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Wilderness Medicine


Here in Chattanooga, we work hard and play hard. 

With quick access to the outdoors, Chattanooga is an ideal location to hone your outdoor skills. Within a short drive from downtown you can explore numerous rivers, trails, cliffs and caves that lead to a variety of possibilities for fun and adventure.

We recognize the unique opportunities available to residents interested in exploring the outdoors. For this reason we have developed a curriculum to help you enhance your knowledge base in identifying and treating injuries associated with such experiences.

The knowledge and skills you acquire outdoors may be beneficially applied in any resource-limited location. In addition to traditional wilderness medicine, the curriculum also covers topics in international medicine, event medicine, EMS, and search and rescue as well.

With such an abundance of outdoor activities, injuries inevitably occur and many end up in our department. While this may be enough of a wilderness experience for some residents, there are other opportunities to put your skills to use, if you choose.

For those interested in technical search and rescue, Chattanooga Hamilton County Rescue is a very active volunteer cave, cliff, and swift water rescue team.

Chattanooga hosts many events in the area for which local physicians and Emergency Medicine residents provide medical support. These events range from full- and half-length marathons, Ironman triathlons, ultramarathons, rock climbing competitions. Other event medicine opportunities exist at the outdoor music festivals held on the Tennessee River downtown in spring, summer, and fall. Ultimately, if you have an interest in pre-hospital medicine of any sort, the faculty at the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga will support your ambitions.

The wilderness and event medicine programs at the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga are directed by Dr. Doug Gregorie. Dr. Gregorie first became interested in wilderness medicine during a Wilderness First Responder course in college. He continued his pursuit of this passion while in residency at Maine Medical Center and later during a fellowship in wilderness medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has traveled to Haiti on medical missions and spent several months treating patients in the Khumbu Valley of Nepal while working for the Himalayan Rescue Association.



Last Published: Apr 16, 2021