So Long EMS Educast

Yesterday I listened to the final episode of the EMS Educast.  I am sad that Greg, Bill, and Rob will no longer record new episodes, but am excited about what the co-hosts have in store for the future of EMS.

Greg mentioned that he began the podcast at a low point in his career, and I discovered the Educast at a low point in mine.  After about five years as a paramedic, the novelty had worn off.  There seemed to be no room for growth, and no hope for the future of the profession.  I helped spread the cancerous cynicism that Rob described in the episode.  I thought about PA or nursing school.  At a ribbon cutting of a new library/paramedic station, I even asked a librarian if any library science programs were offered online.

Then I discovered the Educast, along with EMS Garage, EMS Office Hours, EMS Leadership, and MedicCast podcasts.  I, like Greg described, immersed myself with some of the world’s most passionate EMS people in the car, at the gym, and mowing the lawn.  Instead of watching Law and Order between calls, I participated in JEMS Connect forum discussions.

I soon became more passionate about EMS than I ever had before.  I had stopped learning for a while, but started again.  Each call became an opportunity to manage a patient better than I managed the last one.  I learned about pit crew resuscitation, and started using it on the arrests I went on.  As the off-chest time went down, the resuscitation rates went up.  Then I put a workshop about it together for my service.  I also started giving pain medication much more often, and putting CPAP on in the house instead of the truck.

One goal of this blog is to fight the cynicism that plagues our work, and to share how I think patients deserve to be treated.  The Educast gave me several topics to write about.  Episode 171 was about how Bill was able to get working paramedics into the OR for intubation practice, and how we should practice our airway skills the way musicians practice their instruments. Episode 145 was about whether paramedic students should be EMT’s first.  While my BLS experience was vital for me to be a successful paramedic, I wrote about how I believe that experience should be part of paramedic education instead of on the streets as a certified EMT. 

The Educast hosts and guests inspired me to pursue full-time EMS education. Now it is an invaluable resource as new educator  I’ve listened and re-listened to hours of interviews with experts on my way to work that used to only be available at conferences.  Had I not heard the Educast, my energy would be spent on cute Powerpoint slides and trying to be a stand-up comedian.  Now my energy is spent on helping students learn the material with a flipped classroom.  I’ve already assigned the Episode 72 about excited delirium for my class to listen to before the behavioral emergencies section.  Instead of having to listen to me explain this topic, we can discuss Marty Johnson’s compelling story about it.

Greg, Rob, and Bill, thank you for doing so much to advance the EMS profession.  The effect you’ve had on EMS educators, practitioners, and their patients is beyond measure.  I know that the end of the Educast will mark the beginning of other great things from three of you.


  1. I’m going to miss these guys, too.

    I found that podcast right after being promoted from a FTO on the streets to EMS Education Manager in an office. It helped me wrap my head around what it meant to be an EMS educator, and really smoothed out the transition.

  2. Bob, thanks for your ongoing support of the show. I am glad you found value in our efforts.


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