ExpeMed is the UK’s longest established expedition medicine course and aims to provide healthcare professionals with the confidence, knowledge and practical skills to plan for an expedition, maintain the expedition’s health and manage illness and injuries in a remote location. The subjects covered include expedition planning and preparation, pre-hospital emergency medicine in the field, improvisation techniques and health protection for expeditions.
As well as small-group practical sessions, the course consists of a series of interactive outdoor training scenarios to enhance skills of teamwork, communication, leadership and improvisation during activities such as casualty extrication from a vehicle with limited equipment. These interactive sessions are interspersed with a small number of superb short lectures outlining key issues such tropical medicine, diving medicine, altitude medicine and climatic injuries.
The instructional faculty includes highly experienced doctors, paramedics and expedition medics, HEMS doctors, Mount Everest expedition medics, former SAS doctors and specialists in fields such as tropical medicine and diving – all current and highly respected in their field. In keeping with Prometheus’ reputation for educational innovation, teaching is largely based on realistic practical scenarios delivered in a challenging, fun and highly stimulating way. Course numbers are limited to maintain the educational value and course cohesion.
Students will also be given the opportunity to be contacted with details of requests from companies for expedition medics. Prometheus Medical supports The Adventurists’ each year by providing the medical team for their Mongol Derby; a 1000km race across Mongolia on semi-wild ponies. Individuals attending ExpeMed are eligible for this expedition and will be given preferential consideration.