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Become a member and discover where geography can take you.

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Getting involved

Make connections with University groups and field professionals.

  • Come to Explore: the annual expedition and fieldwork planning seminar for advice and inspiration from field experts

  • Attend the annual National Student Wilderness Medicine UK (SWMUK) Conference. Visit their facebook page to find out more

  • Join your local university Wilderness Medical Society or Exploration Society, or consider setting up your own


Gaining skills

Gain specialist medical knowledge, but remember it is just as important to be a proficient expedition member.


Gaining experience

Make the most of your holidays and time allocated for Electives and SSM’s.

  • From providing medical care in a high altitude medical post to working at NASA there is a range of established extreme elective opportunities to suit everyone! Don’t be afraid to make contacts of your own and create something new - Elective opportunities for medical students

  • Search the RGS-IBG Expedition Database using search terms ‘medical’ or ‘health’ for ideas and organise your own research project

  • There are plenty of opportunities to join other expeditions - don't just consider medical posts. Browse the RGS-IBG 'Joining an Expedition' pages for some ideas and information on funding available

  • Remember that prehospital skills are often transferable. Consider a placement with the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service or Search and Rescue

  • There are also always opportunities to assist with the provision of medical cover at events and endurance races - Opportunities to assist at events

Finally, if you are still unsure where to start contact

Expedition Medicine Manual

A comprehensive pocket guide to expedition medicine, with practical advice for use in remote environments, and links and references to further information.

Find out more