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Wilderness Medicine Updates for the Backcountry CME

  January 03, 2009  
Track & Trail Adventures Inc, Terrace, BC, Canada
April 9, 2009

Reservations have commenced for the first annual Wilderness Medicine Update for the Backcountry CME taking place April 9 - 14 ‘09 in Terrace BC.  Faculty includes Stanford’s Dr. Grant Lipman MD; Shuswap General’s Dr. Scott McKee MD, MPH, FACP; Skagit Valley’s Dr. Carl Heine MD, PhD and John Forrest - certified ACMG ski guide, level two professional member and certified instructor of the Canadian Avalanche Association.  This conference provides 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits through the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and up to 22 FAWM Credits through the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS). This CME conference is exclusive, not only from its world-class faculty, but from the uniqueness of its venue - the Yellow Cedar Lodge: home to Northern Escape Heli-Skiing/Boarding - one of North America's top ski destinations. The site features include a relaxed meeting space, gourmet meals and executive accommodations. Only fifteen spots remain for privileged guests to enjoy five days of educational time paired with powder-filled adventures in the Skeena Mountain Range; a two hour Air Canada flight north of Vancouver.  The tuition fee is $645(+5% tax) combined with an optional five day heli-ski/boarding experience for $4999(+5% tax).  Price includes five night’s accommodation, all meals, guiding service, powder ski/transceiver rental, three days of traditional heli-skiing/boarding and two days heli-accessed backcountry skiing/boarding.  The curriculum has been developed to provide a therapeutic update in emergency medicine specific for the unique clinical situations found in wilderness settings. Tracks include backcountry critical care, high altitude medicine, hypothermia, wilderness orthopedics and mountain-rescue ethics. Physicians will also be working with trained guides in avalanche terrain – learning and practicing scene assessment, safe travel in hazardous conditions and search and rescue techniques - taking education beyond the classroom.  
Organized by: Track & Trail Adventures Inc
Invited Speakers:

Head Faculty- Dr. Grant Lipman


Dr. Lipman is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University Hospital and Associate Director of Stanford’s Wilderness Medicine Fellowship. He completed a fellowship in Wilderness Medicine at Stanford University, and sits on the Executive Board of the American College of Emergency Physician’s section on Wilderness Medicine. He has written multiple textbook chapters, lectured on Wilderness Medicine at national meetings, and serves as an editorial board member of peer reviewed journals. Recent adventures have included climbing 6000m volcanoes, running international research studies, and serving as an expedition physician in Peru, Nepal, Chile, Egypt, and China. He is an avid mountaineer and skier.


John Forrest -   General Manager / President / Director John is a certified ACMG ski guide, a level two Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association, a certified instructor for the Canadian Avalanche Association, the president of Heli-Cat Canada, a Wilderness Medical Technician, a level three CSGA guide (Canadian Ski Guide Association) and a certified Blaster. 

Guiding for 20 years, 15 of which have been in the mechanized ski industry, John’s entrepreneurial spirit has distinguished him as a founder of a number of successful companies.  John's first venture was a Snowcat-Skiing company founded in the early 90's in the Kootenay Mountains of BC. He later went on to become the Director of Operations for a new Heli-Skiing company where he spent 10 years developing it's operations program. During this time he co-founded a second Heli-Skiing company in the Skeena Mountains of BC. In order to round out his industry experience, John has also worked with many of the other largest Heli-Skiing companies as a Lead Guide.  


Forrest is one of North America's most highly trained avalanche educators and is president of Heli-Cat Canada, setting the safety standards for the Canadian mechanized ski industry.

Dr. Scott McKee - MD, MPH, FACP                                              


Dr. McKee is Chief of Staff of Shuswap General Hospital and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He works as an Internist and Critical Care Physician at the Shuswap, Kamloops, and Revelstoke hospitals in B.C. He is an active member of the Wilderness Medical Society and American College of Physicians. McKee has served as trip physician and climbed many peaks in Asia, North and South America. He is a veteran of several alpine-style Himalayan expeditions, including two 8000m summits He remains an avid backcountry enthusiast, kayaker, and ski mountaineer.

 Dr. Carlton Heine MD PhD

Dr. Heine is Assistant Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Skagit Valley Hospital in Bellingham Washington and Clinical Instructor of Medicine at the University of Washington. He received a PhD in Zoology from Duke University and worked as a post-doctoral fellow in Tokyo and Cape Town. Dr. Heine is the founding chair of American College of Emergency Physicians section on Wilderness Medicine, sits on the ACEP ethic committee, and is a National Ski Patrol Senior Alpine and Nordic patroller. He is an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Wilderness Medical Society.  He is an avid kayaker, mountaineer and skier with successful ascents of Denali and ski descents of many of the Cascade Volcanoes.
Deadline for Abstracts: 2009-03-09

Full conference details and its snow-filled opportunities can be found at www.tandtadventures.com.  Space is limited and registration closes soon.  Please direct curriculum inquiries to Dr. Grant Lipman; head faculty of this WM Update for the Backcountry CME, grantlip@hotmail.com.  This conference is sponsored by the American College of Emergency Physicians, Cal/ACEP and Track & Trail Adventures Inc.


Contact Track & Trail Adventures Inc to register - space very limited, 888.308.3007 toll free or 780.983.9913

E-mail: jim@tandtadventures.com
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