Wilderness Medical Society Trailblazer: If you work in Outdoor Recreation you should be a Member!


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the WMS! We would like to thank everyone for joining us in our adventures and at our conferences this year. We are ever grateful for our membership and all those that support this Society. We look forward to 2018 as we are excited to bring our Winter and Summer conferences to two cities for the first time: Lake Tahoe, Nevada and Midway, Utah! Thank you to everyone for helping to make the WMS community what it is and for truly combining your profession with your passion!
So you’ve been bitten by a leech. What’s the worst that could happen?
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“Several years ago, emergency physician Jeremy Joslin found himself overseeing an ultramarathon in the backcountry of Cambodia. Once they’d finished the event, many of the athletes wanted to cool off and noticed an inviting stream nearby.

‘After a few minutes, the screams started,’ says Joslin, who is based at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. It was not long before people began hurrying back to camp-along with the multiple leeches that had become attached to their bodies. The next few days were filled with bandage changes and mild bleeding.

Most leech encounters play out similarly. Finding one of these bloodthirsty worms on your body can be a disturbing experience, but it’s usually not a medical emergency.

Usually. Every once in awhile, leeches can cause some serious and gruesome complications. Here’s what can happen when one of these little suckers bites you, and what you can do about it…”

For the first time ever, the WMS is heading to Lake Tahoe!

Wilderness Medicine Conference

February 23 – 28, 2018

Stateline, Nevada

Join us for this exciting WMS Winter Conference at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe on the South Shore in 2018!

Morning plenary sessions will cover all the essential winter wilderness topics, like avalanche rescue, hypothermia, frostbite and recent advances in altitude illness, and much more. In the afternoons you can choose from indoor and outdoor small group sessions and optional hands-on workshops. Or, you may choose to take some time off to ski, snowboard or explore the exciting Lake Tahoe region. This flexible schedule allows you to have plenty of time for education, recreation and relaxation!

Additional Liability Insurance Coverage Now Available to Members

As of November, members can now apply for additional coverage up to $200,000 (above and beyond the $50,000 for WMS Members)! The rate for this coverage is $800 annually (or $67/month). The coverage period extends from November 1 – October 31, so Members acquiring coverage mid-year will pay a prorated fee. Your WMS membership will be verified each November 1 for renewal eligibiltiy.

Note: Once a Members application is complete, an invoice and BILL will be sent directly to the WMS Member. Payment can be made by check or credit card, but there is a $25 fee for credit cards. Once the payment is processed, the Member will be sent a receipt and a Certificate of Insurance with them named.

Click here for more information and to apply!

WMS Seeking Committee Chair for Operational Medicine Committee

We are currently seeking to fill an open chair position for the Operational Medicine Committee. The mission of the committee is to acquire and function as a conduit for the latest operational medical research and field knowledge from the military. The committee is comprised of dedicated military field personnel interested in sharing techniques learned on the field. The Committee is in need of a person who will take the lead in developing lectures with the assistance of committee members to present at future WMS conferences.

If interested, please contact WMS COO Robyn Bonini.

Accepting Applications for 2018 Research Grants

The Wilderness Medical Society is pleased to announce the CALL FOR RESEARCH ABSTRACTS for the WMS Annual Meeting & Summer Conference, August 3-8, 2018 in Midway, Utah.

* Notifications of accepted abstracts will be sent by May 4, 2018.

* Accepted abstracts will be presented as posters at the meeting, with a selection chosen for oral presentations.

* One oral presentation will be selected for the 2018 WMS Outstanding Research Presentation Award ($500 award).

* All accepted abstracts will be considered for publication in Wilderness & Environmental Medicine.

* Abstract presenters will receive free registration for the day of presentation.

For questions or more information, please contact Alicia Byrne.

Application and more information can be found here.

New Features on Our Website

We are excited to announce a couple new features on our website! As most of you know, the WMS maintains a variety of committees designed to oversee various aspects of the society. Now you have the opportunity to participate in these committees! Each committee now has a blog open to WMS members so you can communicate your thoughts and ideas with us. Check it out at the Committees page of our website!

We are also proud to present online forums in a variety of topics for members to submit their input. These include forums for research questions and information, sharing relevant news stories, articles in our online magazine, Wilderness Medicine Magazine, and many more! You can check it out in the Members Area of our website.

Want to engage with others interested in the WMS? Check out the “Discussions” tab on the home page of WMS.ORG to interact with other visitors to the site!

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Everest Experience

March 25 – April 14, 2018

Due to on-going demand for “adventure, hands-on” wilderness medicine training and experience, the WMS has put together this world-class program. This course offers the opportunity for continuing medical education while on an Everest base camp (EBC) trek. WMS CME credit is available from Kathmandu to Everest base camp, and we are planning on two nights at EBC (not normally offered for Everest treks) in cooperation with Everest ER.

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Canyon Country Adventure

May 3 – 11, 2018

Discover hidden arches and signs of the ancient Anasazi, explore slot canyons, and climb desert towers on this classic introduction to Southern Utah’s amazing canyon country. While learning important Wilderness Medicine topics, learn basic canyoneering skills. Revel in and truly experience the spectacular beauty of this iconic landscape.

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Mars Desert Research Station

May 12 – 19, 2018
May 19 – 26, 2018

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.”

Register >

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Case Review: Finnish Lightning Storm

In July of 2011, lightning from a storm in Hanko, Finland left eight injured – three critically…

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Lyme Disease: Part Two

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Desert: Let’s Go Out to the Movies

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New Wilderness Medical Society Practice Guidelines: If you are an outdoor provider, these are you first aid standards of care.

No matter what you think or what you have been told, these are how you will be judged based on your training

The Wilderness Medical Society has published updated and new Practice Guidelines for Wilderness Emergency Care. Those guidelines cover:

·         Use of epinephrine in Outdoor Education and Wilderness Settings: 2014 Update

·         Treatment of Eye Injuries and Illnesses in the Wilderness

·         Treatment of Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia

·         Prevention and Treatment of Frostbite

·         Prevention and Treatment of Heat-Related Illness

·         Out-of-Hospital Evaluation and Treatment of Accidental Hypothermia

·         Prevention and Treatment of Lightning Injuries

·         Treatment of Acute Pain in Remote Environments

·         Spine Immobilization in the Austere Environment

·         Basic Wound Management in the Austere Environment

As well as understanding the new guidelines, make sure you understand the conditions under which the guidelines should be used.

You can access these guidelines by joining the Wilderness Medical Society here: Join Wilderness Medical Society.

If you work in the outdoors and want to provide first aid care to your fellow workers, clients, participants and friends you should understand these new guidelines.

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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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Another Way to Teach CPR                                                                                  http://rec-law.us/xEEaRo

CPR is not fool proof                                                                                               http://rec-law.us/w4PrpE

Everyone should write first aid protocols…. Or you could just buy a first aid book!http://rec-law.us/wguXEW

First Aid has its Limits. By law!                                                                              http://rec-law.us/xS1IEk

Letter to the Editor: Wilderness and Environmental Medicine                        http://rec-law.us/AjxzNj

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!                                                                                          http://rec-law.us/yKC5te

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.                                                                                                 http://rec-law.us/Ap1bRu

Stopping a rescue when someone is willing to perform may create liabilityhttp://rec-law.us/xuMtOt


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Wilderness Medical Society 2013 CME Conferences


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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


The ALL NEW Wilderness Medicine Magazine


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WildernessMedicineMagazine.com is the new repository of the best writing, graphics and audiovisual pieces available in wilderness medicine today. Embracing modern web technology, we will continuously bring you a dynamic, multimedia experience.

More content, more authors and more technologies, including abundant hyperlinks, videos, graphics and content-rich material make this site the go-to location for entertaining, interesting and cutting edge information.

As it is a constantly evolving web-based magazine, we suggest you check the site often for new articles and announcements.
Subscription tools are being developed that will allow you to be notified when new content of interest is posted. We are open to your suggestions for ways it can be even more functional and useful for you. Also please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to contribute content. You can email the Executive Editor Seth Hawkins directly or refer to the “Submission Guidelines” link on the site.

Thanks for your support from the entire Magazine Committee of the Wilderness Medical Society.

Jonna Barry, Editorial Director

Seth C. Hawkins, MD, FAWM, Executive Editor
Debra Stoner, MD, FAWM, Senior Editor
Nancy Pietroski, PharmD, Associate Editor
Sam Schimelpfenig, MD, Associate Editor
Larry E. Johnson, MD, Assistant Editor

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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

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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

Articles from the Summer 2012 Wilderness & Environmental Medicine

If you are in the Outdoor Recreation industry you should be a member of the Wilderness Medical Society

This issue has it all, altitude issues, canoeing issues, mountain biking injuries, insect and snake bikes, CPR and the National Ski Patrol round out the articles.

Oximetry Fails to Predict Acute Mountain Sickness or Summit Success During a Rapid Ascent to 5640 Meters

Change in Oxygen Saturation Does Not predict Acute Mountain Sickness on Jade Mountain

Rare Mitochondrial DNA Polymorphisms are Associated with High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) Susceptibility in Han Chinese

The Hawkesbury Canoe Classic: Musculoskeletal Injury Surveillance and Risk Factors Associated with Marathon Paddling

The Epidemiology of Mountain Bike Park Injuries at the Whistler Bike Park, British Columbia (BC), Canada

Fatalities from Venomous and Nonvenomous Animals in the United States (1999 – 2007)

Hyponatremia in an 85 Year old Hiker: When Depletion Plus Dilution Produces Delirium

Black Widow Spider Envenomation, a Rare Cause of Horner’s Syndrome

Effects of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation at High Altitudes on the Physical Condition of Untrained and Unacclimatized Rescuers

Prehospital Medical Care and the National Ski Patrol

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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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 wemjournal.org 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!

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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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