International Mountain Medicine Center

The International Mountain Medicine Center (IMMC) at the University of New Mexico is one of the premier programs for mountain emergency medicine and rescue in the world. Our faculty consists of mountain rescue paramedics, emergency medicine physicians, and mountain guides. We focus our teachings on internationally accepted and evidence based concepts, and strive to contribute to the general knowledge base of our field through research, education, and our own mountain rescue practice in New Mexico. Our internationally recognized courses equip health professionals with the knowledge and skills to adapt their medical practices to the mountains. Students leave ready to become technical and medical leaders for rescue teams around the globe.

The UNM International Mountain Medicine Center brings a highly experienced, deeply passionate, and talented faculty to the indoor and outdoor classrooms. Their methods are firmly rooted in the principles of adult learning and experiential education, and they are quite adept at delivering complex content. A fully evidenced-based curriculum (medicine and technical rescue) provides the foundation for the development of solid reasoning, sound clinical judgment, and critical thinking. Expect to be challenged physically, and intellectually, and to leave more knowledgeable and skilled in your chosen craft.
Brian Wilson, Flight Nurse

Mountain Medicine for Health Professionals

The Diploma in Mountain Medicine sets the international standard for advanced mountain medicine training for Physicians, APP’s, Nurses and Paramedics. The course includes nearly 200 hours of didactic and practical training in mountain rescue. Students gain a thorough understanding of commonly encountered wilderness pathologies and spend hours simulating complex patient care in extreme environments and difficult terrain. This training equips health professionals with the knowledge and skills to adapt their medical practices to the mountains. Students are held to a high standard, and are expected to demonstrate through written and practical examinations both understanding of didactics and competency performing rope rescue skills. Students leave ready to become technical and medical leaders for rescue teams around the globe.

Our program is accredited by the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA), International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR) and the International Society for Mountain Medicine (ISMM). Per this accreditation, each successful graduate will receive an internationally recognized Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DIMM).

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We offer two schedule options: Online + Seminar Hybrid and Semester Based  

1) ONLINE and SEMINAR HYBRID

This option appeals to the active professional who hopes to continue their work while earning a Diploma in Mountain Medicine. This course is divided into 2 components:

  1. Summer Session
    • 25 hours of interactive, self-paced Online Didactics completed over the 8 weeks prior to the Summer Practical Seminar
    • Summer Practical Seminar - 9 days of intensive live training based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, class sessions held throughout the 4 corners
  2. Winter Session
    • 25 hours of interactive, self-paced Online Didactics completed over the 8 weeks prior to the Winter Practical Seminar.
    • Winter Practical Seminar - 9 days of intensive live training based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Ouray/Silverton, Colorado Area.
  •  200 hours total online + seminar education
  • Exceeds curriculum requirements for UIAA/ISMM/ICAR - Diploma in Mountain Medicine
  • Students can start the course in the winter or summer seminar
  • The DiMM is approved for 68 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits and EMS CE’s

Course Fees:

Paramedic, APP, Nurse: $3,500 per session

Physician: $4,000 per session 

*Students must attend both a Summer and a Winter session to complete the DiMM.

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2) SEMESTER BASED COURSE (BS-EMS, Concentration in International Mountain Medicine)

For UNM students completing their final year of the Bachelor of Science – Emergency Medical Services undergraduate degree this program involves 3 university courses and 15 total credit hours over 2 semesters. Students must be admitted to the BS-EMS degree, entering into their senior year, and licensed as a paramedic.

Our semester program begins each August. Please contact us by March 31st of the same year if you are interested in this format. 

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A specialty rescue course of the Diploma in Mountain Medicine, the Alpine Helicopter Rescue Specialty Course Module (AHEMS & Alpine Flight Crew Emergency Survival Training AFCEST), is intended to support the work of health care professionals who are or aspire to be a part of an alpine helicopter rescue and EMS team. UNM offers the only AHMES course in the United States accredited by the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA), International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR) and the International Society for Mountain Medicine (ISMM). A collaborative curriculum provided by the University of New Mexico, International Mountain Medicine Center, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department Metro Air Support Unit, and the Bernalillo County Fire Department, Air Rescue Task Force, this seven-day course includes basic and advanced helicopter rescue techniques to include:

  • Patient packaging in air rescue
  • Human external cargo operations (hoist & short haul)
  • High altitude helicopter operations
  • Risk mitigation strategies
  • Survival training
  • Technical rescue techniques in air and ground operations
  • Prolonged field care considerations

The foundational Diploma in Mountain Medicine (or relevant rescue and climbing experience) is required. Contact us for more information

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The IMMC is uniquely positioned to offer custom and specialized educational courses tailored to providers and groups who operate in technical, remote, and prolonged field care environments. Courses have included:

  • Custom Diploma in Mountain Medicine Course for organized rescue teams or military groups
  • The integration of technical rescue and medicine
  • Prolonged field care
  • Survival in the mountains
  • Helicopter rescue
  • Custom paramedic refreshers

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Foundational & Community Courses

A quick and essential introduction to the basics of medical care for the ill and injured in the backcountry, our Wilderness First Aid course covers the most basic knowledge to provide first aid far from a city center. This 16-hour course is completed partially online with one, full-day field session. Alternatively, we also offer a 100% online course with self-paced and live video sessions.

Who is this course for?

Whether you lead groups on wilderness outings or are an avid weekend warrior, adding a basic level of medical training to your preparedness will help you manage the first moments, minutes and hours of an emergency in the backcountry. We are a group of mountain rescue paramedics and physicians, and we know that bystanders and group leaders often have the opportunity to act early and effectively to prevent emergencies from spiraling out of control.

What will I learn?

This is our most basic mountain medicine course that we teach. We cover the essentials of life saving techniques to help correct problems with a patients airway, breathing, and circulation. We address commonly encountered illnesses and injuries in the backcountry, like hypothermia, bites and stings, injuries to bones and joints, and spinal/head injuries.

How is this course taught?

This is an online and practical hybrid course or a purely online course with live video sessions

  • 2-year certification
  • Half online/half in person course is Approved by the American Camp Association
  • No pre-requisites required
  • Course cost: $250 per person

When is this course offered?

We run Wilderness First Aid courses throughout the calendar year. Email us to enquire.

Have a group that needs WFA training? We commonly teach WFA courses on contract with organizations hoping to train personnel in Wilderness First Aid. These groups are commonly SAR teams, summer camps, and field researchers. We can schedule these courses based on your availability. Email us to schedule a WFA for your organization.

Our Wilderness First Responder Refresher course strikes the perfect balance between time invested and confidence earned for any community member, SAR member, or guide treating backcountry emergencies. This 20-hour course is completed partially online with one, full-day field session. Alternatively, we also offer a 100% online course with self-paced and live video sessions.

We accept current WFR certifications from most wilderness medicine training programs.

How is this course taught?

This is an online and practical hybrid course or a purely online course with live video sessions

  • 2-year certification
  • Course cost: $275 per person 

Have a group that needs WFR Refresher training? We commonly teach courses on contract with organizations hoping to train personnel in Wilderness First Aid. Groups have included the American Mountain Guides Association, SAR teams, etc. We can schedule these courses based on your availability. Email us to schedule a WFR Recertification course for your organization.

Our Wilderness Upgrade for Medical Professionals (commonly called a Wilderness EMT Upgrade) builds on initial medical training to prepare rescuers and outdoor enthusiasts for the demands of emergency care in the mountains. Our upgrade course is 16 hours online with 2 full-day practical field sessions.

How is this course taught?

This is an online and practical hybrid course or a purely online course with live video sessions

  • 2-year certification
  • Course cost: $510 per person
  • Participants must be a licensed medical provider
  • Course eligible for CE’s

Have a group that needs training? We commonly teach courses on contract with organizations hoping to train personnel in Wilderness Medicine. We can schedule these courses based on your availability. Email us to schedule a course for your organization.

 

 

The standard of education provided is exceptional. Faculty are experienced. Highly recommend the UNM DiMM course. Well worth my travel from Australia to attend the practical sessions.
Patrick Weinrauch, Orthopedic Surgeon, Brisbane Australia