Medicine at minus 25 (one of the best medical courses I have attended.)
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.