Wilderness Medicine Fellowship

Wilderness Medicine Fellowship

Practicing effective emergency medicine outside the convenience of a modern hospital can prove challenging. Wilderness Medicine is a growing field that is increasingly recognized within emergency medicine, as well as by professionals and enthusiasts in outdoor recreation, humanitarian and disaster relief, military medicine, scientific research, and exploration.

In the United States emergency departments are well-equipped with the core resources (facilities, equipment, staffing, consultants) needed to diagnose, treat and stabilize patients until a higher level of care is available. It is incumbent to have physicians trained to meet the unique challenges and emergencies that arise in diverse environmental conditions far from definitive medical care. There are currently less than 20 Wilderness Medicine Fellowships in the United States.

The UC San Diego Wilderness Medicine Fellowship is a unique and comprehensive fellowship program which aims to provide clinicians with the critical thinking, applied hands-on training experience and improvisation skills necessary to deliver high-quality care in the world's most austere environments with varying resources and limited access to health care.

For more information about the program, kindly visit https://emergencymed.ucsd.edu/...


Fellows must be board-eligible in emergency medicine. Although the primary training site is UC San Diego Health, rotations are also offered at Rady Children’s Hospital, Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Diego, and El Centro Regional Medical Center.

How To Apply:

Recruitment for the following academic year opens in May and applications will be accepted through the end of business day on September 15. Interviews will be scheduled with candidates in October. The Wilderness Medicine Fellowship Program has a Match Notification date of November 1st.

Application Requirements:

  • A letter of intent
  • CV
  • 3 letters of recommendation (one must be from residency PD)

Contact Information:

Christanne Coffey, MD
Fellowship Director

9500 Gilman Drive #
La Jolla CA 92093

[email protected]

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    Apr 24, 2023

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