Program Director Message

Jim Davis

Susanne Spano, MD

Program Director

UCSF Diversity

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The curriculum is designed to be flexible to allow each fellow to create an experience that best meets their needs. There are required and optional experiences for the fellow to choose from.

Required Experiences:

 Additional Optional Experiences:

  • Fresno County Sherriff’s Search and Rescue Team member
  • Skylife Medical Direction and ride-along experiences
  • Training opportunities with the National Park Service
  • Protocols for the National Park Service EMS providers
  • Tactical medicine involvement (NPS)
  • Involvement in a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) project for the NPS or Central California Emergency Medical Services Agency (CCEMSA)
  • Attendance at a national or international wilderness medicine conference
  • Participation in hospital-based and community-based disaster response planning
  • Community Service. Some of the organizations that have collaborated with the Wilderness Medicine program in the past are:
    • National Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT)
    • Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
    • Ski Patrol for China Peak
    • Fresno Madera Medical Society
    • Local Lions, Kiwanis, and Rotary Clubs
    • Fresno Fly Fishers for Conservation
    • Boy Scouts of America (BSA)
    • Valley Public Broadcasting Station (PBS)
    • Fresno State Premedical Programs
    • Mini-Medical School Programs (UCSF Fresno, UCSF Main Campus)
    • Central Valley School Nurses Association
    • Health Services Association of California Community Colleges
    • California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
  • International wilderness medicine experiences
  • Reviewing for the Journal of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine is strongly encouraged.

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