The Wilderness Medicine Fellowship program is a university-based training program with a strong experiential focus, located in Winston-Salem, NC at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Educational experiences will take place locally in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with ample opportunities to travel throughout the United States and internationally for training and clinical work.

The Medical Center is an 830-bed tertiary care facility with an American College of Surgeons-verified Level I adult trauma and American Burn Association-verified burn center. It also serves also as North Carolina's only pediatric Level I trauma center, part of the 160-bed Brenner's Children's Hospital. The emergency department has an annual volume of more than 100,000 visits and is separated into adult, pediatric and clinical decision unit sections. 

The Wilderness Medicine fellow will have a variety of core educational experiences: 

  • Medical direction of wilderness EMS systems
  • Technical rescue training
  • Participation in resident, medical student, EMS and community education
  • Planning an expedition

Why Train at Wake Forest?

Wake Forest School of Medicine enjoys a fully accredited Emergency Medicine Residency Program that began in 1974—one of the first programs in the country. Following this rich heritage, the Department of Emergency Medicine is proud to offer a wilderness medicine fellowship.

Fellows have the resources of a major academic medical center and university, as well as access to amazing outdoor recreation and wilderness medicine opportunities. Our large network of community emergency departments allows fellows the choice to work clinical shifts in both busy suburban hospitals, as well as small and remote critical access hospitals in the mountains.