October 4, 2023

Message from the Chair – See you in Philly!

Dave Young, MD

Hello fellow adventurers,

I’m looking forward to seeing those of you who can make it to Philadelphia for the rapidly approaching Scientific Assembly. This year is packed with educational sessions and events for wilderness medicine practioners. In addition to our Section Meeting, we will be hosting a free indoor rock-climbing event. This event gives all of us a chance to get some exercise in, while also meeting and mingling with like-minded wilderness folks. Our Section Meeting will be the following day. This year, we will be voting on a new Secretary. We will announce the winner of the photo contest – thank you all for your submissions! And lastly, we will hear from a true wilderness medicine pioneer, Dr. Linda Keyes, who will talk to us about “Wilderness as Medicine for Emergency Clinicians.” All are welcome! We will follow our meeting with free drinks and appetizers sponsored by BTG Pharmaceuticals. Lastly, all day Thursday, the EMRA MedWar will take place in the Wissahickon Valley Park.

I’ve highlighted some events below to put in your calendar. Thank you for your support of our Section!

  • “Wilderness Medicine: An EM Physician is Always Prepared.” Monday, October 9, 5:00p-5:25p.
  • “Management of the Drowned Patient.” Tuesday, October 10, 9:00a-9:25a.
  • Indoor-Climbing Event: Tuesday, October 10, 10a-12p. Philadelphia Rock Gyms – Fishtown (2412 E York St.)
  • “Wilderness: Lessons Learned Working Emergency Response with the National Park Service” Tuesday, October 10, 3:00p-4:30p, Marriott Franklin 2.
  • Section of Wilderness Medicine Annual Meeting: Wednesday, October 11, 4:30p-7:00p, Convention Center, Room 119AB
  • “Don’t Tick Me Off: Tick-Bourne Illness.” Thursday, October 12, 8:00a-8:25a
  • EMRA MedWar. Thursday, October 12, 8:00a-5:00p. Wissahickon Valley Park.
  • “SSS: Snake, Scorpion, and Spider Envenomations.” Thursday, October 12, 11:00a-11:25a. 

Final reminder to join us at our Annual Section Meeting on Wednesday, October 11, starting at 4:30p in room 119AB at the Pennsylvania convention center. Guest Speaker, Dr. Linda Keyes, will be presenting “Wilderness as Medicine for Emergency Clinicians.”

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Linda Keyes proving the wilderness makes you better.

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