August 2012

Justin Padgett "The Padj" was proud to represent Team Landmark Learning at the 31st Annual Maggie Valley Moonlight 8K.   We were lucky enough to catch Maggie herself just before the race for a picture.  Justin finished 125th at the race.  Cool to see all of the Haywood County EMS and Rescue folks out there that I had not seen in quite some time.  Thanks for all of the support you all lend with such large events.  Not sure how many racers there were - I would say over 300 likely.  Fun was had by a ton of folks.  Funny that since this race was a officially over near 1030 PM- it was the fasted clearing of a gathering of racers that I have seen in a long time.

Landmark Learning just finished another WUMP (Wilderness Upgrade for Medical Professionals) at the Cullowhee base.  The students were a mix of EMS professionals, military and physicians with a physical therapist thrown in to round things out.  The class also included a handful of freshly minted EMTs from Landmark’s EMT Intensive course who are stayed through to add wilderness medicine skills to their urban EMT education.  Way to go for hanging in there for a whole month of medical training!

The students spent the first two days of the course reviewing trauma and adapting their knowledge to the wilderness curriculum.  On the 3rd day we introduced environmental topics including heat illness, hypothermia, bites and stings, and altitude illness.  The day ended with an MCI (mass casualty incident) during which the group worked as a team to respond to a multi-patient rescue.

On Thursday the students learned about dealing with medical issues in the wilderness: cardiac, respiratory, diabetes, neurological emergencies, and gender specific medical issues.  Thursday evening the students returned for a night rescue scenario and spent several hours in the woods near campus putting their improvisational skills to use.

Friday morning closed out our curriculum with a handful of topics that ranged from poisoning to communicable disease.  Friday afternoon the students “celebrated their knowledge” with written and practical exams.  During the practical exams, students performed as teams of two to go through a scenario with the instructors as patients.  We’re happy to report that we were well pleased with everyone’s performance!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to share their week with us and further their knowledge in remote medical care.  Good luck, send success stories and pics, and we’ll see you in a recert!  Rob, Padj & Deane

Long time Landmark Learning Instructor and supporter, Robin Pope has achieved a significant academic undertaking. Joining just over 200 other medical professionals in the world, Robin has become a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. The Academy is the education arm of the Wilderness Medical Society.  The Fellowship initiative offers a means to identify those who have achieved a demanding set of requirements validating their training and experience in Wilderness Medicine for the assurances of patients, clients, and the public at large. Society members enroll in the Academy and, by completing lessons from a pre-established Wilderness Medicine curriculum as well as receiving credit for specific, identifiable experience; accumulate credit toward becoming a Fellow. Congratulations go out to Robin for his achievement!

For more information on the Wilderness Medical Society and the Academy of Wilderness Medicine, or how to obtain FAWM credit, please visit

Robin was too humble to tell us personally of his recognition...we found out about it here: Smokey Mountain News, July 4 2012

From all your friends in the 'Whee, "Way To Go!"