Wednesday, October 2, 2024

EMRA’s MedWAR (Medical Wilderness Adventure Race) is a unique event designed to teach and test wilderness survival and medical skills.  This event provides residents and medical students an opportunity for hands-on wilderness medicine experience. The best way to learn wilderness medicine is to get outside and practice. Participants are challenged to use their broad knowledge of wilderness medicine to handle a series of potential medical emergencies. Do you have what it takes to compete? 

Deadline to apply - August 1, 2024 


Who Can Be On a Team?

  • EMRA Medical Students
  • EMRA Residents
  • EMRA Fellows

Each team must be composed of three team members. All team members must be a paid EMRA member - medical student, resident, or fellow.

The fee for participation is based on your team level:

  • Medical Students: $100 per team member
  • Residents: $150 per team member
  • Fellows: $200 per team member.
  • Fees include commemorative t-shirt, post-race meal, a lifetime of memories, and unique medical training. 
  • Payment must be received by August 15, 2024 to confirm team participation.

Cancellation policy: Full refund until 6 weeks before the race. 50% refund until 4 weeks before the race. No refund less than 4 weeks before the race. Team members may be substituted at anytime until check-in on Race Day but must notify EMRA ahead of time to be permitted to enter the race.

How Do We Sign Up?

Each team must apply for participation in EMRA MedWar.

Apply Now

Selection process for this year - teams will be selected based on first-come, first-served application process and be confirmed around the first week of August 2024. The first 18 teams will be notified by email and will be required to confirm their participation within 72 hours of notification. If a team does NOT confirm, they forfeit their spot and another team will be selected through a lottery.

What Do Teams Bring?

Each team member must pack his/her backpack with food, water, and medical supplies anticipated for the competition. A list of required equipment will be sent to selected teams after the lottery drawing.

What Does EMRA Provide?

EMRA provides transportation to and from the event. Bus picks up competitors and volunteers at the Mandalay Bay hotel.

EMRA provides breakfast, snacks and a post-event meal for all competitors and volunteers. Volunteers will also receive a boxed lunch. 

Do I Need To Have Previous Wilderness Medicine or Adventure Racing Experience?

Absolutely not!  Just remember the course is usually 8-12 miles in distance and the race lasts up to 7 hours. How fast you move about the course is up to you but be prepared for a days worth of physical exertion, in all kinds of weather and topography. You will be exhausted once the race is over. But there will be food and beverages at the finish line. 

Can I Just Be a Volunteer?

Of course! We always need helping hands to create the best race possible for the participants. If you are interested in volunteering and are an EMRA member, submissions are due Sept. 1, 2024.

Volunteer Submission

More Questions?

If you still have questions, email Hannah 

Auerbach’s Wilderness Medicine Books donated by:

EMRA MedWAR 2021
Supported by:

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Congratulations to our 2023 MedWAR champion

Straight Outta Yosemite from UCSF Fresno​!

All teams finished the course, and final times were calculated on actual race time along with credit for accurately answering questions and managing scenarios.
The second and third place finishers are as follows: Codebusters from Allegheny General Hospital, and Feral Guinea Pigs from Augusta University

Thanks to all our competitors, our volunteers, and our Wilderness Committee leaders who made the day a success!

2023 MedWAR Teams

Team Name Program
Albert's Runaways Albert Einstein Medical Center
Codebusters Allegheny General Hospital
Feral guinea pigs Augusta University
My Three Dads Augusta University
Master Disimpactors ChristianaCare
TBD Florida State University / Sarasota Memorial Hospital
MTF  Georgetown EM
Running out of patients Good Samaritan university hospital
TBD Lakeland Health
HAPE or Just Out of Shape? Madigan Army Medical Center
Plan B52 Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Bellevue NYU | Bellevue EM Residency
Trauma 99ers Stanford
Wreck EM Tech Texas Tech University Health Science Center - Lubbock
Straight out of Yosemite UCSF Fresno
Trauma Llamas UMass Chan Medical School
Husky Wild Pups University of Connecticut
Husky Hotties University of Connecticut

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