Austere Medicine Training

Lijiang, Yunnan

October 2024


Austere Medicine Training

Lijiang, Yunnan

October 2024​

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AEMED - Austere Medicine Training

Welcome to an unparalleled opportunity for adventure and learning! In October 2024, X3SI, in partnership with Shenyang Mashan Education Information Consulting Co., Ltd. Lijiang Branch, will be offering an Austere First Responder class in Liajiang, Yunnan, followed by the first AEMED Austere Medicine Instructor Induction program in China.


Austere First Responder (Extended)

Duration: 9-Days
Next Course: October 19-27
Host: 沈阳马山教育信息咨询有限公司丽江分公司
Location: Lijiang, Yunnan, China
Price: From USD $820 to USD $1,100

The authoritative austere medicine course for remote professionals and leaders who operate in low-resource, remote and other austere environments where definitive care may be severely delayed or inaccessible.

This course has no prerequisites, however requires significant prework for those with no prior medical training. Upon successful completion, participants receive certification, valid for three (3) years.

This course meets the recommended curriculum of the Wilderness Medical Education Collaborative and successful graduates will be awarded both a WFR and AFR certification.


Upon successful completion of the course, participants receive an internationally recognised certification from Austere & Emergency Medicine International in Wilderness First Response (WFR) and Austere First Response (AFR), valid for three years. Re-certification can be achieved by attending a refresher course, or by completing a portfolio of ongoing learning and taking the re-certification exam.

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Eligible graduates from other wilderness medical schools may recertify their WFR with this course.

Candidates wishing to recertify must have a current AFR or WFR certification (unexpired or within the grace period of the issuing school) earned in one of the following course types:

  1. An AFR or WFR course with a minimum of 72 hours of in-person instruction,
  2. An AFR or WFR minimum 72-hour Hybrid course with a minimum of 45 hours of in-person instruction, or
  3. An AFR or WFR Recertification course with a minimum of 16 hours of in-person instruction.

To recertify, we recommend that you take our 5-day hybrid AFR program, however you may, by special arrangement recertify by attending a minimum of 3 full days of the course, pass the practical assessments for BLS, Choking & Anaphylaxis, take part in at least one simulation and pass the cognitive assessment.

The practical assessments for BLS, Choking & Anaphylaxis take place on Day 1, but may be available on the evening of day 6 by arrangement. The cognitive assessment takes place on day 8, but may be available on the evening of day 3 by arrangement.

Join Us in Making a Difference!
By enrolling in our Austere First Responder class, you’re not just investing in your skills; you’re contributing to a global network of compassionate first responders. Together, let’s prepare for the unexpected, explore the wonders of Africa, and create a positive impact in the world.

Austere Medicine Instructor Induction Program

Duration: 3-Days
Next Course: October 28-30
Host: 沈阳马山教育信息咨询有限公司丽江分公司
Location: Lijiang, Yunnan, China
Price: USD $1,100
The Austere Medicine Instructor Induction Program is a comprehensive course that prepares participants to become effective instructors in austere and emergency medicine. Join us to develop your teaching skills and make a difference in emergency healthcare worldwide.
Introduction to Company Culture and Teaching Approach

This course provides an in-depth introduction to the company culture, ethos, and approach to teaching medicine. Participants will also learn about the logistics of running courses and working with AEMED.

Syllabus Overview
The course introduces the syllabus of each of the 4 BLS level courses offered by AEMED:

  1. Austere BLS (8-Hours)
  2. Austere First Aid (24-Hours)
  3. Austere Advanced First Aid (45-Hours)
  4. Austere First Responder (80-Hours)

Target Audience
This course is designed for individuals with an outdoor education, medical, adult education or technical training background. It does not provide medical education. The course includes a high level review of current best practices in adult education including topics such as DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), learning styles, experiential education frameworks, and the classification and achievement of learning objectives. Those without formal medical education should enroll in an AFR + Instructor bundle or complete an AFR before enrolling in this program.

Practical Experience
Participants will have the opportunity to develop an initial set of lesson plans for the 24-hour Austere First Aid program. Additionally, they will have the chance to deliver some of the content to their peers, gaining valuable practical experience.

Successful Completion
Only those participants who successfully complete the AMIIP will be offered the opportunity to register as an Authorized AEMED Instructor. Registration requires execution of the appropriate instructor agreement instrument. Upon execution, you will join as an assistant instructor. Assistant instructors work with lead instructors to deliver our courses, while gaining experience and learning from our lead instructors. Lead instructors are responsible for planning, organising and delivering our courses. Your journey to become a lead instructor will depend on your level of medical education, level of education and training expertise, and performance in the classroom.

AFR + Instructor Bundle

Duration: 12-Days
Next Course: September 19-30
Host: 沈阳马山教育信息咨询有限公司丽江分公司
Location: Lijiang, Yunnan, China
Price: From USD $1,500 – USD $1,800

Why choose AEMED?

Our courses are designed for the bold spirits and compassionate souls, eager to make a difference in diverse and demanding environments. China, with its stunning landscapes and vibrant cultures, serves as the perfect backdrop for this extraordinary experience.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • Comprehensive Training: Beyond wilderness scenarios, our program covers tactical environments, civil and political unrest, conflict zones, offshore situations, disaster relief efforts, terrorist attacks, and developing communities, equipping you with a versatile skill set.

  • Global Perspective: Open to participants from any geography and background, our course fosters a rich cultural exchange, allowing you to learn from varied experiences and viewpoints.

  • Destination Learning: Immerse yourself in the heart of China. Experience the beauty of the Chinese wilderness, the warmth of its people, and the thrill of exploring new horizons.

What’s Included?

  • Expert Instruction: Learn from seasoned professionals with extensive experience in austere environments. Our instructors are passionate about sharing their knowledge and preparing you for real-world challenges.

  • Accommodation: Accommodation is provided onsite, allowing an immersive experience and the chance to bond with and learn from your colleagues from around the world.

  • Culinary Delights: Relish the local flavors of China with delicious, wholesome meals provided throughout the course.

  • Cultural Immersion: Engage with local communities, gaining insights into their traditions, customs, and way of life. Forge connections that go beyond borders.

Seize this opportunity to learn, explore, and make a difference. Apply now and be a part of something truly extraordinary!

Location & Logistics

Courses starts promptly at 0830 each morning and will end by 1800 hrs on the last day. Residential courses may include evening sessions after dinner.  Please be prepared to commit additional time to homework and self study.

Accomodation & Catering

Course fees include accommodation, three meals per day, tea, coffee, water, fruit and light snacks on course days.

Course fees exclude flights and return ground transportation to/from the airport.

What to bring
Participants should bring a notepad and pen, and internet connected device.

Those attending should bring sturdy, closed toe shoes, a raincoat and clothes that are ok to get  wet, dirty, ripped, or stained. 

In October, Lijiang experiences pleasant and relatively cool weather. Daytime temperatures average around 19°C (66°F), dropping to approximately 9°C (48°F) at night. The region typically sees around 117 mm of rainfall over about 12 days, so it’s advisable to bring a rain jacket. Despite the rain, there are usually many sunny days with about 195 hours of sunshine throughout the month​.

Lijiang’s high elevation (2,400 meters or 7,900 feet) means that temperatures may feel warmer during the day but can get chilly in the evenings. It’s a good idea to dress in layers, including a warm jacket for cooler nights and rain gear for wetter days​.

The temperature ranges between 6 and 25 degrees celsius.


Austere First Responder: USD $1,100
Austere Medicine Instructor: USD 1,100
AFR + Instructor Bundle: USD 1,800

Early Bird Special*
Austere First Responder: USD $820
AFR + Instructor Bundle: USD $1,500

*Valid for enrollments prior to the end of July


Got questions?

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Partial scholarships and bursaries are available on this course. For more information:

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By completing and submitting this registration form, you hereby agree to the terms and conditions set forth by X3SI. This submission constitutes a binding agreement to make full payment for the course. Failure to comply with the payment obligations may result in forfeiture of your registration and participation in the course. You acknowledge and accept that this agreement is legally enforceable.