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Max group size: 6

Does not include: Transportation, lodging, meals or other items on the equipment list.

Operating under Special Use Permit, Tahoe National Forest.

Wilderness Medicine

Tahoe Backcountry Ski Tour with CME     2 day

In conjunction with Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, this course combines our Tahoe Backcountry Ski Tour with a carefully crafted continuing medical education (CME) curriculum. The didactic and field sections of the CME course are designed to provide medical professionals the knowledge and skills to apply their medical expertise in the winter wilderness environment.

The course focuses on:wms
  • Core winter wilderness topics
  • Common ski and snowboard injuries
  • Avalanche rescue
  • Patient evacuation strategies


February 22-23, 2018 (Thu-Fri)

Course Schedule:

Day 1:
  • 0800 - Welcome and Introductions
  • 0800-0900 - Acute mountain Sickness
  • 0900-1000 - Hypothermia
  • 1000-1100 - Ski and Snowboard Injury Patterns
  • 1130- 1730 - Outdoor Workshop **
Day 2:
  • 0800 -0900 - Avalanche Traumatology and Resuscitation
  • 0900-1000 - Fractures and Dislocations in the Wilderness
  • 1000-1100 - Pre-hospital patient Care and Assessment in the Wilderness
  • 1130 -1730 - Outdoor Workshop**
**Outdoor Workshop is 10 hours of instruction over two days. This will combine the Introduction to Backcountry skiing curriculum with outdoor continuing medical education.

Schedule subject to change based on conditions

Educational Objectives:
  • Prevent, diagnose, and manage illnesses and injuries in a mountain environment
  • Demonstrate increased knowledge in patient assessment in the wilderness setting, ski and snowboard injuries, and common winter wilderness concerns while traveling while traveling in the winter wilderness environment
  • Understand avalanche terrain, use of avalanche rescue equipment, techniques and extrication of avalanche victims

CME Information:

wmsThis activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and Tahoe Wilderness Medicine. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Association of Physician Assistants accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians: California Continuing Educations credits available.

Other Medical Professionals (Nurses): Check with your governing entity to determine usefulness of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Target Audience: Medical professionals who participate in and/or lead winter wilderness activities including backcountry skiing, snowboarding and mountain travel in area where they may encounter individuals who have been injured in such activities.

  • Very good physical condition
  • Strong intermediate/advanced alpine, snowboarding or telemark skiing skills at ski resorts
  • Previous skiing & riding in ungroomed snow conditions recommended
  • Please review the Ski Technical Difficulty (2-3) rating

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"Bill Seline has an exceptional skill of communicating his vast wealth of knowledge. I picked up so much more information from the class than I ever anticipated. Bill covered the course outline in detail and filled in the blanks with anecdotal experience and practical tips."

- Dr. Jerry Sanchez

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