one. During the workshop we will be showcasing some of our more recent innovations, REBOA being one of them, discussing the future of pre-hospital care, challenging conventional wisdom and hopefully, inspiring the next generation of trauma specialists”.
Earlier this year London’s Air Ambulance became the first service to perform roadside balloon surgery to control severe internal bleeding on a patient who had fallen from height. Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) is just one of the practical demonstrations delegates can participate in amid a programme that will look at biological terrorism, crew resource management at complex pre-hospital scenes and the role of a UK pre-hospital doctor in the international response to humanitarian disasters.
Introduction and overview of London’s Air Ambulance and Pre-hospital Care in the UK
The role of a UK pre-hospital doctor in the international response to humanitarian disasters
Crew Resource Management at complex pre-hospital scenes
The medical response to major incidents in London
Pre-hospital advanced airway
Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA)
Pre-hospital blood transfusion in civilian trauma
Damage control anaesthesia – lessons from Afghanistan and London
Opportunities for medical students in pre-hospital care
Paramedic scene leadership during advanced pre-hospital interventions
Defying medical dogma – case studies from the pre-hospital phase
The future in pre-hospital care Nanorobots and suspended animation
Various scenario based training exercises
Operation Wallacea undertakes biodiversity monitoring and conservation research expeditions in countries across the tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. We need medics urgently for 2-8week contracts on a variety of expeditions including: Madagascar, Honduras and Mexico.
Many of our projects are in developing countries where medical facilities are poor, and we are generally based in remote areas, so we rely on the help of volunteer medics to join our teams and provide medical support for the staff and students on site. Accommodation, meals and a travel bursary (which varies in size depending on how long you are available for) will be provided.
Being a medic on expedition generally involves giving health and safety briefings to incoming participants, providing a daily clinic session and being available for emergencies at other times.
You are free to join the research projects for most of the time, as long as you remain within a reasonable distance of the camp at which you are based so it is a great opportunity to get out and involved in research and conservation in some truly amazing locations.
If this sounds like it may be of interest and you are free from two to eight weeks between June and August then please send a copy of your resume to Caroline Acton at [email protected]
We are privileged and humbled by all the support that this years Extreme Medicine Conference is receiving. We are so honoured that the London HEMS Team is joining us to offer a two pre conference Pre-Hospital Care Courses – talk about learning from the best!!
About London’s Air Ambulance is the charity that delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London. The service provides pre-hospital medical care at the scene of the incident and serves the 10 million people who live, work and commute within the M25.
Based at The Royal London Hospital and founded in 1989, the service operates 24/7, with the helicopter running in daylight hours and rapid response cars taking over at night and in adverse weather conditions.
The team, which at all times includes an advanced trauma doctor and paramedic, perform advanced medical interventions, normally only found in the hospital Emergency Department, in time critical, life threatening situations. Missions commonly involve serious road traffic collisions, falls from height, industrial accidents, assaults and injuries on the rail network.
London’s Air Ambulance has an international reputation for clinical excellence and delivers pioneering procedures that have been adopted across the world.
The Institute for Pre-Hospital Care. For twenty-five years, London’s Air Ambulance has been a leader in the development and practice of pre-hospital care. Through its research, innovation and education activities, as well as the professional affiliations and publications of its clinical leadership, it has influenced clinical guidelines, governance standards and the practice of numerous air ambulances, in the U.K. and abroad.
The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care at London’s Air Ambulance (www.IoPHC.co.uk) was founded in 2013 to build on and expand this influence. Its mission is to drive excellence in pre-hospital care standards and practice through research, innovation and education; and by fostering collaboration across medical disciplines and institutions dedicated to improving outcomes for people afflicted by critical injury and illness.
In 2014, The Institute created, and will deliver, the UK’s first undergraduate degree in pre-hospital medicine, in partnership with Queen Mary University of London.
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Cannes may have LaVie D’Adele, Berlinale the Child Pose and Venice some other film most of us will never see but the Big Three have nothing on the World Extreme Medicine Expositions First Annual Film Festival. We will have sharks, penguins, avalanches, glaciers, maybe sharks eating a penguin on a glacier and much more! Not to mention popcorn!
We all have something to share from our experiences and adventures and this is opportunity to do it.
We will be holding a film festival on October 29, 2013 from 19:30 – 22:30 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA.
This is a chance to display your photos and/or videos of your own “Extreme Adventures”, wildlife, or unique experiences.
Submissions are being limited to 1 entry per participant and presentations should not exceed 10 minutes. Send submissions to [email protected]
If you would like to make a donation to Extreme Medicine Conferences charity partner ‘Child in Hand’ it would be greatly appreciated.
We hope to see you there!
Stephen P. Wood,ACNP-BC,MS
Associate Director, Harvard Affiliated EMS/Disaster Medicine Fellowship Harvard Medical School Disaster Section
In association with the Wilderness Medical Society our UK Expedition Medicine Courses have now been accredited for 23.75 CME. This process will start in May at the Plas Y Brenin Course. We hope this will help you all in the process of gaining funding for your training and aid in your appraisal and revalidation.
The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Life In Luangwa , Zambia
“Doctor Emergency”! I had seen the blood spattered wheelbarrow parked on the veranda that served as the waiting room and now the sign of the shuffling flip flops told me I was about to meet its occupant. He entered the room uncertainly, supported between his two inebriated friends. The blood soaked tea towel adorning his head giving a big clue as to his presenting complaint. Removal revealed a 7inch gash across his forehead down to the skull. His helpful friends informed me it had been inflicted by an axe, two nights ago, in a fight and they excitedly asked me to examine his leg which had been stabbed by a spear.
Essential Healthcare Amid Dust and Desolation in Southeast Ethiopia
MSF doctor Anna Greenham describes work and life in the Somali region of Ethiopia
“Life in the Somali region of Ethiopia is tough. The rains have failed, food is running out and even the camels are dying of thirst. Add to this a complex armed conflict and you have a recipe for disaster. Nomadic people can’t find water or grazing for their livestock and are forced to travel huge distances to survive. Many have lost everything. Without a livelihood they move to the edge of towns where they live in squalid conditions in very basic shelters, unable to access clean water or food. It is in one of these small rural towns, Wardher, that MSF provides the only reliable health care for a dispersed population of about 40,000 people.
Pen Hadow’s latest expedition supported by HRH Prince of Wales is to be supported by the medical resources of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine.
The Catlin Arctic Survey Expedition is an international collaboration between polar explorers and some of the world’s foremost scientific bodies. It seeks to resolve one of the most important environmental questions of our time: How long will the Arctic Ocean’s sea ice cover remain a permanent feature of our planet?
The team will be travelling on foot, hauling sledges from 80°N 140°W, across 1200-km of disintegrating and shifting sea ice, for around 100 days, in temperatures from 0ºC down to -50°C.
Despite the technological advances of the 20th century, we still only have estimates of the thickness of the sea ice cover on the Arctic Ocean. Travelling across the sea ice, the Catlin Arctic Survey team will take precise measurements of its thickness and density. This will enable the programme’s Science Partners to determine, with a greater degree of accuracy, how long the ice cap will remain. Currently, its predicted meltdown date is anywhere between four and a hundred years from now.
The melting of the sea ice will accelerate climate change, sea level rise and habitat loss on a global scale. Its loss is also a powerful indicator of the effects of human activity on our planet’s natural systems and processes. The Survey’s scientific findings will be taken to the national negotiating teams working to replace the Kyoto Protocol agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference of Parties in Copenhagen in December 2009.
The Catlin Arctic Survey has developed and tested a portable, ice-penetrating radar. This will take continuous and detailed measurements of both the snow and ice layers along the 1200 km route.
Ground-breaking satellite communications equipment, developed specifically for this project, will allow the survey team to transmit their unfolding story directly from the ice to a global audience.
Expedition and Wilderness Medicine support for Commonwealth Championship for Mountain Running and Ultra Distance.
Expedition & Wilderness Medicine are to provide the medical cover for the Commonwealth Championship for Mountain Running and Ultra Distance. The events will run over four days in September 2009, and Keswick has been chosen as the venue.
Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Director, Dr Sean Hudson is acting as the Medical Director for the event and overseeing the medical care for the many international and local competitors who will be involved in a number high profile races. In conjunction with Across the Divide they will be managing the medical logistics and communication for the event.
Most of my diving has been in cold water. Not just the American definition of cold water, being anything less than 18ºC, but properly cold! UK winter diving of 5-6ºC for example, or Arctic Russia and Antarctic winter diving with sea temperature down to -1.8ºC, together with air temperature down to -20ºC.
We are really excited about our new course – following the same schedule as our Lakeland course and with many of the same inspirational faculty we have linked up with Dartmoor’s premier training faculty, the Heatree Centre located near Newton Abbot to provide an additional course in May.
We are hoping that will make the travelling time shorter for some of you and reduce to carbon footprint of the courses, we will of course be working with the Woodland Trust as well to identify one of their projects close by which the proceeds of the course will help support.