When Things Go Wrong in the Outdoors

September 18, 2020

Virtual event

Landscape of the Columbia River Gorge

Registration deadline

Due to downtime with our registration service, the registration deadline has been extended to Wednesday, September 16. 

The Pacific Northwest has no shortage of natural wonders, but sometimes the great outdoors may not be so great.  Whether it’s minor injuries like sprains and strains or natural hazards like extreme altitude, heat or cold, being prepared can make a difference. By attending this conference participants will increase their knowledge of key aspects of wilderness medicine, plus be able to advise patients (and friends) heading to the outdoors.

Target audience: All health care providers, including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and nurse practitioners.

Outdoor Medicine Registration

Register online for this course

Registration deadline: September 16

7:50     Welcome and Introduction to the Course 
8:00     Mitigating Risk in the Outdoors: 15 Lessons from Two Decades of Mountain Rescue
8:40     Too Hot! Too Cold!
9:20     Thin Air, Thick Blood – High Altitude Medicine
10:00   Panel/Questions & Answers 
10:25   BREAK
10:40   Water-Borne Issues
11:20   Bites and Stings: Ouch! 
12:00   Panel/Questions & Answers 
12:15   LUNCH
1:00     What to Carry With You in the Outdoors
1:45     White Water White Knuckle Issues
2:45     Panel/Questions & Answers 
2:55     BREAK
3:10     I Just Twisted My Ankle on the Trail – Now What?
3:50     Avalanches
4:30     Panel/Questions & Answers 
4:50     ADJOURN 

Course fee

Prior to September 4, 2020 - $185

After September 4, 2020 - $235

To help meet administrative costs, a $35 service charge will be assessed on refund requests received by September 4; no refunds can be issued after that date. Should conditions warrant, the sponsors reserve the right to cancel this program with a full tuition refund.



Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

American Medical Association

Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course faculty

All faculty and planners are from OHSU unless otherwise noted.

Thomas DeLoughery, MD, Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Medical Oncology), Program Chair

Lindsay Ballard, MD, House Officer, Emergency Medicine

Nels Carlson, MD, Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation; Assistant Dean, Continuing Professional Development

Lindsey Fell, OHSU medical student

Sean Hickey, MD, House Officer, Emergency Medicine

Olivia Linney, MD, Fellow, Emergency Medicine

Chris Van Tilburg, MD, Private Practice, Hood River, OR

Jenna Wiley, MD, House Officer, Emergency Medicine


Phone:  (503) 494-8700

E-mail: cme@ohsu.edu

If you have a disability and require assistance to participate in the conference, please contact the Division of Continuing Professional Development as soon as possible, but no later than 20 business days prior to the conference.

Image credit: Bala from Seattle, USA [CC BY 2.0]