The DiMM Faculty Development Course is endorsed by ICAR, ISMM and UIAA.
Location: Hotel Yak& Yeti, Kathmandu, Nepal
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.
The preconference workshop will last two full days. Day 1 focuses on adult learning theories and the preparation for Day 2. The second day will be the implementation of the preparations of Day 1: 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.
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.
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
- John Ellerton, DiMM group representative
- Anthony Chahal, DiMM course instructor Vancouver Canada and facilitator
- Jason Williams, DiMM course director New Mexico and facilitator
- Steve Roy, DiMM course director, Quebec, Canada and facilitator
- Günther Cologna, Educator and facilitator
Experienced course instructors with at least 2 DiMM or equivalent courses. Maximum of 20 participants will be selected for the workshop. If applications exceed the maximal number of participants, the directors will decide on attendants, taking care of equal representation of the international courses.
Preconference participants are requested to prepare for the course by reading articles that will be sent to them before the course.
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.
After fulfilling the course criteria (complete presence during two days and positive recommendation by the supervising faculty member), course participants receive a certificate as DiMM certified instructor.
The registration fees for the workshop is 400 USD. This includes attendance of the course, coffee breaks and lunch.
Mountain Medicine Society of Nepal (MMSN)
Mountain Medicine Society of Nepal (MMSN) is a society of doctors, medical students and allied health professionals interested and involved in mountain medicine, high altitude physiology and related maladies. MMSN was established in 2003 as a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization working to understand and explore the science behind the altitude related illnesses and utilizing this knowledge in making the mountains safer.
International Society of Mountain Medicine (ISMM)
The International Society for Mountain Medicine (ISMM) was founded in 1985 by the medical commission of the Union Internationale des Associations d’Alpinisme. The Society aims to bring together physicians, scientists and allied professionals interested in mountain medicine, to encourage research on all aspects of mountains, mountain peoples and mountaineers, and to spread scientific and practical information about mountain medicine around the world.
Welcome to XII ISMM World Congress on Mountain Medicine, Kathmandu, Nepal.
The three day congress will have world class scientists and researchers shed light on the following main areas of mountain medicine and high altitude physiology:
- Day 1: Mountain Emergency Medicine
- Day 2: High Altitude Research
- Day 3: Travel Medicine in the Himalayas
Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu is about 5 kilometers from the congress venue. Prepaid taxi service provides 24 hour transport service from airport. Once you step out of the arrival gate the pre-paid taxi service is on your right, if you wish to use this facility you can do so by paying in advance. The rates are made visible as they are exhibited on board. For more information please click here.
The pre conference workshop and the main congress will take place at Yak and Yeti Hotel, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu. For further information please click here.
There is no dress code as such. However, we recommend you to attend the congress and workshop in smart casual wear for both social and cultural events. Bring a warm jacket.
Kathmandu is temperate in climate with four distinct seasons. November, the conference month, is the beginning of winter. During this time, it is usually dry and average temperature is approximately 15⁰C ranging from minimum of 5⁰C to maximum of 20⁰C and receives sunshine for 8-9 hours a day.
Nepal time is 5hr 45 min ahead of GMT.
The Nepalese Rupee is the national currency (NPR). The banknotes come in denominations of 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 500, 1000 NPR. International Credit Cards are widely accepted for payment in most hotels, restaurants and shops.ATMs are available. You can exchange your currency at airport, all major banks in the city and in exchange counters around the congress venue.
English is the official language of Congress. All presentations will be made in English.
Electrical supply in Nepal is 230 V/ 50 Hz. Plug adaptors: Type C, Type D and type I. You are advised to bring travel adapter accordingly.
Here are few emergency telephone numbers which you can call from Nepali cell phone.
- Police: 100
- Fire brigade: 101
- Ambulance: 102
- Ambulance, Red Cross: 01-4228094
- Blood Bank: 01-4225344
And, in case of emergencies related to the congress, please contact the congress secretariat.
Travel Clinics and Hospital
Two travel clinics in Nepal where doctors and staff speak English and make travellers feel at ease are:
- Nepal International Clinic
- CIWEC Clinic
Vaccines and Prophylaxis
Our recommendations are: Influenza, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Rabies, and Japanese Encephalitis. Yellow fever vaccine is required if you travel from endemic countries. Malaria prophylaxis is not needed. For further information, visit the websites of Nepal International Clinic CIWEC Clinic , and Nepal page in CDC yellow book.
Public transport is cheap, but far from easy. Colour coding for license plates of public vehicles is black background with white characters, or vice versa. Red plates are private vehicles and hence unlikely to stop when you signal. Green plates are vehicles from travel/tour agencies and are also unlikely to stop unless pre-booked. Public transport is in the form of buses, vans, taxis and auto rickshaws (popularly known as tempos). Taxis display a little “TAXI” in yellow on their roofs. They have the similar number plates as any other public transport vehicles.
Letter of Invitation
Please contact the Congress Secretariat to receive an official letter of invitation for XII ISMM World congress of Mountain Medicine. This letter can be used to assist participants to raise travel funds or to obtain a visa. The invitation is not a commitment on the part of the organizers to provide any financial support.
Liability and Insurance
The organizer is not able to take any responsibility for injury or damage involving persons and property during the congress. Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.
Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is the heart of the country and the hub of tourism. Kathmandu lies in a valley together with other touristic cities, Patan and Bhaktapur. The valley is 1400m above sea level. It is home to seven UNESCO World heritage sites. The city has the attraction of inexhaustible historic, artistic and cultural interest. Several beautiful and interesting villages and towns surrounding the valley offer ideal destinations for short hikes. The dazzling Himalayan peaks are visible from several points from around the valley.Thamel is a tourist hub of Kathmandu valley. The valley has numerous touristic attractions for the sightseeing and some of them are given below.
- Basantapur Durbar Square
- Swoyambhunath (Monkey temple)
- Pashupatinath temple
- Bouddhanath stupa
- Patan Durbar square
- Bhaktapur Durbar square
- Chandragiri Hills
- Shivapuri National parks
What to eat? Where to eat? Nepali food?
Typical Nepali local food consists of rice, pulses, and vegetables (the popular daal-bhaat-tarkari) available in all eating outlets. Popular snacks in urban areas consist of MoMo(steamed Nepali dumplings), sekuwa(barbecue), noodles, fried rice etc. Western style breakfast and lunch is available in most hotels and restaurants in tourist areas in and outside Kathmandu.
There is a Facebook page called “1001 things to do in Kathmandu” which might also be helpful for you during your stay in Nepal.
The trekking and climbing in the Nepali Himalayas is one of the most coveted adventures in the world. Nepal consistently features among the top ten destinations in all tourist guidebooks. It offers good value for money. Apart from Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lumbini (the birthplace of Buddha) and Chitwan are some of the favourites among the tourists. Nepal boasts some of the world’s best trekking routes and is home to eight of the ten tallest peaks in the world. It is also popular for adventure sports like rafting, paragliding, bungee jump, zip flying, ultra light flight etc.
Popular Trekking routes:
- Everest Base Camp Trek
- Annapurna Circuit Trek
- Manaslu Circuit Trek
- Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking
- Langtang Valley Trek
- Upper Mustang
- Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trek
- Annapurna Base Camp Trek