(May 2014) Continuing medical education: CU offers educational trips in conjunction with the Wilderness Medical Society to health professionals and lay people interested in learning improvised medical care in remote areas. Trips in 2014 include Nicaragua (tropics), Alaska (sub-Arctic), Moab (hut-to-hut bicycle), Costa Rica (tropical and marine medicine), Adirondack (canoe) and Canyonlands National Park in Utah (desert).
Diploma in Mountain Medicine: The
Fellowships: Designed to develop leaders in wilderness medicine, this 15-month program based in the Department of Emergency Medicine at CU instructs fellows in altitude medicine, search and rescue, wilderness orthopedics and survival. Three months of the program are dedicated to a project. Previous students have studied tropical medicine and staffed the Himalayan Rescue Organization.
Electives for medical students: Fourth-year medical students can spend a week near Estes Park and another in Moab learning wilderness medicine essentials like avalanche safety, rescue
Travel clinic: The new Travel, Expedition
Massive open online course (MOOC): Jay Lemery, MD, section head of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, recently was approved to develop a Global Health Responder professional training course emphasizing personal competency skills. “This isn’t just for physicians going into global health situations,” Lemery says. “It’s for anyone—people who are building sewer lines or improving infrastructure.” CU will begin offering the class through Coursera, an online course provider, this fall.
Undergraduate courses: Students interested in entering medical school have a two-week opportunity to learn about emergency medicine. They spend a week in Denver riding with paramedic crews, answering 911 calls and trailing emergency doctors. In the second
Antarctic research support: CU’s Wilderness and Environmental Medicine