Wilderness Medicine Fellowship

Base camp for an expedition length ultra-marathon in the driest desert on earth. Atacama, Chile

• One-year program

• Fellow selected from emergency medicine board eligible/board certified applicants

• Junior faculty position as a clinical instructor teaching residents in our Level 1 Trauma Center

• Cutting edge translational and clinical research opportunities - Learn more about our research >>

• Educational and clinical experiences to learn the core curriculum and skill sets of wilderness medicine

• Two months of protected non-clinical time for hands-on clinical care and scholarly activity of the fellow's choosing

• Education of lay persons and medical professionals at local, regional, national and international forums

• Support and access to the resources of Stanford University School of Medicine

• Opportunity to present at local, national and international conferences

The goals of the fellowship are to provide physicians with cognitive knowledge, formal training, and clinical skills that comprise wilderness medicine. Each fellow will be expected to further their knowledge by performing original research, educating other physicians, and serving as a medical resource for outdoor organizations. In addition to the core curriculum; the fellow's specific areas of interest will dictate research and clinical activities.

The core curriculum is designed to foster understanding in the physiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of each core subject, including related improvisation and application of knowledge in a wilderness medicine setting. This includes special populations, such as children and individuals with chronic illnesses.

The core curriculum consists of six areas covered through small group didactics, written curriculum, clinical opportunities, and directed self-learning, with concurrent evaluation of literature to foster an evidence-based approach to wilderness medicine.

Fellows receive educational and clinical credit towards a diploma from the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.

 

Clinical Experience

The fellow will be given a junior faculty position and work full-time as clinical instructor in the Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine. The high acuity pediatric and adult patients in this Level 1 Trauma Unit allow fellows to continue mastering their clinical skills and become adept at educating medical students and residents from emergency medicine and other specialties.

In addition, fellows have two months of protected time to support research efforts and/or pursue unique wilderness experiences.

Opportunities for clinical experience include:

  • Medical staff for multi-stage ultramarathons around the world
  • Opportunities in search & rescue locally, regionally and abroad
  • High altitude aid posts
  • Dive medicine
  • Global disaster relief teams
  • Military Emergency Medicine
  • Other areas of the fellows' choosing

Dr. Anil Menon providing disaster relief for an earthquake victim in Port-a-Prince, Haiti

Dr. Matthieu DeClerk training in high angle rescue with the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit

Dr. Jay Sharp evacuating an injury from the backcountry with Teton Search and Rescue

Ultramarathon Medicine

All Stanford Wilderness Medicine fellows are invited on one or more international medical teams to staff expedition-length ultramarathons around the world with RacingThePlanet. Fellows have worked on medical teams in Egypt, China, Chile, Namibia, Ecuador, Iceland, Vietnam, Madagascar, Jordan, Australia, and Antarctica.

Fellows receive a fully-subsidized trip to provide hands-on medical care, and learn the clinical skills and knowledge that comprise ultramarathon medicine. The fellow is trained to prepare for medical care of 200+ person expeditions, and the unique injuries and illnesses encountered when athletes travel 155 self-supported miles across the some of the most formidable terrain on the planet. Many fellows have gone on to be named as medical directors of ultramarathons and other races and events in the years post-graduation.

Heat-related illness presenting as a mass casualty incident, ultramarathon medical tent in the Kimberley, Australia.

Courtesy: RacingThePlanet/Chris Lusher

Ultramarathon runners in Antarctica.

Courtesy: RacingThePlanet/Zandy Mangold