Wilderness Medicine Fellowship

The UCLA Wilderness Medicine Fellowship, established in 2018, is a one-year fellowship open to graduates of three- and four-year ACGME/OGME accredited Emergency Medicine residencies. One position is available each year. The program is designed to develop motivated emergency physicians into clinicians, educators and researchers with wilderness medicine expertise by combining formal didactic education, wilderness research, expedition experience, and diverse teaching opportunities.


Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (RRMC) is located at the southern end of the beautiful UCLA campus in Westwood. It is a state-of-the-art 520 bed academic medical center that offers a full range of medical and surgical services from primary to sub-specialty care. The one million-plus square foot, 10-story structure encompasses the operations of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and the Mattel Children's Hospital.

The Medical Center is one component of UCLA's Center for the Health Sciences, which includes the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, and Public Health; the Jules Stein Eye Institute; the Clarence E. Reed Neurological Research Center; the Brain Research Institute; the Biomedical Cyclotron; the Jerry Lewis Neuromuscular Research Center; and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

US News and World report has ranked RRMC as the number one hospital in the West and a top 5 hospital in the United States for over twenty years.

The 41-bed Emergency Department treats 52,000 patients per year and serves as a Level 1 Trauma center, as well as Stroke, STEMI, and Pediatric Critical Care center.

Olive View-UCLA Medical Center

Olive View-UCLA Medical Center is a public safety net hospital serving the two million residents living in the San Fernando Valley, located at the northern section of Los Angeles County. OV-UCLA is a major teaching affiliate of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA with medical students, residents, and fellows spending a significant portion of their training at OV-UCLA. Residents of the UCLA Emergency Medicine residency program spend 50% of their training at OV-UCLA.

The hospital has 377 beds, while the 25,000 square foot Emergency Department, which was built in 2011, has 51 beds. The ED census is roughly 60,000 patients per year. The majority of patients are working poor, immigrants, and/or primarily Spanish-speaking.

Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center

Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center is a 265-bed full service community hospital. Located in beautiful Santa Monica, it serves as a center of excellence for orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics, STEMI, and recently became a stroke center. The hospital became part of UCLA Health in 1995.

The ED is a busy, efficient community practice, serving 50,000 patients per year in a modern 22-bed facility.


Educational Objectives

  • The wilderness medicine fellowship is particularly designed to help fellows become experts, leaders and teachers in the field of wilderness medicine.
  • At the same time, the fellowship is designed with flexibility for fellows to tailor their education to specific interests within the broad field of wilderness medicine.


  • Clinical opportunities in wilderness medicine (search and rescue, ski patrol, international medicine, diving and hyperbaric medicine, expedition ship-based medicine, etc.) based on the specific area of interest of the fellow with agreement and supervision of the fellowship director.
  • Teaching opportunities to a variety of audiences, from students, residents and staff - both in the classroom, simulation center, and in wilderness settings.
  • Educational opportunities to learn advanced outdoor technical skills (climbing, survival skills, whitewater rescue, diving, etc.)
  • Opportunities to do research or other scholarly activities.
  • Ongoing opportunity to work as an attending emergency medicine physician in busy urban academic emergency departments.

Professional Development

  • Fellows will have a core curriculum of assigned readings for self-study and didactic review sessions given by wilderness faculty.
  • Fellows will have regularly scheduled meetings with the fellowship director.
  • Fellows will meet with diverse faculty at UCLA and wilderness leaders nationally to learn from and explore career options.
  • Fellows will be provided a stipend to attend a national wilderness medicine conference and pay for a membership in one relevant professional society.


  • Each fellow will pick at least one project to explore in-depth during the course of the year, with the guidance of the fellowship faculty.


  • Clinical responsibilities include 6 clinical shifts per month as an attending physician: 3 clinical shifts at either Santa Monica-UCLA, White Memorial Medical Center, or California Hospital and 3 teaching shifts ar Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center or Olive View-UCLA Medical Center.
  • Additional clinical work for additional income may be possible by request.

Program Faculty

  • Jo Feldman, MD, UHM, DMO, FAWM: Fellowship Director
  • Atilla Uner, MD, UHM
  • Thomas Graham, MD

Stipends and Benefits

  • Full time UCLA employee with health and retirement benefits
  • Annual salary of $100,000
  • $2,000 CME allowance
  • Up to $2,000 for laptop or desktop computer
  • Four weeks of vacation

To Apply

Interested applicants should send Curriculum Vitae to:

Jo Feldman, MD
Fellowship Director




Interviews will be granted to qualified applicants by invitation.

Applicant Requirements

  • Graduation from a 4-year ACGME accredited Emergency Medicine Residency training program or a 3-year program with at least one year of post-residency clinical experience or fellowship.
  • Eligible to obtain a California Medical License.
  • References.

Current Fellows

Brandon Endo, MD 2018-2019