One of our Workshops in the Woods

PA Wild Med.com

11th Annual Wilderness Medicine & Survival Skills Conference

September 15-17, 2017

Testimonials

Some select comments from Wild Med 2016 : (One of the driving forces that keep us doing this event is reading the evaluations Sunday night after the event is over. When we are completely exhausted and wondering if we will have the energy to do this again, we read your comments and become inspired to not only do it again, but find ways to continue to improve! Thank you all!)


"The food was AMAZING!!  I believe the Cook Crew are the hardest working people of the weekend"


"Ryan Holt was a great surprise.  Very cool."


"Lectures were fantastic! The personal touches added by each presenter were great and really made the experience."


"One of the best conferences- I loved it! Thanks to the hosts and everyone else for all you did.  I really appreciate all of the effort that went into this.  It was great having an entirely outdoor experience: classes, tents, kitchen, everything all outdoors."


"This is my favorite weekend of the year. I leave enthusiastic and energized. I can't wait to come back soon and see everyone. The food exceeded all expectations for an outdoor event. Chef Rosie and staff could not have done better with the fun and interesting food options. Serving staff were super friendly. Fantastic staff were super friendly, approachable & knowledgeable

-- suggestion for 1-upping helicopter: aircraft carrier, F-16 flyover & strafing run or a tank crushing cars

-- suggestion for 1-upping food: every attendant is assigned a personal chef & maitre d

-- suggestion for 1-upping personnel: IMPOSSIBLE!"


​"Fantastic and impressive. Would recommend to anyone. Loved meeting like-minded people and great role models"


"I cannot believe how well I ate this weekend. The food was absolutely phenomenal. If every conference was this cool, I would never go to class again."


"I can't believe the amount of work that went into this and it was all worth it. I had a blast and I learned so much. Thank you for putting this on, I'll do my best to be back next year."


​"Loved being able to learn from people who have so much passion and experience.  So impressed with the organization and the team work. The food was so impressive! Wow! The cook crew's hard work and hearts of service were very appreciated. Blown away with your team's dedication and hard work. Loved every minute of it and learned so much. Definitely coming back! Thank You!"


"The absolute friendliest and best designed conference I've been to. Everyone from staff to attendees were open to both learning and teaching in an instant. Superb atmosphere and great lessons learned. Thank you so much for this opportunity. Presenters were very knowledgeable but very honest when they did not know something."


"Best conference I have attended in all of medicine. Can't wait to attend all of the years to come. Thanks for the hard work, it totally paid off. This was amazing!"


"I loved seeing so many female presenters and female clinicians. I've found it difficult to find female outdoorsy clinician mentors."


"I literally look forward to this conference ALL YEAR!"


"I loved the visible effort put into the conference. It's awesome to see how passionate you are about teaching Wild Med. Amazing experience! I learned a lot and loved being able to chill with fellow dirt bags that love the outdoors!"



Some select comments from Wild Med 2015: (thank you for your kind words)

"Holy Cow!!  This weekend instilled my faith in humanity and further cemented my love for medicine.  I found a new passion for wild med.  For that, I am eternally grateful.  Thank You."

"Too many amazing things happened!!  Loved getting to know so many absolutely inspirational people.  It was great learning that you can be a doctor and still be cool/ have a great family life/ still live your hobbies and dreams."

"This was the best conference that I have ever been to!  It definitely has changed the way that I view my own abilities and I wish that we could stay even longer to keep learning and hanging out.  It was perfect."

"This conference Restores your Faith in Mankind!  Great experience."

"We were surrounded by incredibly inspirational people.  You guys are Awesome!"

"This has honestly been one the best experiences I have had in my medical career.  It was so refreshing to be around/ learn from a group of such down to earth and enthusiastic physicians and residents.  I really appreciated how genuine and kind everyone was and I was amazed by the time and effort given to talk with and get to know the attendees of the conference including us med students."

​"This is my first time at Wild Med or any wilderness conference- my 1st professional conference ever actually and I'm worried that it's all downhill from here.  It was an awesome weekend of learning and adventuring."

"This weekend was by far one of the best weekends of my life!  I have never felt so welcome and at home.  Everyone was so passionate and truly wanted to teach.  I have been so inspired to explore this new journey of wilderness medicine.  It was fun, exciting and pushed me to learn new things and meet so many new people.  This is what learning and medicine should be about!!"



Comments from past participants prior to 2015:

“Really enjoyed the conference. I can see a lot of time and personal commitment was spent

on it. Was much better than the usual ‘Death by PowerPoint.’ Keep up the Hands-on portions.

They are GREAT!”

“Conference is the best I’ve been to for the time and cost. By far the best value in the entire Wilderness Medicine community. I can’t believe it is put on by such a small organization.”

“Thanks for providing such a high content of FAWM requirements. Many of your topics are not covered elsewhere”

“Another excellent conference. Thank you all for making this happen! A unique, hands-on, and true to its word learning opportunity, really putting you in the mindset of WILDERNESS MEDICINE.”

“Amazing organization! Only someone who cares so passionately about Wilderness Medicine could plan something so amazing, fun, and educational! The hosts made each person feel like a special guest, not just one in a bunch of attendees. True hospitality!”

“I have been inspired to plan an adventure in the next year. It’s been over 10 years since I had an adventure. I now will plan at least one adventure per year for now on.”

“The entire weekend was extremely well planned, well prepared and well presented. It gets better every year and is the BEST presentation of its type that I have ever attended. It’s EXTREMELY impressive.”

“Hands on time increased value of conference. I doubt if you will ever find a conference that gives more time to practice new techniques.”

“Great location and a very well organized conference. A Godsend to Wilderness Medicine for the East Coast!”

“Some how you were able to make this accessible for the occasional camper/ hiker and wilderness buff as well as the diehard mountaineering/trekking/ explorer!! Well done!!”

“Great job feeding the group, without repetition and without burgers and hot dogs- WOW! Who’d have thought? The selections and quality were great.”

“Keep it going! What an excellent experience for all involved. I was quite impressed with how organized the event was on all levels: content, timeliness, and variety. There was enough time for all things: fun, food, learning, living.” 
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