Clerkship Coordinator: 
Sonya Martyna-Seaman / Emergency Medicine Program Manager
(520) 621-5300

EMD 850B - Wilderness Medicine

Special Note: 

UA Students may use Oasis to register for this course.

Visiting Student Eligibility: In order to be a visiting student at the University of Arizona/Emergency Department, you must:

  • be in your 4th year of medical school at an LCME or COCA accredited program.
  • attend a university that has an affiliation agreement with the College of Medicine – Tucson.
  • have either BLS or ACLS training that has not expired.

A final practical takes place in the wilderness on the final day of the course.


Fourth-Year Only
April 10, 2023 to April 18, 2023
Open to 4th year students
Course Director: 
Christopher G. Williams, MD
Contact Phone: 
(520) 621-5300




This elective consists of didactic lectures in the classroom, as well as a practical session in the wilderness. The didactics will be Monday through Friday the first week and Monday through Thursday the second week.  Class will typically be in the morning. There will be a practical session in a wilderness setting somewhere within an hour of Tucson (location subject to change). This practical session will involve breaking into smaller groups, coming upon scenarios where the students will have to take charge, assign roles, and apply the skills they have learned. (Volunteers in moulage will man the scenarios.)  A faculty member or lecturer will observe/evaluate each group. 
Please note there is an optional—but highly recommended—campout the night before the final practical session.  (Details will be in the final schedule.)  The purpose of the campout is to enjoy one another’s company, get away from the city and revel in nature.  It’s not a bad way to finish up med school!  If you have camping equipment, great, but if not, we will crowd-source and make sure everyone has what they need.  Please don’t feel like you have to go buy things for camping.