The Diploma in Mountain Medicine

UK UIAA Diploma in Mountain Medicine

  • Initially set up to improve the standard of medical care on mountainous sand high altitude expeditions, focusing on both expedition and medical skill development.
  • Based at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh having moved from University of Leicester in 2015.
  • A number of essays are completed between the following 4 residential modules (all roughly 1 week),
    • 2 modules in North Wales.
    • Scotland
    • Arolla, Switzerland.
  • Upon completion, candidates are awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Mountain Medicine. This should take 12 months to 3 years maximum. Holders of the certificate are also awarded the UIAA/ICAR/ISMM Diploma in Mountain Medicine.
  • Candidates who go on to complete an additional 4 modules, including a research module are awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Mountain Medicine (min 24 months - max of 5 years).
  • Cost for Postgrad certificate: £5200 + expenses for attending each module

Nepal Diploma in Mountain Medicine

  • Run by the Mountain Medicine Society of Nepal (MMSN), and also approved by UIAA/ICAR/ISMM
  • The first course ran in 2011, and now runs yearly in November-December.
  • Taught in the English language by a mix of Nepali, British, Swiss German and Austrian instructors.
  • Consists of 1 week in Kathmandu, followed by 3 weeks in the Annapurna A number of essays to be completed prior to the course, followed by a dissertation standard paper to be written following the course.
  • Available to international medical doctors and final year medical students.
  • Cost: $5750 (US) for international doctors + flights and insurance etc. All food, transport, accommodation and some kit is provided.
  • Run by the Mountain Medicine Society of Nepal (MMSN), and also approved by UIAA/ICAR/ISMM
  • The first course ran in 2011, and now runs yearly in November-December.
  • Taught in the English language by a mix of Nepali, British, Swiss German and Austrian instructors.
  • Consists of 1 week in Kathmandu, followed by 3 weeks in the Annapurna A number of essays to be completed prior to the course, followed by a dissertation standard paper to be written following the course.
  • Available to international medical doctors and final year medical students.
  • Cost: $5750 (US) for international doctors + flights and insurance etc. All food, transport, accommodation and some kit is provided.

International Diploma in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

  • Academically accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow.
  • Time frame: First intake in 2017. To be completes part time over 1-3 years.
  • Covers all of expedition medical skills and field skills in a diverse range of environments, including high, cold, hot, wet and sub-aqua.
  • Designed and written by two of the authors of the Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, and which is therefore used as it’s core textbook.
  • Consists of four week long residential modules, plus online learning modules. Divided into two parts:
  1. Infections Diseases, Global Health, Research, Navigation, Mountains and Cold. Includes modules in Glasgow and Glenmore lodge, Aviemore.
  2. Emporiatrics, Tropical and Maritime, Thermal Injuries, Altitude and Desert. Includes modules in Darlington Hall, Devon and Morocco.
  • Cost: £3000 for Part 1, leading to PGCert. Further £3000 for part 2, leading to the Diploma. This includes all residential modules costs for Glenmore lodge in Scotland, Darlington Hall, and Morocco.
  • Upon completion, successful candidates may use their Diploma and APEL (accreditation of prior learning) points towards the MSc in Plymouth.

    Extreme Medicine MSc

    • A collaboration between World Extreme Medicine and the University of Exeter.
    • First intake in 2016, now runs yearly.
    • Covers aspects of expedition medicine, pre-hospital medicine and humanitarian medical responses. Includes a focus on ethical, legal, professional and logistical challenges in a range of environments.
    • Time frame: Year 1: PGCert, Year 2: Diploma, Year 3: MSc.
      • PGCert consists of 3 short modules in Dorset, London and Dartmoor, covering core concepts, pre-hospital trauma, and human factors respectively. A number of masters-level assignments are completed during the year.
      • Diploma focuses on the Essentials of Humanitarian and Disaster Relief, plus two of mountain, jungle and polar residential modules.
      • MSc focuses on space medicine, and required the completion of a dissertation.
    • Cost: PGCert £8000, MSc £8300 for UK residents.

      MSc in Remote and Global Healthcare

      • A Masters programme based at the University of Plymouth.
      • Aimed at all health care professionals aspiring to work in rural or remote environments, and wanting to gain insight into health care systems in low-middle income countries.
      • Masters may be completed as a full-time student in 12 months, or part time over three years. Intermediate awards include the PGCert and Diploma. Students are able to step off at any level of the course.
      • Four modules are completed within the first 2 years, then a dissertation and final module during the third year for students wishing to progress to the Masters stage.
      • The modules include:
        • Remote Practitioner (based in Dartmoor, focussing on expedition medicine)
        • Global Health
        • Remote and Global Placement Medicine
        • Project Design, Development and Knowledge Transfer
      • Students are also required to organise a remote/global health placement, usually a minimum of 3-4 weeks.
      • Cost: Part time £2640 per year/60 credits, £5370 for international students.
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