With accreditation arriving from the Wilderness Medicinal Society being followed swiftly by that of the MBEMSC for the World Extreme Medicine Conference at Harvard Medical School
The WMS has accredited the conference with both CME and Fellowship of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) points for a total of 33.25 CME Credit hours
MBEMSC has accredited the conference with 31 hours of continuos education points
Since 1983, when three young physicians conceived the idea for the Wilderness Medical Society, a great deal has been accomplished. Early leaders identified areas of interest that have since become pillars of the curriculum for wilderness medicine education, including CME programs, medical school rotations, outdoor programs and FAWM criteria (see below). In addition to the Society’s annual meeting, it also sponsors topic specific meetings (e.g. Winter Wilderness Medicine and Dive Medicine) and the quadrennial World Congress in Wilderness Medicine.
The commitment of the WMS to embrace academic excellence and to deliver innovative services to its members shines through in this dramatic initiative. The Academy of Wilderness Medicine ties together the various aspects of wilderness medicine academia and the Society’s unique member services in new and creative ways. The Academy is a modular system of adult education that organizes the broad range of information in the discipline of Wilderness Medicine. It delivers them in a professionally packaged, standardized fashion according to modern concepts of medical education using objectives as the basis for learning experiences and outcomes evaluation where appropriate.
The backbone of the Academy is its core curriculum. This repository of Wilderness Medicine topics is standardized for content and format. While organizing the delivery of WM information to our members, the curriculum is designed for growth and employs a flexible cataloguing system to track both lessons and learners. The curriculum is intended to serve all Society educational activities through program design, curriculum review, lesson and topic materials, and outcomes assessment products. It encompasses written syllabus materials with accompanying lesson objectives, electronic presentations, as well as testing vehicles.
The most visible of the Academy’s modular programs, and the one that promises to be the most popular, is the Fellowship program (Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine™ or FAWM). This initiative offers a means to identify those who have achieved a demanding set of requirements validating their training and experience in Wilderness Medicine for the assurances of patients, clients, and the public at large. Society members enroll in the Academy and, by completing lessons from a pre-established Wilderness Medicine curriculum as well as receiving credit for specific, identifiable experience; accumulate credit toward becoming a Fellow. Any current member of the Wilderness Medical Society who successfully completes the requirements will have the distinction of being a registered member of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine and entitled to use the designation Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) and may reference it on resumes, business cards, and advertisements.
EMS Region IV, is the agency designated by the DPH to coordinate the delivery of emergency medical services, as defined by 105 CMR 170.100 – 170.106, within the sixty-one cities and towns comprising the Metropolitan Boston Area. The Region, which extends north as far as Wilmington and Littleton, west as far as Marlborough and Hopkinton, and south as far as Wrentham and Hanover, serves as residence to over 2 million people, and accounts for close to 1 million emergency department visits in the Region’s hospitals each year.