Medical Student Rotations in Wilderness Medicine

Below is a list of available medical student rotations specific to Wilderness Medicine. To submit updates or new program opportunities, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

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Carolina Wilderness EMS ExternshipLength: Four weeks
Approximate dates: September medical school block annually
Location: Burke County, North Carolina
Offered through: Hawk Ventures, in collaboration with Burke County EMS, Western Piedmont Community College, Carolinas HealthCare System-Blue Ridge, and Wake Forest University
Cornell Wilderness & Environmental MedicineLength: Four weeks
Approximate dates: Spring and fall
Location: Didactic portion held in NYC and field portion varies per year
Offered through: New York-Presbyterian Hospital Emergency Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Cornell Outdoor Education  
Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine Wilderness Medicine ElectiveLength: Two weeks
Offered through: Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine
Duke Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine ElectiveLength: Four weeks
Offered through: Duke Anesthesiology
Icahn Wilderness Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital

Length: Two weeks
Location: NYC
Dates: Summer/Fall
Offered through: Mount Sinai Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine

Indian Health ServiceLength: Varies
Approximate dates: Opportunities throughout the year
Location: Multiple locations including Alaska, Arizona, California, Oklahoma, Oregon, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Tennessee
Maine Medical Center Wilderness Medicine ElectiveStart dates vary towards end of March
Length: Three weeks
Approximate dates: March/April
Location: Utah [Desert Evolution (Canyonland National Park), Swift Water Evolution (Green River in Desolation Canyon), and Alpine Evolution (Mt. Pfeifferhorn in Red Pine Canyon)]
Offered through: Maine Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine
Medicine in the WildLength: Four weeks
Approximate dates: April/May
Location: New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness
Offered through: NOLS and Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency
Medical Student MissionsLength: One week
Location: Rural Haiti
Approximate Dates: December, February, June
Offered through: Medical Student Missions
UC San Diego Medicine in the Wild: A Fourth-Year Student Clerkship in Emergency and Wilderness MedicineLength: Four weeks
Offered through: UC San Diego School of Medicine
UC San Diego Sub-internship in Diving and Hyperbaric MedicineLength: Four weeks
Offered through: UC San Diego School of Medicine
University of Arizona Tucson Wilderness Medicine & Advanced Wilderness Life SupportLength: Two weeks
Dates: Spring
Offered through: University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson 
University of Michigan Wilderness Medicine MS4 ElectiveLength: Two weeks
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Dates: September
Offered through: University of Michigan
University of Colorado Climate MedicineLength: Two weeks
Approximate Dates: Late Winter/Early Spring
Offered through: University of Colorado
Wilderness and Austere Medicine ElectiveLength: Four weeks
Approximate dates: March/April
Location: New Mexico
Offered through: University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Wilderness and Environmental Medicine ElectiveLength: Four weeks
Approximate dates: February
Location: New Castle, VA
Offered through: WMS and Virginia Tech
Wilderness and Environmental Medicine ElectiveLength: Four weeks
Approximate dates: April
Location: Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, Breckenridge, CO
Offered through: WMS and Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Wilderness MedicineLength: Two weeks
Approximate dates: Spring
Location: Reno
Offered through: University of Nevada School of Medicine
Wilderness Medicine: Advanced Wilderness Life SupportLength: Two weeks
Approximate dates: April
Location: Salt Lake City and Moab, Utah
Offered through: University of Utah School of Medicine
Other: elective geared towards medical students aiming for AWLS certification
Wilderness Medicine ElectiveLength: Four weeks
Approximate dates: April
Location: South and North Carolina
Offered through: University of South Carolina
Wilderness Medicine ElectiveLength: Two weeks
Approximate dates: Varies
Location: Various locations in North America
Offered through: Wilderness Medical Associates
Wilderness Medicine Elective
**Available for first- and second-year medical students
Length: Nine weeks
Dates: Fall and Spring
Offered through: SCSD and Torrey Pines
Wilderness Medicine ElectiveLength: Two weeks
Dates: Varies
Location: Fresno and Yosemite
Offered through: Wilderness Medicine Associates International
Wilderness Medicine ImmersionLength: Two weeks
Approximate dates: Summer/Fall
Location: Fresno and Yosemite
Offered through: UCSF Fresno
Zucker SOM Hofstra/Northwell Wilderness Emergency Medicine ElectiveLength: Two weeks