What: This 13-day intensive course is for anyone wanting to get hands-on wilderness medicine and off-grid herbalism certifications. This is a ‘must have’ if you are working in remote environments, doing medical outreach missions, expeditionary medicine, or working in post-disaster locations. Upon completion of this course, students will receive a 120+ hour certificate for the Austere Immersive Medicine course as well as a Wilderness First Responder, and CPR/AED certifications as well. Licensed EMTs will receive W-EMT certification.
When: This will be held August 11-22, 2023. There will be 30 open spots available.
Where: This course will be offered in Northern New Mexico (within 1-2 hours of the Taos, NM area) at a private location with camping available. All food will be included in the course tuition.
Phase 1 (creating clinical and team infrastructure, Days 1 – 3): After arrival at base camp on Day 1, students will receive an in-briefing outlining the course structure, the physical boundaries of the course, emergency plans (real life emergencies), student and teacher introductions. Students will work to create clinical infrastructure (e.g. clinic and resources) ready to host a clinic in a post-disaster and/or off-grid environment. During this process, food, water, cooking, physical structures, hygiene and sanitation, team medical support, area scouting (land navigation), communication and security will be presented in class and hands-on structure.
Phase 1 Online Course Prerequisite(s): Students must pass the Medical Advance Party and the Austere Medical Infrastructure Online course
Phase 2 (wilderness first responder, Days 3 – 6): Day 3 – students will be briefed on the WFR subjects that will be reviewed, taught and tested up through the morning of day 6. At this point, most of the medical and team field infrastructure is in place, allowing for focus primarily on medical and herbalism subjects. Students will learn, practice and test WFR skills in order to obtain WFR (and CPR) certification. Post-disaster scenarios are an active part of the training and testing.
Phase 2 Online Course Prerequisite(s): Students must pass the Online Wilderness First Responder course
Phase 3 (Austere Trauma Care, Days 7 – 9) Day 7: we begin the austere trauma care portion of the course. This picks up where WFR leaves off. Trauma and prolonged field care for gunshot wounds, broken bones and joint dislocations, thorax and abdominal injuries and more are taught and practiced. Hands-on skills include suturing, wound debridement, sterile fields, shock treatment, post-surgical care, introduction to herbalism concepts that relate to pain management, wound and infection management and advanced medicine making concepts. Scenario-based trauma also includes infrastructure issues revisited and the trauma portion wraps up by the morning of day 9.
Phase 4 (Austere Acute Care, Days 9-12) Day 9: the austere acute care portion moves on from trauma and post-trauma care into acute care concepts. Physical exams from head to toe, review of systems, western acute-care herbalism (to include flareups of chronic conditions) and an introduction into some Chinese medicine concepts adapted for field use are all taught and practiced. Medicine making, apothecary management and the running of an acute-care herbal clinic are emphasized. Classes are wrapped up and the scenario is brought to a conclusion by late morning of day 12. Students pack up their gear, break down the base camp and are transported to an overnight location close to the community clinic day 13.
Phase 5 (live community herbal clinic and graduation, Day 13): Students prepare and run a free herbal, community clinic. Clinic will run for 3-4 hours during which time students will run intake, prepare SOAP notes, work in the clinical apothecary and more, as part of a free herbal clinic to the community.
Wrap up, final briefing and graduation, Day 13: After the clinic is finished and broken down, the students will receive a final briefing and Q & A for the full course. Upon graduation, students receive WFR and CPR cards and a certificate for completion of the entire HOME course that show the amount of contact hours of the full course as well as each component.