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Expedition medicine and field skills for diverse environments

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 02 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:s43
  1. Alice Mavrogordato, anaesthetic FTSTA1
  1. alicemavro{at}

Who’s it for?

Any health professional with an interest in expedition medicine and who is considering accompanying an expedition. Candidates consisted mainly of doctors and acute care nurses, some with previous experience of remote medicine. Knowledge of advanced trauma life support is assumed.

When did you do it?

While I was a surgical senior house officer, after completing membership of the Royal College of Surgeons.

Why did you do it?

I wanted to learn more about expedition medicine, to meet people with first hand experience of expeditions, and to prepare myself for being an expedition medical officer.

How much effort did it entail?

There was no pre-course reading; lectures were comprehensive and reinforced by a good course booklet. Reasonable physical fitness is required and necessary for the basic overnight camp conditions. …

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