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AUWEMS was set up late in the academic year of 2000-2001. We are open to anybody interested in combining wilderness with medicine, and actively encourage non-medics to get involved.

We are affiliated to the Student Wilderness Medicine UK, a national network which facilitates communication and fosters links between individual university societies. The goal is to enhance the activities of each society by creating a wider base of knowledge and experience. 


WEMS holds skills sessions, scenario nights, weekends away and runs trips to national conferences throughout the year. The wide range of training we provide means we have something for everyone, being a mountaineer is definitely not a requirement! Our society is open to everyone with an interest, medics and non-medics alike. We firmly believe anyone can gain the knowledge to make a difference when it counts.

Our aims are to provide an opportunity to learn about wilderness related topics not covered on the traditional medical syllabus, and to have a bit of fun in the wild. Our interests are many and varied, but include: pre-hospital care, military medicine, expedition medicine, critical care and emergency medicine.

"We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey."