Sponsored by SAEM RAMS, the MedWAR Organization, SAEM Wilderness Medicine Interest Group, and the SAEM Program Committee.
What is MedWAR?
MedWAR (Medical Wilderness Adventure Race) is an event created by a pre-existing nonprofit organization (NAEAR; North American Educational Adventure Racing) designed to teach and test wilderness medicine knowledge and hands-on skills in a team competition environment through adventure racing. Teams of three healthcare providers at any skill level (residents, medical students, attending physicians, mid-career, nurses, techs) use map-and-compass orienteering navigation to arrive a series of checkpoints in the wilderness. At checkpoints, participants will complete either a multiple-choice question (minor checkpoints) or a simulated wilderness medicine scenario (major checkpoints). Participants will be graded to on completion of several critical actions in order to pass the scenario and move forward in the race or will remediate skills in a teaching environment. Minor checkpoints will award a time bonus for correct answers. Participants must complete all major checkpoints (scenarios) and as many minor checkpoints (multiple-choice questions) as possible in the time allotted. Competitors will also encounter physical challenges such as canoeing, orienteering, and trail running. The ultimate goal is completion as many checkpoints as possible in the adventure race prior to other competing teams.
If your institution is interested in sponsoring your team for this inaugural event, please have them complete the sponsorship registration form.