LOVE THE GREAT OUTDOORS? WILDERNESS MEDICINE MAY BE RIGHT FOR YOU
If you love spending time in the great outdoors — whether in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, or on a tropical island in the Pacific — then wilderness medicine may be right for you.
Wilderness medicine is a relatively new fellowship with the first program established at Stanford University in 2003.
Fellows must be graduates of an accredited emergency medicine residency program to apply.
Fellows are trained to meet the unique challenges and emergencies that arise in environments isolated from formal medical care. Specific foci include hyperbaric and marine medicine, altitude- related illnesses, orthopaedics and wound care, tropical and travel medicine, hypothermia, animal envenomation and animal-related infections. The fellowship is typically 1-2 years.
COMBINING RESEARCH WITH PRACTICE
The Stanford fellowships is typical of wilderness medicine fellowships. In year one, student undertake courses in research methodologies to allow them to earn their masters of public health by the time they graduate.
Fellows also undertake rotations with the Himalayan Rescue Association in Nepal, which focuses on reducing morbidity and mortality associated with mountain climbing in the Himalayas; Racing the Planet, which conducts foot marathon races in Namibia, Mongolia, Chile, and Antarctica; and the White Mountain Research Center high in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains of Nevada.
In year two, students undertake clinical training in places like Nepal, California, and elsewhere in avalanche rescue, summer and winter mountain medicine, swift water rescue, and become certified PADI divers while gaining advanced medical, orthopaedic, and surgical skills that can be used in the field.
Wilderness medicine represents an exciting opportunity for those who love adventure, travel, and medicine!
TAKING YOU FROM A DREAM TO REALITY
If you’re ready to live your dream of becoming a physician, then UHSA can make that dream a reality!
UHSA has been producing physicians since 1982! We are the second oldest private medical school in the Caribbean basin. We know what you need to become a world-class physician, and have three programs to get you there.
Traditional MD Program – if you have the premedical requirements in place, then we would welcome you into our traditional MD program.
MD/Masters of Public Health (MPH) Program – if you have an interest in public health, international health, epidemiology, or even just enhancing your credentials when it comes time to apply for residency, then our joint MD/MPH program is right for you.
Premedical Program – Changing careers? Maybe you don’t have the premedical requirements, but have always had a dream of becoming a doctor? Then our premedical program is right for you. Using the same innovative problem-based learning techniques of our traditional MD program, this will give you the skills you need to earn your MD in the shortest time possible.
Contact our Admissions Team today to learn more!