AWEP CertificationTM

Advanced Wilderness & Expedition Provider

March 13 - 17, 2019

Hyatt Regency Maui

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

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

AWEP Schedule At A Glance

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Wednesday, March 137:30 am to 3:30 pm
Thursday, March 142:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Friday, March 152:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Saturday, March 162:00 pm to 5:30 pm

AWEP Detailed Schedule

Wilderness Medicine Advanced Wilderness Expedition Provider Certification

Course tuition: $545

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

The AWEP CertificationTM Course 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.

Wednesday, March 13

7:30 am - 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast

7:45 am - 8:15 am
Introductions, Overview of Course

8:15 am - 10:15 am
Initial Patient Assessment & Stabilization, Scene Management

  • 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

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

  • Clearing and protecting the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine in the wilderness
  • Improvising a cervical collar
  • Assessment of pelvis and hip, diagnosis, and management
  • Practice scenario applying morning lessons

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

12:30 pm - 3:30 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
Sheryl Olson, RN, demonstrates patient assessment priorities
Sheryl Olson, RN, demonstrates patient assessment priorities

Thursday, March 14

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Improvised Trauma & Ortho Care

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

2:45 pm - 3:15 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

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Wilderness Rescue (Ropes & Knots) with Intro to Commercial Rescue Technoloty

  • Introduction to ropes and knots for rescue and medical care
  • Making an improvised harness
  • Demonstration of a vacuum litter for evacuation

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Communication and Aeromedical

  • Landing zones
  • Safety when working around a helicopter
  • Preparing a patient for helicopter evacuation
Patient transport practice in an improvised litter
Patient transport practice in an improvised litter

Friday, March 15

2:00 pm - 3:00 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, flail chest, open chest wound
  • Abdominal assessment and evacuation considerations

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Airway Management & Fluid Resuscitation Skills

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

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Practice Skills Stations

Patient Assessment Wilderness Medicine

Saturday, March 16

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Management of Common Severe Medical Emergencies in a Wilderness Setting

  • Anaphylactic shock and allergic emergencies
  • Altitude Illness cases (HACE, HAPE, AMS)
  • Chest pain (acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism, angina)
  • Neurologic emergencies (stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage vs. Bell's Palsy)

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Scenario Intro, Prep and Practice

  • Out of doors - dress appropriately
  • Simulated injuries and/or illnesses in a wilderness environment
  • Teams will implement skills learned during prior days teaching modules
  • Apply learned principles of scene safety, triage, prioritization of care
  • Implementation of patient care with instructor involvement if necessary
  • Efficient team communication and scene management
  • Instructor guided problem-solving ideas
  • Victims and rescuers will have time to share what worked, what didn't, and what they want to do differently to ultimately improve the scenario

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Test Scenario and Debrief

  • Time to do it again!
  • Scene safety
  • Scene management, triage and communication
  • Collaboration of teams
  • Assessing and prioritizing care
  • Effective and appropriate medical management
  • Implementation of improvisational treatments
  • Review of scenario with input from victims, rescuers, and faculty

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

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

For more information or to register please call

844-WILDCME (844-945-3263)

For more information or to register please call