Dr. Steve Pehrson, MD, and Sam Coffman have developed another unique austere medicine course to add to the full Austere Medicine program. Both Steve and Sam served in the US Army as Special Forces Medics (aka: Green Beret Medics) and bring many decades of experience in the areas of emergency medicine, tactical medicine, family practice, clinical herbalism, botanical medicine making, post-disaster relief and many other subjects to the classroom in this second austere medicine course of the series.
This unique online course is a pre-requisite to attend the 5-day Austere Acute Care Medicine (AACM) hands-on intensive at our 50-acre campus north of San Antonio, TX. The online course is a stand-alone course as well for those who are unable to attend the hands-on intensive. This information-packed online course includes over 40 hours of pre-recorded video lectures, special presentations, handouts and quizzes as well as live Q & A sessions. All videos, lectures, Q & A’s and handouts are downloadable.
The AACM online and on-site course is focused on acute, integrative care in remote, underserved, post-disaster or austere conditions. This includes patient assessment, treatment and support using both pharmaceutical and botanical medicine in a highly integrative manner that is practical and sustainable in even complete grid-down environments.
Acute health conditions that are addressed in the online AACM course include:
- Infectious disease (viral, bacterial, fungal, protozoal) in the following areas of the body
- Upper respiratory (sinus, throat, mouth)
- Lower respiratory
- Digestive tract and liver
- Upper and lower urinary tract
- Pain – including headache, musculo-skeletal pain (including osteoarthritis), visceral (organ) pain
- Local skin infections
- Nail infections and conditions (e.g. ingrown)
- Kidney stones
- Anxiety & depression
- Orthopedic injuries: assessment and treatment
The botanical medicine portions of this course include the following topics and more:
- Herbal medicine pertaining to all acute illness and injury listed above
- Disease assessment through the eyes of a clinical herbalist
- Using a materia medica of over 100 herbs
- Formulas and protocols specific to cellular pathophysiology
- Supporting the tissue and homeostasis
- Basic medicine making concepts
- Dosage and toxicity
- Integrating all of these concepts with orthodox medicine for the best of both worlds.
The orthodox medicine portions of this course include the following topics and more:
- Clinical assessment and diagnosis
- Interpreting lab tests that can be performed in the field
- Basic pharmaceutical medicine
- Minor surgery techniques
- Integrating all of these concepts with botanical medicine for the best of both worlds.