AWLS AND WFA 2016 CourseS

 

Dates: September 30 - October 2, 2016

Location: Wilderness Adventure, New Castle, VA (Near Roanoke Virginia)

Course packets available soon. Classes tentatively start at noon on Friday and run until late afternoon on Sunday.

 

ACWM is proud to announce the 2016 Advanced Wilderness Life Support Course and 2016 Wilderness First Aid Course, hosted at Wilderness Adventures outside of Roanoke, VA.  Wilderness Adventures was the site of the 2016 WMS Student elective and received rave reviews for great staff, food, accommodations and outdoor space. We look forward to making this 500 acre property nestled near the national forest and Appalachian trail our classroom. 

 

What is AWLS? 

Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) is a 3 day course designed for healthcare professionals, to convert their medical training into a form usable in limited resource ("wilderness") environments. Anybody with a healthcare license or certification is eligible (EMT, RN, PA, MD, DO). Non-healthcare providers can also take the same course but receive certification in Wilderness First Aid (WFA). The curriculum was developed at the University of Utah in the late 1980s and has continued to be refined since then. AdventureMed, an organization founded to manage the AWLS program, now licenses other institutions to teach it. ACWM is currently the only licensee in the southern Appalachians to teach the course annually (with a reorganizational hiatus in 2013). We have a deep, multi-institutional faculty that features instructors from a diverse range of states and backgrounds. 

 Course Description:

"Learn the skills to prevent medical problems, reduce suffering and save lives in non-traditional medical settings" 

   Earn your Advanced Wilderness Life Support certification

   Learn the latest practical hands-on wilderness medicine skills for patient assessment, treatment and evacuation protocols

   Practice your skills in live scenarios with our expert instructors

   Obtain up to 20.5 hours of category 1 CME, nursing or EMS continuing education credit, through the Wilderness Medical Society

   Receive credits toward Fellowship certification in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine

Course Objectives:

   To provide a practical foundation in Wilderness Medicine for medical professionals

   To teach patient assessment and treatment guidelines for life support until definitive care or evacuation is available

   To train the provider in methods for managing medical and traumatic emergencies and urgencies in the wilderness when evacuation is unavailable or unnecessary

Topics Include:

•  Patient Assessment
•  Trauma
•  Medical Problems
•  Infectious Disease
•  Head, Ear, Eye, Nose, Throat, Skin
•  Animal & Insect Bites
•  Musculoskeletal Injuries
•  Wound Management
•  Water Treatment
•  Hyperthermia, Hypothermia, Frostbite
•  Medical Kits
•  Lightning
•  High Altitude Pulmonary Edema & Cerebral Edema

 The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 20.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 20.5 credits or credit hours are also available for RN and EMS continuing education credit.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through joint sponsorship of the Wilderness Medical Society and AdventureMed. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

 

What is WFA? 

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is a 16 hour course designed for outdoor enthusiast. Basic first aid skills are covered to keep you and your friends and family safe in outdoor environments. We emphasize scenario based learning for a hands on learning experience. The curriculum is developed through AdventureMed and is licensed through University of Utah.

 Course Description:

"Learn the skills to prevent medical problems and treat common illness and injuries in remote settings or in your own backyard" 

   Earn your Wilderness First Aid certification

   Learn the latest practical hands-on wilderness medicine skills for patient assessment, treatment and evacuation protocols

   Practice your skills in live scenarios with our expert instructors

Course Objectives:

   To provide a practical foundation in Wilderness Medicine for outdoor enthusiasts

   To teach patient assessment and treatment guidelines

 

Topics Include:

•  Patient Assessment
•  Trauma
•  Medical Problems
•  Animal & Insect Bites
•  Musculoskeletal Injuries
•  Wound Management
•  Water Treatment
•  Extremes of temperature (Heat illness and Cold illness)
• First Kits
•  Lightning

 

 

Registration:

AWLS: $695 Doctorate, $495 Student/Non-doctorate (The non-doctorate registration includes EMTs, nurses, other allied health professionals, resident physicians and graduate students with doctorates but still in training.) Spouse/ Significant others are welcome. The fee for lodging and meals only is $150. WFA: $250

Registration includes lodging for Friday and Saturday nights and meals including lunch and dinner Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner Saturday and breakfast and lunch Sunday.  Alcohol is available for purchase.

Online registration is available.

To save on transaction fees checks may be mailed to: ACWM: C/o Stephanie Lareau, 1840 Blenheim Rd SW, Roanoke, VA, 24015. Please include the course you are registering for (AWLS or WFA), your address, phone number, email, level of training, if you are vegetarian, and if you prefer to camp or stay in the lodge).

Lodging:

Lodging on-site promotes an immersive learning experience with opportunities to interact with faculty and other students throughout the weekend. Lodging options include bunkhouse lodging in the main lodge or tent camping with nearby bathroom facilities. Fees for lodging are included in the course fees. Please indicate if you'd prefer lodging in the bunkhouse or camping.

"Built as an attachment to the original 1800's farmhouse on site, our grand Main Lodge is the centerpiece of Base Camp, providing a rustic atmosphere with all the modern comforts of home.  Coupled with a large community-style bathhouse, the Main Lodge provides eight showers, four toilets and four sinks for each gender, with all linens provided for guests.  For adult groups, our cedar sauna is also available upon request."

Things to do:

The Wilderness Adventure at Eagles Landing offers numerous outdoor activities on-site on it's 500 acre property and in nearby national forest. These include paddling, tubing, hiking, mountain biking, challenge courses, frisbee golf, sauna, horseshoes and volleyball. The Appalachian trail is less than 30 minutes from the camp. World class mountain biking is available nearby at Carvin's Cove. If your significant other or family would like to attend this may be possible.

Contact us at Linda@appwildmed.org or Stephanie@appwildmed.org

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