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Wilderness Medicine

Faculty Director: Dr. Gupta

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

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