Course Location


Target Audience

Physicians and other medical professionals who engage in wilderness activities, who counsel individuals who take part in such activities, or who are likely to encounter illness or injury in remote or resource-limited settings.


CME Information

The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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

CME Surf Camp, Playa Venao, Panama!

Learn to surf with patient instructors, or tour the best breaks with local guides. Both options are included in the course price! Join us and our hosts at Beach Break Surf Camp and Hotel for a laid back surf town getaway. Enjoy 85 degree water, 85 degree air, and a local vibe that's like Hawaii before the crowds arrived. Surf, snorkel, stand-up paddle, hike, or just relax on the beach,and earn CME as you go. This course is limited to 10 spots!

Surf and relax in paradise, and earn CME while you do it!

Day 1: Arrive at the Panama city airport and spend a restful night in the Riande Hotel in Panama City. This precourse hotel night is included in the cost of the trip.

Day 2: We will meet you at 8am at the Riande Hotel in Panama City. After breakfast, relax in your private shuttle to Paradise! Arrive at Beach Break Surf Camp around 2pm, just in time for an afternoon surf session. Playa Venao is a crescent shaped beach break with several different breaks for all levels of experience.  If you don’t care to lug your own board down here, no worries, Beach Break has a nice quiver of boards for you to choose from.  Unlimited surf board rentals, surf photography, surf lessons or surf tour guidance and breakfasts are all included. Top the night off with a welcome dinner at Beach Break’s restaurant, Pizza Gavilan.

Day 3: Coffee, breakfast, and a morning surf session (in no particular order) is followed by a mid morning Surf Fitness Class lead by John Boyle, Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, retired pro MMA fighter, and lifelong surfer. The routine will be focused on movements that can be applied to your surfing and will give you the tools to continue strengthening and maintain a routine when you get back home. 

Day 4: Another day in the life! Today we’ve set you up with an adventure that few get to experience - a “secret spot” near Playa Venao. The trip will include your transport, boards, sandwiches, snacks, water, and guide. This is what traveling and surfing is all about: the search for an unforgettable experience that will leave you buzzing!

Day 5: Enjoy a day with no set plans. We can set you up with fishing trips, snorkeling, kayak mangrove tours, waterfall hikes, and more. Or… take an extra nap and surf session, read a book and relax, you’re in Playa Venao. Are you ready to tackle a more challenging break? Prefer to take it easy on the low rollers and a long board? Or is it time for a rum drink or two?

Day 6: Another day in Paradise enjoying all that our retreat has to offer.

Day 7: Enjoy your last full day at the beach to the fullest. Your last night at the beach will be celebrated with a bonfire and BBQ with the whole Beach Break staff to say thank you.  We hope at this point you’ve made some friends and had some experiences you won’t soon forget.

Day 8: Sneak in one last surf session in the morning before your private transportation back to Panama City. By the time you get back to your home you’ll have a email from us with pictures to remember your adventure. You'll hate to go, but we'll shuttle you back to Panama City to continue your journey home. You get to spend one more night at a hotel in Panama City as part of the trip before you fly home the next day.

Day 9: Fly back home from the Panama City airport. 

What's Included:

  • Transportation: All ground transportation 
  • Accommodations: Hotel stays in Panama City on days 1 and 9, seven nights at Beach Break Surf Camp, Playa Venao.
  • Food and Drink: Hotel breakfasts in Panama City and Playa Venao, Beach Breaks Welcome Dinner with a bucket of cold beers, farewell Beach Breaks BBQ dinner, discounts on local restaurants while at the beach. 
  • Activities: unlimited surf classes/guidance, unlimited board rentals, a tour to our “secret spot,” daily Surf Fitness Classes, trip photography.
  • 10 hours of AMA Category 1 Continuing Medical Education credits

What's Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Extra adventures such as fishing and kayak tours

Learn practical wilderness 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.CME classes will happen in both morning and evening sessions. The hands on practice and scenarios will occur throughout the course at a variety of times appropriate to the scenario and the days activity.


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 medical problems unique to the wilderness and austere environments
  • Prevent, diagnose and manage illnesses or injuries in the wilderness and/or remote location
  • Promote increased awareness of safety and accident prevention in wilderness surroundings

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
Curriculum Director, Marketing Director - MD, FACEP, DiMM
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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

All faculty reported no relevant financial relationships to disclose.