STUDENTS IN THE CLASS OF 2019 -- THE DEADLINE FOR STUDENT APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2018-2019 SKI SEASON IS MIDNIGHT ON NOVEMBER 22, 2017.
Senior emergency medicine and family residents (or any other specialty) who would like to be part of this elective experience IN THE 2018-2019 ACADEMIC YEAR may apply at any time and I will assign spots on a first come/first served basis.
Students and residents arriving this ski season (December 2017-April 2018): Go to the FAQ page and read the rules and regulations.
VISIT www.medicalclinicofbigsky.com for the latest news of our Clinics + maps/directions. PLEASE VISIT our FACEBOOK page: www.facebook.com/medicalclinicbigsky
Welcome to the Medical Clinic of Big Sky home page. I have developed and reshaped this website to serve 2 purposes. The first is to introduce 4th year medical students, medical residents, and sports medicine fellows to the elective program at the Medical Clinic of Big Sky. Medical students (MD & DO) from around the country (and around the world) have been coming to Big Sky since 1998 to take advantage of our unique clinical setting here in Montana. We offer this program throughout the entire year. Go to the ELECTIVES section to read more and to apply.
I also want this website to be a source of information for people who are visiting Big Sky. Travelers from all over the country (and all over the world) are coming to Big Sky to ski in the winter, and have all sorts of fun in the summer. Activities like skiing, snowboarding, and horseback riding are sometimes associated with injuries. Travelers, especially kids, come down with various illnesses, like colds, the flu, and gastroenteritis. The elevation of Big Sky (the resort is at 7,500 feet above sea level) can lead to altitude-related problems, even in healthy individuals. The Medical Clinic of Big Sky is prepared to handle ALL your medical needs here at the resort. Go to the VISITORS section to read more.
The Medical Clinic has two locations...our Mountain Office (slopeside, adjacent to the ski patrol first aid area) is open every day of the ski season. Parking available right outside our front door. During the "non-ski season", from mid April up to Thanksgiving, our Meadow Village location in the Town Center is our primary office, where we have standard weekday hours. During the ski season, the Town Center office will be open on MONDAY-TUESDAY-THURSDAY-FIRDAY only for normal office hours.
Hey….check this out:
WILDERNESS & ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE, 24, 417–421 (2013)
Injury Patterns in Recreational Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding at a Mountainside Clinic
Tim Coury, MD; Anthony M. Napoli, MD; Matthew Wilson, MD; Jeff Daniels, MD; Ryan Murray, MD; Dave Milzman, MD
From the Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston, ME (Dr Coury); Brown University Department of Emergency Medicine, Providence, RI (Dr Napoli); Georgetown/WHC Department of Emergency Medicine, Washington, DC (Drs Wilson and Milzman); Emergency Medicine Research Division, Providence Hospital, Washington, DC (Dr Milzman); Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC (Drs Wilson, Murray, and Milzman); and the Big Sky Medical Clinic, Big Sky, MT (Dr Daniels).
Objective.—The purpose of this study was to examine the demographic and injury characteristics of skiing and snowboarding at a mountainside clinic.
Methods.—Prospectively collected data of all acutely injured patients at the Big Sky Medical Clinic at the base of Big Sky Ski Area in the Northern Rocky Mountains were reviewed. A total of 1593 patients filled out the study questionnaire during the 1995–2000 and 2009–2010 ski seasons. Injury patterns by sport, demographics, and skill level were analyzed and compared over time.
Results.—The mean overall age was 32.9 14.9 years, 35.4 15.2 for skiers and 23.6 9.5 for snowboarders (P o .01). The knee accounted for 43% of all skiing injuries, the shoulder 12%, and the thumb 8%. The wrist accounted for 18% of all snowboarding injuries, the shoulders 14%, and the ankle and knee each 13%. Beginner snowboarders were more likely to present with wrist injuries compared with intermediate (P 1⁄4 .04) and advanced snowboarders (P o .01). Demographic and injury patterns did not significantly change over time.
Conclusions.—At this mountainside clinic, the most frequent ski injuries are to the knee and shoulder, regardless of skill level. Beginning snowboarders most frequently injure their wrists whereas shoulder injuries remain frequent at all skill levels. Knowledge of these injury patterns may help manage patients who present for medical care in the prehospital setting as well as help in designing targeted educational tools for injury prevention.