JHU Adventure Medicine Group
Wilderness Medicine Conference
Author: Alison Cooperrider, JHU SON MSN, 4th Semester
On October 14th and 15th, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Mid-Atlantic Student Wilderness Medical Conference (MASWMC) with the Adventure Medicine group from JHUSON, which was hosted at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College Campus at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Those who attended had the chance to receive NREMT continuing education, WMS and FAWM credits in addition to being provided breakfast, lunch, and a social hour with other attendees. From doctors to EMS to nurses, the conference attracted people of all backgrounds, and having the chance to mingle provided insight into all of the possibilities that this field can provide.
Each day of the conference began with well-known members of the wilderness medicine community presenting on interesting topics such as Snake Envenomation by Dr. Benjamin Abo, Urban Search and Rescue by Dr. Ryan Overberger, and Race Medicine by Dr. Linda Sanders. We were then given a schedule full of talks on different topics and skills labs that we were able to pick and choose from.
On the first day, I attended Brian Journey’s presentation, Nursing Considerations in Remote Environments and his Patient Evacuation Skills Session. Because this was my first exposure to wilderness medicine, it was the perfect introduction. Now I'm reading to splint, apply pressure dressings, and carry someone out of the woods! Prior to finishing the day with the social hour, emergency medicine Dr. Peter Tomaselli gave us the tools and techniques
for removing fishhooks, which we delicately practiced on kiwis.
The second day was spent attending Dr. Steven Selbst’s presentation on Outside of Hospital Pediatric Emergences and Dr. Josh Strayer’s Problem Solving in Wilderness Medicine. Both doctors were great at communicating their personal experiences and ways new members can get involved in adventure medicine. The final topic that I learned about was the Core Principles of Humanitarian Response, which Dr. Setareh Mohammadie shared her knowledge from her experiences and learning from the Red Cross. This was a particularly interesting and relevant topic due to current global events as well as recent course work in our public health class.
I’m so grateful that the School of Nursing’s Adventure Medicine group arranged for us to attend MASWMC, and I look forward to more AMT events! Not only will I be taking the skills and tools I’ve learned from the weekend into my everyday life, but I am now open to considering nursing positions in other, maybe more unusual fields.