EM Wilderness Retreat


2018 Wilderness Medicine Retreat

Every year Lakeland Emergency Medicine Residents look forward to the Wilderness Medicine Retreat and this year was no exception. While thunderstorms required flexibility in the schedule, Dr. Long and the seniors delivered on an epic day of learning, wilderness, and resident bonding. The day started with small group stations discussing and practicing water purification, splinting, carries, triage, and fire starting. The group then went on a tour of the Saint Joseph Coast Guard station and learned about the protocols and logistics involved in water rescues. Residents explored two separate coast guard boats and even got to go out on Lake Michigan which was exceptionally rough that day.

Unfortunately due to the storms, resident Med Wars was cancelled this year but residents were still able to participate in the first annual Resident Olympics. Teams were formed by the medical students and each class of residents to battle for the envied gold speculum trophy. Events included a relay race, water balloon toss and stethoscope shot put. The Olympics ended in a tug of war between 2nd years and 4th years with the 4th years ultimately winning and taking home the gold. After this, residents retreated to the campsite for yard games, smores, and camp fire shenanigans


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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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