This site is no longer updated and is ARCHIVED as Dr. Gary
Podolsky left it on October 24,
2009 when he passed away suddenly.
It is maintained in his memory and for information purposes only.
would like to thank all of our attendees, speakers, and displayers
for their interest in our meeting. This group is a little different
from what you normally may attend and is indeed the first Wilderness
Medicine Conference in Winnipeg.
Medicine can be explained as medicine and training for dealing with
problems and emergencies in the great outdoors., or at least unusual
situations. The circumstances may be out of the ordinary but approaches
to dealing with them are still the medical standards, but applied
to apply to the situation.
of our speakers will use evidence-based support for their statements.
But Wilderness Medicine is not just Medicine - it is also prevention
of accident and injury through preparation and training. That is
why this meeting is geared towards all healthcare providers; safety
services (including police, fire and ambulance service) conservation
group - Natural resources, parks and recreation and forestry; commercial
and professional travelers; and most importantly also the general
have strived to make all of our lectures understandable for everyone
with key points emphasized. For the person wanting to know more,
many links to published matter - books, journals, multimedia, websites,
and local groups are provided. We can only scratch the surface on
some of the interesting topics.
suspect the discussions that follow our speakers may be equally
as interesting as the talks themselves. Unfortunately I did not
schedule more than a few minutes for questions, but have also invited
speakers and guests for a reception at my clinic (264 Tache at 5:00
pm) following the talk.
fellow women professionals have expressed concern over their limitations
to attend meetings such as ours, due to child care responsibilities.
We have contracted a licensed daycare service for all our attendees
(nearby at Coronation Park and inside approved space of my clinic,
264 Tache which are both 1 city block away from the Norwood Hotel).
We are offering this to make life easier for parents. I propose
that other medical meetings adopt similar ideas. Additionally I
have prepared optimal exercises for the daycare personnel that are
related to conservation and health and age appropriateness.
am very grateful to our speakers who I believe all give something
unique to our forum. Their topics were chosen based on surveys,
interviews, and perception of which issues we reunited to include
in an introductory meeting.
had only scratched the surface on the breach of discussion and I
welcome your feedback on what lectures and workshops you wish to
attend for our next meeting.
would like our meeting to be the beginning of a sustainable philosophy
in Manitoba. Everyone who attends will be given a year subscription
to a newsletter We are planning - Wilderness Medicine
in Manitoba - which I will be looking for submissions
and attempt to send out on a quarterly basis.
also plan to involve medical students in our plans. During this
conference, students will be helping organize the day and some have
planned to display annual Poster Displays of their foreign experiences.
We have likewise invited International Development Students to participate
as their experiences and opinions are worthwhile to communicate
to others. We would like these discussions to continue and propose
to have regular: slide nights" at my clinic. Regularity is pending
but will be announced in our newsletter. These "Slide Nights" will
not be only travel vacation photos but something more as I plan
only to get people who have either worked abroad or makes some sociological
observation of overseas conditions.
have also organized two workshops on "Casting and Injury Stabilization"
and Athletic Taping" performed by local athletic therapists.
Casting and Injury Stabilization " will
show people how to apply simple orthopedic principles to stabilize
injuries. We will be showing physicians and others proper casting
techniques. This is open for everyone. We do not imply or advocate
anyone aching beyond their capabilities or licensing in treating
orthopedic injuries but their session is meant to be a simple instruction
of basic stuff. Our expert Instructor Mary Kate Turner will also
be able to import much of her skills and tricks in casting to individuals
already proficient in casting techniques and we feel they would
benefit from this.
Athletic Taping " will demonstrate the
use of athletic taping to stabilize known strain for a variety of
common conditions - ankle sprain, thumb injury and others. Participants
will be shown how to perform their skill and use it appropriately
by licensed athletic therapists (called trainers in the U.S). Athletic
therapy is a very useful rehabilitative profession that is under-appreciated
in Manitoba and one of our small goals is to let people know about
these resources available to them.
have, generously supplied supplies for both workshops. Several of
the products demonstrated in the workshops are relatively new and
easier for the novice cast applier to use. More advanced workshops
are planned for the future.
exhibition hall has a few advertisers that may interest you. We
hope to include many general interest groups as well.
our meeting all of our exhibitors are invited to attend our lecture
as well as the attendees and join our lunch. I believe it is not
important to stratify or separate our groups and this will also
make for a much stronger meeting.
we have named our meeting 'Wilderness Medicine in Manitoba'. The
existence of wilderness - in our parks, undeveloped areas, or even
green space is essential to human physical and mental health.
old sports medicine adage that "exercise is medicine" is particularly
true. But exercise in its most pure form only approaches wilderness.
Fresh air and lack of pollution are frequently ignored and need
to be specifically addressed.
regular release of stress and maintenance of resistance training/cardiovascular
training in gyms only approximates a wilderness experience and is
still a poor substitute for the real thing. We prefer to be proactive.
medicine " implies a reaction to a process of disease after it has
started while being proactive implies maintaining Health and avoiding
disease and disability.
as a means of pro-active health is much more desirable. This paradigm
shift is essential since - it is cheaper, easier to implement suffering
and disease rather than wait for it to happen. It also makes people
of our speakers have something important to say about proactive
Health and will develop these concepts further.