I hope all is well and you are enjoying the fall colors. One more major update this month, however it does not affect most of you.
I have finally made the decision to suspend the Online Recertification courses. Something I have been considering for some time.
Online recert is preventing growth in the other areas of Base Med by taking away time and resources. The layman courses are proving to be much more promising but it needs more attention. Right now I am restructuring the OSO course, and we are designing several other specialized courses. That is and has always been my main dream for Base Med. And it’s this that I think will have the most impact within the outdoor community.
Online recert requires more funding and resources than I currently have available. Right now, I need to pay the lawyers, I want a more robust curriculum review panel, I need to pay for CE accreditation, pay for strategic partnerships, and more. All this can be done in time as Base Med grows but to force it now is not working and may even give online recert a bad start. Plus, being a “disruptor” is rather challenging alone. ;)
As far as how long this suspension will last, it depends on a few things. It may be 6 months or 1 year. Hopefully no more. And when it re-launches...watch out world! ;) I am more than happy to discuss my decision in depth to those who have more questions. Just reach out. I am here.
Other than that, I am excited for us to make Base Medical the go to outdoor safety resource. I will be reaching out to some individuals here soon. Have a great November!
I am so excited about this month’s update! It’s a few days late, but here it is.
The vision for Base Medical is really starting to take shape because of you all. Base Medical continues to slowly grow in the direction of becoming the go-to online resource for outdoor safety and specialized wilderness information.
New Courses In Development
I am not sure which one I am most excited about...it’s all so much fun! Here are the courses that are currently being developed:
All these courses can be found on the Curriculum Development page within Base Camp on the site: http://www.base-medical.com/curriculum-development.html
Remember, you are not restricted to your assigned course. Feel free to comment or review material from other courses. And if you would like to start another course entirely, let me know. I want to feed your passion.
Welcome, Christof Siebenhofer!
I would also like to introduce our newest team member, Christof Siebenhofer. He is an Austrian nurse and trail runner and is very passionate about inspiring other runners. As mentioned earlier, he is assisting in the creation of the Trail Running Safety course. You can read more about him in the team directory: http://www.base-medical.com/team.html
Base Medical Hats
If you do not have a Base Medical hat, please send me your address so I can send one to you. =) It may also be delivered with German gummy bears or other German goodies.
BE SAFER is a guide for handling wilderness emergencies for the non-medical adventurer. The BE SAFER acronym was created initially for the Climbing Self Rescue course, but it can be applied to all other Base Medical lay courses, including the new OSO course. I think BE SAFER should be used as our new approach for the lay audience. And since it is so foundational, I would really appreciate everyone’s feedback.
Please leave your comments and feedback in the comment section at the bottom of that page so others can also read it. Keep in mind that it is tailored right now for the climbing self rescue course. So some things are a bit climber specific. It's a rough draft but I think it has potential.
That’s all for this month! I hope you all are as excited as I am about these new courses. Let’s set the bar high and let’s make a difference!
First official announcement! Base Camp
First, let's discuss the new area of the site called Base Camp! Hopefully, this will help us stay more connected and updated, even if you just returned from an lengthy adventure. The monthly updates will be posted here as well as sent out in email.
This is only for the members of the Base Medical Team. Access it by scrolling to the bottom of the homepage and click "Base Medical Team Log In" or use this link: http://www.base-medical.com/basecamp.html
Enter the password: WildlySafe
Here you will find everything you need in regards to working with Base Medical. Including courses that are in draft, current projects, discussions, logo, and more. There's also an area listing each team member and their contact info. I encourage you to join the current discussion about hands on vs online recert and if hands on training should be required every two cycles. That conversation is here: http://www.base-medical.com/discussions.
You can share this discussion area of the site with others outside the Base Medical team to weigh in if you wish. They will not require a password. Do not give the password away.
Climbing Self Rescue Course
Speaking of draft courses....anyone is welcome to jump on board! It begins! We are currently pushing forward a Climbing Self Rescue course. Kerr Adams is the Course Coordinator. Leo and Blandonn, want to join? Any others? Check out the course under the curriculum development area of Base Camp. There you can also submit curriculum and comment with your opinion.
Base Medical Hat Fundraiser
Base Medical hats are being sold this month only as a fundraiser! Help spread the word. Here is the purchase link: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/base-medical
If you do not have your own hat yet, please email me your address.
Other Updates, Partners, and Reviews
Besides that, things have been slow. Still working on building authority, brand awareness, and securing a reliable cash flow. This kind of stuff takes time. But Loren, CEO of WMS, has approved us to use the statement that our courses are reviewed by the Wilderness Medical Society. Woot! And we have a new partner, Al Fresco Femmes. They are small and just starting. It's a website aimed at encouraging more women to go outside. They approached Base Medical to provide the safety information for the site. Fun stuff. And be sure to check out the latest course reviews: https://base-medical.thinkific.com/courses/outdoor-safety-online
Free Courses for PCT Hikers
And last, just for FYI, this year has been a tragic year for the PCT due to a combination of dangerous trail conditions, increased number of hikers, and lack of experience. Next year is predicted to be the same. So in honor of those lost in the PCT Class of 2017 and in an effort to make the PCT Class of 2018 the safest one yet, Base Medical is gifting a free Outdoor Safety course to all 2017/2018 PCT permit holders and Trial Angel. I also plan to create a safety team of volunteer PCT hikers to promote safety on the trail. Let me know if you want to be a part of this or have ideas. It's also listed under current projects.
Enjoy your September! And as always...