Aerie offers a wide-range of medical classes, taught by professional care providers and experienced outdoor enthusiasts. All Aerie courses are scenario-based, focusing on injury and illness prevention, patient assessment, and decision-making. In general, longer classes have more numerous and more involved scenarios. For example, a 16-hour Wilderness First Aid course covers much the same information as a 72-hour Wilderness First Responder class. The major difference between the courses lies in the time allotted to scenarios and practical review. Please contact us with any questions about other differences between classes.
Despite the ever-increasing availability of satellite phones and other communication devices, significant differences will always exist between patient care even two miles from a trailhead and patient care in the middle of a town. Aerie’s wilderness medicine courses are scenario-based. They are designed for people who spend their time away from immediate access to outside medical help, where improvisation is necessary and environmental conditions are particularly challenging.
Our goal is to provide our students with the information and skills to prevent and treat most backcountry injuries and illness. We focus heavily on thorough patient assessments, decision-making, group communication, and leadership.
Aerie Emergency Medicine (AEM) focuses on front-country, urban and rural EMS training. We created the program in 2005, recognizing a need with our WEMT graduates, employees, and outlying EMS agencies for quality continuing education and opportunities for further development of EMT skills. AEM works closely with our backcountry program, developing and implementing training for search and rescue organizations and rural EMS services that are often on the wilderness/ urban boundaries.
Held in Costa Rica, this course is designed for MDs, RNs and other medical professionals interested in field-based training in wilderness and tropical medicine. The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 34 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Wilderness Medical Society and Aerie. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Aerie CPR courses are taught by professional care providers who perform CPR on a regular basis, and not just people who have taken a CPR instructor course. This is a refreshing surprise for those accustomed to courses taught by instructors primarily trained to run a DVD player. Our CPR courses are hands-on, practical and fun.
Our CPR instructors are all current American Heart Association certified. We offer Aerie CPR certifications for most WFA and WFR courses and AHA certification for WEMT courses.
No course is capable of operating without the risk of injury or illness. We encourage you to talk with our staff about risks inherent in our training programs before enrolling. Depending on course location, injuries and illnesses that occur may require prolonged evacuations and may necessitate repatriation to the United States. With that in mind, the safety of our students and staff is a priority. We also recognize that activities contain inherent risks. By planning and monitoring these activities we try to minimize these risks. However, our students take our classes because they travel, work and live outdoors, away from immediate medical care. Our students want to learn to care for patients under less than ideal conditions, and Aerie believes that students learn best when they are involved in realistic, engaging scenarios and practical sessions. As a result we simulate these environments and head out to experience them during our classes as often as possible. However, we cannot guarantee the safety of our classes and fully encourage our students to investigate the risks and hazards of all Aerie activities.