World Extreme Medicine is the world’s leading provider of expedition, wilderness and remote medicine training courses for medical professionals. Each year over a thousand medical professionals from over 30 different countries attend the WEM Conference, held in the Edinburgh. The weekend is run as a not for profit event and is a platform for inspiring medical minds to meet, share experiences and promote cross-disciplinary working. The conference stimulates new thinking, extends professional relationships and shares new and more effective approaches to medical practice in challenging environments.
Guest Episode: Everyday People Living Inspirational Lives, Interview with Mark Hannaford
Everyday People Living Inspirational Lives is a podcast that shares the inspirational stories of some amazing people who live in the communities that we are all part of. We were super lucky to be approached by host Ian Pitchford, who sat down (remotely, of course!) with WEM Founder Mark Hannaford to discuss the who, what and why of WEM.
The abstract below is taken from the Everyday People Living Inspirational Lives podcast:
Mark is world’s first honorary associate professor awarded for his work in Extreme Medicine by the University of Exeter Medical School and is the founding director of World Extreme Medicine and Across the Divide Expeditions and a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society of Arts.
A former special forces reserve soldier, a professional photographer, dogsled guide, remote boat handler and peripatetic explorer, Mark has been involved with expeditions for over 30 years and has led and organised expeditions to all of the world’s continents, in the desert and marine environments but also in polar regions, at altitude and has been involved in adventurous pursuits on all of the worlds five continents. Mark is also an award-winning photographer with images published in the Sunday Times, Telegraph, Rough Guides and National Geographic. He is also honorary aquanaut, an International Fellow of the famous Explorers Club of New York, a faculty member of the Space and Aviation Medicine course at the University of Texas Medical Board and Pacific University, Oregon.
At A Mind 4 Adventure, we are very proud to be associated with Mark. Listen what inspires him as he is so key in the inspiration of others within the community he serves.
Hear from more Everyday People Living Inspirational Lives via Ian's podcast, available here.
Mark will open this years Virtual World Extreme Medicine Conference, 17th and 18th October, as well as chairing sessions with a host of other incredible people living inspirational lives.
Grab your tickets today > http://bit.ly/BookWEM20
Reflections Part 1: Mark Hannaford, Eoin Walker and Will Duffin
In this episode, WEM Founder Mark Hannaford, Trauma Lead Eoin Walker and Education Lead Will Duffin come together to discuss their favourite episodes from the podcasts and live sessions they've hosted over the last few months.
From NASA physicians to remarkable athletes, trauma survivors and medical mavericks breaking the mould, Mark, Eoin and Will reflect on how these interviews have helped them process the situation around them and grow as both people and clinicians.
A huge thank you to all those who have taken the time to chat to us - and to everyone who has downloaded, watched and listened to our online content. What were your favourite episodes? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Will Duffin, Nat Taylor, Alex Bamford and Cat Davison: Military Medicine Careers Panel
Adapted from the hugely popular WEM Academy Live Session #23, this episode revisits the Military Medicine Careers Panel hosted by WEM Education Lead Will Duffin. Will was joined by three medics each representing a different branch of the military; Major Nat Taylor (Army), Alex Bamford (Royal Navy) and Cat Davison (Royal Air Force).
The panellists take us through each of their hugely rich and varied careers, from deployments in Artic conditions and scorching deserts to crossing America on motorbikes and surviving in the jungle, completely unsupported, for weeks at a time.
Then they tackle some of the big questions from you - from the types of experiences and skills needed for your application, the importance of good health (both physical and mental), how their careers have prepared them for difficult situations such as the pandemic, and the key piece of advice they'd give their younger selves...
Do you want to learn more about the incredible career opportunities that extreme medicine offers? Then why not attend #VirtualWEM20?
We'll be hosting the famous 'How to get your first job in Expedition Medicine' session, adapted for the small screen. It'll be packed full of useful hints and tips - and some inspirational tales - to help you break into the incredibly rewarding world of extreme medicine.
#VirtualWEM20, 17th and 18th October:
Book your tickets now > http://bit.ly/BookWEM20
Mark Hannaford and Nathan Hudson-Peacock: Expedition Medicine, Finding your reason 'why?'
"Going into hospital to work was no longer just a job, it had become the perfect place to hone the skills that I might need on expedition, in the desert or on the side of a mountain. Expedition medicine gives me a renewed sense of purpose, and it has helped me to become a far better, and, more importantly, a far happier doctor".
In this episode, WEM Founder Mark Hannaford chats to Nathan Hudson-Peacock about how he found his 'why’, and why it’s so important to his work as a medic.
Nathan takes us through his journey from a disillusioned junior doctor, stuck on the treadmill like so many others, to a doctor that has travelled the world - from the Sahara Desert to the Himalayas of Northern Pakistan, and has become a passionate advocate for a career in medicine - sharing some of his top tips for those that also want to break the mould...
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Eoin Walker and Joe Selby: Adventure Racing Around the World
‘The good thing with adventure racing is you’re often not too far after a low moment, from a high… finding that waterfall… it was by far and away the best experience I’ve ever had on a race’.
Joe Selby is a UK-based adventure seeker who is passionate about the outdoors and has raced all over the world, most recently competing in The World‘s Toughest Race: Eco Challenge in Fiji with Team UK Adventurers.
The World's Toughest Race: Eco Challenge Fiji encompassed trekking by foot and traveling in various non-motorised forms of transportation, including paddling and sailing in an outrigger, paddle boarding, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, rappelling, climbing, canyoneering and Bilibili rafting, with only a map and compass to navigate across over 670km of Fijian terrain.
Alongside WEM Trauma Lead Eoin Walker, Joe explores his Eco Challenge journey; from preparation and crafting team dynamics to tackling the 10 different domains the course encompasses, plus all the miles in-between.
Joe reflects on some of his biggest challenges during the race, including what he termed the 'Mud Festival' (which turns out, was not as fun as it sounds) to getting lost during the waterfall section, and how his team recovered from these setbacks in their attempt to cross the finish line.
Joe also provides his top tips for anyone considering entering the incredible world of adventure racing; from getting into long distance events, to ensuring you've got the right kit - and most importantly, looking after your feet!
The World's Toughest Race: Eco Challenge Fiji is now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Will Duffin and Sonja Wieck: 'What it takes, and what it takes out of you...'
‘After I got second in Kona, I looked over and… I felt really empty’.
In the latest episode of WEMCast, we’re joined by the Iron Cowboy Captain from the latest series of the World’s Toughest Race: Eco Challenge, elite ultra-marathon fanatic and Ironman veteran, Sonja Wieck.
Alongside WEM Education Lead Will Duffin, Sonja reflects candidly on her career as an elite triathlete, including her training regime, motivations and how this tied in with family life. They also discuss the dark period in her life following an incredible podium performance at Kona, in which Sonja suffered from panic attacks, depression and contemplated suicide. Sonja reflects on how she had to take time to re-centre, rediscover and rebuild - and how the Eco Challenge provided her with the comeback she dreamed of.
Will and Sonja explore the wellbeing strategies she has developed during her recovery, with specific focus on her ‘4 pillars’ of wellbeing.
Then, they get into the nitty-gritty of the World’s Toughest Race. Sonja details how she adapted from triathlon to adventure racing as course marshals were replaced with a map and compass, and how she learnt to navigate.
Sonja talks us through the highest highs of her participation in the race, the inevitable lows and some of the most ridiculous moments she’ll never forget - and expresses her gratitude to the medical team as the Fijian terrain took its toll on her team.
Check out Sonja's website for more information on her incredible career.
You can listen to Sonja’s podcast, ‘Tales of Toughness’ on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
The World’s Toughest Race: Eco Challenge Fiji, with medical support provided by World Extreme Medicine, is available to stream on Amazon Prime.