UCL Wilderness Medicine Society was set up by eight UCL students in 2007. The aim of the Society is to bring the exciting, yet often inaccessible world of Wilderness and Expedition Medicine and Pre-Hospital Care to students of University College London, and to inspire them to get out into the wilderness and use the skills and knowledge they acquire through the Society.
The Society was set up with the intention that it be open to all UCL students, not just medical students. We have members from a wide range of faculties, making us one of the most successful societies within the Union. We are committed to novel and exciting training sessions, led by experts in their field.
Our emphasis is on the development of practical skills and all our events are geared towards equipping members to be able to deal with medical emergencies in the most hostile of environments. Through talks, discussions and practical workshops, we hope to give our members the competency and confidence to provide assistance when it is most needed. Our expeditions are a mainstay of our annual programme, and we aim to run 2 trips across the UK every year, and recently ran our first ever international expedition (Pyrenees, 2014).
Over the past few years we have welcomed high-profile speakers to our Society. Last year, our lecture programme alone welcomed eminent space physician Prof Thais Russomano, military surgeon and trauma expert Lt Col Dylan Griffiths, renowned expedition leader and guide Shane Winser, and travelling all round Ebola fighter Dr Alex Kumar.
In addition, we run regular hands on workshops, and have carried out scenario training with renowned organisations, such as the Trossachs Search and Rescue, Llanberis Mountain Rescue and Sussex Lowland Search and Rescue Teams.
We are proud to be signatories to Student Union UCL’s Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment Pledge, and our Society Officers have undergone training with the Union’s Women’s Officer to renew our accreditation this academic year.