2004 Wilderness Medical Society Conference on Wilderness Medicine Features Guest Speaker Aron Ralston CMEs, World-reknown faculty and speakers, and outdoor adventures July 31 - August 6, 2004, Snowmass, Colorado

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The Wilderness Medical Society (WMS), the worldÂ?s leading organization devoted to Wilderness Medicine issues and their challenges, is sponsoring an exciting Continuing Medical Education (CME) Conference in Snowmass, Colorado, July 31 Â? Aug. 6, 2004.

The conference is featuring the young mountaineer Aron Ralston who was trapped by an 800-pound boulder in Utah’s Canyonlands—literally pinned between a rock and hard place—for 7 days in a remote slot-canyon. He will share his harrowing story and legendary self-rescue on Sunday, August 1, following the opening reception at the Snowmass Conference Center.

Special guest speakers for the evening of Wednesday, August 4, are the award-winning filmmaking team of Howard and Michele Hall, best known for their underwater IMAX films including Into the Deep and Island of the Sharks. Between them they have won 7 Emmy Awards. In addition to filmmaking, the Halls have published their photographs in hundreds of books and magazines. Their program will be an evening of images and true-life adventures.

The WMS, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, offers the finest CME programming available today. The Society’s leadership and conference faculty read like “Who’s Who in Wilderness Medicine.” The 2004 Summer Conference offers 5 full days’of small group sessions, optional outdoor hands-on programs, plus optional pre- and post-conference program. This conference is planned for healthcare professionals of all specialties with an interest in the outdoors or who treat patients who venture off-the-beaten path.

The Society, founded in 1983, is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to wilderness medicine and is traditional in its commitment to medical knowledge, education, and research. Members include physicians and allied health professionals from a variety of disciplines who share medical, conservation, and recreational interests in wilderness activities.

WMS is a preeminent organization making distinctive contributions to the medical and outdoor communities, the environment, and the public. To find out more about the WMS or the Summer Wilderness Medicine Conference or to register for the conference visit http://www.wms.org or call 719-572-9255 for more information.

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