tRAINING COURSE OFFICERS
The Training Course Officers are elected officials of the KCL Wilderness Medicine Society.
They are responsible for organising the Training Course, recruiting speakers and teaching delegates.
Jack graduated with a first-class honours in biomedical science from King’s College London, majoring in Physiology with a special interest in Extreme Physiology and what happens to your body when exposed to austere environments. Jack graduated with the Jelf Medal (a college-wide prize for both academic and sporting achievements), as well as the National Physiology Prize, and two awards for his final year research and dissertation. During his medical degree he was also nominated for the Nichola Claire Hood Memorial Prize for his research project on Small Airway Diseases.
In 2015 Jack rowed across the Atlantic breaking the World Record for the youngest pair to row across an ocean. This was a totally self-sufficient 3,000 nautical mile row taking 47 days in a 23ft boat, where they encountered the extremes of weather including a hurricane. Planning this expedition was a 2-year venture involving intensive courses in sea survival, first aid at sea, as well as learning about medical problems at sea to cover all eventualities out on the ocean. Additional training includes Ocean Master Theory course in ocean navigation. This expedition has given Jack first-hand experience of how to prep, run an expedition, and work as a team in some of the harshest and remotest environments on earth. Since then he has lectured about his trip at many conferences, companies and schools to audiences of around 600 people. Jack is also an avid cycler and cycled 1,500 miles across Europe as part of another self-run expedition with two others.
Jack is currently collaborating with Atlantic Campaigns (organisers of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge ocean rowing race) to explore further the common medical issues ocean rowers face at sea and how to mitigate against these.
Last year he successfully completed the KCL Wilderness Medicine Training Course, reaffirming the skills he has learnt in his medical degree and on his previous expedition training, but this time based in a wilderness setting. Jack is a sailing instructor and lifeguard giving him a very good understanding of basic life support and knots. He does a lot of hiking in different countries and is currently planning two further big expeditions, the first being a 950mile trek set to commence in the next 18 months. Jack has worked as a tutor for the last two years which has given him further skills and confidence in teaching. He is currently working towards his qualification as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Authority.
Jack's love for both medicine and the outdoors has led him to pursue his FAWM accreditation and has spurred him on to lead the 2020/21 KCL Wilderness Medicine Training Course alongside three of his friends.
Jon Urquidi Ferreira
Before beginning the Graduate Entry Medicine Program at KCL in 2018, Jon received a first-class degree with honours from the prestigious department of Neuroscience, Physiology, Pharmacology at UCL, where his dissertation was shortlisted for the Undergraduate Prize for Physiology. During his time at UCL he also served as a Navigator at the Institute for Global Prosperity, and helped grow the harm reduction start-up Drugsand.Me. As a content producer, he wrote effective guides informed by the latest pharmacology and gave lectures on harm reduction and science communication at international conferences.
In 2019, Jon was interpreter and fixer for a high-altitude expedition to the Bolivian Altiplano. This expedition established 4 new boulder fields, with over 70 problems ranging from V1 – V7, across an area of 6 square kilometres. Supporting a group of nine, Jon was responsible for procurement and logistics in La Paz prior and following their 14 day stay in the desert. He is a qualified first-aider and lifeguard, and has served as instructor for the KCL Mountaineering society, teaching novice climbers the basics of rope safety and rope management in both Lead Climbing and Multi-pitching. Jon additionally supports training sessions throughout the year, helping new climbers to avoid injury and prepare for expeditions. Jon founded the KCL Surf Club in 2019, and in their first year established the Surf Coaching course and qualification, dry training programme and integrated an award-winning, NHS funded Surf Therapy organisation (the Wave Project) into their team training.
Jon is currently pursuing a qualification as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Authority. Jon was a Medical Education Fellow for the American medical education company Osmosis for 2019-2020, running tutorials, open learning events and virtual teaching sessions throughout the year. He continues to be employed as an A-level and GCSE STEM Tutor. He also completed the KCL Wilderness Medicine Training Course last year, attended the WMS Summer Virtual Conference in July and is pursuing FAWM accreditation.
Will graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a 2:1 in neuroscience, spending the final 6 months of his degree working at the Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems in an Alzheimer’s research lab. The research he did there provided the basis for his dissertation and has now gone on to be published in Cell Reports. Whilst at Edinburgh he continued to indulge his passion for the outdoors routinely completing 10-mile hiking trips across the highlands and was an active part of the surf and hiking society. Wills interest in expeditions started back at school where he kayaked the Devizes to Westminster canoe race. This is a 125-mile race along canals and the river Thames, finishing outside the houses of parliament.
Will has spent his university summers volunteering on projects abroad, working with Students for Kids International projects in disabled boys' orphanages in Moldova, Oxbridge futures teaching football and English in Mongolia and more recently All Hands and Hearts building earthquake proof schools in Mexico. These projects have given him first-hand experience of the different problems you can face in unfamiliar terrains and in Mexico he was part of the team that helped to design the health and sanitation protocol for the base camp accommodation.
In 2018 Will was accepted on the Graduate-Entry Medicine Programme at Kings College London. Throughout his time at Kings he has tutored A-level students looking to apply to medicine, GCSE science and maths students and regularly undertakes peer teaching to medical students in the years below. Last year he worked as a team mentor leading a group of 14-16 years olds for a month through NCS the challenge. In the future he is hoping to pursue a qualification as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Authority.
Last year he completed the KCL Wilderness Medicine Training Course which reinforced his interest in expedition medicine and has spurred him on to help run the course this year.
With a longstanding love of all things wild, James has grown up as an avid hiker and endurance cyclist. He completed his first coast to coast walk at 14 and since then walked across Hadrian's wall at 15, the Scottish Highlands at 16, and more recently was part of an expedition across the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. In 2016 James graduated from Keble College, Oxford with a 2.i in Human Sciences with a special interest in Sociology and Forensic Anthropology. At Oxford he was fortunate enough to receive the Robert Stonehouse Scholarship in his first year and won several college prizes for Statistics, Sociology, Forensic Anthropology and Animal Behaviour papers. Whilst there James won a place in the Oxford lightweight rowing squad and rowed in the winning trial Eights Boat that year, kickstarting a passion for sports physiology and research. Whilst at Oxford James worked within the outreach program Oxfizz to promote access and encourage applications to Oxford and with IntoUniversity as an admissions tutor to provide experience to students thinking of applying. After graduation he worked as an Account Manager for TVF Communications, running a team of designers, medical writers and account executives to coordinate and create multimedia disease awareness campaigns for MPS Type 2, a rare lysosomal storage disorder.
In 2018 James was accepted onto the Graduate Medical program at King’s College London, where he was nominated for the Nichola Claire Hood Memorial Prize for his research into historical HIV infection rates in Cuba. Whilst at King’s he has helped set up the Surf Society and has stayed actively involved in outreach and access, leading workshops in interview preparation and medical knowledge. For the last year James has worked to complete his Army Phase 1 Officer training, through the ULOTC with a view of commissioning and transferring to the reserves, to work as a Medical Officer in a forward casualty evacuation unit upon graduation.