Survival Medicine 101


Live Workshop with Doc Cindy

Tuition only $350/person plus $50 materials fee for 3 full days of instruction (9-4:30 daily) with Doc Cindy


June 15-19, 2015 as part of Ultimate Prepper Training in Richfield, OH

For class information or to register, CLICK HERE.

September 18-20, 2015 in Akron, OH

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – scroll down to register

If you’re entirely on your own, can you take care of your family and yourself?

– That’s what this course is all about.

If society collapses and your health care is all up to you, are you ready?  Can you repair a laceration?  Do you know how to splint a broken arm?  Can you treat life-threatening infections, burns, respiratory distress, chronic disease?
* * *
In short, are you prepared?

Hands-on training will include:

  • Wound care – suturing and other wound closure techniques
  • Fracture care – casting and other aspects of care
  • Outpatient labs and procedures you can perform without electricity
  • Local anesthesia including digital blocks
  • Minor surgery including shave biopsy, cryosurgery, excisions, nail removal
  • Using OTC drugs like prescription medication
  • Hydration techniques
  • Treatment of life-threatening infection
  • Treatment of chronic diseases

CLICK HERE to download a complete PDF brochure including course outline, payment details, location and directions, accommodations, and registration form.

  • Register using drop-down menu below (PayPal and Credit Cards accepted) and be sure to mail in pages 10 and 11 of the downloadable PDF brochure above.
  • Or mail-in registration payment with pages 10 and 11 of the downloadable PDF brochure.

CLASS REGISTRATION IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED and will close once the class is full.

QUESTIONS? Email Doc Cindy (at) Armageddon Medicine (dot) net – (use no spaces in email address)


SURVIVAL MEDICINE 101, 102, & 201, 202 Registration and Payment


CLICK HERE to download a complete brochure.

The following outline is taken from the workshop brochure

Module 1 Module 4
Clinical Procedures without Electricity Suturing and Minor Surgery – Part II

  • Ear examination, treatment, and irrigation
  • Strep throat diagnosis and testing
  • Quick aids for hearing and vision
  • Respiratory distress – procedures to aid diagnosis and treatment (PF, HCT, EKG)
  • Improvised nebulizer treatment
  • Urinalysis – testing and interpretation
  • Dehydration and hydration techniques
  • Abscess incision and drainage
  • Excision and repair
  • Cautery techniques
  • Cryosurgery technique
  • Digital nerve block
  • Ingrown nail removal
  • Wound dressings and care
Module 2 Module 5
Infection and Illness – How to treat on your own Splinting and Casting – Part I: Upper Body

  • Deadly diseases you can treat on your own
  • Bioterrorism
  • Radiation – risks and treatment
  • Alternative therapies
  • When antibiotics don’t work
  • Treatment of chronic disease: diabetes, arthritis, thyroid disease, asthma/COPD

  • Working with plaster
  • Diagnosis and treatment of fractures, sprains, and other injuries
  • Upper extremity splinting and casting
  • Injuries you can treat on your own and  those you cannot
  • Immobilization techniques
Module 3 Module 6
Suturing and Minor Surgery – Part I Splinting and Casting – Part II: Lower body

  • Surgical knot tying
  • Suture and staple removal
  • Sterile technique
  • Wound cleansing and debridement
  • Local anesthesia
  • Suturing of lacerations
  • Other wound closure techniques

  • Injuries you can treat on your own
  • Diagnosis without X-rays
  • Immobilization techniques
  • Lower extremity splinting and casting
  • Cast removal without electricity

CLICK HERE to download a complete brochure.*** Class size is limited

Register ABOVE to assure yourself a spot.




In conjunction with my Survival Medicine events, my good friends Jim and Laura Fry offer homesteading classes at their farm, Stone Garden Farm and Museum, either the day before or the day after my workshops (or both). Or sometimes we arrange an informal evening with the Fry family just to socialize, get to know each other, and explore their unique farm. I’ve listed their classes on the next page – be sure to avail yourself of this wonderful opportunity. Check my web site to see which class is offered in conjunction with the Survival Medicine Workshop you’ll be attending, or call the number below for additional details.

The Fry’s farm is located at 2891 Southern Road, Richfield, Ohio 44286, approximately 30–45 minutes north of my “Farmageddon” location. They also offer overnight camping space for $5, or teepee rental for $15 per night. Museum and farm tours along with viewing of all the tools needed for self-sufficiency are free. For info on other classes offered visit For village & museum information visit or call (330) 659-3507 or email

Homesteading Classes with Jim and Laura Fry
  • Classes offered the day before and/or the day after Survival Medicine 101, 102, and 201
  • $40/class or $60 for both – Home-cooked lunch included with each class
  • Call Jim or Laura Fry at (330) 659-3507 or (843) 469-4060 with questions or to register, or email

Homesteading/Survival Series 1 – Hands-on Class – offered Thursday, July 25 and October 17, 2013

Essential Needs – Learn useful skills for the homestead or survival situation

Featured topics

  • Rendering animal fat into easily storable, useful tallow or lard
  • Using that tallow to make candles
  • Basic hot process using tallow to make lye soap that can be used for body, laundry, or dishes
  • Wild edible/medicinal walk to learn the abundance of foods and medicine in our area
  • Using herbs to make healing/medicinal salve and discussion of other ways to preserve/use herbs including tinctures, glycerites, and dried herbs
  • Tour our many useful buildings, such as our blacksmith shop, weaving mill, tin shop, etc. and see our sustainable farm.

Homesteading/Survival Series 2 – Hands-on Class – call or email for dates

Our Daily Bread – Acquiring, using, and storing meat, vegetables, and grain

Featured Topics

  • Catching, cleaning, and preparing small game: traps and snares, slaughter, cleaning and dressing
  • Fire cooking: using fire and/or heat to prepare small or very large portions of food with easy-to-find or salvaged materials
  • Organic/Survival gardening: seed saving, permaculture, edible landscape, gardening for winter, compost, etc.
  • Fermented foods and food preservation: simple age-old techniques for long-term food storage without complicated equipment or ingredients; make a batch of sauerkraut, discuss many other preservation methods including proper root-cellaring and over-winter gardening techniques
  • Grain grinding/grain usage: learn what to look for in a good grinder, how to use one, and the many uses of simple grains
  • Tour our many useful buildings, such as our blacksmith shop, weaving mill, tin shop, etc. and see our sustainable farm.
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About Cynthia J. Koelker, MD

CYNTHIA J KOELKER , MD is a board-certified family physician with over twenty years of clinical experience. A member of American Mensa, Dr. Koelker holds degrees in biology, humanities, medicine, and music from M.I.T., Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and the University of Akron. She served in the National Health Service Corps to finance her medical education.
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