Extern applicants must…
- supply a reliable, licensed, insured vehicle for use throughout the month.
- be enrolled as a 4th year medical student or resident physician in an accredited United States medical school or residency program. DO and MD programs are both acceptable. Resident physicians must have or obtain a NC resident physician license prior to the first day of the Externship. Currently, we are not able to support PAs or APRNs for logistical/credentialing reasons, although our program is philosophically very supportive of these health care professionals’ involvement in wilderness EMS. Also, our current credentialing partnership with Carolinas HealthCare System-Blue Ridge does not permit us to accept medical students or resident physicians from schools outside the United States.
- demonstrate some prior experience in formal field medicine or rescue (these include but are not limited to activities such as EMS, rescue squads, fire departments, ski patrols, surf lifeguarding, military medicine, Search & Rescue, or technical rescue teams).
- be available for training during all days of the Externship month for the year in which they are applying to study as an Extern.
- file their application by April 1 for the calendar year in which they are applying to study as an Extern.
- be prepared to participate in a rigorous, outdoor-oriented training program in which they will frequently be asked to challenge their own limitations and work autonomously.
- obtain Incident Command System (ICS) certification at the IS-100/200/700 level before the first day of the rotation. Applicants who do not have this training can obtain it prior to application via this FEMA website.
To contact us, please email Seth Hawkins, MD.
To apply, click here.