Wilderness EMS Training Day

October 21, 2023

Target Audience

Physicians, EMS providers, and students.

Learning Objectives

•    To identify and apply principles of navigation, terrain management, and communication required to locate victims in austere locations.
•    To understand the unique characteristics of evaluating patients in an austere environment, including the capabilities of various levels of Wilderness EMS personnel.
•    To receive or provide medical command orders for care of patients in austere environments.
•    To understand the logistics, equipment needed, and personnel implications of extricating patients from a wilderness setting across various patient conditions.
•    To participate in extrication of a non-ambulatory patient from a wilderness setting while providing initial and ongoing medical care throughout the extrication evolution.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 9.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 9.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
08/21/2023
Course expires: 
12/31/2023
Event starts: 
10/21/2023 - 8:00am EDT
Event ends: 
10/21/2023 - 5:00pm EDT

08:30-09:00    Welcome and presentation on care in the field (Keith Conover, MD).
09:00-09:30    Deployment to Kane Woods 
09:30-10:00    Presentation on navigation, strike team operation, and care in the field (lead: Don Selza).
10:00-12:30    Simulated patient scenarios (leads: Keith Conover, MD; Don Selza).
12:30-13:00    Lunch
13:00-15:30    Simulated patient scenarios (leads: Keith Conover, MD; Don Selza).
15:30-16:00    Break
16:00-18:30    Joint simulation involving patient extrication (leads: Keith Conover, MD; Don Selza).
18:30-19:00    Event breakdown
19:00-19:30    Dinner
19:30-20:00    Joint debrief and post-event presentation (lead: Keith Conover, MD).
20:00        Adjournment

Course Sponsor
•    Christian Martin-Gill, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
EMS Fellowship Program Director

Lead Instructors
•    Keith Conover, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
•    Donald Selza
Task Force Leader, PA Strike Team 1

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician (CME)
The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity. 

Available Credit

  • 9.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 9.00 Attendance
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For more information, please contact at randallnl@upmc.edu or 412-647-8283