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Taking medicine to extremes

Cate Swannell
Med J Aust
Published online: 7 October 2013

The field of remote medicine will be the focus when the second World Extreme Medicine Conference and Expo convenes at Harvard Medical School in Boston at the end of this month.

According to the organisers, the four-day conference will deliver “knowledge, insight and innovation in the field of remote medicine including prehospital medicine, expedition medicine, disaster medicine and other ‘extreme’ medicine fields”.

Speakers include Amy Hughes, medical director of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, a leading provider of expedition, remote and wilderness medicine training courses for medical professionals; Charles Pozner, assistant professor of emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School; Gordon “Professor Popsicle” Giesbrecht, professor of thermophysiology and an authority on hypothermia; Greg Ciottone, world expert in disaster medicine and emergency management; Luanne Freer, director for Yellowstone National Park and founder of Everest ER; Michael Barratt, NASA astronaut and space medicine specialist; Jim Ramsey, former Presidential Communications Officer for Bill Clinton and George W Bush; and wildlife biologist Mark “the Croc Doc” Read.

Prompted by the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon and with the full and complete backing of a number of local emergency service organisations, the conference will also feature a preconference Trauma Management Workshop.

Developed specifically with physicians, fellows and residents in mind, the World Extreme Medicine Conference and Expo will also be of interest to allied health professionals (nurses, emergency medical technicians and paramedics) as well as accessible for medical students.

The conference runs from 28 to 31 October. Details available at http://boston.extrememedicineexpo.com

  • Cate Swannell


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