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Kiersten McIntyre

Title of Program: Wilderness Medicine

E-mail Address: kwelsh2@vols.utk.edu

Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee

Year: Sophomore    

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2017

Description of Program: Wilderness Medicine is the practice of providing medical care in remote and often unfavorable environments. In order to be knowledgeable on this subject I plan to study the environment, human interaction with the environment, and how this relates to health as a whole.

Departmental Emphases: BCMB, Geography, Forestry, Anthropology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Henri Grissino-Mayer, Department of Geography

Plans after graduation (career, graduate/professional school, etc.): Upon graduating, I plan to complete a twenty-seven month volunteer assignment with the Peace Corps, serving in a health-related work area. Once I have returned to the United States, I will apply to medical school. I would like to specialize in emergency medicine and continue my studies of wilderness medicine. After I have earned a medical degree, I will pursue a fellowship with the Wilderness Medicine Society's Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine program. As a physician trained in wilderness medicine, I would like to work both domestically and internationally to provide medical care in harsh and remote environments.

Other Academic Interests: Public Health, Environmental Science

Study Abroad: I plan to volunteer abroad during the summer of 2016 through the Volunteers for Peace program.

Research Experiences or Internships: University of Tennessee Medical Center Medical Explorations Program

Part-time employment; Hobbies; Campus Clubs/Activities: Trip leader at the University of Tennessee Outdoor Program, Head lifeguard at University of Tennessee Student Aquatic Center, American Red Cross Volunteer, Hiker, Kayaker


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