2021 Canyon Country Adventure (May 05 - 13, 2021)

CME : 25.5
Start Date :  May 05, 2021End Date :  May 13, 2021

Location :  Washington, Utah United States of America

Organized by :   Wilderness Medical Society (WMS)

Specialties :   Other Specialties, Medicine

FeesIn-Person Event ( USD 2,250 )

Conference Summary

2021 Canyon Country Adventure is organized by Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) and will be held from May 05 - 13, 2021 at Dixie National Forest, Washington, Utah, United States of America.

Learn Wilderness Medicine and Desert Skills in the Spectacular Canyon Country of the Southwest.
Discover hidden arches and signs of the ancient Anasazi, explore slot canyons, and climb desert towers on this classic introduction to Southern Utah’s amazing canyon country. Learn and practice hands-on, field-based wilderness medicine skills, with an emphasis on self-care and small group leadership. Become skilled in desert camping, travel, and survival techniques and learn basic canyoneering skills. Revel in and truly experience the spectacular beauty of this iconic landscape. All meals, group gear, and adventures covered. Limited to 14 participants to allow for optimal small group learning, authentic wilderness experiences, and efficient travel.

In addition, this course offers 25.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and is eligible for FAWM credits.


Target Audience:
Physicians and other medical professionals who have an interest in providing medical care in “remote” environments such as wilderness settings or in developing countries are encouraged to attend.  Physicians counseling their patients traveling to remote areas will benefit as well.

Physician Assistants:
The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Other Professionals:
Check with your governing entity to determine usefulness of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

May 5 – May 13, 2021

They will be doing mainly primitive camping and day hikes. Participants will be sleeping in tents, participating in day hikes on rough and at times steep terrain, carrying a full day pack, up to 10 miles (16 km) in length, and exploring deep and narrow slot canyons, as well as slickrock. All activities are "challenge by choice" (if one is not comfortable participating in the activity that can be worked with and ideally an alternative will be suggested and/or provided). Weather can range from hot (30 degrees C/90 degrees F) to cold (-5 degrees C/20 degrees F), with rain, snow, and gusty winds are often experienced. All participants will be expected to assist with camp set up/management, cooking and cleaning. 

This week long expedition will focus on wilderness medical and survival issues, especially those experienced in arid and desert areas. This include hypothermia, hyperthermia, trauma, musculoskeletal soft tissue issues, dislocations/fractures, toxic animals, and lost persons.
They will meet in St. George, UT (could also fly into Las Vegas, NV) then drive to Bryce National Park and to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument where the majority of classes and hikes will be held. They 'll have additional classes at Zion National Park before returning to St. George.
All food, group camping gear, and ground transportation from St. George will be provided. Participants will be responsible for their own clothing, eating utensils, and sleeping bag/pad. Enrollment is limited to 14 participants to allow for optimal small group learning, authentic wilderness experiences, and efficient travel and logistics.

This course is designed to educate participants in the pathophysiology, recognition and treatment of a variety of medical problems commonly encountered in wilderness environments and settings remote from hospital or definitive care.

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:
• Establish a set of treatment priorities for care of the sick or injured in wilderness settings.
• Demonstrate basic aspects of improvised care, rescue and evacuation.
• Learn basic field skills enabling a physician to be more capable in a setting remote from definitive care. 

Topics (order of educational lectures will be determined by the faculty dependent upon conditions and status of the group):
Intro to Wilderness Medicine, Campcraft, Assessment, Patient Movement & Spinal Issues, Altitude Illness, Orthopedics & Splinting, Cold Injuries, Heat Related Illnesses, Water Treatment, Wounds and Burns, Head Injuries, Litters & Carries, SAR, Bites, Stings & Toxins, Scenarios, Drowning, Survival and Desert & Canyoneering Safety and Hyperthermia.

Dixie National Forest, Zion National Park, Bryce National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Credit Info

  • CME : 25.5
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| CME : 2 | Musculo Skeletal system

| Credit Hour : 25 | Pediatric Radiology

| Contact Hours : 25 | Psychotherapy