Given travel and safety concerns AWLS will be delivered on a virtual platform with pre-recorded lectures, in person zoom session and "local" in person small group outdoor scenarios. Material will be available by April 1st.
COVID Policy: We ask all participants travel to the course via private vehicle from the local areas. Please do not attend if you are from outside the region. Please do not attend if you have any COVID like symptoms or exposure to PUIs or COVID patients in the preceding 14 day while not wearing appropriate PPE. Masks will be mandatory throughout the in person session and you must provide your own. Consider eye protection/ hand sanitizer as well. Full refund offered if you must cancel due to COVID concerns. We reserve right to re-schedule in person segments due to changes in state-wide policies or changes in COVID incidence. By attending you assume any risk of COVID that exists.
Virtual Course available April 1st- April 11th with pre-recorded lectures to watch in the preceding 10 days (on your schedule).
Required Live Zoom Session (choose 1):
- Week of April 5-9th (7p-10p): Dates TBD
Required in person (choose 1):
April 10th 1p-6p in Roanoke, VA
April 11th 1p-6p in Roanoke, VA
April 11th 1p-6p in Newark, DE
April 11th 1p-6p in Winston-Salem, NC
Additional possible locations to be confirmed: Richmond VA, Powell County KY, Augusta GA
Cost: Doctoral $500, Non-Doctoral $400, Students: Please inquire
CME credits: Up to 20.5 AMA PRA Category 1
Click here to register. Registration is not complete until course fee is paid.
Payment accepted @blueridgeadventuremed on Venmo
or contact to pay via check: Stephanie Lareau
About the Course
The Advanced Wilderness Life Support certification course was originally developed at the University of Utah School of Medicine and has grown significantly since its creation in 1997. The increasing demand for certification resulted in the creation of a new organization, AdventureMed, to promote the responsible growth of the AWLS program.
AWLS certification is appropriate for any licensed medical professional or medical professional in training who has an interest in wilderness activities. Our graduates include outdoor enthusiasts, expedition participants, US Army and other military medical personnel, wilderness medicine academicians, and Wilderness Medical Society Fellowship candidates.
AWLS is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit through the Wilderness Medical Society.
The mission of AWLS is to create competence in medical professionals, enabling them to prevent and effectively manage emergency medical situations outside traditional medical facilities.
"The AWLS® course curriculum attempts to strike a balance between didactic lectures and hands-on instruction to most effectively train students in managing medical situations.
• Animal, Insect, Arthropod, Marine Bites and Stings
• Medical Problems
• Moving an Injured Patient
• Head, Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat, Skin
• Patient Assessment
• High Altitude Related Problems
• Patient Packaging & Evacuation
• Hyperthermia • Submersion Injuries
• Hypothermia & Frostbite
• Water Disinfection and Purification
• Infectious Disease
• Wilderness Life Support Scenarios
• Wound and Musculoskeletal Injuries Management
• Medical Kits
Approximately half of the curriculum is delivered in hands on teaching sessions in small groups. Students will learn practical techniques and practice them in mock scenarios."