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A Visit to the PHARM - Podcasting from the Northern Territory

Andy Buck and I in a resus bay at the Royal Darwin Hospital

What a way to cap an amazing week, working in the Northern Territory of Australia! I met up with Andy Buck from EDExam, and we recorded a podcast with none other than the king of pre-hospital critical care - Minh Le Cong over at the PHARM blog. The main discussion focussed around crash airways, as well as chest pain pathways.

Check out the podcast HERE.

Minh Le Cong PHARM Blog with Andy Buck and Amit Maini



Ultrasound Podcast - Matt & Mike

Whilst I'm on my hols, I've spent the last few days catching up on my favourite podcasts and blogs. One of the podcasts is the fabulous "Ultrasound Podcast" from Matt & Mike. This is fast becoming one of our favourites and we'll be watching this month especially, since there will be a special focus on the airway.

We love airways, and we love ultrasound. Combined, this promises to be a great :)

Here is a link to Epidose 19 - Full Cri.

Ultrsound Podcast

Ultrasound Podcast iTunes link.


Slightly Funnier than Placebo - ZDoggMD 


You all thought it was over with Weingart taking the number one slot. Oh contraire mes amis. After finishing harping on about my favourite ED critical care blogs over the last few days, I just had to do one more - the brilliant - ZDoggMD (AKA Zubin Damania), who really is my brother from another mother.

Zubin is internal medicine physician in California (forgive him), although I must admit, I don't know what the heck internal medicine is, or how it differs from external medicine, and why they just can't call it "Medicine". He has been writing parody songs since his school days. He went to UCSF medical school, and further honed his fine sense of comedy whilst studying. He completed an internal medicine residency at Stanford, where he is now a full time hospitalist. In his spare time (!!) he writes, performs, produces and edits his award winning video blog at (Medgadget Best New Weblog of 2010). 

His primary aim is to use humour to promote medical education, awareness, and also burnout prophylaxis for both patients as well as medical practitioners alike. 

“My hope is to make people laugh, and in the process make them aware of important issues impacting their health. If I get to beatbox with my homies while doing it, then that’s just cream, baby!”

Zubin, if you're reading this - much love to you. Peace.

Favourite Post: Doctor's Today - A Parody of Tonight Tonight 

A question for ZDogg - why does it still burn? ;)

ZDoggMD - Zubin Damania 

That concludes our look at our favourite blogs from 2011

0 - ZDoggMD - Zubin Damania

1 - EMCrit - Scott Weingart

2 - Life In The Fast Lane - Mike Cadogan, Chris Nickson & Co

3 - Academic Life in EM - Michelle Lin

4 - SMART EM - David Newman & Ashley Shreves

5 - ERCast - Rob Orman

6 - RESUS.ME - Cliff Reid

Happy new year everybody! 

The wind of change may bring some new blood to the site, as well as a potential podcast. Stay tuned....


Number 1 - EMCrit - Scott Weingart

Scott Weingart is currently an ED attending in the department of emergency at the Elmhurst Hospital Center, and an associate professor and the director of ED critical care at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed a residency in emergency medicine at Mount Sinai and subsequently completed fellowships in trauma and surgical critical care at the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Scott is a master communicator and educator, posting on and pushing the boundaries on topical themes related to ED critical care on his EMCrit podcast which receives well over 100,000 downloads per month, which incidentally also won Medgadget’s Best Medical Weblog of 2010 award.  In addition to the podcast, and blog, he also has a deep dive section on his site, looking at severe sepsis, and hypothermia, 2 topics that are a must read for any serious resuscitationist.  

As a self described ED Intesivist, his aim is to bring “upstairs care downstairs”, in other words, ICU level care to the critically ill patient in ED. You can also find Scott as a regular presenter on EM:RAP, as well as presenting at various emergency medicine & critical care conferences. I had the pleasure of meeting Scott at Essentials 2011 having followed the podcast and blog for some time, and not only is he a super talented educator, but also an all round nice guy. 

Favourite Post : EMCrit Podcast 18 - Infamous Awake Intubation Video where 2 of Scotts resident specialists volunteered to intubate each other awake!. A must see video! (These are trained professionals, don't try this at home!)