From over the transom:
The Alabama Wilderness Medical Association is offering a three-day course in Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) on September 8-10 at Ruffner Mountain in Birmingham. Developed at the University of Utah School of Medicine, the course provides substantial and practical coverage of all major subjects in wilderness/austere/expedition/environmental/field medicine. Beginning with the initial assessment of the patient, we move onto field management of trauma, drowning, lightning strikes, hypothermia, envenomation, and more. Extensive hands-on and simulation components occur each day in order to apply the skills and knowledge discussed in classroom sessions. A full course description, schedule, and registration information is available at AlabamaWMA.org
Only a limited number of spaces remain available, and it’s first-come, first-served until the course is full. All course materials, supper on Thursday, lunches on Friday and Saturday, breakfasts, and coffee are included. The course will go forward, rain or shine.
In order to cover all of this material in three days, participation is limited to those with medical training (EMT, paramedic, RN, PA, MD, med students, etc.). Participants who successfully complete the class (including a written exam and demonstration of hands-on competency) will receive AWLS certification lasting four years. The following professional organizations grant 20.5 hours of continuing education credit (AMA, PRA-approved category 1) for this class: Wilderness Medical Society, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Association of Physician Assistants. The Alabama Department of Public Health has approved this class for all state EMS license holders. Other license holders should contact their governing entities regarding credit.
Questions should be addressed to AlabamaWildernessMedicine@gmail.com.