Wilderness Medicine Residency Track

The residency track is a longitudinal education track designed for UT Health San Antonio emergency medicine residents, PGY’s 1 through 3. The track includes the following opportunities:

  • Formal monthly wilderness medicine didactics
  • Wilderness medicine research
  • Event medicine
  • Formal backcountry skills courses
  • Backcountry practicums including Big Bend National Park
  • Advanced Wilderness Medicine Life Support (AWLS) certification
  • EMS rides outs
  • Training events with Search and Rescue (SAR), local law enforcement, and US Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) groups
  • UME teaching during 4th UME elective and interest group events

Wilderness Track Objectives

The objectives of the track are to help residents develop the skills and knowledge needed to safely practice in the backcountry. Residents will also learn to effectively provide medical care in austere environments. By completing the track, residents will earn credit towards becoming a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) and be well prepared for a formal fellowship in Wilderness Medicine. This is an excellent path for all those who plan to work or play in austere environments and for those interested in medical direction for expeditions, special operations groups (SOG), or Search and Rescue (SAR).

Wilderness Track Faculty

Luke Husby, DO, is lead for the wilderness medicine track. Faculty for the track also include Ryan Bierle PA-C, Steven Moore, MD, and the Department of Emergency Medicine Wilderness Medicine Fellow. With their collective wilderness medicine, global health, SAR, military, and prehospital backgrounds, our resident track faculty will help track residents apply wilderness medicine education to practical application