AWEP Certification®

Advanced Wilderness & Expedition Provider

July 27 - July 31, 2019

Big Sky Resort, Montana

AWEP is advanced level intensive and hands-on training taught by leaders in Wilderness Medicine including, Howard Donner, MD, Eric Weiss, MD, and Sheryl Olson, RN/BSN.

Students will learn practical techniques and practice them in mock scenarios. Successful completion of course leads to AWEP Certification®.

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AWEP Schedule At A Glance

Group 1

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Saturday, July 27th8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, July 28th2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Monday, July 29th2:00 pm to 5:15 pm
Tuesday, July 30th2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Group 2

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Saturday, July 27th8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, July 28thNo class
Monday, July 29th2:00 pm to 5:15 pm
Tuesday, July 30thNo class
Wednesday, July 31st2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursday, August 1st8:00 am - 11:00 am
Wilderness Medicine Advanced Wilderness Expedition Provider Certification

Course tuition: $495

Includes: 15.5 additional AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM all supplies, syllabus, breakfast, patch, and certificate

The AWEP Certification® Course is valid for 4 years and is the highest wilderness medicine certification we offer. AWEP is scheduled so that students will be able to attend all plenary sessions at the National Conference on Wilderness Medicine. Note: To register for AWEP, you must be registered for the main conference.

AWEP is offered during two different schedules during the conference (Select either "Group 1" or "Group 2" below):

AWEP Detailed Schedule

Group 1

Saturday, July 27

7:45 am
Continental Breakfast

8:00 am
Introductions, Overview of Course

8:30 am - 10:15 am
Initial Patient Assessment & Stabilization

  • Scene safety
  • Initial (primary) patient assessment with wilderness approach to the "A, B,Cs"
  • Triage and prioritizing care
  • Techniques for rolling and moving a victim
  • Single rescuer considerations
  • Scene management and roles of team members
  • Communication

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lifting & Moving Patients in the Wilderness or Austere Environment

  • Clearing and protecting the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine in the wilderness
  • Improvising a cervical collar
  • Assessment of pelvis and hip, diagnosis, and management
  • Practice scenario applying morning lessons

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Improvised Evacuation and Patient Packaging

  • Carries and evacuation techniques
  • Cocoon wrap with litter construction
  • Considerations for packaging and carrying a patient
  • Improvised femoral traction splints
  • Shoulder reduction and stabilization
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Sunday, July 28

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Backcountry Soft Tissue and Wound Management

  • Wilderness Medicine Students practicing an improvised femoral traction splint
  • Considerations for cleaning wounds in the back country
  • Wound closure techniques for those that suture and for those that don't
  • Blister management
  • Equipment and supplies for a wound care kit

2:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Wilderness Rescue with Introduction to Commercial Rescue Technology

  • Introduction to ropes and knots for rescue and medical care
  • Making an improvised harness
  • Demonstration of a vacuum litter for evacuation

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Communication and Aeromedical

  • Landing zones
  • Safety when working around a helicopter
  • Preparing a patient for helicopter evacuation

4:45 pm - 5:30 pm
Improvised Trauma & Ortho Care

  • Use and application of tourniquets
  • Improvised splinting using malleable aluminum splints
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Monday, July 29

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Airway Management & Fluid Resuscitation Skills

  • Airway management consideration
  • Nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal airways
  • Vascular access
  • Intraosseous (IO) needles

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Care of Traumatic Injuries in the Wilderness

  • Assessment of a victim with head trauma
  • Concussion management in the wilderness
  • Management of chest injuries including pneumothorax, flail chest, open chest wound
  • Abdominal assessment and evacuation considerations

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Management of Common Severe Medical Emergencies in a Wilderness Setting

  • Anaphylactic shock and allergic emergencies
  • Altitude Illness cases (HACE, HAPE, AMS)
  • Chest pain (acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism, angina)
  • Neurologic emergencies (stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage vs. Bell's Palsy)
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Tuesday, July 30

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Practice Scenario and Debrief

  • Wilderness Medicine
  • Out of doors - dress appropriately
  • Simulated injuries and/or illnesses in a wilderness environment
  • Teams will implement skills learned during prior days teaching modules
  • Apply learned principles of scene safety, triage, prioritization of care
  • Implementation of patient care with instructor involvement if necessary
  • Efficient team communication and scene management
  • Instructor guided problem-solving ideas
  • Victims and rescuers will have time to share what worked, what didn't, and what they want to do differently to ultimately improve the scenario

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Test Scenario and Debrief

  • Time to do it again!
  • Scene safety
  • Scene management, triage and communication
  • Collaboration of teams
  • Assessing and prioritizing care
  • Effective and appropriate medical management
  • Implementation of improvisational treatments
  • Review of scenario with input from victims, rescuers, and faculty

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Summation and Exam Instructions

  • Instructions for test
  • Distribution of AWEP patches and farewell
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Group 2