Podcast: Interview with Benjamin Gilmour Author of Paramedico

Jamie Davis, the podmedic, recorded this interview with Ben Gilmour author of   for the MedicCast podcast (see the episode 359 shownotes)

Thanks Jamie for sharing this interview with Medical Author Chat listeners.

Podcast: Interview with Jerrid Edgington, author of “Racing the Reaper” series

In this episode, Brian interviews Jerrid Edgington, author of the “Racing the Reaper” series.  Jerrid Edgington has been a Paramedic for 15 years with a total of 17 years in the Emergency Medical Services field. He has experience in the inner city settings, small community, as well as rural settings.

“Racing the Reaper” is a fictional story of an EMT named Jacob.  Although it is a fictional account, Jerrid talks in the podcast about how closely the story mirrors his own career and experiences.

Jerrid Edgington’s Personal Website

“Racing the Reaper” on Facebook

Amazon Link to “Racing the Reaper”

 

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 Robyn Benincasa author of How Winning Works

On this episode of the Medical Author Chat I talk with Firefighter/EMT Robyn Benincasa about her book How Winning Works: 8 Essential Leadership Lessons from the Toughest Teams on Earth (Amazon affiliate link).

Robyn has been a Firefighter/EMT with the San Diego fire department for the past 15 years. She left a successful pharmaceutical sales career for the fire service. Robyn has always been a competitive athlete, but has found great success as an adventure racer. Since 1994 she has competed in the most difficult, longest, and remote adventure races on earth. She is also a professional speaker and delivers keynote addresses to more than 50 events per year.

Robyn discusses the book, explains the acronym for TEAMWORK, and shares her tips for successful writing. Robyn has founded a non-profit foundation, Project Athena, to provide adventures for survivors.

Links and Reviews:

My review of How Winning Works on the Firegeezer.com blog.

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 .

 

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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.

Show Links

 

Podcast: Interview with Dave Konig, author of “25 Things They Should Have Taught You in Medic School But Didn’t”

In this episode, Brian talks with Dave Konig, author of “25 Things They Should Have Taught You in Medic School But Didn’t” (Amazon link).  Dave talks about his work in EMS, shares a few teasers from the book, and offers aspiring authors some tips on self-publishing.

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Show Links:

Scrivener Software

Elance.com

David Konig.com

The Social Medic.net

EduMedic Blog.com

 

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

Show Links:

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.

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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Interview: 2 Weeks a Year Author Trent Cherin


In this episode of the Medical Author Chat Trent Cherin tells us about his book 2 Weeks a Year: Finding Humor while Deployed in Iraq which is about his deployment to Iraq as an Army National Guard Medic. Unlike most authors being a medic wasn’t something Trent did full-time. Rather it was something he did away from his normal work because he enjoyed helping others and being part of the National Guard. He describes being a medic as “a nice break.”

2 Weeks a Year is a chronicle of Trent’s 548 total days of deployment. Much of which he spent on a base in Iraq just north of Baghdad. The book was put together from photos and emails he sent to family and friends during his deployment. He also wrote the book as a way to remember his experience.

EMS Week Special: Trent is graciously offering a free download of 2 Weeks a Year from Amazon for the Kindle e-reader or Kindle app during EMS Week 2012. This download is only available from midnight Sunday to midnight Tuesday. Make sure to take advantage of this opportunity to download the book.

Connect with Trent on Twitter.com/trent1k1 or LinkedIn.com.