University of Michigan Wilderness Medicine M4 Student Elective

During the month of September, this course is held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  The course is composed of both classroom learning and hands-on activities taught by Emergency Medicine residents and faculty from University of Michigan and outside academic institutions.  There are approximately 40 hours of lecture time and the course is usually accredited for Wilderness Medical Society Fellowship (FAWM) credits. 

2019 will mark the eighth year this course has been held. Each year builds on the previous year’s success; we have expanded our course to include 15 students from U of M and 5 visiting student spots. If you are a UM student and interested to join us for this elective, please register through Oasis Scheduling System (hyperlink to:  

If you are a visiting student please complete the VSAS application below.

Visiting Student Application

All visiting students have to apply through University of Michigan Office of Medical Student Education (OMSE).  The rotation fills quickly so please be prompt with your VSAS application.  Applications will be accepted starting April of every year. Course acceptance offers issued end of May of every year.  Course ID: 044654.  Course number: 1WLDR.U.  Course is listed under Emergency Medicine.

U of M visiting student website, VSAS link is available here.


Course Description

Sample Calendar of Classes from 2013

Student Comments/Reviews of Course from 2013

Student Interest Group

The mission of the Austere Environment Medicine Student Interest Group is to provide fundamental knowledge and foster interest in wilderness medicine for the University of Michigan medical students. 

Our activities include multiple evening talks and sessions during the year and an annual Wilderness Medicine Day each spring with hands-on training in splinting, neck stabilization, hypothermia, carrying a patient, and a challenging search & rescue. 

Course Leads:

Nathan Brouwer, MD

William Peterson, MD


Wilderness Medical Society

Wilderness Medical Society Student Interest Groups

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