The curriculum is designed to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career in wilderness medicine. As such a vast field, each fellow's experience is therefore tailored to meet their objectives and goals. Regardless of the fellow's objectives, the curriculum is structured to give each fellow a well-rounded foundation in both academic skills, and practical skills for the care of patients in an austere environment.

Fellows have the opportunity and flexibility to explore special interests in wilderness medicine with mentorship in many areas including: 
  • Research 
  • Wilderness EMS 
  • Expedition medicine 
  • Education 
  • Conference/CME expedition planning 
  • International wilderness medicine 
  • Dive medicine, in partnership with Divers Alert Network 

Program Goals

The goal of the program is to prepare fellows for success in a career in wilderness medicine. The program is designed to provide all fellows with a solid foundation in the principles of wilderness medical care, while developing a focus in a particular area of expertise, of the fellow's choosing.


Fellows are required to attend didactic sessions, all of which are primarily hands-on and performed in the field. They will also be expected to help with the organization and planning of a regional student conference, assist as faculty on a wilderness medicine course for the School of Medicine, as well as teach at a national resident and student elective. Fellows will develop an individual plan to blend training and experiences to cover the wilderness medicine core content curriculum, develop skills in scholarship, and fellows must maintain their primary board skills during the fellowship with an expectation to work six clinical shifts each month. Clinical shifts will occur at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Moonlighting is available in our clinical community sites for fellows who desire additional clinical time.


Fellows may elect to live in Winston-Salem, NC or the surrounding communities. The academic core of the fellowship is in Winston-Salem, and most fellows choose to live here. Winston-Salem is the gateway to the NC High Country and is surrounded by world-class rock climbing, whitewater, hiking and mountain biking. The temperate climate allows us to enjoy these activities year-round.