What is the RGS Expedition Medical Cell?
As part of the Society’s commitment to supporting those planning field research and expeditions, the RGS-IBG has a specialist advice unit, the Expedition Medical Cell. The RGS-IBG Expedition Medical Cell provides a forum for discussion, information and advice to those operating in remote areas.
The Expedition Medical Cell of RGS-IBG was established in 1996. Its initial remit was to provide medical advice to the Society's field research programmes and, through teaching and research to reduce the hazards of participating in an expedition or travelling in remote areas.
The Expediiton Medical Cell has been involved in research into the health risks associated with expeditions, and has been closely associated with several popular handbooks on Expedition Medicine, including most recently the 2nd edition of the popular Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine (OUP, 2015).
What does the Medical Cell do?
To improve the quality of information the Expedition Medical Cell provides, they are involved in developing a series of best practice guidelines. Much of this work is done online and anyone with expertise who can help improve the quality of healthcare in remote areas is encouraged to participate. The Society hosts meetings to debate the guidelines, and to bring together enthusiasts in this exciting area of medicine.
Current projects include:
- Working with the British Medical Council to improve guidance for doctors volunteering overseas around registration requirements in country.
- Establishing a network of social and behavioural scientists working on issues related to well-being and resilience in extreme and expedition environments based around the Expedition Psychology Project
Member of the Medical Cell executive Committee include: