World Extreme Medicine (WEM) recently asked itself the question ‘who takes care of the carers?’ with relation to medical professionals working in extremes be that in war zones, as expedition medics, remotely with little support, as an isolated overwhelmed GP or nurse, in a busy stressed Emergency Department or on a paramedic crew.
We then asked ourselves the question ‘what can WEM do to help?’ and we came up with our answer; WEMski. A week of Ski Medicine with inspirational faculty and using extreme environment specialist Dr Nathan Smith to look at the clinical psychology of leadership and teamwork in stressful working environments be they in the hospital environment or on expedition.
With our history and heritage firmly steeped in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, Special Forces Medicine and working in some of the planets most remote, and dangerous locations, we know the pressures under which clinicians, nurses and paramedics have to work. WEMski offers a chance to highly experienced practitioners and learn from their experiences, top tips from the field and up skill, though a series of workshops, practical clinical and practical skills which will serve you well in remote areas.
The WEMski event offers five days of inspiring Ski Medicine and exciting content, mornings out on the slopes networking with the faculty, two full days of skiing plus a 3-course hog roast at the top of the mountain on the final day.
We have developed the WEMski program with the help of Clinical Physiologist Dr Nathan Smith, author of the platform ‘IN EXTREMIS’ & Extreme Environment Safety Director Aldo Kane of Vertical Planet to design content centring around real-world experiences of extreme physical and psychological challenges, impacts of stressors, excellence in leadership, expedition medicine in the extremes and much more.
2018 speakers included ‘Eddie the Eagle’, Aldo Kane, Jason Fox, Prof Mike Stroud, Prof Chris Imray, Cathy O’Dowd, Dr Nathan Smith, Laura Penhaul, Dr Beth Healy, Nikki McLeary and WEM founder Mark Hannaford.
Voted Best European Resort in the London-based World Snow Awards Livigno is a leading winter location with a solid infrastructure including Europe’s largest wellness facility, a modern lift system accessing over 125km of skiing in addition to an extensive freeride mountain, 45km of cross-country walking/skiing paths and several extensive snow-parks that play host to international events. If you are a non-skier there are lessons to be booked and a host of other pretty amazing facilities to keep you busy!
Livigno is also tax-free making it one of the most reasonably priced European resorts despite the very high standards.
This course includes a ‘WEM care package’ which contains branded stickers, a lanyard and a 10L dry bag.