Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Course


17 October 2022 08:30 - 21 October 2022 17:00


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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 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.

Key Facts

Key Facts

You must be a:

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

Dates: 17-21 October, 2022
Locations: Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

CPD Award: We estimate 30 hours CPD will be awarded for the completed course
Awarding organisation: Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

What’s included:

  • Tutoring, accommodation and meals
  • WEM care package full of essential kit
  • Downloadable course resources
  • Safety equipment

What’s not:

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

Expedition and Wilderness Medicine - Slovenia

All this is out there for the taking.

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.

All this is out there for the taking.

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-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 €30 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 16 October.  A return group transfer will depart the hostel at 0900 on Saturday 22 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 www.rome2rio.com 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.

This course is a popular one and it is also available in other UK based locations.

Kit List

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 4 hours a day and ensure you pack adequate kit which anticipates a changeable climate.

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
  • 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

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