Wilderness Medicine

The Wilderness Medicine fellowship is a 1-year program that provides the core content of medical knowledge and skills in being able to plan for and to provide care in an environment that is limited by resources and geographically separated from definitive medical care in all types of weather and evacuation situations. The fellow will be supported to attain certification with the Diploma in Mountain Medicine as well as becoming a leader and an advanced instructor in the growing specialty of wilderness medicine. Please contact the Fellowship Director, Dr. David Della-Giustina, at david.della-giustina@yale.edu for any questions.

  • You will be supported to attain certification with the Diploma in Mountain Medicine, which will include a guided glaciated alpine ascent and completing a Level 1 Avalanche course.
  • You will be the expedition physician on a national geographic around the world expedition. You can get more information by visiting the National Geographic Expeditions website.
  • You will become an advanced instructor and course director for wilderness education courses, to include Advanced Wilderness Life Support.
  • You will attend the Wilderness Medical Society‚Äôs Wilderness and Mountain Medicine Course and begin the process to becoming a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine
  • You will direct the resident / student elective rotation in Wilderness Medicine
  • You will be a faculty advisor for the Wilderness Medicine Area of Concentration for the Yale EM Residency and the Wilderness Medicine Interest Group for the Yale School of Medicine.
  • You will undergo training in desert medicine
  • You will have a specific curriculum in wilderness toxicology

The fellowship offers an appointment as a Clinical Instructor to the faculty of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. Fellows are entitled to the faculty benefits package, four weeks of vacation, and a competitive salary. Applicants must be residency trained and board certified/qualified in Emergency Medicine.