EWM Awards for Excellence in Remote Medicine
The EWM awards recognise the achievements of some of the most inspiring individuals and companies associated, in one form or another, with Remote Medicine.
(New awards for 2015 to be announced soon...)
Company of the Year
Presented to the company or organisation that's had an exceptional impact on extreme medicine, setting new standards in their fields of expertise - whether that's in research, product or leadership.
Person of the Year
In recognition of a significant contribution to the specialised area of extreme medicine through research, leadership, innovation or mentorship made by an outstanding healthcare professional working in this field.
To comment on the awards or make any suggestions for this year's awards, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The David Weil Extreme Medicine Award - conference bursary
David Weil is a Hong Kong / London-based entrepreneur who is passionate about using his resources for positive social change.
The David Weil Extreme Medicine Award is designed to enable two outstanding and deserving individuals who'd not normally be in a position to attend the World Extreme Medicine Conference, to do so. The award may also be given to a new qualified individual who shows great promise in the area of disaster relief, humanitarianism and remote medicine.
The bursary covers:
- Travel and expenses from your home to the conference and back again
- Food and accommodation whilst at the conference
- Free entry to both the Pre-Conference workshop (running on the preceding weekend) and the Conference itself.
Applications are welcome from medics of all nationalities. Applicants should:
- Have demonstrated considerable commitment to the field of humanitarian or disaster medicine
- Be registered as a medical professional
- Be free for the entire conference
- Be prepared to write a post-conference report
- Be prepared to use learnings from the Conference to provide medicine in extreme, front line, disaster & relief environments, relieving suffering and advancing medical care in situations where typically treatment would be lacking.
Winners will have the right to call themselves joint-winner of the David Weil Extreme Medicine Award, and to use the conference logos and branding in an appropriate manner.
Nominations for worthy candidates for this year's bursary should be sent to Mark Hannaford, Managing Director of Expedition & Wilderness Medicine, at email@example.com.
Dr Sanjaya Karki
Born in the beautiful landscape of Nepal, Sanjaya graduated from Pakistan's Dow Medical College in 2003, since when he has been actively promoting Emergency and Extreme Medicine in Nepal and elsewhere.
After finishing medical school, Dr Karki became a medical officer in the Department of Emergency in Kathmandu Medical College & Teaching Hospital in Nepal. In 2008, he completed his European official Double Masters in Health and Welfare, from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and EHESS, Paris, France. Soon after, he became involved with Nepal''s Ministry of Health in association of THE GLOBAL FUND, working as Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the malaria programme.
His passion for humanitarian activities led to him joining Medecins Sans Frontieres, Holland, by whom he was deployed in the Rakhine state of Myanmar. A three-year residency in Emergency Medicine in Norman Bethune College of Medicine, China followed.
Dr Karki joined Grande International Hospital, Nepal, as the consultant in charge of the Emergency Department, and was influential in the formation of Nepal's Emergency Medical Service and Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS).
In April 2014, Dr Karki led a heli rescue of climbers who'd been stranded on a crevasse on the 20,000 ft high Mount Makalu in Nepal for about 19 hours, at great personal risk.
Dr Karki is currently working as Scientific Research Fellow at the University Clinic, Leipzig, Germany, investigating measures to detect early-stage lung cancers, even in the Emergency Department. He's also been working at a molecular level to discover the role of Phospholipid transfer protein in relation to COPD.
He is currently writing a book about the protocol of emergency medicine.
Dr Therese White
In April 2011 Dr White was honoured to be chosen as the final UK medical student to experience a medical elective with NASA's aerospace medical team in Kennedy Space Centre, Florida. It was a very special time to intern with the team, which was in preparation for STS-134 Endeavour: the second-to-last-ever space shuttle launch from the KSC.
During her time with NASA, Dr White trained with the Department of Defence, preparing for emergency contingency plans for launch day; explored the Space Life Science Lab and presented a research project entitled "Would I survive in space? Infectious disease and the US Space Program". The project explored the medical obstacles that needed to be overcome in order to ensure safe long-haul space missions and optimise crew health. This internship sparked her fascination with aerospace medicine and the use of microgravity as an innovative medical research platform.
Since July 2012 Dr White has worked as a scientific advisor with The Exomedicine Institute, a unique space and technology organisation pioneering in microgravity research; of which Nobel prize winning physician Baruch Blumberg was a founding member. She has prepared a research proposal which outlines microgravity designed experiments in cystic fibrosis (something she herself suffers from) and gene therapy, diabetes and infectious disease. With the highly motivated, inspiring and talented Exomedicine team, she is currently preparing exciting initiatives for microgravity research to be launched on the International Space Station over the next three years.