SOM Trip

School of Medicine Outdoor Experience


Welcome to UCSD School of Medicine Outdoor Experience! 

Registration for the 2015 SOM Outdoor Experience will open  July 10th 2015.

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 We are thrilled to offer this program again just for students enrolled in UCSD's School of Medicine! We have planned the SOM Outdoor Experience to help you get to know each other BEFORE you begin your SOM Orientation.

The SOM Outdoor Experience is an informal orientation to medical school offered in partnership between UC San Diego Outback Adventures and the School of Medicine. In beautiful outdoor settings, students will form new relationships, meet other medical students and prepare for your upcoming years together.  SOM Outdoor Experience course starts right before the formal Medical School Orientation and is a fantastic way to gear up for your experience as a medical student. This will be a great opportunity to meet your classmates and have some fun!

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Come spend August 26 to 28, 2015 with the SOM Outdoor Experience! Come prepared for a fun group experience! You will spend your first day at UCSD getting to know your new classmates and testing yourself at the UCSD Challenge Course. Your group will then travel to the Laguna Mountains (east of San Diego) for two action packed days: We'll camp under the stars, explore local hiking trails and relax around the campfire. 


We take pride in keeping the cost as low as possible. The fee of $120 for incoming med students includes all transportation, entrance fee to all parks, food, all group equipment including tents, stoves, cooking gear, etc. Students must provide all personal equipment including sleeping bag and pad, clothing, etc. Many items are available for rent or purchase at the Outback Adventures Rental Shop. SOM Personal Equipment List (PDF)


Your group will be led by current School of Medical students and Outback Adventures instructors. This unique combination of staff allows you to build relationships with seasoned medical students, gain insight into medical school life and maintain a professional level of safety.


"I can't think of a more perfect setting to discuss the important issues that are facing incoming students."

"I came away not only with a better understanding of school, but also myself."

"This is probably the best thing I could have done to prepare myself for school. It was awesome to surround myself with great people especially when I was going through such a big transition."

"This was the best investment I made coming here!"

"Our leaders were the best! I was impressed time and time again by their ability to be professional as well as fun to hang out with."


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  • High Ropes Challenge Course
  • Wilderness Skills
  • Wilderness Rescue Techniques
  • Co-led by current medical students
  • Social Networking

WHO: Class of 2019 (plus Class of '18 facilitators and Outback Guides)
WHAT: Camping, Hiking, Camp Fires, etc.
WHERE: UCSD, Laguna Mountains, CA (east of San Diego)
WHEN: 8:00 AM, August 26 to 5:00 PM, August 28, 2015
WHY: To meet your amazing new classmates!
COST: $120

If you have questions, please contact Outback Adventures staff now at 858-534-3534 or You can also contact the Student Life office at We look forward to seeing you in August!

SOM Personal Equipment List (PDF)

SOM Travel and Logistics information

Required Forms: Please complete these forms online UC San Diego Outback Adventures. Please complete these forms AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! All participants including MSII SOM leaders must also complete these forms.

  • SOM Medical History Insurance Information
  • SOM Rental Request List
  • SOM Student Background Information

Liability Waiver (PDF) - For your reference, if you register online, you will review and electronically sign this waiver as part of the registration process.

UCSD Outback Adventures Mailing Address

UC San Diego-Outback Adventures
attn: SOM Outdoor Experience
9500 Gilman Drive #0004
La Jolla, CA 92093-0004

You can also email to or reach us via fax at (858) 453-8762; please be sure to mail in all original forms.

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