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Wilderness Medicine Section

With the increasing popularity of outdoor and wilderness recreation, emergency physicians find themselves treating various conditions unique to the wilderness environment.

If you love the outdoors or have special expertise in wilderness medicine, join this section for the opportunity to share your knowledge with others. You’ll develop tools to identify the unique challenges of patient care in remote settings and find resources for continuing medical education and training programs. With your expertise, your membership can provide resources to other ACEP members.  


Section Activities at ACEP14

Don’t miss our annual section meeting at ACEP14 in Chicago!  The meeting will feature guest speaker Paul Marcolini, a well-accomplished Paramedic and wilderness medicine professional.  We will also be holding elections for section officers and subcommittee chairs.  Our meeting is sponsored by BTG again this year an Dr. Chuck Gerardo, Associate Professor and Vice Chief in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine will speak on the “Assessment of Long-Term Recovery of Limb Function in Snake-Envenomated Patients.”

Date and location of our annual meeting, fellowship directors meeting as well as wilderness medicine lectures at ACEP14 are below.  Not yet registered for ACEP14?  Click here.  Hope to see you there!   

Wilderness Medicine Section Annual Meeting
Date: Wednesday, October 29
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: McCormick Place West, room W471 B

Wilderness Medicine Fellowship Directors Meeting
Date: Monday, October 27
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: McCormick Place West, room W475 B

Wilderness Medicine Lectures at ACEP14

Stayin Alive: Wilderness Survival Strategies
Speaker: Susanne J. Spano, MD, FACEP
Monday, 10/27/2014
11:30 AM – 12:20 PM

Wilderness Medical Improvisation: What Would MacGyver Do?
Speaker: Susanne J. Spano, MD, FACEP
Monday, 10/27/2014
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Ultrasound in Remote, Austere, and Wilderness Environments
Charles A. Schmier, MD, RDMS
Robert J. Hyde, MD, RDMS, FACEP
Thursday, 10/30/2014
10 :00 AM – 10:50 AM 


matthewcurleyR3In the spirit of pursuing knowledge and chasing adventures and dreams, the Matthew Ryan Curley, MD, wilderness medicine scholarship fund has been lovingly established by St. Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital Center and the Wilderness Medicine Society. Recipients will receive $1,000.00 for travel expenses and accommodations to attend the national Annual Wilderness Medical Society conference. Registration fee for the conference will be waived for the scholarship recipient. The recipient will have the option to deliver a 30-minute lecture at the national conference on a wilderness medicine topedicine topic. Visit or click image for more information.           

2013-14 Section Officers:

Chair - Michael J. Caudell, MD, FACEP
Chair-elect - Marion McDevitt, DO, FACEP
Secretary/Newsletter Editor - Lori Weichenthal, MD, FACEP
Immediate Past Chair - Grant S. Lipman, MD, FACEP
Councillor - Susanne J. Spano, MD, FACEP
Alternate Councillor - Carlton E. Heine, MD, PhD, FACEP

Board Liaison - Hans R. House, MD, FACEP
Staff Liaison - Maude Surprenant Hancock


Section Committees

Education Committee
Chair: Stephanie Lareau, MD

Fellowship Committee
Chair: Julio M De Pena Batista, MD, FACEP

Residency Committee
Chair: Mark L. Christensen, DO

Liaison Committee
Chair: Henderson D. McGinnis, MD, FACEP

Workshop Committee
Chair: Desiree Crane, DO

Activities Committee
Chair: Joshua C. Poles, DO


For inquiries, questions, or comments about the section, please send an e-mail to the staff liaison.

Wilderness Medicine Section members may send an e-mail to all members of this section via the section e-list at

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