Date: September 3rd, 2022

Reference: Milne WK, Carpenter CR and Young T. A Hero Is Rising – Season#8 Book

Dr. Tayler Young

Guest Skeptic: Dr. Tayler Young is a first year Family Medicine resident at Queen’s University. Her interests are quality improvement and Free Open Access to Medical Education (FOAMed).

This is an SGEM Xtra to announce Season#8 has now been summarized into a free PDF book. The SGEM provided the content, and Tayler designed the book.

She has experience designing infographics for the Emergency Medicine Ottawa Blog and Emergency Medicine Cases. Tayler also one of the authors of the fourth version of the Emergency Medicine Ottawa Handbook which is now live.

Seven seasons of the SGEM have been summarized into books, each with a different theme. Season#7 was designed by my daughter Sage and was inspired by the classic 1982 movie Tron. You can click on the cover page below and get access to all seven previous SGEM books.

Tayler chose a Marvel theme for Season#8. This is because she is a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Her favourite Marvel movie is Avengers: Endgame and her favourite Marvel character is Steve Rogers or Captain America.

I’m more of a DC fan myself and my favourite character is obviously Batman. I like him because he did not possess any superpower. He did not get bitten by a radioactive spider, exposed to gamma radiation like the Hulk or get his strength from our yellow sun like Superman. Bruce Wayne had to train very hard physically and study very hard to become Batman. Reminds me of the physical and mental training of residency.

SGEM Season#8

Each chapter starts with the title of the SGEM episode, the clinical question and the bottom line on the first page. It also tells you who the guest skeptic is for the episode with a superhero cartoon picture of that individual. Then the format continues with the following sections:

  • Case presentation using Spiderman and some background information on the topic.
  • PICO question is represented by Thanos’ gauntlet with each infinity stone representing the population, intervention, comparison/control and outcome.
  • Authors’ conclusions from the abstract
  • Appropriate quality check list to probe the study for its validity
  • Ironman shows up to give the key results.
  • Talk nerdy to me section has Dr. Strange’s medallion, the eye of Agamotto.
  • Clinical application, what do I tell the patients and a case resolution
  • End notes with other FOAMed resources, twitter poll results and the Paper in a Picture infographic by Dr. Kirsty Challen summarizing the episode

Part of the SGEM knowledge translation project is the theme music. Most of the music comes from the best musical era the 1980’s and that is a hill I’m willing to die upon. At the end of the book there are a few pages dedicated to listing all the songs that correspond to each chapter of the book. There is also a QR code that takes you directly to the SGEM Spotify Season#8 play list. 

2021-2022 has been a long hard year as COVID continues. People are exhausted, burned out and suffering from moral injury. Remember, it is ok not to be ok. Asking for help is a sign of strength not weakness. As my friend Simon McCormack says, you cannot keep others warm by lighting yourself on fire. To provide great patient care you need to take care of yourself.

Simon says

The SGEM will be back next episode to start Season#11. It will be a structured critical appraisal of a recent publication. Trying to cut the knowledge translation window down from over ten years to less than one year using the power of social media. So, patients 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.