Wilderness Medicine


Faculty Director: Dr. Gupta

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Wilderness medicine is defined by the practice of medicine in resource-limited and austere environments. The goals of the mini-fellowship are to provide physicians with the cognitive knowledge, didactic & experiential training, and clinical skills that define evidence-based wilderness medicine.

The longitudinal curriculum consists of multiple focal areas covered through small group didactics/skills labs, journal clubs, lectures, group teaching and in-situ simulation opportunities, self-directed learning, conferences, and “wilderness weekends” or longer experiences. Focus Areas: 1) Basic outdoor and survival skills: wilderness equipment, clothing, and supplies; risk mitigation during travel or activity, development of a medical support plan 2) Wilderness medical kit development 3) Environmental conditions: extremes of temperature, altitude, marine medicine,

lightning 4) Resource-limited injury and medical management 5) Improvised care 6) Rescue and survival table-top and in situ simulations, (i.e. field experience) 7) Toxic plants, envenomations, zoonoses 8) Simulation cases development, implementation, and debriefing skills 9) Teaching skills 10) Research and journal club