EM Cases

Dr. Anton Helman

Emergency Medicine Cases is a free, online, medical education podcast, medical blog and website dedicated to providing emergency medicine education and continuing medical education for physicians, residents, students, nurses and paramedics. In each Main Episode Podcast, two or more experts in a particular emergency medicine topic join Dr. Anton Helman in a round-table, case-based, discussion on key practice changing clinical topics, which are then carefully edited to maximize learning.

CANADA’S MOST LISTENED TO EMERGENCY MEDICINE PODCAST

2016 has been a tremendously successful year for EM Cases with a growing content team of 18 emergency physicians and residents. EM Cases is Canada’s most listened to emergency medicine podcast with thousands of subscribers, well over 3 million podcast downloads since 2010, and are currently ranked #12 in Canada in Science & Health podcasts on iTunes. Page views on the website have surpassed 1.5 million. The number of users of the website has increased more than 100% over the last year. 2016 marked the release of the second EM Cases Digest eBook, this time covering Pediatric Emergencies. Dr. Helman and colleagues also had the first ever EM Cases Course, a sold out conference, where participants got a chance to talk face-to-face with EM Cases guest experts about cases, questions, controversies, pearls and pitfalls. The course allowed the participants to be engaged in their learning in small groups with a flipped-classroom model: they listened to the podcasts related to each workshop prior to the course. The EM Cases Course also had the first ever Live EM Cases Podcast recording which was subsequently downloaded about 30,000 times when made available on the website and iTunes. There was featured a simulation workshop with expert commentary and feedback.

EXCELLENCE IN CREATIVE PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY

Dr. Helman’s incredible vision and execution of EM Cases goes way beyond just a novel development of an innovative instructional method. He has contributed to innovative change in how emergency physicians learn and interact. In respect of his efforts, Dr. Helman was honoured with the “Excellence in Creative Professional Activity” award from the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

EM CASESPODCASTS:

EM Cases’ Journal Jam Podcast brings together world- renowned researchers and educators to keep learners up to date on key research publications in emergency medicine. Best Case Ever Podcast has guest experts sharing their tacit knowledge on particularly interesting cases.

EM CASES BLOGS:

EM Cases also offers the CritCases Blog with challenging emergency critical care cases and Waiting to Be Seen Blog covering important administration topics in emergency medicine.

EM CASES DIGEST: VOL. 2

2016 marked the release of the second EM Cases Digest eBook, this time covering Pediatric Emergencies.

NEW EM CASES PROJECTS: Q&A PEARL OF THE WEEK

Other new EM Cases projects included “The Q&A Pearl of the Week” where subscribers to the EM Cases Newsletter choose to receive a clinical Q&A in their email inbox weekly with links back to the related podcasts or blog posts as well as a reference.

EM CASES COURSE

This year, EM Cases hosted the first ever EM Cases Course, a sold out conference, where participants had a chance to talk face-to-face with EM Cases guest experts about cases, questions, controversies, pearls and pitfalls. The course allowed the participants to be engaged in their learning in small groups with a flipped-classroom model: they listened to the podcasts related to each workshop prior to the course. The EM Cases Course also had the first ever Live EM Cases Podcast recording which was subsequently downloaded about 30,000 times when made available on the website and iTunes. There was featured a simulation workshop with expert commentary and feedback.

JUST THE NUGGETS & SCREENCAST RAPID REVIEWS

In an effort to bundle information for learners (an avenue deemed important to explore from the annual EM Cases retreat) there are two new EM Cases projects being developed: Just The Nuggets where learners can sign up to receive directly into their inbox the key points from the main EM Cases episodes. This project represents the realization of the current learning theory spaced repetitive interleaved learning. In an effort to move toward providing material for EM residency curricula (another avenue discussed at the annual retreat), the 2nd project, Screencast Rapid Reviews are 10-15 minute condensed reviews of the main episode podcasts designed specifically for residents to help them study for exams.

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