Date: August 26th, 2017 

Guest Skeptic: Dr. Richard Bukata is the Medical Director, The Center for Medical Education, Inc. Started Emergency Medical Abstracts in 1977. A Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, Los Angeles County / USC Medical Center,
Los Angeles, California.


Legends of Emergency Medicine: This is the final episode of the summer SGEM Xtra series called Legends of Emergency Medicine. These episodes were designed to highlight some of the pioneers and leaders of our specialty. The hope is that these episodes will give the next generation of emergency physicians access to some super stars in our field via social media.

The format of the show will be similar. We will start by finding out some a non-medical thing about the legend: What song they picked as their music for the episode and why?  Then we will tell the back story of how we first met. The more formal part of the episode asks the legend five questions. Listen to the podcast on iTunes to hear their responses.

Ken and Rick

Ken and Rick

Five Questions for Rick:

  1. What is the biggest positive change you have seen in emergency medicine over your career?
  2. What is the biggest negative change you have seen in emergency medicine over your career?
  3. What contribution to emergency medicine that you made are you most proud of so far?
  4. What advice would you give to someone who is interested going into emergency medicine?
  5. How do you picture emergency medicine looking in the next ten years?

Theme Music: Each legend was asked to pick theme music for their episode and explain why they picked that particular song. Rick picked Beggin’ by Fankie Valli and the Four Seasons

Other Legends of Emergency Medicine:

  • Andrew (Professor BEEM) Worster
  • Diane (Brickhouse of Education) Birnbaumer
  • Joseph (Godfather of #FOAMed) Lex
  • Ian (The Rule) Stiell
  • Judy (Wrote the Book) Tintinalli
  • Jerry (The Skeptic) Hoffman

don_t_panic_buttonI hope you enjoyed this summer SGEM Xtra series of podcasts. Don’t Panic – The SGEM will be back next month for Season#6. You can expect more critical appraisals of recent publications trying to cut the knowledge translation window down from over ten years to less than one year using the power of social media. The ultimate goal of the SGEM is for patients to get the best care based on the best evidence.

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



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