Date:  24 February 2013
Title: Who Are You? (Skeptics’ Guide to Emergency Medicine)

This is the 25th podcast of the Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine. Every so often I like to take a 10,000 foot view of things. In previous episodes we have looked at the top five FOAMed sites and the Choosing Wisely campaign. That reminds me, congratulations to ACEP for finally joining the Choosing Wiesely initiative to not over test and over treat our patients in the emergency department.

So back to the title of todays podcast, Who Are You? There has been lots of great feedback since launching TheSGEM in the fall of 2012. A few individuals have really helped improve the project including Drs. Chris Carpenter and Jason Wagner.

One of my biggest constructive critics has been Dr. Katrin Hruska from Sweden. She is very interested in social media and follows TheSGEM podcast.

TheSGEM wants to turn MedEd on its head. Use social media as a disruptive technology to provide the front line provider with the high quality, clinically relevant information to the patients bedside. The podcast lets TheSGEM listener turn their car into a classroom for 15-20 minutes commute. Rather than eminence based medicine from the grey hairs and no hairs trickling down to the masses TheSGEM tries to bubble it up from the grass root providers.

Much of the information for TheSGEM comes from the Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine (BEEM) project started by Dr. Andrew Worster of McMaster University. He is my evidence based medicine guru/mentor. Dr. Worster put together the BEEM Dream Team of EBM.

The social media is the message. Gen Y can teach their baby boom teachers about podcasts and twitter. Twitter must have been designed with ED doctors in mind. If you can’t get the message across in 140 characters or less we have lost interest.

The Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine was a revolution when it started but now has become an evolution. The hard part was getting the project started. I have adapted new technology, learned garage band and fingured out how to edit a podcast. Some things have worked well like the Keener Kontest, PUB cast in Oxford and having great guests like Dr. Tony Seupaul and medical student Lauren Westafer. Some things I have struggled with like finding the best microphone for good audio quality. I have fallen down at times, made mistakes but picked myself up to try again.

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Katrin Hruska’s Questions of TheSGEM:

  • Question#1: What problem is TheSGEM trying to solve?
  • Question#2: After listening to TheSGEM what do you want the listener to do differently?
  • Question#3: Who should not listen to TheSGEM?
  • Question#4: What has TheSGEM achieved so far?
  • Question#5: What is the purpose of the Keener Kontest?



KEENER KONTEST: Last weeks winner was Yifan Li from Western University. Yifan correctly identified  that SPS3 stood for: Secondary Prevention of Small Subcortical Stroke. This is the second time Yifan has won the Keener Kontest. Therefore, I am going to send a cool skeptical prize to the person who was second in getting the correct answer, Jennifer Mazerolle from Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.

Be sure to listen to the podcast to hear this weeks Keener Kontest question. Email your answer to TheSGEM@gmail.com. Use “Keener Kontest” in the subject line. First one to email me the correct answer who has not won before will win the cool skeptical prize:)

Remember to be skeptical of anything you learn, even if you heard it on The Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine. Talk with you next week.