Setting the international standard for advanced mountain medicine training for Physicians, Mid-Levels, Nurses and Paramedics.
The Diploma in Mountain Medicine 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 partner Strike Rescue supports the advancement of our technical rope rescue course components through research, education and curriculum development. Strike Rescue's founder is a member of our faculty and an IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides Association) and AMGA certified mountain guide.
Visit our Faculty Page to learn more about us.
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).
Practical Session Locations
We base our courses out of Albuquerque, NM, but travel to the following locations
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
San Juan Mountains, Ouray, Colorado
Sandia Mountains, Albuquerque, NM
Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Taos, NM
El Malpais Caves, Grants, NM
The Enchanted Tower, Datil, NM
- High and Low Angle Rope Rescue
- Risk Management in Mountain Operations
- Helicopter Operations
- Heat Illness
- Orthopaedic Injuries
- Glacier Travel
- Land Navigation
- Search Theory
- Avalanche Rescue
- Austere Airway Management
- Field Blood Labs
- Many more….
TWO SCHEDULES TO CHOOSE FROM
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:
- 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
- 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, class sessions held mostly in Ouray/Silverton, Colorado Area.
- 200 hours total online + seminar education
- Meets and exceeds curriculum requirements for UIAA/ISMM/ICAR - Diploma in Mountain Medicine
- Students will be eligible for CME and CE credit
Starting in 2016/2017, we will have one program that will begin with part 1 in the Summer and finish with Part 2 in the Winter, and another course that will begin with part 1 in the Winter and finish with Part 2 in the Summer. This will give students the option of starting in either the Summer or the Winter.
- Paramedic/Nurse: $3,000 per session
- Mid-Level Providers (NP/PA): $3,250 per session
- Physicians: $3,500 per session
Students must attend both a Summer and a Winter session to complete the DiMM. Students will have 4 years from their first session to complete the DiMM
2016 Summer - Part 1 - May 21st - 29th, 2016. Online begins March 2016.
2017 Winter - Part 2 - January 14th - 22nd, 2017. Online begins November 2017
2017 Winter - Part 1 - January 28th - Feb. 5th, 2017. Online begins November 2016
- 2017 Summer - Part 2 - August 19th - 27th, 2017. Online begins June 2017
E-mail us with questions.
See a course that works with your schedule?
DiMM Updates - Email List
Fill out this information to be added to our Email List and receive updates on upcoming course offerings and events...
2) SEMESTER BASED COURSE
For those hoping to attend our session during a typical university style schedule
- 3 university courses over 2 semester
- 50 hours of interactive, self-paced online didactics
- Fall Courses
- Austere Medicine - 3 credit hours lecture - This course is focused on the medical management of patients in the backcountry. Topics center around managing emergencies in the backcountry with limited resources, and long transport times. Standard approaches to emergency medical care must be carefully adjusted to the realities of working in a mountainous environment. Students learn in-depth medical management of altitude and environmental emergencies, field ultrasound considerations, and principles of improvisation that help providers treat when standard medical equipment is lacking. The lead instructor of this course, Dr. Darryl Macias, brings decades of experience treating and training in austere environments from Peru to Haiti to Chamonix.
Mountain Medicine - 3 credit hours Lecture + 3 credit hours lab - Practical experience providing patient care in the mountains is the focus of this course. Success in rescue is depends on personal preparedness and simulation experience, and so we focus our time in this course practicing medicine in blowing snow, barren deserts, and high altitude ridgelines. Students travel to the Malpais caves near Grants, NM, Cabezon Peak near San Ysidro, NM, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ, Williams Lake outside of Taos, NM, and Red Mountain Pass in the San Juans Mountains to practice these skills. Topics include navigation techniques, survival skills, avalanche rescue considerations, helicopter rescue operations, cave rescue considerations, etc.
Rope Rescue - 3 credit hours lecture + 3 credit hours lab - Students learn to rescue patients who are hurt in sheer-vertical and low-angle technical terrain. Patients caught in these situations can only be safely evacuated utilizing appropriate technical rope rescue techniques. This Strike Rescue developed curriculum begins with the core of any rope rescue operation - risk assessment and mitigation. From here students learn to move through vertical terrain efficiently to access and stabilize patients.The technical skills required to move safely as a single rescuer in vertical terrain establish a foundation of knowledge which is then expanded upon to incorporate techniques for complex rescue scenarios, where patients must be moved safely out of dangerous terrain. The Strike Rescue curriculum not only teaches methods, but also rationale, so that graduates understand the fundamental design characteristics of any rescue system, enabling the rescuer to approapriately apply and modify methods to meet the specific nature of a rescue.