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Cuyahoga Valley Wilderness Medicine Conference


Join us for the second annual Cuyahoga Valley Wilderness Medicine Conference! This one-day event has been designed for healthcare workers of all professions (nurses, resident physicians, EMTs, physicians of all specialties, advanced practitioners, students, physical therapists, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, etc.) who have an interest in expanding their knowledge and expertise in wilderness and environmental medicine. Outdoor enthusiasts of all types, academicians, and prehospital professionals will each find interesting, focused, and practical learning opportunities to suit their goals.

Our expert instructors from across the region will employ a wide scope of teaching methods and styles including lectures, practical skills sessions, small group sessions, field exercises, and simulation (with live actors!) to translate their knowledge. Upon conference completion, attendees will be eligible for Category 1 CME and Wilderness Medical Society Fellowship (FAWM) credit.

Lunch and hot drinks are included in the registration cost.

To see our full schedule for the 2023 conference and more information, click here!


Cuyahoga Valley National Park serves to preserve and reclaim the rural and forested landscape along the Cuyahoga River. Situated between Akron and Cleveland, Ohio, the park serves its region and nation by uniquely finding its place along the spectrum of public space conservation and use. Runners and hikers can enjoy many trails among sandstone cliffs, meadows, and forest, several historical farms are preserved and still operate, mountain bikers can enjoy several new trails, the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath has preserved miles of accessibility to the park along the valley’s floor, paddlers can enjoy the river with eagles soaring overhead, the park boasts several waterfalls, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad runs the length of the park, and skiers can enjoy two areas to get in some turns in the snow-belt.


The conference is divided into three distinct categories: didactic lectures, small group sessions, and outdoor exercises.  Students will have a choice for each 45-minute “block” of the day – it is unlikely that any two students’ days are exactly the same!

  • Women’s Health in Wilderness and Travel
  • Plant Toxins and Dermatitis [in Northeast Ohio]
  • Lessons from the Surfside Tower Collapse
  • Lessons in Spec Ops Mascal Medicine
  • Team Dynamics and Communication
  • The Hypothermic Cardiac Arrest
  • This Bites: When Animals Attack
  • Wilderness as Wellness
Skills Sessions
  • Helicopter LZ Training
  • Basic Field Dentistry
  • Medical Kits
  • Auricular Acupuncture for Acute Pain
  • Prevention & Management of Ortho/Foot injuries for Runners, Hikers, Backpackers
  • Advanced Hemorrhage Control
  • Tension Pneumothorax
  • Fundamentals: Ropes and Knots
  • LZ Training with Helicopter Landing
  • Improvised Splints
  • Mass Casualty
  • Tactical Combat Casualty Care
  • Introduction to Search and Rescue
  • Introduction to Prehospital Resources: ALS Ambulance, Fire Apparatus, Park Ranger Cruiser
  • Land Navigation
  • Wilderness Scenarios level 1
  • Wilderness Scenarios level 2

CME Credit:

This activity is currently in the process of being accredited for Cat 1 CME and FAWM credit. When a finalized schedule has been published, the CME information will also be updated.

May 22 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


May 22
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
$85 – $185
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Happy Days Lodge
500 West Streetsboro Street/State Route 303
Peninsula, OH 44264 United States
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