CARSTENSZ PYRAMID CME
This accredited curriculum’s highlights include pathophysiology, treatment, and prioritization of care for a variety of medical problems commonly encountered in wilderness environments and settings remote from hospital/ definitive care. Physicians and allied health care providers who counsel patients traveling to remote areas will be interested in the topics covered during this unique CME event
Puncak Jaya or Carstensz Pyramid at 4884 m (16023 feet) is the highest mountain in Australia and Oceania and one of the seven summits of the world.
The journey to Carstensz Pyramid will take us from the beaches of Bali through the Papuan jungles to the rocky rocky summit of Carstensz. Our trek begins on the village of Sugapa. The approach to base camp takes 5 days and climbs 4000m. The climb, is mostly rock scrambling and fixed line travel, and entails some moderate roped rock climbing. The first section of the climb involves scrambling and rock climbing up 5.4 grade. On the ridge, we use a tyrolean traverse to get to the summit.
Climbing and travelling in Papua, Indonesia entails a great deal of uncertainty and requires tremendous flexibility. In addition to the fickle equatorial weather, political and bureaucratic challenges exist and can hinder the progress of the expedition. For these reasons we have built additional flexibility into this itinerary and request that all team members fully understand the nature of where we are going. With that said this is also what makes this expedition so special, making Carstenz Pyramid CME a lifetime experience.
- LOCATION: Papua New Guinea, Indonesia.
- 2017 DATES: Sept 3rd to Sept 23rd
- PRICE: $17,000 Including (17 hours AMA/PRA Category 1 CME credits)
- Additional Non-Physician Wilderness Medical Education Cost: $500.00 (Wilderness
Education Diploma from The Everest ER and AMG)
- DIFFICULTY: Technical technical ascent. Fixed ropes and tyroleans, rock climbing up to 5.4
- DURATION: 19 days
- CLIENT/GUIDE RATIO: 3:1
Carstensz Pyramid is situated in west Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, which is the worlds second largest island. The journey to Carstensz Pyramid will take us from the beaches of Bali through the Papuan jungles to the rocky rocky summit of Carstensz. The climb, is mostly rock scrambling and fixed line travel, and entails some moderate roped rock climbing.
Scale the most exotic of the Seven Summits, venturing into a land rarely seen by the outside world, in an adventure through tropical forests, across bridges constructed of grasses, and past equatorial glaciers to the highest point of Oceania. Learn the latest skills in Wilderness and Jungle Medicine, meet great people, and receive 17 hours of category 1 CME credits as well as credits toward a Fellowship in Wilderness Medicine from the Wilderness Medical Society.
Depart home country. Flight to Denpasar, Bali (DPS). Most flights from the United States require a stop in a major city such as Tokyo, Singapore, Taipei, or Bangkok en route to Denpasar.
Arrive Denpasar. Arrive Denpasar, Bali: We transfer to our hotel and get some rest before our evening reception and welcome dinner. Overnight in Denpasar. (D)
Timika onward to Sugapa . (B,D)
ALTITUDE ILLNESS (4pm – 5pm):
High Altitude Pulmonary Edema(HAPE) and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE):
ADVANCES IN DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
Pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of HAPE and HACE
BACKCOUNTRY MEDICAL KITS (5pm – 6pm):
Detailed discussion of medical supplies needed in remote environments
BACKCOUNTRY WATER DISINFECTION (6pm – 7pm):
How to effectively purify and disinfect surface water. Participants may have the opportunity to test different water purifiers and learn about chemical and natural water purification techniques.
Food Prep and Final Gear Check. FROSTBITE AND OTHER COLD INJURIES (5pm – 6pm):
Pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of cold injury
LIGHTNING INJURIES (6pm – 7pm):
Pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment. Safety and avoidance.
Trek to Carstensz. (B,D)
Trek to Carstensz. MANAGEMENT OF FRACTURES & DISLOCATIONS (10:30am – 12pm):
Diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic injuries in the backcountry.
WILDERNESS WOUND MANAGEMENT (12pm – 12:30 pm):
Diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue injuries in the backcountry
BITES AND STINGS (5pm-6pm):
Pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of common envenomations by insects and snakes.
WILD ANIMAL ATTACKS (6pm- 7pm):
Treatment and avoidance wild animal wounds / attacks
Trek Carstensz. (B,D)
Trek to Carstensz. (B,D) TRAVELER’S DIARRHEA, GIARDIASIS & OTHER WATERBORNE WILDERNESS INFECTIONS (9am-10am):
Pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of waterborne infections
CASE STUDIES IN EXPEDITION MEDICINE (5pm-6pm):
An interactive case discussion of common expedition problems and their treatment and evacuation strategies.
WILDERNESS OPTHALMOLOGY (6pm-7pm):
Pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of eye problems that occur in wildereness settings.
Arrive Carstensz Base Camp.(B,D) CASE STUDIES IN EVEREST BASE CAMP (5:00 – 7:00 pm):
Special considerations in diagnosing and treating medical problems that develop in a mountaineering population.
Rest Day and Climbing prep.The day is spent at Base Camp preparing and reviewing climbing techniques and resting for the climb. (B,D) AVALANCHE SAFETY AND RESCUE (10am – 11am):
Andes Mountain Guides expedition staff will conduct a brief review of avalanche safety.
SIMULATED MOUNTAIN RESCUE (11am-12pm):
Andes Mountain Guides will demonstrate “packaging” a patient on the mountain, rigging for raising and lowering nonambulatory patients.
Summit Day. Following an alpine start, we initially climb a series of rock gullies before traversing along the narrow summit ridge and over a series of small notches, to the summit. The climbing involves mostly scrambling, with a few short sections of mid-fifth-class climbing. We also use both fixed lines and Tyrolean traverses to bypass difficulties. (B,D)
DAYS 11 and 12
Extra Summit Days. Only used in the event of poor weather or other delays. (B,D)
DAY 13 to 15
Trek Out. (B,D)
Flight to Timika. A morning flight takes us out of the mountains and back to Timika, where we enjoy a hot shower and some time by the pool. Overnight at the Rimba Papua. (B)
Flight to Denpasar. We return to Bali to celebrate the end of our adventures. Overnight in Denpasar, Bali. (B)
Flight back Home. Transfer to the airport. End of the program.
FULL DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The Wilderness Medical Society and Andes Mountain Guides. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.