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COVID-19 Updates for Natl’ Conference – Santa Fe (May 27-31)

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    March 27, 2020 COVID-19 Update For Registrants and Prospective Registrants of The National Conference on Wilderness Medicine – Santa Fe (May 27-31, 2020)

    Due to the unprecedented impacts from COVID-19, our annual conference in Santa Fe is no longer happening on-site and is being converted to a virtual format.

    As a result, we are excited to announce the first-ever Virtual National Conference on Wilderness Medicine, which brings over 40 presentations from renowned speakers, 23 hours of CME, and interactive question/answer sessions to the comfort of your home. The conference will be exclusively available to registered attendees beginning on May 27th.

    See a preview of some of the outstanding speakers presenting at the virtual conference, including Howard Donner, MD — who always finds interesting ways to show his “slides” in the wilderness:

    The pre-conference event The Global Health & Humanitarian Medicine Symposium and most of the concurrent workshop sessions (which are included in your conference tuition) on May 31 will be available at the virtual conference. All other optional workshops (ones that have an additional fee) will be canceled and refunded.

    We know you were probably excited to explore Santa Fe as part of your conference experience which is why we want to offer the following extras to registered attendees of our first-ever virtual conference:

    1. Ongoing access to the recorded conference sessions indefinitely
    2. A 50% off discount to utilize at one of the National Conferences on Wilderness Medicine in Santa Fe for the next three years (the 2021 dates are June 2-6)

    These extras will apply to new registrants as well so please share with anyone you think may be interested:

    We’ve been in contact with our host hotels, and reservations will be canceled and refunded without penalty.

    If you’ve already registered and can’t attend our virtual conference starting on May 27th, we will continue to offer free transfer of your registration to any National Conference on Wilderness Medicine for the next two years. And, your transfer voucher is good for full tuition, so you’ll receive 2020 pricing for a 2021 or 2022 conference as a bonus.

    If the virtual conference or a voucher towards a future conference does not meet your needs, we’ve also relaxed our cancellation policy which you can read about here. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, and if we don’t hear from you with an alternate preference, your registration for the virtual conference will remain in place.

    During this time of unexpected challenges and limited resources, the wilderness medicine values of improvisation and doing more with less, feel more important than ever. Thank you for your interest in this field of medicine, and for your understanding of the changes we’ve had to make during this pandemic. We look forward to seeing you for exciting and informative presentations and lively question/answer sessions beginning May 27th.

    Be safe and well,

    Jennifer Castle and Lynn Tomkins
    The National Conferences on Wilderness Medicine
    Phone: 971-236-8088 or 1-844-945-3263

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    Previous Updates:

    March 19, 2020 COVID-19 Update For Registrants and Prospective Registrants of The National Conference on Wilderness Medicine – Santa Fe (May 27-31, 2020)

    We are closely monitoring social distancing restrictions and recommendations related to COVID-19 and hopeful that the situation will improve in time for the conference on May 27-31, 2020 in Santa Fe.

    We are adding full virtual components to the meeting, including live-streaming to augment the conference – for anyone who is unable to attend or prefers to watch the sessions remotely.

    If we are unable to hold the conference in Santa Fe on May 27-31, 2020, we wanted to give you as much information as possible in advance about our plan:

    1. We will move the full conference (including the concurrent sessions on May 31st) to a virtual, online format that registrants will be able to access from anywhere with internet connectivity. Here are some details:

    • Each speaker would give their scheduled lecture and be available for questions during the initial conference broadcasts on May 27-31. Rebroadcasts would also be available for those who missed the initial broadcast.
    • Full CME credit will be issued to registrants commensurate with the program (from the planned conference on-site).
    • Optional Workshops and AWEP would be canceled (registrants could receive a voucher or a refund for these). Note: The concurrent workshop sessions on May 31st would remain part of the online conference.

    2. If we are unable to hold the conference in Santa Fe on May 27-31, 2020 (and transition to a fully virtual conference) we’d like to also offer the following extras (in addition to your enrollment in the full virtual conference):

    A. A $150.00 discount for one of our National Conferences on Wilderness Medicine for the next 2 years (this discount may not be combined with other offers).

    B. Ongoing, complimentary access to our recorded sessions for review after the conference concludes on May 31st.

    As we mentioned in our previous update, you may also transition your registration in this conference to a voucher for any one of our upcoming National Conferences on Wilderness Medicine within the next two years.

    Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. Our staff is committed to being available to answer questions and work to help you with your needs. We’ll keep you informed with updates by email and on this page.

    We would especially like to thank all of you who are on the front lines of this pandemic for providing care and support to your communities.

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions
    Phone: 971-236-8088 or 1-844-945-3263

    Previous COVID-19 Update From March 13, 2020

    We’ve been monitoring the potential impacts of COVID-19 on our conference and want to give you an update on key developments:

    • The State of Mexico has placed a restriction on conferences with more than 100 people until April 11, 2020
    • Some medical professionals are facing restrictions imposed by their hospitals on travel and conference attendance until near the end of April.

    We understand the situation is fluid and these restrictions could change, or new restrictions may be implemented. That said, since the conference is scheduled almost a full month after these restrictions are scheduled to end, we plan to continue with the conference as scheduled with additional prevention strategies in place, including:

    • Working with our Conference Center to provide additional handwashing stations and frequent use of disinfection practices and wipes.
    • We request in advance that attendees with any symptoms of flu-like illness not attend any of the sessions.

    For registrants that need to cancel their attendance, we’d like to offer a voucher to attend any of our National Conferences on Wilderness Medicine for the next two years.

    We will keep you updated on any changes. Thank you for your patience and for being part of the Wilderness & Travel Medicine community!


    1. tim schlough on April 28, 2020 at 6:29 pm

      If I registered for the actual conference, do I have to register again for virtual

      • Matt Ryan on May 12, 2020 at 11:38 pm

        If you registered for the physical Santa Fe meeting before we transitioned over to a virtual meeting you do not need to re-register for the virtual meeting.

    2. Lynda Woolley on March 30, 2020 at 11:02 am

      I signed up for the conference in Sante Fe. I will not be able to attend via teleconference due to having to work OT hours now in the ED. Can I transfer the registration fee to the Inca Trail Hike in October without being charged?

      Lynda Woolley, FNP

      • Matt Ryan on April 2, 2020 at 9:32 pm

        Hi Lynda, thanks for your inquiry. Please contact us at 1-844-945-3263 or so we can discuss each option with you.

    3. Amanda Hunter on March 30, 2020 at 6:48 am


      Do registrants of the virtual conference in May have to attend live? or can we stream sessions separately?

      Thank you,

      • Matt Ryan on March 30, 2020 at 7:46 am

        Thanks for you inquiry. We will have rebroadcasts available and each recorded session will also be available on-demand shortly after the conference concludes.

    4. Eva Fraser-Harris on March 14, 2020 at 5:06 am


      I’m planning on attending the conference but am waiting to register.

      Will the conference be delivered via teleconferencing?

      Please keep me in the loop,

      Thank you,
      Eva Fraser-Harris, MD

      • Matt Ryan on March 16, 2020 at 8:44 am

        Thank you for your question. We are working on options to offer the conference online if needed, and will keep everyone updated as that materializes.

        • Dave Deutsch on April 3, 2020 at 10:35 pm

          I qualified as an Advanced Wilderness Expedition Provider in 2017, which certification would expire in 2021. Will the CME credit from the conference apply to recertification?

          • Matt Ryan on April 13, 2020 at 5:03 pm

            Hi Dave, we anticipate giving an additional year grace period on the AWEP certification in light of the pandemic and we’ll post details soon.

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