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
2017 has been a tremendously successful year for EM Cases with a growing content team of 22 emergency physicians and residents. EM Cases is Canada’s most listened to emergency medicine podcast with thousands of subscribers, well over 5 million podcast downloads since 2010, with an average of approximately 200,000 podcast downloads per month. Page views on the website have surpassed 2 million. The number of users of the website has increased more than 100% over the past 2 years.
2017 marked the release of two new projects to augment EM Cases’ multimodal learning system: The Just the Nuggets project in which learners receive the take home points of the main episode podcasts in a spaced repetitive manner to enhance learning, and the Rapid Review Videos which review the take home points of the main episode podcasts in short video segments. Dr. Helman and colleagues also hosted the 2nd annual 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.
In an effort to bundle information for learners and allow for selftesting of knowledge, there are two new EM Cases projects being developed: A searchable EM Cases Q & A databank that will include questions and answers related to the main episode podcasts, and an eBook that bundles all the written summaries of the EM Cases main episode podcasts together in one easy to navigate location.
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.