Wilderness Institute of Medicine


Overview // Wilderness Medicine Lecture Series // Wilderness 1st Aid Class // CPR Class // Wilderness 1st Responder Class // Participation and Cancellation Policies // Instructors // FAQ’s //  Contact


Stanford Wilderness Medicine is a program of Stanford Outdoor Education that provides Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid and CPR training to the Stanford community. Our goal is to provide high quality classes that are up to date with industry and professional standards. We train outdoor leaders, service organizations, recreational outdoors enthusiasts, and anyone with an interest in emergency or wilderness medicine. Most of our instructors are students (or have a strong Stanford affiliation).  All of our instructors have advanced wilderness medical training, teaching experience, and love of the outdoors.

Interested in being notified of new course announcements and special events associated with continuing education and your wilderness medicine skills (workshops, classes, trainings, lectures, etc)?  Join the swim-interest list on mailman.stanford.edu

Wilderness Medicine Lecture Series

Stanford Wilderness Medicine is hosting a Wilderness Medicine Lecture Series for the 2012-13 academic year. We will have a one hour lecture each month given by experts in wilderness medicine at Stanford Medical School. All lectures will be free and open to the public. Topics in the past have included High Altitude Medicine, Aerospace Medicine, and a memoir from a doctor that was part of the 2006 Running the Sahara Expedition. Upcoming lectures will be announced here – check back often to see what fascinating new topics are coming up next!

Wilderness First Aid (Surg 224 (formerly Ath 510)):

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is a two-day, 16-20-hour class that provides a basic introduction to backcountry and emergency medicine. The class starts usually runs from 9AM-6PM on Saturday and 9AM-9PM on Sunday; it’s likely there will be a weekly course taught in Winter and Spring quarters.  Topics covered include patient assessment, airway management, shock, spine safety, musculoskeletal injuries, burns, cardiac emergencies, hypothermia, dehydration, altitude problems, toxins, and more. Upon successful completion of course and practical tests, a 3-year certification card is provided. CPR is recommended before the course and is often offered during the week leading up to the class. WFA classes are open to members of the Stanford community, as well as the public, however, where space is limited, preference will go to Stanford affiliates. Stanford affiliates (those with a Stanford ID #) should pay the “Stanford Affiliate” price and those unaffiliated with Stanford should pay the “Unaffiliated” price.

Stanford students: we request you enroll through Axess for Surg. 224.  If for some reason, you are over-units and want to petition to take this class, or have an unusual situation, email swim-coordinators@lists.stanford.edu.  Keep track of regular SU Academic calendar deadlines (add/drop, withdrawal, etc).  Summer term is the exception:  all enrollment is through the link on this website.

Stanford students: $100
Non-students, and other Stanford affiliates, or non-affiliates: $195

See WFA calendar and register for an upcoming class! 

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Basic Cardiac Life Support/CPR for Adult, Child and Infant (Surg 110):

CPR is a valuable skill set that can be used to increase the chances of a person’s survival from a variety of injuries. Come get American CPR certified and learn about signs and symptoms of heart attack, stroke, and choking, as well as proper techniques for choking adults, children and infants, as well as basic AED application. Classes are open to the public, but Stanford students get a discount. They’re usually about 3.5 hours, plus an additional practicum skills test, and incorporate adult and infant manikin-practicals.

Stanford students: we request you enroll through Axess for SURG110.  If for some reason, you are over-units and want to petition to take this class, or have an unusual situation, email swim-coordinators@lists.stanford.edu.  Keep track of regular SU Academic calendar deadlines (add/drop, withdrawal, etc).  Summer term is the exception:  all enrollment is through the link on this website.  Classes will be offered over the course of the year, so keep checking the site for an updated schedule!

Stanford Students: $40
Non-students, and other Stanford affiliates, or non-affiliates: $50

See CPR calendar and register for an upcoming class! 


Wilderness First Responder (Surg 226, formerly Ath 515)

Wilderness First Responder 
Wilderness First Responder Course, is the most intensive course we offer. It has become the industry standard for most guide services and environmental education programs. The WFR course includes anatomy and physiology lessons. If one understands how the body works then you can better understand what it needs during traumatic, environmental and medical emergencies. Classroom time is split among practical scenarios, labs and a night rescue simulation.

Experienced instructors and field representatives offer this fantastic opportunity to get trained right on campus at a competitive price.  A WFR course is a great way to increase your training and better prepare you for the backcountry and emergency medical situations and decision making. Some funding may be available through your club in Stanford Outdoors. Talk to the officers of your club for more information.

Stanford Students: $250
Non-students, and other Stanford affiliates, or non-affiliates: $625 (early reg); $675 (late reg)

See WFR calendar and register for an upcoming class! 


Participation and Cancellation Policies

1. After registering and paying for a CPR and/or WFA class, participants may not cancel or request a change in their registrations.

2. Refunds will only be issued in the unlikely event that the class is canceled.

3. Participants are expected to show up on time for classes and stay for the duration. Certifications are not guaranteed unless participants are present for the entirety of the class.

4. Partial refunds will not be granted, even in the case of partial attendance.

Instructors and Interest in instructing:

Our student instructors are all highly trained outdoor enthusiasts and wilderness medicine experts.  They are also dedicated and experienced educators.  Meet some of our instructors by clicking here.
Interested in instructing Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or CPR for Stanford Wilderness Medicine (SWiM)?  We are always looking for vibrant, informed, and interested instructors.  Don’t hesitate to contact swim-coordinators@lists.stanford.edu if you have advanced degrees in wilderness medicine (hold a current WFR certification, CPR), or hold an urban or wilderness EMT certification, or just want to get involved!


Stanford Wilderness Medicine FAQ’s

1. How long is the WFA course?
In order to receive full certification in Wilderness First Aid (WFA), you are required to be in class from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the Saturday of the course, and from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the Sunday of the course. The final two hours of the Sunday segment will be set aside for the administration of exams. Please note that food is not provided, however you will be given time to purchase meals at on-campus locations.

2. How long is the CPR course?
The CPR course begins at 7:00 p.m. and generally runs until around 10:30 p.m. A single evening session, alone, provides full certification in Adult, Child and Infant CPR through American CPR (Environmental Health and Safety).

3. Where will my course take place?
CPR class locations are generally not set until the week of the class, so please stay tuned for email updates regarding course location. WFA Courses most often occur in Y2E2 111, an auditorium in the brand new Yang and Yamazaki Environment and Energy (Y2E2) Building in the Science and Engineering Quad. You can park across the street in Parking Structure 2.

4. I have already received some training in WFA and/or CPR. Do I need to be present for the entire course?

In order for SWiM to provide full certification, you are required to be present for the entire length of the course. Please consult SWiM Participation and Cancellation Policies for further information.

5. What should I bring with me to WFA?

A jacket (we spend significant amounts of time outside for practical, hands-on training), pen/paper (for taking notes), snacks, water.

6. What should I bring with me to CPR?
Pen/paper (for taking notes)

7. Can I make adjustments to my registration?
Please consult the SWiM Participation and Cancellation Policies.

8. What are the WFA/CPR payment policies?
We accept credit card payments only.

9. How does my course coincide with SPOT training/Athletics 405?
Check out the SPOT leading guidelines at leadspot.stanford.edu.  Further inquiries can be sent to Antja Thompson (antja@stanford.edu).

10. Can I use STAP funds for these courses?
The STAP fund website says you’re eligible to be reimbursed by your department if the course, seminar or workshop is related to performance of your job, or is part of career development.  As emergency-preparedness-training, it is sensibly STAP fund worthy; the approval comes down to the conversation you have with your supervisor about your personal fund use.  Have the conversation!  People have been successful in the past, and we’re glad to advocate the usefulness of the course!

11. To whom should I direct further questions?
Please contact swim-coordinators@lists.stanford.edu.

12. I would like to teach (CPR or WFA) and/or get more involved with SWiM!
Great! Please contact swim-coordinators@lists.stanford.edu for more information.


Please direct questions to swim-coordinators@lists.stanford.edu.