Rush Wilderness Medicine Society


When considering the distinction between urban and wilderness medicine, Wilderness Medicine Institute highlights extended time to definitive care, environment (either as the primary issue or as an exacerbating agent), improvisation of equipment for treatment, communication and decision making without outside consult and an emphasis on prevention as the fundamental components of wilderness medicine.  Outside of the classical application (e.g. care in the backwoods of a National Park), medical treatment that involves any of the above considerations can qualify as wilderness medicine, thus highlighting the importance of this emerging field.  

Broadly, the purpose of the RWMS is to provide an avenue for all students and faculty across all programs at Rush University to explore their interest in wilderness medicine.  More specifically, the purpose of the RWMS is to host workshops and possible field excursions focused on developing skills (improvised splint building, etc.) and discussing the pathophysiology of various wilderness related topics, provide students with information regarding local wilderness medicine related events, facilitate networking with other students, professionals and organizations interested in and focused on wilderness medicine and to educate students about the opportunities to get involved in wilderness medicine and ways in which to incorporate wilderness medicine into a fulfilling career.

Contact information

Leadership Member: Marie Butnariu

Leadership Member: Max Harris

Leadership Member: Jesse Conterato

Leadership Member: Tim Curtis

Leadership Member: Randal Scroggins