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Live! Wilderness Medicine Field Course 2018 Summer dates TBA between May and October of 2018

Ellen L. Smith, MD FACEP

Monday, February 5, 2018 at 8:00 AM - Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 7:00 PM (EST)

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Live! 2018 Wilderness Medicine Field Course, Summer of 2018 dates TBA
Popular full 3 days of land, water and mountain wilderness medicine training. This site will be edited for the exact days. Sign up on the waiting list to be the first offered registration
200 Tickets Oct 31, 2018 $390.00 $10.74
Live! 2018 WMFC Waiting List, class dates TBA for Summer 2018 and I want to be one of the first to know. The class is typically fully registered each year with a waiting list. Most from the waiting list will get in. No $ needed here, just registration.   more info 197 Tickets Oct 31, 2018 Free $0.00

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Wilderness Medicine Field Course is a 3 day outdoor intense seminar in Emergency Medicine in the Wilderness.  WMFC  teaches the Athletic Trainer, the physician, the non physician medical provider, RN, ATC, PA, PT, EMT, Police officer  and the avid athlete how to apply emergency medicine assessment, treatment, rescue and techniques to the patient in the non hospital environment.  This course is ESPECIALLY useful and pertinent to Athletic Trainers as they are almost always treating conditions outside of a hospital environment.   The course teaches the attendee how to function in varied terrain.  The course balances medical skills with athletic skills and navigational/survival challenges to allow adequate time to grasp each section while practicing agile thinking and case scenerios.   Surgical techniques of emergency suturing, chest tube placement, and surgical airway section has been expanded as it is always a favorite .  See course website at  for photos and descriptions of previous courses.  

This course will include woodlands medicine and survival, orthopedic expanded section, cardiac, pulm, derm, OB, GYN, infectious disease, trauma, mountain biking, hiking, trail running, overnight survival, shelter making, emergency conditions hyperthermia, hypothermia, environmental injuries, vacation medicine, travel medicine, flood survival, ground school for vertical rescue, introduction to knots and vertical rescue techniques, water rescues, live multi case scenerios with students getting experience being each portion of the outdoor rescue team: team leader, navigator, medical lead, trauma lead, airway expert, wound care expert and of course victim.  New packaging techniques and new spinal techniques discussed and each student will get the chance to teach a section.  Class is  8am to 6pm each day, provide your own carry along food and beverages and you set up your own nightly accomodations. Syllabus and packing list mailed to fully registered students.  

Once your registration clears, I will send you class syllabus and all info.  You will need to bring a backpack, your own lunch food, and a rented or your own mountain bike for days 2 and 3.  We will have suggestions for camping or driving in and directions.  This class usually has a lively mix of Athletic Trainers, military and police folks, medical students, boy scout leaders, community athletic leaders, and physicians all contributing to the overall knowledge of the group.  We have had 9 marriages of the students over the years 6 children producedand this is the 12th year of the class with > 850 Alumni.  This class is rapid fire and also appropriate for your family member who may be taking that dream outdoor trip with you.  Each student must register and we do not allow observers.  Please see return/refund policy before sending payment.  

Athletic Trainers: Accreditation Statement for 2018   Ellen L. Smith, MD is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for BOC Certified Athletic Trainers. This program has been approved for a maximum of 30 hours of Category A continuing education. BOC Certified Athletic Trainers are responsible for claiming only those hours actually spent participating in the continuing education activity.
BOC Approved Provider Number: P8700 


Course Information
The WMFC will teach and have students practice to agilely perform triage, assessment of injuries, relocation of limbs, hemostasis, emergency surgical airway management, and other emergency procedures in a non-hospital environment.
Learning Objectives
1. Diagnose and treat common orthopedic fractures and dislocations in the woodland environment
2. Evaluate and treat all forms of abdominal pain when in an out of the hospital extreme environment and use critical decision making
3. Evaluate and decide on treatment protocols for victims of trauma in a remote environment
4. Demonstrate proficiency in emergency wilderness surgical techniques such as suturing, cricothyrotomy and placing chest tubes
5. Demonstrate proficiency coordinating a wilderness rescue including trauma triage
Target Audience
This conference is intended for Hospital-based physicians, Community physicians, Medical students, Residents, Fellows, nurses, NPs, Pas, and Pharmacists.
Accreditation Statement
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Credit Designation Statement
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.




Wilderness Medicine Field Course
courses held in 2016-2018 
NOTICE OF RISK I understand and agree that participating in the Wilderness Medicine Field Course in its various forms, or a portion taught at another site including a climbing course and Wilderness related activities including the use of the kayaks and/or canoes, ropes, climbing, mountain climbing, hiking, running, river swimming, whitewater activities, diving, jumping, and other planned activities are inherently dangerous and contain inherent risks that could result in catastrophic injury or death. These risks include, but are not limited to variations in terrain and other man-made terrain features, rocks, mountains, cliffs, trees and other forms of  forest growth and debris (including above and below the water surface), water crossings, paddling on a lake, swimming in whitewater and component parts and other forms of natural and man-made obstacles on and off designated trails, as well as collisions with other trail users, motor vehicles, spectators and varying trail conditions due to weather changes and recreational usage. I further agree that participation in the Wilderness Medicine Field Course is potentially dangerous and contains additional inherent risks other than those listed above.  These inherent risks present an additional risk of permanent catastrophic injury or death. Not all of these risks  can be anticipated or mitigated.
Understanding the inherent risk, I agree on behalf of myself and/or my minor child to voluntarily and expressly assume the risks involved.
I the undersigned, in consideration of being notified of the said course and this event and any preparatory training therefore, DO HEREBY AGREE NOT TO SUE AND TO RELEASE, Ellen Smith and instructors and volunteers participating in course or planning, Montgomery County Department of Fire Rescue and its employees, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Participants and any of the related Public Parks and Public Park  Lands including VA and PA,
FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY, RELATED TO ANY CLAIM, ACTION OR DAMAGE WITHOUT ANY LIMITATION WHATSOEVER, whether consisting of personal injury, property damage, or death, that may or does result in any way from my participation in these sport/ training sessions/events, regardless of any negligence on the part of the same.
I FURTHER AGREE TO INDEMNIFY AND DEFEND ALL OF THE ABOVE NAMED FROM ANY LIABILITY which results from me or my minor child’s participation in these sport/ training sessions/events. I specifically agree that before any given training session/event takes place, I will if I so desire, inspect all areas involved in the training session/event, fully realizing, accepting, and understanding that training sessions and related events in general and of this type in particular are inherently risky and dangerous, as are preparations, practice, or training for such events.
This release is binding, not only upon myself, but upon my heirs, administrators, executors, and assigns, and I herewith again reaffirm my free and willing intent to execute it, acknowledging a complete understanding of its terms and conditions and the totality of its effect.
AGREEMENT. I agree that all disputes arising under this contract shall be litigated exclusively in the
Circuit Court for Montgomery County or in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
This agreement is governed by applicable law of this state. If any part of this agreement is
determined to be unenforceable, all other parts shall be given full force and effect. I have not changed any of the wording of this form except to add my name, signature and date as my complete affirmation and agreement to this form in the registration section.

 Refund Policy: The WMFC will consider refunds of fully paid students if requested >30 days before class start date.  Registration fees of $50 early bird and $75 general admission are  not refundable.  Transfers to a later class may be considered instead of a refund with any additional fees assumed by the transferee.  Transfers of tuition to a different student require the new applicant to pay registration fee and have consent of faculty. Bike rental payments and surgical equip fees/payments are not refundable at any time. Registration indicates you have read the refund policy and liability policy and agree to all the policies. 

Have questions about Live! Wilderness Medicine Field Course 2018 Summer dates TBA between May and October of 2018 ? Contact Ellen L. Smith, MD FACEP

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near 7274-7268 Annapolis Rock Rd, Gaithersburg, MD
39.276800, -77.134479 Inside Patuxent River State Park
and Western Regional Park, Woodbine, MD
Gaithersburg, MD 20882

Monday, February 5, 2018 at 8:00 AM - Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 7:00 PM (EST)

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Ellen L. Smith, MD FACEP

Dr Ellen Smith is the founder and developer of the Wilderness Medicine Field Course which has trained in part or whole,over 1000 medical providers in Wilderness Medicine.   Held in the warm summer months the course trains medical providers in hands on Wilderness medicine in the beautiful parks surrounding Montgomery County, MD.  Dr Ellen Smith is the System-wide Director of Sports Medicine for Emergency Medicine Associates, the premier metro area medical system provider of emergency care; and the Founder and Co-Director of MedStar Montgomery Sports Medicine.  Dr. Smith has been a consultant for the FTC and National STudy group on youth sports medicine.  Dr. Smith will be featured in an upcoming TV show, Maxed Out- The limits of Human endurance.  Her recent articles include topics of Lyme Disease, and Surveillance Protocols for Youth Sports Injury.  She teaches frequently and her Wilderness Medicine Field Course is adapted as course elective for the medical students at the Medical College of Virginia where she is an associate professor in surgery.  While there is no substitute for a hands on education, these on-line educational seminars can be done from the convenience of your own device during an off season period. 

Courses are available on-line 2017 :

Wilderness Medicine Field Course, Home Study Edition        and

Cycling and Running, Endurance Medicine, Home Study Edition   .


Dr Smith is also the founder of Hotfoot Athletics , a mobile analysis system for analyzing movement and technique in running, landing, ACL injury prevention, throwing sports, swing sports soon available as an app on your mobile device. 

When Dr Smith is not lecturing or attending patients, she can be found road or mountain cycling, rock climbing, or trail running with her labrador retrievers.


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