Welcome to Day 1 of the most extreme medical conference this side of the known universe.
Gathering the world’s most inspiring medics from around the world, Day 1 of our World Extreme Medicine Conference chaired by Dr Chris Imray and Dr Alex Rowe brought you the very best of Extreme, Expedition & Wilderness Medicine. From the most remote regions of Antarctica to the depths of space, we enlisted the help of some of the world’s most inspiring speakers – delegates heard from expedition leaders who have travelled with teams across all four corners of the earth, explorers who have scaled the highest mountains and encountered some of the most intense and austere environments known to man, plus innovators who discussed the latest medical innovations in the fields of Extreme, Expedition & Wilderness Medicine and the various environments encountered, such as Space, high altitude, deep sea and volcanic areas.
Are you ready to learn how to Thrive in Adversity? Here’s a small taster of what Day 1 had to offer…
- Delegates heard from NASA Astronauts Serena Auñón-Chancellor, Mike Barratt and Don Petit throughout the day as they presented interesting and insightful sessions within our NEW conference category ‘Medicine Beyond Earth’. They discovered what it takes to be a doctor on the International Space Station, found out how extreme medicine and a medical career can be the perfect match and captured the galaxy with Don in the final session of the day.
- Expeditions Manager for Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions and expert Polar Guide, Steve Jones, explored the question, ‘Making it into the record books – what makes an Antarctica crossing?’. With countless expeditions, successful and unsuccessful, these crossings, and their varying routes, strategies and claims have sparked an enormous debate. In this thought-provoking talk, Steve asked a key question – what really does make an Antarctic crossing?
- Delegates got hands-on with unmissable practical sessions from Burjor Langdana on Expedition Dentistry and the management of common dental conditions with limited resources in austere environments. They joined our popular USS Workshop with Luca Carenzo covering a number of topics and focusing on clinical scenarios. Plus, an extremely interesting workshop led by Gordon Worley – ‘My, What Big Teeth You Have… Venomous Snakes of North America’ – where he explored (and debunked) a variety of common myths and misunderstandings about snake behaviour, and the treatment of snakebites.
- For those interested in our NEW category ‘Thriving in Sport’, delegates joined Abigail Forsyth and Isobel Morley in their back to back sessions in the boardroom. Abigail discussed the medical problems that face the ultra-endurance runner and Isobel presented a study into dehydration and reaction time, particular interesting to delegates who practice in environments where dehydration is prevalent and those involved in extreme sporting environments.
- There was also the opportunity to immerse yourself in our series of quick-fire talks throughout the day, spanning the essentials of expedition medicine and survival skills, from camp management and casualty extraction to treating heat illness and frostbite injuries and common endemic diseases.
- Our infamous Highland Cèilidh – was not to be missed! Offering you the chance to relax in comfy shoes and meet #WEM19 faculty, the speakers and delegates in a more informal and relaxed environment. Be prepared to learn the Scottish Ceilidh in the most spectacular of venues.
Join us this year for one of the most energetic and unique networks in the universe and be part of the world’s greatest gathering of extreme medics and thought-leaders; dedicated to inspiring and sharing medical knowledge with you. Book your place today!