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RUHS Wilderness Medicine Fellowship Overview

One-year Wilderness Medicine Fellowship (starts July 1st)


One-year curriculum focuses on a broad, practical exposure to wilderness medicine knowledge and applications

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Exposure to dive medicine through NOAA dive training including a comprehensive 3 week SCUBA certification course and 2-week physician dive medicine course. Optional deployment as part of medical team on oceanic dive missions.



Learn and apply search and rescue techniques from Riverside Mountain Rescue team as a formal member, participating in annual trainings and assistance in SAR calls. Experience the mountains of Southern California both in the fall and the winter.



Leveraging the expansive, beautiful Joshua Tree National Park's location nearby, fellow will get exposure to providing austere medical care in a desert.

Fellow Education

Through this comprehensive curriculum, we prepare our fellow to excel in the various environments of austere medicine, fostering a deep understanding of both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Whether in the pages of a textbook, the rugged landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park and Southern California mountain ranges, or the cutting-edge realm of mobile learning, fellows will experience the breadth and depth of contemporary wilderness medicine.

Academic Experience

Bi-monthly Didactic Meetings with the Director:
  • Deep dives into the topics from Auerbach's textbook, with case-based discussions and real-world applications

  • Integration of up-to-date literature, keeping the fellow updated on the latest research and advancements in wilderness medicine

Regular Journal Clubs
  • Exploration and critical analysis of recent wilderness medicine research

  • Facilitates discussions on current best practices and emerging trends in the field

Asynchronous Resident Wilderness Medicine Curriculum via Mobile App
  • Fellow is responsible for expansion and oversight of an innovative digital curriculum that allows residents to engage with wilderness medicine content at their own pace

  • Features interactive case studies, quizzes, multimedia content, and more, all tailored to wilderness medicine

Lectures and Skills Training
  • Fellow will deliver lectures on a range of wilderness medicine topics, ensuring residents are well-prepared for real-world scenarios

  • Hands-on skills training sessions cover everything from basic wilderness first aid to advanced rescue techniques

Annual SonoWAR Adventure Race in Joshua Tree National Park
  • A unique event that blends the worlds of ultrasound and wilderness medicine, challenging participants in both disciplines.

  • Fellow plays a key role in organizing, promoting, and executing this half-day event, ensuring a combination of education, competition, and fun.


Fellow has time set aside to explore and curate their own personal or professional interests. Current opportunities include:



Clinical Work

Clinical shifts worked at Riverside University Health System, a level 1 trauma center in Southern California and the only pediatric trauma center for the county of Riverside. RUHS emergency department sees >90,000 patients per year.

Additional clinical shifts at Hi-Desert Medical Center, a critical access hospital for the Mojave Desert.


Fellowship funded by Vituity physician partnership

Annual salary ~$110,000 + full benefits

Comprehensive CME funding >$25,000

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