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The Faculty of Medicine Presents... The Amazing Chase

October 27 - November 7, 2014

Ready, set, go!


Think you’ve got what it takes?

Experience what is one of the most original travel experiences ever, raise funds for the McGill Faculty of Medicine’s new undergraduate medical curriculum and prepare to have the most fun you've ever had!

McGill Medicine presents... The Amazing Chase across Asia is loosely based on The Amazing Race, a reality series which sees teams of two people race around the world.

McGill’s version of the race is a fun and challenge-packed 12-day adventure across Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, where teams of two people search for clues and compete for a $1000 prize.

Daily challenges contribute to teams’ scores and though a winning team will be declared at the end of the trip nobody is eliminated or goes home a loser.

From cruising down the Mekong River and searching for local delicacies in a Cambodian market to racing a tuk-tuk through the streets of Bangkok, every fun-filled day will be the experience of a lifetime. At the end of each day, teams will return to pre-arranged accommodations and enjoy a variety of local cuisine.

The experience is everything.

The AMAZING CHASE across ASIA will take place over the course of 12 adventure-filled days from October 27 to November 7, 2014.

Although it is a “race” you can easily “run” the race by using your wits.  You’ll need to interact with the locals and gain intimate knowledge about each location. 

In the words of past participant Suzanne Ryan: "This was no ordinary holiday. It was a full-on adventure that was all about interacting with the local people and allowed me to learn about their lives and their country. It was a life changing experience that has left me filled with gratitude."

Fundraising will support the Community Health Alliance Project (CHAP) that seeks to place all second year students in the new MDCM curriculum with partnering health-related community organizations. 

By participating you will not only gain from cross-cultural immersion but you will also provide beneficial aid to your community.

The AMAZING CHASE across ASIA is run in association with RAW Challenges Australia:

What you need:

A mobile phone, digital camera, backpack and a willing teammate.

Level of Difficulty: Introductory.

Cost:  $500 non-refundable deposit per person + participation fee + flight + $2,000 to $10,000  fundraising per team towards the new MDCM curriculum

Participation fee:

21+ paying people = $A3490 ($C3370 approx)
17 - 20 paying people = $A3590 ($C3470 approx)
12 - 16 paying people = $A3790 ($C3670 approx)

Space is limited:  Minimum 6 teams; maximum 16 teams

Fundraising deadline: Friday, September 26, 2014


Day 1: Mon, Oct. 27, arrival / pre-race briefing, Saigon, Vietnam

Day 2: Tues, Oct. 28, race day in Saigon

Day 3: Wed, Oct. 29, travel to Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Day 4: Thurs, Oct. 30, race through the Mekong Delta

Day 5: Fri, Oct. 31, travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Day 6: Sat, Nov. 1, race day in Phnom Penh

Day 7: Sun, Nov. 2, race to Seam Reap, Cambodia

Day 8: Mon, Nov. 3, discover Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Day 9: Tues, Nov. 4, discover Angkor Wat

Day 10: Wed, Nov. 5, race to the Thai border

Day 11: Thurs, Nov. 6, race day in Bangkok, Thailand and farewell dinner. Winning team is announced!

Day 12: Fri, Nov. 7, free day in Bangkok / departure


Tour leaders:

Dr. Robert Primavesi, Associate Dean Undergraduate Medical Education

Dr. Vincent Poirier, Emergency Medicine

Dr. Christina Tong, Family Medicine


About McGill’s new MDCM curriculum:

The new MDCM curriculum, branded Patient at heart, Science in hand, renews the previous curriculum to address our aging population and other demographic shifts, technological advances and emerging global issues.

Basic science and clinical material are interwoven more closely to increase relevancy and comprehension of the subject matter. Students are also taught skills to become life-long learners to keep up with the vast amount of new knowledge being generated every year.

Equally important is in-service learning. The aim of the CHAP program is to expose medical students to the social, environmental, economic and historical determinants of the health of Montreal populations at the beginning of their careers. Students will also learn about the importance and complexity of primary care in a community setting and the relevance of community health in a national and international healthcare context.

About RAW Travel:

Since 2002, RAW Travel has operated over 235 charity challenges with more than 3,000 fundraisers who have raised over $16 million for a wide variety of charitable causes.

Corporate challenges are one of their specialities with many successful trips organized across Asia and Australia.

Detailed trip notes provided by RAW Travel can be accessed here:
http://rawtravel.com/uploads/trip/130/notes.pdf  (pdf)

The AMAZING CHASE across ASIA is organized and operated by RAW Travel as tour operator.  Participation in The AMAZING CHASE is subject to the acceptance of RAW Travel’s  booking conditions (online at the time of booking) and are available at  http://rawtravel.com/bookingcond/bookingconditions.pdf. Participation in this travel experience is at the sole responsibility of the each participant who accepts and assumes all risks involved or related to his/her  participation.  McGill University shall not be responsible for any direct, indirect, consequential or incidental damage,  injury, loss, accident, delay or irregularity of any kind including, without limitation, changes in schedule, overbooking or accommodations, default of any third parties, sickness, weather, strikes, acts of God, acts of terrorism, force majeure, war, quarantine or criminal activity in connection with participation in The AMAZING CHASE across ASIA.

Questions?:  Contact us:  amazingchase [dot] med [at] mcgill [dot] ca