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Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Course

Plas y Brenin, UK

Course Dates

  • 05 May 2025 08:00 - 08 May 2025 15:30
  • 09 September 2024 08:00 - 12 September 2024 15:30

GBP £995.00

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

Our internationally-renowned four day Expedition and Wilderness Medicine course equips you with the essential skills and expertise to become a competent member of an expedition medical team.

Put your patient assessment, leadership, and communication abilities to the test in dynamic, simulated expedition scenarios at Snowdonia National Park. This rugged mountain region in North Wales is a renowned destination for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers.

Then, apply these invaluable lessons to elevate your practice, whether you’re venturing into new wilderness terrain or taking on challenges in hospital settings.

The skills you’ll sharpen for expedition medicine will serve you in any medical context.

Sign-up now for just a £200 deposit.

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What To Expect

Surrounded by the majestic peaks of Snowdonia, Plas y Brenin offers a gateway to some of the most stunning landscapes in the country

Join our esteemed alumni network as you contribute to expeditions worldwide, respond to emergencies, and secure placements with prestigious organisations like Raleigh International, UK-Med, Team Rubicon, and Médecins Sans Frontières.

During the initial three days, immerse yourself in a dynamic learning environment, with your time evenly split between lectures and group activities.

Evenings offer opportunities for camaraderie, engaging tasks, and enlightening guest lectures.

Culminating on the final day, you’ll participate in a real-time search and rescue scenario, applying your newfound skills to locate, rescue, treat, and evacuate a simulated casualty.

Our Expedition and Wilderness Medicine course is meticulously crafted to provide the most comprehensive introductory training available for medics.

Led by expert instructors, the course seamlessly integrates captivating lectures with hands-on practical skills essential for success in the field:

  • 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

Return home transformed, brimming with newfound confidence, resilience, and skills that will enhance your practice for years to come.

Hear From Past Expedition & Wilderness Attendees

What went well on your Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course?

“Honestly a top grade course with outstanding staff. I learnt so much I’m hoping to take these skills back with me to the road.”

“Lectures were interesting and delivered in an engaging way. Workshops were well structured and practical.”

“Great balance of practical and theoretical, fun dynamic atmosphere, social and cohesive faculty and group, well-packed schedule, excellent overview, broad range of interesting topics covered with signposting to more specific resources / courses.”

What was the single most valuable thing you learnt from your Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course?

“There is a huge range of possibilities and opportunities outside the walls of the hospital to incorporate the outdoors, some adventure and medicine together.”

“I learnt so much, but I think mostly I learnt the importance of planning and how to adapt your practice to the environment you are in.”

“Self-confidence, self-reliance, social skills, potentials for adventure and networking with like-minded individuals.”

Key Facts

Is this course right for you?

This course is perfect for healthcare professionals and students interested in applying their clinical knowledge and skills to expedition and adventure settings.

We also welcome those with an expedition background who have existing wilderness or advanced first aid training and are eager to develop their skillset further.

  • CPD: The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh have awarded this course 24 CPD hours.
  • FAWM: This course has been approved for Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) credits through the Wilderness Medical Society. Actual credits awarded depend on personal credit needs and history.

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

Your Safety & Kit List Preparation

The comprehensive curriculum and field scenarios are carefully designed to push your limits while mitigating risks.

We take every precaution to keep participants safe by:

  • Rigorous gear checks before all expedition days
  • Mandatory evacuation insurance policies
  • Close coordination with local emergency responders

Kit List
Unpredictable weather is common meaning poor kit preparation can be dangerous and could preclude you from activities. You will be outside for at least 4 hours each day, so please make sure to review our Expedition & Wilderness Kit List before arriving.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

We highly recommend arriving the day before the course. You can book additional accommodation for the Sunday night directly with Plas y Brenin. When making travel plans, we find Rome2Rio a super helpful site. Here you can discover various door-to-door travel options both internationally and from within the UK.

Talk To Our Team

If you wish to learn more or have any additional questions, we invite you to book a 30-minute discovery call with our team.

→ Click here to book a discovery call.

The call will be with the team who organise our courses, and work closely with our medical teaching faculty. They are best placed to really explain what our attendees get out of attending a course with us.

Register for a time that suits, and we look forward to speaking with you soon.

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