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The WMS is proud to announce the Student Representative - Elect : Michael McLaren. His term (Academic Year 2014-2015) will begin officially after the Board of Directors meeting during the WMS Annual Meeting. The transition, however, between Student Representatives is effective immediately. Please direct all inquires regarding the WMS Student Sector to Michael, available by email: mclarenmp@gmail.com

Student Membership Update

I am happy to announce that the WMS Board of Directors has approved a motion for lowering student membership costs from $50 to $10 per year, demonstrating a strong commitment to its growing student body. This generous offer on behalf of the WMS significantly lowers the financial barrier of a student interested in joining our society. Student Membership will come with online (not printed) access to the Wilderness and Environmental Medicine Journal, the official publication of the WMS. 

Please note that you must be a current student in an accredited medical education program. To prove this, we are requiring a Proof of Enrollment. The Proof of Enrollment is an official document issued by the Office of Student Affairs. It must include verification of current student status and an anticipated date of graduation. Please understand that this student rate is only valid while you are a current student. Continuing students will be required to submit an updated Proof of Enrollment on an annual basis. 

For more information, please contact the WMS Student Representative: Michael McLaren (mclarenmp@gmail.com)


The commitment of the Student Sector of the Wilderness Medical Society is simple: to serve the students. 

From providing the infrastructure and support to start a Student Interest Group at your medical school, to connecting you with a plethora of educational opportunities to learn Wilderness Medicine, to introducing you to a mentor for a research project, our student sector is here to help you connect your passion with your future profession.

If you are a student interested in Wilderness Medicine, we encourage you to join us! Please do not hesitate to contact the Student Representative to find out more on how the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) can help develop your interest.


The Student Sector leadership consists of several student committees and the student representative; their roles and contact information are described below.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Student Representative to find out how you can be more involved in student leadership, either by joining a committee or potentially starting a committee of your own.

Student Representative
The Student Representative is appointed by the WMS Board of Directors to represent the student voice on the Board. S/he appoints and coordinates the efforts of the various student committees, setting objectives to ensure student outreach and maximize the student voice within the society.

Ali S. Arastu (WMS Student Representative)
Keck School of Medicine | MD Candidate 2014
University of Southern California


Student Interest Group (SIG) Committee

The SIG Committee serves wilderness medicine interest groups within medical schools. The committee can help establish a new interest group at your school and/or provide your existing group with logistical support, from required school paperwork to ideas/resources for event programming and lectures.

More information, including an up-to-date list of WMS registered SIGs, can be found on the SIG Committee tab.

Chris Czaplicki (Chair)
SC Keck School of Medicine | Class of 2014
Hugh McDermott 
University of Illinois at Chicago | Class of 2015
Justin Shelton
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine | Class of 2014

Student Education Committee

The Student Education Committee serves to provide medical and other health students with educational opportunities within the realm of wilderness medicine. The committee maintains an up-to-date list of available medical clerkships/rotations, courses and other resources that can enrich your wilderness medicine knowledge base.

More information can be found on the Student Education Committee tab.

Mika Hemphill (Chair)
Univ. of British Columbia - Island Medical Program | Class of 2014
Christopher Bazzoli
The Ohio State University | Class of 2014
Michael McLaren
Quillen COM – Class of 2015

Student Newsletter Committee

The Student Newsletter Committee serves to provide three newsletters per year, ‘for the students, by the student’. Content includes student contributions of a wide variety—accounts of recent expeditions or adventures, areas of expertise, photos, updates from individual interest groups, and wilderness essays.

More information, and an archive of past newsletters, can be found on the Student Newsletter tab.

Alex Clarke (Chair)
Medical University of South Carolina – Medicine| Class of 2015

Student Environmental Committee
The Student Environmental Committee serves to advance knowledge demonstrating the impact of environmental change and degradation on human health among the student body. The committee works closely with its non-student sector in this regard.

Robert Saddawi-Konefka (co-Chair)
University of California, San Diego | MD/PhD Candidate 2016
Courtney Thompson (co-Chair)
University of Ottawa | Class of 2014


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