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New wilderness medicine fellowship

New Wilderness Medicine Fellowship

The Department of Emergency Medicine is proud to open applications for its first Wilderness Medicine Fellowship.

It was the only sensible next step after the addition of a critical access island hospital, Catalina Island Medical Center, and two new enthusiastic experts — Dr. Isabel Algaze and Dr. Sangeeta Sakaria — joining our EMS expert Dr. Robert Katzer.

With a campus favorably situated next to the Pacific Ocean by several mountain peaks and the high desert, we have the perfect environment for a fellow to hone in, or perfect, multiple wilderness skills, such as alpinism, climbing, whitewater rafting or diving.

The goal of the wilderness fellowship is to train physicians to prepare for medical emergencies in austere environments. Our fellows will be able to respond and manage the broad array of emergencies that may occur far from any hospital.

We will provide a strong background in wilderness medicine skills, theory and competencies. Fellows will learn through organized didactics, projects, technical skills courses and clinical experience.

We also collaborate with several international projects that will be available upon request. During the fellowship, the trainee will develop and implement at least two longitudinal educational projects, and we offer the option of completing an MPH, which is desired.

We believe our fellows will ultimately possess the skills to serve as a director of instructional Wilderness Medicine or in a leadership capacity for an undergraduate/graduate medical education curriculum after training.

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