Date: December 21st, 2018

Happy holidays to all the SGEMers.  For everyone in the Northern hemisphere, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. For those in the Southern hemisphere, I suggest you listen to the Tim Minchin song about having white wine in the sun. Regardless of where you are, I hope everyone can spend some quality time with family and friends.

2018 has been a year of growth for the SGEM with more than 37,000 subscribers.  We needed to upgrade our server twice to prevent it from crashing with all the traffic. The SGEM is also available on all podcasting platforms not just iTunes.

The SGEM has been so successful because of listeners like you, #FOAMed friends, the guest skeptics, SGEMHOP Team (Justin, Corey and Chris), PaperinaPic producer (Kirsty) and my best friend Chris Carpenter.

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 shares the information using the power of social media. We want patients to get the best care based on the best evidence.

As many of you know, 2018 was also difficult year near the end for me with the passing of my father in November. I was on the edge of burnout. This experience taught me that it is OK not to be OK, vulnerability is a strength not a weakness, not to be afraid to ask for help, to take care of myself, and that this too shall pass. Thank you very much for everyone who supported me through this challenging time.

As a holiday gift, please accept this PDF book of Season#5 of the SGEM. You will find links to all your favourite episodes. There is a new PaperinaPic chapter with all of Kirsty Challen’s infographics. You will also find a new chapter highlighting the theme music that inspires the SGEM.

Don’t Panic…Chris Carpenter’s chapter on evidence based medicine, Justin Morgenstern’s (First10EM) simplified guide to approaching the literature and Anthony Crocco’s SketchyEBM chapter are all still part of the book.

Please feel free to share this 236 page book via your social media networks (email, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc).

If you are looking for the inspiring theme music from each of the SGEM episodes you can now find them on Spotify. Of course most of them come from the best musical era, the 1980’s.

This knowledge translation project continues to be part of the free open access to medical education movement (FOAMed). I continue to strongly believe we should share our intellectual capital and efforts with everyone around the world with no paywalls. This information should be for anyone, anywhere and at anytime.

I also believe that 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 Number Needed to Treat (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.

The SGEM Season#5 was put together with the help of Etai Shachar. Etai is a fourth year medical student from St. George’s University. He completed his clinical training in Detroit, MI where he cultivated a passion for urban emergency medicine (EM). His primary interests in EM include investigating how social determinants of health effect emergency health care outcomes. Etai spends his “free” time whipping around the streets of Toronto on his bicycle, training for triathlon races, and jumping between coffee shops taking part in creative writing projects.

Please download and share the PDF of the SGEM Season#5 book via social media. You can down load Season#1Season#2, Season#3,  Season #4 and Season#5 by clicking on the links or the book covers.

One last thing. Could you please write a review on iTunes, like the SGEM on Facebook and follow the SGEM on Twitter. Thank you and I look forward to more knowledge translation in 2019.

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