Brush Country Medicine And Survival Conference Set For October 18, 2014


Doctors Hospital at Renaissance to host first of its kind survival conference in the RGV

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Edinburg, TX— South Texas is a premier location for hunting and fishing, yet many people are unaware of the hidden dangers that these sports present. In collaboration with Dr. Kip Owen, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance developed the Brush Country Medicine and Survival Conference to educate and enlighten the medical community, first responders, and the general public about potential injuries a person could face while hunting, fishing, or enjoying the outdoors in South Texas. This first of its kind conference will be hosted on Saturday, October 18th at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

“This will be a fun and informative event for people who enjoy the South Texas brush country,” states Dr. Kip Owen, local sports medicine orthopedic surgeon. “We encourage anyone who spends time outdoors, be it fishing, hunting, hiking, or sightseeing, to attend.”

The Brush Country Medicine and Survival Conference will cover how to treat injuries and medical emergencies while in the brush country, such as snake bites, spider bites, poison ivy, gunshot wounds, heat related illness, drowning and other emergent issues that may arise. Conference speakers were identified based on their expertise in the subject matter. Participants will hear from world-renowned physicians, Border Patrol agents, Texas Wildlife Commission officers, and military-trained security personnel. The desired goal is that by taking this course, there will be an increased awareness among physicians, first responders, and the general public about medical issues that could arise while hunting or fishing in the remote brush country of South Texas. And how to address those issues quickly and effectively.

Who Should Attend:
This course was designed for all physicians, allied health professionals, first responders, law enforcement officers, EMS, EMT, and firefighters as well as the local community.

Learning Objectives:
• Discuss how to treat injuries such as snake bites, spider bites, poison ivy, foot blisters.
• Recognize the approaches needed when faced with heat illness or frostbite.
• Review what to do in case of drowning/ near drowning.
• Identify what you need to survive in the brush country.
• Describe Texas Wildlife and Conservation guidelines.
• Discuss border safety when confronted by non-hunters.
• Identify the nearest medical facility for emergency treatment.

Brush Country Medicine and Survival Conference

Saturday, October 18, 2014  /  7:30 AM registration, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM conference

Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance

118 Paseo Del Prado, Edinburg, TX 78539

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For more information about the Brush Country Medicine and Survival Conference, please call the Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Continuing Medical Education Department at 956-362-3242 or email

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is accredited by the Texas Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Doctors Hospital at Renaissance designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation of the activity. The tuition fee for medical providers seeking continuing medical education credits is $100. The event is free for the public.

Brush Country Medicine and Survival Conference