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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 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.



Cozumel is a bucket list destination for SCUBA divers around the world. We have partnered with Scuba Du Cozumel, a PADI 5-Star dive shop with 25 years experience as the exclusive in-house dive center at the Intercontinental Presidente Cozumel. Novice divers can do their certification dives in warm tropical waters, beginners can experiences deeply relaxing drift diving through towers of coral, and advances divers can explore dark coral tunnels and emerge in pristine deep water caverns. Attendees can make their own lodging arrangements to stay at the Intercontinental Presidente Cozumel, or rent a bike or scooter and stay just a short ride away. Introductory lectures will begin after cocktails on the evening of November 15th. Diving will begin after morning lectures on November 16th. We'll say our farewells after lectures and diving on November 18th, though many will opt to stay longer to explore! You don't have to dive to attend, and adventures abound for your non-SCUBA or non-medical partner.

What's Included:

  • 8 hours of Category 1 CME issued by the WILDERNESS MEDICAL SOCIETY
  • Optional presentations on dive related topics
  • The chance to dive the world's second largest coral reef

What's not included:

  • Airfare
  • Lodging and meals (some lodging options include meals, which we recommend)
  • Optional spa treatments at the Intercontinental Presidente Cozumel Resort & Spa
  • Optional adventures, including snorkeling, exploring Mayan ruins, sea kayaking, deep sea fishing, jet skiing, meandering the island by moped, and touring a working tequila factory

Learn practical wilderness medicine skills GORGEOUS TROPICAL 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 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
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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.