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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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Wilderness Medical Society Winter Specialty Meeting on Mountain Medicine

I'm very excited to have been invited to speak at the upcoming Winter Specialty Meeting on Mountain Medicine sponsored by the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS). This continuing medical education (CME) meeting will be held March 16-21, 2007 at Park City, Utah. The focus is upon medical topics related to the mountain medicine aspects of wilderness medicine. These include a preconference workshop on avalanche awareness, rescue, and medical treatment, in part taught by the Exum Utah guides and with input from the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center and the Canyons Ski Patrol.

Topics that will be covered in the educational sessions that comprise the main meeting include high altitude illness, eye care at high altitude and in the wilderness, medical kits and antibiotics, patient assessment, hypothermia, cold weather hiking and trekking, ski and snowboard injuries, litters and evacuation, lightning, frostbite, and many others. Participants will also have the opportunity to obtain Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) field certification.

Special evening programs will be the film "Everest ER: Everest Base Camp Medicine" with comments by an expert panel led by Luanne Freer, M.D., who organizes and runs the medical clinic at Everest base camp each climbing season, and "Impossible Dreams" presented by Geoff Tabin, M.D., who was the fourth person to climb the "7 summits," the highest points on all seven continents.

The conference will be held at The Yarrow Resort Hotel & Conference Center. It should be a terrific event for physicians, nurses, paramedics & EMTs, wilderness medicine educators, and other persons interested in learning more about practical aspects of medicine practiced in the mountains.

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