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April 15, 2018

Preparing and Planning for Recreational Substances at Music Festivals: Considerations from Public Health to Critical CareDr. Brendan World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine


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September 20, 2017

Mass Gathering Medicine Interest Group and the International Stage Drum roll please… As mass gatherings and special events proliferate, national and international interest in mass gatherings is growing! In April of 2017, several members of our MGM Interest Group had the opportunity to travel to Toronto and attend the World Congress on Disaster and Emergency […]


Learner Opportunities at Subaru Ironman Canada

May 31, 2017

What a great place to boost your medical education! Dr. Tom Green, our Medical Director for the Subaru Ironman Canada event that is being held on July 30th in Whistler, BC, will be leading some TED style talks and running some event scenarios for medical learners. This event is definitely one for your ‘bucket list’ and […]


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 – February 9 & 10 2018

May 2, 2016

The annual Mass Gathering Medicine Summit will be in Miami, Florida in 2018! Date:  February 9th & 10th Check out the website for more details See you there. ——————————————-   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 […]


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 […]