- By: Matthew Everson
As medical students we are taught how to treat patients in a (questionably) resource rich healthcare environment. However, most students, and many doctors, may struggle once outside the safety of the four walls of a hospital. Having attended an intensive, two day Expedition Medic course, near Ledbury in Herefordshire, run by Wilderness Medicine Training, I discovered the exciting world of medicine outside the hospital. The course was part of an annual week long event that involved learning expedition skills, off-road four wheel driving, bushcraft, and sleeping under canvas. The course was taught through a combination of theory sessions and practical activities, which covered areas of medicine in the wilderness and remote locations. Topics ranged from tropical fevers to altitude illness and from heat related illnesses to bites and stings. Perhaps the most interesting aspects were the stories told by the course instructors of their own experiences of leading groups worldwide.