Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Course

Keswick, UK

  • 13 March 2023 08:00 - 16 March 2023 15:30
  • 25 September 2023 08:00 - 28 September 2023 15:30


Take your training into the field and open up a whole new world of travel and opportunity.

This is medicine at the sharp end. Our internationally-renowned four day Expedition and Wilderness Medicine course gives you all the skills and expertise you need to become a competent member of an expedition medical team.

Join us on the road to adventure.

CPD Award: This course has been awarded 24 CPD hours by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Key Facts

You must be a:

  • Medical or Allied Health Professional
  • Student in your last two years of study


  • 13 – 16 March, 2023
  • 25 – 28 September, 2023

Location: Cumbria

CPD Award: This course has been awarded 24 CPD hours by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

What’s included:

  • Tutoring, accommodation and meals
  • Downloadable course resources
  • Safety equipment

What’s not:

  • Travel costs
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal equipment
  • Drinks and food from the bar

Expedition and Wilderness Medicine - Keswick

Re-energise your career and set your sights on new horizons. These four days of inspiring training open up the world of expedition medicine to all medical professionals.

The Lake District was the site of the very first Expedition and Wilderness Medicine course. Over the years, we’ve watched our alumni take part in expeditions across the globe, respond to emergencies or natural disasters and gain placements with organisations such us Raleigh International, UK-Med, Team Rubicon and Médecins Sans Frontières.

All this is out there for the taking – this is your route to adventure.

What to expect

Our Expedition and Wilderness Medicine course is designed to be the most comprehensive introductory training course available to medics. Our experts blend engaging lectures with plenty of hands-on practical skills essential to all expedition medics.

For the first three days, your time will be split 50/50 between lectures and practical group work. By evening you’ll enjoy socialising, challenge tasks and special guest lectures. The final day focuses on a real-time search and rescue scenario where you will combine your skills to locate, rescue, treat and evacuate a casualty.

We’ll make sure you’re prepared with all the safety equipment you need and the WEM care package which includes a 10L dry bag.

Course Content

  • Overview of Expedition & Wilderness Medicine
  • Human Factors
  • Crew Resource Management
  • Pre-Expedition Planning
  • Pre-Existing and Common Conditions
  • Dentistry
  • Introduction to Trauma in Resource Poor Settings
  • Primary Survey
  • Spinal Immobilisation
  • Road Traffic Collisions
  • Fracture Management
  • Catastrophic Bleeding
  • Analgesia
  • Aeromedical Rescue
  • Security on expeditions
  • Hills skill
  • Medicine in Tropical Environments
  • Medicine in Hot Environments
  • Altitude Medicine
  • Medicine in Cold Environments
  • Dive Medicine
  • Water Purification
  • Comms
  • Wound Care
  • Medical Kits
  • Public Health
  • Mental Health
  • Medico-Legal Considerations
  • Search & Rescue Exercise

What you need to know

We highly recommend arriving the day before the course. You are free to book your own additional accommodation for the Sunday night – we recommend the Derwentwater Independent Hostel.

Please ensure that you follow the kit list and pack adequately. Heavy rain, driving winds and low temperatures are common in the Lake District. Poor kit can be dangerous and could preclude you from some activities. Having said that, stay hopeful – we do often enjoy T-shirt weather!

Kit List

UK Kit List – Keswick, Plas y Brenin & Corfe Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Courses

During the course we’ll deliver lectures and evening talks indoors, more practical topics -will be delivered outside, unless harsh weather impacts the quality of delivery. You should therefore plan to be outside for at least 3 hours a day and ensure you pack adequate kit which anticipates a changeable British climate.

As a minimum you must bring:

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Sturdy walking boots
  • Hat, gloves etc
  • Outdoor clothing – comprising of base, mid and outer layers
  • Spare set of outdoor clothing in case you get wet!
  • Warm fleece or top
  • Casual clothing for the evening
  • Daypack – with a waterproof shell (to keep your spare clothes dry!)
  • Water bottle
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Headtorch
  • Personal toiletries including a towel

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