The Wilderness Medical Society has issued new practice guidelines for Treatment of Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia and Spine Immobilization in the Austere Environment


The Wilderness Medical Society has issued new practice guidelines for Treatment of Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia and Spine Immobilization in the Austere Environment

If you have medical protocols (and why would you?) they just WMS Poster 1changed. If you run wilderness programs, a new guideline that you will be judged against has been created.

The Wilderness Medicine Society is the organization for writing guidelines for outdoor recreation and SAR community, besides being a great organization for meeting the experts in the field of wilderness medicine. If you are involved in the outdoors you should be a member! Join today.

The Wilderness Medicine Society is the First Aid Organization

The new guidelines have been developed over years of research by experts in the field. These experts include both the SAR personnel who find people and the physicians who treat the injured victims once they arrive at a hospital.

Join today and find out what these new guidelines are and how to implement them in your program.

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Everyone should write first aid protocols…. Or you could just buy a first aid book!

First Aid has its Limits. By law!                                                                    

Letter to the Editor: Wilderness and Environmental Medicine              

Not a final decision, but I believe an indication of where the law of AED’s is heading however the basis for WMS Poster 3the decision is nuts!                                                                                

Seriously, you have to send a memo about this, the issue is not what they are doing, it is who you are allowing to instruct.                                                                                       

Stopping a rescue when someone is willing to perform may create liability


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Wilderness Medical Society 2013 CME Conferences


wms_logo.jpgContinuing Medical Education Conferences

Leading the Worldwide Community of Wilderness Medicine

Dear James,We hope to see you at one of our upcoming CME conferences!


30th Anniversary Conference and Annual Meeting

July 12-17, 2013
Breckenridge, Colorado


Wilderness Medicine Magazine now Available

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Wilderness Medicine Magazine – Summer 2012 (Volume 29, Issue 3)

WMS members, friends and enthusiasts,Please click the link below to view the latest issue of Wilderness Medicinemagazine hot off the virtual press. The Summer 2012 issue is loaded with good reading: Everest Expedition: A Gutsy Trek by member Nancy Pietroski who experienced the WMS Everest trek; a one-on-one interview with world-renown UK physician, mountaineer and author Charlie Clarke; a review of the Best Wilderness Medicine Books; the Top 10 Best Backcountry Foods, poison plant identification and much more, plus all the latest WMS Society news and announcements.

Please click the links below to view the latest issue of Wilderness Medicine magazine, hot off the virtual press. You can view and/or print the magazine as a “flip book” or a simple PDF file. Check out our MOBILE version for viewing on mobile devices (yes, even IPads!).

Online Edition

Mobile Version

PDF Version

We love fedback and story ideas. If you have friends and colleagues who may be interested in what the WMS does, please forward.

Christopher Van Tilburg,
MD Editor-in-Chief, Wilderness Medicine

Wilderness Medical Society Trailblazer, April 2012


Leading the worldwide community of Wilderness Medicine

Trailblazer – April 2012
What’s New

World Congress on Wilderness Medicineguide1c.jpgJuly 13-17, 2012Whistler, BC, Canada
Wilderness Medicine Magazine Vol. 29.2—Spring 2012

Check it out!

Featuring Burning Man Medicine, Indo-Pacific Lionfish Update, Q&A with Dr. Bill Forgey, and Pemmican – the Backpacker’s Greasy Friend!

Academy of Wilderness Medicine

The Academy of Wilderness Medicine has announced the Fellow Advancement Recognition or FAR program. Fellows in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine are encouraged to advance their FAWM status. In addition to offering the Master Fellow program, the WMS recognizes the continued accumulation of core and elective credits after a member has become a Fellow. Awards will be presented to those Fellows who have been awarded the required levels of post-FAWM credits as displayed below. The Credit Status report can be used to display your current credit summary. See the April edition of Wilderness Medicine magazine for more information.

New to the Eductional Presentation Series: Tick-Borne Illnesses

A new Educational Lecture has been added to our peerless series: Tick-borne Illnesses by Gillian A. Beauchamp, MD and Edward J. Otten, M.D., FACMT, FAWM. You can order this lecture separately or as part of the entire series.

2011 WMS Recognition Awards—Call for Nominations

The WMS Awards Committee, chaired by Dr. Ken Zafren, invites you send your suggestions for nominees of members and non-members who you believe are worthy of the Society’s recognition. The winners will be honored at the 2012 World Congress in Whistler, British Columbia. The award categories are listed below:

Blair Erb World Congress International Award*
Warren D. Bowman Award
Education Award
Founders Award
Research Award
Dian Simpkins Service Award

The Awards Committee will give full consideration to all those named. In support of your nomination please include: Your name, member number, and contact information; award for which you are nominating him/her; full name and contact information of nominee; awards, recognition, degrees; experience, accomplishments, and memberships; your personal support statement.

Email your nomination(s) with supporting information to Dr. Ken Zafren: zafren by April 18, 2012. We look forward to your participation in helping the WMS to award our worthy colleagues with these honors.
*Full description of the Awards can be reviewed in the Spring edition Wilderness Medicine magazine.

Board of Directors – Call for Nominations

A call for nominations to the WMS Board of Directors is currently ongoing. Interested persons can contact Dr. Colin Grissom at colin.grissom by May 1, 2012. The list of responsibilities is enumerated in the April issue of Wilderness Medicine magazine.

Research Grants – We have our winners!

Houston Grant
“Genetic Influences Underlying Skeletal Adaptation to Altitude”
Kevin Michael Train, MS1
Morgantown, WV

Research in Training
“Pediatric traumatic brain injury associated with alpine ski and snowboard falls: Epidemiology, helmet use, and outcomes, 2003-2009”
Janessa M. Graves, PhD MPH
Seattle, WA

“Acetazolamide for the prevention of high altitude illness: a comparison of dosing”
Scott McIntosh, MD
Salt Lake City, UT

Don’t Miss
Wilderness & Environmental Medicine Journal

Wilderness & Environmental Medicine Journal Vol. 23.1 available online to members now! Log in as a member to access your online journal. Three excellent articles have been chosen for the “CME” articles for this issue. Be sure to read the articles and take the quiz to receive your CMEs for this issue. Non-members can go to to access the Editor’s Choice (free) article on “Recognizing Dangerous Snakes in the United States and Canada: A Novel 3-Step Identification Method.”

6th International Conference on Wilderness Medicine

Wilderness knows no boundaries and the Wilderness Medical Society’s program of a quadrennial World Congress to review the status of Wilderness Medicine activities around the world continues this year in Whistler, BC, Canada, July 13-17, 2012. From its humble beginnings as a fishing lodge in 1914, to being center stage for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games — Whistler is an extraordinary place to visit and wonderful destination for adventurous spirits.

The WMS International Congress is unsurpassed in bringing together the best minds in the field of Wilderness Medicine from around the globe. You will not find another conference like the WMS World Congress anywhere, and we hope you will make your plans early to attend this one-of-a-kind meeting. Our four preconference programs include Mountain and Expedition Medicine (DiMM), Disaster and Humanitarian Medicine, Marine Medicine, and Advanced Wilderness Life Support. Registration and program schedule.

Other 2012 Conferences of Note
International World Extreme Medicine Conference

ewm.jpgExpedition & Wilderness Medicine (EWM) is delighted to launch the International World Extreme MedicineConference and EXPO series. This inaugural event, April 15th and 18th 2012, will be held at One Wimpole Street, central London, home of the Royal Society of Medicine. Here’s more information on the conference and the impressive range of speakers.

The Global Emergency Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital

globalemergency.jpgThe Global Emergency Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical College Department of Emergency Medicine is pleased to announce the next Global Health Emergencies Course, aimed at healthcare providers involved in international work. The course will provide participants with the tools and knowledge necessary to engage in high-impact interventions in a variety of global health crises. This state-of-the-art, 2-week course bringing together over 25 experts in public health, policy and programming to engage participant healthcare providers in an exploration of the most critical challengers in global health today: the Global Fund Diseases – Malaria, TB, HIV; trauma; chronic diseases; pandemics; and complex humanitarian emergencies. Details, schedule and registration.

Antarctic Medical Conference

Wilderness Medicine CME coursesAn iconic Antarctic Medical Conference exploring one of the world’s most amazing regions!

Join us from December 7-19, 2012, aboard the National Geographic Explorer, a state-of-the-art expedition ship. The conference will be led Dr. Luanne Freer the Medical Director of Yellowstone National Park; former President of the Wilderness Medical Society; Medical Lead on Mountain Medicine, Nepal and subject of the documentary “Everest ER,” which features her work running the field hospital at Everest Base Camp. The ship will also have its own Expedition Leader, a National Geographic staffer, who will be an expert on this incredible region. To find out more visit Expedition & Wilderness Medicine website.

2013 WMS Conferences
Save the dates for these exciting WMS events!

Medsail.jpgFebruary 2-9, 2013

MedSail – Medicine for Mariners and Safety at Sea
British Virgin Islands

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Wilderness & Mountain Medicine Conference
The Canyons, Park City, Utah

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WMS 30th Anniversary and Wilderness Medicine Conference
Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge, Colorado

dauphinisland.jpgOctober 30-November 5, 2013Environmental Change & Human Health
Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin Island, Alabama

WMS Member Online Photo Library

An image library has been created for WMS members to share with other members. Images are categorized according to topics (such as Burns, Travel Medicine, Marine Medicine, Animals, Allergies, Plants, to name a few) and should be useful to members preparing presentations. Our photo library is only as extensive as we build it, so we encourage everyone to take some time to upload their favorite photos after filling out a copyright agreement and HIPPA statement.

Keep your member information up-to-date!

Go to your Member Profile page and make sure everything is current.

Research – You Can Make a Difference

The WMS has a long history of fostering awareness and appreciation among healthcare professionals and scientists for the research of health-related concerns in outdoor and wilderness activities. In 2010, we introduced a new grant directed and humanitarian and disaster response efforts. Our Research Grant Awards have been helping fulfill our mission “To advance healthcare, research, and education related to wilderness medicine” for many years. Even during economic downturns and a sluggish economy our our Board of Directors believes it is incumbent on us as a Society to encourage this work.

  • The Charles S. Houston Award is for medical students and the Research-in-Training Award is for residents and fellows of an accredited graduate medical education program or doctoral candidates working towards a PhD.
  • The Herbert N. Hultgren Award is for members of the WMS.
  • The Humanitarian Aid Grant was developed in response to the January 2010 Haitian earthquake in an attempt to support WMS members involved in humanitarian and disaster response efforts. However, the Humanitarian Research Aid Grant applications will be considered for projects worldwide, regardless of country.

The Houston, Research-in-Training and Hultgren Awards are funded by the Society, as well as donations from our members and friends. The Humanitarian Aid Grant is fully funded by your charitable donations. Please consider starting the new year off right with a tax deductible donation to one of these excellent WMS grant programs to assist young researchers and further education and research in wilderness medicine and humanitarian relief. Donate online

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Latest edition of the WMS Wilderness & Environmental Medicine Journal is out.

If you work in the Outdoor Industry, you should be a member of the WMS.

The Articles in the Volume 23, Number 1, Spring 2012 edition of the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) journal are great!

·         Nifedipine for the Treatment of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema

·         Background Rates of Acute Mountain Sickness-Like Symptoms at Low Altitude in Adolescents Using Lake Louise Score

·         Peripheral Arterial Desaturation is Further Exacerbated by Exercise Adolescents with Acute Mountain Sickness

·         Recombinant Angiotension-Converting Enzyme 2 Suppresses Pulmonary Vasoconstriction in Acute Hypoxia

·         Physiological Bone Responses in the Fingers after More than 10 Years of High-Level Sport Climbing: Analysis of Cortical Parameters

·         Medical Direction of Wilderness and Other Operational Emergency Medical Services Programs

·         Novel Use of a Hemostatic Dressing in the Management of a Bleeding Leech Bite: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

·         Wolf Spider Envenomation

·         Managing Anaphylaxis in a Jungle Environment

·         Increasing Creating Kinase Concentrations at the 161-km Western States Endurance Run

·         Improvised Traction Splints: A Wilderness Medicine Tool or Hindrance?

·         Animal-related Motorcycle Collisions in North Dakota

You are going to get great information by reading the newsletter, website and journal of the WMS. More importantly, I find the information is just as critical in telling you what not to do.

You can become a member of the WMS by going here. Sign up today and learn for the rest of the year.

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