Education Committee


The Education Committee strives to establish educational opportunities in wilderness medicine within Canada for our members. The Education Committee can have 3 to 8 members, including the Chair or Co-Chairs. Committee members must be active members of CAWM. The Education Committee is chaired or co-chaired by the members of the CAWM Board of Directors.


  1. Create and support educational sessions for wilderness medicine interest groups in medical school in Canada.
  2. Work to establish accredited wilderness medicine elective for both medical students and residents in Canada.
  3. Promote and support wilderness medicine research within Canada
  4. Provide ongoing educational opportunities to members of CAWM throughout the year (e.g. virtual mountainside meetups, journal clubs, regional in-person lectures on wilderness medicine topics).
  5. Work to standardize competencies for wilderness medicine courses offered in Canada.
  6. To assist in ensuring wilderness, Search and Rescue, ski patrol, austere first aid, paramedicine and nursing education is evidence based and patient care focused.

Paula Slaney - Committee Co-Chair


Paula is a rural family physician living in Newfoundland and a clinical assistant professor with the department of family medicine at Memorial University. She completed her fellowship in the academy of wilderness medicine (FAWM) in 2019. She is passionate about wilderness medicine education and research as well as promoting the benefits of spending time in nature.

Her favorite activities include hiking, kayaking, camping, and traveling with her partner, Matthew and their two dogs, Everest, and Ziggy.


Miles Randell - Committee Co-Chair

Based in Squamish, BC, Miles has been practicing wilderness medicine since 1991 in SAR across western Canada, has been a paramedic since 1997, and was a pro ski patroller at Blackcomb from 2004-2022. As TEAAM Aeromedical president, and flight paramedic, and with speciality skill sets in helicopter hoist and longline rescue, mountain rescue and swift water rescue, Miles has been performing rescues and repatriations more than half his life. With a small business called SARMed, that focuses on teaching wilderness medicine for SAR and guides, wilderness medicine is his life.

He’s passionate about the specialty of wilderness medicine and is excited about working with the Canadian Association of Wilderness Medicine to further this fascinating and rewarding field.

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