Level 1 Avalanche and Winter Wilderness Medicine

Cost(Cost) Duration(Duration) Dates(Dates)
$799 4 days See Dates & Sign Up Tab

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The American Avalanche Institute is partnering with Tahoe Wilderness Medicine to offer this Level 1 avalanche class combined with Winter Wilderness Medicine with 13 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

The course is classroom based and field based with required backcountry travel in and around avalanche terrain. Participants must be able to travel in avalanche terrain. This can be done using skis, splitboard or snowboard with snowshoes.

Through lectures, hands-on sessions and scenarios, you will enhance your medical training and learn to apply your medical knowledge to the winter outdoor environment.

Avalanche Fundamentals will include:

  • Basic avalanche terminology
  • Recognizing avalanche terrain
  • Travel procedures in avalanche terrain
  • Formation of the mountain snowpack
  • How weather changes the snowpack
  • Human factors and how they can influence decision-making
  • Interpreting the avalanche forecast bulletin
  • Tour planning
  • Avalanche transceiver use and rescue skills
  • Field observations of terrain, snowpack, and weather
  • Basic use and interpretation of stability tests
  • Use of the Backcountry Avalanche Checklist in the field to provide a system for prioritizing information, working as a team, and minimizing possible human factor traps
  • Classroom decision-making scenarios to practice use of the checklist
  • Next steps

Medical Topics include:

  • Acute Mountain Sickness
  • Hypothermia
  • Ski and Snowboard Injury Patterns
  • Frostbite
  • Fractures and Dislocations in the Wilderness
  • Wilderness Medical Kits
  • Pre-hospital Patient Assessment and Care in the Wilderness
  • Wilderness Rescue for the Backcountry Traveler
  • Avalanche Resuscitation
  • Avalanche Rescue
  • Avalanche Case Scenarios

RECOMMENDED READING

  • Snow Sense, Jill Fredston & Doug Fesler
  • Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Bruce Tremper
  • Avalanche Essentials, Bruce Tremper

CREDITS & OUTCOMES

Educational Objectives: After attending this conference, the participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate increased awareness of medical problems unique to the wilderness and austere environments
  • Prevent, diagnose and manage illnesses or injuries in the wilderness and/or remote location
  • Promote increased awareness of safety and accident prevention in wilderness surroundings

The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 13 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Target Audience: Physicians and other medical professionals who engage in wilderness activities, who counsel individuals who take part in such activities, or who are likely to encounter illness or injury in remote or resource-limited settings.

REGISTRATION

Sign Up  January 19-22, 2017 – JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING

Course Cost: $799

  • Course cost includes: course, course materials, and 13 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
  • Course cost does not include: transportation, lodging, meals or backcountry travel and safety gear.