Expedition Doctors

At Earth’s Edge, we work with adventurous and experienced doctors to help us provide life-changing and safe expeditions around the world.

Our expeditions range from climbing some of the largest mountains on the planet, to easy treks with only four to five hours of walking per day. Expedition durations typically range from 10 to 25 days. GPs and doctors with A&E or pre-hospital experience are preferable. We cover your international return flights from Dublin and many other expenses. See below for further details on inclusions/exclusions.

Expedition Doctor Requirements

  • MBChB/MBBS (or equivalent)
  • Full Medical Council Number with no restrictions on your practice or equivalent registration
  • Current ATLS or Pre Hospital Trauma qualification
  • Provide medical advice, dispense medication and services as required to all expedition members
  • An enthusiasm for adventure travel, wilderness medicine and the outdoors
  • A good level of fitness – you need to be fit enough to be able to assist others
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Calm under pressure
  • Understanding Earth’s Edge’s sustainability and leave no trace ethos
  • Enthusiastic, friendly, helpful and above all good fun!

What’s included

  • Your own individual room / tent throughout the expedition, where possible
  • Fully equipped med kit (med kit list available)
  • 24 hour emergency contact
  • Access to our Medical Director, Dr Mark Willis, or a personal mentor, if needed
  • We tip the local staff on your behalf (this is a very important aspect for us, as we are supporting each expedition location by ensuring we are creating sustainable local jobs)
  • On Kilimanjaro – option to go on a one day safari
  • On Machu Picchu – option to go to Rainbow Mountain 
  • Experienced expedition leader
  • Full support team of guides, porters and support staff (including a dedicated medical porter to carry the med kit)
  • Return international economy class flights from Dublin, where the expedition starts
  • All accommodation throughout the expedition
  • Training Weekend two months before the expedition, usually in Co Wicklow, Ireland, which includes a full trip presentation by an experienced expedition leader
    • Note: While it is not a requirement that you attend, it is a good opportunity to chat informally with the team as you hike together.
  • All meals and drinking water on the expedition (except for in towns and cities where accommodation is generally on a B&B basis – see relevant client package for specifics) 
  • A celebratory dinner at the end of the expedition (excluding drinks)
  • All transport throughout the expedition
  • National Park fees* & local VAT
  • All group gear, consisting of first aid kits, mountaineering equipment, cooking equipment etc
  • Use of state of the art tents and thermarests (or similar)

What’s not included:

  • Your medical indemnity cover – please verify that your indemnity provider will cover you 
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Transport to and from training events, food and accommodation for training events
  • Accommodation and transport to and from Dublin, where the expedition begins
  • Lunch and dinner in towns and cities where accommodation is typically based on B&B
  • Medical vaccinations
  • Tourist visas (eg visa for Tanzania is $50)
  • Personal equipment (we provide a recommended equipment list)
  • Expenses of a personal nature like laundry, phone calls, alcohol, excess baggage charges and any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as: bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control
  • **Note** For Aconcagua, there is an additional cost for national park fees/permit that is not covered by Earth’s Edge (Approx. US$900-1000).

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