Program Overview

Nepalese Diploma in Mountain Medicine is an internationally recognized post-graduate course run by the Mountain Medicine Society of Nepal (MMSN). This course is approved by the Union Internationale des Associations d’Alpinisime(UIAA), International Society of Mountain Medicine (ISMM) and International Commission for Alpine Rescue(IKAR).

In Oct-Nov 2010, a feasibility study for the Diploma was done in Kathmandu and Khumbu region of Nepal with support from the Medex. Potential sites were visited in person by Dr Maniraj Neupane and Dr Suzy Stokes and a report was presented to the local and international stakeholders. Following this, a straight 4 weeks curriculum was developed. A month-long pilot course was conducted in November - December 2011 with multinational support from the Medical Expeditions-UK, Swiss Society of Mountain Medicine, German Society of Mountain Medicine, Austrian Society of Mountain Medicine, Swiss Alpine Club, Alpine Club-UK, Porters Progress UK and many other individuals and organizations.

Subsequent courses in the last 8 years have trained more than 82 international and local doctors. The first week of the course is conducted in Kathmandu. For the remaining three weeks, students trek to the mountains and camp upto 5500m for the glacier and winter skills training. The course site has revolved around the Everest region, Langtang region and Annapurna region, all above 18000 ft.

Besides the theoretical part, the Diploma in Mountain Medicine encompasses practical hands-on skills on rope techniques, surviving skills, rescue techniques, practical traumatology and winter skills. Qualified local and international instructors deliver the course in English. The glacier component is led by Sherpa mountain guides who have years of experience leading in the Everest region.

The main aim of this course is to train Nepalese doctors in their home country with innovative syllabus tailored to suit the local needs without compromising international standards at the same time offering the training to diversity of international doctors who would want to obtain their mountain medicine training in the heart of the Himalayas.

Nepalese DiMM is unique in that the core training is completed in a month at a go in Kathmandu and the Himalayas. However, the entire course duration is stretched over six months during which participants are required to complete multiple pre- and post-course assignments before the Diploma is officially awarded. The other unique strength of our program is that it offers a multicultural mixture of mountain medicine curriculum which is delivered to a multicultural group of students at a real wilderness and high-altitude site by a mix of local and international medical instructors and experienced Sherpa mountain guides.