The Wilderness Medicine Fellowship is a one year program that provides advanced training in the practice of resource-limited medicine under austere conditions. Wilderness medicine shares many of the characteristics inherent to emergency medicine (EM) but is practiced in locations where the traditional medical infrastructure is absent, including wilderness areas, the developing world and sites of a natural disaster. The goals of the fellowship are to provide the fellow with cognitive knowledge, field experience and clinical skills necessary to be wilderness medicine leaders in the field.
Oregon and the Pacific Northwest provide an ideal environment to learn and practice this specialty. The nearby terrain consists of volcanic glacial peaks, ski resorts with year-round skiing, world-class white water rivers, and the 80-mile long Columbia River Gorge. Given the strong relationships with the local Search and Rescue teams in the area, opportunities to learn medical direction with numerous training days a month are provided to work and train with these teams.
The fellow will be intimately involved with a consortium of five regional medical schools in planning and teaching an annual student wilderness medicine conference and Northwest Medical Wilderness Adventure Race (MedWAR). The fellow will also assist in lecturing and creating outdoor trainings for a very active wilderness medicine interest group, participating in regional journal club and developing a medical student elective.
The fellow is expected to work seven clinical shifts each month as an attending in the OHSU Emergency Department, a level I trauma center. The fellow may be asked to complete some of these clinical shifts at an affiliated community ED. The curriculum is designed to be flexible to cater to each fellow’s specific interests within wilderness medicine. Time and funding will be given to complete the Diploma in Mountain Medicine during the fellowship. The fellow will have an option to seek additional experience across the country or overseas according to their interests. Our wilderness faculty have numerous contacts in the field that will facilitate fulfilling these activities and ensuring the fellow has a beneficial experience.