Winter Medicine Course

New Hampshire, USA

12 February 2024 13:00 - 16 February 2024 14:00


Combine medicine, cold weather and wilderness environments to enhance your clinical skills and open up a world of extreme medicine opportunities.

From winter backcountry adventures to polar ice caps and the highest peaks, our multi-disciplinary team share their experiences and provide an insight into the life of an extreme medic.

Whether you’re enhancing your skills to support local adventures or heading off on long term adventures our Winter Medicine course will get you ready to practice medicine in extreme situations.

Join us on the road to adventure.

Key Facts

You must be a:

  • MD, NP, PA, Nurse, EMT-P, or EMT
  • Allied Health Professional
  • WFR, W-EMT
  • Student in a healthcare discipline

Dates: February 12, 2024 – February 16, 2024
Location: Joe Dodge Lodge, Pinkham’s Grant, New Hampshire

Accreditation: TBC
CME Value: TBC

What’s included:

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

What’s not:

  • Travel costs
  • Travel & medical insurance
  • Personal equipment

What to expect

Join our expert team of Wilderness Medics at Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch for five days of wilderness medical training and adventure. Famed for its hiking, climbing, snowshoeing, and skiing on the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, Pinkham Notch provides the perfect winter wilderness for an action-packed and highly practical winter medicine course.

We’ll meet between 12:00-13:00 on the first day and settle into an afternoon discussing equipment, medical kits, clothing, and standard operating procedures (SOPs). After a short break, we’ll explore field craft and explore how medicine interacts with these essential skills before finishing with common conditions in cold environments.

We will build on your knowledge on day two, exploring hypothermia and cold injuries. We will then move outside, switching to practical workshops covering trauma and medical emergencies in the cold. At the end of the day, you will test your newfound knowledge in a simulated casualty scenario.

Days three and four will be spent mostly outside expanding your skillset by blending medicine, search, rescue and technical skills. Long days in the snow will allow you to hone your field skills and build confidence in your ability to manage emergency medical situations in austere settings.

The final day will focus on an extended simulation and testing of your skills. After a short briefing, you will work with your team to rescue and treat a casualty. Our expert faculty will be on hand to ensure you gain the most benefit from the experience. They will lead you through a comprehensive final debrief, ensuring you can reflect on the experience and continue to excel as a wilderness medic.

Course Content

  • Preparation for winter environments
  • Cold weather clothing and equipment
  • Expedition and medical kits
  • Safety in the cold
  • Field craft
  • Common medical conditions in cold environments
  • Hypothermia
  • Cold injury
  • Trauma in the cold
  • Fracture and dislocations
  • High Altitude illness
  • Animal Care in the cold
  • Shelter and field sanitation
  • Navigation
  • Avalanche rescue
  • Airmedical transport
  • Search & rescue techniques
  • Medical simulation

What you need to know

We highly recommend arriving the day before the course. We are based at the AMC Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire. You are welcome to independently book an additional night here ahead of the course starting.

AMC’s Pinkham Notch Visitor Center and Joe Dodge Lodge are located in the White Mountain National Forest on NH Route 16, approximately 18 miles north of North Conway and 12 miles south of Gorham, NH.

The nearest airports are Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, and Logan International Airport.

There is no public transport from Manchester, though car rental can be arranged.

AMC’s Hiker Shuttle connects the Highland Center, Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, and the towns of Lincoln and Gorham with major trails to the huts, allowing hikers to start and end their trip at different points.

Please ensure that you follow the equipment list and pack adequately. The weather in the White Mountain National Forest in February is freezing cold with a gentle breeze, with average highs of 27°F (-3°C) and lows of 10°F (-12°C).

Inadequate equipment can be dangerous and could preclude you from some activities.

Equipment List

  • Waterproof winter hiking boots
  • Hardshell jacket – Gore-Tex or similar. No ski jackets with built in insulation
  • Hard shell trousers – Gore-Tex or similar. No trousers or salopettes with built in insulation.
  • Softshell trousers
  • Softshell jacket (optional)
  • Light insulating jacket – synthetic or down
  • Warm insulating jacket – synthetic or down
  • Insulated gilet (optional)
  • Light mid-layer fleece – with a full-length zipper
  • Base layers, upper and lower – merino or synthetic
  • Liner Gloves – merino, silk or fleece
  • Lightweight glove – Thin gloves with good grip and dexterity
  • Warm waterproof gloves
  • Mittens – Wool or synthetic (optional)
  • Socks – Wool or synthetic
  • Beanie
  • Neck gaiter / Buff
  • Gaiters – breathable eVent or Gore-Tex
  • Casual clothes and footwear

Other gear:

  • Backpack: 40 – 50 litres
  • Head torch
  • Compass – Suunto M- 3 D Leader or similar
  • Sunglasses – wrap around, minimum category 3 lenses
  • Sun protection – SPF 50
  • Water bottle – Nalgene or similar, no metal bottles
  • Personal medical/first aid kit
  • Towel
  • Dry bags
  • Trekking poles (optional)

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