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Dr. Paul Auerbach is the world's leading outdoor health expert. His blog offers tips on outdoor safety and advice on how to handle wilderness emergencies.

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Socorro Island Dive and Wilderness Medicine CME

I'm delighted to announce that I will be participating in an exciting continuing medical education (CME) adventure to benefit the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS).

The journey will be January 24 to February 2, 2010 to Socorro Island, Mexico for the Dive and Wilderness Medicine Continuing Medical Education program. Dr. Karen Van Hoesen of the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and I will deliver updates in Dive and Wilderness Medicine via a curriculum accredited by the WMS combined with an exciting eight day live-aboard scuba diving experience.

18.5 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 credits are accredited through the WMS along with Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) credit hours. This CME/FAWM event will take place in an exceptional conference venue – The Nautilus Explorer - one of the world’s premier dive vessels. The 117-foot ship features a relaxed meeting space, gourmet meals and world-class accommodations. Only eighteen spots will be available for participants to enjoy eight days of educational sessions during this excursion to Socorro Island, a marine and nature preserve located 200 miles south of Cabo San Lucas.

The cost is $685 for CME tuition plus the package price of the scuba adventure accommodations selected by the participant. The CME curriculum will cover certain topics essential for attainment of Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine, emphasizing dive and marine medicine, and related wilderness medical issues. The itinerary of this excursion includes potential encounters with giant manta rays, humpback whales, dolphins and five species of sharks. Additional details may be obtained at under the “ocean” tab or by calling toll free at 1.888.308.3007 or via email to

I hope to see some of you aboard.

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Dr. Paul S. Auerbach is the world’s leading authority on wilderness medicine.