Wilderness Medicine Fellowship

Emergency Medicine takes care of anyone at any time for anything. Wilderness Medicine adds a fourth component - ANYWHERE, often requiring improvisation, making do with the resources available, and thinking outside of the box to deliver the best care.  

This SAEM-approved, two-year fellowship is designed for a graduate of an emergency medicine residency interested in becoming an educator and leader in the field of academic wilderness medicine

Stanford Emergency Medicine’s Wilderness Medicine fellowship was the first of its kind in the country and developed with guidance from Wilderness Medicine pioneers Paul Auerbach and Eric Weiss.

Our wilderness medicine fellows collaborate with experts around the world to learn new skills, discuss research, and pursue individual projects.  

Fellows have:

  • Pursued original research in Altitude Medicine
  • Served as medical staff on expedition-length ultramarathons around the world
  • Presented at regional, national and international conferences
  • Studied avalanche medicine with a world-renowned expert in Chamonix, France.
  • Taught as content experts to search-and-rescue groups


Fellowship At-a-Glance

  • Two-year program
  • Fellow selected from emergency medicine board eligible/board certified applicants
  • Cutting-edge research opportunities - Learn more about our research
  • Educational and clinical experiences to learn the core curriculum and skill sets of wilderness medicine
  • Protected non-clinical time for hands-on clinical care and scholarly activity of the fellow's choosing
  • Opportunities to instruct lay persons and medical professionals at local, regional, national, and international forums


The goals of the fellowship are to provide physicians with the cognitive knowledge, didactic training, and clinical skills that comprise wilderness medicine. 

Fellows are expected to conduct original research, educate other physicians, and serve 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 of the physiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of each core subject, including related improvisation and application of knowledge in a wilderness medicine setting.

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

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