Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Course

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Course Dates

  • 15 April 2024 08:30 - 19 April 2024 17:00
  • 16 October 2023 08:30 - 20 October 2023 17:00


Contact [email protected] if you wish to be placed on the waiting list for a space on this course.

Take your training into the field and open up a whole new world of travel and opportunity. Our internationally-renowned Expedition and Wilderness Medicine course gives you all the skills and expertise you need to become a competent member of an expedition medical team

We also offer Expedition & Wilderness Medicine courses in the following locations:

CPD Award: This expedition medical course has been awarded 30 CPD hours by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

“This is the best course I’ve been on and I enjoyed it so much. A great opportunity to network, meet like minded people and have loads of fun whilst also learning masses.”
EWM Slovenia course attendee

Experience medicine at the forefront, where every decision counts.

Key facts

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

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.

You must be either a:

  • Medical or Allied Health Professional OR,
  • A student in your last two years of study

Locations: Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

CPD Award: This expedition medical course has been awarded 30 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

What to expect

The Slovenia Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course is set on the shores of the stunning Lake Bohinj. It offers the same great content as our UK/USA-based courses but with additional workshops, a night out bivvying and more time outdoors.

The 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.

You’ll spend over half your time focusing on practical group work but there’ll also be a chance to explore the mountain behind the hostel. Our team of experienced expedition medics will deliver various lectures covering the essential content you need to know out on expedition anywhere across the globe.

At the end of the Expedition and Wilderness Medicine course we’ll spend a night out building our camps and bivvying under the stars – your final challenge will be a search and rescue exercise designed to test your skills in combination.

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 at Hostel Pod Voglom the day before the course – you can book additional B&B accommodation for Sunday night directly with the venue for approximately €35 per night directly via [email protected] or by calling + 386 (0)4 5723 461.

There is a free group transfer available from Ljubljana airport which departs at 1800 on Sunday 15 October.  A return group transfer will depart the hostel at 0900 on Saturday 21 October. Please note accommodation for Sunday and Friday nights are not included in the course fee.

Alternative transport options may be available at your expense through the team at Hostel Pod Voglom. When making travel plans we find Rome2Rio a super helpful site.

Please ensure that you follow the kit list and pack adequately. Weather can be changeable in the mountains. Poor kit can be dangerous and could preclude you from some activities.

As a minimum we recommend you bring:

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Base layers for top and bottom half
  • Mid layers for top (and bottom half if you’re a cold person)
  • Down or synthetic insulating jacket
  • Sturdy gore-tex walking boots (B1 rated is ideal)
  • Hat, gloves etc
  • Outdoor clothing (allowing freedom of movement)
  • Spare set of outdoor clothing in case you get wet!
  • Casual clothing for the evening
  • 35-45 litre pack
  • Water bottle
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Personal toiletries including a towel
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Bivy Bag
  • Head torch
  • Sleeping bag to keep you cosy down to -5c or lower
  • Roll mat or thermarest
  • Tarp / Basha – 250cm x 170cm with loops and eyelets
  • Paracord / utility cord – minimum 20m in length

Feedback from previous courses

What went well on your Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course?

“The sharing of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm throughout the course.”

“The faculty were all really friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. I enjoyed the mix of practical and theory.”

“SAR exercise was fun. The participants were really friendly, great atmosphere.”

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

“Work hard to do good medicine in good places so you can go do good medicine in bad places.”

“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.”

“Confidence in my own skills as well as how to adapt them to situations that I’m unfamiliar with or with limited access to support or resources.”

About us

World Extreme Medicine trains, supports and informs medics looking to expand their skills and tackle new challenges.

A chance conversation about the impossibility of finding good expedition medics resulted in our Founding Director, Mark Hannaford creating the very first, bespoke Expedition Medicine course in the UK – over 20 years ago. Since then, we’ve spent the last two decades providing on-demand education, on-location training, international conferences, and expedition support for people outside normal medical environments.

Our network of around a quarter of a million experts, practitioners and instructors is here for you – inspiring, informing and connecting you with like-minded people and new opportunities.

Whether you’re a doctor, nurse, dentist, vet, paramedic, medical student or allied health professional, you can join us and discover new frontiers of your practice both at home or in the field.

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