• General Information
  • Field Sessions
  • Enrollment & Costs
  • Participant Area


  • February 16-22, 2017
    Winter Conference
    Park City, UT
  • July 3, 2016
    July 10, 2016
    Alpine Skills & Rescue
    Rainer NP, WA
  • July 29 - August 4, 2016
    Summer Conference
    Telluride, CO
  • September 11, 2016
    September 25, 2016
    Rock Skills & Rescue
    Brighton, UT


The program is divided into four week-long sessions that should be completed within a two to three-year time period.

Is intended as continuing education for doctors, mid-level providers, nurses, and medics who work in or aspire to work in austere environments. 
The required coursework is an ideal blend of didactic and practical education in wilderness medicine, technical rescue, and self-sufficiency in the backcountry. 
This skill set crosses a multitude of disciplines including expedition medicine, search and rescue operations, mountain guiding, ski patrol, and mountain recreationalists.


The program is divided into four week-long sessions that should be completed within a two to three-year time period. Two of these week-long sessions are primarily didactic and offered in conjunction with the WMS Winter and Summer Conferences.

Attendance at pre-conference workshops and selected conference lectures is required.

The definitive mountain medicine authorities serve as faculty at both the Winter Conference occurring each February, and at the Summer Conference each July (or the World Congress in select years).

The other two week-long sessions are aimed at acquisition of practical mountain rescue skills. The experts at Remote Rescue Training teach these dynamic technical courses. The Alpine session takes place on the glaciated slopes of Washington’s Mount Rainier and focuses on rescue techniques in typical alpine mountaineering terrain. The Rock session is located in Utah’s Wasatch Range with a focus on cliff and crag rescue. In both of these phenomenal classrooms, participants learn technical rescue skills necessary to access and transport patients in rugged mountain terrain.

Following attendance in each session, DiMM candidates are required to complete and pass an open-book online exam within 60 days.

Due to the demanding physical nature of the DiMM field sessions, some basic prerequisites are required to ensure a safe learning environment for all participants. Doctors, mid-level providers, nurses, or medics enrolling in this program of study must have experience with backcountry hiking, beginner/intermediate-level rock climbing safety systems, snow travel, and cold weather camping.

The academic nature of the Diploma requires participants to pass both written and skills examinations in order to complete the program. During skill sessions, instructors perform reasonable remediation for any participant that does not meet the minimum skill standards set by ICAR/UIAA/ISMM and the WMS DiMM. If the participant still has not passed these skills by the end of the session, as determined by the instructors, he/she will be required to re-take that session at their own cost. The participant will be given a maximum of two attempts to successfully complete any certain skill session and three attempts to pass a specific written exam. If the participant does not pass a certain written exam or skill session after these attempts, the Diploma cannot be awarded.



Course Directors:
Scott McIntosh, MD; MPH; DiMM
George Rodway, PhD; APRN; DiMM
Christopher Davis, MD; DiMM; DTM&H
Ryan Paterson, MD; DiMM; DTM&H

Core Faculty:
Emily Sagalyn, MD; DiMM
Jenn Dow, MD; DiMM

Advisory Board Faculty:
Peter Hackett, MD

Technical and Rescue Advisory Board:
Andrew Rich, WEMT-Advanced, AMGA certified guide