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Will Duffin

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The Adventurous Path with Dr Will Duffin & Dr Lizzie Thorne


In this conversation between Dr Will Duffin and Dr Lizzie Thorne we learn about some of Lizzie’s highlights of working out in Fiji with Bear Grylls and examples of some of the medical care she’s delivered in extreme environments. Lizzie and Will also discuss what the key attributes are of a good expedition medic?, how and why lizzie escaped the London medical career treadmill and her top tips for other medics who want to follow the same path and how lizzie has juggled her overseas trips with her hospital rota. Lizzie is a Junior Doctor, she graduated from St George’s medical school in London in 2017 and is now in her F4 year and has just applied for core surgical training. She has been able to build expedition medicine into her career including an interest in sports, exercise and expedition medicine. She has taken part in many different overseas projects and expeditions including: Ultra Marathon: Sri Lanka - race medic  Ultra Marathon: Jordan - race medic  Adventure Race, Eco Challenge, WEM: FIJI - race medic  Surgical Charity Simons Mango Tree: Ghana - Surgical junior  Just Challenge WWF Charity Hike: Vietnam - challenge medic  She was also a member of the WEM medical team for filming of The Worlds Toughest Race with Bear Grylls out in Fiji. You can find her on instagram as @theadventuredoctor Lizzie is currently working in the Emergency Department in George in the Western Cape of South Africa Links https://medicfootprints.org/expedition-medicine-the-exciting-adventure-of-keeping-ultrarunners-alive/ https://www.instagram.com/theadventuredoctor/?hl=en


19 Feb 2021

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Episode 19 - Dr Will Duffin and Eoin Walker – The World Extreme Medicine Episode


Eoin has worked as a Paramedic for 20 years in London and currently works for WEM and the International Red Cross. He is the Trauma Lead for WEM and a Pre-Hospital Mass Casualty Incident Management Paramedic. His expedition & educational endeavours have taken him to six of the seven continents and teaches pre-hospital trauma and expedition skills. Eoin has undertaken various global expeditions as an expedition medic. He currently works in Cairo, Egypt on various pre-hospital projects with stakeholders. Will is an expedition Doctor, thought leader in extreme medicine, leadership, human performance, adventure and travel. As the Joint Medical Director of World extreme Medicine, he spends his time recruiting and interviewing the most adventurous minds on earth – including mountaineers, astronauts, war surgeons and senior leaders. Will instructs on expedition and jungle medicine courses and is an academic tutor for the Masters Programme in Extreme Medicine at Exeter UniversityWorld Extreme Medicine podcast https://wemcast.podbean.com/http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/medicine/extrememedicinemsc/

1hr 25mins

4 Feb 2021

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Will Duffin and Sonja Wieck: 'What it takes, and what it takes out of you...'


‘After I got second in Kona, I looked over and… I felt really empty’. In the latest episode of WEMCast, we’re joined by the Iron Cowboy Captain from the latest series of the World’s Toughest Race: Eco Challenge, elite ultra-marathon fanatic and Ironman veteran, Sonja Wieck.  Alongside WEM Education Lead Will Duffin, Sonja reflects candidly on her career as an elite triathlete, including her training regime, motivations and how this tied in with family life. They also discuss the dark period in her life following an incredible podium performance at Kona, in which Sonja suffered from panic attacks, depression and contemplated suicide. Sonja reflects on how she had to take time to re-centre, rediscover and rebuild - and how the Eco Challenge provided her with the comeback she dreamed of.  Will and Sonja explore the wellbeing strategies she has developed during her recovery, with specific focus on her ‘4 pillars’ of wellbeing.  Then, they get into the nitty-gritty of the World’s Toughest Race. Sonja details how she adapted from triathlon to adventure racing as course marshals were replaced with a map and compass, and how she learnt to navigate.  Sonja talks us through the highest highs of her participation in the race, the inevitable lows and some of the most ridiculous moments she’ll never forget - and expresses her gratitude to the medical team as the Fijian terrain took its toll on her team.  *** Check out Sonja's website for more information on her incredible career.  You can listen to Sonja’s podcast, ‘Tales of Toughness’ on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. The World’s Toughest Race: Eco Challenge Fiji, with medical support provided by World Extreme Medicine, is available to stream on Amazon Prime.

1hr 12mins

7 Sep 2020

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Will Duffin and Sarah Thomas: Staying Afloat


"Just when we think we've reached the limit of human endurance, someone shatters the records" (Lewis Hugh).  Super-human Sarah Thomas joins us this week to discuss her incredible career as an open-water swimmer.  Alongside WEM Education Lead Will Duffin, Sarah explores how she transitioned from competitive pool-based racing to the freedom of open-water swimming, and the unique challenges this presents.  From calm lakes to chaotic shipping channels, Sarah then explains the reasoning behind her decision to try and conquer the English Channel, but not just once. Sarah explores the journey from conception to completion - from assembling a crack-team of supporters to preparing for water-specific injuries and illnesses that could occur, including hypothermia and pulmonary edema. The pair also consider the highs and the lows of Sarah's record-breaking endurance attempt, from nausea and fatigue to the mindfulness that time in the water offers.  Sarah discusses the impact of her cancer diagnosis on her life, and how swimming offered her the chance to take back control during a period of uncertainty.  *** Follow Sarah on social media here.


24 Aug 2020

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Episode 23: Depression & micro-adventure with Will Duffin

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In this wide ranging conversation with Will Duffin - a passionate GP, educator, adventurer, innovator and polymath we define the current problem around depression and then examine different states of depression. We also look at why people get caught in the cycle of depression and current modalities of treatment for depression (chemical intervention, groups, social prescribing, referral pathways).  We then look at the concept of micro-adventure & the benefits of these together with Will’s perspective on optimising mental health and balance (work/life). We look at how do Will achieve's balance in his life and regimes that works for him. We also examine ways in which he has changed his mindset and approach to mental health over the past 10 years both as a GP and as an adventurer. We dig down into some of the statistics on Mental Health and why this is such an important topic - such as (Figures from MIND and MHFA England 2020): 1 in 4 people experience mental health issues each year  792 million people are affected by mental health issues worldwide  At any given time, 1 in 6 working-age adults have symptoms associated with mental ill health  Mental illness is the second-largest source of burden of disease in England.  Mental illnesses are more common, long-lasting and impactful than other health conditions  Men aged 40-49 have the highest suicide rates in the UK  70-75% of people with diagnosable mental illness receive no treatment at all Half of mental ill health starts by age 15 and 75% develops by age 18  I hope you enjoy this conversation with an insightful and thoughtful colleague and friend. 


21 Aug 2020

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The Facts Behind the Coronavirus Pandemic with Will Duffin

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At the recording of this podcast episode, the world is in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Eoin welcomes a special guest to go through the facts of the global crisis with Will Duffin, education lead and content director at the World Extreme Medicine.


25 Mar 2020

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Eoin Walker and Will Duffin - Coronavirus Part 2: COVID-19 Discussions. Perspectives, Protection and Positive Mindsets


Part 2 of our Coronavirus Special Update.  In this episode, Will and Eoin look in more depth at the the impact of coronavirus.  They kick off by discussing the basics of this pandemic, before considering the potential impact on healthcare services and the importance of self and community care during this time.  Eoin and Will also consider their expedition work - and how we can apply tips, tricks and lessons learnt from working in remote environments to the current pressures facing the NHS. 


17 Mar 2020