Wilderness Medical Society Marine Medical Conference 2021

Event Category: 
Apr 28, 2021 to May 2, 2021

We encourage you to register for the upcoming conference and book your hotel accommodations. Please hold off on organizing your airfare at this time. WMS Staff will be in close contact as the conference approaches to advise you on airfare and COVID-19 Protocols.

Please join us for the WMS Marine Medicine Conference in La Jolla, CA Wednesday, April 28, 2021 – Sunday, May 2, 2021.  The 5 day conference will focus on hazardous marine life, surf zone injuries, hyperbaric medicine, marine science, and water rescue.

Medical professionals will earn 18.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. This conference is designed to fulfill the Marine Medicine requirement of the Diploma in Diving and Marine Medicine but is open to any interested WMS member.  You must be an active WMS member to participate.


Following this program, we expect participants will be able to:

1. Describe the presentation and treatment of hazardous marine life
2. Describe the presentation and treatment of dysbarisms, barotrauma, immersion pulmonary edema and breath hold diving
3. Describe the presentation and treatment of water sport injuries, submersion  injuries, cold water immersion and hazards of the surf zone
4. Describe the application of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, diving injuries and special populations
5. Describe and understand the interplay between marine ecosystems, human impacts, climate change and human health

Target Audience:

The target audience includes physicians, nurses, other health care professionals, and mariners.  The conference is intended as continuing education for medical providers who work in or aspire to work in austere environments. The required coursework is an ideal blend of didactic and practical education in wilderness medicine, diving and marine medicine, water rescue and self-sufficiency at sea. This skill set crosses a multitude of disciplines including hyperbaric and diving medicine, marine science, expedition medicine, search and rescue at sea, and ocean recreation.


The Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The WMS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 18.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
Check with your governing entity to determine usefulness of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Faculty Disclosure:

It is the policy of the Wilderness Medical Society to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor.  All faculty members are required to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentation. Accordingly, the Wilderness Medical Society has determined there are no conflicts to report associated with this conference.

ACADEMY OF WILDERNESS MEDICINE: This conference offers FAWM core and elective credits. Actual credits awarded depend on personal credit needs and history.

La Jolla Shores Hotel
La Jolla, CA 00000
United States