Wilderness Division Leaders
Marc Cassonne, DO
Yevginy Maksimenko, MD
Marc Cassonne, DO
Yevginy Maksimenko, MD
"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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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!Learn More
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’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?Learn More
Wilderness ResourcesHow to develop a WM lecture series
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
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.Go to Chapter 30
Additional External Wilderness Articles
ACEP Now 10/18/2016
ACEP Now 12/19/2017
ALiEM - Academic Life in Emergency Medicine 7/16/2013
ACEP Now 9/19/2016