The Carolina Wilderness EMS Seminar was launched in 2014 to strong reviews, when it was delivered to every EMS Fellow in North Carolina save one. This innovative 8-hour course, nominated as one of the Journal of EMS “Top 10 EMS Innovations of 2014”, targets an audience of EMS Fellows and has three primary learning objectives:
1. Preparation for WEMS portion of American Board of Emergency Medicine EMS board certification examination
2. Completion of WEMS portion of ACGME EMS Fellowship requirements
3. Acquisition of WEMS knowledge and skills using the Carolina Wilderness EMS Externship esse quam videre philosophy
This is the only wilderness medicine board preparation course of which we are aware specifically directed at EMS Fellows. In addition, the curriculum and format is appropriate for any healthcare provider interested in didactic (lecture-based) WEMS training or EM/EMS board preparation. The course is also intended to offer some of Hawk Ventures’ Externship training opportunities to a wider physician audience.
All 8 hours of the Seminar are, by design, didactic and classroom-based. The Seminar is intended to dovetail with the Carolina Wilderness EMS Summit, an 18-hour course which is entirely hands-on and field-based in Pisgah National Forest. The two are always offered in a single weekend: in 2016, the Seminar will be offered September 16 and the Summit September 17-18. Seminar students are encouraged to register simultaneously for the Summit, to get a more robust experience and for more extensive hands-on training in Wilderness EMS.
Seth Collings Hawkins, MD, EMD, MFAWM, FACEP, BC-EMS
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Wake Forest University
Dr. Hawkins is double-boarded in Emergency Medicine and EMS, and is the first physician ever awarded the title of Master Fellow by the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. He is the lead author of the Wilderness EMS chapters in both Auerbach’s Wilderness Medicine 7e (publication pending, Dec 2016) and the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP)’s EMS: Clinical Practice and Systems Oversight 2e (2015). He currently serves as Chair of the NAEMSP Wilderness EMS Committee and medical director of Burke County (NC) EMS, which fields the oldest WEMS team in North Carolina, as well as medical director of the NC State Parks system.
You can register for the Seminar by completing a registration form (download CWEMS Seminar Registration Form 2016) and submitting via US Mail with check or money order payment. If you prefer to complete payment via credit card, you can do so at our Shop (click here).
We also encourage you to simultaneously register for the Summit (click here to securely register for the Summit via our community college portal).
2016 Continuing Education Credits currently under application but cannot be confirmed at this time.