November 10 - 18, 2018
Learn aerospace medicine. Live like an astronaut on Mars.
Nothing speaks to the essence of “wilderness” more than another planet. Mars represents the most remote and austere environment that humans have ever contemplated exploring. To simulate the demands of living and working on Mars, The Mars Society has established an analogue Mars base, called the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), in the Utah desert. In partnership with the Mars Society, the WMS will use MDRS as a base of operations for exploring “Mars.” Participants will enter a dedicated Mars mission, in which we will utilize spacesuits and rovers to explore the Martian surface, live in the Mars Hab, collaborate with Mission Control, learn to navigate using the stars through a dedicated observatory, and study medical issues unique to astronauts, space flight, and life on other planets. This course offers 37 CME credits!
The purpose of this simulation is to learn about space and wilderness medicine in the context of a simulated Mars mission at the MDRS site outside Hanksville, UT. Participants will be in simulation as Mars astronauts during the stay at MDRS. As a result, there will be a significant component of experiential learning. Previous space medicine topics have included:
All food, supplies, equipment, and lodging at MDRS except personal gear, including a sleeping bag
Ground transportation from Salt Lake City to MDRS
DOES NOT INCLUDE
Flights to/from Salt Lake City
Meals prior to arrival/departure from MDRS
November 10- Arrive at Salt Lake City International Airport by 12:00 PM.
November 11-17- In simulation. See below for typical daily schedule.
November 18- Simulation ends. Depart MDRS for Salt Lake City via WMS coordinated van. Departing flight should be no earlier than 3:00 PM.
The exact day-to-day itinerary will be determined by the crew according to the needs of the simulation. All days will include one extra-vehicular activity (EVA) and simulated medical scenario. All crew members will also have to complete daily tasks that are necessary to maintain the Hab.
A sample daily schedule is included below:
|7:00||Wake-Up and Breakfast|
|8:00||EVA – Search and Rescue, Evacuation of Crew Member with Long Bone Fracture|
|13:00||Simulation of intubation, sedation, fracture reduction via telemedicine instruction|
|16:00||Crew Maintenance Activities|
|19:00||Next Day Briefing and Crew Reports|
During simulation, we will function as a semi-autonomous Mars crew, and to the extent possible, simulate conditions on Mars. This means limited outside communication with Earth (there is generally no cell phone service and internet is extremely limited), wearing spacesuits whenever we are outside the Hab, and rationing consumable resources such as power, fuel, and water. This is part of the fun and challenge of the simulation.
We eat foods that are shelf stable, and the food supply is not able to accommodate specific diets (other than vegetarian). Participants with dietary restrictions may still participate, but will need to supply their own food.
|Flight Director and Course Co-Founder|
Jay Lemery, MD, FACEP, FAWM
|Mission Crew and Course Co-Founder|
Richard Cole, MD
|Mission Crew and Course Co-Founder|
Benjamin Easter, MD
Dana Levin, MD
We will be living in the Mars Hab at the MDRS site outside Hanksville, Utah. This is a simulated Mars base that involves very close living quarters. Each participant will have their own sleeping area, but these are small and the conditions are minimalist. Please refer to the Hab diagram on this page. There is very little to no cell reception and internet access is severely limited. Consistent with the simulated Mars environment, all time outside the Hab’s air lock will require participants to wear spacesuits.
Access to the second floor of the Hab (living quarters) requires climbing a very steep set of stairs that is essentially a ladder. In addition, EVAs will require hiking and riding ATVs through rough desert and rocky terrain in bulky simulated space suits with your head contained in a helmet. At least a few crew members will ascend rocky outcroppings while in space suits.
Crew members will also be lifting and carrying others over loose terrain. Participants should be generally fit.
Physical Challenges : 3 (1-5)
The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The WMS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 37 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This course is designed to educate participants in the pathophysiology, recognition and treatment of a variety of medical problems encountered in austere environments and settings remote from hospital or definitive care. Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:
• Establish a set of treatment priorities for care of the sick or injured in austere settings.
• Demonstrate basic aspects of improvised care, rescue and evacuation.
• Learn basic field skills enabling a physician to be more capable in a setting remote from definitive care.
Physicians and other Medical Care Providers who have an interest in providing medical care in “remote” environments such as wilderness settings or in developing countries are encouraged to attend. Physicians interested in space medicine and physicians counseling their patients traveling to remote areas will benefit as well.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Check with your governing entity to determine usefulness of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Academy of Wilderness Medicine:
Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM™) is designed for individuals who want to be acknowledged for their professional achievement in Wilderness Medicine and validate their training for their patients and clients.
FACULTY DISCLOSURE: It is the policy of the Wilderness Medical Society to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor. All faculty members are required to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentation. Accordingly, the Wilderness Medical Society has determined there are no conflicts to report associated with this conference.