The National Conference on Wilderness Medicine – Big Sky Resort, Montana

February 15-19, 2017

Big Sky Resort, Montana

WELCOME TO MONTANA & BIG SKY COUNTRY!

Big Sky is the western skiing experience you’ve dreamed about: unbridled adventure, abundant snow, uncrowded terrain, ski-in and ski-out lodging and a natural friendliness that comes from small-town life in this corner of the Rockies. On most days, you’ll find more skiable acres than skiers on the slopes. That’s why Big Sky is famous for short or non-existent lift lines and uncrowded slopes.

Two mountains of blissful terrain please everyone from the power wedge to the fast and fearless. The ingredients are simple: massive acreage, the most total vertical feet in the United States, and a lift network including high speed quads that makes most skiers vanish onto nearly-private runs. Blend in the marvels of nearby Yellowstone National Park and you couldn’t ask for a more perfect destination.

Above-tree-line skiing gives Big Sky a European flavor accentuated by the breathtaking tram to the summit of Lone Peak. Even the timid can enjoy the view from 11,166 feet and have the comfort of a round-trip ride. The Tetons, Yellowstone Park and over ten mountain ranges can be seen from this magnificent pyramid of glacial rock. “The Biggest Skiing in America” Big Sky gives you access to more skiing than anywhere in the US.

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The Premiere Wilderness Medicine CME Conference Since 1987

Accreditation

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • Identify prevention and treatment of altitude illness based on an understanding of the underlying physiology
  • Recognize and properly manage frostbite in the field
  • Identify and treat hypothermia in the field
  • Identify fracture and dislocation in the wilderness.
  • Identify the pathophysiology, and treatment of heat related illness

Target Audience: Primary care physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and other health care providers who might encounter patients in remote settings or who may treat patients that develop medical problems after visiting remote areas. No outside commercial support has been received for this activity.

ACCREDITATION INFORMATION:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Center for Emergency Medical Education (CEME) and Wilderness and Travel Medicine, LLC.

The Center for Emergency Medical Education (CEME) is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: The Center for Emergency Medical Education (CEME) designates this live activity for a maximum of 38.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This activity is anticipated to offer up to 38.5 hours of AOA Category 2-A CME credit, pending approval by the AOA.

Disclosure: It is the policy of Center for Emergency Medical Education (CEME) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its sponsored educational activities, and that all contributors present information in an objective, unbiased manner without endorsement or criticism of specific products or services and that the relationships that contributors disclose will not influence their contributions. Those in a position to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose to learners all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests prior to the beginning of the educational activity.

Resolution of Conflicts of Interest: In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of CME, the Center for Emergency Medical Education implemented mechanisms, prior to the planning and implementation of this CME activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of this CME activity.

AAFP: Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

ACEP: Application for CME credit has been filed with the American College of Emergency Physicians. Determination of credit is pending. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse Credit: Under the new BRN guidelines, this course is also accredited for up to 38.5 hours of nursing credit.

Physician Assistants: The American Association of Physician Assistants accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Program

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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2:00 – 4:30 pm Registration In Huntley Lodge
4:30 pm Wilderness Medicine: Setting the Stage, Eric A. Weiss, MD
4:45 pm Traveler’s Diarrhea, Giardia, & Other Wilderness Infections
Eric A. Weiss, MD
5:35 pm Expedition & Backcountry Medical Kits
Howard Donner, MD
6:30 pm Welcome Reception (Guests welcome)
Music, Drinks and Refreshments!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

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6:30 am Late Registration/Continental Breakfast
7:30 am Surviving the Unexpected Night Out
Gary Kibbee
8:20 am Hypothermia: New Guidelines & Recommendations
Eric A. Weiss, MD
9:05 am Frostbite
Howard Donner, MD
9:45 am Adjourn – FREE TIME – Enjoy skiing Big Sky or attend an optional workshop
4:15 pm Altitude Illness: Prevention & Treatment
Howard Donner, MD
5:05 pm Lyme & Other Tic-Borne Illnesses
Timothy B. Erickson, MD
5:45 pm Backcountry Dentistry: Tricks of the Trade!
Henry Herrmann, DDS
6:30 pm Adjourn
7:45 pm Airway, Critical Care & Pain Management in the Wilderness
Bernard W. Dannenberg, MD
8:30 pm Tactical Combat Casualty Care: Transitioning Battlefield Lessons From Iraq & Afghanistan to Wilderness Medicine
CDR William B. Krissoff, MD

Friday, February 17, 2017

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7:00 am Continental Breakfast/Exhibits
7:30 am Preparing for Foreign Travel – Update on Immunizations & Malaria Prevention
Michael J. VanRooyen, MD
8:15 am Snake Envenomation
Timothy B. Erickson, MD
9:00 am Dive & Marine Medicine
Karen Van Hoesen, MD
9:45 am Adjourn – FREE TIME – Enjoy skiing Big Sky or attend an optional workshop
4:15 pm Mosquito-Borne Illnesses: Malaria, Dengue, Chickungunya, & Zika!
Michael J. VanRooyen, MD
5:00 pm Bites & Stings: Spiders, Scorpions, Bees & Ants
Timothy B. Erickson, MD
5:50 pm Panel Discussion: Opportunities and Challenges in International and Humanitarian Medicine
T. Erickson, MD, V. Dobiesz, MD, M. VanRooyen, MD
6:30 pm Adjourn
7:45 pm Medical-Legal Issues in Wilderness Medicine: Avoiding Lawsuits
Valerie Dobiesz, MD
8:30 pm Wilderness 911: Mountain Search & Rescue
Lanny Johnson, FNP/PA

Saturday, February 18, 2017

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7:00 am Continental Breakfast/Exhibits
7:30 am Improvised Trauma & Wound Care
Eric A. Weiss, MD
8:15 am Shark Attacks & Hazardous Marine Life
Karen Van Hoesen, MD
9:05 am Lightning Prevention & Injuries
Sheryl Olson, RN, BSN
9:45 am Adjourn – FREE TIME – Enjoy skiing Big Sky or attend an optional workshop
3:45 pm Heat Illness
Eric A. Weiss, MD
4:15 pm Fracture & Dislocation Management In The Backcountry
Joseph B. Serra, MD
5:15 pm Adjourn
7:00 pm Banquet*
7:30 pm Special Evening Keynote Presentation
Life on the Edge: The First American Ascent Of Everest & Beyond
Jim Whittaker and Leif Whittaker

* Times, topics and speakers may vary somewhat from published brochure and syllabus.
* Banquet is optional. Tickets are $54.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

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8:00am – 1:00pm. Participants may attend 5 different workshops of their choice (one hour each – listed below). The workshops below are included in your course tuition and do not require pre-registration.

FRACTURE, SPRAINS & DISLOCATION MANAGEMENT: Methods for recognizing, reducing, and splinting fractures and dislocations in the backcountry will be demonstrated. Joe B. Serra, MD
SURVIVAL STRATEGIES FOR THE ADVENTURE TRAVELER: Learn how to protect yourself and stay safe while traveling. Covers what to do if you’re caught in a fire, disaster, or hijacked airplane, and what precautions to take when you’re away from home. Philip White
PRACTICAL EVACUATION, IMPROVISED SPLINTING AND TRANSPORTATION SKILLS: Participants will practice utilizing improvised and specialized rescue equipment to stabilize and transport trauma victims. Howard Donner, MD
“IS THERE A DOCTOR ON BOARD?” − MEDICAL CARE AT 30,000 FEET: Medical considerations if you are called as a health care provider to assist a passenger on
a commercial air flight. Howard Donner, MD
TAKING CHILDREN SAFELY INTO THE WILDERNESS: Covers common medical issues for children in backcountry/foreign travel. Learn how to maximize enjoyment, appreciation, and safety on family wilderness trips from a pediatric & emergency wilderness expert. Bernard W. Dannenberg, MD
BACKCOUNTRY WATER PURIFICATION: Learn and practice how to effectively purify and disinfect water in the wilderness and developing countries. Participants will have the opportunity to test different water purifiers and learn about chemical and natural water purification techniques including Coagulation Floculation. Eric P. Bowman, MD
AVALANCHE SURVIVAL & RESCUE: Learn the latest techniques, technology and survival strategies. Lanny Johnson, FNP/PA
WHITEWATER MEDICINE & RESCUE: This course teaches the unique and dynamic hazards associated with rivers and white-water paddling. Safety equipment, accident prevention, common injuries and swift water rescue are covered. Gary Kibbee
WILDERNESS WISDOM FOR WOMAN: In the backcountry, women often have different needs and concerns than men. This workshop will address topics such as packing light, personal safety, and other unique needs of a woman traveling in the wilderness or a foreign country. Sheryl Olson, RN
OCEAN SURVIVAL: Survival at sea requires a set of skills and equipment often not familiar to the land based survivalist. This presentation looks at a spectrum of sea survival situations. Preparation and equipment specific to sea survival are discussed. Sheryl Olson, RN
DIVING SAFETY & RESCUE: This workshop discusses innovative diving equipment, safety devices and advanced techniques for avoiding and treating diving related accidents. Gary Kibbee
WINTER VEHICLE SURVIVAL KIT & THE BUGOUT BAG: An in depth review of items to include in survival kits and what to carry in your vehicle for winter survival. Explore the contents of a well thought out “Bug-Out Bag.” Eric P. Bowman, MD

Pre-Conference

SPECIAL PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Wednesday, February 15, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm $135
Wilderness and Urban Survival

A unique opportunity to learn and practice both basic and advanced survival skills from a Navy Seal Instructor and other renowned survival experts who train our elite Special Forces. This all day “hands-on” workshop is a practical and fun, skill building experience, designed to prepare you to survive on land, in the sea, in the wilderness and urban environments.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Signal and be found
  • Obtain food and water
  • Build fires with primitive tools
  • Escape a hotel fire
  • Construct & improvise survival kits
  • Survive a plane crash
  • Protect yourself during a disaster
  • Travel safely in third world countries and avoid being “ripped off”
  • Find and construct emergency shelters (build snow caves and igloos)
  • Recognize and evade terrorists

Keynote

SPECIAL KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Life on the Edge:
The First American Ascent of Mt. Everest & Beyond
Jim Whittaker and Leif Whittaker
Saturday, February 18, 2017 | 7:30pm

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Jim Whittaker made history as the first American to summit Everest in 1963. President John F. Kennedy called him a national hero.
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Jim Whittaker with Ted Kennedy, John Glenn,
and Bobby Kennedy.
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Leif Whittaker
Summit of Everest, 2010

Jim Whittaker, the first American to summit Mt. Everest, has spent a lifetime going to the highest and most challenging a places. He led the first successful American ascent of K2, and guided Senator Robert Kennedy on the first ascent of Mt. Kennedy, named in honor of President John Kennedy. Jim’s son Leif has followed in his father’s footsteps having summited Everest twice. The Whittaker’s tell an amazing story that goes beyond world adventure and embraces the philosophy that “when you live on the edge, you live life to the fullest.” It’s about making the most of every moment and putting yourself in situations where learning and teamwork are critical to survival. Get ready for a story that is moving, inspirational and profoundly human.

“My father’s greatest living heroes were John Glenn and Jim Whittaker – a physical giant with a huge heart, a decent soul and inspirational courage.”
-Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Faculty

WILDERNESS MEDICINE

“The premiere Wilderness and Expedition Medicine CME conferences since 1982”

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ERIC A. WEISS, MD, FACEP: Professor of Emergency Medicine, Founder/Director Emeritus, Wilderness Medicine Fellowship, Stanford University School of Medicine; Former Medical Director, Office of Emergency Management, Stanford University Medical Center; Author of A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine.
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HOWARD J. DONNER, MD: Filmmaker/Physician/Guide, Member 1997 Nova Everest Expedition; NASA consultant; expedition physician, 1988 American Kanchenjunga Expedition; Co-Author, Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine.
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TIMOTHY B. ERICKSON, MD, FACEP: Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director, Center for Global Health, University of Illinois Department of Emergency Medicine; Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Director Division of Clinical Toxicology, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois.
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VALERIE DOBIESZ, MD, FACEP: Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Associate Program Director, Director, Humanitarian Relief and Education, Center for Global Health, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Illinois.
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MICHAEL J. VANROOYEN, MD: Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Chairman, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine, Professor, Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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JOSEPH B. SERRA, MD: Founding Member of the Wilderness Medical Society; Orthopedic Surgeon, Stockton, California, 25 year member, National Ski Patrol, Orthopedic Surgeon, Rotary International to Africa.
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BERNARD W. DANNENBERG, MD, FAAP, FACEP: Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
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KAREN B. VAN HOESEN MD , FACEP: Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director, UCSD Diving Medicine Center, Director, Wilderness Medicine Fellowship, University of California San Diego School of Medicine.
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CDR WILLIAM KRISSOFF, MD: Medical Corps, US Navy (Ret.); Deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Dr. Krissoff practiced Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine in Truckee, CA
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ERIC P. BOWMAN, MD, FACEP: Director, Section of Wilderness Medicine, York Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency, WellSpan York Hospital, York, PA.
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HENRY HERRMANN, DMD, FAGD: Dentist, Falls Church, Virginia; Author of Wilderness Dental Emergencies, in Wilderness Medicine.
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LANNY JOHNSON, FNP/PA: Physician Assistant, Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Medical Advisor and former Climbing Park Ranger and Park Paramedic, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
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SHERYL OLSON, RN, BSN: Outdoor Survival and Navigation Instructor, Flight Nurse, Wilderness Safety Instructor, Cruise Ship Nurse, Manitou Springs, Colorado.
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GARY KIBBEE: Navy Seal; Special Forces Survival Instructor; swiftwater rescue, high angle rescue, and dive rescue instructor; specialist in tactical and wilderness medicine, escape and evasion, and confined space rescue.
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PHILIP WHITE: Fire Chief, South San Francisco Fire Department; Senior Fire Instructor and Instructor of Heavy Rescue (building collapse); Hazardous Materials specialist.
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DANNY KIBBEE: Survival instructor specializing in training children and teens to survive in any environment.
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JIM WHITTAKER: First American to summit Mt. Everest in 1963, author of A Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond, leader of the 1990 International Peace Climb, led the first successful American ascent of K2,
Founder of REI.
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LEIF WHITTAKER: Writer, speaker, and adventurer who has climbed many of the world’s tallest mountains, including Aconcagua, Mount Vinson, and Mount Everest twice. Climbing Ranger for the US Forest Service on Mt. Baker. Author, My Old Man and the Mountain

AWEP

Advanced Wilderness & Expedition Provider

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Optional Course leading to AWEP™ Certification
(Participants receive 15.5 additional CME credits)

Advanced level intensive and hands-on training taught by leaders in Wilderness Medicine including, Howard Donner, MD, Eric Weiss, MD, Sheryl Olson, RN/BSN. Students will learn practical techniques and practice them in mock scenarios. Successful completion of course leads to AWEP™ Certification.

Wednesday, February 15th 8:00am-4:00pm
Thursday, February 16th 1:00pm-4:00pm
Friday, February 17th 1:00pm-4:00pm
Saturday, February 18th 12:00pm-3:45pm
Course tuition: $495
AWEP Certification is good for 4 years and is the highest wilderness medicine certification offered. (Includes 15.5 additional AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM all supplies, syllabus, breakfast, and certificate)

About the Advanced Wilderness & Expedition Provider (AWEP) Certification Course

A comprehensive course leading to AWEP Certification that is designed to prepare physicians and other health care providers with an extensive background in key topics and practical skills needed to become a competent expedition, wilderness, or Search and Rescue Medical Provider. The course requires many important practical skills modules and also a testing of competency by a certification exam. The topics in this course are also relevant for many human disaster areas when hospital based care may be distant or lacking.

PROGRAM

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15th, 2017

8:15 – 8:30 INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW

8:30 – 10:30 INITIAL PATIENT ASSESSMENT AND STABILIZATION (2 CME HRS)

  • Scene management
  • Field triage, examination, and assessment
  • Treatment priorities
  • Stabilization of injured or ill patients
  • Introduction to patient packaging
  • Long term evacuation considerations

10:30 – 11:00 BREAK

11:00 – 12:00 PACKAGING, LIFTING, AND MOVING PATIENTS IN THE WILDERNESS OR AUSTERE ENVIRONMENT (1 CME HR)
Patient movement and transfers
Clearing cervical spine injuries in the field
Improvising effective cervical collars
Pelvic fracture; assessment and management
Hip dislocation; assessment and relocation technique

12:00 – 1:00 BREAK

1:00 – 4:00 PM RESCUE IN THE BACKCOUNTRY: IMPROVISED TRAUMA CARE: PART 1 (3 CME HRS)
Improvised evacuation techniques
Improvised litter construction, packaging and carries
Femur fracture and improvised femoral traction
Management of common backcountry orthopedic injuries; reduction and splinting

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16th, 2017

12:30 – 1:15 AIRWAY MANAGEMENT AND FLUID RESUSCITATION SKILLS (.75 CME HR)
Airway emergencies in austere environment
Vascular access including intraosseous (IO) techniques and fluid replacement systems
Dehydration and hyponatremia

1:15 – 2:30 MANAGEMENT OF COMMON SEVERE MEDICAL AND TRAUMATIC EMERGENCIES IN A WILDERNESS SETTING (1.25 CME HR)
Anaphylactic Shock and Allergic Emergencies
Neurologic Emergencies (Stroke, SAH, Bell’s Palsy)
Chest Pain (Acute Myocardial Infarction, Heart Failure, Aortic Dissection, Pulmonary Embolism, Angina)
Head trauma; field evaluation, assessment, and evacuation considerations
Chest trauma (pneumothorax, flail chest, open chest injuries)

2:30 -2:45 BREAK

2:45 – 3:30 RESCUE IN THE BACKCOUNTRY: IMPROVISED TRAUMA CARE: PART 2 (.75 CME HRS)
Management of upper and lower extremity injuries including reduction of dislocation and splinting of sprains and fractures
Assessment and stabilization of backcountry ankle injuries
Taping an ankle 

3:30 – 4:00 BACKCOUNTRY SOFT TISSUE AND WOUND MANAGEMENT (.5 CME HR)
Healing by primary versus secondary intention
High risk versus low risk wounds
Wound closure options
Infection control
Evacuation considerations

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17th, 2017

12:30 – 1:45 WILDERNESS RESCUE PART 1 (1.25 CME HRS)
Introduction to ropes and knots for rescue and medical care

1:45 – 2:00 BREAK

2:00 – 3:00 WILDERNESS RESCUE PART II (1 CME HR)
Participants will be introduced to commercial rescue equipment, including liter packaging, liter carries, and use of spine boards and other immobilization devices

3:00 – 4:00 WILDERNESS RESCUE PART III (1 CME HR)
Low angle rescue scenarios

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18th, 2017

12:30 – 2:00 SCENARIO TRAINING WITH DRY RUN (1.5 CME HRS)
Scenario dress rehearsal 
Real-time critique

2:00 – 2:15 BREAK

2:15 – 3:30 PATIENT SCENARIOS (1.25 CME HRS)
Participants will be responsible for assessing, stabilizing, and managing multiple victims with simulated injuries or illnesses using commonly available backcountry equipment

3:30 – 3:45 SCENARIO DEBRIEFING (.25 CME HR)

3:45 – 4:00 ONLINE EXAM INSTRUCTIONS, SUMMATION, AND FAREWELL

Total CME hours: 15.5

LEARNING OBJECTIVES 

Initial Patient Assessment and Stabilization: Initial examination and assessment of a patient in a remote setting. Stabilization of injured or ill patients including treatment priorities.

Management of Common Medical Emergencies in a Wilderness Setting (Anaphylaxis, dehydration, acute MI, CVA, etc.): Assessment and initial mgmt. of common medical emergencies in a wilderness setting. Topics include acute myocardial infarctions, stroke, anaphylaxis, and dehydration

Improvised care of traumatic injuries (Including Spine Injuries): Recognition, assessment, and pathophysiology of traumatic injuries in a wilderness or remote setting. Initial management of traumatic injuries. Also Includes improvisational techniques for femoral traction splints, pelvic binding for pelvic fractures, treating epistaxis, tube thoracostomy, etc.

Communication / Signaling: A detailed discussion of medical communication skills in a wilderness setting, which includes radio use as well as signaling for help.

Packaging, Lifting, and Moving Patients in the Wilderness: Techniques for packaging, lifting, and moving patients in a wilderness setting. Includes discussion of improvised supplies as well as specialized SAR equipment.

Orthopedic Sills Workshop: Detailed demonstration and discussion of immobilization of common orthopedic injuries. This includes splinting, taping, and reduction techniques.

Expedition Medical Supplies Workshop: A discussion of medical equipment and supplies relevant to both small and large expeditions to austere environments.

Airway Management and Fluid Resuscitation Skills: Discussion and demo of equipment and techniques to manage airway emergencies in austere settings. Vascular access and intraosseous fluid replacement systems also demonstrated and discussed.

Soft Tissue Injuries and Wound Management Workshop: Management of common soft tissue injuries including lacerations, blisters, burns, and abrasions in wilderness setting through techniques of wound irrigation, wound closure, dressings.

Patient Scenarios Workshop: Participants will be responsible to assess, stabilize, and treat multiple moulage / acting patients simulating injuries or illnesses in a wilderness setting.

FACULTY

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ERIC A. WEISS, MD, FACEP: Professor of Emergency Medicine, Founder/Director Emeritus, Wilderness Medicine Fellowship, Stanford University School of Medicine; Former Medical Director, Office of Emergency Management, Stanford University Medical Center; Author of A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine.
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HOWARD J. DONNER, MD: Filmmaker/Physician/Guide, Member 1997 Nova Everest Expedition; NASA consultant; expedition physician, 1988 American Kanchenjunga Expedition; Co-Author, Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine.
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LANNY JOHNSON, FNP/PA: Physician Assistant, Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Medical Advisor and former Climbing Park Ranger and Park Paramedic, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
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SHERYL OLSON, RN, BSN: Outdoor Survival and Navigation Instructor, Flight Nurse, Wilderness Safety Instructor, Cruise Ship Nurse, Manitou Springs, Colorado.
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KAREN B. VAN HOESEN MD , FACEP: Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director, UCSD Diving Medicine Center, Director, Wilderness Medicine Fellowship, University of California San Diego School of Medicine.
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KYLE ALLRED, PA-C: Physician Assistant, Arcata, Ca.; Professional International Guide (Everest Base Camp, Africa, Europe, South America). Participant in finals of US National Whitewater Raft Championships (2003). Co owner Adventure Whitewater (raft guide outfitting service). Has led four expeditions to Everest base camp.

Workshops

OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED & CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED.
The optional workshops listed below are offered in conjunction with the conference to enhance your experience.
Please note that these workshops are separate from the course workshops which are included with your tuition on Sunday, February 19th.

WINTER WILDERNESS SURVIVAL
Thursday, February 16 or Saturday, February 18, 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
bigsky-survivalThis class is a hands-on skill building experience. It covers the most vital aspects of winter survival. A variety of man-made and natural fire starting techniques will be taught and practiced. Participants will learn how to obtain food and water and go outside to construct snow caves and igloos. Faculty: Gary Kibbee, Danny Kibbee and Philip White. $75
URBAN & TRAVEL SURVIVAL
Friday, February 17, 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
bigsky-urbanYou have just lost all of your belongings and your passport in an earthquake or act of terrorism. Your hotel was destroyed and your companion is missing. Few Americans are prepared to cope with this type of crisis. Urban and travel survival can be more challenging than survival in the backcountry. Learn how to travel safely and protect yourself. Faculty: Gary Kibbee, Philip White. $75
MAP AND COMPASS NAVIGATION
Thursday, February 16, 10:00 am – 12:45 pm.
bigsky-mapsLearn how to read a topographic map, plan and follow a route using compass headings. This classroom and field session will teach you the fundamentals necessary for map and compass navigation skills. Maps and use of compass provided. Faculty: Sheryl Olson RN/BSN. $70
GPS NAVIGATION FOR WILDERNESS ADVENTURE
Friday, February 17, 10:00 am – 12:45 pm.
bigsky-gpsAdvance your navigation skills into the world of satellite technology! A GPS is provided and you will learn how to mark waypoints, build routes, retrace your route plus much more. You will learn to input and extrapolate data from your GPS to aid in all navigational needs. All equipment provided. Faculty: Sheryl Olson, RN/BSN. $70
BASIC WOUND MANAGEMENT/SUTURE LAB
Friday, February 17, 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
bigsky_workshops11A practical workshop on suturing and improvised laceration repair in a backcountry environment. Participants will have the opportunity to practice basic suturing, stapling, taping, and tissue gluing techniques on pig limbs. Supplies and pigs’ feet provided. Faculty: Lanny Johnson, FNP/PA. $60
ROPES & KNOTS FOR WILDERNESS MEDICINE & RESCUE
Saturday, February 18, 10:00 – 12:00 pm.
bigsky-ropesThis workshop will teach you how to use ropes and tie knots for high angle rescue, swift water rescue, and improvised medical care. Faculty: Sheryl Olson RN/BSN. $40
AVALANCHE RECOGNITION AND ROUTE FINDING
Saturday, February 18, 12:30 – 3:30 pm.
bigsky-avalancheThis exciting workshop is a must for the winter backcountry enthusiast. Mountain snow pack, forecasting, terrain analysis, stability evaluation, slab recognition, and backcountry rescue will be covered. Participants will be on skis and must be at least an intermediate skier. Faculty: Lanny Johnson, FNP/PA. $70 (Lift tickets not included.)
BACKCOUNTRY DENTISTRY: TRICKS OF THE TRADE
Saturday, February 18, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm.
bigsky_workshops12A unique opportunity to learn and practice techniques for treating common dental emergencies. Topics include: replacing lost teeth, applying temporary fillings, repairing crowns, managing dental and gum trauma, treating dental infections, extractions and more. Faculty: Henry Herrmann, DDS. $70 (Includes materials for practicing and Cavit for your first aid kit.)
THE RAPID HIGH YIELD ORTHOPEDIC EXAM:
Friday, February 17, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm.
bigsky-orthoLearn how to diagnose an ACL Knee, Patello-Femoral Syndrome or a shoulder impingement that makes you grimace every time you load your pack. Learn important joint landmarks & how to do a musculoskeletal exam. Faculty: William Krissoff, MD. $40

Kids

CHILDREN & TEEN – EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

This series of workshops and activities have been designed to maximize enjoyment and education for your entire family. Our Youth Survival and First Aid Programs are nationally acclaimed and classes fill quickly.Please register early, as space is limited.

Survival for Kids | $70

Wednesday, February 15, Thursday February 16, or Saturday, February 18, 8:30 – 11:30 am
Workshops are interactive and use a wilderness education theme to give children a positive, fun and rewarding experience. Children learn how to avoid getting lost, how to signal for help, how to spend a survival night out and how to stay warm. They practice building igloos, snowcaves, and other improvised shelters. (Ages 6-11)
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Survival for Teens | $70

Wednesday, February 15, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
or Friday, February 17, 8:30 – 11:30 am
This course is designed to teach young adventurers how to navigate safely and avoid getting lost in the backcountry, how to build improvised shelters and fires, find food, and survive the unexpected night out. (Ages 12 and up)

Advanced Wilderness Survival For Teens | $70

Saturday, February 18, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
(Pre-requisite SURIVIVAL FOR TEENS), This class is a survival immersion exercise offered to teens who have completed the regular Wilderness Survival for Teens course. Participants will simulate a real survival scenario, build improvised tools, create livable shelter, and find food and water. (Ages 12 and up)

Wilderness First Aid For Kids | $70

Thursday, February 16, 8:30 – 11:30 am
Children can make a difference or even save a life if they know first aid. This course will teach children to recognize and to manage common medical problems and emergencies. Tuition includes a first aid kit designed for children and course certificate. (Ages 7-11)

Wilderness First Aid For Teens | $75

Saturday, February 18, 8:30 – 12:30 pm
This exciting, hands-on course is designed to teach young adults how to take care of themselves and others in an emergency. Demonstrations and field exercises emphasize how to use improvised techniques and materials at hand. Tuition includes a first aid kit and course certificate. (Ages 12 and up)

Escape the Kids – Take advantage of Lone Peak Playhouse, a childcare facility at Big Sky Resort. 406-993-2220.

Let the Kids Escape You – Big Sky offers an array of children’s activities ranging from ski schools to dog rescue demonstrations, to regular evening movies. And kids 10 and under ski free!

Activities

RECREATION AT BIG SKY

bigsky_recreation5Ski Lift Tickets – Discounted lift tickets have been arranged for the conference. Single and Multi-day tickets can be pre-purchased at a special discounted rate during the registration process or by calling CME Science at 844-945-3263. Please note, cut-off date for pre-purchased tickets during on-line registration process is January 31st, 2017 *Single day tickets will be available on site at a discounted, but higher daily rate.

Cross-Country Skiing – is fantastic at nearby Lone Mountain Ranch (an award winning Nordic center), and at Yellowstone National Park. Equipment rentals are available. Call Lone Mountain Ranch at 406-995-4734.

Snowmobile Packages – Full day, self-guided excursions near Yellowstone National Park, including a complete clothing package. Call Rendevous at 800-426-7669.

Guided Backcountry Skiing – Ski with qualified guides down open bowls, steep and deep powder, or a variety of runs that best suit your group’s skiing style. Montana Backcountry Adventures. 406-995-3880.

Ice Climbing – Montana Alpine Guides 406-586-8430

Dog Sledding – Sled dog tours are offered twice daily in beautiful Moonlight Basin. Spirit of the North Sled Dog Tours 406-995-3424.

Sleigh Ride Dinners – A horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow covered mountains is an unforgettable pleasure. Call Lone Mountain Ranch at 406-995-2783.

WINTER TOUR OF YELLOWSTONE

Snow coach Yellowstone – Sit back and relax in the winter wonders of Yellowstone while enjoying our narrated tour as you learn about everything from Yellowstone geology to wildlife to park history and the current issues affecting our nation’s first national park. 1-800-426-7669

Travel

TRAVEL TO BIG SKY

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With excellent air service to Bozeman, Montana, Big Sky is easy to reach from any major city in the US. Flights are operated daily by Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta and United. Big Sky is located 43 miles south of Bozeman. The drive takes you along the spectacular Gallatin River, star of the movie, A River Runs Through It. Have your camera ready to capture the bountiful wildlife you may encounter!

Wilderness Medicine has arranged special meeting discounts on airfare, car rentals and shuttle service for attendees and their guests. Airfare discounts are 2-5% off discounted economy, business and first class, and 10% off full fare economy, business and first class. Car rental and shuttle discounts are up to 15%. When making your air or car reservation use the codes listed below:

Airline Discounts:

Delta – NMLTZ
United – Z Code: ZVNA &
Agreement Code: 225182

Car Rental Discounts:

Avis/Budget – J906925
Enterprise/National – L23J799

Shuttle Information

Excellent shuttle service between Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) and Big Sky is available through Karst Stage (www.Karststage.com), (406) 556-3500. Enter meeting code WildMed2017 for a 15% conference discounted fare.

If you prefer to have your travel arranged please contact:
Travel Station Toll Free at 800-522-8747 the travel agent for Wilderness Medicine

Area Maps:

General Area Map
Facility/Campus Map
Mountain Village Street Map & Lodging Check-in Map

Winter Trail Maps:

Main Winter Trail Map
South Face Inset
The Bowl Inset

 

Enrollment Information for Wilderness Medicine

REGISTRATION FEES:

Physician … $750 Paramedics/EMT’s … $495
Active Military … $575 Residents/Medical Students … $495
Nurse/PA/NP … $575 Non Professional (no CME) … $400

“Team” (group) discounts – 3 or more participants from the same institution can
sign up simultaneously and receive a 20% discount on each registration fee. Use Code: Group 3

Student Scholarships available – 844-945-3263

Register by phone: Toll Free 844-WildCME (844-945-3263) or +1(650) 440-4424; Fax (650) 887-2113
Register by Mail: Wilderness Medicine, 3790 El Camino Real, Suite 2029, Palo Alto, CA 94306
E-mail: info@CMEScience.com

CLICK TO REGISTER CLICK FOR BIG SKY LODGING

Tax deduction for educational purposes: Under the Tax Reform Act of 1986, Treasury Regulation 1.162-5 permits an income tax deduction for educational expenses (registration fees and cost of travel, including meals and lodging).

ENROLLMENT – Advance registration is required and attendance will be limited. Tuition includes syllabus, welcome reception and continental breakfasts.

REFUNDS must be requested by January 14, 2017, and will be subject to a $100 service charge. After that date no refunds will be given. Sponsors cannot be responsible for travel difficulty due to road or weather conditions.

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