Office of Wilderness and Survival Medicine

Wilderness Medicine

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. Caudell

Dr. Michael Caudell is a 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!

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

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