The Wilderness Medicine Program at MCG focuses on training residents and students
how to handle medical emergencies in remote settings where emergency services are
not readily available. Injuries can happen anywhere, and we should all be prepared
to treat patients outside of the conveniences of a hospital. The Office of Wilderness
Medicine is directed by the Center of Operational Medicine (COM). The COM supports
the initiative by providing people/management, resources, and equipment for many of
the wilderness training activities.
Medical Director of Wilderness & Survival Medicine
Dr. Michael Caudell is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and the Medical
Director for Wilderness Medicine and Survival Medicine within the Center of Operational
Medicine at MCG. Dr. Caudell obtained his MD from MCG and remained here to complete
an emergency medicine residency. Dr. Caudell is one of the founders of MedWAR (Medical
Wilderness Adventure Race) and serves as the Executive Director for the Southeast
Race. He is also the Secretary of ACEP's Wilderness Medicine Section, Vice Chair of
the Wilderness Medical Society Education Committee, a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness
Medicine (FAWM) and serves on the Board of Directors for both the Appalachian Center
for Wilderness Medicine and the North American Educational Adventure Racing. He is
a faculty member for the Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) course, and he is
the course director and instructor for the American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid.
News and Courses
Southeast MedWar (Medical Wilderness Adventure Race)
Fort Gordon, GA
The Southeast Medical Wilderness Adventure Race (MedWar) is a unique adventure race
complete with questions and interactive, hands-on scenarios, designed to test your
academic and practical knowledge of wilderness medicine. Teams consist of any four
people with an interest in wilderness medicine, often a combination of healthcare
professionals, emergency personnel, students of all varieties, and outdoor enthusiasts.
The 12th Annual Southeast MedWAR Race was held Saturday, April 16 , 2016 at Fort Gordon,
GA. Southeast MedWAR was the original MedWAR race. The race was a great success. Congratulations
to MCG Emergency Medicine Department's team for coming in 1st place!
All of the 2014 MedWar race results and photos can be found at: http://www.medwar.org/southeast/index.htm
Annual Wilderness First Aid Course a Huge Success!
The Wilderness First Aid Course consists of 16 hours of basic assessment and first
aid training in remote settings, blending didactics, hands-on skills, and wilderness
scenarios. Enrollment is open to the general public. For more information about future
courses, please contact Jessica Burkhalter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Center of Operational Medicine
Medical College of Georgia
For questions please call 706-721-3548