Wilderness Medicine in Chamonix-Mt. Blanc, France
For Undergraduates: Introduction to Wilderness Medicine - HEDU 2095 - Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to certify in Wilderness Life Support (WLS) and certify in back packing medicine. The certification exams will be given at the end of the coursework. This is 3 hours credit.
For Graduate Students: International Wilderness Medicine - HEDU 6930 - Graduate students will have the opportunity to certify in Wilderness Life Support (WLS) and to certify in backpacking medicine and in travel and tropical medicine. The certification exams will be given at the end of coursework. This is 3 hours of credit.
Dates: Monday July 8th to Friday July 19th, 2019
This course is designed to prepare outdoor enthusiasts and world travelers who have no formal medical training to prevent and treat injuries and medical problems that might occur in the back country by studying back country medicine in the incredibly beautiful French Alps.
You will stay in chalets in and around Chamonix-Mt. Blanc and take hikes on the Mt. Blanc circuit.
This two-week program and adventure will give students the opportunity to get to know some of the most beautiful spots in the Alps. Much of this will be while hiking. The program will begin with instruction in Chamonix, then sightseeing above the Mont Blanc valley and near the highest mountain in Europe, the Mont Blanc.
Students will become familiar with the most common backcountry problems and practice evaluating, treating, and evacuating injured persons in wilderness settings.
Students participating in this program will be required to attend a one day hike in the Salt Lake area prior to the trip to ensure hiking preparedness, equipment, and physical fitness.
Look on the Learning Abroad home page about scholarships. About 1/4 students are granted scholarships for these courses.
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
Instructor: Richard J. Ingebretsen, MD, PhD
Phone: 801 554 2129
Text: Wilderness Life Support (available from Amazon.com as hard back or kindle)
QUIZZES AND CERTIFICATION EXAMS
There will be scheduled quizzes and certification exams given while you are in Chamonix. The dates and times will be announced when in Chamonix-Mt. Blanc
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