April 23-24, 2016 9th Annual Southeastern Student Wilderness Medicine Conference at Virginia Tech-Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, VA Co-Hosted by: Jefferson Health Sciences and VT-Carilion SOM
9th Annual Conference: Are you an outdoor enthusiast? Want to learn more about wilderness medicine? Want to meet others with similar interests? Need some more FAWM credits? Mark your calendar for the 9th Annual Southeastern Student Wilderness Medicine Conference. This affordable conference will teach you to handle common emergencies in austere environments and improvise in limited resource settings. The conference will be held in Roanoke, Virginia at VT-Carilion School of Medicine. Many of the speakers will return from past conferences while we will have plenty of new topics as well!
Registration: Register now! Students: $50 until March 27, $55 until April 10, $65 until April 17th. Registration closes April 17th - no onsite registration. Students + FAWM credits: $55 until March 27, $60 until April 10, $70 until April 17th. Registration closes April 17th - no onsite registration. Registration fees are non-refundable. Registration includes a t-shirt and meals during the conference - plus a world class wilderness education!
Topics: (Updated frequently! FAWM credits to be added soon) Drowning and Submersion Injuries Ocular Emergencies Lightning Strikes Heat Injuries Ultrasounds in the Wild Disaster Management: Federal Disaster Teams Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail Water Purification Improvised Splints and C-spine Stabilization Altitude illness from Kilimanjaro, Everest and Quandary Swift Water Rescue Acute Mountain Sickness Mountain Biking Mayhem: Common mtn biking injuries and their treatment Airway Management in Austere situations Law in wilderness medicine Anaphylaxis and Epi Pens Navigating with a compass Knot and Rope skills Cold Injuries Help! The baby is coming in the woods Litters and Carries Climbing rescues
Schedule: Friday: Registration 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Sweet Donkey Coffee Saturday: 7:30 AM Packet Pick up: VTC School of Medicine 8:30 AM Introduction: Stephanie Lareau, MD, and Student Organizers 9:00 AM Keynote: John Burton, MD: The Grand Traverse and a history of shoulder dislocation reduction techniques. 10:30 Session 1 11:30 Session 2 12:30 Lunch 1:30 Session 3 2:30 Session 4 3:30 Break 3:45 Session 5 4:45 Session 6 5:45 Dinner and LifeGuard Helicopter Demo
Sunday: 8:00 AM Breakfast and Outdoor Scenarios at Explore Park 1:00 PM Lunch/End of Conference - time to get outside!! Want to enjoy the park? Rental mountain bikes and SUP (stand up paddle boards) available at a discount to conference registrants from Roanoke Mountain Adventures.
Camping: Free primitive tent camping will be available Friday and Saturday nights at Explore Park. It will able approximately a 3/4 mile hike to the camp area. Porta jons will be available, but there is no running water or showers at the site. No alcohol or campfires allowed at the camping site. Sunday scenarios will be held at this site.
Want to share a tent or have a tent to share? Click here.
Information on hiking, biking, paddling, climbing, SUP, fishing and exploring
Chuck Clements: 20+ years in the National Ski Patrol. Current Chair of the Southern Division Medical Advisory Board and on the National Medical Advisory Board. Runs the Marshall Wilderness Medicine elective and Family Medicine Wilderness Medicine Track. Summited Kilimanjaro, Mt Aconcagua, and nearly Mt Elbrus. Rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
Tyler Lemay: EM resident at Duke. Spent 12 years on rural ambulances in Vermont and New York. Added a Wilderness Med Day to medical student orientation at UVM and restarted the WM interest group. Drove 14 hours straight to attend this conference as a student. Can be found hiking, biking, skiing or boating the woods of the Northeast (and Southeast!) whenever residency allows.
Brenda Mitchell: Graduate of Miami SOM and completed Ob/Gyn residency at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio Texas. Currently a full time professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Board certified in OB/Gyn.
Nate C. Chapman, Esq.: Attorney with Chapman Law, PLLC in Charleston, WV. Born and raised in West Virginia. Graduate of the Marshall University College of Liberal Arts and the West Virginia University College of Law. Former Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Marion County, WV and currently practices predominantly criminal and juvenile defense, DUI defense, and family law as a member of the WV Bar.
Chris Davis: Has had a lifelong passion for the outdoors. Introduced to wilderness medicine while working as a guide, and that has led him to a career in emergency medicine. Has worked as a firefighter and paramedic, wilderness medicine educator, and now EMS physician. Also a member of the Appalachian Mountain Rescue Team.
Zach Barfield: MS3 and former Wilderness Medicine chair at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine's Carolinas Campus. Began learning about snakes at a young age, and that fascination later evolved into a passion for their natural history and conservation. Together with his father, founded Carolinas Reptile Rescue and Education Center and spend much of their free time educating the public about the importance of snakes and help many overcome their irrational fear of them; both venomous and non-venomous alike.
M. David Stockton, MD, MPH: Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (F.A.W.M.) and Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville, Tennessee. Instructor for the Advanced Wilderness Life Support Course ( AWLS) and a member of the Tennessee-1 DMAT (Disaster Medical Assistance Team).
Stephen Beasley: PGY-2 Internal Medicine resident at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. Became involved with WMS in medical school. Currently working on achieving the WMS fellowship and trying to stay involved as a resident.
Billy Vaile: A nationally registered paramedic and has been in emergency services for 6 years. Also a PADI certified rescue diver for 22 years and work with the water rescue teams in Forsyth County, NC. Teaches the value of a quick and thorough assessment.
Frequent Asked Questions: What is wilderness medicine? There have been a wide variety of attempts to define wilderness medicine. Definitions range from broad to specific. The specific definition says that wilderness medicine is the practice of medicine where definitive care is more than one hour away. The broad definition includes any medical care given when there are limited resources or environmental extremes.
What credit can I obtain? This conference is approved to grant credits towards becoming a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. Credits are currently being developed - so are not available on the WMS site yet. For more information about the credits available, contact us here. For more information about the Academy of Wilderness Medicine and its fellowship program, click here.
Who should attend? The conference is aimed toward medical students. However, all are welcome to attend. Past students have included canine search and rescue teams, EMTs, paramedics, practicing physicians, nursing students, nurses, PAs, and outdoor enthusiasts. There will be opportunities for everyone to learn something!
What is included in registration? Registration fees include world class wilderness medicine education, a t-shirt, and breakfasts and lunches.
Will we be required to pay the registration fee at the time of registration or at later date? The registration fee is required at time of registration.
Will there be on-site registration? No, all registrations must be completed online through Active.com