Wilderness Medicine

Wilderness Medicine is the practice of Emergency Medicine in resource-limited conditions far from definitive medical care. As increasing numbers of people get involved in outdoor activities for recreation, adventure, scientific exploration, industry, disaster relief, or combat it is imperative to have medical expertise that meets the unique challenges and emergencies that may arise in diverse environmental conditions.

The Stanford Wilderness Medicine Fellowship was founded by the doctors who have helped define the specialty of wilderness medicine, and was the first of its kind in the country started in 2003. Our program has strong relationships with insitutions, organizations, and individuals worldwide that offer the fellows a unique opportunity to explore their specific areas of interest. Fellows at Stanford will gain the experience to become educators and leaders in the field of wilderness medicine.

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Honoring the Founder of Wilderness Medicine

Paul Auerbach, MD, Stanford Emergency Medicine professor, and founder of the Wilderness Medicine sub-specialty and the Wilderness Medicine Society passed away in 2021. 

Learn more about Dr. Auerbach's extraordinary life