Carolina Wilderness Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill's Wilderness Medicine Interest Group, was created for the purpose of exposing students and healthcare professionals to the exciting field of wilderness medicine. Our objectives are to educate members with the necessary skills to practice medicine where access to care is limited by providing lunch-time talks, certification and training opportunities, electives, conferences, and various other resources.
Carolina Wilderness Medicine was founded in 1996 by Dr. Seth Hawkins and Dr. Jenny Graham. At the time it was one of the first WMIGs in the country to be recognized by the Wilderness Medical Society and their first conference attracted over 100 people to Chapel Hill. The group has evolved through the years and Dr. Hawkins now serves as the group's advisor, which includes helping coordinate a fall retreat each year that coincides with the Carolina .
What is Wilderness Medicine?
Wilderness medicine classically conjures up images of providing care in extreme environments from tropical medicine in the Amazon jungle to hypothermia studies in Antarctica to high altitude effects on physiology on Mount Everest to high pressure environments while scuba diving. But Wilderness Medicine is not just practicing medicine in the woods. It encompasses all aspects of physiology, clinical medicine, preventive medicine, disaster relief and public health in settings away from hospitals. The focus is utilizing ingenuity and creativity in resource-poor settings to provide medical care. Anyone can get involved; it is all about combining your profession and your passion!
Fall Retreat 2014 - Lake James State Park
Fall Retreat 2013