AWEP Certification®

Advanced Wilderness & Expedition Provider

July 25 - July 30, 2020

Big Sky Resort, Montana

AWEP is advanced level intensive and hands-on training taught by leaders in Wilderness Medicine including, Howard Donner, MD, Eric Weiss, MD, and Sheryl Olson, RN/BSN.

Students will learn practical techniques and practice them in mock scenarios. Successful completion of course leads to AWEP Certification®.

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AWEP Schedule At A Glance

Group 1

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Saturday, July 25th7:30 am to 3:45 pm
Sunday, July 26th2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Monday, July 27th2:00 pm to 5:15 pm
Tuesday, July 28th2:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Group 2

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Saturday, July 25th7:30 am to 3:45 pm
Sunday, July 26th2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Monday, July 27thNo Class
Tuesday, July 28thNo Class
Wednesday, July 29th2:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Thursday, July 30th8:00 am - 11:30 am
Wilderness Medicine Advanced Wilderness Expedition Provider Certification

Course tuition: $495

Includes: 15.5 additional AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM all supplies, syllabus, breakfast, patch, and certificate

The AWEP Certification® Course is valid for 4 years and is the highest wilderness medicine certification we offer. AWEP is scheduled so that students will be able to attend all plenary sessions at the National Conference on Wilderness Medicine. Note: To register for AWEP, you must be registered for the main conference.

AWEP is offered during two different schedules during the conference (Select either "Group 1" or "Group 2" below):

AWEP Detailed Schedule

Group 1

Saturday, July 25

7:30 am - 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast

8:00 am - 8:15 am
Introductions, Overview of Course

8:15 am - 10:15 am
Initial Patient Assessment & Stabilization

  • Scene safety
  • Initial (primary) patient assessment with wilderness approach to the "A, B,Cs"
  • Triage and prioritizing care
  • Techniques for rolling and moving a victim
  • Single rescuer considerations
  • Scene management and roles of team members
  • Communication

10:15 am - 10:30 am
Break

10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Packaging, Lifting, Moving Patients in the Wilderness or Austere Environment

  • Triage and prioritizing care Techniques for rolling and moving a victim
  • Single rescuer considerations
  • Scene management and roles of team members Communication

11:30 pm - 12:30 pm
Lunch

12:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Rescue in the Backcountry: Improvised Medical Trauma Care

  • Carries and evacuation techniques
  • Cocoon wrap with litter construction
  • Considerations for packaging and carrying a patient
  • Improvised femoral traction splints
  • Shoulder reduction and stabilization

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Break

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Rescue in the Backcountry: Improvised Medical Trauma Care - Continued

Howard Donner MD, explains evacuation techniques to AWEP students
Howard Donner MD, explains evacuation techniques to AWEP students

Sunday, July 26

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Backcountry Soft Tissue and Wound Management

  • Considerations for cleaning wounds in the back country
  • Wound closure techniques for those that suture and for those that don't
  • Blister management
  • Equipment and supplies for a wound care kit

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Introduction to Commercial Rescue Technology

  • Demonstration of a vacuum litter for evacuation
  • Active bleeding station

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Break

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Airway Management & Fluid Resuscitation Skills

  • Airway management considerations
  • Nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal airways
  • Vascular access
  • Intraosseous (IO) needles

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Care of Traumatic Injuries in the Wilderness

  • Assessment of a victim with head trauma
  • Concussion management in the wilderness
  • Management of chest injuries including pneumothorax
  • Abdominal assessment and evacuation considerations
Sheryl Olson, RN, demonstrates patient assessment priorities
Sheryl Olson, RN, demonstrates patient assessment priorities

Monday, July 27

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wilderness Rescue - Ropes & Knots

  • Introduction to ropes & knots for rescue & medical care
  • Making an improvised harness

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Improvised Trauma & Ortho Care

  • Use & application of tourniquets
  • Improvised splinting using malleable aluminum splints

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Break

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Practice Stations

Patient transport practice in an improvised litter
Patient transport practice in an improvised litter

Tuesday, July 28

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Scenario Dry Run

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Aeromedical

  • Landing zones
  • Safety when working around a helicopter in wilderness environments

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Break

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
Scenarios

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm
Scenario Debriefing

5:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Summation and Exam Instructions

  • Instructions for online test
  • Distribution of AWEP patches and farewell
Dr. Donner looking on during a live scenario
Dr. Donner looking on during a live scenario

Group 2

For more information or to register please call

844-WILDCME (844-945-3263)

For more information or to register please call

844-945-3263

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