Wilderness Medicine Fellowship

Wilderness Medicine Fellowship

The UC San Diego Wilderness Medicine Fellowship is a one year clinical and educational experience. The goals of the fellowship are to provide physicians with knowledge, formal training, and clinical skills in Wilderness Medicine. Each fellow will be expected to further their knowledge by performing original research, educating other physicians and medical students, and serving as a medical resource for outdoor organizations. Fellows will attend and present at local, national and international conferences, gaining experience to become educators in Wilderness Medicine. There is a core curriculum; however in addition, the fellow’s specific areas of interest will dictate their research and clinical activities. Wilderness Medicine is a multidisciplinary specialty incorporating disaster medicine, toxicology, hyperbaric medicine, ultrasound, all of which are established fellowships in the Department of Emergency Medicine at University of California, San Diego. The Wilderness Medicine fellow will work closely with experts in each of these fields. The goals of our fellowship program include:

  1. Providing a one year clinical and wilderness experience, at the completion of which, fellowship graduates should be prepared to lead or provide expert wilderness medical care anywhere on the globe.
  2. Pursuing intellectually-rigorous research to advance the state knowledge in wilderness medicine and publish these results.
  3. Providing opportunity for extended field experience in the practice of wilderness medicine.
  4. Providing experience teaching wilderness medicine to students, residents, and staff - both in the classroom, simulation center, and in wilderness settings.
  5. Providing opportunity for the fellow to learn/ develop advanced outdoor technical skills (whether ice/rock/alpine climbing, whitewater, diving, etc.).
  6. Providing access to medical experiences in the developing world (remembering that wilderness medicine is defined by the practice of medicine in resource-limited environments - not exclusively by distance from human population centers).
  7. Encouraging exploration of environmental policy issues as they impact human health and well-being.
  8. Providing an ongoing, clinical emergency medicine experience in a Level I trauma center in a busy urban ED.

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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.

International medical graduates are eligible to apply to the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship if they are US Board eligible in emergency medicine and have graduated from an ACGME accredited Emergency Medicine Residency Program. For more information about the application process for international medical graduates, click here.

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)

Please email your requirements to the contact information below.

Contact Information:

Christanne Coffey, MD
Fellowship Director
UCSD Medical Center
200 W. Arbor Dr. #8676
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 543-6463
[email protected]

Maeve-Anne (Mae) Malong
Fellowship Coordinator
(619) 543-4627
[email protected]

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    Sep 07, 2020

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