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Wilderness Medicine

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Section Officers & Staff

Emily B. Sagalyn, MD, FACEP
Taylor Haston, DO, FACEP
Secretary/Newsletter Editor
David Young, MD
Immediate Past Chair
Lori Weichenthal, MD, FACEP
Susanne J. Spano, MD, FACEP
Alternate Councillor
Brendan Milliner, MD
Staff Liaison
Maude Surprenant Hancock

With the increasing popularity of outdoor and wilderness recreation, emergency physicians find themselves treating various conditions unique to the wilderness environment.

If you love the outdoors or have special expertise in wilderness medicine, join this section for the opportunity to share your knowledge with others. You’ll develop tools to identify the unique challenges of patient care in remote settings and find resources for continuing medical education and training programs. With your expertise, your membership can provide resources to other ACEP members.

Share a Story, a Skill or Take Us on an Adventure!

We are going virtual for our annual meeting during ACEP20 and are hoping to involve our members in an "out-of-the-box" approach to keep things exciting and in hopes of maintaining a hands-on and innovative experience for everyone.

We are calling on our members to submit a short "how to" video on a wilderness medicine-related skill, a short presentation on a topic of your choice, or even take us along on a documented adventure in your local wilderness, wherever you may be located. Submissions should be 2-5 minutes in length. 

Once we have reviewed all submissions, we will select topics/winners for the virtual meeting. Please share your video/presentation via Dropbox or GoogleDrive with our staff liaison Maude S. Hancock. Send her a note to confirm receipt. If you have any questions or would like to bounce an idea around, please don't hesitate to email us.

Thank you for your involvement and enthusiasm! We look forward to reading/watching your submissions and more information to follow.

Featured Newsletter Article

20 Years of MedWAR

Cassie Lowry Edmark, DO

Simulated training has found a foothold in the core principles of medical education in this country. Likewise, the community of adventure racing has grown exponentially. MedWAR (Medical Wilderness Adventure Race) was conceived twenty years ago as a marriage between the two concepts and has expanded all over North America, including races in conjunction with larger professional medical society meetings. MedWAR attracts racers, volunteers, and facilitators from a wide array of backgrounds and experience unified by a passion for wilderness medicine and education. Read the full history in our latest section newsletter.

Race Medicine: A video podcast for endurance events

Emergency Medicine practitioners are the most common medical directors and staff for both recreational and professional racing competitions. In spite of this, there is little formal training specific to the illnesses and injuries that athletes sustain during these events. The purpose of this race medicine video series is to fill an educational gap for those providing care at endurance events so as to improve the care provided to these athletes. This is a 7 video series. Each video covers a topic related to race medicine from an overview to preparation and an approach to specific illnesses and injuries.

Watch the video series

Trauma in the Wilderness

The March 2019 issue of Critical Decisions in Emergency Medicine features: Force of Nature, Trauma in the Wilderness written by Wilderness Medicine Section members Andrew Park, DO, MPH and Thomas Seibert, MD, MS. Please note that only CDEM subscribers can earn CME credit for reading it– although the information itself is very valuable.

Read the article (PDF)

Listen to the accompanying podcast -- it's the second lesson, about half way through at 16:10. 

We Won an Award!

The Wilderness Medicine Section is the recipient of a 2018 ACEP Service to Section Award for the section’s exemplary work in providing excellent resources and educational offerings to its members!

Special congratulations on the Adventures Outside of the ED exhibit at ACEP17 in Washington, DC. The unique combination of activities (book signings, hands-on demonstrations, scenarios, educational presentations!) coupled with a climbing wall provided a rich attendee experience and was a highlight of the exhibit floor for many.  

Special thanks to Drs. Michael Caudell, Christopher Kang, Lori Weichenthal and Taylor Haston for their vision, leadership and efforts in bringing this exciting new feature to ACEP17!

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Wilderness Medicine Section members may send an email to all members of this section via our online engagED community.

Contact Us

For inquiries, questions, or comments about the section, please send an email to the staff liaison.

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