WILDERNESS MEDICINE FELLOWSHIP
FAWM - Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine is offered through the Wilderness Medical Society's Acdemy of Wilderness Medicine.
FAWM-MF - Master's Fellow
WILDERNESS MEDICINE CERTIFICATIONS
WFR - Wilderness First Responder
WEMT - Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician
ADVANCED WILDERNESS MEDICINE CERTIFICATIONS
AWEMT - Advanced WEMT was developed and is offered by Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO). This 5 day, 40 hour module is intended for current WEMTs and is designed to broaden an existing knowledge and skills base.
Course content includes: Search and rescue; basic low-angle rescue; high-angle rescue; bivouac and shelter; litter construction; tropical and travel medicine, and advanced life support in the backcountry.
Participants must be currently certified WEMTs and maintain BLS or CPR certification. The certification is valid for two years.
RMAP™ - Remote Medicine for the Advanced Provider™ is an advanced level course designed and offered by Remote Medical International (RMI). RMAP is a 40+ hour course intended for the advanced life support provider, including: Physicians, Physician's Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Paramedics and ALS providers.
Course content includes: ALS skills review and their application in the wilderness or remote setting: ET intubation; Foley catheters; IV therapy; trauma management; field dentistry; rescue and evacuation; survival; ENT emergencies; minor surgical procedures; health and hygiene; wilderness/remote medical protocols; pain management; anesthesia; psychology/psychiatry; tropical medicine; technology and medical kit considerations; legal issues; animal attacks; plant envenomations; international considerations; risk assessments; altitude illness; expedition medical planning; aviation considerations; high-risk operations; and telemedicine.
Participants must be 18 years old and a current ALS provider. Upon successful completion of the course the RMAP certification is valid for a period of 4 years. The RMAP course is approved for 40.25 hours toward becoming a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM).
AWLS®- Advanced Wilderness Life Support is an advanced level course originally developed at the University of Utah School of Medicine and is now licensed by AdventureMed, LLC. AWLS® course length varies by location, but is approximately 30 hours. The course is intended for the licensed medical provider with an interest in wilderness medicine, including: Physicians, Physician's Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Respiratory Therapists and Paramedics.
AWLS® is delivered via didactic and practical modalities. Course content includes: Animal, insect, arthropod, marine bites and stings; medical problems; avalanche; moving an injured patient; head, eye, ear, nose, throat, skin; patient assessment; high altitude related problems; patient packaging & evacuation; hyperthermia; submersion Injuries; hypothermia & frostbite; water disinfection and purification; infectious disease; wilderness life support scenarios; lightning; wound and musculoskeletal injuries management; and medical kits.
Successful completion of the course includes passing written and practical examinations. AWLS® is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit through the Wilderness Medical Society. Credits are also available toward becoming a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM). The certification is valid for four years at which time the course must be retaken.
WALS™- Wilderness Advanced Life Support is an advanced level course designed and offered by Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA). WALS is a 36 hour course intended for the advanced life support provider, including: Physicians, Physician's Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Paramedics and other ALS providers.
Course content includes: Logistics and introduction; general concepts in wilderness medicine; roles and responsibilities; patient assessment; critical system problem recognition drill; critical system summary; spine; musculoskeletal; limb splinting; dislocation reduction; skin, soft tissues and burns; SAR organization; small group BLS simulations; thermoregulation; cold injuries; altitude; ALS treatments and meds; appropriate technology; ALS tools and medications; night simulation exercise; expedition practitioner/backcountry medicine; toxins; bites and stings; lightning; near drowning; diving; course summary; medical legal; and first aid kits.
Corse participants must be current ALS providers. Successful completion of the course includes passing written and practical examinations. WALS is approved for 36 hours of continuing education and for 36 credits toward becoming a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM).