Who can apply to the course?
- Participants should be medical doctors registered with professional health care bodies of their respective countries. Applications will also be considered from interns or foundation year doctors and final year medical students who will be awarded the diploma once they graduate from their medical school. Majority of our applicants are internists, trauma and emergency medicine doctors, orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, neurosurgeons etc.
Do you accept nurses and paramedics to your course?
- So far we have trained only medical doctors and a few highly qualified final year medical students. To maintain the uniformity of training we have not accepted nurses and paramedics to our courses. For developing international collaborations and developing mountain medicine training we may accept highly qualified nurses and paramedics to our course, but this will be determined on an individual basis.
What is the cost of the course for international student?
For an international candidate, the cost of the course is USD 7250. This includes
- Course fees
- Accommodation and food (except dinners in Kathmandu) for the entire course duration
- All transportation to training sites
- Trekking permits and guides fees
- National park entrance fees
- Basic group climbing gears
- Welcome package
- Registration and graduation certificates
- Exam fees
What is the cost of the course for Nepalese student?
- The course was established to develop a critical mass of Nepalese doctors trained in mountain medicine who would work in high altitude areas of Nepal. So, the course fee is heavily subsidized to Nepalese participants so that they are able to afford the training of international standard in their home country. The course fee for local Nepalese participants is 75000 Nepalese rupees. Accommodation in Kathmandu is not offered to Nepalese candidates.
Do you provide any scholarships?
- Nepalese candidates can apply for scholarships for the training. On top of the highly subsidized course fee, we provide full scholarships to a few deserving and qualified Nepalese applicants. You should include in your application and motivation letter on why you want to be considered for full scholarships.
I cannot afford the course, is there any other way that I could still attend this?
- We have collaborated with International Porters Protection Group (IPPG) for one Nepalese applicant who would be awarded with the Rachel Burke Scholarships to complete the Nepalese DiMM and in return the participant is expected to volunteer at the IPPG Machhermo High Altitude Aid Post for 6 weeks in Gokyo region of Nepal. Diploma in Mountain Medicine is awarded only after completing the course and spending required time at the Aid post.
What are some of the additional costs?
- Participants will be provided with a list of personal gears and equipment that they need to buy or rent.
- Evenings in Kathmandu will be kept free to explore the city and participants can travel around the city and try local cuisines. Dinners on those occasions will not be covered except for a few formal dining occasions sponsored by MMSN.
- If the weather conditions prolong the course duration by more than 2 days, participants will have to pay for the accommodation and food expenses for the extra days.
- Participants should have active personal medical and accident insurance that includes evacuation coverage(helicopter rescue and repatriation for the duration to be spent in Nepal). Also, participants are required to get recommended vaccines for travel in Nepal.
Who are the instructors?
- We have a good mix of local and international instructors who deliver the course in English. Most of them are from the UK, US, Canada, Germany, and Switzerland. Many of our instructors have been joining us for the last six seasons. Each year we have been adding internationally renowned speakers to our pool. Also, we encourage our alumni, previous DiMM graduates, to join the team of our faculty.
- The technical component of the course that includes summer and winter skills is covered by highly experienced Nepalese mountain guides that are seasoned Everest summiteers or leaders.
What form of assignments will be there?
- Completion of various assignments is a pre-requisite for being awarded the Diploma. As a part of the course, you will be required to complete two pre-course assignments, two assignments during the course and a final assignment after the course. These could be in the form of essays, presentations and group work. In order to be awarded the diploma, you will have to sit for an MCQ examination. Also, mountain guides will verify that you have gained required skills during the glacier training and provide this information to the organizing team. Candidates will be required to repeat the assignments, or sit for a viva exam if deemed necessary. If it is ascertained that any candidate failed to sufficiently demonstrate glacier skills he/she will be asked to repeat the glacier component of the training with a subsequent cohort at an additional cost.
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