AWEP Certification®

Advanced Wilderness & Expedition Provider

February 22 - 26, 2020

Big Sky Ski Resort, Montana

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

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, February 228:00 am to 3:45 pm
Sunday, February 2312:15 pm to 3:45 pm
Monday, February 2412:15 pm to 3:30 pm
Tuesday, February 2512:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Group 2

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Saturday, February 228:00 am to 3:45 pm
Sunday, February 2312:15 pm to 3:45 pm
Wednesday, February 262:00 pm to 5:15 pm
Thursday, February 278:00 am to 11:30 am

AWEP Detailed Schedule

Wilderness Medicine Advanced Wilderness Expedition Provider Certification

Course tuition: $495

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

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):

Group 1

Saturday, February 22

7:30 am - 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast

8:00 am - 8:15 am
Introductions, Overview of Course

8:15 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

10:15 am - 10:30 am

10:30 am - 11:45 am
Packaging, 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

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

12:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Rescue in the Backcountry: Improvised Medical Trauma Care

  • 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, February 23

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Introduction to Commercial Rescue System - Active Bleeding and Vacuum Evacuation Techniques

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

1:15 pm - 1:45 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

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm

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
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Monday, February 24

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Improvised Trauma & Ortho Care

  • Use and application of tourniquets
  • Improvised splinting using malleable aluminum splints

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Wilderness Rescue - Ropes & Knots

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Practice Stations

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Tuesday, February 25

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Scenario Dryrun

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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

1:30 pm - 1:45 pm

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Scenario Debriefing

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Summation and Exam Instructions

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

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