EM Wilderness Retreat


2017 Wilderness Medicine Retreat

Every year our residents look forward to the Wilderness Medicine Retreat. It is an opportunity for resident bonding while participating in activities focused on the educational topics of wilderness medicine, emergency preparedness, and toxicology.  This year’s retreat far surpassed previous years thanks to the efforts of Dr. Long, Dr. Beyer, and Resident Alex Spiewak. The day started with coffee and a campfire breakfast followed by hazmat training by Berrien County EMS Director Dr. Beyer. The Berrien County Hazmat Team provided demonstrations on mobilizing resources during an emergency, methods of decontamination, and resources available for hazardous material identification.

Later in the day, residents broke into teams to compete for the prestigious "All We Do Is Win" trophy. Teams completed disaster response scenarios as well as an adventure race with medical challenges along the way. Scenarios included a methamphetamine lab explosion, organophosphate poisoning, a nuclear power plant explosion, and carbon monoxide poisoning. The adventure race challenges included toxidrome identification, partner carries, and donning a hazmat suit. The day ended with a pulled pork dinner provided by Alex Spiewak and campfire games overseen by the retreat’s MOC Dr. Long. 

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