The ‘David Weil Extreme Medicine Award’ (DWEMA) and is by invitation only however, nominations of worthy candidates are welcome for the 2014 Extreme Medicine Conference which will take place at the Royal Society of Medicine in London 26 – 29 October 2014.
To nominate please contact Mark Hannaford, Managing Director, Expedition & Wilderness Medicine; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Extreme Medicine Conference which this year is taking place at the end of this month at Harvard Medical School funding to two medics to attend under a sponsorship arrangement has been provided.
The sponsorship scheme was set up to enable worthy medical candidates, who otherwise might not be able to afford, to attend the conference. The learning’s would then be applied to medicine provided in extreme, front line, disaster & relief environments and in turn relieve suffering and advance medical care in the situations where typically treatment would be lacking. The award also serves to promote new qualified individuals who show great promise in the area of disaster, humanitarian and remote medicine.
David is a Hong Kong/ London based entrepreneur who is passionate about using his resources to make positive social change and has supported EWM for a number of years and he has offered to cover the following expenses;
- Travel & expenses from your home to the conference and return
- Food & Accommodation whilst at the conference
- Free entry to both the Pre Conference workshop running on the preceding weekend and the Conference itself
- Winners have the right to call yourself joint-winner of the 2013 David Weil Extreme Medicine Award to use the conference logos and branding in an appropriate manner
This years winners are;
Dr. Anushavan Virabyan is the Vice Chairman for Disaster and Emergency Medicine at Yerevan State University in Armenia. He is a practicing Cardiologist and Emergency Physician with more than 35 years’ experience. He completed his medical training in 1979 and has specialized in pre-hospital medicine during his career. Dr. Virabyan is married with two children and is fluent in Armenian, Russian, and English. He currently lives in Yerevan Armenia.
He was announced as the best emergency physician in 2013 by the Ministry of Health of Armenia.
Dr. Virabyan became an Emergency Physician at No. 5 Ambulance sub-station, Yerevan Armenia in 1979 and rapidly rose to become a Cardio-Reanimatologist in 1981, and then Chief of that station in 1991. He remains in that position today. The Yerevan city ambulance service responds to nearly 600 ambulance calls per day in and around that capital city. Ambulance station No. 5 is one of the largest stations in the city.
In 1994 Dr. Virabyan became Director of the Emergency and Disaster Medicine Regional Training Center, a jointly sponsored program between the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Boston University School of Medicine, the American International Health Alliance (AIHA), and the Armenian Ministry of Health. This center served as the first and the model for a system of centers that grew to number 16 throughout the former Soviet Union. Under Dr. Virabyan’s direction the center grew to serve all of Armenia in Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Emergency Medicine, and Disaster Medicine training. As the first and model center for the AIHA network of training centers, Dr. Virabyan’s center received numerous awards and accolades for cutting-edge Emergency and Disaster training. From 1994-2002, the center trained nearly 10,000 students and hosted a number of international conferences and training sessions. Under the leadership of Dr. Virabyan, the Yerevan center became the flagship center of the American International Health Alliance network, and was featured prominently in its advertisements and website.
Dr. Anushavan Virabyan continues to serve Armenia as one of its leaders in the medical field, and a pioneer in the fields of Emergency and Disaster Medicine. He has written over 20 published papers and continues to teach young medical students and residents. He was recently appointed Vice President of the Armenian Ambulance Association and helps to drive policy through that position. Armenian history will show that through Dr. Anushavan Virabyan’s forward thinking and advanced training programs, he pioneered the establishment of the fields of Emergency Medicine and Disaster Medicine, revolutionizing the way Emergency care is provided in that country.
Sam was born in London and lived in Essex, enjoying a life in Music during school and college there. He made the decision to enter medicine late and now studies at the University of Manchester, after completing a foundation year for widening access. He is currently fourth year.
Last year he took a year out and intercalated, gaining a BSc in Tropical Disease Biology from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Although his research focus was on the laboratory growth of filarial parasites, it was there he found a way to begin accessing the sphere of humanitarian medicine, and could begin to further his interest in the structure of humanitarian response and disaster/tropical medicine. He is currently helping to organise a conference on Health in Humanitarian Settings at the LSTM, and is beginning research with members of the HCRI in Manchester. He hopes to enter the world of humanitarianism after FY1/FY2 years.
- Extreme Medicine Conference, Harvard Medical School, Boston
- Extreme Medicine Conference, Royal Society of Medicine, London