September 15-19, 2011
Mountain Medical CME Course
Exum Mountain Guides

Alpine House Bed and Breakfast
Jackson, WY

Mountain Medical CME Course

September 15th-19th, 2011
Jackson, WY

Presented by Exum Mountain Guides with Dr. Alan Oram and other Mountain Rescue Professionals

Classroom sessions (and lodging available): Alpine House Bed and Breakfast, Jackson, WY

Field sessions: Throughout the Tetons

Exum Mountain Guides in association with Dr. Alan Oram will be offering a unique mountain medicine and rescue skills course in September, 2011. This will be the initial course in a series that will provide a combination of Continuing Medical Education, and technical mountain rescue and movement skills geared toward medical professionals with existing or developing technical climbing and outdoor experience.

Dr. Will Smith and others will be assisting with teaching some of the classroom sessions. 

The basis of the course is to provide an interactive experiential venue in a mountain setting that highlights the unique qualities of mountain medicine and technical rescue systems as they relate to small team and partner rescue. This course will add to the body of knowledge that active medical professionals will utilize when working in remote mountain settings as well as in the mountain rescue environment. Our goal is to provide a small group atmosphere utilizing the polished skills of certified mountain guides as well as medical and rescue professionals with a wealth of experience. Guide to participant ratios will be no more than 3:1 ensuring high quality teaching.

Continuing medical education credits will be offered. We anticipate 10 CME hours for the 5-day course. Classroom time will take place early in the morning and in the evening to maximize time spent in field training within Grand Teton National Park and surrounding areas. Participants should have climbing experience and feel reasonably comfortable climbing 5.7 rock. Experience in alpine mountain terrain, placing protection, tying knots and creating anchors is also necessary.

Course content will focus on topics common to mountain travel and mountain rescue. A partial list of topics includes: altitude illness, cold weather injuries, spinal injuries and immobilization in rescue settings, mass casualty management in mountain rescue, lightning injuries, decision making in mountain rescue. Topics will be presented in a format that promotes interaction and knowledge sharing among participants. The goal of the teaching format is to be able to provide a practical and lively series of talks that are case based and interactive. The information presented will be applied to field sessions. Technical rescue systems as they apply to partner rescue and small team systems will be presented in detail. Participants will spend focused time during the course with instructors introducing techniques and skills followed by practice in applying them to scenarios in the field. Decision making and management of complex rescue systems will be integrated throughout the course and will come together into a realistic scenario that will involve direct participation and utilization of the skills learned.

Questions regarding the course can be directed to Dr. Alan Oram, aoram1755@gmail.com or 406-581-2902.

More Information can be found at:  Exum Mountain Guides