WildernessMD offer's North America's only subspecialty Diploma in Mountain Medicine. This program is accredited by the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA), the International Commission of Alpine Rescue (ICAR), and the International Society for Mountain Medicine (ISMM). Our unique program gives participants a chance to learn from our distinguished faculty, master their skills with daily simulations, and enjoy the backcountry in different nature reserves and provincial parks.

Our course covers everything from review of the essentials to numerous advanced topics including polar medicine, wilderness management of obstetric emergiences, altitude illness in pediatrics, consideration planning for special populations, wilderness ultrasound and point-of-care testing, and more.


The next winter module is will be taking place February 19 to March 1, 2024. The program takes place in two separate modules at multiple sites including Parc Nationale des Monts-Valins. Candidates will be required to complete online modules in preparation for the course. Course includes accomodation while in the wilderness sites. Candidates are responsible for their own food and basic equipment. Enrollment cost is currently estimated at $6927 for each module.

The application period is open! First application review will take place March 21, 2023.

Please note that earlier applications will receive priority so candidates are invited to apply early.


The course is open to medical professionals (paramedics, nurses, physicians) with a specific interest in wilderness medicine who have previously completed a foundational Diploma in Mountain Medicine. Otherwise eligible professionals without DiMM certification are able to be awarded a certificate (instead of a diploma). Demonstration of a level of fitness appropriate to the activities and wilderness experience is mandatory. Participants should be comfortable on skis or snowshoes (preferably both). Application to the program is open though preference will be given to students with previous training/experience and for individuals intending to pursue a career in this field.

The application period is open!

Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria and who have a serious interest in attending our 2024 program are invited to fill out an application.

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  • Thank you for a wonderful experience - I have already been gloating that the elective was my best block of residency so far!

    Residency Elective Participant
  • Overall an extremely impressive elective in terms of organization, location, content, and overall experience. I would do it again in a heartbeat. By far the most interesting elective I have done in residency!

    Residency Elective Participant
  • The course could generally be described as fabulous. The course staff were complimentary in their experience, teaching style, perspectives: a great teaching and support team.

    Residency Elective Participant
  • A great success - I feel more confident than previously in dealing with medical/trauma situations in the wilderness, in a way that can only come from sustained exposure. I saw beautiful parts of Quebec that I hadn't seen before, and met some wonderful people. All in all, it was an utterly unique learning experience that was challenging while being incredibly enjoyable.

    Residency Elective Participant
  • THANK YOU again for putting together this elective. This was an amazing opportunity for us. It was undoubtedly one of the highlights of my residency training thus far and has totally motivated me to continue to pursue further education and training in the area. If thats not a successful outcome then I don’t know what is!

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