USA. Medical Conference includes boating with focus an the sea Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 January 2006
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In March 2006 Offshore Sailing School and the Wilderness Medical Society present the second annual Sail for CME Credits Conference – a unique continuing medical education program for medical professionals. Held at the new South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, Florida, this intense week-long program combines a complete sail or power certification course with 13 hours of CME credits relative to the sea and greater outdoors.

Each day of the conference is divided into CME seminars and classroom and on-water training in sail or powerboat handling. Participants choose in advance one of four US SAILING or US POWERBOAT certified courses offered during this conference: Learn to Sail, Performance Sailing, Bareboat Cruising Preparation and the Power Cruise Course. All courses are taught by Offshore Sailing School’s Coast Guard Licensed and US SAILING certified instructors. Founded in 1964 by Olympic and America’s Cup sailor, Steve Colgate, Offshore Sailing School has graduated more than 100,000 adults from its core courses.

The Wilderness Medical Society is the world's leading organization of medical professionals dedicated to advancing clinical practice, research and education in wilderness medicine. Its principal purpose is to present educational programs and publications that inform its members about recognizing, preventing and treating medical problems typically encountered in wilderness situations. Those who attended the 2005 Sail for CME Credits Conference came from across the country and Europe with diverse medical backgrounds and boating goals.

The Wilderness Medical Society designates its seminars in this conference for 13 credit hours in Category 1 of the Physicians’ Recognition award of the American Medical Association. Emphasis is on the nature and treatment of common injuries, illnesses and medical emergencies associated with sailing, scuba diving and snorkeling. Some of the topics discussed include hypothermia and cold water immersion, solar injury, drowning, hazardous marine life, on-board medical improvisation, marine medical kits, water purification, trauma management and seafood toxidromes. Safety at sea considerations are interwoven into the both the medical and on-sail-training curricula, including a hands-on demonstration by Winslow Life Raft Co. on how to launch and board a life raft and how to use the emergency survival equipment aboard.

CME lecturers, Drs. Michael Jacobs and Howard Donner, are both experts in the field of wilderness medicine. Dr. Jacobs, a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain and practicing internist, has lectured at Safety at Sea seminars and Marine Medicine programs around the world. He is author of articles and chapters on Medicine for Mariners and Survival at Sea. Dr. Donner has lectured at many Wilderness Medical Conferences and Wilderness Medicine Adventure Travel Courses. He is the co-author of Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine and a NASA consultant.

“This is an outstanding educational opportunity for anyone interested in developing more self-reliance at sea. Whether you deliver professional medical care to boaters, fishermen and divers, or simply want to care for your own crew, this course is for you,” said Jacobs.

The 2006 program is scheduled for March 26-April 1. Package costs at South Seas Island Resort start at $2,994 per person double occupancy in a Harbourside room with all elements of the sailing or power course, the CME program, box lunches, several meals and social functions included.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 January 2006 )
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