The UCSF Fresno Department of Emergency Medicine has been advancing medical care in wilderness settings since 1977. That year saw the creation of the current National Park Service (NPS) Parkmedic Program. After establishing protocols and practices for care for use in the NPS at national and regional levels, the Wilderness Program continued to grow.
Landmarks for the program:
1974: First class for 4-year Emergency Medicine Residency at UCSF Fresno
1977: Parkmedic Program
1981: First publication of wilderness medicine research from the program
2005: UCSF Medical Student clerkship
2008: Fellowship for Emergency Medicine BC/BE candidates
2009: UCSF High Sierra Wilderness and Travel Medicine CME conference
2010: WM Faculty joins Fresno County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue teams
2015: Fellowship for Family Medicine BC/BE applicants
UCSF Fresno’s Wilderness Medicine legacy is to provide unparalleled experiential education, with a diverse, approachable faculty with national level leadership and expertise.