Medical Student Rotations in Wilderness Medicine

Below is a list of available medical student rotations specific to Wilderness Medicine. To submit updates or new program opportunities, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

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Carolina Wilderness EMS ExternshipLength: Four weeks
Approximate dates: September medical school block annually
Location: Burke County, North Carolina
Offered through: Hawk Ventures, in collaboration with Burke County EMS, Western Piedmont Community College, Carolinas HealthCare System-Blue Ridge, and Wake Forest University
Cornell Wilderness & Environmental MedicineLength: Four weeks
Approximate dates: Spring and fall
Location: Didactic portion held in NYC and field portion varies per year
Offered through: New York-Presbyterian Hospital Emergency Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Cornell Outdoor Education  
Indian Health ServiceLength: Varies
Approximate dates: Opportunities throughout the year
Location: Multiple locations including Alaska, Arizona, California, Oklahoma, Oregon, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Tennessee
Maine Medical Center Wilderness Medicine ElectiveStart dates vary towards end of March
Length: Three weeks
Approximate dates: March/April
Location: Utah [Desert Evolution (Canyonland National Park), Swift Water Evolution (Green River in Desolation Canyon), and Alpine Evolution (Mt. Pfeifferhorn in Red Pine Canyon)]
Offered through: Maine Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine
Medical Clinic of Big SkyLength: varies
Approximate dates: Open ski season and summer months
Location: Big Sky, Montana
Other: rotations available for fourth-year medical students, residents and sports medicine fellows 
Medicine in the WildLength: Four weeks
Approximate dates: April/May
Location: New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness
Offered through: NOLS and Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency
Medical Student MissionsLength: One week
Location: Rural Haiti
Approximate Dates: December, February, June
Offered through: Medical Student Missions
Survivor Las VegasLength: Two weeks
Approximate dates: Spring
Location: Backcountry experience in and around Las Vegas
Offered through: University of Nevada School of Medicine
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine Wilderness Medicine CourseOffered each spring
Length: Two weeks
Approximate dates: Spring
Location: Catoctin Mountain Park in western Maryland
Offered through: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Wilderness and Austere Medicine ElectiveLength: Four weeks
Approximate dates: March/April
Location: New Mexico
Offered through: University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Wilderness and Environmental Medicine ElectiveLength: Four weeks
Approximate dates: February
Location: New Castle, VA
Offered through: WMS and Virginia Tech
Wilderness and Environmental Medicine ElectiveLength: Four weeks
Approximate dates: April
Location: Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, Breckenridge, CO
Offered through: WMS and Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Wilderness Medicine: Advanced Wilderness Life SupportLength: Two weeks
Approximate dates: April
Location: Salt Lake City and Moab, Utah
Offered through: University of Utah School of Medicine
Other: elective geared towards medical students aiming for AWLS certification
Wilderness Medicine ElectiveLength: Four weeks
Approximate dates: April
Location: South and North Carolina
Offered through: University of South Carolina
Wilderness Medicine ElectiveLength: Two weeks
Approximate dates: varies
Location: various locations in North America
Offered through: Wilderness Medical Associates
Wilderness Medicine ImmersionLength: Two weeks
Approximate dates:
Location: didactics at University of Virginia School of Medicine and 3 day practicum in Shenandoah National Park or George Washington National Forrest
Offered through: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Wilderness Medicine Summer ProgramLength: Two weeks
Approximate dates: August
Location: Fresno and Yosemite
Offered through: University of California San Francisco, Fresno