Adventure, Wilderness, Expedition, Humanitarian and Travel Medicine

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Associations, Institutions and Collaborations
AFMSAnglo-French Medical Society
AGMSAnglo-German Medical Society
AMCAustralian Medical Council
British Antarctic SurveyBritish Antarctic Survey
BASICSBritish Association for Immediate Care
BASPBritish Association of Ski Patrollers
British Canoe UnionBritish Canoe Union
BGHTABritish Global Health and Travel Association
BHPABritish Hangliding and Paragliding Association
BMABritish Medical Association
British Mountaineering CouncilBritish Mountaineering Council
BMRESBirmingham Medical Research Expeditionary Society
CASECentre for Altitude Space and Extreme Environment Medicine
CDCCenters for Disease Control and Prevention
CIWEC ClinicTravel Medicine Centre in Kathmandu
David Nott FoundationDavid Nott Foundation for Humanitarian Surgery
Divers Alert NetworkSCUBA diving safety assocation
Diving Diseases Research CentreTreatment, education and research into diving and hyperbaric medicine
EASDEuropean Association of Surfing Doctors
ExtremeSportMedSociety of Outdoor Sports and Performance Medicine
Faculty of Pre-hospital Care (RCSEd)Faculty of Pre-hospital Care (RCSEd)
FFPPFree Flight Physiology Project
GMCUK General Medical Council
HPEESociety for Human Performance in Extreme Environments
IRHCInstitute of Remote Healthcare
ISMMInternational Society for Mountain Medicine
International Society of Travel MedicineInternational Society of Travel Medicine
IMSoGBItalian Medical Society of Great Britain
IKAR-CISAInternational Committee for Alpine Rescue
LSTMLiverpool School of Tropical Medicine
LSHTMLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
MCCMedical Council of Canada
MCNZMedical Council of New Zealand
MEAMedical Equestrian Association
NaTHNaCNational Travel Health Network and Centre
Prehospital Care ProgrammeBarts and the London School of Medicine student prehospital care programme
Royal Flying DoctorsRoyal Flying Doctors Australia
Royal Geographical SocietyRoyal Geographical Society
RGS Medical CellRoyal Geographical Society Expedition Medical Cell
RSMRoyal Society of Medicine
SRPCSociety of Rural Physicians of Canada
SWMUKStudent Wilderness Medicine UK Facebook page
Sydney HEMSGreater Sydney Area HEMS
UIAAInternational Mountaineering and Climbing Federation
Wilderness Medicine SocietyWilderness Medicine Society: home of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine, WEMJ and Wilderness Medicine Magazine
X-Treme EverestX-treme Everest research collaboration
Charities and Organisations
Adventure Under SailCollege at sea for 15-21 year olds
AMECAAlex’s Medical and Educational Clinic in Africa: medical education and care in African Communities
AMREF Flying DoctorsAMREF East African flying doctor service
British Red CrossBritish Red Cross
Critical Care InternationalRemote healthcare delivery in challenging environments
Doctors of the WorldDoctors of the World
EMRSScotland Emergency Medical Retrieval Service
Everest EREverest Basecamp Hospital / Pheriche Hospital
Help for HeroesCharity supporting wounded British soldiers
Himalayan Rescue AssociationHimalayan Rescue Association
International Porter Protection GroupSafety association for mountain porters
London Air AmbulanceLondon Air Ambulance (HEMS)
Medecins Sans FrontieresMedecins Sans Frontieres UK
Medical Aid FilmsProviding training and education through film
Mercy Ships UKInternational Surgical Care Mission Charity
MERLINMedical Emergency Relief International (MERLIN)
Medics Against ViolenceAiming to reduce violent crime amongst young people in Scotland
Mountain Heart NepalNepali charity aiming to create sustainable clinics in remote mountainous areas of Nepal
Mountain Rescue England and WalesHow to volunteer
PCIPrimary Care International: Providing family medicine education in resource poor countries.
RAF SARFRAF Search and Rescue Force
RedRRedR UK disaster relief charity
RNLIRoyal National Lifeboat Institution
SkatistanCharity teaching young people to skateboard in Afghanistan and Cambodia
UK-Med / UKIETRDisaster medicine and home of the UK International Emergency Trauma Register
Vine TrustDelivering primary healthcare and health education to remote communities by ship
VSOVoluntary Service Overseas
Wings of KilimanjaroParagliding expedition raising money for Tanzanian charities
Courses and Qualifications
Academy of Wilderness MedicineEducational Fellowship program, with online lectures available for members
AWLSHome of the Advanced Wilderness Life Support Course
DMCCDiploma in Medical Care of Catastrophes
DWA South WestDeveloping World Anaesthesia courses in Bristol and London (formerly known as the Frenchay Course)
Faculty of Travel MedicineCourses, qualifications and conferences in travel medicine
Glenmore LodgeOutdoor training and first aid courses in Scotland
GNAASGreat North Air Ambulance Service: providers of the pre-hospital anaesthesia course
Goethe InstitutHub for German language, including courses
Instituto CervantesHub for Spanish language, including courses
Institut FrancaisHub for French language, including courses
IqarusImmersive hostile and extreme environment training, including trauma life support, and offshore medics’ courses.
MedForceCourses for students in expedition and remote medicine
MERITWilderness First Responder, Remote Emergency Medical Technician (REMT), Bushcraft courses
Mountain Trauma Rescue ServicesFirst aid, rescue and CPD courses, based in Ambleside UK
NOLSNational Outdoor Leadership School Wilderness First Aid Program (North America)
Plas y BreninOutdoor training and first aid courses in Wales
Phoenix Expedition MedicineExpedition skills and medicine courses with an emphasis on global heath. Their flagship course is based in Kenya.
Remote Area Risk InternationalFirst Responder, Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support, AWLS, Penthrox and Medical Gases courses.
Remote MedicUK based courses including Wilderness and Expedition Medicine, Sports Medicine (distance learning) and Minor Illness and Injuries for Remote Medics
Southland Wilderness Medicine GroupProvider of wilderness medical training in New Zealand
Specialist Operations SupportAWLS and Wilderness First Responder Courses
Spanish for MedicsOnline and classroom courses in Medical Spanish run by KCL
Training ExpertiseOutdoor first aid, Wilderness First Responder, field safety and driver training
TRECTravel-Health Related Education and Care: travel medicine courses
UNM Austere & Mountain MedicineUniversity of New Mexico: Courses for all levels, Diploma in Mountain Medicine, New Mexico Search and Rescue/Reach and Treat teams.
UTASUniversity of Tasmania Grad Cert in Healthcare in Remote and Extreme Environments
WEMSIWEMSI-International: Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness EMT and Wilderness Physician courses.
WMA InternationalWilderness Medical Associates International: courses including Wilderness Advanced Life Support in the USA, Central America and Europe
Wilderness Medical EducationCourses for doctors, nurses, paramedics and medical students
Wilderness Medical TrainingProvider of training to medics and lay people in the UK and abroad, including Chamonix and Morocco
World Extreme MedicineProvider of wilderness medicine courses in the UK and abroad (formerly Expedition & Wilderness Medicine)
DTMH LondonDiploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in London
DTMH LiverpoolDiploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Liverpool
DTMH GlasgowDiploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Glasgow
DRH LiverpoolDiploma in Reproductive Health in Developing Countries
Dip. EWMDiploma in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine (RCPSG)
Dip. IMCDiploma in Immediate Medical Care
Dip. Mtn MedDiploma in Mountain Medicine
Dip. ROMDiploma in Remote and Offshore Medicine
Dip. RTMDiploma in Retrieval and Transfer Medicine examination
Dip. Trav MedDiploma in Travel Medicine
MHS LiverpoolMSc in Humanitarian Studies (open to intercalating students)
MSc in Extreme MedicineMSc in Extreme Medicine
MSc in Global Health (Oxford)MSc in Global Health (Oxford)
MSc in Global Health (UCL)MSc in Global Health (UCL)
MSc in Global and Remote HealthcareMSc in Global and Remote Healthcare (Plymouth)
Short Courses at LSTMShort courses/CPD at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Short Courses at LSHTMShort courses/CPD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Educational Resources
ABC of Conflict and Disaster MedicineRedmond AD, Mahoney PF, Ryan JM, Macnab, C. Wiley-Blackwell: 2005.
A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in an Age of GenocideReiff D. Vintage Digital (31 July 2014).
ALNAPActive Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) – network to improve humanitarian performance through increased learning and accountability
Altitude.orgAltitude resource and home of the HAPE database
AMS AppAcute Mountain Sickness scoring app for Android users
Beyond Cold Water BootcampExpert information and resources on cold water immersion, cold shock response, cold incapacitation, and hypothermia
BMA Guide to Working AbroadThe British Medical Association Guide to Working Abroad
BS8848 User GuideThe user guide to the British Standard (BSI 8848) ‘Managing the Risks of Adventure Travel’
Casualty Care in Mountain RescueEllerton J. Mountain Rescue Council; 2nd Edition: 2006.
CJSMClinical Journal of Sport Medicine
Drug Use and Misuse in the MountainsUIAA MedCom Consensus Guide for Medical Professionals 2016
Clinical Guidelines for OperationsJoint Service Publication 999: wide-ranging guidelines for UK Military Medics in the field.
DisasterReady.orgFree online humanitarian training modules
Emerging Infectious DiseasesJournal of Emerging Infectious Diseases, published by CDC
Emergency Medicine JournalEmergency Medicine Journal
Evaluation of Elite AthletesInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) Consensus Statement on Periodic Health Evaluation of Elite Athletes
EWM LibraryExpedition and Wilderness Medicine Resource Library
Expedition and Wilderness MedicineHudson S, Knox C. Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Ltd: New Edition in Press.
Fever in Returned TravellersA guide to dealing with fever in returned travellers from the CDC Yellow Book
Field Guide to Wilderness MedicineAuerbach PS, Constance BB, Freer L. Mosby; 4th Edition: 2013.
Fit for TravelTravel health information from NHS Scotland
FCOForeign and Commonwealth Office: latest travel advice by country
FMT in sudden onset disastersClassification and minimum standards for foreign medical teams in sudden onset disasters
GMC: Remote PrescribingGMC guidance on remote prescribing principles
FrostbiteCurrent information on frostbite from Professor Chris Imray and contact details for the frostbite advice line.
FPHC: Wilderness MedicineGuidance on medical provision for wilderness medicine
GoodSAMApp to locate nearby first responders, featuring a crowd-sourced defibrillator map
Green BookThe Green Book – UK national guidance for immunisation against infectious diseases
UK HEMSPre-hospital Care information hub, including standard operating procedures (SOPS) and Crash Cards
High Altitude Medicine and BiologyJournal of high altitude medicine
High Altitude Medicine and PhysiologyMilledge JS, West JB, Schoene RB. Hodder Arnold; 5th Edition: 2012.
Human KineticsComprehensive Sports’ Science resources hub from commercial fitness website Human Kinetics
Imported Fever ServiceClinical advisory and specialist diagnostic service for medical professionals managing travellers who’ve returned to the UK with fever – including contact number.
Infectious Disease ResourcesInfectious disease resources from
International Emergency Numbers and Mountain Rescue ServicesFrom IKAR-CISA – a table of contact details and emergency numbers for mountain rescue services worldwide
JustriSlideFree, open-use database of slides and presentations related to infectious diseases
Ketamine in Head InjuryFilanovsky Y, Miller P, Kao J. Myth: Ketamine should not be used as an induction agent for intubation in patients with head injury.
Kids Travel DocPaediatrician’s guide to travelling with children
Maintenance of Medical EquipmentMike Dobson’s incredibly detailed and useful DIY guide to maintaining medical equipment in developing countries
MedibuddyResources for specialty training interviews (paid-for)
Medicine, Conflict and SurvivalJournal relating to health aspects of violence and human rights
Mountains for Active DiabeticsDiabetes management advice for the outdoors
Mountaincraft and LeadershipLangmuir E. Mountain Training Boards of England and Scotland; 4th Edition: 2013.
MSF Clinical GuidelinesMedecins Sans Frontieres’ Diagnostic and treatment guidelines for use in the field
MSF Essential DrugsMedecins Sans Frontieres’ Essential drugs for physicians, pharmacists, nurses and medical auxiliaries
MSF Obstetrics in Remote SettingsMedecins Sans Frontieres’ Practical Guide to Obstetrics for non-specialised health professionals in the field
NaTHNaCNational Travel Health Network and Centre run by UCLH
The Next Generation of Aerospace Medicine: NGAMAerospace medicine blog and tutorials on physiology to the flight deck
Outdoor First Aid: A Practical ManualWills, K. Pesda Press: 2013. Excellent book for UK outdoor enthusiasts in particular.
Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness MedicineJohnson C, Anderson S, Dallimore J, Winser S, Warrell DA. OUP Oxford: 2008.
Paramedic Resource CentreJobs and resources for ambulance and EMS professionals
Pocket First Aid and Wilderness MedicineDuff J, Anderson R. Cicerone Press; 12th Edition: 2017.
Post Traumatic Stress DisorderNICE Guideline CG 26: 2005.
Pre-Hospital AnaesthesiaAAGBI Pre-hospital Anaesthesia Safety Guidelines
Refugee HealthMedecins Sans Frontieres Guide to refugee health in emergency situations
ReliefWeb TopicsHub for information relating to disaster relief – topical and educational content
R3Rescue for River Runners: excellent whitewater/swiftwater rescue resource
Self Rescue For Climbers (DVD)Sanders O, Long S. Rock and Sea Productions: 2007.
Ski-Injury.comComprehensive snowsports injury website, run by Dr Mike Langran.
Sport Psychology Research LabMcGill University Sports Science Laboratory
Sports Science and MedicineFree access sports’ science journal
TravaxNHS Travel Health website by Health Protection Scotland
Travel EtiquetteHelpfully explaining how not to cause offence, wherever you might find yourself
UIAA RecommendationsThe UIAA Medical Commission recommendations for climbers and health professionals in the mountains
UNDACUnited Nations: Disaster Assessment and Coordination Field Handbook
Vertical Mind: Psychological Approaches for Optimal Rock ClimbingMcGrath D, Elison J. Sharp End Books: 2014.
Vital Sites for ParamedicsExtensive list of emergency medicine resources, primarily aimed at paramedics but useful for anyone interested in the field
War’s Human CostUNHCR Global Trends Report 2013 quantifying the number of refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced people worldwide.
Waypoint Airmed and RescueAeromedical and Retrieval magazine.
WFSA ICM UpdateComprehensive guide to providing Intensive Care Medicine in resource poor settings
Where There Is No DoctorWerner D, Thuman C, Maxwell J. Hesperian Foundation; Revised Edition: 2013.
Where There Is No DentistDickson M. Hesperian Foundation; Revised Edition: 2012.
WHO GuidelinesWorld Health Organisation Guidelines
Wilderness and Environmental MedicineAcademic journal of the Wilderness Medical Society
Wilderness Expedition DentistryWilderness Expedition Dentistry
Wilderness Medicine MagazineMagazine published by the Wilderness Medical Society
WMS Practice Guidelines for Wilderness Emergency CareForgey WW. Falcon Guides; 5th Edition: 2006.
WorldWideWoundsPractical information about wound management
Yellow BookThe Yellow Book – CDC Guide to Travel Health
Adventure AlternativeAdventure company offering elective placements in Kenya and Nepal
Amazon Hope Medical ShipsFloating clinic boats on the Amazon River
AMECAAlex’s Medical and Educational Clinic in Africa: Elective placements in African Clinics. Bursaries available.
BMA Elective Advice PagesTips on planning your elective, including a list of funding sources and information about indemnity
Cinterandes FoundationMobile surgical van in Ecuador
Cuba Medical ElectivesElective programmes in Cuba run by Cuba Medical Link
DocToursElectives for medical students and work experience programs for all healthcare students in developing countries
Elective AfricaGlobal health placements for pre-health and healthcare students in Kenya and Tanzania
Electives NetworkLarge database of elective opportunities. Free access in UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand via medical defence companies
FCO Travel AdviceForeign and Commonwealth Office advice on safe travel to different countries
Gizo HospitalRemote electives in the Solomon Islands
Global Medical ProjectsVolunteer medical projects for students and health professionals: including paramedic, physiotherapy, radiography and dental
London Air AmbulanceElectives with the London Air Ambulance (London HEMS)
HHEHimalayan Health Exchange: electives in Himalayan village clinics
HM Prison ServiceElectives available at Belmarsh, Durham, Frankland, Holloway, Low Newton prisons
Medical Elective NetworkMedical Spanish programs, Peruvian hospital electives and international surgical missions
Medics AwayElectives in Bali, Belize, India, Peru, Tobago and Thailand
The Medic’s Guide to Work and Electives Around the WorldWilson, M. CRC Press; 3rd Edition: 2009
Medics TravelOnline electives database
MedFORCEElective and medical gap year placements
Medical Clinic of Big SkySki medicine elective Programme in Montana
NASAFour week Aerospace Medicine Elective at the Johnson Space Center (Houston, Texas)
RFDSRoyal Flying Doctor Service of Australia Elective Placements
UMass Wilderness ElectiveUniversity of Massachusetts Wilderness Medicine Elective
VSOVoluntary Service Overseas
WMS ElectiveWilderness Medicine Society Student Elective: four week elective including the Wilderness First Responder course
Work the WorldWork the World: structured electives in Africa, Asia and South America
Expedition Providers
Across the DivideEvent management company offering support to a variety of expeditions including the Sahara and Kilimanjaro
Action ChallengeProvider of adventures in the UK and abroad
Antarctic Logistics and ExpeditionsLogistical support for Vincent Massif and South Pole
Blue VenturesMarine conservation expeditions in Belize and Madagascar
British Exploring SocietyExpeditions abroad for young people age 16-25
Charity ChallengeOrganiser of charitable expeditions, well known for Kilimanjaro Climbs
Coral CayMarine and land-based volunteer projects related to marine and tropical rainforest conservation
Dream ChallengesSmaller company offering Everest Basecamp and Kilimanjaro treks amongst others
Exile MedicsExpeditions and extreme events
Festival Medical ServicesEvents medical company
GreenforceMostly gap years to Fiji, Ecuador and Borneo
Jolt TrustSmall volunteer-run charity offering trips every two years
Matterhorn MedicalEvents medical company
Medical ExpeditionsResearch expeditions into altitude illness
MedForceLand and marine-based conservation expeditions and electives
NewlandMainstream and specialist polar expeditions and logistics
Operation WallaceaWildlife and conservation programmes
Raleigh InternationalExpeditions to Borneo, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Tanzania
SaepioMedico-legal insurance for expedition medicine
SkylineOverseas charity expeditions
The Mountain CompanySpecialists in trekking holidays to the Himalaya and Karakoram.
Village WaysEthical walking holidays encouraging community development
Wild & MountFrench company offering adventure tourism and high risk expeditions
World ExpeditionsTrekking and adventure holidays
FOAM and Blogs
Adventure MedicineAustralian blog featuring news and updates from the world of adventure medicine
Paul AuerbachDr Paul Auerbach, one of the world’s leading outdoor medicine experts. A mine of useful information.
BroomeDocsEducational blog for rural generalists
Jimmy ChinStories and advice from one of the world’s best adventure photographers
Matt EdwardsAdventures with AMREF Flying Doctors
EMCritEmergency Medicine and Critical Care blog and podcast
Emergency Medicine IrelandEmergency Medicine FOAM site based in Ireland
Forrington’s TravelsDr Simon Forrington’s AMREF Flying Doctors blog
Go Flight MedicineMilitary and civilian evidence-based aviation medicine FOAM blog
Ross HofmeyrDr Ross Hofmeyr’s Musings of a Wilderness Doctor: South Africa and Antarctia
ITeachEMSite dedicated to medical education in Emergency Medicine
KI DocRural Medicine blog from Australia
Alexander KumarDr Alex Kumar on all things polar
Life in the Fast LaneAustralasian Emergency Medicine and Critical Care blog
PHARMDr Minh Le Cong’s Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine blog and podcast
RAGEResuscitationist’s Awesome Guide to Everything – emergency medicine, critical care and retrieval medicine audio podcast
Resus MECliff Reid’s site with the latest on life-saving medicine, including pre-hospital care
SMACCSocial Media and Critical Care: International FOAM conference
Wild MedicDr Rob Conway – polar, maritime and diving expeditions around the world
Cross Country MagazineParagliding and hangliding magazine
Fall LineSnowsports magazine
FreeskierOff-piste skiing magazine
Kayak SessionWhitewater kayaking magazine
Mountain Bike RiderMountain biking magazine
National GeographicNational Geographic
National Geographic AdventureNational Geographic Adventure
Outdoor Gear LabComprehensive gear review site
OutsideOutside magazine
Outside PursuitsGear guides and review
RedbullRedbull Website
Rock and IceClimbing magazine
Single TrackMountain biking magazine
Surfer MagazineSurfing magazine
The Wilderness Medic PodcastExpedition and Wilderness Medicine podcast
Photographers and Videographers
Andy BusslingerParagliding, aerial and travel photography
Sam CrimminWilderness, travel and night sky photography
Expedition MediaDatabase of crews, production and specialist organisations in adventure TV
Peter GreigPhotographer, film maker and visual artist
Dave HallCandid travel portraits and landscapes
Brad JacksonGuiding and mountain photography
Mark HannafordExpedition photography
Ros MarvinWeddings, events, macro photography and portraits
Andrew PeacockTravel and mountain photography
RC Aerial CamClose-range aerial videographers
Jon SlayerUnderwater photographer and videographer
Lino SousaPortrait, nature and travel photography
Matt WilkesAdventure, travel and portrait photography
University Wilderness Medicine Societies
Birmingham UniversityBirmingham University Wilderness Medicine Society
Edinburgh UniversityEdinburgh University Wilderness Medicine Society
KCLKings College London Wilderness Medicine Society


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