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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB)- Doctors from across the country are in Chattanooga to take part in a wilderness medical clinic. It is all a part of the 10-day 'River Rocks Festival.'

Organizers say Chattanooga serves as the perfect outdoor classroom for wilderness medicine and safety training.

"Chattanooga's one of the few metropolitan areas in the country where we could run a conference like this," says Dr. Chris Moore, Coordinator of the River Rocks Southeast Wilderness Medicine Conference.

"So far it seems really cool," says Sheila Walls, attending the conference.

More than 120 physicians from across the country are here in the Scenic City to take part in the 2011 Wilderness Medicine Conference.

"The River Rocks Festival is a perfect fit for us," says Dr. Moore.

With thousands of people in town for River Rocks, Moore says the medical conference is the perfect opportunity to learn everything from what gear to have in the outdoors to treating medical emergencies. It is also a chance for doctors to expand their skills.

"Taking their medical skills that they use in their offices or in a hospital setting and applying them to the outdoors," says Dr. Moore.

He says with so many opportunities for outdoor activities, being prepared is important.

Andrew Vincent, here from Illinois, knows that all too well.

"Actually was on a trip once with a buddy who like broke his leg in the middle of the woods and we were like 17 and didn't know what we were doing," says Vincent.

Now studying to be a doctor, he jumped at the chance to learn more.

"The topics are very good as far as things you don't typically get in residency training or thereafter," says Vincent.

With lectures and outdoor demonstrations running through Sunday, Dr. Moore encourages those who enjoy the outdoor opportunities in Chattanooga to get involved.

"We're going to have situations where people need to know with the injuries that happen in those kind of environments and those kinds of sports," says Moore.

There is still time to sign up for the conference.

Organizers are really encouraging the public to attend a session Thursday night which features Dr. Luanne Freer. She founded the world's highest emergency medical clinic at the base of Mt. Everest.

For more information on the conference, click here.