The Wilderness Medical Society Hosts 6th World Congress on Wilderness Medicine

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The Wilderness Medical Society invites all medical professionals interested in wilderness and mountain medicine to the 6th World Congress on Wilderness Medicine in Whistler, British Columbia, July 12-17, 2012.

WMS: Combining your profession with your passion!

The Wilderness Medical Society (WMS), leading the world wide community in Wilderness Medicine education, continues its tradition of sponsoring quadrennial conferences to review the status of Wilderness Medicine activities around the globe. From July 12-17, 2012, the Society hosts the 6th World Congress on Wilderness Medicine, in Whistler, B.C, Canada. This international conference brings together the world’s leading experts to present leading-edge treatments, techniques, and technology and address medical care in austere and extreme environments.

In addition to the main conference, four preconference programs will be featured: Disaster and Humanitarian Medicine; Marine Medicine; Advanced Wilderness Life Support; and Diploma in Mountain Medicine Medicine (DiMM). The WMS has launched a new program in association with the University of Utah and the University of Colorado – the U.S. Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM). This program is designed to train participants in the essentials of mountain medicine and rescue in technical alpine environments. Four preconference programs will be featured: Disaster and Humanitarian Medicine; Marine Medicine; Advanced Wilderness Life Support; and Mountain and Expedition Medicine (DiMM).

Faculty and guest speakers will include Drs Charles Clarke, Karen van Hoesen, Paul Auerbach, Eric Johnson, Gordon Giesbrecht, Lance Ferguson, Buddha Basnyat, and Bruno Durrer, to name a few. After completing this program, participants will able to evaluate and manage problems resulting from environmental extremes of cold, heat, and altitude; understand the influence of exercise stress on the evaluation and management of environment-related medical maladies; evaluate and prepare international and wilderness travelers for medical problems they may encounter; advise appropriate preventative measures for environmental illness and infectious diseases of wilderness travelers; improvise methods for splinting, bandaging, and evacuation from available equipment and supplies; understand medical issues specifically related to search and rescue operations; understand international differences in medical management and environmental problems.

Registration for this conference and further details regarding the Wilderness Medical Society can be found at

The WMS, a 501(c)3 organization, is the world's leading organization devoted to wilderness medical challenges. Wilderness medicine topics include expedition and disaster medicine, dive medicine, search and rescue, altitude illness, cold- and heat-related illness, wilderness trauma, submersion injuries, envenomation, and wild animal attacks.

Founded in 1983, the WMS has long-standing commitment to education and research, sponsoring accredited continuing medical education conferences, publishing a peer-reviewed quarterly medical journal—Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, a quarterly magazine—Wilderness Medicine, an educational lecture series, and practice guidelines for wilderness emergency care.

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