In early December 2019, Adam Lund and Sheila Turris from the Department of Emergency Medicine, along with Colin Mathie from Live Nation, travelled as invited speakers to the 4th International Conference on Mass Gatherings Medicine. The conference took place in the coastal city of Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In 2017, the King announced a […] Read More
Large scale special events (aka “mass gatherings”) are an important part of our culture. Music festivals, triathlons, and a myriad of other mass gatherings take place all around the world, every day. We know that for some types of special events, there can be associated health risks such as communicable diseases, poisonings, intoxications and the […] Read More
Obstacle adventure courses (OACs) have their origins in the military and police force training. OACs have become a popular form of recreation for the general public, for reasons that remain unclear to me (insert laughter here). Every OAC shares common elements including some or all of the following: -a set of obstacles that require climbing, […] Read More
What do you get when you mix sunshine, a gorgeous harbour city, and an excellent event medicine conference? You get Brisbane in May. Members of the Mass Gathering Medicine Interest Group travelled to Australia to present at the World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine. This is a biennial conference that attracts researchers and clinicians […] Read More
In April, 2019, members of the mass gathering medicine interest group participated as members of the health care team for the 4-20 protest. The attendance for this event was higher than usual because of the changes in legislation, making possession of cannabis products legal and because it was the 25th anniversary of the protest. This […] Read More
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To support the further development of expertise in the fields of mass gathering and disaster medicine – provincially, nationally, and internationally – including clinical practice, research, policy, and education.