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Everest Adventure Trek

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the WMS, we've commissioned nine posters to celebrate the Society and its many diverse member activities. We imagined these in the style of the grand art deco travel posters of the early 20th century.  The posters share a common theme and are designed to be displayed together, but each are iconic enough to be viewed individually. We have small number of printed sizes available in the Trading Post for purchase.

For the third year the WMS offers our adventure CME program with hands-on wilderness medical training while on an Everest Base Camp trek in the Khumbu Valley of Nepal. This remarkable trekking experience, repeating again in the spring of 2014, offers accredited continuing medical education credits as well as personalized wilderness medicine education by leaders in the field. It includes two nights at Everest Base Camp (not normally offered on Everest treks) in cooperation with Everest ER.  The historic Yak and Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu will be the host hotel. Before and after the trek, attendees will be able to experience colorful Kathmandu—once thought to be the fabled and inaccessible Shangri-La—now a hub for independent travelers and a growing vacation spot catering to all budgets. Trekkers will experience majestic and inspiring vistas of the Himalayas, mountainside tea houses and villages and Sherpa culture.   

Leading the faculty team will be experienced Everest trekker and Past President of WMS, Eric Johnson, MD, FAWM.  Peak Promotion, our Nepali partner and the trip guides, have been leading treks in the Nepal and Tibet since 1992. They are recognized by their government as the leading trekking and mountaineering agency in Nepal. We hope you can join us on this unique opportunity to experience Nepal, the Khumbu Valley and Everest Base Camp while refining your wilderness medicine skills!

Park City

With its vivid colors and burst of sun and snow, this poster celebrates the Wilderness Medical Society's annual winter conference. The Wilderness Medical Society invites you to join them at their action-packed winter conference, with its focus on Wilderness and Mountain Medicine. The 22nd annual winter meeting will be held in February of 2014. The conference is traditionally held in beautiful Park City, Utah with some of the most outstanding skiing in North America just outside the classrooms. In 2013, the conference focused on mountain travel and Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine as well as general coursework in wilderness medicine and an exciting new opportunity for participants to work towards the Diploma in Mountain Medicine sponsored by the Universities of Utah and Colorado.  

Whether you are a family practitioner advising patients, an accomplished expedition doctor working on your Fellowship in Wilderness Medicine, or just beginning to gain an interest in wilderness medicine, the WMS Winter Wilderness and Mountain Medicine Conference provides an exceptional opportunity for you to sharpen your knowledge and skills and form new and lasting friendships. We hope you will join us next February in Utah and experience the “Greatest Snow on Earth”!


The Caribbean pastel tones of our MedSail poster invites you into the open waters and seagoing spirit of the Wilderness Medical Society and The Moorings 11th Annual MedSail 2014 program.  We hope you will consider enrolling in this perfect mix of education, fun and luxury sailing, held in the British Virgin Islands January 25-February 1, 2014.  MedSail offers continuing medical education credits; however, you needn't be a medical professional to join MedSail 2014. This event is open to any sailor who wants to feel safer and more knowledgeable on the water.  Sail aboard a Moorings Signature Crewed Yacht with two other couples participating in the MedSail 2014 Conference or captain your own boat, choosing from The Moorings fleet of over 200 bareboats, ranging in size from 32 to 54-ft, monohulls or catamarans.  Participants attend a two-hour seminar ashore each morning and sail to a different anchorage each day, with stops along the way for snorkeling, hiking, shopping or just relaxing.  At the end of the day, meet up with everyone at your next anchorage for a late afternoon one-hour workshop.  

The Wilderness EMS Medical Director Course

poster features many iconic elements of Wilderness EMS, including helicopters, all-terrain response vehicles and signaling smoke. As interest in outdoor sports grows so do expectations for rescue services and the volume of EMS calls in wilderness or austere environments.

The Wilderness EMS Medical Director Course was developed to support physicians and other healthcare providers who are asked to provide medical oversight to EMS systems operating in a variety of wilderness environments.

The course particularly appeals to physicians tasked with medical oversight of search and rescue teams, ski patrols, EMS systems responding to remote areas, disaster teams and high angle rescue teams. A central tenet of the course is that all operational areas may have characteristics of austere medical care at some time, and that medical directors need to be as flexible as field caregivers in addressing those situations. This course was named one of the “Top 10 EMS Innovations of 2011” by the Journal of EMS. The course will be offered at both the Wilderness Medical Society and National Association of EMS Physicians annual meetings in 2014 as a preconference session.

Conference on Environmental Change and Human Health

This poster celebrates the Conference on Environmental Change and Human Health being held this fall at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab near Mobile, Ala. The Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) is committed to its efforts in advancing knowledge of medical care in austere and wilderness environments.  The WMS advocates for environmental well-being, highlighting specifically how environmental change impacts human health.  As part of this commitment to the environment, the WMS is holding its first conference solely committed to the issue of the health of the environment.

Speakers will be presenting on the health impacts of climate change, air pollution, endocrine disrupters, and the relationship between environmental chemicals and cancer. The WMS will continue to do its part in affecting positive change in environmental matters in both education and advocacy. The WMS continues to make a commitment to offer its members up-to-date information regarding present issues affecting the global environment and our health. Furthermore, the WMS has made a commitment to advocate for environmental issues, utilizing our health-professional network to protect the wilderness that has brought us all together.

Dive Medicine

This poster celebrates the Wilderness Medical Society  (WMS) Dive Medicine Conference. This specialty conference – held every several years – is for those who have an interest in recreational diving and the marine environment, or those who want to begin to cultivate that interest. It features the high quality of education that one expects at all WMS meetings in premier dive locations. There is ample time to enjoy the ocean wilderness and exotic locale. On each of the four days of the Continuing Medical Education (CME) program, a two-tank dive is scheduled. The learning environment moves from the classroom to the boat deck where participants will interact with faculty and be attending informal, on-board discussions. In the classroom, participants will learn science, medicine and clinical applications surrounding diving and medical care of diving incidents. Because the oceans comprise our greatest wilderness, it is logical that dive medicine is an integral part of wilderness medicine. We hope you will join us on our next dive medicine adventure in 2015 in Cozumel as we explore this most expansive of wilderness environments.

Diploma in Mountain Medicine

This poster celebrates the austere and beautiful environments in which students and graduates of the Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM) train and practice medicine. The Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) partnered with the Universities of Utah and Colorado to introduce a stateside American opportunity to obtain the DiMM, an internationally recognized mountain medicine certification. This course certifies that the participant has undergone rigorous training and testing in the essentials of mountain medicine and rescue in technical alpine environments.  The DiMM has set the standard over the past 10 years in Europe and other parts of the world for the education of doctors, nurses, and paramedics in mountain medicine and rescue. The medical commissions of the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA), International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR), and the International Society for Mountain Medicine (ISMM) established minimal requirements for these courses in 1997. At the end of the course, physicians will be awarded the qualification of Diploma in Mountain Medicine and nurses and paramedics will be awarded the Certificate in Mountain Medicine.

The Wilderness Athlete

We go into austere and extreme environments for many reasons...to appreciate the beauty they provide, to explore regions beyond and within, but we also go to play and compete. This poster heralds the first WMS pre-conference program dedicated to The Wilderness Athlete, available at our 2013 Conference and Annual Meeting in Breckenridge, Colorado. Recognizing the rapidly and evolving world of the wilderness athlete, the WMS will bring together members of our faculty who are Sports Medicine trained and representatives from the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine to give a one-of-a-kind  workshop to help providers become more comfortable with addressing the injuries, illnesses and logistics of caring for athletes in the wilderness. This specialty pre-conference will offer both didactic and hands-on experiences that will get you going in the right in the right direction.

Breckenridge, Colorado

This poster celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Wilderness Medical Society and our 2013 Conference and Annual Meeting in beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado. The conference has been designed to appeal to all austere medicine enthusiasts, novices to veterans, of diverse medical backgrounds. Come early and participate in pre-conference activities including a world-class session on the Wilderness Athlete. Enjoy a wide variety of lectures, small group sessions, workshops, research sessions, and social activities to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the WMS. Bring family and friends to participate in the conference or simply enjoy the great outdoors offered at Breckenridge in summer. Learn more about the WMS through its committee and board meetings, participate in the small group sessions, or enjoy the mountains. You get to make your schedule!

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