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SGEM Xtra: Every Day I Write the Book – SGEM Season#3

SGEM Xtra: Every Day I Write the Book – SGEM Season#3

Podcast Link: SGEM Xtra Season#3

Date: December 25th, 2017

Happy holidays to all the SGEMers. Please accept this PDF book of Season#3. It is a holiday gift from me to you to say thank you for all the support and encouragement over the last few years.

There are now close to 35,000 subscribers and the SGEM is translated into four other languages. Who would have thought back in 2012 that an emergency medicine  physician from Canada could reach so many people around the world?

The goal of the SGEM continues to be to cut the knowledge translation window down from over ten years to less than one year. It does this by doing a structured critical review of a recent publication and then disseminates the information using the power of social media. We want patients to get the best care based on the best evidence.

The SGEM strives to make the information accessible with the right balance of education and entertainment. This means 80’s theme music, my attempts to sing and cheesy jokes blended in with nerdy bits of methodology.  This is all in an effort to make you better at critical appraisal and remember the information.

FOAM logoThis knowledge translation project continues to be part of free open access to medical education movement (FOAMed). I strongly believe we should share our intellectual capital and efforts with everyone around the world with no paywalls.

In keeping with that philosophy here is Season#3 of the SGEM summarized into a PDF book. All the episodes reformatted to be downloaded and shared. There is even a chapter listing all the theme music and the talented artists that create the music. This gift from me to you is meant to be shared and re-gifted with anyone else interested in providing excellent emergency care.


The SGEM would not be so successful if it were not for some very special people. It would be impossible to list everyone but I need to mention just a few. Andrew Worster (@ProfBEEM) from McMaster University, founder of BEEM and my EBM mentor who taught me it all depends. Richard Bukata (@CCMEcourses) for inviting me to the big leagues of EMA and the opportunity to teach with the amazing EMAC faculty. Jerry Hoffman who made me into the skeptic I am today. Anthony Crocco (@SketchyEBM) from SketchEBM who taught me to be a better presenter and is a PEM superhero. Chris Carpenter (@SAEMEBM) who is the smartest guy I know, tireless supporter of the SGEM and my best friend.

Then there are all the wonderful guest skeptics who have contributed to the project. We can all agree the SGEM is a much better with their wisdom and voices added to the show. Thank you so much for helping me critically appraise the papers, record the episodes and get high-quality, clinically relevant information to the patients’ bedside.

And most importantly I would like to thank all the SGEMers.  I can’t tell you how much it means to have an audience of people committed to providing patients with great care in their time of need.

Take a moment to recognize what an important role you play in so many lives. Everyone on the team from the pre-hospital setting, to the ED, in-patient, ICU and primary care providers. Patients deserve excellent care from the moment they reach out for emergency help, during their acute care and all the way to their follow-up outpatient management. We should all be striving to have a NNT of 1. Every single patient is an opportunity to help and it is a privilege to be involved in their life and sometimes their death.

David Kepecs

David Kepecs

SGEM Season#3 was put together with the help of David Kepecs. David is a fourth year medical student from the University of Toronto. He was extremely excited to be involved with the editing of this PDF book because he has a strong belief in the enormous impact of FOAMed in the field of emergency medicine. David aspires to use future FOAMed projects to focus on health education projects for clinicians, students, and their communities.

Please download and share the book via social media. You can down load   Season#1Season#2 and Season#3 by clicking on the links or the book covers.

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If you could do something for me in return that would be excellent. Please write a review on iTunes, like the SGEM on Facebook and follow the SGEM on Twitter.

Remember to be skeptical of anything you learn, even if you heard it on the Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine.