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) use map-and-compass orienteering navigation to arrive at a series of checkpoints in the wilderness. At each checkpoint, participants will complete either a multiple-choice question (minor checkpoints) or a simulated wilderness medicine scenario (major checkpoints). Participants will be graded 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 of as many checkpoints as possible in the adventure race prior to other competing teams.
The success of MedWAR is dependent on the time and skills donated by our many volunteers. SAEM is seeking 30 volunteers to join in on the fun. Race Volunteers have a variety of duties from running challenges, judging scenarios, playing "victim,", giving directions or gear to racers, and/or tracking racers. No experience is necessary. We will teach you everything you need to know!
SAEM20 MedWAR Volunteers must be available from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Friday, May 15, 2020. Transportation to and from Chatfield State Park will be provided. You do not need to be registered for SAEM20 to participate.
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