Thursday, February 8, 2018

Medical Wilderness Adventure Race (MedWAR) at the Medical College of Georgia

The Medical Wilderness Adventure Race (MedWAR) is an annual race that combines medical scenarios and physical challenges for participants to complete. This is an incredible opportunity for students, health care providers, and outdoor sports lovers to gain first-hand experience in wilderness medicine while having an exciting outdoor adventure! 

MedWAR began at the Medical College of Georgia many years ago and has since spread across the country. Participants are required to participate in teams of four people. Some of the challenges participants will face include hiking, bike riding, land navigation, kayaking, and running. Throughout the race, participants will have to treat simulated injuries and a variety of other simulated medical conditions one might encounter in the backcountry or in emergency situations in general. To complete the medical challenges and progress through the race, teams will have to correctly assess and treat the medical conditions or face penalties as they race to the finish line. This is an exciting opportunity to get outside and participate in some fun outdoor sports and have a blast with health care providers at all levels and with other people interested in wilderness medicine and outdoor adventures!