What is Wilderness Medicine Education?
Wilderness medicine courses teach critical thinking based skills that train you to handle situations from a blister on your foot to full-on traumatic or medical emergencies. The majority of your new knowledge is meant to be used anywhere, at any time.
At Barefoot Wild Med, you’ll also be trained in up to six special protocols, designed for use in a Wilderness Context.
our Teaching philosophy
with Barefoot Wild Med, you’ll get a Wilderness Medicine Education Course that
focuses on the “why” so you can think critically and make better decisions.
understand the “Why”
At Barefoot Wild Med, our primary goal is to present information in a way that helps you understand why you’re making the decisions you’ve decided to make.
Cramming a ton of info into your head just so you can forget it when you go home is 100% not our style. In fact, that “strategy” is a huge waste of your precious time and hard-earned money!
Learning about wilderness medicine does not have to be a struggle. By learning the “why” behind your decisions, you eliminate the need to know every possible thing that could go wrong. Our approach helps you make connections and transfer knowledge while reducing overwhelm.
think more critically
Spoiler alert: Wilderness medicine is about so much more than DIY, MacGyver-y type pro-tips on how to save yourself from the perils of the backcountry.
Our curriculum offers some serious critical thinking skills that will last you well beyond your time in our courses.
Critical thinking makes learning about wilderness medicine so much easier because instead of trying to memorize everything (which is impossible), you’ll learn to think in terms of serious or not serious, probability vs. consequence, and how to avoid high-risk solutions for a low-risk problems. These skills ensure you treat your actual patient or situation, instead of relying on a blanket or cookbook approach.
Make Better Decisions
Wouldn’t it be nice to have 100% confidence that your patient isn’t going to die on you in the next 5 minutes?
What about being absolutely sure that your choice to stay in the field was the right decision?
We can teach you how to stop second guessing.
Our courses will help you grow your critical thinking and decision making skills. You will be able to support your choices using evidence and clear rationale. Come see how learning about wilderness medicine with Barefoot Wild Med can help you become the confident clinician, leader, and decision-making machine you were meant to be.
wilderness medicine Courses:
Wilderness First Aid
Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA)
Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
(WAFA to WFR)
Katie has a great energy and passion for her teaching. Well though out and organized use of in class and out of class learning has been one of the best education experiences I have been involved in.
Jacob R. – WFR student
I don’t like giving all fives on these but I have zero complaints or suggestions. This class was incredibly well run and you made it so fun to learn and are such an interesting person and great to spend 8 days with.
Kiera M. – WFR Recert student
I’ve taken 8 + recert courses and Katie was one of my best instructors. I liked that she urged us to use common sense and think through things rather than just memorize the book.
Anonymous – WFR Recert student
About barefoot wild med
Barefoot Wild Med, LLC started in 2020 and is a licensed training company authorized to use curriculum developed by Wilderness Medical Associates International. When you take a course with Barefoot Wild Med, you can feel confident knowing you are getting the most current in best practices and evidence based research in wilderness medicine.
About Katie Woods
Katie Woods is owner and lead instructor for Barefoot Wild Med. Teaching is her passion and she has been using her wilderness medicine skills in various capacities for over 15 years. She has been teaching wilderness medicine courses for WMAI since 2014.
Katie firmly believes that mistakes help you learn… therefore the best place to fail to save a life is during your wilderness medicine course—not after.
To provide wilderness medicine courses that are accessible to all persons and focus on explaining the “why” behind concepts so students can improve critical thinking and evaluation skills to make smarter and more confident decisions that can be supported using evidence and clear rationale.
- Learner Focused