Expedition Medicine (EM)

This is a 54 hour course specifically designed for licensed medical practitioners (MD, PA, RN, DNP & DO) who aspire to become primary medical personnel on wilderness expeditions. The Expedition Medicine course builds off of existing knowledge and teaches medical professionals how to proactively manage, assess, and treat patient conditions in remote locations with limited equipment, and resources. Emphasis in this course is placed on the ability to organize resources, lead groups, and direct rescue and evacuation efforts while maintaining a superior level of patient care. In order to adequately prepare participants for expeditions medicine, this course takes place entirely in the field.

Hours: 54

Length: 5-6 days 

Training: CPR, WAT, EM

Credits: College credits are available when registering for a course sponsored by an institution of higher education.

CEU: A Total of 17 continuing education credits (CEU) can be applied towards the National Component of the 2016 National Continued Competency Program (NCCP) for the NREMT – Paramedic Training.


  • Urban Vs Wilderness Medicine
  • Wilderness Medicine Guidelines
  • Wilderness Recreation Law & Liability
  • Wilderness Risk Management
  • Patient Assessment
  • Advanced Life Support
  • Complex Airway Management
  • Supraglottic Airways
  • Micromedics
  • Multisystems Trauma
  • Iv Therapy In The Backcountry
  • Dilocations
  • Spine Injury Management
  • Vacuum Spine Board
  • Complex Backcountry Medical Problems
  • Genitourinary Issues
  • Mental Health Illnesses
  • Complex Environmental Medicine
  • Avalanche Burial Resuscitation
  • Professional Incident Documentation
  • Backcountry Communication Devices
  • Professionally Calling A Rescue
  • Basic Vs Expedition First Aid Kits
  • Improvised Litters & Carries
  • Incident Management
  • Leadership & Critical Thinking During An Incident
  • Complex Interagency Night Scenario Simulation
  • Psychological First Aid

Expedition Medicine (EM)   (Course Overview)


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