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Polar Medcine MSc in Extreme Medicine


M.Sc in Extreme Medicine


17th May 2016


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If you’re already working or looking to work in situations of rapid change, uncertainty and across disciplines, the world’s first MSc Extreme Medicine post graduate programme is for you! With options for a PGCert and a PGDip the program is a colloborative venture between World Extreme Medicine and Russel Group University of Exeter Medical School

You’ll demonstrate skills and capabilities that extend beyond clinical competence into matters like leadership, teamwork, resilience, logistical planning, humanitarian relief and conflict resolution.

This is medicine at its best, crossing geographical and professional boundaries. See the course on the University’s website HERE.

MSc in Extreme Medicine at the University of Exeter Medical School delivered in coloration with World Extreme Medicine from World Extreme Medicine on Vimeo.

Tuition fees for academic year 2016/17 (i.e. year 1) are
UK/EU: £8,000
International: £9,000
However, we are delighted to announce that for the first year only, all students will be awarded a £2000 bursary, reducing the cost to £6,000 (UK/ EU) £7,000 (international). Further options will be announced at a later date.

Programme Structure
Under the guidance of our expert tutors, the Extreme Medicine PG-programme will enable you to critically examine the challenges of providing safe and effective healthcare in a range of challenging environments. In addition to evaluating health issues to be expected in the field you will also address logistical planning and preparation for remote or wilderness activities. You’ll learn to recognise and evaluate the unique ethical, professional and legal challenges of delivering medical care in austere environments, develop the skills necessary to evaluate research literature, and manage the challenge of implementing health interventions where evidence may be weak or conflicting.

You’ll attend our short residential courses in the UK, designed to provide the challenge of learning in an unfamiliar environment and to rely on the collaboration and support of other participants to secure a successful outcome. We invite applicants from across the globe and from all medical backgrounds. People will have varying levels of medical experience, however in general, this is not about learning conventional medical skills, so people with all levels of experience will find this challenging and new. You will spend 8 days on residential courses in the UK during the first year PGCert – an Expedition and Wilderness Course and a Pre-Hospital Acute Care Course plus additional modules held over two weekends.

Modules and Delivery
This is a modular programme; PgCert students will complete 60 credits (1 year), PgDip 120 credits (2 years) and MSc students 180 credits (3 years).

PG Cert: You’ll complete one 30 credit module and two 15 credit modules:
Core Concepts in Extreme Medicine: (30 credits)
Pre-hospital Trauma, Assessment and Treatment: (15 credits)
Human Factors – Situational Awareness: (15 credits)

Content will include:
Emergency planning and evacuation plans
Expedition planning & screening
Core clinical knowledge and skills needed to provide medical care in remote environments
Disaster & humanitarian relief
Emergency planning, communications
Essential public health measures and interventions for expeditions
Pre hospital trauma care in resource poor environments
Risk assessment

Modules for the remainder of the Extreme Medicine programme, the PgDip (Year 2) and MSc (Year 3) are still being finalised but will include:
Pre Hospital Trauma Care: 15 Credits
Maternal and Children’s Health: 15 Credits
Mountain Medicine: 15 Credits
Polar Medicine: 15 Credits
Jungle Medicine: 15 Credits
Applied Research methods: 15 Credits
Disaster & Humanitarian Medicine Theory: 15 Credits
(core module)
Disaster & Humanitarian Medicine Practical: 15 Credits
Research/Dissertation: 30/60 Credits

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this post graduate programme based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

To submit your application, please visit the University’s Programme website HERE

Email us at World Extreme Medicine and we’ll do our best to answer any queries you may have: operations@extreme-medicine.com

Please visit the Medical School’s website HERE for further information on teaching and learning methods, assessment, support etc.

Enjoy all you have ahead of you!

With our thanks, on behalf of Extreme Medicine,

Mark Hannaford, FRGS FRSA, Managing Director World Extreme Medicine.
Dr Alex Rowe, Medical Director, World Extreme Medicine.
Dr Malcolm Hilton, Hospital Sub-Dean, University of Exeter Medical School.

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