Wilderness Medicine

The UCLA Wilderness Medicine Fellowship, established in 2018, is a one-year fellowship open to graduates of 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. UCLA is consistently rated in the top 10 medical centers in the country by US News and World Report. The 41-bed Emergency Department treats 52,000 patients per year and serves as a Level 1 Trauma center, as well as Comprehensive 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 Centersmmc

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.
  • The fellowship is designed with flexibility for fellows to tailor their education to specific interests within the broad field of wilderness medicine.


  • Search and rescue, ski patrol, international, diving and hyperbaric medicine, expedition ship-based medicine
  • Teaching opportunities in the classroom, simulation center, and in wilderness settings
  • Advanced outdoor technical skills (climbing, survival, whitewater rescue, diving)
  • Opportunities to do research or other scholarly activitiees.
  • 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.

Professional Development

  • Core curriculum of assigned readings for self-study, and didactic sessions with wilderness faculty.
  • Regular meetings with the fellowship director.
  • Meetings with wilderness leaders to learn from and explore career options.


  • Clinical responsibilities include 8 clinical shifts per month as an attending physician in the ED in one or more of the UCLA affiliated hospitals, Ronald Reagan, Olive View, or Santa Monica.

Program Faculty

  • Jo Feldman, MD, MS, UHM, DMO, FAWM: Fellowship Director; Undersea and hyperbaric medicine, ship-based expedition medicine, polar medicine, marine medicine, helicopter-based search and rescue, event medicine
  • Angelique Campen, MD: Expertise in international medicine
  • Walter Chin, RN, ADMT, CHT: Expertise in undersea and hyperbaric medicine, diving research
  • Reza Danesh, MD: Expertise in EMS, event medicine
  • Ross Fleischman, MD, MCR: Search and rescue, disaster medicine, high altitude medicine, marine medicine
  • Thomas Graham, MD: Expertise in envenomations, toxicology
  • Andy Grock, MD: Environmental medicine, medical education
  • Eleanor Oakley, MD: Expertise in envenomations, toxicology
  • Amir Rouhani, MD: Expertise in medical education and simulation
  • Rachel Shing, MD: Expertise in international medicine
  • Atilla Uner, MD, UHM: EMS, H-EMS (Helicopter EMS), undersea and hyperbaric medicine, urban search and rescue
  • Scott Votey, MD: Expertise in expedition medicine, event medicine, international medicine
  • Matt Waxman, MD: Expertise in international medicine, event medicine

Stipends & Benefits

  • UCLA employee with benefits
  • Approximate annual salary of $100,000
  • $2,000 CME allowance
  • Four weeks of vacation
  • $2,000 computer allowance


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
  • Eligible to obtain a California Medical License

Fellowship Alumni

Mary Sun, MD 2021-2022
Brandon Endo, MD 2018-2019