Wilderness Medicine Rotation


140.31:  Wilderness Medicine-Fresno
Michelle Storkan, MD

One of the best and most practical courses I have taken in medical school.  I will recommend it to all of my friends.


A Medical Student

This course is a great introduction to wilderness medicine. The first week is spent in a didactic setting, covering the major topics in wilderness medicine.  In the second week, we head to the wilderness of the Sierra Nevadas to implement the knowledge we have gained to many practical scenarios, including basic preparedness, search and rescue, and wilderness improvisation.

Topics Covered:

  • High Altitude Illness
  • Heat and Cold Illness
  • Burns
  • Wildland Fires
  • Allergies and Anaphylaxis
  • Wilderness Trauma
  • Wilderness Preparedness
  • Search and Rescue
  • Bites and Stings
  • Wilderness Improvisation
  • Rock climbing
  • Water Safety

Courses offered:

9/04/2023 – 9/15/2023. Class is planned as in-person, but will notify students of any changes.

Applications accepted beginning 1/01/2023

Deadline to apply is 3/01/2023

Students will be notified approximately 2 weeks after deadline

Location: Fresno/Yosemite

Maximum Students:
Summer Course– 14

Housing: $150.  The housing fee is prorated for non-UCSF students (not applicable to UCSF students).  Cost for housing is $150 for one week of the course.

Please do not send housing fee until application has been accepted by the EM program)

Application Fee: $150 per non-UCSF student.  (do not send fees with initial application as fees are assessed upon acceptance to program)

Application Instructions: Please read these instructions and then proceed to Steps 1-3 below to formally apply. Once you have completed filling out the online Elective Application, you will submit your one page essay that should include your name, age, address, date of birth, name of medical school, an explanation of your plans after medical school and  a discussion of your interest in Wilderness Medicine and how it is an integral part of your future in medicine.  You will be requested to send in your application fee and housing fee once the review process is complete and you are notified of acceptance.

Steps to Apply for Wilderness Medicine:

  1. For the Elective Application, click on the following link and proceed to Step 2:  fresno.ucsf.edu/medical-student-programs/electronic-applications/
  2. Submit your one page essay to [email protected]
  3. You will receive email confirmation that your application and essay were received. Comments: Students must be prepared to cover some expenses related to backcountry activities including their camping equipment. This elective is not part of the UCSF lottery.