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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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Winter Specialty Meeting on Mountain Medicine - Don't Miss Out!

In a previous post, I wrote that 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. In addition, many of the presentations are designated for credit towards Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine, and there is also an opportunity to become certified in Advanced Wilderness Life Support.

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.

Special evening programs will be the film "Everest ER: Everest Base Camp Medicine" with comments by an expert panel led by Eric Johnson, M.D., who spent this past climbing season at 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.

The educational programs will be excellent and the snow should be awesome, so I hope to see you all there. The proceeds benefit the WMS, which advances the education, science, and practice of wilderness medicine.

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