University of Michigan Wilderness Medicine M4 Student Elective

During the month of September, this course is held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  The course is composed of both classroom learning and hands-on activities taught by Emergency Medicine residents and faculty from University of Michigan and outside academic institutions.  There are approximately 40 hours of lecture time and the course is usually accredited for Wilderness Medical Society Fellowship (FAWM) credits. 

2016 will mark the fifth year this course has been held.  Each year builds on the previous year’s success; we have expanded our course to include 15 students from U of M and 5 visiting student spots.  Register with Heather Wourman pr at 734.763.1271 if you are a U of M student.  If you are a visiting student please complete the VSAS application below.

Visiting Student Application

All visiting students have to apply through University of Michigan Office of Medical Student Education (OMSE).  The rotation fills quickly so please be prompt with your VSAS application.  Applications will be accepted starting April 2106.  Processing begins end of April 2016 with acceptance offers issued end of May 2016.  Course ID 044654.  Course number: 1WLDR.U.  Course is listed under Emergency Medicine.

U of M visiting student website, VSAS link is available here.


Course Description

Sample Calendar of Classes from 2013

Student Comments/Reviews of Course from 2013

Student Interest Group

The mission of the Austere Environment Medicine Student Interest Group is to provide fundamental knowledge and foster interest in wilderness medicine for the University of Michigan medical students. 

Our activities include multiple evening talks and sessions during the year and an annual Wilderness Medicine Day each spring with hands-on training in splinting, neck stabilization, hypothermia, carrying a patient, and a challenging search & rescue. 

Upcoming Events


Student Officer 2015-2016:

Alex Blaty (M2)
Erika Kokkinos (M2)
Rebecca Pilkerton (M1)


Wilderness Medical Society

Wilderness Medical Society Student Interest Groups

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