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How much will the course cost?
The course will cost £60 for non KCL students and £50 pounds for KCL students. KCL students will also need to pay a £5 membership fee to the KCLWMS. The course fees will cover access to the course and all the materials required to complete it.
When will the course start?
The course will start on the 18th of November 2020. There will be a Christmas break from the 10/12/2020- 19/01/2020. The final session will be on the 31/03/2020 and in April there will be a mock OSCE and a recap session.
How will the course run?
The course will run every Wednesday afternoon. The length of the sessions will differ week by week, but it will usually be between 2-3 hours starting at 2pm.
What will the course consist of?
The course will consist of online talks on Microsoft teams, with interactive quizzes and breakout room sessions. There will be a Q and A session after each talk, so you can have a chance to interact with the speakers and network. There will be an outdoor orientation exercise run in groups of six, subject to changes in the government guidelines. They will be run through your university's wilderness medicine society and we will provide packs to take part. Due to applicants being from universities across the UK, this one off session will not count towards your overall percentage attendance of the course.
Who will be speaking?
We have managed to book in what we believe is a truly incredible line up of speakers including consultants in aviation, high ranking military trauma surgeons, professors in extreme physiology, war surgeons, medics from the European Space Agency and many, many more. For more information please see the timetable and the speaker bios.
Do I need to attend every session to complete the course?
We completely understand that everyone's lives are busy, and it may not be possible to attend every session. In order to get a full completion certificate, and in order to use this course to gain credits for FAWM (see below), you must have an 80% attendance rate or higher. If for whatever reason you cannot attend 80% of the course you will still receive a certificate, but it will just show your percentage attendance. We know that not everyone who applies to the course will want to pursue the FAWM qualification, so we would encourage anyone with an interest or passion for wilderness medicine to apply!
How can I apply? What is the application process?
Application forms to apply to the course will go live at 7pm on the 12th of October (on this website) and the deadline for applications will be 11pm on Wednesday the the 21st of October. On the form you will be asked what course you are studying, your current year of study, your previous experience of wilderness or expedition medicine and why you want to be on the course. Decisions will be communicated within two weeks, and if successful you will receive instruction on next steps via email.
What experience do I need to participate in the course?
We would love applications from students studying a variety of disciplines. The course will be heavily focused towards extreme physiology and the medical management of different scenarios, so basic biomedical and clinical knowledge is essential. We will assess each application on its merits and previous experience of wilderness or expedition medicine (or evidence of long-term interest) will help strengthen your application.
Will I get a certificate at the end of the course?
Upon completion of the course you will receive a certificate from the KCL Wilderness Medicine Society and accredited by the Wilderness Medicine Society.
What is a Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM)?
The Wilderness Medicine Society, based in America, offers members a chance to gain a Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM). This credential can be displayed after your name and is the highest and most widely recognized certification in the field of wilderness medicine. In order to attain this, you need to become a member of the Wilderness Medicine Society, which costs $50 and pay the $225 FAWM candidacy fee. Once enrolled you need to need to accumulate 100 credits to complete the program. Our KCL WMS training course gives you the opportunity to gain 28 out of the 100 credits. More information can be found on their website. The course will also include advice and recommendations on how to gain the remaining credits and make the most of WMS membership.
What does it mean that the training course is FAWM accredited?
The KCL WMS training course is accredited by the Wilderness Medicine Society that is based in America. This means that the Wilderness Medicine Society have approved our course schedule and speakers, and that completing our course can earn you 28 out of the 100 credits that are needed to complete a FAWM programme. For more information about a FAWM please read the what is a Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) tab and visit the Wilderness Medicine Society website.
How will I access the course?
You will access the course and its resources through Microsoft teams. Once your application has been successful and you have paid the course fee, we will invite you via email to join the training course channel. You may already use Microsoft teams at your university, but if you don’t do not worry, as a student it is free to make an account using an education email address (your university account).
How has the course changed due to Covid-19?
Previously the course was completely face to face teaching with hands-on skills and moulages (large simulated casualty scenarios). This year due to current restrictions the course will be completely virtual, but we will endeavour to make the course as interactive as possible. There will be outdoor orientation activity session, subject to changes in the government guidelines, coordinated by us and run through your university's wilderness medicine society.
What will happen to the course in the event of further lock-downs/changes in pandemic management?
The course is designed to be run completely virtually, so changes in Covid-19 regulations should not impact on its delivery. However, there may be changes to the outdoor activity sessions run through your own Wilderness Medicine Society.
Will the talks be recorded?
The majority of the talks will not be recorded due to the inclusion of unpublished and confidential data. Do not rely on being able to watch the sessions after the event. However we will be uploading resources and reading lists given to us by the speakers, which will allow you to read around the subject if you are interested. You will also be able to keep these resources as a valuable library as you continue your learning.
Will there be socials?
We would absolutely love to have a big social to welcome you all to the course but sadly due to the current restrictions this is not possible. We are hoping that if restrictions are loosened socials will be able to be organised through your own Wilderness Medicine Societies, but under the current guidelines socials will not be possible.
What if I can only attend half of the course?
Since the course is accredited by the Wilderness Medicine Society you need to attend at least 80% or more of the course in order to get a full completion certificate. If you know you will only be able to attend 50% of the course, then please do not apply.
Can I get a refund if I no longer want to be on the course?
If you realise before the first session that you can no longer be on the course, then we can look at giving you a refund. Once the course has begun then there will be no refunds.
Do I need to pass the mock OSCE to complete the course?
No, the mock OSCE will be formative and for your own learning benefit.
Do I need to be a student to be on the course?
Yes, you do. This course is limited to students due to subsidies the organisers have received in the interest of widening access to this course. However, if you believe your circumstances are exceptional, please get in touch at email@example.com.
How do I pay for the course?