AWEP Certification®

Advanced Wilderness & Expedition Provider

May 27 - May 31, 2020

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Due to the unprecedented impacts from COVID-19, we are excited to announce our first-ever Virtual Conference on Wilderness Medicine (this conference is no longer happening on-site and is being converted to a virtual format - click here for more information).

Advanced level intensive and hands-on training taught by leaders in Wilderness Medicine including, Howard J. Donner and Sheryl Olson, RN/BSN.

Students will learn practical techniques and practice them in mock scenarios. Successful completion leads to AWEP Certification® and 15.5 additional AMA PRA Category 1 Credits®.

AWEP Schedule At A Glance

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Thursday, May 28th1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Friday, May 29th1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Saturday, May 30th1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Sunday, May 31st1:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Note: The AWEP schedule is designed to dovetail with the schedule of the main conference presentations.

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AWEP Detailed Schedule

Wilderness Medicine Advanced Wilderness Expedition Provider Certification

Course tuition: $545

Includes: 15.5 additional AMA PRA Category 1 Credits® all supplies, syllabus, 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.


Thursday, May 28

1:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Introductions, Overview of Course

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Initial Patient Assessment & Stabilization, Current Concepts of Spinal Injury in the Backcountry, Scene Management

  • Scene safety
  • 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

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Packaging, Lifting, Moving Patients in the Wilderness Environment, Extended Care During Long Evacuations

  • Protocols for clearing and protecting the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine in the wilderness
  • Improvising a cervical collar
  • Assessment and management of pelvis and hip injuries; Ortho Part 1

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Backcountry Wound Management

  • ID considerations
  • Wound cleansing techniques in the backcountry
  • Options for wilderness wound closure
wilderness Medicine CME Conference AWEP live scenario

Friday, May 29

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Improvised Backcountry Rescue and Evacuation Techniques

  • Carries and evacuation techniques
  • Considerations for packaging and carrying a patient
  • Cocoon wrap with litter construction

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
Management of Backcountry Fractures and Dislocations; Ortho Part 2

  • Improvised femoral traction splints
  • Shoulder reduction and stabilization

4:45 pm - 5:30 pm
Practical Approach to Head, Chest, and Abdominal Trauma in Remote Environments

  • Assessment of a victim with head trauma
  • Wilderness considerations for concussion management
  • Management of chest injuries including pneumothorax, flail chest, open chest wounds
  • Abdominal assessment and evacuation considerations
Students practicing knot ties for AWEP certification

Saturday, May 30

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Management of Backcountry Fractures, Dislcoations, and Soft Tissue Injury; Otho Part 3

  • Improvised splinting using malleable aluminum splints

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Adjuncts for Backcountry Airway Management and Fluid Resuscitation

  • Naso- and oropharyngeal airways
  • King airway, LMA, and iGel airways
  • Intraosseous (IO) needles

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Improvised Rescue and Medical Techniques and the Role of Ropes and Knots

  • Alpine harness
  • Instruction and practice of a variety of knots

4:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Chest Seals, Hemostatic Agents, Tourniquets; Updates

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm
Introduction to Commercial Rescue Technology; Vacuum Mattresses and Hypothermia Bags

  • Vacuum mattresses
  • Hypothermia bags

5:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Helicopter Operations: Safety Essentials

  • Safety when working around a helicopter
  • Preparing a patient for helicopter evacuation
  • Landing zones
Patient Assessment Wilderness Medicine CME Course

Sunday, May 31

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Skills Stations (Hemorrhage Management, Femoral Fractures, Cocoon Wrap, Alpine Harness, Shoulder and Pelvic Immobilizers, Vacuum Mattress & Hypothermia Bags

  • Hemorrhage management
  • Femoral fractures
  • Cocoon wrap
  • Alpine harness
  • Shoulder and pelvic immobilizers
  • Vacuum mattress & hypothermia bags

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
Scenario Dry Run with Real Time Input

  • Out of doors - dress appropriately
  • Simulated injuries and/or illnesses in a wilderness environment
  • Teams will practice skills learned during prior days teaching modules
  • Apply learned principles of scene safety, triage, prioritization of care
  • Incorporate 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

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

  • Time to do it again!
  • Instructors will observe the scenarios
  • Participants will incorporate scene safety, management, collaboration, and effective communication skills
  • Patient care teams will assess, triage, and prioritize care
  • Patient care teams will implement care and improvisational treatments as necessary

5:45 pm - 6:15 pm

  • Review of scenario with input from victims, rescuers, and faculty

6:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Summation and Exam Instructions

  • Instructions for test
  • Distribution of AWEP patches and farewell
Group lift of injured person

For more information or to register please call

844-WILDCME (844-945-3263)


For more information or to register please call

844-WILDCME (844-945-3263)