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Wilderness Medicine Course Logistics

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Students are randomly assigned to a team of 4-6 students (depending on class size). Various course activities, including practical sessions, are based on teams and groups.

The first week of the course is primarily classroom-based and held at the Emergency Medicine offices at the Mount Washington Conference Center.

The second week of the course is primarily outdoors (camping Monday-Thursday) and held at the Hollofield Area of Patapsco State Park in Baltimore County, located approximately 30 minutes west of Baltimore. The campgrounds have parking places for 1 vehicle per group, tent sites with a firepit for preparing food, and indoor bathroom facilities including showers with hot and cold water a 5-minute walk from the campsites. Students are responsible for bringing the items included in the supply list. Tents, sleeping bags and sleeping pads are available for use for those students who do not own these items. 

Meal preparation is the responsibility of each team. There will be time devoted to meal planning during the first week of the course. One evening, teams compete with a cook-off for best campsite dinner to be judged by the course faculty.

On the final day of the course, there is a multiple choice final exam and each group is required to deliver a 10 minute presentation on the austere topic of their choosing. All activities are mandatory for all students. Grading is on an Honors, High Pass, Pass, Fail scale. Final grades are determined by the course directors based on individual participation in all activities, self-evaluation scores, group-evaluation scores, final exam score and group final presentation grade.