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Griffis trains in mountain medicine

Griffis is bundled up for snow training.

Griffis is bundled up for snow training.

— Dr. Danny Griffis, a family physician at Syringa Hospital and Clinics, was recently awarded a diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM) through the University of New Mexico.

The Diploma in Mountain Medicine is an internationally accredited program that has set the standard in advanced training for medical providers in austere backcountry settings for the past 20 years. It consists of 50 hours of didactics in mountain medicine and rescue and 18 days of practical hands on training in the mountains of New Mexico and Colorado during both summer and winter conditions.

“I appreciated the wide scope of training I was able to receive, from treating medical conditions with limited resources in the backcountry to complex rope management skills needed in alpine rescue. I am also grateful to my family and colleagues for allowing me to be gone long enough to complete this course,” Griffis said.

When asked about his favorite portions of the course he replied, “Without a doubt, the helicopter training. We were able to work with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department in both night and day helicopter operations. I don’t think I’ll ever forget getting short hauled — suspended from the bottom of a helicopter by a cable — across the New Mexico desert”.

Griffis said he is looking forward to being able to use these new skills in his involvement as medical director for Grangeville Mountain Rescue Unit and looks forward to continuing to expand his training in the future.


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