Our 1st Annual Rock and Snow Medicine Symposium was held on November 4, 2021. You can watch the symposium below. Our 2nd Annual Rock and Snow Medicine Symposium will be held on November 3, 2022. We will have registration available closer to the event.
Rock & Snow Medicine Symposium
1st Annual Rock & Snow Medicine Symposium
1st Annual Rock & Snow Medicine Symposium Presentations
00:00 – Intro
8:05 – Ben Usatch MD, Day In the Life of a Ski Mountain Medical Director
48:50 – Dale Atkins NREMT, Decision Making in Complex Settings
1:21:42 – Angela Wright MD, The Hand Off: Interagency Communication
1:54:45 – Spencer Logan, Avalanche Fatalities and Injuries
2:15:33 – Laura McGladrey, RN, PMHNP, FAWM & Drew Hardesty, Avalanche Forecaster, Jenny Lake Climber – Retired, Stress Resilience in Snow Work
2:41:01 – Charley Shimanski, ICAR Air Rescue Commission President, Trends in Air Medical Rescue – Innovations in Avalanche Rescue Techniques and Training
3:14:38 – Dale Wang MD, Alison Sheets MD, Colorado Hoist Rescue Team
3:40:18 – Peter Hackett MD, Interview – Highlights of Career – High Altitude Medicine
4:36:42 – Jacqueline Kiernan, PT, DPT & Ilaria Ferrari, BS – Biomechanical Considerations for Backpack Fitting
5:04:20 – Tom Califf MD, Protect Ya Neck, Evolving Ideology Surrounding Spinal Cord Protection
5:41:08 – Dr. Spencer Tomberg MD, Kyle Norton MD – Choose Your Own Adventure
6:13:17 – Jason Williams Director of Mountain Medicine Center at University of New Mexico, Movement is Definitive Care – Mountain Rescue Operations
6:29:04 – Darryl Macias MD, FACEP, DiMM – AvaLife A Very Brief Intro!
6:51:00 – Anne Wagner MD, FACS, Burn Director – Frostbite in January, Amputation in July?
7:30:51 – Ryan Paterson MD, DTM&H, DiMM, Field Medical Technology
The 1st Annual Rock & Snow Medicine Symposium was hosted by the Wilderness & Environmental Section of the University of Colorado School of Medicine on November 4th 2021.
The 2nd Annual Rock & Snow Medicine Symposium is scheduled for November 3rd 2022.
This event will include high-caliber speakers presenting innovative and relevant medical topics geared towards an audience of ski patrollers, search & rescue specialists, agency personnel, and other prehospital responders.
Scheduled Topics and Speakers (subject to change):
|Welcome and introductions||Martin Musi, MD/David Braun, PA-C|
|Medical Direction for Ski Patrols||Ben Usatch, MD|
|Decision Making in Complex Systems||Dale Atkins, Alpine Rescue, NREMT|
|Applied Psychiatric First Aid||Laura McGladey, NP|
|Avalanche Injuries/In-Bound Slides||Spencer Logan, CAIC|
|Hand Off: Interagency Communication||Angie Wright, MD|
|Trends in Air Medical Rescue||Charley Shimanski, FFL|
|Colorado National Guard Hoist Program||Alison Sheets, RMRG / Dr. Dale Wang, MD|
|Keynote||Peter Hackett, MD|
|Reach and Treat||Daryl Macias, MD / Jason Williams, DiMM Director (University of New Mexcio)|
|Medical Technology in the Wild||Ryan Paterson, MD|
|Frostbite Update||Anne Wagner, MD|
Angie started her adventure into medicine as an EMT with the Golden Fire Department. After realizing that she was very bad at driving an ambulance, she decided to go back to school to pursue her MD. She attended Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, IL, and then went on to complete her residency training in Emergency Medicine at Denver Health. She did an additional year of training in EMS and medical direction after graduating residency, and now sits as the EMS Medical Director of various prehospital agencies and at the University of Colorado Emergency Department, Anschutz Medical Campus. In her spare time, Angie enjoys train running, skiing, hiking, and all things Colorado.
Charley Shimanski is the President of the Air Rescue Commission of ICAR – The International Commission for Alpine Rescue. He is also the Mountain Rescue Program Coordinator of Flight For Life Colorado, and past President and current Education Director of the Mountain Rescue Association. In that latter role, he works with Air Zermatt in Switzerland to develop helicopter rescue training, and today is here to offer his thoughts on current trends in Air Medical Rescue, particularly as it relates to avalanche rescue.
For more than 30 years Dale has been training and working with avalanche professionals and mountain rescuers around the world. He’s an expert in rescue, avalanche accidents, human factors and prevention with numerous articles, books and films to his credit.
Dale Wang is a member of the Colorado Hoist Rescue Team. Currently he is the Group Leader for the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group in Boulder, CO; one of the busiest volunteer mountain rescue teams in the country. Prior to RMRG he served for two seasons at the Himalayan Rescue Association clinic in the Everest region of Nepal, and was a National Park Service rescue volunteer on Denali. Professionally he is an Emergency Physician in Boulder, CO and is the medical advisor for AIARE. Dale has been climbing and skiing since the 1980’s in Europe, the Himalaya, and all over North America.
Spencer began skiing in northern Colorado and began learning about avalanches in northern Utah. He continued his avalanche education in southern Montana with an MS in Earth Sciences from Montana State University. He joined the CAIC in 2004. He has collaborated with colleagues from the CAIC, North America, and Europe to better understand trends and patterns in avalanche accidents and occurrences. His kids are the fourth generation of the family to ski and the fifth to fish in Colorado.
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