Updates and Committee Reports:
Research Committee: The Wilderness Event Medicine paper that has multiple authors who are Center BOD members was revised per peer reviewer recommendations and resubmitted to Sports Health for their consideration. The initial commentary by the peer reviewers and editor on the first draft was very encouraging and helpful. Fingers crossed.
The ACWM now has new t-shirts in stock. They will be available for purchase at the annual dinner, the AWLS/WFA course and Go Fest in Roanoke! Also for a limited time come to our events and get your very own Appwildmed Koozies. Never take a chance on a hyperthermic beer or frost bite fingers while enjoying cold beverages on hot days!
Community Outreach Committee: The ACWM has partnered with Carilion Clinic and Roanoke Parks and Rec to start the "Disrupting Natural Selection" lecture series. These free lectures and workshops will be open to the public and will occur on a monthly basis in the Roanoke area. The first one of the year will be "Disrupting Natural Selection: Trailside First Aid" and will cover basics of patient assessment, splinting, and wound care. If you live nearby and would like help out please let Stephanie@appwildmed.org know.Interested in starting your own lecture series in your community? Let us know how we can help.
Schedule for upcoming lectures:
September 14, 2016| Trailside First Aid 6 - 8 p.m. | Carvins Cove—Bennett Springs entrance Ever been out hiking or mountain biking and have an injury? Cuts, sprained ankles, and bee stings can happen. Don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution and gain some basic skills on how to treat common trail medical issues.
October 14 - 16, 2016 | Wilderness Medicine Demonstrations Various times| GO Fest Event at Rivers Edge—Roanoke We are dedicated to promoting quality medical care in limited "wilderness" resource environments. We will be holding a few demonstrations throughout the GO Fest weekend. Stop by and ask usquestions! If you are interested in getting a wilderness medicine certification, let us find the right course for you!
December 7, 2016| Cold weather 6 - 8 p.m. | Norwich Recreation Center—Roanoke This session will teach participants to identify some of the most common cold related injuries such as hypothermia, frost bite, trench foot, and snow blindness.
January 4, 2017 | Ski Club 6:30 p.m. | Location TBD Get ready to talk about some of the most common injuries on the slopes—traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, knee and shoulder injuries, as well as broken wrists, shins, and thumbs—and how to pre- vent these injuries as well as treating some of them in the field.
March 22, 2017| Moving Water 12 - 2 p.m. | Wasena Park—Roanoke As the Roanoke Valley is prone to flash flooding, when is it safe to play and when is it time to play it safe? We’ll help you identify several moving water hazards that you definitely don’t want to get caught in. We will also talk about safety equipment that should always be used while in moving water and some common moving water injuries and their basic treatment.
To register for these programs or for more information, please visit playroanoke.com/activity.
AWLS: Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2016, New Castle, VA. Want to take your medical practice to the next level? Want to know how to translate hospital care into the wilderness? Want to learn more about environmental emergencies? Need CME credits? Sign up AWLS now! Meals and lodging included in the price! http://www.appwildmed.org/awls-course
WFA (Wilderness First Aid): Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2016, New Castle, VA. Come earn your WFA certification. This course is aimed at outdoor enthusiasts with minimal or no formal medical training. Learn to care for your friends and yourself on your next adventure. There will be plenty of hands on activities to practice. Lodging and meals included! http://www.appwildmed.org/awls-course
Annual Dinner: Mike Saturday October 1st at Wilderness Adventure. Great food and company. Vegetarian options available. Beer and wine for purchase. Special evening presentation you won't want to miss. RSVP to Michael@appwildmed.org by September 21st if you plan to attend. Lodging and camping on-site available for a nominal fee.
Annual Dinner Pre-Adventures: Our Annual dinner will be held at Wilderness Adventure in New Castle, VA. This 500 acre property has great hiking and sits on Craig creek a popular local river for paddling and tubing. It is also within 30 minutes of awesome mountain bike (Carvin's Cove) and classic AT hikes including Dragon's Tooth and McAfee's knob.
Plus as part of our AWLS course we have several planned afternoon activities.
1. Mountain Biking: Saturday Oct 1st 1:00 PM: Meet at the Bennett Springs parking lot for Carvin's cove to enjoy a group ride on some of the regions best mountain bike trails. Options for all skill levels.
2. Paddling: Saturday Oct 1st 12:30 PM: Meet at the wilderness adventure parking lot for a fun float down Craig Creek. Boats will be available for rent from Wilderness Adventure for a fee.
3. Hiking: Saturday Oct 1st 12:30 PM: Meet at the wilderness adventure parking lot to carpool for group hike to one of the regions exciting trails!