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Wilderness Medicine Fellowship Program-at-a-Glance

The Wilderness Medicine fellowship at UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate was established in 2012. Our Wilderness Medicine program is one of only a handful of such fellowships. We are excellently located for a broad range of local outdoor excursions, and  nearby airports make international travel convenient. We hope to recruit enthusiastic fellows whose interests are in providing excellent medical care while traveling and enjoying many of the most amazing places in the world. Please contact us with any further questions about our program.

As the region's tertiary care referral center, Baystate offers exposure to diverse pathology and the procedures and techniques associated with the world's most advanced medical centers. We invite you to experience everything Baystate has to offer.

Meet Our Team

Fellowship Director: Benjamin Church, MD email:

Program Coordinator:  Kathleen Diederich phone: 413-794-3947 email:

By the Numbers

Program Metrics

  • Number of years: 1 year program (PGY 4)
  • Number of fellows: 1

Baystate Metrics

  • 716 beds
  • Level-I Adult/Level-II Pediatric Trauma Center

Department Metrics

  • Yearly Census:115,000+ visits
  • 75% adults | 25% Admissions | 7% ICU admissions
  • 35 Full-time, Board Certified Faculty
  • ED expansion to 75,000 sq ft features 94 private rooms, and adjacent radiology and imaging suite

Fellow Benefits & Facilities

  • At least 8 weeks protected for field work/travel
  • We have attempted to maintain salaries in the 75th percentile nationally, and here in western Massachusetts, we enjoy a lower cost of living than in major urban areas. View our complete list of salaries and benefits. Contact program for questions regarding salary & benefits.
  • Disability/Malpractice/Health/Dental/Life Insurance
  • Meal subsidy, free parking & shuttle
  • Administrative and research support
  • BMC Health Sciences Library, Health Club, Procedure Simulation Lab
  • Wilderness Travel and Gear Fund

Curriculum Information

  • Clinical Shift Requirement: approximately 95-100 shifts/year (8.5 hour shifts) 
  • Journal Club q 3 months
  • Regular Meetings with Director for Scholarly Project / Academic Work
  • Core lectures to Residents
  • Assistance with Medical Student Electives and Wilderness Workshops
  • Become AWLS instructor
  • Search and Rescue participation
  • Join WMS and become Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine