AWEP Certification®

Advanced Wilderness & Expedition Provider

February 26 - March 1, 2022

Big Sky Ski Resort, MT

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

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

AWEP Schedule At A Glance

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Saturday, February 268:15 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, February 2712:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Monday, February 2812:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Tuesday, March 112:30 pm to 3:45 pm
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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, breakfast, patch, and certificate

The AWEP Certification® Course 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.

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.

Saturday, February 26

8:15 am - 8:30 am
Introduction and Overview

8:30 am - 10:30 am
Initial Patient Assessment & Stabilization, Scene Management

  • Scene management
  • Field triage, examination, and assessment
  • Treatment Priorities
  • Stabilization of injured or ill patients
  • Introduction to patient packaging
  • Long term evacuation considerations

10:30 am - 11:00 am

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Packaging, Lifting, Moving Patients in the Wilderness or Austere Environment

  • Patient movement and transfers
  • Clearing cervical spine injuries in the field
  • Improvising effective cervical collars
  • Pelvic fracture; assessment and management
  • Hip dislocation; assessment and relocation technique

12:00 am - 1:00 pm

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rescue in the Backcountry: Improvised Trauma Care

  • Improvised evacuation techniques
  • Improvised litter construction, packaging and carries
  • Considerations for packaging and carrying a patient
  • Femur fracture and improvised femoral traction
  • Management of common backcountry orthopedic injuries; reduction and splinting
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Sunday, February 27

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Airway Management and Fluid Resuscitation

  • Airway emergencies in austere environment
  • Vascular access including intraosseous (IO) techniques and fluid replacement systems
  • Dehydration and hyponatremia

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Management of Common Severe Medical and Traumatic Emergencies in a Wilderness Setting

  • Anaphylactic Shock and Allergic Emergencies
  • Neurologic Emergencies (Stroke, SAH, Bell's Palsy)
  • Chest Pain (Acute Myocardial Infarction, Heart Failure, Aortic Dissection, Pulmonary Embolism, Angina)
  • Head trauma; field evaluation, assessment, and evacuation considerations
  • Chest trauma (pneumothorax, flail chest, open chest injuries)

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Rescue in the Backcountry: Improvised Trauma Care

  • Management of upper and lower extremity injuries including reduction of dislocation and splinting of sprains and fractures
  • Assessment and stabilization of backcountry ankle injuries
  • Taping an ankle

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Backcountry Soft Tissue and Wound Management

  • Healing by primary versus secondary intention
  • High risk versus low risk wounds
  • Wound closure options
  • Infection control
  • Evacuation considerations
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Monday, February 28

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Wilderness Rescue Part 1

  • Introduction to ropes and knots for rescue and medical care

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Wilderness Rescue Part 2

  • Participants will be introduced to commercial rescue equipment, including liter packaging, liter carries, and use of spine boards and other immobilization devices

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wilderness Rescue Part 3

  • Low angle rescue scenarios
Patient Assessment Wilderness Medicine CME Course

Tuesday, March 1

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Scenario Training With Dry Run

  • Scenario dress rehearsal
  • Real-time critique

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Patient Scenarios

  • Participants will be responsible for assessing, stabilizing, and managing multiple victims with simulated injuries or illnesses using commonly available backcountry equipment

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Online Exam Instructions, Summation and Farewell

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