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
Taylor Haston, DO, DiMM, MPH, MS
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Fellowship Director, Wilderness Medicine
Dr. Taylor Haston is from Charlotte, NC, completed medical school at Nova Southeastern
University in Ft. Lauderdale, then completed her emergency medicine residency training
at MCG. She went on to complete a Wilderness Medicine Fellowship at MCG and is now
an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, as well as Director for the Wilderness
Medicine Fellowship. She earned her Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM) and certifications
in Level 1 Swiftwater Rescue, Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diving. She is in the
process of completing her FAWM (Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine) through
the Wilderness Medical Society. Dr. Haston has extensive experience in International
Medicine in multiple countries and has traveled internationally as faculty, not only
with the Wilderness Medicine Section, but also with the International Medicine Section
and the Ultrasound Section at MCG. She is an Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS)
instructor and serves as a Chair on the Education Module Subcommittee within the Wilderness
Medical Society (WMS) Education Committee. She also is active with the Appalachian
Center for Wilderness Medicine (ACWM) and serves as the Chair of the Advisory Council.
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!
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