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Frequently Asked Questions about the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship



What is the Fellowship recruitment timeline and application process?

Recruitment for the following academic year opens in May and applications will be accepted through the end of business day on September 15. Interviews will be scheduled with candidates in October. The Wilderness Medicine Fellowship Program has a Match Notification date of November 1st.

Application Requirements

  • A letter of intent
  • CV
  • 3 letters of recommendation (one must be from residency PD)

Application Deadline: September 15th, annually

Application Interviews: October 

Application Decision: November 1st, annually

Fellowship Start Date: July 1st

What is the duration of the fellowship?

The fellowship is one year, non-ACGME accredited program.

How many fellows will be accepted?

We expect to be able to offer slots for 1 candidate per year of the fellowship.

What are the requirements for eligibility?

Fellows must be board-eligible in emergency medicine. Although the primary training site is UC San Diego Health, rotations are also offered at Rady Children’s Hospital, Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Diego, and El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Does the fellowship program accept international applicants?

International medical graduates are eligible to apply to the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship if they are US Board eligible in emergency medicine and have graduated from an ACGME accredited Emergency Medicine Residency Program. For more information about the application process for international medical graduates, click here.

What are the requirements to successfully complete the training program?


  • United States Emergency Medicine Board Eligible or Board Certified. Consideration of United States Family Medicine Board Eligible/Certified (clinical work restricted to outpatient urgent care setting). 
  • Clinical Requirements: Average 48 clinical hours in the UCSD Department of Emergency Medicine clinical sites.
  • Up to 8 weeks over the academic year will be devoted to field-work in which there is no clinical responsibility.
  • Salary: Highly competitive 
  • Full UCSD benefits including medical and dental with the clinical position 
  • Spending Account: Discretionary Allowance
  • Attend at least one National/International Conference on Wilderness Medicine 
  • Administrative support 

Evaluation Procedures:

Fellowship director will meet formally during monthly Wilderness Medicine journal clubs. Written evaluations will be completed on a semi annual basis. The fellow will be evaluated on the quality of research completed and on formal research presentations. Successful completion of the fellowship will be ultimately determined by the fellowship director and core faculty. The wilderness medicine fellow will evaluate all components of the fellowship as well as core faculty.

Scholarly Activities/Research:

It is expected that all Wilderness Medicine Fellows will actively pursue research as a focus of their fellowship. Fellows will conceive and perform original investigations leading to presentations and publication of results. There are numerous research opportunities within the DEM:

  • Research on stingray envenomations presentation, treatment and sequela in conjunction with the Division of Toxicology
  • Research on stingray foreign body identification
  • Aquatic Injuries Registry (AIR) research
  • Ongoing and novel research opportunities through the San Diego Center of Excellence in Diving

Clinical Activities:

Fellows with a background in Emergency Medicine are expected to maintain their primary board skills in the ED. Opportunities are available at both UC San Diego Health sites, Rady Children’s Hospital, and El Centro Regional Medical Center.