The Alabama Wilderness Medical Association is offering a three-day course
in Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) on October 27-29 at Ruffner
Mountain in Birmingham. Developed at the University of Utah School of
Medicine, the course provides substantial and practical coverage of all
major subjects in wilderness/austere/expedition/environmental/field
medicine. Beginning with the initial assessment of the patient, we move
onto field management of trauma, drowning, lightning strikes, hypothermia,
envenomation, and more. Extensive hands-on and field simulation components occur
each day in order to apply the skills and knowledge discussed in classroom
sessions. A full course description, schedule, and registration
information is available at https://awls.org/courses/birmingham-al-ruffner-mountain-nature-preserve-2/?course=3501.
Only a limited number of spaces remain available, and it’s first-come,
first-served until the course is full. All course materials, supper on
Friday, lunches on Saturday and Sunday, breakfasts, and coffee are
included. The course will go forward, rain or shine.
In order to cover all of this material in three days, participation is
limited to those with medical training (EMT, paramedic, RN, PA, MD, med
students, etc.). Participants who successfully complete the class
(including a written exam and demonstration of hands-on competency) will
receive AWLS certification lasting four years. The following professional
organizations grant 20.5 hours of continuing education credit (AMA,
PRA-approved category 1 for this class: Wilderness Medical Society,
American College of Emergency Physicians, American Academy of Family
Physicians, and the American Association of Physician Assistants. The
Alabama Department of Public Health has approved this class for all state
EMS license holders. Other license holders should contact their governing
entities regarding credit.
Questions should be addressed to Lee Burnett at AlabamaWildernessMedicine@gmail.com.