Wilderness Committee

Wilderness

Wilderness Division Leaders

Chair

Charlie Duke, MD

Yale
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Chair-Elect

Lauren Altschuh, MD

Wellspan York Hospital
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Vice Chair

Marc Cassone, DO

Geisinger Medical Center

Vice Chair

Yevgeniy Maksimenko, MD

Boston Medical Center

Staff Liaison

James Bryant

Project Manager
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Ex-Officio Board Member

Geoffrey Comp, DO

Ohio Health Doctors Hospital
Contact Geoff

Chair

Charlie Duke, MD

Yale
Contact Charlie

Chair-Elect

Lauren Altschuh, MD

Wellspan York Hospital
Contact Lauren

Vice Chair

Marc Cassone, DO

Geisinger Medical Center

Vice Chair

Yevgeniy Maksimenko, MD

Boston Medical Center

Staff Liaison

James Bryant

Project Manager
Contact James

Ex-Officio Board Member

Geoffrey Comp, DO

Ohio Health Doctors Hospital
Contact Geoff

"As humans extend into remote reaches of the globe and large populations encounter environmental changes at an ever-increasing rate, this medicine of exploration, adventure, travel, and disaster response has become indispensable. While much of the medicine practiced in remote areas or under environmental extremes is “emergency” in nature, the field of wilderness medicine has advanced beyond the exciting rescues of extreme alpinists and survivalists. It has expanded in scope beyond the physiology and pathophysiology of medical conditions relevant to wilderness environments to include the practice of medicine in situations of constrained resources, during times of catastrophe, and often in impoverished countries during global humanitarian relief. Practitioners skilled in wilderness medicine have become rescuers and leaders noted for their resourcefulness and rugged practicality." - Dr. Paul Auerbach

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Wilderness Fellowships

Check out the Wilderness Fellowship opportunities 

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ACEP Wilderness Section

As a resident, you get joint memberships in both EMRA and ACEP - so make sure you're aware and informed of what the ACEP Wilderness Section is doing!

When you set up your EMRA/ACEP membership, you get (2) section memberships for free - one to the ACEP Young Physician Section, and one of your choice. Why not make that choice Wilderness Medicine?

Additional ACEP section fees are half off - only $20!

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Wilderness Virtual Mentorship

If you are new to the committee or have an interest in Wilderness Medicine, but do not have adequate mentorship at your home institution, please fill in the information below and allow us to pair you with a mentor in your region or who shares your academic interests! 

If you're a fellow or an attending interested in serving as either a short-term or long-term mentor to those interested in wilderness medicine, please fill in the information below.

Virtual Mentorship Registration

EMRA MedWAR

EMRA’s MedWAR (Medical Wilderness Adventure Race) combines wilderness medicine with adventure racing to create a unique event designed to teach and test wilderness survival and medical skills.  This event provides residents and medical students an opportunity for hands-on wilderness medicine experience. The best way to learn wilderness medicine is to get outside and practice. Participants are challenged to use their broad knowledge of wilderness medicine to handle a series of potential medical emergencies. Do you have what it takes to compete? 

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Simulation Materials

True wilderness emergencies are not an everyday event for most of us but as we strive to be prepared for medical complications in the wilderness, simulation can play a vital role in transferring our knowledge into skills and practical action. Four high-fidelity cases were developed by the Stanford Wilderness Medicine Fellowship and presented by the ACEP Wilderness Medicine Section at ACEP13 in Seattle. The case files have been made available by the Stanford Wilderness Medicine Fellowship and we encourage you to download them and use them in your respective programs or training organizations:

Case I
Case II
Case III
Case IV

EMRA Fellowship Guide

Chapter 30 Wilderness Medicine Fellowship

Wilderness medicine (WM) is the practice of medicine with limited resources in austere environments, or health care provided anywhere in which environmental conditions have inflicted a patient’s physiologic insult. This simple definition belies the complexity of this specialty, as well as the extensive and varied opportunities it provides. Training in wilderness medicine can prepare physicians to treat mountaineers and sherpas on Everest, serve as directors of national parks, oversee search and rescue missions, work in hyperbarics or dive medicine, and provide medical care on expeditions or at remote scientific base camps. A wilderness medicine physician must not only have a knowledge of medical problems that arise in the elements (i.e. acute mountain sickness, hypothermia, lightning strikes, dysbarism, and envenomations, to name a few), but also how to acutely manage these problems outside of the hospital and often with minimal support.

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July
30

WV Wild Med - New River Gorge

West Virginia Wilderness Medicine - New River Gorge July 20 - Aug 11

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August
3

WMS Annual Meeting & Wilderness Conference

Midway, UT (Dates TBD) Save the date for this exciting annual meeting at the Zermatt Resort in central Utah!

Additional External Wilderness Articles

Education and Celebration With EMRA

ACEP Now
ACEP Now 10/18/2016
The Emergency Medicine Residents Association (EMRA) helps kick your finances into gear and celebrates the people who... The post Education and Celebration With EMRA appeared first on ACEP Now .
Overview: In this podcast, we take a glimpse into the world of wilderness medicine and learn about how it ties in with Emergency Medicine and EMS. To do this, we look at the practice of...

Medical Improvisation and the Media

Kenneth V. Iserson, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM, FIFEM
ACEP Now 12/19/2017
Medical improvisation is a subject with which I have had a lot of experience throughout my career.... The post Medical Improvisation and the Media appeared first on ACEP Now .

Trick of the Trade: Less traumatic nasopharyngoscopy

Michelle Lin, MD
ALiEM - Academic Life in Emergency Medicine 7/16/2013
A fiberoptic nasopharyngoscope is a handy tool to check patients for suspected foreign bodies (e.g. fishbone stuck in throat) or laryngeal edema. Depending on the diameter of your fiberoptic cable,
It is with great pleasure that announce our 2015-2016 ALiEM Fellows for Social Media and Digital Scholarship: Dr. Alissa Mussell from West Virginia University Emergency Medicine Residency Program and
Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA) activities are not only awesome, they’re affordably priced. By that, we mean... The post Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association Events,