Canyon Country in Southern Utah
Experience the ultimate adventure and an unforgettable journey in the rugged and stunningly beautiful canyon country! Earn continuing medical education credits while hiking, canyoneering, and camping in some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the American West.
Our expert faculty will lead you through the canyons, towers, and mesas of this iconic region, sharing their knowledge of the area and covering the prevention and treatment of injuries common to the environment as you go. In addition to the adventure and learning opportunities, you'll enhance your desert medicine, leadership, and survival skills, all while bonding with like-minded colleagues and making memories to last a lifetime.
You'll hike through narrow slot canyons, climb towering sandstone cliffs, and explore ancient ruins and rock art sites.
Whether you're a seasoned explorer or relatively new to the outdoors, our Canyon Country Adventure CME trip is the perfect way to recharge your spirit, learn something new, and experience the wonders of the Southwest in a unique and meaningful way. Don't miss out on this unforgettable opportunity.
Limited to 14 participants to allow for optimal small group learning, authentic wilderness experiences, and efficient travel.
In addition, this course offers 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and is eligible for FAWM credits.
October 1 - 9, 2023
- Medical professionals who have an interest in providing medical care in “remote” environments such as wilderness settings or in developing countries are encouraged to attend. Physicians counseling their patients traveling to remote areas will benefit as well.
- Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
- Other Professionals: Check with your governing entity to determine usefulness of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
We will be doing mainly primitive camping and day hikes. Participants will be sleeping in tents, participating in day hikes on rough and at times steep terrain, carrying a full day pack, up to 10 miles (16 km) in length, and exploring deep and narrow slot canyons, as well as slickrock. All activities are "challenge by choice" (if one is not comfortable participating in the activity that can be worked with and ideally an alternative will be suggested and/or provided). Weather can range from hot (30 degrees C/90 degrees F) to cold (-5 degrees C/20 degrees F), with rain, snow, and gusty winds often experienced. Participants will be expected to assist with camp set up/management, cooking and cleaning.
This week long expedition will focus on wilderness medical and survival issues, especially those experienced in arid and desert areas. This include hypothermia, hyperthermia, trauma, musculoskeletal soft tissue issues, dislocations/fractures, toxic animals, and lost persons.
We will meet in St. George, UT (could also fly into Las Vegas, NV) then drive to Bryce National Park and to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument where the majority of classes and hikes will be held. We'll have additional classes at Zion National Park before returning to St. George.
All food, group camping gear, and ground transportation from St. George will be provided. Participants will be responsible for their own clothing, eating utensils, and sleeping bag/pad. Enrollment is limited to 14 participants to allow for optimal small group learning, authentic wilderness experiences, and efficient travel and logistics.
Dixie National Forest, Zion National Park, Bryce National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument