Expedition and Wilderness Medicine MSc

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Do you want to break from clinical conventions, develop skills that will enable you to think on your feet in an emergency setting, and save lives while travelling the world? Do you want the opportunity to have your work published?

Our part-time online Expedition and Wilderness Medicine MSc has been designed for any health professional who is interested in developing their career and credentials in this increasingly popular and competitive speciality. Follow fellow professionals in escaping the everyday through extreme medicine courses.

This wilderness medicine course will also allow healthcare professionals to complete a professional project producing a piece of work, featuring a topic of personal interest in this specialist area.

MSc Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

Next intake: 2023 MarchKey Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
Commitment
Part-time
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
13th February 2023
Course start date
Format
100% Online
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Travel for both work and pleasure is becoming increasingly prevalent and travellers are seeking more adventurous trips going off the beaten path and challenging themselves.

In this emerging market, current job adverts are asking for doctors and other healthcare professionals (HCPs) with training, experience and specialisation in wilderness and expedition medicine. This is where a master's in extreme medicine can help.

Examples may include:

  • Adventure holidays
  • Charity work
  • Overseas employment: scenarios could be anything from climate research expeditions, treks and charity work, to going into space.

Our experienced faculty focus upon the practicalities of preparing for the expedition and also on the physiological and pathological impacts of expedition in remote and extreme locations.

The successful completion of this part-time and flexible widerness medicine course will enable graduates to:

  • Apply evidence-based clinical skills and knowledge to minimise risk and maximise health before, during and after expeditions.
  • Develop skills and knowledge to anticipate, plan for and treat common and potential health problems which may arise on expeditions.
  • Deliver leadership to teams in multi-agency, multi-cultural and/or international contexts.
  • Become leaders in the field of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine.
  • Complete a written project dedicated to an area of personal interest in this specialist area.


Next intake: 2023 March Key Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
Commitment
Part-time
Format
100% Online
Duration
24 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
13th February 2023
Course start date
Fees
TBA

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Who is this course for?

Applicants will typically be registered healthcare professionals with some experience or interest in the area of expedition and wilderness medicine who wish to enhance their knowledge, skills and understanding in order to fulfil the role of an expedition medic or otherwise specialise in extreme medicine. These include:

  • GPs
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Nurses
  • Military Medics
  • Paramedics
  • Medics

How Will I Learn?

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.

Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios.

These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.

Curriculum

The expedition and wilderness medicine msc is a two year course, consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the postgraduate diploma. The second year of an msc in extreme medicine starts with an initial 10 week online module that will develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. Students then complete the professional project module, which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project (dissertation).

Year 1

Module Aims

To provide healthcare professionals with the skills, knowledge and methodical approach to prepare and plan a successful and safe expedition in a variety of settings.

Module Content

  • Pre-expedition screening and medical assessment
  • Preparation for expedition
  • Physical and mental preparation for expedition
  • Pre-expedition timeline
  • Evacuation planning
  • In-country training considerations

Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop appropriate screening of potential participants to mitigate risk and improve the viability and success of an expedition.
  2. Critically interpret the evidence base and application of knowledge with respect to the planning required for health considerations of expedition participants which can be applied to different environments.

Module aims

  • To provide healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge to plan and execute a successful and safe expedition in a polar and/or mountain environment.
  • To anticipate potential complications which may arise within cold and high altitude in respect both of the expedition participants and the treatments available.

Module Content

  • Expedition and emergency planning
  • Situational awareness
  • Group health considerations in polar and mountain environments
  • Medical kits
  • Environmental medical considerations
  • Mental health

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically interpret and apply the evidence base in the planning and management of the health considerations within a polar and mountain environment to minimise risk to health.
  2. Develop and demonstrate skills to appraise, reflect upon and adapt treatments considering the constraints and considerations of the polar and mountain environment.

Module Aims

  • To provide healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge to plan and execute a successful and safe expedition in an aquatic environment.
  • To anticipate potential complications which may arise within remote ocean, river and water environments in respect both of the expedition participants and the treatments available.

Module Content

  • Expedition and emergency planning
  • Situational awareness
  • Group health considerations in water environments
  • Medical kits
  • Environmental medical considerations
  • Mental health

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically interpret and apply the evidence base in the planning and management of the health considerations for an ocean, river/water-based expedition.
  2. Develop skills to appraise, reflect upon and adapt treatments considering the environmental constraints and considerations in aquatic expedition situations.

Module Aims
To provide healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge to plan and execute a successful and safe expedition in a desert and/or tropical environment. And to anticipate potential complications which may arise within desert and/or tropical environments in respect both of the expedition participants and the treatments available.

Module Content

  • Expedition and emergency planning
  • Situational awareness
  • Group health considerations in desert and tropical environments
  • Medical kits
  • Environmental medical considerations
  • Mental health

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically interpret and apply the evidence base in the planning and management of the health considerations for a desert and/or tropical expedition.
  2. Critically appraise, reflect upon and adapt treatments considering the constraints and considerations of desert and tropical environments.

Module Aims

  • To provide healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge to anticipate, plan for and treat potential common medical problems which may arise on expeditions and the additional challenges which exist within remote environments.
  • To consider the importance of the effective treatment of minor and/or major conditions and the impact of them on the expedition’s success.

Module Content

  • Cardiovascular and respiratory
  • Endocrine and neurological and mental health
  • Women’s health
  • Skin and wounds
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Ophthalmic and dental

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically consider the evidence base and available treatments to plan and manage common health considerations in an austere setting.
  2. Critically appraise common and/or likely medical problems which may occur on an expedition and the effects which differing environments and situations will have on their management, treatment and, ultimately, the success of the expedition.

Module Aims

  • To provide healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge to be able to transfer knowledge learnt within expedition and wilderness medicine to a natural disaster situation, providing safe medical care within a variety of environments.
  • To anticipate additional potential complications which may arise within an emergency situation. Using knowledge gained over the previous modules, use and adapt that knowledge to an emergency situation or natural disaster.

Module Content

  • Emergency planning
  • Situational awareness
  • Public health considerations
  • Medical kits
  • Environmental medical considerations
  • Mental health

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically interpret and apply the evidence base in expedition medicine to the planning and management within an emergency situation, such as a natural disaster.
  2. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of safe medical care in austere environments and consider the potential complications within a variety of emergency situations.

Year 2

The module runs over a 12 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies used in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine. The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the professional project module.

You will be required to produce a piece of work based upon a clinically-related project that is relevant to your practice. Once you have selected a specific project, you will submit a project summary/proposal of approximately 1,500 words. Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a 10,500 word professional project.

To produce the professional project you will continue to study online. Much of the work is self-directed, however you will receive guidance from your tutor throughout the module.

Assessment Methods

The expedition and wilderness medicine master's places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of clinical scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care.

Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.

The first seven modules on the course have the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor.

Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout.

You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module.

These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice.

For the final module of the course you will be required to produce a piece of work based upon a clinically-related project that is relevant to your practice.

Once you have selected a specific project, you will submit a project summary/proposal of approximately 1,500 words. Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a 10,500 word professional project.
To produce the professional project you will continue to study online. Much of the work is self-directed, however you will receive guidance from your tutor throughout the module.

Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies.

Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.

Year 1

  • Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
  • Tutors will post a number of questions and prompts to aid students in a formal discussion of each case.
  • These discussions are facilitated throughout by your tutor and are then assessed at the end of every module.

The reflective journal is used by students throughout each module to monitor personal progress. This is guided by weekly feedback from your tutor and is graded at the end of every module. The journal typically includes the following:

  • Initial expectations and reasons for taking the course.
  • Module and/or personal learning objectives.
  • Description of events, issues and learning points within current personal practice.
  • Change in every day practice due to knowledge gained on each module.
  • A description of what has been learned during the module.

The group activity is designed to encourage group dynamics catering to the multidisciplinary nature of care. The group activity requires students to:

  • Choose a group leader to co-ordinate the project and delegate roles to individual students.
  • Produce a group submission of well-referenced, scientific report(s) with an expected word count of 1,200.

Your tutor will provide comments if asked, or steer you in the right direction if the project starts to veer off the subject, but will not actively contribute to the project. As well as the project itself, students are also marked according to their contribution to the group submission.

  • The individual assignment will test the student’s ability to work independently.
  • The student will be required to select, sift and analyse information and come to a reasoned conclusion.
  • An assignment is submitted at the end of module with an expected word count of 1,200 words.

Year 2

This module runs over a 8 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the Professional Project module.

  • Students will work with their supervisor to submit a professional project proposal for their chosen topic.

  • Students will deliver an abstract (1000 words) outlining their proposal and, if deemed necessary, develop and submit documentation for the University’s ethical committee approval.

  • Students will create a dissertation, the theme of which has been developed in discussion with their tutor.
  • Supervision will normally involve direct online support involving planned progress, supporting research activity and reading student work.
  • Supervisors and students will agree on a communications plan, which may involve emails or online chats. Some students may employ the use of freely available chat or audio conferencing facilities for live discussion with supervisors.
  • Students will have access to online forums where they can develop their research capabilities together.
  • All communications with tutors will be logged on the Professional Project forum by the student, and consists of brief summaries of discussion.

Entry requirements

Since our courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.

Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree.

Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.

Documents Required

  • A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.
  • A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.
  • The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
  • A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
  • A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).

English Language Requirements
Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. The University of South Wales run a number of English Language Programmes at the Centre for International English to prepare you for your academic studies. You can also contact our admissions team on admissions@diploma-msc.com for more information on the qualifications we accept.

Should you have already successfully completed the 1 year Postgraduate Diploma and wish to convert to the MSc and complete only the second year of the programme this is possible. Please contact our admissions department admissions@diploma-msc.com to find out more.

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