Doctors earn credits while learning to sail

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Offshore Sailing School (OSS) has joined the Wilderness Medical Society to present the “Medicine for Mariners” program on Captiva Island, Fla., Nov. 14-20, it reported in a recent statement.

Offshore Sailing School said it will offer a choice of three courses for participants, entitled Learn to Sail, Performance Sailing or Bareboat Cruising Preparation. Each will provide doctors and health professionals the opportunity to learn continuing medical education credits while learning to sail, the OSS said.

While continuing medical education (CME) credits are offered to medical professionals, the conference is open to everyone, according to OSS.

Drs. Michael Jacobs and Howard Donner, both of whom the schools calls experts in the field of wilderness medicine, will be teaching a course at the conference. Jacobs, a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain and practicing internist, has lectured at Safety at Sea seminars and Marine Medicine programs around the world. He is author of articles and chapters on Medicine for Mariners and Survival at Sea, according to OSS.

Donner has lectured at many Wilderness Medical Conferences and Wilderness Medicine Adventure Travel Courses. He is the co-author of Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine and a NASA consultant, the school reported.

“This is an outstanding educational opportunity for anyone interested in developing more self-reliance at sea,” Jacobs said. “Whether you deliver professional medical care to boaters, fishermen and divers, or simply want to care for your own crew, this course is for you.”

The Wilderness Medical Society designates this continuing medical education activity for 13 credit hours in Category 1 of the Physicians’ Recognition award of the American Medical Association, OSS said.

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