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 13 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM.  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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

Norway Ski Adventure - Winter Wilderness Medicine and Rescue - Spring 2019

Wilderness Medicine and Backcountry Skiing

Ski Summit to Sea

Mountain peaks with incredible vistas of the Arctic Ocean and Norway fjords are just the beginning of what you’ll find in the Lofoten Islands.  March is powder season in Lofoten so be ready to explore couloirs and peaks and the thrill of awesome descents!  Enjoy 6 days of guided backcountry skiing with certified mountain guides. Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC has partnered with Northern Alpine Guides and Lofoten Ski Lodge to offer this weeklong Winter Wilderness Medicine course in the Lofoten Islands of Norway.

Learn practical winter wilderness medicine skills in the outdoor winter environment

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

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

Topics include:

  • Acute Mountain Sickness
  • Hypothermia
  • Ski and Snowboard Injury Patterns
  • Avalanche Resuscutation
  • Frostbite
  • Fractures and Dislocations in the the Wilderness
  • Wilderness Medical Kits
  • Pre-hospital Patient Assessment and Care in the Wilderness
  • Wilderness Rescue for the Backcountry Traveler
  • Avalanche Rescue
  • Avalanche Case Scenarios

Lofoten Ski Lodge in Kalle, Norway will be our hosts for the course.

Lofoten Ski Lodge has 2-bedroom cabins accomodating 4-6 people.  Accommodations are shared 2 bedroom cabins for 4-6 people in each cabin.  The cabins are former fishing bunkhouses that have been renovated with bedrooms, a bathroom and shower, and a kitchen/living room area with a wood-burning stove to keep you cozy. The main lodge is a restored brygge, a traditional timber frame building from the heyday of the 1800s fishing industry.  The lodge is where we’ll meet for top quality, local cuisine and course lectures.  The lodge also offers lounging areas to relax by the fire, play ping pong, or even strike up the band in the music corner.  If we’re lucky, we’ll see the Northern Lights!

We Recommend the Purchase of Travel Insurance

Due to changes in weather and the remoteness of backcountry skiing, we highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. Types of coverage to consider include: trip cancellation, medical, rescue and evacuation, lost baggage, trip delay, etc. We are not travel insurance experts, please consult an insurance company with any specific questions.

Two travel companies to consider: Travel Guard and World Nomads.

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.

Faculty

Eric Stendell
Medical Director - MD, FACEP, DiMM
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Eric Stendell is a board certified emergency physician at a busy Level II trauma center and a Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM). While training at the UCSF-Fresno Emergency medicine Program he gained extensive wilderness medicine experience while providing medical direction to area National Parks and providing medical training for Park rangers from all around the country. Dr. Stendell has completed the UIAA-ICAR Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DIMM), advanced wilderness life support (AWLS) course, and the AIARE level 1 and level 2 courses. He is an avid mountaineer, backcountry skier, rock climber and mountain biker. He has had the pleasure of combining these passions while working in local ski clinics (evaluating and treating acutely injured skiers – Northstar Medical Clinic), working as a physician on the Alpine Meadows Ski patrol and as a member of the local Search and Rescue (SAR). These duties have included providing medical training for ski patrollers, SAR team members, and Dr. Stendell is currently the medical advisor to the local SAR team. Dr. Stendell has given several conference lectures on wilderness medicine and most recently lectured and taught field sessions at the AWLS course in Lake Tahoe. He is also a candidate for the Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.

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.