Expedition Medic

What WMT says

Expedition Medic is a UK based 2-day course for doctors and OHPs that is also the third and final module of the seven day Expedition Skills course (+ bush mechanic, navigation, personal security and bushcraft training). This practical, hands-on course is lead by experts who are seasoned expedition professionals and medics. It was thoroughly revamped in 2014 and again in 2016 and the syllabus now combines the essential and important medical topics of our Mountain Medicine and Jungle Medicine courses with corresponding tuition in related field skills. The course is now roughly 50/50 mountain and jungle medicine and 50/50 medical and practical training. (We will continue to offer Mountain Medicine as a more intense mountain focused course but not Jungle Medicine.) There is no UK rival to the breadth and scope of this intense and practical course designed to give aspiring expedition medics a deep insight into the expedition environments that are high, hot, wet and cold thus opening up the scope of opportunities for an expedition role. Fun. Practical. Inspiring. This should be the minimum formal specialised medical training that experienced and aspiring expedition medics – doctors and OHPs – should undertake. Valid for at least 12 CPD credits.

What students say

Great – all of it. Lot’s of humour, real examples.
An excellent, informative and useful course. Thank you v. much!
Relaxed and informative – never boring!
Excellent in presenting a lot of content in an interesting way.
Was glad of lots of [teaching] styles.
Superb – good humour & clear instructions.
Handled questions well – good demos.
Not enough biblical preaching and snake handling!


WMT all July 2017 Lake District based courses – pre-course Dossier v1
WMT Participant Declaration

Date change

We have moved the Expedition Medic course scheduled for 9-10 September to 10-11 June. Mountain Medicine will now run 9-10 September. Both courses will still be based in Grasmere.

Who’s invited?

Doctors of all grades, nurses, medical students, paramedics and OHPs are welcome to attend. No prior camping or expedition experience is required. Whether you are flirting with the idea of accompanying a team up Kilimanjaro, jungle trekking, pimping your expedition CV or simply want a fun, inspiring educational course, Expedition Medic will satisfy your aims and open your eyes to expedition medicine and the possibilities for travel using your medical skills.

What’s covered on Expedition Medic?

This is a busy two days with loads of practical sessions, group work, lectures and discussions. See the detailed outline programme below and the note on what’s covered in the course manual you’ll receive.

Medic course manual – what’s covered?

We issue the same comprehensive Medic course manual – currently 173 pages – on ALL WMT Medic courses so there is a lot of “bonus” material in addition to what is specifically covered on any particular course syllabus. For example, there are extensive notes on diverse topics such as expedition dentistry, diving medicine, swift water rescue and other topics that might not be covered on the shorter WMT courses.

Outline Programme
Day 1

Important scene setting topics
• Introductions
• Expedition medical planning – imms/antimalarials
• Pre-existing medical cases – group work

Hot and wet environments
• Tropical fevers
• Heat injury
• Bites and stings
• Diarrhoea
• Snake bite management

Field skills & camp craft
• GPS navigation
• Expedition catering, cooking on open fires (venue dependent)
• Camping fundamentals: site selection, hygiene, field toilets
• Kit selection, packing & waterproofing
• Setting up tarps & hammocks (bashas)

Day 2

High and cold environments
• Altitude illness/ portable altitude chambers
• Hypothermia, frostbite and immersion

• Fractures and dislocations

Rescue & related skills
• Radios, communications, GPS tracking devices
• Security on steep ground – belays and simple rope use
• Mountain safety equipment – group shelters, walking rope, blizzard bags
• Medical kit discussion
• So you wanna be an expedition medic? Expedition opportunities

Final questions / certificates / feedback & farewell by 5pm


We estimate that this programme is valid for approximately 12 CPD credits.

Specific venue and programme information

Expedition Medic at the Grasmere Independent Hostel June 2017
“Knocks most other Lakeland hostels into a cocked hat”. The Guardian
Finally we’ve found a very high standard 4-star hostel with a 5-star Trip Adviser rating that has first-class facilities within easy reach of the “south” and nestled at the foot of the hills near Grasmere in the beautiful Lake District. There are fast London trains to Windermere and easy bus connections to Grasmere for those using public transportation. We have exclusive use of this 24 bed facility with a dedicated conference room, en-suite bathrooms, a lounge with awesome views, laundry facilities, drying room and a sauna! It’s centrally heated with free flowing hot water for showers. Free wifi is available and linen/bedding is provided. Best of all it’s 400 yards to a classic real ale Lakeland pub. See lovely photos of the hostel here or visit the hostel website.

The Grasmere programme is generally run as:
Day 1 – mountain themed involving a fell walk with teaching en route
Da 2 – forest/jungle themed with a shorter walk to a forest site and return to the hostel to wrap up in time for a prompt 4pm departure when we must vacate the premises.

July 2017 camping based courses nr Windermere
Both July courses are the last module taught on the week-long Expedition Skills course and are camping based on private land, alongside a beautiful tarn (wonderful for swimming).The camp is semi-wild with slit latrines, no running water or hot showers. Bring your own tent/sleeping bag etc. All meals provided and cooked for you. We cover mountain medicine but there is no fell walk.