Wilderness Medicine CME

Intensive Skills Field Course

and Whitewater Rafting Adventure

June 13 - 19, 2020
Optional "Snow School" and ascent of Mt. Shasta: June 19 - 21, 2020

7 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS from $1,595

Our staff at 1-800-246-7238 is ready to help

Trip Highlights

  • The 19th annual "Premier Field Course in Wilderness Medicine" at a spectacular riverside setting

  • 4 days of exciting whitewater rafting on three of California's finest rivers

  • An emphasis on hands-on training and scenarios led by renowned instructors Howard Donner, MD & Sheryl Olson, RN

  • Navigation, wilderness survival skills, & river navigation/rescue skills taught by experts

  • Outstanding cuisine, appetizers, and evening campfires under some of the brightest stars we've seen

  • Optional "Snow School" & guided ascent of one of the world's most beautiful peaks - the 14,179 ft. Mount Shasta

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"The Premier Field Course in Wilderness Medicine"

This highly acclaimed course is designed for physicians, PAs, NPs, and nurses who want to learn state-of-the-art wilderness medicine and survival skills in a spectacular outdoor setting. Additionally, a wide variety of hands-on skill building and patient scenarios reinforce key medical concepts.

The CME lectures (16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits) include exciting demonstrations and interactive riverside workshops.  And the primary instructors are Howard Donner, MD and Sheryl Olson, RN – leaders in the field of wilderness medicine.

Wilderness & Expedition Medical Skills Covered Include:

  • Management of wounds, fractures, dislocations, & sprains
  • Hypothermia, frostbite, heat illness, & altitude illness
  • Patient assessment in the wilderness setting
  • Evacuation & rescue techniques including improvised litters
  • Preparing an effective medical kit for foreign travel
  • Many other key skills and common wilderness problems

Wilderness Survival & Travel Skills Taught:

  • Wilderness survival (half-day course)
  • Orienteering (including map/compass, GPS)
  • Whitewater raft skills and swiftwater crossing techniques
  • Ropes and knots for travel and rescue
  • Basic mountaineering and snow travel skills
  • Use of crampons, ice axe, and self-arrest skills

Home base for the week is Paradise Point, a private 20-acre riverside retreat in the rugged Mt. Shasta/Marble Mountains Wilderness areas of Northern California.  Here you will enjoy the prime location for whitewater rafting some of America's finest rivers.  Fortunately, traveling to Paradise Point is easy despite its gorgeous wilderness location.  Generally, we recommend flying into Medford Airport (MFR) which is a well connected regional hub a relatively short drive away.

Spouses and guests welcome!

Map of Wilderness Medicine CME Field Course
Your Home Base is Paradise Point - A Deluxe Riverside Retreat

Itinerary Snapshot

Intensive Skills Field Course
& Whitewater Rafting Adventure
Wilderness Medicine CME

Fantastic nearby side trips you can do on your own before / after the Intensive Skills Course!

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Northern California Coastal Redwoods
(world's tallest trees)

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Crater Lake National Park

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Spectacular Oregon Coastline

We raft 3 fantastic rivers on this trip!

Klamath River

The Klamath is famous for its beautiful scenery and wildlife! Thus, it is protected as a National Wild & Scenic River. And the Klamath has playful class II-III whitewater which is great for all skill levels.

Clear Creek

Pristine and remote Clear Creek has almost surreal beauty! Here you will experience crystal clear water in a deep bedrock gorge surrounded by lush forest. In addition, frequent and fun class II-III rapids pepper the run.

Salmon River

The Cal Salmon is a whitewater classic! The river flows through a steep, intimate, granite gorge of breathtaking beauty. Here you will experience emerald pools punctuated by frequent exhilarating class III-IV rapids!

Wilderness Medicine Skills CME Course field course

Intensive Skills Field Course
& Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Trip Cost:
Primary Registrant: $1,595
Guests (Over 18): $1,375
Guests (13-18 years): $995

(Includes all meals and beverages, deluxe outdoor camping site and facilities, professionally outfitted whitewater rafting by Adventure Whitewater LLC)


Optional CME Fee: $695 (Approved for 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)
Optional one-day "Snow School" on Friday: $115 (optional for non-climbers)

Optional Mt. Shasta Ascent: (2 Day Weekend Post-Trip) $495

Spouses, guests, and children (over age 12) welcome!

Questions? Ready to reserve your spot?
Speak to an expert at Bio Bio Expeditions - the award winning outfitter of this trip


A few of the publications Bio Bio Expeditions has been featured in:

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Testimonials From Your Colleagues

"I couldn't think of anyone better than Howard Donner to teach a course like this. He is a true expert in the field. His lecture style sets the right tone for the week. Howard is truly awesome! Fabulous CME!"


"Cannot say enough good about this course! Excellent in every way! Fabulous course content. Perfect location! Will highly recommend this course to others!"


"Best CME ever! This will be a trip we will remember forever! Awesome itinerary! Wonderful faculty-tops in knowledge! I learned many new things from all of the faculty."


Faculty for the Intensive Skills Field Course

Wilderness Medicine CME

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Howard J. Donner, MD: Co-author of The Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine. Featured in two successful NOVA documentaries including; Deadly Ascent, and the critically acclaimed film: Everest: The Death Zone. Medical operations consultant for NASA for 5 years. Medical advisor for Telluride's Search and Rescue team. Staff physician for the Himalayan Rescue Association for 2 seasons. Began his career as a professional river and mountain guide, now a Certified Flight Instructor and professional skipper. Has advised mountaineers, rescuers, Olympic athletes, pilots and aerospace personnel throughout his career.

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Sheryl Olson, RN, BSN: Outdoor Survival and Navigation Instructor, Flight Nurse, Wilderness Safety Instructor, Cruise Ship Nurse, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Kyle Allred, PA: International guide on five continents; Whitewater guide and instructor for over 15 years. Co-founder of MedCram.com Medical Education Videos; Wilderness survival instructor and co-founder of MedWild.com Instructional Videos.

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Lars Alvarez: Member of several US and World Championship Whitewater Raft teams; co-owner of Bio Bio Expeditions Worldwide which conducts trips on some of the most challenging and exotic rivers on the planet.

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Ryan Allred: Captain of US National Championship Raft team (2000). World-class kayaker and kayak instructor. Professional fly fishing guide. Owner of Adventure Whitewater Rafting.


  • Altitude Illness
  • Hypothermia
  • Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries
  • Environmental Heat Illness
  • Traveler's Diarrhea, Giardia & Other Waterborne Wilderness Infections
  • Surviving the Unexpected Night Out
  • Lightning Injuries
  • Improvised Medical and Trauma Care
  • Management of Fractures and Dislocations
  • Preparing for Foreign Travel
  • Backcountry Medical Kits
  • Wilderness Wound Management
  • Patient Assessment in Wilderness Settings
  • Wilderness Dermatology
  • Marine Hazards & Envenomations
  • Snake Envenomation


"This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Center for Emergency Medical Education and Wilderness and Travel Medicine. The Center for Emergency Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians."

The Center for Emergency Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of
15 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This trip is planned, outfitted and conducted by Bio Bio Expeditions, or subcontractors arranged by Bio Bio Expeditions. Please note that Wilderness and Travel Medicine, LLC is responsible for the CME Educational content only. In addition, Wilderness and Travel Medicine reserves the right to change or substitute the faculty for any CME course without advance or prior notice to participants.

For more information or to register for this trip please call

Bio Bio Expeditions at 1-800-246-7238