Welcome to Plymouth University's Wilderness and Expedition Medicine Society (aka PUWEMS)
Wilderness and expedition medicine is the remote and improvised care of illness or trauma, with limited resources and manpower, and delayed evacuation to definitive care. Humans have always had the desire to explore, meaning wilderness medical care extends far back in history, but in recent years the increasing exploration and inhabitation of wilderness areas has seen an increase in the demand and interest in wilderness and expedition medicine. We hope to provide you the opportunity to explore this further.
However, this society is not exclusive to medical students, all students are welcome as long as you're keen to be outdoors!
The aim -
- To inspire students to explore wilderness and expedition medicine and learn how to deal with life threatening situations in remote environments
- To equip students with the skills needed to provide good medicine in challenging environments through workshops and conferences
- To practice these skills on expeditions throughout the year
- To provide networking opportunities in the world of wilderness and expedition medicine
Socials and Events -
This year we will be organizing monthly evening workshops and lectures here in Plymouth, as well as some exciting expeditions and events where you will get the opportunity to learn new skills and practice these in real life situations. As well as the opportunity to work alongside the emergency services including the Search and Rescue Teams, RNLI, Air Ambulance, Paramedics etc. in scenario situations in remote locations.
These include an expedition on Dartmoor on 2nd-3rd November, and a weekend expedition to Snowdon 29th November - 1st December, as well as expeditions to the Brecon Beacons, Cornwall and the beach throughout the year, AND our Good Medicine in Challenging Environments conference event in April in Newquay.
Social Media -
Good Medicine in Challenging Environments Facebook: - https://www.facebook.com/NewquayGMICE/
Fundraising and Volunteering -
Our Good Medicine in Challenging Environments event helps fundraise for several charities including Defib Aware, RNLI and the Good Sam App which all contribute to enhancing emergency response in the community.
We are also looking to do collaborative workshops with MSF (Medicins Sans Frontieres), Students for Global Health and other societies.
We also have an annual christmas lecture evening on the 12th December with adventurous speakers, mince pies and mulled wine to raise money for Devon Air Ambulance and the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Teams.
Committee Members -
President - Lucy Longbottom
Vice President - Julia Egierszdorff
Health & Safety - Zac Kendall
Treasurer - Anna Chappell
Trip Sec - Dáire Magorrian
Workshop Sec - Megan Nott