The Matt Curley M.D. Wilderness Medicine Scholarship Fund was established in the fall of 2011 to honor the life and memory of Matt Curley by his family, friends and colleagues.  Matt Curley was in his second year of EM residency training at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center when he was lost at sea during a scuba diving trip in August of 2011.  Matt was profoundly enthusiastic about Wilderness Medicine and was planning to pursue a Wilderness Medicine Fellowship. Matt was the quintessential young adventurer, full of life and loved by everyone he met.  This scholarship fund is a tribute to honor him by encouraging those, who, like Matt, are inspired by the spirit of adventure, wilderness medicine and the powerful beauty of nature.

The scholarship will be awarded to one EM Resident annually, who, like Matt, has a particular interest in wilderness medicine.   The fund is administered by the St. Luke’s Roosevelt Emergency Medicine Residency in NYC and The Wilderness Medical Society. Scholarship recipients will receive $1000.00 for travel expenses and accommodations to attend the national Annual Wilderness Medical Society Conference.  Registration fee for the conference will be waived for the scholarship recipient.  The recipient will have the option to deliver a 30 minute lecture at the national conference on a wilderness medicine topic.  This experience will be pivotal for residents hoping to begin a career in wilderness and/or academic EM, and will provide access to mentorship by nationally recognized leaders and wilderness medicine faculty.