Wilderness Advanced Life Support - WALS


Training for physicians, residents, and other advanced care medical practitioners. This program provides effective education in the application of critical thinking and techniques for use in low resource settings.

The Wilderness Advanced Life Support (WALS) is WMA International’s most advanced level course. Our 36-hour course is run over 4 - 5 days.  It is open to certified or licensed advanced level medical practitioners involved in rescue, mass casualty, and remote outdoor environments or urban areas in disaster or crisis. This constantly-evolving course is highlighted by discussions of new and innovative ideas and the appropriate application of technologies. The learning environment is challenging, stimulating, and fun.


Course Content

The WALS curriculum is written in-house by a team of medical and rescue professionals and researchers. We do the research and find the evidence supporting this unique approach to medicine in austere settings. The curriculum is comprehensive, complete, and kept current on an annual basis. This is the most relevant and peer supported medical curriculum for remote and extreme environments in the world.

Day 1 - Logistics and Introduction; General Concepts in Wilderness Medicine; Patient Assessment System (PAS); Critical Systems; Spine Assessment and Treatment; PAS Drills

Day 2 - Homework Review; Musculoskeletal; Limb Splinting; Dislocation Reduction Demo and Practice; Skin, Soft Tissues and Burns; Thermoregulation; Cold Injuries; Altitude; Anaphylaxis; Small Group BLS Simulations

Day 3 - Homework Review; SCUBA; Lightning; Submersion; ALS Treatments and Meds; Appropriate Technology; ALS Tools and Medications; SAR/Organization; Night Simulation

Day 4 - Homework Review; Expedition Practitioner/Backcountry Medicine; First Aid Kits Toxins; Bites and Stings; Medical Legal; Summary; Exam

Included Materials

All teaching materials will be at no additional cost. Students will receive the following books on this course:

  • Wilderness and Rescue Medicine: A  Practical Guide for the Basic and Advanced Practitioner
  • SOAP Notebook
  • The Field Guide of Wilderness & Rescue Medicine
  • Wilderness Medicine Workbook


Continuing Education Credits

Physicians, physician assistants, and other ALS certified professionals may receive up to 36 hrs of AMA PRA Category I Credit through the Wilderness Medical Society.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the  through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and WMA International. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The  designates this educational activity for a maximum of 36 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: Most State Boards of Registered Nurses accept AMA Category 1 Credit as meeting continuing education requirements for license renewal.  Nurses should check with their state board regarding use of CME Credit.

Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Paramedics: The course is registered for 36 hours of continuing education credit through the CAPCE


We ask our sponsors and course hosts to provide low level outdoor equipment and any specific gear relevant to their employees when in remote and austere environments. will supply a specific equipment list to cover simulation and classroom needs.


Participants must be ALS-trained with current certification, i.e.: EMT-P and ALS trained EMT-I, Physician Assistant (PA), Registered Nurse (RN), or Physician (MD or DO). Others admitted on a case-by-case basis. Upon sponsor registration, sponsor will send students the course ID number and password to access their online pre-course materials two to four weeks prior to the first day of their course.