Welcome to MedTreks Global Medicine Conference

Global Health, Wilderness & Travel Medicine

Join us for a weekend of immersive global medicine CME!

Ignite your passion, expand your knowledge, and elevate your career through engaging Global Medicine lectures, workshops, discussions and practical hands-on learning.  Network and connect with fellow medical professionals who share your passion for the outdoors and global healthcare. Elevate your skills in interactive workshops led by expert faculty who love to share their knowledge. Whether you’re a doctor, PA, NP, or nurse looking for Continuing Medical Education (CME) opportunities or simply yearning to expand your professional horizons this is an opportunity to step outside the clinical and hospital setting, and learn ways to get more involved – whether it is in the outdoors, travel, in wilderness and humanitarian settings. Discover how to use your degree to make an impact on the world.

Dates: May 11th-12th, 2024

Optional pre-conference workshops: May 10th, 2024

Location: Ashland, Oregon

Cost:

$545 MD/PA/NP

$495 RN/EMT/Paramedic 

$350 nursing/medical students/non-medical professionals

***10% early bird discount until December 15th, 2023. Discount Code: MTEARLYBIRD

Learn from expert faculty. Network with other like-minded professionals. Practice skills you can take anywhere in the world. 

Conference Schedule

Global Health, Wilderness & Travel Medicine

Our conference features a diverse range of topics, with a primary focus on global health, wilderness medicine, and travel medicine. Engage with renowned experts who have hands-on experience in remote and challenging environments. Dive into discussions on cutting-edge medical practices, the impact of global health initiatives, and the vital role of medical professionals in the world’s most adventurous settings.

Friday:

  • 8am-12noon: Optional Survival Workshop (more below)
  • 12-1pm: lunch
  • 1-3pm: Optional Orthopedics Injury & Splinting Workshop
  • 5-6pm: Happy Hour Meet & Greet at Growler Guys, Ashland

Saturday:

  • 8am: Introduction to Global Medicine- where the fields of wilderness medicine & global health converge 
  • 9am: How to stay healthy abroad- travel medicine & trip planning international adventures 
  • 10am: Altitude Illness- prevention & treatment
  • 11am: Water Disinfection: tips for water disinfection around the world
  • 12-1pm: lunch
  • 1pm: It’s Getting Hot in Here- Current Concepts of Heat Illness
  • 2pm: Bites, Stings & Vector Born Diseases- malaria & dengue
  • 3pm: Advances Global Health & Humanitarian Medicine in the 21st Century
  • 4pm: Stay Safe in the Mountains- Current Concepts of Lightning injuries
  • 4-5pm: Tea with Faculty! meet our faculty and get to ask questions and hear stories from the field.
  • 5pm:  Adjourn

Sunday:

  • 8am: Cold Injuries- How to prevent, manage and treat
  • 9am: Medical Kits- for every type of adventure
  • 10am: Stories from the field
  • 11am: Where to next? How to volunteer as a medical professional or get involved in wilderness & travel medicine
  • 12pm: End of conference – time for your next adventure!

    Optional Workshops during the Conference

    Take your Medical Training the the Next Level

    During the conference week, you have the option to participate in several workshops that allow you to hone your skills and also become a certified Wilderness Medicine Provider (Wilderness Life Support for the Medical Professional).

    Learn more about these below!

    Wilderness Medicine CME and AWLS Course

    Survival Skills for the Medical Professional

    Learn practical survival skills that you can take with you in any situation. Topics include shelters, ropes/knots, navigation, tips for survival kits and more!

    Friday, May 10th: 8-12noon
    Wilderness Medicine Course

    Orthopedic Injury & Splinting Workshop

    Take a deep dive into treating orthopedic injuries in remote and wilderness settings. Topics include assessment and treatment of various ortho injuries including dislocations, fractures, sprains/strains, and wound care!
    Friday, May 10th: 1-3pm

    Pre-Conference WLS:MP Certification

    Luxury Camping & Whitewater Rafting Weekend Skills Course

    Earn your Wilderness Life Support for the Medical Professional certification on our private 4 day whitewater rafting and luxury camping adventure!

    Dates: May 6th-9th, 2024

    This course is hosted during the 4 days before the conference. We will provide roundtrip transportation from Ashland to our basecamp on the California Salmon River, approximately 3 hrs from Ashland. You will arrive back on the Thursday, the 9th of May and start the conference on Friday morning.

    Get Certified in Wilderness Medicine

    Get Certified in Wilderness Life Support for the Medical Professional (formerly, AWLS). This course takes a deeper dive into wilderness medicine and outdoor skills. The hybrid format allows you to study topics ahead of time online and then arrive to the river ready for hands-on learning. This 4 day adventure includes  3 gourmet meals daily, 3 days of whitewater rafting and 3 nights at our private California Salmon river luxury tented basecamp with a wood-fired sauna and bar! Includes 24.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits! It is a perfect addition to the Global Medicine Conference to give you a full week of wilderness, travel and global health education. 

    Learn More
    Advanced Wilderness Life Support

    Meet our Faculty

    Phil Rasori

    Phil Rasori, MD

    Sheryl Olson

    Sheryl Olson, RN

    Ari Rasori MedTreks owner

    Ari Rasori, NP

    Location: Ashland, Oregon

    Our medical conference in Ashland offers a refreshing change of scenery, surrounded by stunning natural beauty. Known for its world-renowned Shakespeare Festival, the city also boasts an abundance of hiking trails and mountain biking routes, perfect for unwinding after a day of learning. The town’s vibrant culinary scene features excellent restaurants, allowing attendees to savor gourmet cuisine. Additionally, boutique shops line the charming streets, offering opportunities to discover handcrafted treasures. Join us in Ashland for a medical conference like no other, where education seamlessly blends with the enchanting allure of this picturesque town.

    Ashland Oregon medical Conference

    Explore Ashland, Oregon

    Discover a Year-Round Outdoor Paradise

    Ashland’s outdoors provide Natural Beauty to enjoy, Cycling adventures for the family or adventure cyclist, miles of amazing trails for Hiking & Trail Running, Water Adventures such as rafting, jetboating, kayaking and swimming in the rivers and many lakes within a short drive of Ashland including the Rogue River and Crater Lake National Park, Camping and Fishing, ZipLining, Golfing, fun Winter Recreation, and beyond Ashland, the Mountain Lakes region.

    Discover the outdoors with these fun itinerary ideas…

    • Cool off white water rafting or kayaking on the Rogue or Upper Klamath rivers
    • Cycle along the hills of Ashland, Bear Creek Greenway or for adventure riders, the Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway, a 55-mile loop climbing 5000’
    • Visit the Mountain Lakes to go fishing, paddling or swimming
    • Enjoy the trail systems of the Ashland Watershed, Lithia Park and Oredson-Todd Woods while trail running, hiking, birding or mountain biking
    • Witness the seasonal wildflowers on Grizzly Peak and Mt. Ashland
    • Hike and picnic at Grouse Gap Shelter along the Pacific Crest Trail
    • Take a leap and discover a zipline adventure
    Travel Ashland
    Conference Venue

    Nestled in the heart of Ashland, Oregon, the historic Ashland Springs Hotel stands as a true gem. Situated in the very center of the charming town, our attendees find themselves within easy walking distance of everything Ashland has to offer. From our doorstep, you can explore the renowned Shakespeare Festival, meander through boutique shops, savor incredible cuisine at gourmet and local restaurants, and hike or bike miles and miles of trails, just from the center of town!  Historic landmark Ashland Springs Hotel is more than a place to stay. It’s an experience. A place to relax, to celebrate and indulge. This lovingly restored European style boutique hotel offers 70 guest rooms, each tastefully designed and featuring many modern amenities and services. 

    Travel & Lodging

    Conference Hotel & Accommodations: 

    We have secured a special rate for rooms just for conference attendees at the historic Ashland Springs Hotel (our conference venue). Discounted rooms are limited and on a first come, first serve basis. Upon registration we will provide you with the booking discount information. 

    Travel Information: 

    The closest airport is The Rogue Valley International Medford Airport in Medford (MFR). It is a small, friendly airport that is just 20 minutes away from Ashland.

    You can also choose to fly into larger airports such as San Francisco and Portland and then drive the I-5 (about 5 1/2 hrs) to Ashland.

    Ashland Travel Tips: 

    Upon registering, we provide you with our Ashland Travel and Adventure guide with our favorite restaurants and local outdoor activities. This is helpful as you begin to plan you adventure.

    CME Accreditation

    Maximize Your CME Credits

    Earn up to 36.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

    We have designed the Global Medicine Seminar to be taken directly have the WLS:MP rafting trip to maximize your CME credit. You have the option to book one or both of these CME opportunities! 

    Global Medicine Seminar 

    May 11th-12th, 2024

    May 10th: optional pre-conference workshops on Survival Skills & Orthopedic Injuries in the Wilderness

    “The Wilderness Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. 

    Optional add-on certification: Wilderness Life Support for the Medical Professional (WLS:MP) 

    May 6th-9th, 2024

    “The Wilderness Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 24.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM .