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Wilderness Medicine

Opportunities for Medical Students

This list was last updated in April 2019. If you know of additional elective opportunities for medical students interested in wilderness medicine, please send the information to wilderness-medicine@acep.org.  

Breckenridge Wilderness & Environmental Medicine Elective

In association between the WMS and the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.

Location: Breckenridge, Colorado and the San Rafael Swell, Utah

Dates: 4 weeks in the Spring

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Carilion Clinic Wilderness Medicine Electives

Location: Roanoke, VA

Dates: 2 week WM elective in the Fall. 4 week WM elective in the Spring.

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Cornell Wilderness and Environmental Medicine Electives

Location: varies

Dates: 4 week EM/WM elective in the Fall. 2 week WM elective in the Spring.

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Duke University Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine Elective

Location: Durham, NC

Dates: 4 week dive medicine elective through the dept. of anesthesiology.

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Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine Wilderness Medicine Elective

Dates: 2 week WM elective in the Spring.

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Icahn Wilderness Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital

A 2-week elective that combines web-based independent education with in-field hands-on training and practice of wilderness medicine topics. During the first week, students will have self-directed learning requiring them to watch on-line videos, read articles, and complete daily quizzes. This will be supplemented by in-person educational sessions during the week. The second week will be in-field education located in the Delaware Water Gap as we backpack along the Appalachian Trail. Faculty and residents from the Mount Sinai system will lead small group discussions and practical scenarios.

Location: Mount Sinai Hospital

Dates: 2 week WM elective in the Fall.

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Maine Medical Center (Tufts University) Wilderness Medicine Elective

Dates: 4 weeks in the Spring.

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NOLS & HAEMR Medicine in the Wild Elective

Open to MS3 and MS4 students.

Location: Tucson, AZ / New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness

Dates: 4 week WM elective in the Spring.

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U of Arizona Tucson Wilderness Medicine & Advanced Wilderness Life Support

Includes the opportunity for AWLS certification

Location: Tucson, AZ

Dates: 2 week WM elective in the Spring.

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UC San Diego Sub-internship in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine

Location: San Diego, CA

Dates: 4 week dive medicine elective.

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UC San Diego Medicine in the Wild: A Fourth-Year Student Clerkship in Emergency and Wilderness Medicine

Location: San Diego, CA

Dates: 4 week WM elective.

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UC San Francisco Fresno Wilderness Medicine Elective

Applications open Jan 1st, deadline mid March.

Location: Fresno/Yosemite

Dates: 2 week WM elective in the Fall.

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U of Colorado Climate Medicine

Location: Aurora, CO

Dates: 2 week climate medicine elective in the Spring.

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U of Michigan Wilderness Medicine MS4 Elective

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Dates: 2 week WM elective in the Fall.

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U of Nevada Reno Wilderness Medicine Elective

Location: Reno, NV

Dates: 2 weeks in the Spring.

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U of New Mexico Wilderness & Austere Medicine Elective

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Dates: 4 weeks in the Spring.

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U of South Carolina Wilderness Medicine Elective

Also open to residents

Location: Columbia, SC

Dates: 4 week WM elective in the Spring.

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U of Utah Wilderness Medicine in the Alps

Location: Chamonix-Mt. Blanc, France.

Dates: 2 weeks in the Summer.

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WMS Student/Resident Elective (East)

In association with the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Open to residents, MS3 and MS4 students, and senior PA and RN students.

Location: New Castle, VA

Dates: 4 weeks in late Winter.

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Zucker SOM Hofstra/Northwell Wilderness Emergency Medicine Elective

Location: Hempstead, NY

Dates: 2 weeks in the Fall. 2 weeks in the Spring.

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