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Wilderness Medicine

Wilderness Medicine Training

Welcome to the Wilderness Medical Associates course page, hosted by the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School! Information about each course offering can be found below. If you have questions, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions section below, or get in touch with HIOBS Operations Director Tim Barker.

 

Hybrid WFR Recertification

May 6-7, 2023
HIOBS Wheeler Bay Base Camp
| Spruce Head, ME

Course description:

Hybrid WFR Recertification Courses are divided up into two components. A self-paced, asynchronous e-learning module is followed by two days (16+ hours) of in-person instruction. The e-learning module takes a minimum of 12 hours and reviews foundational concepts and then prompts individualized review based on pre-assessment scores. Some students may need to spend up to an additional 20 hours completing activities based on pre-assessment scores to ensure that they are prepared for the in-person session. Students participating in this course are expected to have a working knowledge of computers and access to high-speed Internet. Please review the minimum technology requirements for the hybrid WFR here before registering for the course.

Students must register at least 2 weeks before the course date to ensure that there is enough time.

Prior to enrolling in a course, please review our Functional Position Description. The criteria set forth in this document allows students to self-assess their ability to meet the demands of both a WMAI course as well as the demands of a certified wilderness medical provider in the field.

COST: $375 General Public | $250 HIOBS Staff

Tuition includes a cabin bunk or tent site plus meals from lunch on day 1 thru lunch on day 2.

Please note that your deposit payment secures your application. The Tuition Protection Plan does NOT apply to this program. If unable to pay in full at the time of registration, please contact Tim Barker to make alternate arrangements.

Click here to register for the training

CLICK HERE TO PAY - (Course Number HWE3-311) 



5-Day Hybrid WFR

May 9-13, 2023
HIOBS Newry Base Camp | Newry, ME

Course description:

The Hybrid WFR is the newest in our line-up of course offerings and includes an e-learning module and an in- person module. The e-learning module requires 30+ hours of online, computer-based learning that must be completed prior to participating in 40+ hours of in-person learning over the course of five (5) days. The Hybrid WFR is suited for those new to wilderness medicine as well as those with some previous medical experience. The online learning modules are designed with multiple learning preferences in mind. Interactive videos, readings, self-practice assignments, quizzes, and case studies prepare students to apply the curriculum during in-person drills and scenarios. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of computers and access to high-speed Internet. Please review the minimum technology requirements for the hybrid WFR here before registering for the course. Students must register four to two weeks before the in-person course date to receive access to and adequately complete the required online course work. If your schedule permits, allowing 6 weeks for the e-learning module is considered ideal. Students are encouraged to register and begin online course work in advance of the required deadlines. All students must complete the online learning module in order to attend the in-person sessions.

Students in the 5-day and Hybrid WFR courses must be at least 18 years old to participate. Certain course sponsors may set a higher minimum age or establish other requirements consistent with their program. No previous medical training is required.

COST: $975 General Public | $500 HIOBS Staff

Tuition includes meals beginning with lunch on day 1 through lunch on Day 5; snacks and hot drinks available throughout the day. Lodging is provided at no extra fee on a first-come-first-served basis by registration date. Lodging includes bunks in rustic cabins or tent space.

Please note that your deposit payment secures your application. The Tuition Protection Plan does NOT apply to this program. If unable to pay in full at the time of registration, please contact Tim Barker to make alternate arrangements.

Click here to register for the training

CLICK HERE TO PAY - (Course Number HNE3-311)



WFR Recertification

May 19-21, 2023
HIOBS Newry Base Camp | Newry, ME

Course description:

The WFR Recertification course is designed to recertify and refresh current Wilderness First Responders. WMA International invites eligible WFR graduates from other wilderness medical schools to recertify with us. Students will review essential skills and wilderness protocols and will discuss relevant updates in wilderness medicine. The course focuses heavily on hands-on learning through patient assessment drills and guided discussion. To earn certification, students must meet the criteria set forth in our Functional Position Description as well as the minimum performance and testing standards by the last day of course. Upon successful completion, students will receive a Wilderness First Responder certification as well as a CPR certification equivalent to the American Heart Association's BLS CPR standard. These certifications remain valid for three years.

Note: WMA WEMS graduates with a current EMS license may also recertify the wilderness portion of their WEMS certification with this course. 

COST: $375 General Public | $250 HIOBS Staff

Tuition includes meals beginning with lunch on day 1 through lunch on day 3.

Please note that your deposit payment secures your application. The Tuition Protection Plan does NOT apply to this program. If unable to pay in full at the time of registration, please contact Tim Barker to make alternate arrangements.

Click here to register for the training

CLICK HERE TO PAY - (Course Number HNE3-312)

 

Wilderness Medicine FAQs

Who is teaching my Wilderness Medicine course?

One of the awesome instructors from theWilderness Medical Associates International!  When course access information is distributed 8-weeks prior to the course start, we will provide information about the instructor team.

 

Is food being served?

Yes – food, snacks, and hot drinks will be provided for all courses hosted by HIOBS.  Food will be available from Lunch on Day One thru Lunch on the last day of your course.

Can my dietary restrictions be accommodated?

In most cases, yes.  Please make note of them when registering for the course and we will follow up with you if we have any specific questions.  If you have a very restrictive diet it is recommended that you bring some snacks and extra food for supplementary purposes.

Is the price the same even if I am sleeping off-site?

Yes.

How will I know where I am sleeping?

When you arrive, you will find sleeping locations and accommodations at the main building in both locations.  Spaces in the cabins are limited to those who register early for the course.  At this time, it is unclear as to whether we will be allowing more than one person to sleep in each cabin.  We continue to monitor the COVID landscape in Maine and beyond and will send an update before the course start.

Can I arrive the night before the course start?

Yes – in some cases we can accommodate those that are traveling from a great distance to attend the course.  Email tbarker @ hiobs.org for approval.

How will the instructors be mitigating the risk of COVID-19 while teaching?

We are continuing to monitor the COVID landscape in Maine and will provide more information when course information is distributed.  Please see WMA’s page for COVID updates on how they are conducting in-person courses:  https://www.wildmed.com/wmai-covid-19-update/

Is there pre-course work?

Open Recertification: It is recommended that students complete the Recertification Study Guide prior to arriving to course. To complete the study guide, students will need a copy of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine.  If you no longer have a copy, or achieved your current certification from another organization, use the electronic version of the textbook on Moodle.

After completing the study guide, students should take the recertification practice exam before the course start date.  In addition, it would be beneficial to complete the forms and infection control module on the WMAI Moodle site.

Wilderness First Responder: The Wilderness First Responder Course does not have any pre-course work assignments.  Please arrive well rested and ready for long, challenging days.

What is the cancellation policy?

HIOBS will refund your course tuition in full up to 30 days before the course start.  Outside of that, refunds will only be made if we are able to find someone to fill your spot on the course. Tuition Protection Plans do not apply to Wilderness Medicine courses.

I have more questions that have not been answered?

That’s cool – email Tim Barker – tbarker @ hiobs.org

If you have further questions, please contact:

Tim Barker
207-323-1702 (M – F)
[email protected]

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