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Pre-Conference Workshop

ISMM World Conference DiMM Preconference

Preconference for Instructors in Diploma Courses in Mountain Medicine 

November 20, 2018

The DiMM Faculty Development Course 2018 is endorsed by ICAR, ISMM and UIAA.

Location: Hotel Manaslu, Lazimpat, Kathmandu

Excellent in “what”, but poor in “how”: Many instructors of courses in mountain medicine are very competent regarding content – the “what”, but they have never had a special education in how to teach course participants. Today´s educational methods are very diverse and focus on interactivity and direct involvement of participants.

From teacher to facilitator:  Teaching adults is even more challenging because instructors must be able to engage their participants by building on prior knowledge and creating meaningful learning environments. The traditional idea of teaching will be replaced by the new way of facilitating.

Goals: The preconference for instructors of DiMM courses intends to improve the educational competence of the participants by introducing them to the theories and methodology of modern adult learning. The participants will be given time to prepare different teaching events using different methods. On the second day these preparations will be directly implemented during the workshops. During preparation and implementation, the participants of the preconference will be supervised by faculty members.

Course sequence: The preconference will last one day. The morning focuses on adult learning theories and the preparation of the workshops. The afternoon will be the implementation of the preparations of the morning: The participants of the preconference will work as instructors during workshops for conference attendants and will receive direct constructive feedback from peers and faculty members.

Faculty: All faculty members are experienced educators, directors of DiMM courses or members of the DiMM administrative group:

  • Monika Brodmann Maeder, Medical educator and former director of Swiss basic courses
  • Jason Williams, DiMM group representative and course director, New Mexico
  • John Ellerton, DiMM group representative
  • Anthony Chahal, DiMM course instructor, Vancouver, Canada
  • Steve Roy, DiMM course director, Medical educator
  • Günther Cologna, Educator

Course participants: DiMM Course instructors.

Precourse assignment: Preconference participants are requested to prepare for the course by reading articles that will be sent to them before the course.

Evaluation: All participants will be supervised by a faculty member. At the end of the course, they will receive a closing feedback on their performance and how to improve it.

Diploma: After fulfilling the course criteria (complete presence during the preconference and positive recommendation by the supervising faculty member), course participants receive a certificate as DiMM certified instructor.

Price: 100 USD. This includes attendance of the course, coffee breaks and lunch. The course fee shall be paid cash on-site before the preconference.

Workshops DiMM Preconference

Date:                    November 20th 2018

Time:                   13:15 – 16:30 h

Location:            Hotel Manaslu, 230, Hotel Marg, Lazimpat, Kathmandu

Faculty:               Monika Brodmann Maeder (Switzerland), Jason Williams (US) and experienced DiMM (Diploma in Mountain Medicine) instructors.

Participants:     Medical students and doctors who aim to improve their competence in core topics of mountain medicine. The workshops are free of charge, but places are limited. Participation is granted at the basis of “first come – first serve”

13:15 – 13:30

Welcome and Introduction (Monika Brodmann Maeder, Jason Williams)

13:30 – 14:05


Accidental Hypothermia

Case Discussion

Analgesia in the field

Simulation scenario

Fall of rope team


Immobilization techniques

14:15 – 14:50

Simulation scenario

Avalanche accident


Altitude-related health problems

Simulation scenario

Fall of rope team

15:00 – 15:35

Simulation scenario

Avalanche accident

Lecture Accidental Hypothermia

15:45 – 16:05


Climbing knots

Case Discussion

Preexisting conditions


Altitude-related health problems

16:15 – 16:30

Closure (Monika Brodmann Maeder, Jason Williams)

Objectives of the workshops:

The workshops will be a unique opportunity to improve the competence of participants in selected topics that are highly relevant in mountain medicine and represent core contents of DiMM courses. Moreover, the event aims to enable an international exchange by bringing medical students and doctors together who are interested in mountain medicine.  Workshop participants can select from a range of different content and teaching methods and are free to choose the topics that are most interesting for them. 

For further information and registration, please contact:

Jason Williams or

Monika Brodmann Maeder

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