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Wilderness Medical Society to Host Public Lecture by Runner, Climate Activist
Jamie Lieberman participated in this hands-on course offered by Wilderness Medical Society.
Thursday, February 27, 2020


The upcoming conference of the Wilderness Medical Society in Sun Valley is shaping up to be the society’s biggest winter conference yet, according to Jamie Lieberman, a Sun Valley doctor who is secretary of the organization.

More than 300 attendees from all over the world are coming to the biannual conference, which will be held Saturday through Wednesday, Feb. 29 through March 4, at Sun Valley Resort.

The conference is for doctors, nurses, EMTs, ski patrol and others who engage in winter wilderness activities.

Jamie Lieberman, seen here skiing the backcountry out Baker Creek this week, said Wilderness Medical Society courses gives him a chance to have fun while learning the latest in medicine.

A banquet open to the public at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Sun Valley’s Limelight Room will feature Clare Gallagher a professional ultrarunner living in Boulder, Colo. She studied coral ecology at Princeton University, won the Leadville 100 and the Western States 100 and now speaks on climate change throughout the world on behalf of Patagonia.

Gallagher will speak on “Running, Medicine and Climate Change.” Cost is $75 for the banquet with reservations needed by Saturday afternoon.

This year’s conference will look at the cutting-edge technology for backcountry medicine, advances in frostbite, decision making in avalanche terrain and nutrition for the endurance athlete, among other things.

Hands-on workshops include the use of an ice axe, avalanche rescue and resuscitation and foot care and wound closure. There also will be a wilderness boot camp and a workshop in improvised wilderness medicine.

The conference will feature 25- to 45-minute lectures on winter wilderness topics in morning plenary sessions. They tend to be high-end research, Lieberman said—a Wilderness Medicine Base Camp is offered one afternoon to acquaint people with the basics of hypothermia and other topics.

Attendees can choose from small group sessions in the afternoon, including hands-on workshops. Or they may take the time to ski, snowboard, Nordic ski, snowmobile, ride snow bikes or window shop in Sun Valley and Ketchum.

The Wilderness Medical Society is the premier international organization for professionals interested in the application of medicine in austere environments. It provides CME credits and Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine credentials.

It has 3,500 members worldwide and puts on a conference twice a year, plus week-long courses hands-on courses. Those include spending a week rescuing people off rock faces in Utah and crevasses at Mt. Rainier. A course held in Sun Valley focuses on avalanches.

To learn more or to RSVP for Tuesday’s banquet, visit





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