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University of Colorado - Pre-Med/Pre-Health Wilderness & Emergency Medicine Course


Category: Summer
Location: Denver Colorado
Deadline: Late May


Undergraduate college students and grads from any college or university are encouraged to join!


Want to get outside your generic pre-med classes? Interested in emergency medicine, humanitarian relief work, wilderness medicine, or global health? Wish you could learn hands-on medical skills from actual physicians? This is the class for you!

Come explore the Colorado Rocky Mountains, shadow a world-class ER, earn your WFR certification, and learn from physicians who work around the world during one of our two week pre-med/pre-health immersive courses.

Taught by faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, these classes are an exciting, hands-on introduction to emergency and wilderness medicine, as well as a backstage pass to the medical school application process and a career in health care. Get outside the classroom and join us as we take part in emergency wilderness medicine scenarios, learn to clean and suture wounds, and more! Scroll down for detailed course information and to register for a class today.

This nearly two week program begins in hip, metro Denver and concludes at a camp and backcountry in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

Week One:
The hospital-based first week includes lectures from experts in emergency medicine, international humanitarian relief, wilderness medicine and disaster response work; shadowing medical school faculty in a world-class emergency room; and hands-on skills labs including CPR, suturing, splinting and ultrasound workshops. CPR certification and optional certification in Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is also offered.

Week Two:
The second week takes students to a basecamp located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains to focus on applying skills learned during the initial coursework. Learn or enhance outdoor skills such as hiking, survival, canoeing, and rock climbing. Participate in authentic, scenario-based learning designed to teach the skills necessary to prevent, assess, and treat a variety of backcountry challenges and emergencies ranging from blisters to major trauma.

Program Includes:
This unique program includes all instruction, labs and simulations, Emergency Department shadowing, lunches and snacks, a week at a local camp (all meals and lodging included), recreational activities, transportation to and from camp, and CPR, optional WFR, and program certification. It does not include breakfasts, dinners, and lodging for the first week. In addition to learning about emergency and wilderness medicine, students will meet with members of medical school admissions committees and get the inside scoop on the medical school application process. Students will also have time get to know successful emergency room physicians (as well as PAs, paramedics, and nurses), and learn what it takes to excel in a medical career.

Program Benefits:
At the completion of the two week program, students will have gained invaluable exposures to emergency and wilderness medicine. Students will better understand the track to medical school and have obtained a valuable addition to their application to medical or other health professional schooling. They will benefit from getting to know medical school faculty and inside knowledge regarding a successful medical career, and perhaps most importantly, they will have gained the skills to treat and/or save the life of a friend or family member in the event of an emergency or backcountry incident.

(If you are an EMT and looking to get a W- EMT, our WFR course serves as a bridge course to W-EMT. If you will be getting your W-EMT certificate you will need to provide verification of your EMT license.)