Program Topics & Workshops

Keynote Speaker

With Ice Axe and Pulse Oximeter - Mountain Medicine Around the World


Healthy Rivers, Healthy Communities
Ann Willis, PhD
How river conservation is the best medicine to combat climate change, biodiversity loss, and social injustice.

Of Mice, Men, and Mosquitos: Infectious Disease in a Changing Climate
Zina Semenovskaya, MD, FAWM, ISTM
Climate change has dramatically altered critical aspects of our environment, leading to a profound change in the behavior, habitats, and spread of numerous disease vectors. In this talk, we will discuss the effects of climate change on the Aedes mosquito, its relationship to the spread of Dengue and related viruses, and the implications for human health, public policy, and how we adapt to the challenges posed by a warming planet.

The Changing Landscape of Water Security
Avinash Patil, MD, FAWM
Water is essential to life, and should be a basic human right. This lecture will discuss how climate change is affecting access and availability of freshwater, and how vulnerable populations are being affected.

Fire and Water Can Mix: The Use of Prescribed Fire as an Environmental Tool
Lynn E. Yonge, MD, FAAFP, FAWM
Wildfires present a challenge to citizens, rescue personnel and firefighters each year. With decreased rainfall and drought associated with climate change, this problem has only worsened. Prevention of naturally occurring fires started by lightning has increased fuel in natural forests. Fires in these areas are often catastrophic because of human habitation at the wilderness/urban interface (WUI). Prescribed burns are an accepted alternative to uncontrolled wildfires. This lecture will provide an overview of the science of prescribed burning. It will help dispel the fear of fire as a useful forest management tool. It will cover aspects of survival in wildfire conditions, fire safety, heat illness and dehydration, first aid for burns and lessons learned in recent wildfire disaster response.


Building Your First Aid Kit: Taking the Essentials on the Road
Mary Bing, MD, MPH
Ever wonder what you should put into your first aid kit when you travel? Come along as we explore an approach to building a first aid kit that suits your needs.

Children in the Wilderness
Daniel Gragert, DO, MPH
This will be a workshop focused on real-life issues with regards to helping children enjoy the most remote of settings safely. It will cover multiple practical situations with a conversations on salient points for both parents and medical professionals.

Wound Care in the Wilderness
Ben Hunt, MD, FACS
We will go over various techniques for managing wounds in resource-poor 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.

Approach to the Injured Patient in the Wilderness
Jordan Rode, MD - Anne Walker, MD, FAWM -
In this workshop we will discuss, and practice, approaches to various scenarios you are likely to experience in the outdoors. Swift water immersion? Traumatic injury stabilization? Extraction techniques? Hypothermia? We'll dive into all of these and more! See you there.

Bites, Stings, and Dangerous Things
Jordan Rode, MD
Join us for a dive into the world of snakes, ticks, spiders and other creatures! We'll look at the various patterns of identification, disease processes and current treatment options for many of the planet's dangerous inhabitants. You won't want to miss it!

Approach to the Injured Patient in Whitewater
Avinash Patil, MD, FAWM
Small group discussion on the unique injuries and illnesses that occur during recreation on rivers, with a focus on cases presenting during whitewater expeditions.

Fever in the Returning Traveler
Zina Semenovskaya, MD, FAWM, ISTM
Small group case discussion reviewing the principles and approaches to evaluating, diagnosing and treating patients presenting with a fever secondary to travel-related illness.

Water in the Wilderness
Shanna (Shay) Strauss, MD, MSc
Will discuss water cycle, conservation of water in urban and wilderness settings, ways to filter or purify water at each part of the cycle (rain, ground water, free flowing fresh water, stagnant water and ocean water).

OB / Special Populations in the WIlderness
Daniel Gragert, DO, MPH
Obstetrical issues in the wilderness: This will be a workshop focused on how to advise and care for women who are pregnant, or might soon become pregnant in remote and/or high altitude environments.

Sports Medicine: Musculoskeletal Medicine for the Wilderness Practitioner
Tony (Arthur) Islas, MD & Mike Chaves, MD
We will go over the on site evaluation of lower and upper extremity injuries including fracture and dislocations / relocations. We will also discuss appropriate treatment for neck injuries in the wilderness setting.

Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS)
Tatiana Havryliuk, MD, FAWM
Why I replaced my stethoscope with POCUS, and you should too!
In this two hour lecture and hands on workshop, I will provide scenarios from my own experience working in remote areas and hypothetical cases where point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) was essential. We will discuss different applications of POCUS, what questions it can help answer, and what one should consider when traveling with a POCUS device in austere environments.