Saturday, November 11, 2017 to Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sierra Rescue/Rescue 3 West will manage registrations for this course. Clicking on the registration button will take you to Sierra Rescue/Rescue 3 West where you can sign up and pay for your course.



Price: $495.00

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

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

Swift Water Rescue and Wilderness Medicine Course

Course Cost: $495

To Register, call Sierra Rescue at 1-800-208-2723
or register online

Join Sierra Rescue/Rescue 3 West and Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC (TWM) for a combined swift water rescue and wilderness medicine course on the South Fork American River.  This Saturday - Sunday course includes Rescue 3 International's swift water rescue certification for rafters, kayakers, canoeists, and other recreational river users.  

Our faculty has extensive expertise in backcountry travel, river travel, climbing, and medical education. The CME curriculum will inlcude case studies relevant to swift water rescue and wilderness river travel.  The CME is 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM and applicable to physician, nurse, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, and paramedic continuing education. (Other Professionals: Check with your governing entity to determine usefulness of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™).

CME Topics

  1. Introduction to Wilderness Medicine  
  2. Wilderness Patient Assessment
  3. Heat Related Illness
  4. Wound Management & Burns
  5. Drowning/Submersion/Dive Injuries
  6. Bites, Stings, and Animal Attacks
  7. Cold Related Illness
  8. Wilderness Trauma - case based workshop on selected topics
    1. Dislocations and reductions
    2. Fracture management and splinting
    3. Evacuation and patient packaging
    4. Spinal assessment and immobilization
    5. Improvised wilderness care
    6. Improvised litters

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.


John Anderson
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John Anderson is a board certified emergency medicine physician at a busy Level II trauma center and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM). Prior to medical school he worked in the field as a river guide for 10 years, and has extensive personal experience in ultrarunning, alpine climbing, backcountry skiing, and other wilderness pursuits. In addition to clinical practice he also currently provides medical direction or care for various ultrarunning races from 100k trail races in California to multi-day stage races in the Gobi desert of China. Dr. Anderson also has a wide range of teaching experience including developing and teaching medical curriculum for national park service rangers and ski patrollers, teaching Advanced Wilderness Life Support for physicians, teaching Swiftwater rescue, providing instruction for medical students and residents, and has won teaching awards in this realm. John Anderson has a BA from the University of Montana, completed his MD at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and completed an Emergency Medicine residency and chief residency at Denver Health Medical Center.
Mark Baier
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Mark Baier is a board certified emergency medicine physician at a busy Level II trauma center and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM). Dr. Baier has practiced emergency medicine since 1997 with special interest in areas of wilderness emergency medicine and sports medicine.  He teaches University of Nevada School of Medicine medical students and residents and coordinates emergency medicine rotations at Renown Medical Center for these students and residents. Mark is a former Outward Bound instructor and professional river guide and is currently an avid whitewater kayaker and backcountry skier. He is AIARE level 1 and level 2 certified.

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.