Wilderness Medicine Course

Course Info:

This course is designed to strengthen the skills and knowledge base of medical professionals who work or travel to wilderness and resource limited regions of the world.

Course Objectives: 

Following this course, the participants should be able to:

  • Perform an efficient patient assessment in a wilderness setting 
  • Describe priorities in management of common medical problems encountered in the wilderness (hypothermia, hyperthermia, altitude illness) 
  • Demonstrate effective strategies for wound management and orthopedic injury assessment and treatment in the wilderness 
  • Perform appropriate techniques for improvised care: patient carries, splinting and rescue/evacuation procedures 


Course topics include: 

  • Patient Assessment in Wilderness Settings
  • Improvised Injury Management and Patient Evacuation
  • Mountain Medicine: Lightning & Altitude
  • Environmental Medicine: Hypothermia & Hyperthermia
  • Management of Orthopedic Injuries
  • Wound Management in the Wilderness
  • Wild Animal Attacks, Bites & Stings
  • Medical Kits in Remote & Wilderness Settings
  • Water Treatment in Remote & Wilderness Settings
  • Whitewater Medicine & Submersion Injury

Target Audience

The course is designed for medical professionals and healthcare providers who plan to work or volunteer in the fields of global health and humanitarian medicine. This course will be applicable to the following medical professionals:

  • Specialty Physicians
  • Non-specialty Physicians
  • Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • First Responders 
  • Wilderness and Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Paramedics 
  • Military medical personnel

CME Accreditation

Physician (MD,DO) & Advanced Practitioners (NP/PA) CME 

“This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies

of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the

Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) and MedTreks International. The WMS is accredited by the ACCME to

provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

“The Wilderness Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM .

Each physician should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

All education content presented in this activity has been reviewed and validated as appropriate in keeping with sound scientific principles.

Nursing Continuing Education

All of our courses are approved for nursing continuing education. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP16597, for 10 contact hours”. 

Faculty Disclosure 
The faculty and staff involved with this live activity have signed disclosure statements indicating they have no conflicts of interest or relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest with respect to this course content.


CME Accreditation WMS

Make a Difference

Over the past twenty years there has been a dramatic increase in travel to the developing world by health professionals wishing to work and/or volunteer in developing nations.

As medical professionals, we have a unique skillset, one that we can bring anywhere in the world to help individuals and communities who have less resources.

This course updates health care providers on new advances and resources in the fields of global health and humanitarian medicine. It focuses on enabling participants to provide medically and cost effective humanitarian assistance and to design and implement sustainable global health programs in the developing world.