Wilderness Medicine Education is Alive and Well

Early this morning, I turned on the John Denver station on Pandora to keep me company and inspired as I caught up on life and emails and updated a talk on Wilderness Medicine (WM) I gave to medical students today. Reviewing the slides  for this “Overview of WM” took me on a sweet stroll down memory lane into how I landed in this wild niche of…

Out of Africa

If it wasn’t there before, the past two weeks have brought Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) to the world’s center stage. Index cases from outside of West Africa occurred in Spain and the US. There is now transmission of disease outside of West Africa in exposed Healthcare Workers (HCW).

Barefoot in the Sand

Ocean breeze, 80’s and sunny, dogs playing in the surf, life doesn’t get any better. It’s all fun and games until someone steps on a Stingray. Or a rattlesnake. In the few short months I’ve been working in California, I’ve seen three patients present to the Emergency Department (ED) with rattlesnake bites – two envenomations. That’s three…

Smart People On the Ground in West Africa

I recently returned from our annual Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) summer meeting, where I spent some quality time with some Mega-Smart people. This year we joined forces with the International Society for Travel Medicine (ISTM) in Jackson Hole, WY, hosting over 500 attendees for five high-value content days learning about everything from advances in Frostbite Management to The Border…

Wilderness Medicine in the City

Multiple Generations of Wilderness Medicine Physicians Last week was a sweep for Wilderness Medicine In Philly. It began on Thursday when Dr. Paul Auerbach, one of the founding members of the Wilderness Medical Society and the author of the academic text Wilderness Medicine gave a two-hour Grand Rounds at Jefferson entitled “Earthquake! The Stanford Response to Haiti 2010.”…

Natural Prozac

A lifetime ago, during my freshman year at Oberlin, I called my dad on a lonely Friday night feeling homesick, left out, like I needed my dad. Oberlin was a dry town, and the college did not have a Greek system. That night, like many other Friday nights that year, my friends were out smoking…