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Podcast: Interview with Thom Dick author of People Care 2nd Edition

In this episode of the Medical Author Chat I visit with Thom Dick about the 2nd edition of his classic book People Care. Thom and I have a fascinating discussion about his career in EMS from San Diego, California to Colorado. When discussing his interest in quality improvement Thom shared, “Select good people, take of them, and you can measure less.”

Purchase the 2nd edition of People Care from EmergencyStuff.com

People Care is intended for all healthcare providers.  We have very little training on how to care for sick people and how to take care of ourselves. People Care is meant to address both of those shortcomings and includes the ideas from 30 other people.

If you have read the 1st edition of People Care, Thom shared that some of the new topics in the 2nd edition include:

  • Death notification
  • People that are suicidal
  • Violent people
  • Pearls from wise caregivers

Thom reads several passages from the book during our conversation.

We end with Thom sharing his advice for aspiring writers. Thom shares that “every call is story.” He also encourages listeners to keep a scrap book of news clippings and photos about partners, patients, and calls.

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Podcast: Interview with Steven Kanarian author of the “Downwind Walk”

In this episode of the Medical Author Chat I talk with Steven Kanarian – paramedic, educator, and friend – about his book The Downwind Walk: A USAR Paramedics Experiences after the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 .

 

This episode of the Medical Author Chat is sponsored by EMS Manager. Try out a free trial at EMSManager.net

Steve and I have a great talk about his career in NYC EMS and his eventual work as an EMS Lieutenant in Fire Department of New York EMS until 2009. Steve spent 14 years on the USAR Task Force 1 and deployed to both attacks on the World Trade Center. Steve shared the impact of writing the book to grapple with his own traumatic stress after the events of 9/11. Steve states that he has used “journaling as a tool for stress management since the 1980’s” and that he was writing notes while at Ground Zero.

Self-Publishing

Steve chose self-publishing for the Downwind Walk so he could “tell my story, my way.” He encourages other writes to “just start” by keeping a jounral or blogging. Start with simple stories that draw on life experiences.

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Free Book Friday: Disney Vacation Edition

I am taking a break from blogging, reading, and podcasting for a Walt Disney World Vacation. Tomorrow morning I am running the Walt Disney World Half Marathon and Sunday I am running the Walt Disney World Full Marathon. Running both is called the Goofy Challenge.

EMS and other healthcare authors, I am having a hard time finding books to feature on Free Book Friday. If you are self-published or able to convince your publisher consider a Free Book Friday to increase your category rankings, ratings, and reviews. Better visibility should help you move a few more copies after Free Book Friday is over. If your book is going to be free make sure to email the date and details you want featured.

A few Disney titles …

Walt Disney World Swimming Pools 2013: A Planet Explorers Travel Guide for Kids

From the Amazon.com book description …

The pools at Walt Disney World resorts are amazing. Most of them have slides, awesome themes, and super-fun play areas with splash zones nearby.

To make the most of your trip, check out this 2013 guidebook written for kids and families to find out what kind of pool your Disney resort will have. You’ll find TONS of great pool pictures in these pages from all different angles. Look for descriptions of the pool themes, resort fun facts, and a little information about counter-service food offerings near some of the pools.

Click on the links throughout the book and get ready to be extra excited for your trip.

Download WDW Swimming Pool Guide (Amazon link)

Podcast: Interview with Dr. Steven Feldman Author of Compartments

In this episode of the Medical Author Chat podcast I visit with Dr. Steven Feldman, author of Compartments (Amazon link). We discuss the book, the three principles of “compartments”, and Dr. Feldman’s writing process. Dr. Feldman illustrates the “compartment” principles with several anecdotes from his practice and research as a dermatologist.

Dr. Feldman also shares his process for writing the book, an adaptation from a professional society presentation, and his tips for aspiring writers.

This episode of the Medical Author Chat podcast is sponsored by EMS Manager. Try out a free trial at EMSManager.net

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Review of Compartments posted on the Medical Author Chat.

Podcast: Interview with Matthew Sias Author of Silent Siren

This episode of the Medical Author was with Matthew Sias, author of Silent Siren: Memoirs of a Life-saving Mortician (Amazon link).

Matthew started in Fire and EMS as an explorer with the Bainbridge Island Fire  Department 1989. He went on to become and EMT and a paramedic, including training in the King County Medic 1 program. Matthew, currently a paramedic with Central Skagit Medic 1, has also been a reserve police officer, coroner, mortician, and death investigator.

During the conversation Matthew shares that most of the book is about his paramedic experience, but that he weaves in his different roles. Co-host, Brian Lilley, asked Matt to read several passages of the book about Matthew’s different roles.

Matthew shares his process for writing the book and that it was a project he felt that was always in him. The writing process took about three years. Silent Siren is self published.

We conclude the episode with Matthew’s advice for aspiring authors. He encouraged writers to “look for deeper meaning of their experiences.” Matthew shared some of his favorite EMS authors, including George Steffensen, Peter Canning, and Kelly Grayson (links are to episodes of the Medical Author Chat with these authors).

Silent Siren is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Create Space, and his website.

Book Announcement: Silent Sirens

Matthew Sias emailed, “I have recently written a book about my experiences as a paramedic, EMT, deputy coroner, and intern funeral director.”

The book is titled Silent Sirens and is available on Create Space andSilent Sirens on Amazon.com.

I am working with Matthew to schedule him for a future episode of the Medical Author Chat.

Also my friend and EMS Blogs network administrator Dave Konig has finished two ebooks recently. Both are available from these Amazon.com links:

You Called 9-1-1 for What? The Official Guide to EMS Blogging

Dave was also featured in this news article “Absurd 9-1-1 Calls Remembered in Book.”

Podcast: Interview with Perry Prete author of All Good Things

In this episode of the Medical Author Chat I talk with Paramedic and author Perry Prete about his novel, All Good Things a novel (amazon affiliate link). Perry has been a paramedic since 1982 in Ontario and also owns Sands Medical Supply. Perry overviews the plot of All Good Things (murder/sieral killer crime fiction), his writing process, and the positive feedback he has received on the book so far.

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Perry comments that the book has been a “good way to share with the public what paramedics do.” All the calls/jobs in the book are based on reality and the calls Perry has worked in his career.

All Good Things is published by General Store Publishing and Perry praises the support he has received during the writing/editing process and book marketing. All Good Things is being well received by a non-EMS audience as well as paramedics.

We conclude the episode with Perry’s advice for aspiring paramedic authors. He states, “Just start! Anyway you can start writing. If you have it in you it will be hard to stop.”

The main characters of All Good Things, Ethan and Tom, will reappear in a forthcoming second book, The More Things Change, and Perry already has a second book in progress.

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Book Announcement: All Good Things by Paramedic Perry Prete

Paramedic Perry Prete wrote me that his first novel, All Good Things (Amazon affiliate link) has been published. The book is about a paramedic “embroiled in a series of murders” (book description from http://openbookontario.com/news/dirty_dozen_perry_prete).

If you read All Good Things make sure you leaving a rating and review for Perry on Amazon. I am sure he would appreciate it.

Listen to the Medical Author Chat episode with Perry Prete.

Book Reviews and Announcements: Mid Summer 2012

Book Reviews

Paramedic: On the Front Lines of Medicine on the EduMedic Blog

Please Don’t Dance on my Ambulance on the EduMedic Blog

A Never Event on the Everyday EMS Tips Blog

The Downwind Walk on the High Performance EMS Blog

Currently Reading

How Winning Works by Firefighter/EMT and adventure racer Robyn Benincasa

Resurrecting the Street about the impacts of 9/11 and subsequent recovery of the financial services industry

Book Finds

New book from Michael Perry, Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace. Michael was a guest on this episode of the Medical Author Chat podcast.

You Cant Park There: the highs and lows of an Air Ambulance Doctor

I heard about this book on Episode 5 of the Harris CPD podcast. The host asks the author for his advice on writing a book of memoirs.

Write a Book by Blogging the Book Content

Someday I am hoping to write a book. My planned technique is to write the book as a series of blog posts and then bundle those posts into an ebook for the Kindle. Obviously this idea is not unique, but it sure seems sensible.

Recently I listened to this podcast with Nina Amir about her book, How to Blog a Book.

Sounds like a good book for me read as a I prepare to blog my own book.