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Expedition and Wilderness Medicine | Plas y Brenin | September 2022


Our internationally renowned Expedition and Wilderness Medicine courses provide aspiring and experienced expedition doctors, nurses, paramedics and advanced medics with the skills and practical knowledge to become valuable members of an expedition medical team.

“WEM has provided training for a huge number of Raleigh medics over the years. We highly recommend our medics do an expedition and wilderness medicine course through WEM to help them prepare for their expedition.” – Raleigh Medical Coordination Manager.

Read the BMJ write up on the course here.

Start: 19 September 2022, 08:30
End: 22 September 2022, 15:30

  • Spaces Left: HIGH
  • Prerequisites:
    • Medical or Allied Health Professional
    • Students in the final two years of study

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Intro Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, Plas y Brenin, Wales

An exciting 4-day Expedition and Wilderness Medicine course which aims to open up the world of expedition medicine to all medical professionals and help you mix adventure into your career.

Expedition and Wilderness Medicine course alumni have left to take part in expeditions across the globe, responded to natural disasters and emergencies and gain placements with organisations such us Raleigh InternationalUK-Med, Team Rubicon and Médecins Sans Frontières.


Our Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course is designed to be the most comprehensive 4-day introductory training course a medic can be part of. Our expert faculty blend engaging lecture content with hands on practical skills essential to all expedition medics.

During the first 3 days of the course your time will be split 50/50 between lectures and practical group work, the evenings will vary between socialising, challenge tasks and special guest lectures. The final day will focus on a search and rescue scenario where you will combine your skills to locate, rescue, treat and evacuate a casualty.

We highly recommend arriving the day before the course, you can book additional accommodation for the Sunday night directly with Plas y Brenin

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

What’s not included?
• Travel costs
• Insurance (for international travellers)
• Personal equipment
• Drinks and food purchased from the bar

Please ensure that you follow the kit list and bring adequate kit. Heavy rain, driving winds and low temperatures are common in the Welsh mountain, poor kit can be dangerous and could preclude you from activities. That being said, we often enjoy t-shirt weather on the course so it’s worth staying hopeful.

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We highly recommend arriving the day before the course, you can book additional B&B accommodation for Sunday night directly with Plas y Brenin for approximately £35 per night.

Plas y Brenin will run a free shuttle service from Llandudno Junction train station on Sunday evening, please book this with them directly.

We like to encourage car sharing among our delegates, this is often especially helpful for those travelling from overseas, if you would like to care share please head to the Plas y Brenin event page on Facebook to start the conversation.

When making travel plans we find a super helpful site, you can find out various door to door travel option both internationally and from within the UK.

Course Content

  • Pre-expedition planning
  • Pre-existing & common conditions
  • Public health
  • Security on expeditions
  • Medico-legal issues
  • Altitude environments
  • Cold environments
  • Hot environments
  • Tropical medicine overview
  • Dentistry
  • Mental health on expeditions
  • Primary survey
  • RTC management
  • Fracture management
  • Aeromedical evacuations
  • Navigation
  • Rope skills
  • Water disinfection
  • Wound care
  • Medical kits
  • Communications
  • Group management, behaviour and CRM
  • Search and Rescue exercise

Itinerary by day

(Course content and timings subject to change.)


We select our teaching faculty for their academic qualifications, expedition experience and their ability to educate and inspire. Between them, our remarkable faculty have a depth of experience, living and working in the most remote corners of the world, achieving notable success in the face of extreme challenge and adversity.





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