2014's Spring Semester in Wilderness Medicine officially begins February 1 in Costa Rica, but we're getting ourselves ready as we speak.
Below are views from some of our classrooms in Montana and Costa Rica.
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Last week ended with quite a flurry of in-town activity. We started with a great vehicle extrication course at the Missoula City Fire Department's Station 4. Paramedic-Firefighter Charles Talbot was incredible at getting our students into the middle of everything in order to better understand the process of extrication, both its dangers and advantages.
From there, we headed over to the University of Montana for anatomy and physiology review at the cadaver lab. EMT and UM faculty Heather Labbe took our students through an amazing practical overview, helping them see the connections between A&P and the signs and symptoms they are training to find.
This week is ending with tons of scenarios in Condon. For the next two days, students will complete their clinical rotations on the ambulance and in the ERs. They return for a final push: our last week of the program! For family and friends, we are having an open BBQ on Tuesday, April 9th at the Northwest Connections Beck Homestead, from about 3-5 pm. We will have movies from the course, photos and a graduation ceremony. All are welcome.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
|David and Tyler P passed on some techniques they learned from Brad Bennett about moving patients under fire. They added a special twist and turned the whole thing into a race.|
|David and Tyler offered each group the opportunity to haul the Big Sky teachers around in an improvised litter.|
|Nami and Max pose proudly with their pupils, who in turn proudly display their improvised splints. The group learned how to immobilize lower arm and lower leg fractures.|
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Everyone is back from their five-day trip in the snowy mountains. We had amazing conditions; it snowed over 2 feet during our stay at the yurtski area as the students completed three days of intense avalanche training. Program coordinator Andrea Stephens joined instructors James Pyke and Josh Olsen for this training, which included instruction in snow science, avalanche forecasting, beacon use and emergency care of patients caught in an avalanche. The overall focus was avoiding avalanches and preparing for a response in case they do occur. We couldn't have asked for better weather, instructors or students. To boot, we saw fresh grizzly bear tracks at the lower elevations, a sure sign that spring is almost here.
|Traveling above the yurts to get into good terrain for avalanche training|
|Perfect conditions for avalanche training|
|A perfect bluebird day for our trip out|
|Caring for a victim of an avalanche|
|A tent covered in snow.|
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
|These guys are planning out their route indoors on the warm floor (in-floor heat!) before heading out into the field.|
|Stream crossings can be tricky at this time of year, so it's helpful to find big, fallen trees to use as travel corridors across the water.|
|Snug inside a winter survival shelter constructed with snow and tree boughs.|
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Friday, March 8, 2013
It's hard to believe that the last time we got together it was 90 degrees with 90 percent humidity. Students today are wearing snowshoes, working their way around the Swan River as they practice making fires, building shelters and reading North American maps. The mountains you see below are the Swan Mountains, forming the western boundary of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. If you turned 180 degrees, you would be looking at the Mission Mountain Wilderness.
In seven short days, everyone is packing up for a five-day ski trip into southern end of the Swan Mountains, where we will hold our avalanche training.