EMS/Wilderness Medicine Track

Purpose: To provide enhanced education and experience to residents with a specific interest in EMS and Wilderness Medicine. Residents in this track learn/take part in activities related to the following.


    • Monthly journal club
    • Guided self-paced reading of Auerbach Wilderness Medicine and EMS text
    • Teaching opportunities: medical school interest groups, residency didactics, airway day, cold water rescue, EMS day, EMS department CE education, disaster planning/support, regional conferences


    • Research and journal club coordination
    • Compile conferences/events/certifications/activities ect
    • Senior members serve as Assistant Medical Director for local Fire/EMS agencies
    • Local EMS involvement
    • EM specific committees: EMRA, ACEP, SAEM
    • National Committees: Search and Rescue, Ski Patrol, Wilderness Medicine Society
    • Other national/international agencies based on resident specific Wilderness Medicine/EMS interest


    • Original research
    • “Core content” publication

Conference attendance

    • Candidates will be expected to attend at least one WM or EMS conference during their PGY3 and PGY4 year

National/International Certifications

    • Various certifications with plan for initial participation, followed by leadership
    • Pursuing certifications to help broaden the residents knowledge of available training in WM and EMS
      • Examples are NOLS, AWLS, WFR, DiMM, ect


  • Meet with faculty and have continuous online communication throughout the course of the track.
  • Attend mandatory, monthly journal club
  • Complete 1 additional scholarly activity that is Wilderness Medicine or EMS related (to be submitted for publication) to be presented at a regional/state/national conference.
  • Develop and present at least one WM or EMS lecture/year for EM didactics
  • Develop and present at least two educational lectures/year for EMS providers
  • Hold local or national leadership position in EMS or Wilderness Medicine
  • Serve on the EMS committee for the department’s annual CME offerings
  • Give at least two lectures/year to medical school interest groups
  • Attend at least one conference as stated above in PGY 3 or 4 year