Course Dates

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 to Saturday, December 14, 2019

Cost and Options


Course Location


Target Audience

Physicians and other medical professionals who seek to improve their own wellness, make sound decisions in austere environments, and counsel patients or coworkers on sustainable wellness and travel.


CME Information

The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

8 California Continuing Education credits are available for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics.

CME Snorkel Adventure In Dry Tortugas National Park

Join us at one of the least visited National Parks.  With a focus on wellness and travel medicine, we will help you and your patients make the most life!

Dry Tortugas/Garden Key offers a chance for a serene retreat and education. After arriving by ferry, we will spend our days learning, exploring the old fort, and snorkeling. This is a trip for the true nature lover. There are no accommodations on the island, so we will be camping and preparing simple but delicious meals.

This trip is limited to 10 spots.


Garden Key is home to Fort Jefferson, and lies at the heart of Dry Tortugas National Park. At only 14 acres, Garden Key is easy to explore. You can tour historic Fort Jefferson, and you'll definitely want to make the most of amazing snorkeling, right from the shore.


Pre-conference Wednesday, December 11 
Each participant will be responsible for arriving on their own into Key West by Wednesday night, December 11th. You will arrange your own lodging, but we will all meet up that evening to get introduced and review the plan. The ferry leaves early Thursday morning, so plan on getting to bed at a reasonable hour!

Day 1- Thursday, December 12
The group will assemble at the ferry departure at 6:30 am. Breakfast and lunch are provided by the ferry company, as is a guided tour of Fort Jefferson.

When all the other tourists leave, we will set up camp and have our first lectures. There will be time for a swim or snorkeling, followed by some more teaching before calling it a night. 

Day 2- Friday December 13
As a group, we will be together for meals and teaching throughout the day, but with ample time for you to explore on your own or in groups. The island is particularly peaceful in the mornings, before tour groups arrive. 

Part of our education series this day will include interactive scenarios, and practice with biofeedback and breathing techniques to help physicians and patients in stressful situations.

We will spend the evening celebrating the fact that we aren't at work on Friday the 13th!

Day 3- Saturday December 14th
We will again spend the morning with didactic, scenarios, and free time to enjoy the environment. In the afternoon we will review core teaching points, and have a roundtable on travel and wellness, to learn from each other.

We depart with the ferry that afternoon, with an estimated arrival back into Key West around 5:15pm, which concludes our course. 

Participants are then on their own for whatever lodging or return plans they have.


  • Transportation: Ferry to/from Garden Key
  • Accommodations: the group will be camping. Tents and bags may be available depending on need. Please discuss with us.
  • Food and Drink: meals and drinks will be provided while on the island. Please notify us of any dietary restrictions.
  • Activities: guided tour of Fort Jefferson
  • CME: 8 hours of AMA Category 1 Continuing Medical Education credits


  • Airfare and transportation to Key West, FL
  • Meals, lodging and airfare prior to/after the course
  • Extra adventures such as fishing and scuba may be available via tour operators.

Learn practical wilderness and travel medicine skills in an outdoor environment

Through lectures, hands-on sessions, and scenarios, you will enhance your medical training and learn to apply your medical knowledge to the outdoor environment.


  • Introduction to Wilderness Medicine
  • Wilderness Patient Assessment
  • Heat-Related Illness
  • Lightning Injuries
  • Wound Management and Burns
  • Drowning/Submersion/Dive Injuries
  • Bites, Stings, Animal Attacks
  • Cold Related Illness
  • Wilderness Trauma - Case Based Workshop

Educational Objectives

After attending this conference, the participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate increased awareness of barriers to wellness and health, of Stress management techniques, and care for travelers
  • Prevent, diagnose and manage illnesses or injuries in austere and/or remote locations
  • Promote increased awareness of wellness techniques and medical considerations in travel

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC reserves the right to change or substitute course faculty without advance or prior notice to participants.


Josh Dubansky
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Josh Dubansky is a board certified emergency medicine physician at a busy tertiary care and trauma center, and is Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM). Dr. Dubansky received his medical degree from the University of Maryland, then trained in Emergency Medicine at UCSF-Fresno. There, he created and completed an Area of Concentration in Wilderness Medical Education, designed and implemented EMS field scenarios and mass casualty drills, and lectured extensively to medical students, EMTs, nurses, physicians, and National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service Rangers, and researched and wrote National Park Service EMS protocols as part of the ParkMedic and Wilderness Medicine Programs. He also helped design and implement a Tactical Medicine program for the U.S. Forest Service. Dr. Dubansky has taught for or helped run numerous outdoor programs, including NOLS, Cal Adventures at U.C. Berkeley, Cornell University Outdoor Education, California Canoe and Kayak, ARTA River Trips, Healing Waters San Francisco, and Boardsports Kiteboarding. He also spends time as a ski clinic physician and as a National Ski Patrol volunteer physician. He is a Wilderness Medical Society Fellowship Candidate and WMS DiMM Graduate.

Faculty Disclosure

It is the policy of Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC to disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest of faculty members related to the content of their presentation to participants to help the participants form their own judgment about the presentation.