2014 Blue Ridge Assembly Course

Black Mountain, NC, Aug 22-24, 2014 -

2012 AWLS-New River Gorge Course

Fayetteville, WV, Aug 17-19, 2012 - The dawn-to-dusk über-medical training featured in 2012 was widely believed by instructors to be the best ever.  We continued the popular 3-day New River Gorge format and expanded the course size.  The 2012 course was our biggest ever, drawing nearly 60 students from around the country.  In 2012 we were also proud that Outside Magazine featured the AWLS program as one of the top training programs in the nation for wilderness medicine.   
AWLS 2012 Course Schedule 
AWLS Course Poster 

2011 AWLS-New River Gorge Course

Fayetteville, WV, Aug 26-28, 2011 - We returned for a second straight year to the beautiful New River Gorge in Fayetteville, WV. The course and location received great reviews from all 40 of our students and our host, Adventures on the Gorge, did an outstanding job in providing a variety of outdoor recreation during the free time built within the course schedule.  Students not only walked away with world-class wilderness medicine training, but also had the opportunity to raft/kayak, climb, mountain bike, hike, and zip line. On-site housing, a world-class faculty, emergency airway and suturing class, and a live snake lab were also popular. 

2010 AWLS-New River Gorge Course 

Fayetteville, WV, Aug 20-22, 2010 - A new format and new location proved to be a winner for this year's course. Participants gave rave reviews for the ability to study wilderness medicine right on the edge of the New River Gorge (With some "classrooms" on platforms extending out into the Gorge proper!) and enjoy whitewater rafting and other great outdoor activities during the day in between classes. On-site housing, a world-class faculty and a live snake lab were also popular. A new era in ACWM's AWLS program has begun!

2009 AWLS-Linville Gorge Course 

Morganton, NC, Sept 25-28, 2009 - Our largest class ever assembled in western NC for this installment of our AWLS-Linville Gorge course. Highlights included practical exams around the Western Piedmont Community College lake and an optional day spent doing advanced modules in Linville Gorge at the North Carolina Outward Bound Table Rock basecamp. We also had our most diverse and talented faculty lineup ever, with instructors drawn from around the country, and our first students who travelled from outside North America to attend. A fantastic weekend!

2008 AWLS-Linville Gorge Course 

Morganton, NC, Sept 26-29, 2008 - Our 2008 Advanced Wilderness Life Support Course was a great success. We added even more advanced topics, with an entire day of additional modules beyond the core AWLS curriculum, to give the students the best training possible.

ACWM partnered with MedCenter Air, the Carolinas Medical Center medical helicopter service, and Palmetto Health-University of South Carolina School of Medicine Simulation Center to stage a truly unique “Wilderness Megacode”. Students trained on a $40,000+ simulation mannequin through a variety of hands-on scenarios in the wilderness. Ultimately the mannequin was hot-loaded onto a medevac helicopter which flew it from the simulated wilderness environment.

Over 40 students traveled from around the country to NC to participate in this uniquely-formatted AWLS course which included more than three days of classroom and hands-on outdoor training. Participants gave the course rave reviews, and returned to their home communities better equipped to care for patients in wilderness, resource-deficient and austere environments.

“It’s a beautiful area, and the course was taught by intelligent and fun staff,” said one medical student from West Virginia. “A+!”

2007 AWLS-Linville Gorge Course

Morganton, NC, Sept 2007 - Our inaugural course which established the first repeating AWLS course in the southern Appalachians.  Rave reviews encouraged us to continue this curriculum as a service to the region.