A Resident’s Review of the Current Podcasts in Emergency Medicine
Whether you listen in the car, the gym, or while cleaning the house, reviewing current topics in emergency medicine has never been more convenient than with today’s range of educational podcasts. We’ve pulled together the essential information on ten popular programs so that you know where you should be tuning in to keep up to date.
The Host: Amal Mattu, MD
The Gist: Dr. Mattu discusses recent literature, cases, and current hot topics. The program includes his insight and that of colleagues and fellow experts in order to provide practical information to keep listeners’ practice state-of-the-art.
Resident Insight: A great teacher, Dr. Mattu keeps episodes informative, while focusing on what is truly the most important. While known for his great cardiology insight and teaching, this program encompasses all aspects of emergency medicine.
Length: 90 min
How to Listen: Download at www.emedhome.com
Cost: $99. This fee includes additional features on EMedHome.com, including other lectures from a variety of conferences like ACEP and SAEM. CME credit opportunities, featured articles and clinical pearls are also provided.
The Host: Dr. Cliff Reid, MRCP (UK)
The Gist: RESUS.ME! is a podcast about acute medicine, pediatrics, emergency and critical care medicine, with emphasis on pre-hospital care. Dr. Reid reviews over 40 journals as well as sources of national and international guidelines to stay up to date and share knowledge about life saving therapies. Resus.ME! also has a very informative website with great information on ICU, resuscitation, emergency, pediatric and pre-hospital care.
Resident Insight: If you are an American listener, it also helps display how emergency medicine is handled in Australia. In the podcast, Dr. Reid reviews conferences that he attends, recently giving a great review of the Dr. Richard Levitan Cadaver Course. Reid has a great interest in educational conferences and is involved in many in Australia and Great Britain. Dr. Reid also makes a point in his podcast to identify an “Island of Excellence,” which is a focus on an individual and their contributions to emergency medicine. His first was Dr. Scott Weingart, the host of EM:CRIT.
Length: 35- 40 minutes
How to Listen: Download at iTunes or online at www.resusme.em.extrememember.com
The Hosts: Mel Herbert & Stuart Swadron
The Gist: Emergency Medicine Reviews and Perspectives opens with an introduction and overview, often followed by an interview with an expert. High profile guests drop in from the likes of ACEP, Essentials and SAEM, and they’ve even teamed up with other podcasts, like ERCAST and EM:CRIT. An extra hour of lecture has been added called C3, which is an in depth focus on one topic with emphasis on what is important for board review. Written summary included.
Resident Insight: Great for all levels of education. Informative for what is essential to know for a disease process, yet keeps the listener up to date on new treatments and diagnostic tools. Dr. Rob Orman of ERCAST and Dr. Scott Weingart of EM:CRIT have both been added as monthly contributors to this program. They provide their insight and teaching styles in “Community Corner” and “Critical Care Pearls” respectively.
Length: 4 hours and 15 minutes
How to Listen: Download from www.ccme.org/emrap or order CDs by mail
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The Hosts: David H. Newman, MD and Ashley Shreves, MD
The Gist: SMART EM (SMART: Scientific Medicine And Research Translation) is designed to offer unbiased translation and summaries of medical evidence. It provides a very in depth review of the literature and challenges the way things are traditionally done in the emergency medicine today. References for all papers are available on the SMART EM website.
Resident Insight: This great program does a “deep dive” on one topic and goes over studies and history that led physicians to treat diseases the way we do, often challenging or disproving what is generally accepted. Dr. Newman and colleagues also put together the website www.thennt.com which is the “number needed to treat” program, which is a valuable tool used to assess whether a treatment has proven benefit. You can access this partner site from the SMART EM site.
Length: 2 hours
How to Listen: Download at iTunes or online at www.smartem.org
The Host: Scott Weingart, MD
The Gist: Dr. Weingart is an EM residency trained physician who has also completed a critical care fellowship. His mission in the medical world is “to bring upstairs care (ICU), downstairs.” To that end, each episode focuses on one topic involving expert opinion, personal experience and evidence-based medicine. The website has links to all articles used in his evidence-based medicine approach and instructions on some of his cutting edge techniques, including “push dose pressors.”
Resident Insight: Great for all the critical care pearls you ever wanted. Confused by vent settings, pressors or acid/base management? Dr. Weingart goes over all of these topics and many more, breaking them down in a manner that makes intuitive sense and without so much detail as to confuse the listener.
Length: 20-25 minutes
How to Listen: Download on iTunes or online at www.emcrit.org
Annals of Emergency Medicine Podcast
The Hosts: David H. Newman, MD, and Teri Reynolds, MD, PhD
The Gist: This podcast is a review with commentary about each article in the most current edition of Annals of Emergency Medicine.
Resident Insight: Staying up to date with the Annals of Emergency Medicine has never been easier. This review highlights the most important articles of that month’s issue in a quick and concise manner. You could finish one episode a day traveling to and from work. This program can have you quoting studies and impressing you fellow coworkers and attendings with your ability to discuss the most recent literature.
Length: 30-40 min
How to Listen: Download at iTunes or online at www.annemergmed.com/content/podcast
Emergency Medicine Cases
The Host: Anton Helman, MD
The Gist: Cases are presented by Canada’s leading experts in emergency medicine. The program focuses on clinical pearls, important management issues and current clinical literature around the cases.
Resident Insight: Many people learn best by case presentations. If you learn best from this style, this program will be of great benefit to you. Helman goes over the case and includes current issues with its management and helpful clinical applications. The program highlights key practical learning points that can be used in every day practice.
Length: 1 – 2 hours
Frequency: Ten episodes per year
How to Listen: Download at iTunes or online at www.emergencymedicinecases.com
Cost: FREE for students, residents, paramedics and nurses. Subscriptions require an annual fee of $149.99 annually for staff physicians.
The Host: Dr Colin Parker
The Gist: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine podcast is a review of pediatric emergency medicine topics from experts in Australia. The goal of this podcast, in addition to keeping the listener up to date on pediatric emergency medicine, is to “keep you a little bit interested, a little bit educated, and occasionally amused.”
Resident Insight: Great for all who are nervous about pediatric care while keeping the listener interested with humorous insight and story. The style of learning of this podcast is more or a round-robin discussion between practicing physicians and less of a lecture format. Within these discussions they do focus on the pertinent literature. Do not confuse PEMcast (this show) with PEMCast.
Length: 20 – 60 minutes
How to Listen: Download at iTunes or online at www.empem.org
The Hosts: Dr. Zach Kassutto, Dr. Angela Lumba, and Dr. Todd Chang
The Gist: The podcast series features interviews with PEM experts, discussions and newscasts on PEM-related news, research, review and journal article analyses
Resident Insight: A great focus on one pediatric topic a month with great interviews with experts in a format that is straight to the point. An aspect that really separates this program from other podcasts is the focus on the guest lecturer. Instead of just focusing on what the guest is doing right now, they review how the physician got to where they are today, noting many of the most important aspects of their career. In a recent episode with Marianne Gausche-Hill, they discussed the beginnings of pediatric emergency medicine.
Length: 15 – 30 minutes
How to Listen: Download at iTunes or online at www.pemfellows.com
The Host: Rob Orman, MD
The Gist: ERCAST is a focused discussion on emergency medicine topics. The show involves consults with specialists, different takes from ED docs, and guest experts. Each episode covers a single issue using expert and literature review. Dr. Orman does a fantastic job of creating an informative program in a manner that is entertaining. He often takes a sort of “Nightline” approach, taking on the role of a reporter asking all the important questions. Written summary is available.
Resident Insight: Great focus on one topic without going overboard with detail, Dr. Orman keeps the listener interested by staying focused on what is important and getting it done in 25 minutes or less. If you like Orman, you can catch him at Essentials this year.
Length: 20-25 min
How to Listen: Download at iTunes or online at www.ercast.org
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