Mass Gathering Health Blog


MGM Tabletop Exercise at the 2016 Athletics Canada Race Directors Summit

October 13, 2016

I recently had the opportunity to join Dr. Adam Lund and his passionate team in presenting their MGM Tabletop Exercise at the 2016 Athletics Canada Race Directors Summit. As outlined in our previous blog post by Riley and Kelly, the Tabletop Exercise gives the opportunity for players to function as a ‘medical director’ for a […]


UBC MGM Tabletop Exercise – Games Night!

October 7, 2016

By Riley Golby & Kelly Soros The MGM Table Top night involved a facilitated board game exercise played by over 50 medical students. It gave students the opportunity to function as a ‘medical director’ for a fictitious running race event and consider key stakeholders in the event planning process. The game prompts students to manage […]


FAQs – Nursing Students at Community Events

May 5, 2016

Source: Life as a nursing student. Available at: Accessed on: May 4, 2016. Do you love music festivals, triathlons, marathons and parades? Would you like to practice nursing in a pre-hospital setting? Outdoors? In an open field? On the side of a mountain? There is a role for nursing students at special events. If […]


Mass Gathering Medicine Summit – April 2016

May 2, 2016

An impressive start to the North American conversation on Mass Gatherings last week in New York City at the Mass Gathering Summit… Co-chaired by MGMIG’s Dr. Adam Lund and Dr. Matt Friedman, it was a room packed with some incredible knowledge and experiences in a variety of planning and clinical roles.   Interesting presentations by […]


Endurance Race Medicine – MGM Club

March 29, 2016

On March 22nd 2016, Mass Gathering Medicine (MGM) invited Dr. Tom Green to present on Endurance Race Medicine. This event was broken down into two parts: “Being a Medical Director” and “Endurance Race Medical Conditions”. This two-part event gave students insight into the logistics and planning that are required to host events such as Ironman […]


8th Annual UBC DEM Research Day – April 6, 2016

March 11, 2016

The 8th Annual UBC EM Research Day will be held on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016. Be sure to check out an interesting talk by one of our MGM Club team members Andrew Guy.  Andrew’s presentation will be on:  A Pre-Hospital Ultrasound Curriculum for BCAS Critical Care Paramedics.  Andrew was the Co-Chair for the UBC MGM Club […]


Networking & Social Opportunities at NYC MGM Summit

March 9, 2016

We previously wrote about the MGM Summit in New York City on April 21st and 22nd. I’m personally excited to meet over a hundred others from around the world who all have a practical, operational interest in how to optimize health and safety at some of the world’s biggest mass gatherings. As co-chair, I’ve had […]


Mass Gathering Medicine Collaborates with Physical Therapy

February 7, 2016

On November 4th 2015, Mass Gathering Medicine (MGM) invited Masters of Physical Therapy (MPT) students to assist in the organization of the Ankle Injuries and Taping workshop– an evening comprised of a didactic and practical session for interested medical students. This event was a first-time collaboration between medical students and seniors students within the Department of […]


Mass Gathering Medicine Summit in New York City

February 3, 2016

New York City in April? Yes, please. We are very excited to announce that we will have a UBC MGM Interest Group contingent attending this conference in New York City on April 21st and 22nd: Speakers and topics are still being finalized. One or two talks may still evolve into panels to permit even more discussion. We […]


Shambhala at UBC Public Health Symposium

January 26, 2016

I had the pleasure of presenting work on Shambhala – an annual electronic dance music festival in the Kootenays of British Columbia – this past Saturday at the UBC Public Health Symposium. This festival is perhaps best known for it’s innovative approach to health and safety, particularly the integration of harm reduction services working alongside […]


Issues of Substance Conference in Montreal, 2015

November 30, 2015

Tyler Pyrie traveled to Montreal in November for the Issues of Substance Use Conference. Tyler hails from the Canadian Center on Substance Use (CCSA) and he presented a poster on the topic of Music Festival safety. The poster was the result of joint work done early in 2015 by the CCSA, the MGMIG, and a […]


Mass Casualty Incident Simulation – Nov 26th

October 27, 2015

Invitation to Participate in Mass Casualty Incident Simulation! There will be two simulations held on Thursday, November 26th (see below) in Chilliwack at the JIBC Campus; one in the morning, and one in the afternoon. We have room for 2 residents and 2 medical students in clinical roles per session. Note that other participants will […]


Wilderness Medicine Course

October 19, 2015

          Wilderness Medicine Course March 5th – 12th 2016 Join the Canadian Society of Mountain Medicine at the beautiful Kokanee Glacier Hut for some epic backcountry powder skiing while learning about wilderness and sports medicine Course is open to physicians, paramedics and Nurses Depending on skiing and weather conditions, the plan […]


Sports Medicine & MGM Symposium

October 18, 2015

Friday, October 23rd, 2015 – From 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm Hurlburt Auditorium at St. Paul’s Hospital (1081 Burrard Street) in Vancouver, BC. For MAP CLICK HERE. Link for RSVP form: Agenda, Topics & Speakers For information on the agenda, please click here or on the thumbnail below. Click to download full PDF version of Agenda:  Rock […]


Invite to Discuss Drugs & Harm Reduction on EDM Panel in Vegas

June 11, 2015

UK’s BBC Radio 1 DJ, B. Traits, recently featured in a ground-breaking TV documentary tackling the sensitive topic of drug usage and distribution in the UK.  In parallel, the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) has created a platform for debate, bringing together information and expertise to help our industry develop a unified response.  As society […]