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Desert Medicine | Oman | December 2022


Join World Extreme Medicine for a new Desert Medicine course in Sharqiya Sands (formerly Ramlat al-Wahiba), Oman. This 6-day course will focus on medical and survival skills needed while working with teams across the world stunning desert landscapes.

Start: 4 December 2022, 09:00
End: 9 December 2022, 17:00

  • Spaces Left: High
  • Prerequisites:
    • Medical or Allied Health Professional
    • Students in the final year of study
    • Attendance of Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course (or similar) highly recommended
    • Basic navigation skills
    • Basic knowledge of expedition planning
    • Good fitness level

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Join WEMs experts for an unforgettable Desert Medicine course in Sharqiya Sands (formerly Ramlat al-Wahiba), Oman. This 6-day course will focus on medical and survival skills needed while working with teams across the world’s stunning desert landscapes.


Our Desert Medicine team draw from extensive experience across the world’s deserts and will be sharing their knowledge and skills, giving you a comprehensive understanding of how to lead and provide medical cover on desert expeditions.

Over one week our team will take you on a two-part expedition on foot, supported by vehicles and camels through Sharqiya Sands. The desert will be your home for the duration of the course with a brief stop midway for a shower and freshen up. As part of this Desert Medicine course you’ll learn how to overcome the obstacles of the desert and work with the environment to make the most of desert expeditions. The WEM team will guide you through what it takes to keep your expedition team healthy in a desert environment and deliver the clinical skills you will require should anything go wrong.

Expedition and logistical support will be provided by the hugely experienced team at Outward Bound Oman.

Accreditation will be offered through the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. We estimate 30 hours of CPD will be awarded for the complete course.

What’s included?
All tutoring, accommodation and meals during the course
WEM care package
Safety equipment

What’s not included?
Travel costs
Travel and health insurance
Personal equipment

Do you need travel and health insurance?
We recommend all participants travelling outside of their home country, or where aero-medical evacuation may be required, have specific travel insurance in place for the expedition.

For your safety and security, we reserve the right to refuse access to an expedition until we have details of adequate insurance cover provided to us.

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The group will meet at the Outward Bound Oman Offices in Muscat at 0900 on Sunday 4 December.

You will return to Muscat on Friday 9 December in time to catch an evening/night departure.

When making travel plans we find a super helpful site.

Course Content

  • Standard Operating Procedures for a desert environment
  • Heat Related Illness and Hydration
  • Basic Navigation
  • Trekking in the Desert
  • Navigation in the Desert
  • Primary survey in the Wilderness
  • Burns Management
  • Bushman Fire
  • Communication in the Desert
  • Medical Kit
  • Common medical problems in a desert environment
  • Choosing and setting up a camp and shelter in the desert
  • Water Distillation / Water in the Desert
  • Pre-expedition Planning
  • Vehicle Skills, Driving, extrication and Surviving with a vehicle
  • Managing Snake, Scorpion and Spider Envenomations
  • Field Management of Heat stroke
  • Introduction to Camels and use in the Desert
  • Improvised carrying techniques
  • Managing fractures and dislocations in the wilderness
  • Desert rescue scenario





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