Northwest Wilderness Medicine Conference 2016

December 17th & 18th, Silver Beach Resort, WA

NWWMC16 was our Region’s 1st Annual Wilderness Medicine Conference!

About: Join us for the inaugural Pacific Northwest Wilderness Medicine Conference. This conference is jointly hosted by the Wilderness Medicine Interest Groups at University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM), Pacific Northwest University (PNWU), and Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) at the Silver Beach Resort near White Pass in Washington State on December 17th & 18th 2016. The conference is open to all RN, PA, NP, DO, & MD students, residents, and attendings. The schedule features speakers, practical skills sessions, mock scenarios, and case studies relating to wilderness medicine and patient care in austere settings.


You must register through the Eventbrite website. Your registration fee includes either space in the resort motel or a a campsite at the resort, access to a kitchen, bathrooms, showers, Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday breakfast, all conference activities on both Saturday and Sunday, discounted half-day White Pass lift tickets on Sunday*, and tickets for the Saturday night raffle. The registration prices are as follows:

  • On or before 11/15: $50 with room included; $40 with camping space
  • After 11/15 but before 12/1: $55 with room included; $45 with camping space
  • After 12/1: $60 with room included; $50 with camping space


We worked hard to make this conference as affordable as possible and have been able to include free lodging for Saturday night with the registration fee. You will be able to check-in at any time on Saturday. That being said, we ask that attendees be flexible with the rooms they are assigned. We have rented out the entire motel at the Silver Beach Resort which includes 6 double rooms (queen + full bed), 7 double rooms (two full beds), and 3 single rooms (king bed) and are planning on having 2 people per queen/king sized bed. We request you bring a sleeping bag if you own one. Please enter you rooming preferences as you register; we will do our best to accommodate but make no guarantees.

If you choose the winter camping option, the Silver Beach Resort has camping spots immediately next to the motel. Campers will have access to restrooms and showers in the motel. Additionally, we are offering free camping space at a cabin near the resort on Friday night for any attendees who are coming in early.


Visit this site as we get closer to the conference if you are interested in carpooling out to Silver Beach Resort:


The conference schedule and guest speakers are still being finalized, but so far we have a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to: patient assessment, patient packaging, spine protocols and full-body vacuum splints, helicopter extraction considerations (including a gear demo with Snohomish Co. Helicopter Rescue Team‘s litter kit and Bauman Bag), hypothermia diagnosis and treatment, frostbite & trenchfoot, winter musculoskeletal injuries, altitude medicine, avalanche risk mitigation, case study on 2015 Nepal Earthquake disaster response, and hands-on, facilitated scenarios. Didactic and practical portions of the conference will conclude before noon on Sunday to allow for attendees to hike, snowshoe, XC, in-bounds, or backcountry ski in the beautiful terrain surrounding the Silver Beach Resort.


If you are unable to attend the conference, partial refunds will be offered up until the end of the day on Wednesday, December 7th. As refunds are requested, waitlist tickets will be released.


Please direct questions and concerns to NorthwestWMC (at) gmail (dot) com

*Confirmation on lift pass discount is pending.