Wilderness Life Support for the Medical Professional (WLS:MP) Course

July 10-14, 2023

EKU’s Maywoods Lodge

The WLS:MP certification is intended for any licensed/certified medical professional, or medical professional in training, who has an interest in wilderness medicine. This course balances didactic learning with realistic, hands-on scenarios that emphasize technical skill. Upon completion of the course, certification will be granted by AdventureMed.

A pre-requisite for this course is a professional healthcare certification, such as EMT, Paramedic, RN, APRN, PA, MD/DO, or status as a student in such a field. This is not a WFA/WFR course.

Our instructors are physicians, paramedics, nurses, and EMTs who are active members of wilderness rescue teams and nationally-known subject matter experts.

Topics covered include:

  • Rescue Medicine
  • Airway management
  • Communications
  • Pharmacology
  • Prolonged Field Care
  • Animal, Insect, Arthropod, & Marine envenomations
  • Avalanche Response
  • Dive Medicine
  • HEENT problems
  • High Altitude Problems
  • Hyperthermia, Hypothermia & Frostbite treatment
  • Wilderness Infectious Disease
  • Lightning Injuries
  • Medical kits & Specialized Equipment
  • Medical Problems
  • Patient Movement in the Wilderness
  • Patient Assessment
  • Patient Packaging, Evacuation, and Rope Rescue
  • Submersion Injuries
  • Water Disinfection & Purification
  • Wound & Musculoskeletal Injuries Management

Registration price is $550. Registration closes after 20 confirmed seats.

Price covers 40+ hours of instruction, certification/CME fees, course textbook, and lodging, either in semi-private bunk house accommodations (3-4 twin mattress bunk beds per room, separated in male & female wings containing several rooms, with male/female bathrooms and individual showers) or camp sites. Price does NOT include food. The venue features a well-equipped commercial kitchen, with generous refrigerated storage for personal food/drink items.

To register as an individual, visit our Google Forms-based registration page at https://forms.gle/hbrkUtUxUVWnKpD19. For group reservations, contact course coordinator David Fifer at dtfifer@gmail.com. Upon registration, students will receive a comprehensive course information packet, including course schedule.

WLS:MP is approved for 21.5 AMA PRA Category 1 and FAWM Credits through the Wilderness Medical Society. The WLS:MP program is also approved by ACEP, AAFP and AAPA, and can be used for EMS and Nursing CEUs hour-for-hour, subject to approval by state governing bodies.