(May 2014) Continuing medical education: CU offers educational trips in conjunction with the
Wilderness Medical Society to health professionals and lay people interested in
learning improvised medical care in remote areas. Trips in 2014 include
Nicaragua (tropics), Alaska (sub-Arctic), Moab (hut-to-hut bicycle), Costa Rica
(tropical and marine medicine), Adirondack (canoe) and Canyonlands National
Park in Utah (desert).
Diploma in Mountain Medicine: The DiMM is an international certification previously
offered only in Europe that trains health care professionals in mountain
medicine and rescue techniques. Partnering with the Wilderness Medicine Society
and the University of Utah, CU offers four weeklong sessions that include
travel to Washington, Utah and Rocky Mountain National Park. Physicians earn a
Diploma in Mountain Medicine; nurses and paramedics are awarded a Certificate
in Mountain Medicine.
Fellowships: Designed to develop leaders in wilderness medicine, this
15-month program based in the Department of Emergency Medicine at CU instructs
fellows in altitude medicine, search and rescue, wilderness orthopedics and
survival. Three months of the program are dedicated to a project. Previous
students have studied tropical medicine and staffed the Himalayan Rescue
Electives for medical students: Fourth-year medical students can spend a week near
Estes Park and another in Moab learning wilderness medicine essentials like
avalanche safety, rescue and jerry-rigging basic supplies into medical
equipment. First- and second-year students can choose an elective that
emphasizes basic skills.
Travel clinic: The new Travel, Expedition and Altitude Medicine
(TEAM) clinic is operated by the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Department
of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases. Physicians help travelers
prepare for trips and provide care for travelers who return with illnesses. It
includes the Colorado Clinic for Altitude and Mountain Medicine at the Altitude Research Center.
Massive open online course (MOOC): Jay Lemery, MD, section head of Wilderness
and Environmental Medicine, recently was
approved to develop a Global Health Responder professional training course
emphasizing personal competency skills. “This isn’t just for physicians going
into global health situations,” Lemery says. “It’s for anyone—people who are
building sewer lines or improving infrastructure.” CU will begin offering the
class through Coursera, an online course provider, this fall.
Undergraduate courses: Students interested in entering medical school have a
two-week opportunity to learn about emergency medicine. They spend a week in
Denver riding with paramedic crews, answering 911 calls and trailing emergency
doctors. In the second week they work with physicians in emergency scenarios in
the Rocky Mountains.
Antarctic research support: CU’s Wilderness and Environmental
Medicine Departmenthas been named medical director for the U.S.
overseeing emergency medical services for McMerdo Station, two research vessels
and several field camps