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.

Undergraduate college students, graduates, and gap years students from any school are encouraged to join.

Program Benefits:

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.


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.

Rock N’ Snow Medicine Symposium 2021 Program Information

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

Questions? Reach out to us today!

Upcoming Dates

November 3rd 2022.

The 2nd Annual Rock & Snow Medicine Symposium is scheduled