Socorro Island; Dive & Wilderness Medicine Conference (2010 Socorro Island )

Venue: The Nautilus Explorer

Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Event Date/Time: Jan 24, 2010 End Date/Time: Feb 02, 2010
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Conference provides 18 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits and 18 FAWM Credits through the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS)- recognized for credit globally by governing medical bodies.

An eight night live aboard scuba adventure & CME taking place on the
Nautilus Explorer to Socorro Island, Mexico - mantas, sharks, dolphins & humpbacks

To provide an annual opportunity for physicians and medical professionals to learn about in- the-field emergency medical situations that can arise from marine environments. This program will provide physicians with accredited continuing medical education credits complimented by an eight night live aboard scuba adventure.

24 physicians and medical professionals - two faculty plus 22 guests; family members welcome. Head faculty, Dr Paul Auerbach.

Conference Agenda
o Jan 24 pm arrive Cabo San Lucas and check into the recommended Tesoro Resort ($75/night- with breakfast)
o Jan 25 boat departs at approx 9:30am, arrive on site the next morning for 7am (22.5 hours transfer time)
o Jan 31 evening boat leaves - arriving Cabo evening of Feb 1
o Live aboard the boat the night of Feb 1. Night flights from Cabo on the first not allowed providing a weather window.
o Morning breakfast on board with Feb 2 flights out any time convenient


Paul S. Auerbach, MD, MS, FACEP, FAWM

Dr. Auerbach is Professor of Surgery in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Auerbach is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. Former Chief of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University and Vanderbilt University, he is one of the world’s leading authorities on wilderness medicine.

A graduate of Duke University and Duke University School of Medicine, as well as the Stanford Graduate School of Business, he is editor of the textbook Wilderness Medicine (5th edition), author of numerous books including Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine, Medicine for the Outdoors, Diving the Rainbow Reefs, and Management Lessons from the E.R., past president of the Wilderness Medical Society and editor emeritus of the journal Wilderness and Environmental Medicine.

Dr. Auerbach serves as the national medical consultant on hazardous marine animals to the Divers Alert Network (DAN), is a member of the National Medical Committee for the National Ski Patrol System, chairs the Medical Advisory Board for Healthline Networks (, and is a recipient of the DAN America Award, the Outstanding Contribution in Education Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians, NOGI Award from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences, and Diver of the Year from Beneath the Sea.

In 2008 he was selected as a ‘Hero of Emergency Medicine’ by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Karen Van Hoesen MD, FACEP

Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California San Diego Department of Emergency Medicine; Director, UCSD Diving Medicine Center; Director, UCSD Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship

Dr. Karen Van Hoesen did an Internal Medicine internship at UCSD Medical Center then continued her training at UCSD in Emergency Medicine. She was one of the first class of outstanding residents trained there and served as one of the chief residents. Dr. Van Hoesen joined the faculty at UCSD in July 1993 as is board certified in Emergency Medicine as well as Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine.

She is the Director of the UCSD Diving Medicine Clinic and is a Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine attending physician in the UCSD Hyperbaric Medicine Center. She is also the director of the Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship.

Dr. Van Hoesen also had a keen interest and person experience in high-altitude medicine and wilderness medicine. She teaches the Wilderness Medicine elective for the School of Medicine.


Additional Information

The conference venue is the Nautilus Explorer- a 117 feet deluxe vessel setting sail the morning of Jan 25, 2010 from Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexico. For the full itinerary to this excursion including, giant mantra rays, five types of sharks and dolphin encounters, please visit and search under oceans. Being to the end of Jan – it is prime time for the humpback whales as well. Our destination is Socorro Island a volcanic island in the Revillagigedo Islands, a Mexican possession lying some 375 miles off that country's western coast - home to world renowned diving.