About this event

  • Date and time Thu 12 Mar 2020 from 8:45am to 5:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Military Medicine

At this event, top specialists who have been in expeditions to challenging scenarios such as Antarctica and Dhaliguri will explore cold injuries, frostbite, avalanche survival, and physiological monitoring in remote environments. A multidisciplinary faculty will cover wilderness medicine topics, encompassing expedition, mountain, extreme environment, humanitarian and pre-hospital medicine.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand current military activity in both operational and adventurous training “cold” environments
  • Appreciate the constraints of the “cold” environment in the care of military patients
  • Gain insight into current best practice in the assessment and management of cold-related pathology

This meeting, CPD approved and suitable for the use of Standard Learning Credits, will showcase recent activity of Service personnel across all areas of wilderness medicine within Defence and provide an update into the latest evidence-based practice with a focus in extreme cold scenarios. Additionally, the Pugh Society will be launched with voting in of founding committee members. 

The Pugh Society, named after Dr Griffith Pugh, has been established to provide a forum for like-minded individuals to coalesce in order to discuss and develop best-practice in military wilderness medicine. This is the inaugural meeting and launch of the Pugh Society, aiming to ensure robust governance, oversee scientific advancement, and provide a forum for education, training and networking in the field of wilderness medicine within the Defence Medical Services, and the wider Armed Forces.

This program is suitable for the use of Standard Learning Credits.


Early Bird pricing available until 30 January 2020.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£100.00 £60.00 £60.00 £60.00 £35.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP Trainee AHP / Nurse / Midwife Student
£145.00 £80.00 £55.00 £50.00


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Surg Lt Cdr Josh Bakker-Dyos, Anaesthesia Registrar, SE Scotland Deanery and Major Chris Abbott RAMC, RMO 1 Royal Irish

Morning session: The Military Experience

Military wilderness medicine research

Surg Cdr Adrian Mellor, Consultant Anaesthetist, James Cook Hospital, Middlesborough

Physiological monitoring in remote environments

Col Mike Smith L/RAMC, Professor of Military General Practice, Royal Centre for Defence

Medical support to adventurous training

Lt Col HJ Pynn, Defence Consultant Advisor in Pre-hospital Emergency Care, Ministry of Defence

Tea and coffee break
British Antarctic Survey

Sqn Ldr Jonathon Lowe, ST4 Emergency Medicine, Peninsula Deanery

Royal Marine Mountain Leaders in Norway

Speaker to be confirmed

Commando Forward Surgical Group in Norway – Logistics

Capt Chris Abrams RM, AO Med Sqn, Commando Logistics Regiment

Commando Forward Surgical Group in Norway – Clinical

Surg Cdr Jowan Penn-Barwell, Consultant Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon, Oxford University Hospitals Major Trauma Centre and Commando Forward Surgical Group

Question and answer session
Pugh Society launch and voting in committee

Afternoon session: Clinical cases

Avalanche survival

Dr Daniel Kornhall, Consultant Anaesthetist and Pre-Hospital Physician, Nordland Hospital Trust

Freezing cold injury

Professor Chris Imray, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, University Hospital Coventry

To be confirmed
Tea and coffee break
The life of Griffith Pugh

Mrs Harriet Tuckey, Author of “Everest - The First Ascent”

Cold water immersion

Professor Mike Tipton, School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science, University of Portsmouth

Question and answer session
Concluding remarks
Close of meeting

Drinks reception


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom