CME- Big Island, Hawaii
WLS:MP is designed for medical professionals of all levels (MD, EMT, PA, NP, RN, etc) that have an interest in expanding their knowledge of wilderness medicine pathology and enhancing their practical skills in a wilderness environment. WLS:MP courses are designed for all types of outdoor enthusiasts, from the casual day hike to the extended expedition.
Our hybrid format covers materials otherwise taught in lecture format, using an innovative learning platform designed to learn along with the user. Instead of reading powerpoint slides, students will engage in online modules that give feedback, test understanding, and increase long term retention. As a result, students will arrive to the in person portion of the class better prepared, allowing for focus on the application of the material covered.
During this online and 2 day in-person course, students will learn the latest wilderness medicine skills for patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evacuation. Our expert instructors employ a wide scope of teaching methods, balancing online didactic lectures with practical, hands-on skills and scenarios. Emphasis is placed not just on the materials learned, but the critical decision making skills surrounding effective backcountry medical management.
Upon course completion, students will earn the WLS:MP certification, valid four years, and be eligible for up to 24.5 hours of Category 1 CME and Wilderness Medical Society Fellowship (FAWM) credit.
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For those interested, but not medical professionals, sign up instead for our Wilderness First Aid course! This course will have an online component prior to the start of class, then have the same in-person days as the WLS:MP course. For more information and to register, click here.
The island of Hawai’i, also called the Big Island, is the youngest and largest island in the Hawaiian chain. Nearly twice as big as all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined, its sheer size is awe-inspiring. Visitors can travel through all but four of the world’s different climate zones here, ranging from Wet Tropical to Polar Tundra, a result of the shielding effect and elevations of the massive volcanoes Maunakea and Maunaloa. From the many geological features at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to the snow-capped heights of Maunakea; from the lush valleys of the Hilo and Hamakua Coasts to the jet-black sands of Punaluu Beach, the island of Hawaii is an unrivaled expression of the power of nature.
We will hold our training at KMC, where participants can stay on site in a variety of options including shared barracks, individual dorm rooms, and separate multi-bedroom cottage homes/cabins for rent. Participants can book their own reservations at KMC using their website. Please use the “civilian rate” and mention WLS:MP as the sponsor. Click here to learn more.
The closest hotel option is the Volcano House (4 min drive, 20 min walk to KMC), the only hotel inside the National Park
There are also a variety of camping options within and around the National Park. Click here to learn more.
The materials below above are covered via online and in person didactic lecture, small group discussion, practical skills sessions, and live scenarios. Each topic will describe pathology, treatment, prevention, and provide evacuation guidelines necessary for high quality patient care. This curriculum is continually reviewed for best practice and the most up to date guidelines.
The WLS:MP curriculum consists of:
- Patient Assessment
- Medical Problems
- Infectious Disease
- Head, Ear, Eye, Nose, Throat, Skin
- Animal & Insect Bites
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Wound management
- Water treatment
- Hypothermia & frostbite
- Medical kits
- Altitude Illness: AMS/HAPE/HACE
- Dive Medicine
Along with the WLSL:MP certification, students are able to earn up to 24.5 hours of APA PRA Category 1 CME, as well as Wilderness Medical Society Fellowship credit. To confirm that these credits are applicable to your specific medical designation, inquire with your governing body. Please note that the CME credit hours differ for traditional in-person courses and hybrid courses.