Disclaimer: My presentation submission has been rejected once again both nationally and at the State EMS confernces.
I have gotten used to the rejection emails from conferences. I keep trying as ‘failure is not an option”(quote from the cult movie Joe Dirt). Though sometimes I wonder if EMS conference selection committees miss the boat or afraid to try something new. I know they receive thousands of submissions and they have to make difficult decisions. Though, it seems like the same speakers (I hope one day I will be a speaker) and the same topics are part of conferences. There is a talk about airway, research, trauma and leadership that seem to be part of most conferences. Here is an interesting fact EMS and EMS Conferences should take note. According to a MacWorld article, Apple announced that podcast subscriptions surpassed 1 billion in 2013 across 250,000 unique podcasts in over 100 languages. 1 billion in 2013, I am sure there are quite a few more in 2017. My submission was about EMS podcasting. My subject was on how to start an EMS podcast and my experience. I would of also highlighted some of the EMS podcasts out there today (see below).
EMS1 and NAEMSP have podcasts and their hosts are great and provide informational and educational topics. They are good podcasts. My podcast is Medic2Medic and has 112 episodes and over 22K downloads. I learn about my guests path into EMS or public safety. We dive into topics like peer support, suicide and Hollywood. It is the personal side of EMS. It is storytelling at it’s best. It is labor of love and any beginner podcaster without a sponsor will tell you. I started with my iPad and free software. The first 9 or 10 episodes published went without any editing. It is fun to meet and connect to new people. I have learned so much from my guests.
We can learn so much from listening to podcasts. Podcasts can be personal as they allow the listener to be communicated directly. The listener may gain valuable information via listening rather than reading an article or an email. You can subscribe to a podcast and each time there is an episode it can automatically download to your device and you can listen at your leisure. Podcasts are portable. Your phone and computer are usually with you and you can listen anytime. There is room for podcasts in EMS. EMS leaders, editors of EMS publications and selection committees should embrace this learning tool and have a few of us EMS Podcasters guide you through this world.
I have bounced back from my rejection and there is always next year.
Here are a few EMS Podcasts: