Wilderness Medicine Fellowship

Department of Family and Community Medicine

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The Family Medicine Department at the University of Nevada, Reno, home of one the oldest, if not the oldest student elective in Wilderness Medicine in the United States, is now offering a fellowship in Wilderness Medicine. This unique 1-year fellowship allows the learner to obtain an expansive understanding of the care of individuals in austere environments. Our fellowship works with a number of partners to provide a wilderness medicine immersion experience that is "second to none". Graduates of this fellowship will have gained advanced skills that are applicable to the fields of wilderness medicine, travel medicine and event medicine. Our fellows will have the opportunity to work in a national park - participate in search and rescue teams, travel and work in Nepal just to name a few of the experiences.

Wilderness Medicine 101 Series: What's In Your Pack? A Medical View

Wilderness Medicine 101 Series: Fang and Fauna Attacks

Wilderness Medicine 101 Series: What To Do When You're Lost

Wilderness Medicine 101 Series: Top 5 Wilderness Injuries

Wilderness Medicine 101 Series: Trail Running Injuries

Contact us for more information

Cheryl Baldovi-Manville  
Family Medicine Residency Coordinator; Sports Medicine Fellowship Coordinator

  • Great Basin National Park
  • Wilderness Medical Society (affiliate)
  • The Tahoe Rim Trail Run  

Our curriculum is fairly extensive and will be approached in didactic, experiential and/or longitudinal forms.  The published curriculum for Wilderness Medicine Fellowships was used as a template and was adjusted to bring a primary care approach to the subject matter.  

  • High-altitude illness
  • Environmental exposure
  • Wilderness trauma
  • Expedition medicine
  • Drowning
  • Dive medicine
  • Aquatic medicine
  • Bites, stings, and zoonoses
  • Wildland fires and fire management
  • Wilderness medicine emergency medical services (EMS)
  • Search and rescue
  • Wilderness survival
  • Avalanche Wilderness toxicology and toxinology
  • Wilderness and Special Populations
  • Global Health/aid
  • The Wilderness Educator

Successful applicants must qualify for Board Certification in Family Medicine and licensure in the state of Nevada. Applicants must submit a letter of interest, medical school transcripts, copies of USMLE scores and three letters of recommendation to be considered for the fellowship. One of the letters of recommendation must be from the applicant's Residency Program Director. This year the UNR Wilderness Medicine Fellowship will be joining the other Wilderness Medicine Fellowships in the WMS match. Be sure to look online at the WMS website for the match directions. Match will take place in late October so send you applications in early. We are accepting applications as of July 1st. For more information email either Cheryl or Dr. Islas.