Building an 'extreme' community

Mark Hannaford - World Extreme Medicine founder - talks to us about his journey, pandemic problems, travel with children and more.


Back in December, I had the pleasure of speaking to Mark Hannaford - founder of World Extreme Medicine.

Over the past 20 years, WEM have run courses all over the world. From Jungle Medicine in Costa Rica to Polar Medicine in Arctic Norway, you would be hard pressed not to find one that piques your interest. Amongst his many other achievements, Mark was also instrumental in founding the world’s first MSc in Extreme Medicine at Exeter University, UK.


Hot off the press, Mark also told me about the brand new Fellowship of Extreme and Wilderness Medicine, which will provide a benchmark of values, competencies and experience for health professionals working in extreme environments.