Wilderness Medicine

LOCATION: Summit Bechtel Family Scout Reserve (SBR) - Glen Jean, WV
PRECEPTOR: Carl Werntz, DO 
DURATION: 2 or 4 weeks (Runs Saturday 2pm to Saturday 2pm)  
OFFERED: June 10 - July 8, 2017 (Plus Special Jamboree Session - see below) 
STATUS: Elective ($300/week stipend paid by Boy Scouts of America for 4th year students who complete the non-jamboree rotation)

***Special Session for 2017 Jamboree*** July 15-29, 2017
Medical support for the 2017 Boy Scout National Jamboree - This is an every 4-year event that is the showcase of Scouting.  There will be about 32,000 participants plus 8,000 staff.  

Info: http://www.summitbsa.org/events/jamboree/overview

Note: There will no stipend for the rotation during the Jamboree, but also no fee for WVU medical students to attend an event that usually cost $425-850. Support may also be available for non-WVU medical students who register for the WVU rotation.  contact Dr. Werntz, cwerntz@hsc.wvu.edu for more information. 

this special session will focus on serving in a medical hub at the Jamboree, providing tent-based medical services to between 8 and 10,000 participants and staff.  Additional medical student experiences may include working with on-site EMS and in the action area medical stations.

Maximum Enrollment for Jamboree: 10 students


To acquaint medical students with wilderness and large event medicine. This includes assisting pre-hospital responders and caring for patients in a setting with limited resources. The majority of the patients are adolescents, but all age groups are seen including adults and occasionally younger children.  Both major and minor problems are seen in the health lodge.  Severe conditions are transported to a community hospital for care.  Emphasis is on a team approach to care and interdisciplinary communication.

Methods to Achieve Objectives

The students will live full time at the Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR) during their rotation.  Housing (either in the health lodge or a tent) and meals will be provided.  Students are expected to take histories, perform physical exams, formulate differential diagnoses, participate in treatment, and help arrange patient disposition.  In addition, students will be expected to perform procedures, including suturing, splinting, slit lamp exams, and dispensing medications under the supervision of an attending physician.  Students will be exposed to emergency and routine care of Summit participants and staff.  Didactic materials will include a series of didactic lectures on field EMS skills, wilderness medicine, and adolescent medicine topics.  A detailed schedule will be prepared for each week, and students will be allowed appropriate time to enjoy the activities at the SBR during their rotation.  

Examination Procedures and Evaluation Criteria

Daily observation, active participation in didactic training, and evaluations by attending faculty.  Students will be evaluated by each attending provider they work with, and a summary grade compiled by the rotation preceptor (Dr. Werntz).

Pre-Rotation Instructions

Please contact Dr. Werntz two weeks prior to rotation start date. cwerntz@hsc.wvu.edu

On first day of rotation, report to SBR Health Lodge - 2550 Jack Furst Drive, Glen Jean, WV