Wilderness Medicine Area Of Concentration
We are pleased to offer this area of concentration (AOC) to our residents. Residents who select this track will be required to perform the following rotation experiences to meet the equivalent of 2 months of training in this AOC.
Core Rotation: Ski Patrol - the resident will spend one elective month on ski patrol at either Snoqualamie Pass or Mt. Baker Ski Area, working 4 weekends during the elective block. Since this is an elective, the resident will also be in clinic 1/2 time (4 sessions per week) and attend didactics. On this rotation, residents will be manage acute injuries that occur in the outdoor recreational setting ranging from joint injuries to major trauma.
CME: The resident will attend 16 hours of Wilderness Medicine CME -either at a local course or a WMS Wilderness Medicine Meeting or AWLS meeting.
Lecture series: Residents in the AOC will attend 10 lectures provided at SFM-FH covering the span of wilderness medicine activities (10 hours). These lectures will include the following topics:
1. What is wilderness medicine?
2. Winter sports injuries
3. High altitude medicine
4. Diving medicine and Near-drowning
5. Bites and Stings - hazards of backcountry vermin
6. Infectious complications of remote travel
7. Terrain hazards and Rescue - reading terrain in all seasons
8. Disaster medicine
9. The backcountry medical kit
10. Splinting improvisation workshop
11. Cold and Heat Injuries
12. Travel Medicine Consulting
We also have Wilderness Medicine Field Days (video) where we explore the NW wilderness and learn in the outdoor setting.
Just to get the ball rolling for the new academic year, those of you who are participating in EITHER the wilderness medicine AOC or if you plan on getting out in the wilderness this winter, there is an online course that is worth working through. The Canadian Avalanche Association course is excellent. We will use some of this module for our Thursday didactics as well.