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 Serving to equip both medical professionals and the engaged public with the knowledge, training, and resources necessary to provide the highest level of medical care in austere wilderness environments and in circumstances in which definitive modern care is unavailable, is not functioning, or is overwhelmed.

Wilderness medicine addresses the full spectrum of needed medical care using limited resources in circumstances where definitive modern care is unavailable, is not functioning, or is overwhelmed. A large proportion of Alabama, from the Appalachian Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico, is composed of austere environments in which the immediately available resources are limited, and transportation to definitive medical care is a matter of hours rather than minutes.

Even in urban settings, the conventional medical system is vulnerable to disruption. During the icestorm of January, 2014, one could be within sight of a hospital that remained impossible to reach. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, disruption of the electrical grid rendered the majority of medical facilities inoperable. The sheer number of casualties in the Las Vegas shooting overwhelmed the resources of even the best-equipped hospitals.

 

The Alabama Wilderness Medical Assocation (AWMA) exists to provide training and education on the delivery of medical care when help is not a phone call away and immediate assistance is required. We emphasize those mechanisms of injury and disease unique to Alabama and the Deep South, including heat-related illnesses, encounters with wildlife from snakes to stingrays, and the dangers posed by our waterways, lakes, and coasts.

Serving to train both medical professionals and the general public to provide the highest level of care within their capabilities and in the most trying of circumstances, the Alabama Wilderness Medical Association offers a variety of classes and training opportunities. These include Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS), Wilderness First Aid (WFA), and Bleeding Control (B-Con).

Board of Directors

About

Lee Burnett, MD, FAWM

President

 

Even before committing to a medical career, I was drawn to wilderness medicine for its emphasis on principles, efficiency, and knowledge in order to provide maximal utility with minimal resources. A wilderness medicine class after my freshman year of college not only was my first training in anatomy, physiology, and therapeutics, but also confirmed my progress towards a career as a practicing physician.

I enjoy teaching others how to help themselves, their friends, and their neighbors whenever the need arises. Employed as an academic oncologist and director of a residency training program, it is rewarding to broaden my scope to equip a wide variety of students to face whatever circumstances they may encounter in the out-of-doors.

A founding member and currently the president of the AWMA, I also serve as the faculty advisor for the Wilderness Medicine Student Interest Group at UAB and am a member of the Disaster and Humanitarian Committee of the Wilderness Medical Society.  My recreational interests include sailing, caving, beekeeping, and amateur radio.

About

Walter A. Schrading, MD, FACEP, FAWM

 

 

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About

Lynn Yonge, MD, FAWM

 

 

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About

Andrew Sawyer, MD

 

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About

Evan Thomas, MD

 

 

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About

Steven Gaffin

 

 

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The Alabama Wilderness Medical Association is chartered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.  Donations to the AWMA are tax-exempt.