Wilderness Medicine Track

I appreciate the opportunity to participate in the Wilderness Medicine Track through the Marshall Family Medicine Residency Program. The foundation of my experience was formed with readings in Auerbach's cornerstone text and reinforced and expanded by periodic Wilderness Medicine and International Health evening meetings among students, residents, faculty, and special guests. This was built on extensively by the Wilderness Medical Society Elective during my second year, at that time held in the Smokies. This comprised about three and a half weeks of dedicated didactics and field experience. During my second year, I also attended the Wilderness Medical Society Desert Medicine Conference, as this is a particular area of interest for me. Finally, during my third year, the track was capped off with six weeks in the field on a trip that took me through some of the most spectacular country in the western states. The Wilderness Medicine Track helped teach me not only how to prepare for the delivery of medical care in the field, but also how to be able to deliver medical care in a resource-deficient environment outside of the apparent security of our offices and hospitals (or even inside them when the "proper" tools are not be available and alternatives must be improvised).

-- a former Wilderness Medicine Track Resident

This program will allow participants to complete a fully accredited residency in Family Practice, receive special training in community-oriented family medicine with an emphasis in wilderness medicine, complete electives in wilderness settings.

1. Provide a syllabus of readings and the text, WILDERNESS MEDICINE, edited by Paul Auerbach; 
2. Provide a two-week learning experience in wilderness medicine topics in the first year; 
3. Allow you to participate in a multi-week wilderness medicine course during your second year; 
4. Arrange for 4-6 weeks of field experiences in desert, tropical, high altitude or temperate climate settings for which we will cover airfare and lodging expenses in your third year.

Lee Van Horn, MD

"Following the wilderness medicine tract has allowed me to maintain and grow my skills in the outdoor arena. It also has given me the opportunity to be an added asset on wilderness expeditions with my medical training."


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-- Lee Van Horn, MD 

The diverse backgrounds and interests of our faculty offer solid support for the Wilderness Medicine Track. Members of our faculty have expertise in many areas.

  1. Sponsor your membership in the Wilderness Medical Society; http://www.wms.org/
  2. Send you to the annual scientific meeting of The Wilderness Medical Society for one of your three years here;