WMS Student/Resident Elective
4-week Student/Resident Elective: January 31 – February 24, 2022
2-week Advanced Resident Elective: February 10 – 24, 2022

More information will be available at a later date.  

For more information, email Gabi Glass.

The Wilderness Medical Society in association with the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine offer:
"A Standard in Wilderness Medicine Education"


Four-week WMS Student/Resident Elective
Designed  for third and fourth year medical students, residents, 2nd year PA students and senior nursing students who are enrolled in a program at an accredited or internationally recognized allopathic or osteopathic medical school (PA or nursing school) or residency program in the US and abroad.  Students must be proficient in English in order to qualify for consideration (see below). This elective provides four weeks of instruction including:
• Small group discussions of wilderness scenarios
• Formal lectures of Wilderness Medicine principles and specific topics by leaders in the field
• Instruction in survival and pre-hospital patient assessment and evacuation
• Wilderness Emergency Medical Responder Course
Includes registration for the WMS Winter Meeting (~$200 value)
Includes Wilderness Medicine Kit

Two-week WMS Advanced Resident Elective
The WMS Advanced Resident Elective is designed for residents with a passion for wilderness medicine and is appropriate for residents with prior wilderness medicine experience including prior participation in student wilderness medicine electives, WFR courses, AWLS courses or other structured wilderness medicine activities. Residents should have wilderness travel experience including backpacking and be comfortable leading others into the backcountry. The four-week elective experience is more appropriate for those residents new to the field of wilderness medicine.
The goal of the two-week WMS Advanced Resident Elective is to develop physician leaders and educators in the field of wilderness medicine.  Residents will also be able to work towards their Fellowships in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) and practice in-hospital care of wilderness emergencies with high fidelity simulation. Residents will also develop educational skills by designing and carrying out scenarios for medical students participating in the concurrent WMS Student Elective. Residents from all specialties are welcome!
This 2 week elective includes:
• Small group discussions of wilderness scenarios
• Formal lectures of Wilderness Medicine principles and specific topics by leaders in the field
• Instruction in survival and pre-hospital patient assessment and in hospital care
Includes registration for the WMS Winter Meeting (~$250 value)
Includes Wilderness Medicine Kit

All this and more from your living room, backyard and nearby outdoor adventure spots!
4 week Student/ Resident Elective Objectives:
• Act as a medical group leader in backcountry or other remote settings
• Advise a wilderness travel group concerning care and evacuation of ill or injured members
• Plan for the medical support of wilderness and adventure travel experiences
• Manage common illnesses and injuries in an austere environment with limited resources
• Understand the physician’s role in search and rescue
• Identify and plan for special hazards in a variety of extreme environments
• Demonstrate basic competence in exotic travel and wilderness survival skills
2 Week Advanced Resident Elective Objectives:

Credits:
The curriculum is structured to be academically demanding. It was developed by a review committee of nationally recognized faculty from the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS). Each participant must query their own institution IN ADVANCE as to whether the elective will be accepted by their home institution.

Grading:
Grading system is pass/ fail based on performance during WFR course, in scenarios and on the final practicum (hike). Students should bring any grading forms required by their institutions in hard copy to the course.

Diversity and Discrimination:
The WMS does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or political affiliation. A reasonable attempt will be made by the WMS selection committee to maintain gender diversity within the class.  All class slots will be filled with quality applicants.

Safety and Risk Management:
The Wilderness Medical Society and Wilderness Adventure faculty are committed to providing a safe and rewarding elective experience. However, all risk from injury cannot be eliminated. Course work will involve individual activities in rugged terrain, remote locations and bad weather. Leadership, planning, and conduct of these activities with respect to these risks is an important part of the elective educational experience. Good physical and mental conditioning is vital to successful completion of the course.
Students will be responsible for providing, maintaining, and transporting their own equipment. They might be expected to sleep outdoors (if home location allows) and care for themselves in extreme weather conditions. 

Questions:

Program Directors: Stephanie LareauErin MeyerChristopher Waasdorp

For administrative questions, please email Gabi Glass