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Fifer Earns Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine

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David Fifer, M.S., NRP, a Lecturer in the Eastern Kentucky University Emergency Medical Care program, has been awarded the credential of Fellow in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine after completing a multi-year course of comprehensive study, training, scholarship, and service in the wilderness medicine field.

According to the Wilderness Medical Society, who awards the credential, earning the title Fellow in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (abbreviated "FAWM") means that individuals have displayed "the highest level of widely-recognized achievement in the field of wilderness medicine. They have demonstrated significant knowledge and experience in their discipline and serve the community in a distinguished manner."

Fifer is heavily involved in the field of wilderness medicine, which focuses on providing medical care in ultra-low resource environments and wilderness activities such as rock climbing, backpacking, mountaineering, and search and rescue. He coordinates the Red River Gorge Special Treatment, Access and Rescue (RedSTAR) wilderness ALS team, coordinates the delivery of medical care in disaster areas as an Operations Officer in the federal National Disaster Medical System, and is a frequent conference speaker, instructor, and interviewee on wilderness medicine subjects. He also co-hosts the RAW (Remote, Austere, and Wilderness) Medicine podcast, and has conducted numerous rescues and recoveries as a member of search and rescue teams in Kentucky and Virginia.  

To learn more about the FAWM credential, visit

Published on September 10, 2018

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