The fellow will develop and implement a scholarly project with the expectation that the abstract of the project will be presented at a national meeting at the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and/or the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM).

Examples of prior Wilderness Medicine projects from graduates of the Fellowship are listed below:


Dove A, Castaneda R, Spano S. Professional Outcomes and Satisfaction Among Graduate Medical Education Wilderness Medicine Fellowship Alumni in the United States. Wilderness Environ Med. 2022; 33(2):154-62. PMID: 35314106 

Ettinger S, Long A, Ganti A, Mortimer RB, Chiang W, Spano S. Search and Rescue in the Pacific West States. Wilderness Environ Med. 2022; 33(1):43-49. doi: 10.1016/j.wem.2021.11.003. PMID: 34955362 

Ganti A, Davis HE, Musi ME, Spano SJ. Epidemiology of ice climbing injuries among recreational ice climbers at the 2019 Ouray Ice Climbing Festival. Wilderness Environ Med. 2021;32(2):181-186. doi: 10.1016/j.wem.2021.01.010. Epub 2021 May 8. PMID: 33972162. 

Spano SJ, Seymer JA, Crane DH, Auerbach PS. Impact of a Half Dome Cable Permitting Process on Search an​d Rescue Activity, Hiker Mortality Rates, and Operational Costs Above Little Yosemite Valley. Wilderness Environ Med. 2019 Mar 4. pii: S1080-6032(18)30218-7. PMID: 30846401  

Young M, Kim T, Lessard E, Campagne D, Spano S, Farshidpour L, Stroh G. E Emergency Medical Services and Remote Medical Oversight in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, 2011-2013. Wilderness Environ Med. 2018 Oct. pii: S1080-6032(18)30116-9. PMID: 30309823. 

Richardson G, Spano S. Death on the Dome: Epidemiology of Recreational Deaths on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Wilderness Environ Med. 2018;28(4):369. DOI: 10.1016/j.wem.2017.08.020. PMID: 29887349 

Richardson GSpano S. Death on the Dome: Epidemiology of  Recreational Deaths on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Wilderness and Environmental Med. Under review.

Storkan MSpano S. Environmental and Navigational Problems Experienced by Long-Distance Backpackers in the Sierra Nevada (abstract). Academic Emergency Medicine. 2017;20(5):S21.

Spano S, Crane D, Seymer J, Auerbach P. Impact of a Half Dome Cable Permitting Process on Search and Rescue Activity, Hiker Mortality Rates, and Operational Costs above Little Yosemite Valley. (abstract). Academic Emergency Medicine. 2017;25(5):S21.

Meyer D, Constantino A, Spano S. Implicating Factors of Diarrheal Illness Among Long-Distance Backpackers in the Sierra Nevada. Wilderness Environmental Med. 2017;28(1):4-9.

Luck JB, Campagne D, Falcón­Banchs R, Montoya J, Spano SJ. Pressures of wilderness improvised wound irrigation techniques: how do they compare? Wilderness & Environmental Medicine. 2016 Dec; 27(4):476­481.

Meyer DJYoung M. Expanding Wilderness Medicine Fellowship Eligibility Beyond Emergency Medicine. Wilderness Environ Med. 2016 Jun;27(2):338-40. PMID: 26961846

Weichenthal L, Crane D, Rond L. Needle Thoracostomy in the Prehospital Setting: A Retrospective Observational Study. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2016 May-Jun;20(3):399-403. PMID: 26807605

Sunde C, Spano S. Wilderness Care of Acute Traumatic Wounds Curriculum. Trauma Cases Rev. 2016; 2:039.

Spano, S: Medicine in the National Park Service. In Auerbach P, et al. (ed): Wilderness Medicine, 7th Edition, St Louis, Missouri, Elsevier Health Sciences USA, 2016.

Hooker RYoung M, Hendey G:  Hyperkalemia Frequently Presents as Symptomatic Bradycardia in the Prehospital Setting (abstract).  Academic Emergency Medicine 2015;22:S86.

Weichenthal L, Crane DH, Rond L, Roche C. Needle Thoracostomy for Patients with Prolonged Transport Times: A Case-control Study. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2015 Jul 8:1-5. PMID: 26152549

Campagne D, Young M, Wheeler J, Stroh G, Pediatric Tape: Accuracy and Medication delivery in the National Park Service. West JEM 2015 Sept(5):665-670.

Spano SJ, Vohra R, Macias F: Long-Term Complications of Rattlesnake Bites: A Telephone Survey From Central California. Wilderness Environ Med. 2014 Feb 4. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24507436

Spano SJ, Dimock B: They Had Me in Stitches: A Grand Canyon River Guide’s Case Report and a Review of Wilderness Wound Management Literature. Wilderness Environ Med. 2014 Jan 10. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24418453.

Spano SJ, Reagle Z, Evans T: Symptomatic hypotonic hyponatremia presenting at high altitude. Wilderness Environ Med. 2014 Mar;25(1):69-74. PMID: 24411978.

Spano S, Campagne D, Stroh G, Shalit M. A Lightning Multiple Casualty Incident in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Wilderness Environ Med. 2014 Sep 30. PMID: 25281586

Spano S, Macias F, Snowden B, Vohra R:  Snakebite Survivors Club: Retrospective Review of Rattlesnake Bites in Central California. Toxicon. 2013;69:38–41.

Vohra R, Spano S. Circus Venomous: A New Tool in Toxinology Education. Toxicon 2013;69:126-30.

Weichenthal L, Spano SHoran B, Miss J:  Improvised Traction Splints:  A Wilderness Medicine Tool or Hindrance? Wilderness and Environmental Medicine 2012;23:61-64.

Weichenthal L, Spano SHoran B, Schmitt E: EMS in Rural and Wilderness Areas. In Tintinalli J, et al. (ed): EMS, A Practical Global Guidebook, Shelton, Connecticut, People’s Medical Publishing House–USA, 2010:575-587.