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March 7th - 17th, 2017
ADVANCED WILDERNESS LIFE SUPPORT (AWLS®)- GUATEMALA
- Join us in Guatemala March 7th-17th and discover its jungles, mountains, rivers, landscape and beautiful scenery. The rich flora and fauna and diverse culture provide the perfect location to learn and practice Wilderness Medicine. Experience an amazing country and meet the local volunteer bomberos and herpetologist - an experience you won't forget.
WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
This course is ideal for those interested in providing medical care in the wild or those travel enthusiasts, group leaders, climbers, walkers, EMT’s, nurses or doctors with a desire to learn medical treatment in austere environments. While completing the core curriculum of this AWLS® certification course we will travel throughout Guatemala climbing it's highest peak Tajumulco, raft the Cahbon river, explore the beautiful scenery and much more while completing the core lectures, skills and scenario based sessions at various locations along the route.
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ATTENDING THIS COURSE YOU WILL:
- Learn the latest practical hands-on wilderness medical skills for patient assessment, stabilization and evacuation.
- Practice your skills in live scenarios in a wilderness and mountain environment
- Work with our expert faculty and explore Guatemala
- Earn your AWLS® certification accredited by the University of Utah School of Medicine.
- Obtain up to 20.5 hours of CME or Fellowship credits from the Wilderness Medicine Society
- The AWLS program focuses on treatment of the most common injuries and illnesses encountered making the AWLS certification the standard in the medical industry for wilderness medicine. This course offers intensive practical skills
- Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) Certificate
Approved for 20.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and WMS FAWM Credits
- Visit the famous and tranquil turquoise pools of Semuc Champey
- White Water raft down the Cahbon river through jungle clad canyons
- Climb to the summit of Tajumulco volcano (4,220 metres), the highest mountain in Central America
- Experience live venomous and non-venomous snake demonstration from local herpetologist and tropical medicine doctor
- Enjoy last night in Antigua, the country’s famous Spanish Colonial City with option of zip-lining
- Enjoy an energetic and experienced team with additional discussions on altitude medicine and jungle medicine.
Day 1 – Arrive in Guatemala City and overnight in hotel.
Day 2 – Wilderness Lectures, Snake Demo if available
Day 3 – Drive to Semuc Champey Lodge. Lectures and dinner.
Day 4 – Travel to Semuc Champey, hike and swim in beautiful turquoise pools. Skills session and scenarios.
Day 5 – Up early to white water raft the Cahbon River. Back to Guatemala City in Evening.
Day 6 – Drive to Xela to prepare for Summit Climb of Tajumulco. Evening lectures.
Day 7 – Early rise for bus ride to Tajumulco and hike to camp. Scenarios along the way.
Day 8 – Rise early and greet the sunrise on the summit of Tajumulco. Experience the beautiful views. Back to Xela.
Day 9 – Drive to Antigua and explore the local culture. Relaxing Day. Group meal.
Day 10 - AM Final Exams over breakfast. Drive to Coffee plantation for final scenario / skills session. Zip-lining optional. Last meal as a group.
Day 11 - Shuttle back to airport.
THE AWLS TEAM / FACULTY:
- The travel logistics and leadership will be provided by an extremely experienced SOS team, local volunteer mountain guides and white water rafting guides.
- The AWLS instructors / Wild Med Adventures Team are all mountaineers, well traveled and experienced, but are only responsible for the educational aspect of this trip. Instructors: Gabriel Cade, MD, FAWM & Erica Ogle, DO - Please see BIO's for instructor information.
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PAYMENT / COSTS:
- Trip Cost with 20.5 hours CME: $3500
- Deposit: $500
**INCENTIVES AND DISCOUNTS**
Early bird: Delegates signing up prior to December 1st will receive a $250 discount on the total price.
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- Included: 10 nights lodging, AWLS manual and certification, Wild Med T-shirt or hat, guiding and most meals (As per the itinerary)
- Excluded: All Flights to Guatemala, airport taxes, travel insurance, gratuities, alcoholic beverages, & zip-lining. Also, does not include additional days of travel or global rescue insurance (required).
March 7-17th, 2017
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