Now open: Wilderness First Aid in Escalante, UT, April 22

In partnership with the University of New Mexico International Mountain Medicine Center and Department of Emergency Medicine, I am offering a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course in southern Utah in April. t’s primarily an add-on for guided trip clients, but I have a few extra spots that I’m making available to the public.

Go here for all course information, including the objectives, curriculum, instructor bios, and logistical details. Below I will include just enough information for you to make an initial determination of your interest and availability.

Course details:

  • Saturday, April 22, 2023
  • 8 am to 5pm, with an hour for lunch
  • Escalante, Utah
  • $295 per person

The instructors will be:

  1. Steve McLaughlin, MD, a four-time alumnus of our program who is the Chief Medical Officer at the University of New Mexico Hospital and the former Chair of its Emergency Medicine Department. And,
  2. Emily Wheelis, MD, who is a faculty member in Emergency Medicine at UNM.

Prior to the day of in-person instruction, students must complete eight hours of online material.

Why should you take this particular course?

Many organizations offer WFA courses, and many of them are good. Here are some selling points for this one:

  • Late-April is primetime in Escalante, which is the gateway to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Enjoy the sunshine, mild temperatures, and a few slot canyons while you’re there.
  • In education, instructor quality is perhaps the largest factor in your learning and satisfaction. Steve and Emily are top-notch, and probably rare as MD’s to be teaching WFA courses.
  • We’re not yet sold out. For current availability, refer to the online trip schedule.

How to register

  1. If you haven’t already, read this page.
  2. Then go here where you can register and pay.
Posted in on February 21, 2023

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