EMER661BM.11 (Las Vegas)
Wilderness Medicine

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: Wilderness Medicine
  • Short Name: EMER661BM.11 Wilderness Med
  • Course Number: EMER661BM.11
  • Location: Las Vegas
  • Type: Non-Clinical
  • Length: 2 Weeks
  • Preceptor: Matthew Horbal, M.D.

Please contact the department to verify elective availability.


  • The students will learn about preventing and managing injuries and illness in the wilderness, a place where medical technology is limited by equipment, facilities and distance.

Description of Rotation

The student will be immersed in an action-packed two weeks of wilderness activities and challenges in a variety of learning environments. The course will begin on Saturday and include three full days of rope and rescue training with the Las Vegas Search and Rescue Team, including a wilderness rescue scenario and evacuation. Students will be introduced to a variety of topics through didactics and specific challenges. Topics covered include Hypothermia, Submersion, Electrical Injuries, Bites, Stings, Edible and Poisonous Plants, and Heat-related Illness. Other activities scheduled for the clerkship include maps and orienteering, trips to Death Valley and Zion National Parks, desert survival workshop, and high altitude time on Mt. Charleston with avalanche training and rescue scenario. The two weeks will culminate with the SURVIVOR: Las Vegas Wilderness Medicine Challenge and Obstacle Course, which will test the student's wilderness medicine knowledge and skills.


Supplied by Department

  • Wilderness Medicine, Auerbach
  • Search and Rescue Manual
  • Outdoor Emergency Care Manual, National Ski Patrol

Evaluation Method

Students will be evaluated on their ability to utilize their newly attained knowledge and skills to complete a wilderness challenge course.


  • Honors: An exceptional performance which exceeds all course objectives
  • High Pass: A performance which exceeds most course objectives
  • Pass: A performance which meets the course objectives
  • Fail: A performance which does not meet the course objectives

Special Notes

To schedule this elective, please contact Melissa Cicconi

Ph: (702) 383-1958