Program Topics & Workshops


Programs for Saturday, June 4th

Interpretive Hike through Wildfire Scar

Forest and fire ecology and management tour in the mountains above Quincy. Participants will learn about historic forest structure, shifts in disturbance regimes, and climate driven conservation challenges for forests in California. We’ll discuss forest and fire ecology, management, policy and what this means for the economic and public health for rural communities and the state. Please bring sturdy footwear, water, a snack and sun protection.

Wilderness Scenarios

Dynamic, real-life patient care scenarios in a wilderness setting, led by experienced wilderness medicine physicians. Scenarios will include the recognition and management of heat illness, cold weather exposure and complications, animal bites and stings, and orthopedic injuries. Focus will be on diagnosis and management options in remote settings, including first aid treatment, stabilization, and evacuation. Specific scenarios will vary based on the instructor's preference and experience level of the student group.

Infectious Diseases in a Changing Climate

A discussion of established and emerging infectious diseases in a time of change, with a focus on climate change, migration patterns, and displacement. We will focus on a practical discussion of disease vectors, mitigation, and treatment.

Protect Plumas: An Ambitious Plan to Conserve the Upper Feather River Watershed

Since 1974, Friends of Plumas Wilderness has worked to conserve public lands in our region. Over the last few years, landscape-scale changes due to wildfire, threats of climate-change induced forest conversion and widespread drought, and proposals for large recreation initiatives require big thinking: what do we envision for the future of our public lands? Learn about FoPW's provocative plan to protect our special lands and waters using new and creative thinking, and share your ideas too!

Secondary Trauma and Burnout

Through the Secondary Trauma and Burnout session you will: Create a working knowledge of the concept of Secondary Trauma/Compassion Fatigue, learn how to recognize and identify signs and symptoms of secondary trauma in ourselves, see an overview of what the effects of secondary trauma mean for us both personally and professionally, learn how to mitigate the negative impact of trauma exposure, manage the balance needed for recent global (ie Pandemic) and community crisis (Fires) in combination with our daily professional trauma exposure, learn skills to assist in combating the grief associated with secondary trauma and implement simple strategies to prevent symptoms, establish ways of making ‘healing’ secondary trauma an everyday ritual, reduce negative effects of secondary trauma in our workplace, explain how secondary trauma depletes our professional resiliency, and instill HOPE.

Deconstructing the First Aid Kit

With so many First Aid kits out there, are you overwhelmed by the choices? Are you indecisive about what you should include in yours? Come on a journey with us to learn how to tailor the kit to your needs and take the essentials on the road.

Wound Care in the Wilderness

Wound management outside of a traditional health-care setting can be intimidating for the provider and life-threatening for the patient. We will explore some of the challenges of caring for wounds in the acute, sub-acute, and chronic phases. We'll start from pathophysiology and progress to evidence-based and experience-tested treatment strategies tailored to wilderness, expedition, and other resource-limited situations.

Practical Wildfire Mitigation Strategies

This lesson will provide a brief overview of the wildfire issues affecting the Sierra Nevada region, effective strategies to mitigating wildfire risk, the commonly used mitigation tools (actions), their tradeoffs, and the roles of the different government and non-government organizations that work together to address wildfire issues. Develop a fundamental understanding of: the natural role of fire in Sierra Nevada ecosystems, the implications of controlling fire, the wildfire situation we now face in the region, identify actions to mitigate wildfire risk and tradeoffs associated with each, understand the resources that are available to help.

Sports Medicine

Participants at the end of the activities should be able to: identify some of the signs and symptoms of a head injury, differentiate between a severe head injury and a concussion, identify situations in which c-collar immobilization is appropriate and situations in which they are not.

Programs for Sunday, June 5th


Interpretive Hike through Wildfire Scar

Forest and fire ecology and management tour in the mountains above Quincy. Participants will learn about historic forest structure, shifts in disturbance regimes, and climate driven conservation challenges for forests in California. We’ll discuss forest and fire ecology, management, policy and what this means for the economic and public health for rural communities and the state. Please bring sturdy footwear, water, a snack and sun protection.

Wilderness Scenarios

Dynamic, real-life patient care scenarios in a wilderness setting, led by experienced wilderness medicine physicians. Scenarios will include the recognition and management of heat illness, cold weather exposure and complications, animal bites and stings, and orthopedic injuries. Focus will be on diagnosis and management options in remote settings, including first aid treatment, stabilization, and evacuation. Specific scenarios will vary based on the instructor's preference and experience level of the student group.

Infectious Diseases in a Changing Climate

A discussion of established and emerging infectious diseases in a time of change, with a focus on climate change, migration patterns, and displacement. We will focus on a practical discussion of disease vectors, mitigation, and treatment.

Running a Clinic Remotely/Online

An interactive workshop focusing on Clinica Tepati, one of the UC Davis Student Run Clinics. We will be discussing practicing medicine in a resource poor environment, being resilient and flexible under adverse conditions (ie covid), and "thinking outside the box" to continue providing high quality care to your patients.

Environmental Emergencies: Hot and Cold Injuries

This program will cover cold and heat injuries, prevention and treatment in the wilderness.

Secondary Trauma and Burnout

Through the Secondary Trauma and Burnout session you will: Create a working knowledge of the concept of Secondary Trauma/Compassion Fatigue, learn how to recognize and identify signs and symptoms of secondary trauma in ourselves, see an overview of what the effects of secondary trauma mean for us both personally and professionally, learn how to mitigate the negative impact of trauma exposure, manage the balance needed for recent global (ie Pandemic) and community crisis (Fires) in combination with our daily professional trauma exposure, learn skills to assist in combating the grief associated with secondary trauma and implement simple strategies to prevent symptoms, establish ways of making ‘healing’ secondary trauma an everyday ritual, reduce negative effects of secondary trauma in our workplace, explain how secondary trauma depletes our professional resiliency, and instill HOPE.

Ultrasound in Austere Environments

In this workshop we will cover scanning techniques for focused abdominal, cardiac, thoracic and musculoskeletal exams. The majority of the workshop will be hands-on giving participants plenty of opportunity to practice the above skills. By the conclusion of the workshop participants will: 1. Identify key anatomical structures for cardiac, abdominal, thoracic and musculoskeletal exam. 2. Obtain the minimum required views to complete the above exams.

Lightning Scenarios in the Backcountry

An interactive case discussion. Hear the details as they unfolded as a boy scout troop on the High Sierra Trail en route to Mount Whitney were afflicted by a storm rendering three members unconscious and several more victims affected more than a day's hike to a road. Analyze the decision points from a first responder's perspective. Hear the follow through on outcomes. Learn strategies for approaches to critical situations when resources are truly limited. Learn key backcountry limitations in treatment and evacuation options. Shared from the perspective of an ED physician at the Base Hospital from ring down radio call from the field up to eventual patient arrival in the Level 1 trauma center.


Workshops


Workshops for Saturday, June 4th

Lifts and Carries

Participants will: Understand when different techniques for immobilizing and transporting patients may need to be used, and how to apply them. - Practice specific lifting and carrying techniques, including the two-handed seat, three person carry, and ankle pull - Learn how to create an improvised stretcher using equipment typically available on backcountry expeditions.

Wound Care in the Wilderness

We will go over various techniques for managing wounds in resource-constrained environments, where you may be the most qualified person available to care for the patient. We'll cover hemorrhage control, wound debridement, suturing, delayed primary closure, managing contaminated and infected wounds, and management of chronic wound complications such as fistulas, keloids, and contractures.

Deconstructing the First Aid Kit

With so many First Aid kits out there, are you overwhelmed by the choices? Are you indecisive about what you should include in yours? Come on a journey with us to learn how to tailor the kit to your needs and take the essentials on the road.

Splinting, Reductions

Participants will: Learn how to use physical exam to diagnose fractures and dislocations, including long bone, shoulder, hip and pelvis. - Learn to recognize critical exam findings, such as ischemia and compartment syndrome. - Practice techniques for stabilizing fractures, including applying SAM splints, pelvic binders, and improvised slings and immobilization tools. - Practice reduction techniques for shoulder and hip dislocations

Ultrasound in Austere Environments (POCUS)

In this workshop we will cover scanning techniques for focused abdominal, cardiac, thoracic and musculoskeletal exams. The majority of the workshop will be hands-on giving participants plenty of opportunity to practice the above skills. By the conclusion of the workshop participants will: 1. Identify key anatomical structures for cardiac, abdominal, thoracic and musculoskeletal exam. 2. Obtain the minimum required views to complete the above exams.