The UP Campus is the only MSU CHM campus offering the Northern Wilderness Emergency and Sports Medicine elective known as the COMPASS elective. This optional longitudinal elective occurring during the third year is exclusive to UP Campus students. It provides an opportunity to step away from the hospital and learn how to manage medical conditions in non-clinical environments by teaching core principals of wilderness and sports related injuries.
The elective curriculum builds on core life support principles with didactics and outdoor activities to encourage adaptability and awareness of all the aspects affecting patient care in emergent situations. Students complete the Outdoor Emergency Care Course with the National Ski Patrol and have the option to work towards becoming a certified Alpine Patroller. Students will also complete the Advanced Wilderness Life Support course, learning how to assess and treat people in remote settings.
In addition to learning new skills and building on core principals, students volunteer at area races and events in the community. COMPASS provides students a chance to learn in the field and experience the beautiful natural environment of the Upper Peninsula while gaining valuable skills they can use as future physicians.
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, UP Campus
850 W. Baraga Ave.
Marquette, MI 49855