Recognize problems.
make better decisions.
Prepare for the road ahead.

With Barefoot Wild Med, you'll learn to think more critically and build confidence so you can handle anything from a simple blister to a full-on traumatic or medical emergency. This knowledge is meant to be used ANYWHERE — including your  own backyard.

Barefoot Wild Med is a licensed training company for Wilderness Medical Associates International (WMAI). Learn more here.

Wilderness medicine education courses are for everyone.
We teach you the “WHY” behind decisions you make so you can use your knowledge everyWHERE you go.

Keep it

Cramming a ton of info into your brain just so you can forget it when you go home is 100% not our style. In fact, that “strategy” is a huge waste of both of our time and your hard-earned money!

We strive to keep medicine simple and present problems/solutions in way that makes sense. When you learn the “why” behind your decisions, you eliminate the need to know every possible thing that could go wrong. 


This approach helps you make connections, reduce overwhelm, and transfer your new knowledge to any future event.

Think more

Spoiler alert: Wilderness medicine is about so much more than DIY, MacGyver-y type pro-tips on how to save yourself from the perils of the backcountry. Our curriculum offers some serious critical thinking skills that will last you well beyond our time together.

Critical thinking makes learning about wilderness medicine so much easier because instead of trying to memorize everything (which is impossible), you’ll learn to think in terms of serious or not serious, probability vs. consequence, and how to avoid high-risk solutions for a low-risk problems.


These skills ensure you treat your actual patient or situation, instead of relying on a blanket or cookbook approach.

make better

What if you could be 100% sure you've checked what's important to know your patient isn't going to die on you in the next five minutes?

What if you could say — without a doubt — that your decision to let someone stay on your trip was the right one.

We’ll teach you how support your choices using clear rationale and the best, most current evidence in wilderness medicine today. Stop second guessing and become the confident medical care provider and decision-making leader you know you can be!

Are you a: mid-day hiker? Weekend warrior? Multi-day guide?
Do you breathe and like to move your body?
No matter who you are or how you choose to play, we've got you covered.

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Wild Landscape

About Barefoot Wild Med

Barefoot Wild Med is owned by Katie Woods: lead instructor, licensed health care provider (athletic trainer, WEMT, ski patroller), and outdoor enthusiast (primarily boating, hiking, camping, biking & skiing). 

Barefoot Wild Med is a WMAI Licensed Training Company (LTC), authorized to teach WMA's wilderness medicine curriculum and certify students under their name. That means, when you graduate from one of our courses, you are certified with WMA. You can learn more about WMAI LTCs here.

Our teaching philosophy is centered around empowering students to learn how to think critically for themselves and transfer their knowledge to new situations.

“I’ve taken 8 + recert courses and Katie was one of my best instructors. I liked that she urged us to use common sense and think through things rather than just memorize the book.

Anonymous | WFR Recert student