About Wilderness Medicine

The goal of Wilderness Medicine is to be an academic resource for healthcare providers at all levels who spend time in and have a passion for the great outdoors.  We aim to educate students, healthcare providers and the public to help victims and patients who are in a Wilderness or Austere environment.  With growing numbers of people participating in outdoor activities, especially in remote places, there is a growing need for a special skill set that allows providers to initiate and implement care with limited resource.  

We offer educational opportunities in the following manner:

  • Lectures
  • Medical student elective
  • Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) certification
  • Research


Director - Wilderness Medicine

Medical Student Rotation

William Peterson, MD

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Assistant Director, Emergency Medicine Medical Student Clerkship
Director, Emergency Medicine Residency Preparatory Course


Benjamin Bassin, MD

Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Associate Director, Survival Flight
Director, Emergency Critical Care Center

Jenna White, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of New Mexico