MedWAR, also known as the Medical Wilderness Adventure Race, is a competition that combines wilderness medicine and racing. Teams of four compete to see who can finish first. The teams will have put their minds together and find solutions to the many medical scenarios constructed throughout a course, which involves running, hiking, biking, and canoeing. MedWAR is an annual event created and coordinated by Medical College of Georgia students and emergency medicine physicians. Now in its thirteenth year, it has expanded to a series of races in the US and Canada.
I’m one of the administrative directors for the race this year, which means I’m in charge of advertising & helping plan the medical scenarios (which are Awesome by the way). Pass this along to anyone who is interested or let me know if you are!!
Special note to the anon docs/med students I follow: You guys are amazing and I respect your anonymity. Feel free to sign up / email me and let me know you are interested. No need to let me know how you heard about it or let me know your alias, I just want you to enjoy the race!!
Contact me @ email@example.com if you’re interested!!
A note: Anyone can participate :) So bring it on.
More info bellow the cut:
Y’know, if this event was happening just 19 days sooner, I would DEFINITELY attend. (Or at least claim to…)
I dont usually relate real life MD’s to fictional Tv series doctors. But I was curious to know can/are some doctors as really cynical,cold and aloof as Dr, Cox, Kelso, and House? If their are Dr. like this what got them to that point, and is it permanent/reversible? -illegallyawesome
Of course there are doctors like this. I think the big difference between the real life guys and the tv docs is that the real life guys (hopefully) don’t show their cynicism as blatantly to their patients.
How do doctors become cold and cynical? Personally I think they start out with a little of that in them already, and then it just grows through their career. I constantly hear snide remarks about patients in the “behind the scenes” times in the hospital. I know fellow residents, attendings, and students who very clearly hate patient care, yet they’ve chosen a profession that requires them to interact with people all the time. I’m not sure why people do this.
If money is your goal, be a businessperson. If it’s prestige, do research and win the Nobel. If you love science but hate working with people, work in a lab. Get a PhD. Be a non-clinical physician. Don’t be a doctor if you don’t like dealing with people.
Accurate post is accurate.
Earlier this week Gov. Rick Perry sent a letter to US Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and stated that Texas is opposed to the expansion of Medicaid as provided in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and to creating a state insurance exchange. This announcement came on the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the PPACA.
Both decisions affect Texans as many Texans depending on government-funded health insurance face a crisis in access to health care. The problem is that having coverage is not the same as having access, and access to a waiting list is not access to health care. Handcuffed by stifling regulations and money-losing reimbursement levels, an accelerating number of physicians have stopped accepting new patients who have government-funded health insurance — Medicaid and Medicare. Only 31 percent of Texas physicians accept new Medicaid patients. The negative trajectory of this number is just as alarming, having been 42 percent in 2010. In Dallas County the numbers for 2012 are even more bleak — just 24 percent of physicians accept new Medicaid patients. At this rate you have to wonder when the acceptance rate for our county will fall into the teens, or if we will actually see single digits. Since 2010, the percentage of Texas physicians accepting new Medicare patients fell from 66 percent to 58 percent. In regard to dual-eligible (Medicare-Medicaid) patients, 40 percent of physicians statewide and 32 percent in Dallas County accept them. Coupled with the potential negative impact of the Medicaid 1115 Waiver on hospital reimbursement for low-income patients, we could be facing a devastating perfect storm of decreasing patient access.
This is why the proposed expansion in Texas of the Medicaid program under the PPACA by itself is not the answer for uninsured and low-income patients. Why expand coverage in an insurance plan that has shockingly limited and unacceptable access to care? This simply gives false hope to the 25 percent of our fellow citizens who are uninsured that their participation in the Medicaid program will dramatically improve their ability to access the healthcare system. We need a plan that expands coverage and access to care.
The gold standard for this access must embody timely access to quality, cost-effective care. A key ingredient of this expansion of access is the streamlining of the oppressive and progressively costly regulatory process so we physicians can devote more of our time to caring for patients and less to caring for paperwork. Paperwork never healed anyone. Improving patient access to health care also must involve increasing physician reimbursement to viable levels where we do not face the prospect of paying out of our pockets for every Medicaid patient we see. By working with our legislators and congressional representatives, we physicians can have a significant impact in improving access to the healthcare system for the uninsured of our state. We physicians must be forceful advocates for our patients. However, we should not put the cart before the horse. Instead of initially expanding coverage to the uninsured of our state to an overly flawed and ineffective insurance system, we should first concentrate our efforts on improving actual access to care through the Medicaid plan we currently have in place. Let’s get to work.
Richard W. Snyder II, MD
Dallas County Medical Society
I bolded the statements that I feel are particularly overlooked in the whole Obama Care kerfuffle. For more physician opinions on PPACA, including my own, see my Obama Care tag.
HI! With the heart of Obama’s health care reform ruled as constitutional just now, I was curious how you think this will affect doctors?
Oh joy a question about politics I cannot contain my excitement.
(Nothing personal! I just hate politics. So this reply will be short.)
First, let’s get the term straight: The Affordable Care Act (aka Obama Care) is not healthcare reform, it’s healthcare insurance reform. And you can (attempt to) fix the insurance system all you want, but until you fix the healthcare system itself, costs will continue to skyrocket and reimbursement will not be able to keep up.
Second: read this prior post where I discuss my main objections to the ACA, plus what I think would really need to change in the US healthcare system for actual healthcare reform.
Lastly: read the reblogged posts under my Obama Care tag, particularly the excellent posts by WayfaringMD and Jay Parkinson, for more MD perspectives on the issue.
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There ya go — you’re a TOAD now. :)
I need to go medical school STAT just so I can use that picture
Well I don’t see why this (obviously cool and super-elite) group couldn’t be called the TOADS: “Tumblr Organization of Anonymous Doctors (and also medical) Students”? Just need a better picture for the concept. *crappy photoshop powers ACTIVATE*
If that category applies to your Tumblr, congratulations: You’re a TOAD. :) Heck, it could even apply to pre-med blogs — I’m not picky.
Good question, but I don’t know the answer, Ink Panther. I guess it would depend on the overall “environment” of your potential employer — are the administrators more liberal or conservative? What is their target population? Do they already employ other tattooed physicians or staff?
Your choices of radiology or pathology would entail less direct patient contact than other specialties, so I think you’ll have less issues convincing an employer to hire you “despite” your “potentially patient-frightening” tattoos. In a perfect world, employers would judge you on your performance and not your appearance — but healthcare companies place a lot of stock on (real and imagined) “public perception”, and some of them might subtly discriminate against you because of your tats. I don’t know that for sure, though.
Good luck, (and thanks! The family is doing pretty well, now that Baby Cranquis is back to sleeping through the night again!) :)
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