Expedition Medicine, Chamonix 2020

Course outline & essential info

WMT’s most popular course held anually in central Chamonix, France normally in January includes 25 hours of intensive and broad wilderness medicine tuition, outdoor training, case discussions and workshop sessions delivered by an inspirational team of expedition doctors and expedition pros. Five hours of daily course tuition gives delegates ample free time for snowsport activities in Europe’s alpine paradise with ski slopes for all levels. All grades of medics attend. Easy access to Chamonix from Geneva airport. Evening parties together. Optional glacier expedition. Share accommodation with other delegates via WMT’s FB page. Ski passes, accommodation, travel and meals are not included. “This has been a career, and possibly life changing course for me!” a recent delegate said.

Delegate feedback

10/10. One of the best weeks of my life. FANTASTIC.
Absolutely superb. Best course ever.
Gripping & inspirational. 10/10
Exceeded expectations (which were high) by a mile.
Brilliantly delivered – diverse / interesting.
This has been a career, and possibly life changing course for me!

Learn about

  • environmental medicine
  • managing trauma
  • tropical medicine
  • wilderness opthalmology
  • global health
  • expedition medical planning
  • special remote medicine topics
  • working with specific groups
  • avalanche safety
  • the career paths of WMT staff
  • mountain rescue
  • rope craft
  • navigation
  • being the “right stuff” for remote work
  • how to join an expedition

Target audience

Doctors of all grades, nurses, OHPs, paramedics and medical students attend this course from around the world. No prior expedition or ski experience is required. (For courses that include skiing see Mountain Medicine on Skis).

Fees & discounts

These are 2019 details – 2020 fees are to be confirmed. The tuition only course fee is £495. Twenty discounted places at £345 are available to undergraduate medical students, nurses and paramedics only.

10 reasons to attend

  1. A broad, rich programme & inspiring speakers
  2. Easy access from Geneva airport
  3. At least 20 hrs CPD (and credit towards an MSc)
  4. Free snowsports time
  5. Expert tuition
  6. Career advice – encouraging & realistic
  7. Skiing for all standards. Unrivalled in Europe.
  8. Accommodation options – share with others via WMT Facebook
  9. Local services and ski hire discounts
  10. A chance to contribute. NEW in 2019 – Call for abstracts (see below)

Teaching team

    This was the January 2019 teaching team. The 2020 team is to be confirmed.

  • Barry Roberts, skier, climber & paraglider pilot, WMT Commercial Director with 40+ expeditions
  • Dr Lucy Obolensky GP, MSc in global health lead, Kenya medical project founder, helicopter medic, BBC doctor
  • Dr Carron Scrimgeour, local Chamonix EM consultant, frostbite expert and mountain rescue helicopter doctor
  • Major Nicola Wetherill, army GP trainee, co-leader of Ice Maidens – first all female team to cross Antartica using muscle power alone
  • Dr Charlotte Verney, anaesthetist, skier, Dip Mtn Med, diverse expedition & event medicine experience
  • Dr Dan Morris, consultant opthalmologist, world expert on eye problems at altitude, prolific research publisher


There is approximately 5 hours of teaching time per day, indoors 4/5 and outdoors 1/5 Monday to Friday. Commences Monday at 2.30pm. Concludes 1930 Friday.

Chamonix skiing & boarding

It’s fair to say that it is impossible to ski all that Chamonix has to offer in a week. Chamonix has valley based easy skiing for beginners and higher terrain for all levels up to off piste free riders. There are ski buses and a train that will get you to the slopes that includes 5 domains from lower (more protected) tree skiing in Les Houches, to wide open undulating blue and red runs at Le Balme/Vallorcine at the head of the valley. Brevent (linked to Flegere) right above town offers a huge amount of terrain coupled with the best views of Mont Blanc and of course there’s Grands Montets where the 1500m top to bottom red run from the Bochard lift to the car park will have your thighs burning. See this website for more info. We’ve skied this area for 20 years and will give daily weather briefings and advice on where to ski for the best conditions. Most people attend on their own and quickly find new friends of a similar standard to ski with.

Glacier trekking expedition

After the course on Saturday we offer an optional glacier trekking experience at additional cost. Details in the dossier. See this video shot in 2018 by delegate Taha Hadidy.

Insight lectures

You will be hooked, laughing and crying, as our team share their exploits, hardships, successes and failures be they, for example, in the jungle, high on Everest, delivering life-changing bush medical care or attempting a remote endurance event. These intimate talks are always accompanied by first-class images and often other media through which WMT’s authencity shines through.

Call for abstracts – new!

In 2019 we ran a poster competition. 12 posters were submitted – details and posters here. We will repeat this exercise in 2020.

The abstracts will focus on recent research, interesting case studies or expeditions in the role of medic covering the entire spectrum of wilderness medicine. Accepted abstracts will be presented as posters at the meeting with a selection chosen for oral presentations. You do not have to attend the course to submit an abstract. Submission details to be announced.

CPD & MSc accreditation

We estimate that this programme is valid for between 20-30 CPD hours. This course counts towards the University of Plymouth’s MSc in Global and Remote Healthcare. See this page for details.

What’s included – not included


  • 25 hrs expert tuition
  • some refreshments
  • 200 page course manual
  • Reflective log journal

  • Not included:

  • ski passes
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Any transportation
  • Any services not expressly mentioned

Travel, accommodation, ski passes?

Please see our DOSSIER (also under DOWNLOADS) that’s packed with travel and accommodation advice and much more to help you organise your visit to Chamonix.