Wilderness Medicine Fellowship
• 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.
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
Fellows have served as medical staff and trained with the following organizations:
Himalayan Rescue Association
Teton Search & Rescue
Kenya Flying Doctors
Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit
Yosemite Search and Rescue
Insitute for Altitude Medicine
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
USU Operation Bushmaster Military field exercises
Extreme Aerospace medical direction
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.
While creating new ideas and contributing to the knowledge base of wilderness medicine is crucial; so too is transmission of that knowledge. By the end of the fellowship year, the fellow will have the expertise to train students, medics, physicians, and lay persons in wilderness medicine.
All fellows will become certified as instructors in the Stanford-taught Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS).
The fellow will have the opportunity to hone academic, teaching and presentation skills by:
- Delivering multiple residency lectures and participating in faculty development activities.
- Opportunity to assist with online and offline medical direction of wilderness medicine systems and unique patient populations including California Outward Bound and Stanford University Outdoor Education.
- Precepting the Stanford Wilderness Medicine elective for medical student and undergraduates in the Spring; which includes didactic sessions, clinical skill building workshops, and moulage scenarios.
- Lectures and instruction for the local Search & Rescue organizations.
- Organization of undergraduate Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder courses https://hhp.stanford.edu/swim/courses
AWLS combines practical wilderness medicine knowledge and skills with advanced medical theory that will answer the demand of students, physicians assistants, nurses, paramedics, residents, and physicians who strive to provide medical relief in resource-limited environments, disasters, and humanitarian missions.
Stanford Wilderness Medicine Section is dedicated to the critical analysis of the world around us and promotes research that furthers the understanding of wilderness medicine. Fellows are expected to contribute to ongoing projects, and/or cognitive and perform original investigations leading to presentations and publication of results. We have a strong track record as a leader in wilderness medicine clinical research, with several projects each year that serve to promote safety, enjoyment, and optimization at the intersection of the human body and the outdoors.
Stanford Wilderness Medicine Research has been supported by grant funding from the following insitutions:
• The Wilderness Medical Society
• The American Alpine Club
• Institute for Altitude Medicine
• Divers Alert Network
• Department of Naval Research
• The Department of Defense
Stanford Wilderness Medicine faculty and fellows have published their research on a wide range of topics including:
• Ibuprofen for prevention of acute mountain sickness
• Novel frostbite treatments
• Paper tape for prevention of foot blisters in ultramarathons
• Study of ultrasound for optic nerve sheath diameter on ascent to high altitude
• Prevention of high altitude headache
• Acute kidney injury in multi-stage ultramarathons
• Randomized controlled trials of novel devices and interventions for prevention and treatment of acute mountain sickness, hyperthermia, and hypothermia
• Snakebite treatments
• Prospective clinical determinants for summit success on the Denali
• Efiicacy of topical treatments for jellyfish stings
• Other ongoing and planned multi-site clinical trials around the world
Fellows at Stanford have access to bench, translational, and clinical research experts and resources as well as statisticians and mentorship to develop cutting edge research projects. Fellow projects have resulted in presentations at regional, national and international scientific conferences and multiple peer reviewed publications.
Fellows combine clinical shifts in an academic teaching hospital with didactics.
- Fellows are required to work 8 shifts per month (approximately 15 hours per week) as Attending Physician in the emergency department (ED) at Stanford University Hospital, with an academic appointment of Clinical Instructor in the Clinician Educator Line at Stanford University.
- While attending in the ED, fellows supervise residents and medical students.
- Clinical time is spent at Stanford University Hospital which is a world-renowned medical center. It is a Level 1 Adult and Pediatric trauma center with aero-medical transport. The diverse and high acuity patient population provides an excellent opportunity to continue to master clinical skills.
- All fellows must be ABEM board certified/eligible.
- Application Deadline: October 1
- Applicant Decision: November 1
- Fellowship start date: August 1
- Must be United States Emergency Medicine Board Eligible / Board Certified
- Clinical Requirements: Shift work as an Attending Physician in the Marc and Laura Andreessen Emergency Department
- Two months will be devoted to field-work in which there is no clinical responsibility
- Full Stanford faculty benefits
To apply, please send the following to Michael Vernon at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 1.
- Letter of intent / personal statement
- Three letters of recommendation
For questions regarding the fellowship, please contact:
Grant S. Lipman, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Wilderness Medicine Fellowship
E-Mail: Grant S. Lipman
Department of Emergency Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
Suite 350, 900 Welch Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94304
t: (650) 498-5220
f: (650) 723-0121