A passion for emergency medicine and rescue in wilderness settings led Dr. Will Smith, MD, Paramedic to found Wilderness and Emergency Medicine Consulting (WEMC) with the goal of sharing his expertise and providing comprehensive, up-to-date consulting services.
My current job, location and training opportunities allow me to practice medicine in a setting that I have tailored my profession to—wilderness and emergency medicine. As an avid outdoorsman and dedicated physician, I continue to apply and master my medical and rescue skills in wilderness settings.
My interest in outdoor activities began while growing up on a ranch in southeast Wyoming. My entire family helped my father run a 22,000 acre cattle ranch. I developed a great deal of independence, motivation, and self-reliability, especially while working alone. I had to be proficient in map reading in order to repair fences, locate and fight forest fires, and find my way home at the end of the day. I learned to be self-sufficient in the wilderness, and my camping and navigation skills were expertly honed.
In high school I enrolled in an EMT-Basic course, and my career in medicine began. I started volunteering with the local ambulance which fueled my interests, and I began studying pre-med at the University of Wyoming. I furthered my pre-hospital training and career by taking an EMT-Paramedic course, and I continued to work on ambulances and in the local emergency department throughout my undergraduate education.
I found niches that allowed me to combine my medical skills with the outdoors as I worked on ski patrol and began more climbing and other outdoor sports. While attending medical school at the University of Washington through the WWAMI program, I was able to study medicine in rural areas of the western United States and in Queensland, Australia. After completing my emergency medicine residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, I found my dream job as an attending emergency medicine physician in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Since moving to Jackson, I have also become medical director and an active member of the Teton County Search and Rescue team. In addition, as a hands-on medical director for Grand Teton National Park, I train and help the climbing rangers in a variety of wilderness situations.
Wilderness and Rescue Medicine
Technical Rescue and Medical Considerations
Medical Oversight for EMS Systems
Wilderness Advanced Life Support (WALS)
MedicoLegal Case Review and Trial Consulting
Prehospital Emergency Medical Service (EMS)
Medical Oversight of EMS
Wilderness and Rescue (SAR) Medicine
Tactical / Combat Medicine
Lecture topics include Mountain Rescue, Avalanche Safety and Rescue, Backcountry/SAR Medical Kits
Get Out! Evacuation from the Wilderness, Hypothermia/Environmental Emergencies, Chest and Abdominal Trauma, Spine Injuries - Selective Spinal Immobilization, Combat Medicine (TCCC) / Tactical EMS (TEMS), Excited Delirium & Behavioral Emergencies, ACLS Pearls, Altitude Illness, New EMS Technologies, Ropes and Knots, Medical Oversight for EMS/Wilderness Groups, Shh! Don't Tell the EMS Medical Director
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