Wilderness Medicine in the Alps
Internal Medicine 7984
Monday July 8 to Friday July 19, 2019
This program will offer certification in Advanced Wilderness Life support (AWLS) as well as certifications in tropical and travel Medicine and certification in backpacking medicine offered by the University Utah School of Medicine through the Advanced Certification and Expertise (ACE) program. This program is designed to prepare medical students, residents and physicians who have no formal medical training, how to prevent and treat injuries and medical problems that might occur in the back country where no medical help is available.
DATES: For the 2019-20 academic year, this course will be a 2-week elective from Monday July 8th to Friday July 19th, 2019, in Chamonix-Mt. Blanc France.
CREDIT:: This course will give you two weeks of credit and it will be pass or fail.
How to Enroll in the Course
University of Utah medical students: Sign up with the Learning Abroad office. Their deadline is February 15th, 2019. There is a $100 late fee if you sign up after that. Click on the button below to look at their site. You do not need to sign up with the Dean’s office. After the course is complete, they will simply give you the credit for the course using enrollment information from the Learning Abroad office.
Other medical students: Even though this is a VSAS course, you will sign up through the Learning Abroad office. You can do this anytime. Their deadline is February 15th, 2019. There is a $100 late fee if you sign up after that. You will not need to sign up through VSAS. Click on the Learning Abroad link below. Once you have completed the course, a grade will be issued to your school.
Residents: If you are a resident please click the button below
Location: Nestled in a lush valley in the French Alps, the idyllic mountain resort of Chamonix provides an unmatched base for outdoor adventure. The Mont Blanc massif rises impressively over the charming village inspiring the avid mountaineer and casual hiker alike. The downtown is also a fine place to stroll for shopping or dining as there are many fine restaurants just a short walk away. Discovered in 1741, this mountain village has become a destination for alpine recreation. The course is being hosted at the Mercure Chamonix Centre Hotel ideally located in the center of the town.
Housing: Housing will be provided for all medical students as part of the fees for the course.
Director and Coordinator: Richard Ingebretsen
Timeline Monday July 8th to Friday July 19 th in Chamonix-Mt. Blanc
Educational and Instructional Modalities
40% hands on training
10% small group
Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) (Available on Amazon.com)
For a copy of the above material as well as further information such as assessment and grading please click on the 'Syllabus' button below.
Course Goals - As a result of completing Wilderness Medicine:
Save lives in the wilderness through hands-on practical instruction
Learn to prevent and treat the most common wilderness injuries and illnesses
Know the common practical medicines for use in the wilderness
Search for and rescue injured patients
Understand common methods for evacuation
Provide basic suggestions for preparedness
Demonstrate how to pack an effective first aid kit
Learn proper techniques for water disinfection
Learn the back-country assessment of an injured or sick patient
Learn the treatment of dislocations, sprains, strains and breaks
Learn how to treat medical problems and prevent infectious disease
Study and learn the treatment of bites and stings
Learn the treatment of skin related injuries including sunburn and poison ivy
Study the prevention and treatment of lightning related injuries
Learn to treat hot and cold related injuries including dehydration and frostbite
Understand the treatment of altitude related illnesses
Study avalanche prevention and rescue
Understand the management of head and neck trauma
Know the proper techniques for the transport of an injured patient
Know basic causes of infectious diseases in various parts of the world
Assessments There will be the AWLS certification exam given at the end of the course (40%)
Hands on practical skills (30%)
Grading System Students will receive a final letter grade of PASS (P) or FAIL (F) for this course.
Student Feedback Student feedback is important and helps identify opportunities to improve.
At the conclusion of this course, medical students are required to complete a summative evaluation. Evaluations are completed electronically and remain confidential.
Confidential On-The-Fly evaluations give students an opportunity to anonymously evaluate an instructor, learning activity or clinical experience in "real time." These evaluations are available on a secure UUSOM website (https://students.medicine.utah.edu) and are submitted to the Senior Director of Professionalism, Evaluation & Learning.
For the above as well as additional information please click on the 'Syllabus' button below for a pdf copy.
Payment/Fees The course will be administered by the University of Utah’s Learning Abroad program. An additional fee will be charged to the student. The cost of the program includes the instruction costs, teaching materials, the AWLS text, mountain and hiking fees, transportation costs, some meals, and several dinners that students will attend. The faculty and the program director are not paid to teach in this program. Payment will be made to the Learning Abroad program and collected by the University of Utah. Registration will be through the University of Utah School of Medicine.