Climbing Medicine and Rescue
Learn how to use your medical skills in the vertical environment!
Dates: October 18-20, 2019
Location: Linville Gorge, Jonas Ridge, NC
Includes climbing harness, shoes, guided climbing, lodging and all meals
This course is designed for both experienced and novice climbers alike. Experience climbing outdoors is preferred, but no experience is required, please contact us if you have questions as to whether this course would be right for you!
Eligibility: Current residents of any year of training in good standing in an accredited program. All specialties welcomed. Medical and PA Students, EMS providers, nurses and practicing PAs are welcome as well.
* Apply evidence based medicine in pre-hospital and in hospital resuscitation in austere conditions of patient with multi-trauma
* Demonstrate resuscitation skills using high fidelity simulation.
* Discuss current literature pertaining to climbing injuries
* Develop skills in climbing movement and self rescue:
- Basic movement skills on rock
- Belaying and Rappelling.
- Self rescue (ascending, lowering, hauling)
- Small team rescue
* Network with other medical professionals with common interest in wilderness medicine
* Develop multi-specialty team approach to care of trauma patients in an austere environment
This training is made possible by a collaboration with Rescue Climber Mountain Guides and North Carolina Outward Bound School
On day 1, for those looking for a primer on rock climbing technique and multi-pitch climbing skills, spend the day with our instructors climbing in Linville Gorge. Experienced climber? This is a great opportunity to hone your skills and learn some new techniques to make your multi-pitch skills more efficient.
Friday evening, Day 1 will begin with a group dinner, presentations on climbing medicine topics, and medical simulation.
Day 2 will be spent on Table Rock learning self-rescue and partner-rescue techniques.
Day 3 will Use the climbing movement and rope-work skills you have learned during the previous days to perform small-group rescues, and care for simulated patients in the vertical environment!
Chris Davis, MD: Asst. Professor of Emergency Medicine, Wake Forest University SOM.
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
Stephanie Lareau, MD: Asst. Professor of Emergency Medicine, VT-Carilion SOM
Todd Mullenix, NRP: Life Support Education, Wake Forest Baptist Health
AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide
Adrian Hurst, PhD : Climbing Specialist, NC Outward Bound School
AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide
Corey Winstead, WEMT
Please fill out the form to register. Information on payment via check or venmo will be provided. Deadline to register is August 1st. Please register as soon as possible as the number of participants is capped.
Email Chris with any questions.