Review: 25 Things They Should have Taught you in Medic School … But Didn’t

25 Things They Should Have Taught you in Medic School ... But Didnt (Amazon link)  is the 3rd ebook by EMT, blogger, and social media evangilist Dave Konig. Dave is also the network admin for all of the blogs on the EMS Blogs network.

25 Things is Dave’s best writing effort to date. In this interesting and entertaining book I hear Dave’s voice and see the scenes he is painting with his words. Perhaps my street experience helps, but I find that Dave gave just enough details to help me feel as if I am in the apartment with a COPD patient or riding in the back of the ambulance with him when a patient asks for a band-aid.

Dave’s treatment of the best and worst of EMS is fair and balanced. As other reviewers have said he isn’t attempting to scare newbies out of EMS, or shower us with his heroic brilliance. Each of the 25 things is well explained and Dave combines his observations from nearly 20 years of field experience, with keen industry insights, and relevant research and news.

The book is a quick read and packed with information. I recommend it for both EMT and paramedic students (both “medics” using Dave’s definition), new graduates, and veterans of the profession. Dave includes links to lots of relevant EMS industry websites and articles.

In future editions, I imagine Dave will continue to apply his technical savvy by including photos, adding a number to each chapter heading (I would have liked to know how far into the list of 25 things I was as I read), and links to multimedia content.

If you have a chance to meet Dave “In Real Life” (IRL) you will appreciate that he has the same down to earth mannerisms and matter of fact tone as he writes in the book. The next closest thing might be to listen to his recent interview on the Medical Author Chat podcast.

Thanks Dave for sharing your insights and lessons learned with the profession.

Have you read 25 Things They Should have Taught you in Medic School? Share your comments below and make sure you review the book on Amazon.com for Dave. Your comments and star ratings help him promote the book and prepare future editions.

Note: I was given a free copy of the ebook by the author. 

Free Book Friday: 25 Things They Should Have Taught You In Medic School… But Didn’t

EMT, blogger, and author Dave Konig has released his newest ebook, 25 Things  They Should Have Taught You In Medic School… But Didn’t.

From the Amazon.com description:

Going to school to become an Emergency Medical Technician or and Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic can often seem like a long and arduous process. Unfortunately, not everything that should be taught is taught. While reasons may vary from class to class, there are important aspects that just don’t get the amount of time they deserve.

This book looks to address some of the things that just can’t be covered in class, but really should be. The book includes 25 chapters on things every Medic, whether just thinking about signing up for class or graduated way back when, needs to know.

After you read 25 Things … make sure you return to Amazon.com to rate and review the book.

Amazon pricing is always subject to change. Confirm product price before making your purchase.

Free Book Friday: Medical Books and More

10 or More Free Books Every Day

My idea for the Medical Author Chat version of “Free Book Friday” came after I began subscribing to the Free Kindle Tips and Books Blog. If you are looking for ten or more high rated free books every day make sure you subscribe to FKTB blog. The books featured in the FKTB blog span all literary genres.

Since the focus of the Medical Author Chat podcast is books written by healthcare providers I have tried to focus my Free Book Friday posts on books written by and or about medical professions. I find books by scanning the titles featured on the FKTB blog and reviewing the top free e-books in different health and medical categories on Amazon.com.

Request Your Book to be Featured

Michael Gallagher, of FKTB, reports that he receives several dozen author requests per day and rejects 75% of those requests. Since I have yet to receive an author request to be featured the odds are much better that your book will be featured. Please email me, greg at gregfriese dot com, the following about your book.

  • Your name
  • Your healthcare position, ie EMT, RN, MD, etc.
  • Your email
  • The Amazon.com URL for your book
  • Date the book will be offered for free (Friday is most useful)
  • Category or Genre
  • Amazon.com book description

Today’s Feature: Medicine Men: Extreme Appalachian Doctoring

I found today’s feature, Medicine Men: Extreme Appalachian Doctoring (Amazon link), on the FKTB blog. From the Amazon.com description:

Follows bestselling “Heart in the Right Place” which was ranked #1 on Amazon in Biography, Memoir, Science, and Medicine in August and September 2012.

A collection of the most memorable moments from old-school rural physicians who each practiced medicine for more than 50 years in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Hilarious, heroic, heartwarming true stories of miracle cures, ghost dogs, and much madcap medical mayhem.

Jourdan’s work is often compared to James Herriot and Bill Bryson. Her first book is on hundreds of lists of best books of the year, best book club books, and funniest books. “Heart in the Right Place” was chosen as Family Circle magazine’s first ever Book of the Month, won the Elle magazine Reader’s Prize, named #7 Wall Street Journal Nonfiction Bestseller.

Amazon pricing is always subject to change. Confirm product price before making your purchase.

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

Show Links:

Review of Compartments posted on the Medical Author Chat.

Free Book Friday: Ghetto Medic

Alert reader, paramedic, and blogger @UnwiredMedic tipped me off to this week’s feature, Ghetto Medic (Amazon link), which is available for free for Kindle owners with an Amazon Prime Membership. Ghetto Medic has 8 “5 star” reviews.

The book description of Ghetto Medic from Amazon.com:

Ghetto Medic: A Father in the ‘Hood is the remarkable true story of the life of Bill Hennick, a firefighter and paramedic in Baltimore, Maryland, a city which today boasts the busiest fire stations in the United States. The story begins in 1945, when Bill, aged four, is badly burned in a terrible fire started by an older child playing with matches. When he reaches adulthood, he begins searching for his purpose in life and identifies fire as ”the enemy.” He joins the still-segregated Baltimore City Fire Department at the height of the civil rights movement, witnesses the race riots of 1968 which followed the assassination of Martin Luther King, and battles the ensuing infernos.
When the upper and middle classes abandon the city, Bill sees a ”wasteland” and develops empathy for those people left behind. He tries to make a difference by becoming a paramedic, a service then in its infancy. His story is set against the history of Baltimore, known for its rich black heritage, the home of jazz legends such as Billie Holiday and Cab Calloway. He embarks on a spiritual journey as he risks his own life in caring for the poorest of the poor in a city with one of the world’s highest crime rates.

In this poignant biographical memoir about her father, Rachel Hennick tells a dramatic American story with vibrant characters, pathos and a twist of humor. Ghetto Medic penetrates the heart with a thought-provoking and universal message about the enduring power of compassion.

@UnwiredMedic also alerted to me this book, Honor Redeemed: First Responders Book #2 (Amazon link), though not available for free download at the time of this post.

Amazon pricing is always subject to change. Confirm before making your purchase. 

New Book Announcement: Wading into the Chaos

Wading into the Chaos (Amazon link) was released on December 30, 2012. The book was written by paramedic Bob Holdsworth.

From the Amazon.com book description:

“Wading Into Chaos, written by a veteran paramedic, gives you a first hand, real life glimpse inside the chaotic world of Emergency Medical Services. Ride along and experience the emotions, the frustration, the sadness and the dark humor that accompanies responding to fatal car crashes, 14-year-old suicides, inner city gang violence, train accidents, med-e-vac helicopter landings, and the forgotten elderly who just need someone to talk to.”

I hope to schedule Bob for an episode soon.

Free Book Friday: EMS Romance Novels

I stumbled … honestly … across a genre of romantic fiction that features characters that are EMTs, paramedics, or firefighters. Apparently being an EMT can get heated on and off the job!

(although not written by or featuring an EMT Les Miserables (Amazon link)is available for free download. If you do LOTS of posting this will help you read away lots of hours. This is one of the many books I read during a prolonged period of being underemployed in the mid 1990s. Enjoy)

Whitney in Charge (Amazon link), pits a paramedic against a physician. This book is available for free for Amazon.com prime members.

The book description from Amazon.com:

Two years ago, TV New York producer Whitney Benson returned to her roots in Ohio after her husband’s death in Iraq. Her older sisters, Shannon and Regan, think Whitney needs to move on with her life. They want her to be like them—happily married with children. Whitney is tired of her older sisters’ attempts to fix her up with every single male they meet. Shannon and Regan cross the line when they arrange for her to go skydiving with the reason that more guys like to float in the air than women. Whitney hates flying and heights.

She realizes her sisters are busy with matchmaking to keep their minds off their mother’s recent death from cancer. She decides to suggest the three of them start a business and hopes that will take the focus off their constant matchmaking efforts. The sisters have fun considering several businesses from a cable TV talk show to an all-girl band. Whitney does wonder if her sisters can treat her as an equal in their new family business instead of their baby sister.

Whitney meets two eligible bachelors, paramedic Jack Hensley and Dr. Ben Spencer, who constantly battle for her affection. Which one will she choose? Both men make Whitney realize, even a heart shattered by her husband’s death, can once again be made whole.

But did she have to fall and hit her head on a rock to figure that out?

(Another free, non-EMS or medical book, that I have recently download …  As a Decade Fades ((Amazon link))

Tested by fire (Amazon link) features a paramedic hero in a suspenseful fight for justice, at least that appears to be the premise.

The book description from Amazon.com:

Paramedic Jim Stockbridge doesn’t need God, he’s a fighter, and as far as he’s concerned the world is his toy. But when he responds to an EMS call in the ghetto and finds his best friend brutally stabbed and shot, he suddenly realizes he’s in for the fight of his life.

Mad with rage he hunts down Sid Drake’s killers and renders his own form of justice, but he soon finds himself lost, tangling with a vicious street gang and its ruthless warlord, William “J-Rock” Jackson. And so it begins, a long dark journey that pushes Jim deep into his own personal world of bitterness and revenge, and ultimately to the brink of disaster.

Sudden Response (Amazon link) (EMS Series), has a steamy cover and the excitement continues for the EMT crew of Echo 17. Are you will to risk $0.99 on this ebook?

The book description from Amazon.com:

Josephine (Joe for short) and Eric, the EMT crew of Echo 17 have been best friends since they were eight years old. They’ve been through a lot together over the years, but nothing like what they’re about to experience.

As the only man in Joe’s life it’s Eric’s job to be there for her and take care of her even while he drives her crazy, especially if he’s driving her crazy. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for her and when things go south he decides that maybe it’s time that Joe moved on, but could he?

Amazon pricing is always subject to change. Confirm before making your purchase. 

Free Book Friday: My Funny Major Medical

My Funny Major Medical (Amazon link), a collection of medical themed humor essays, is available for free download for Amazon Prime subscribers.

The book description from Amazon.com:

Laughter might be the best medicine, but it’s not covered by Medicare. So this little book provides a low-cost, over-the-counter dosage to cheer up (and/or terrify) those who find themselves on the wrong end of health maintenance. (Whichever the “wrong end” might be.) Some of the funniest humor writers on the scene today share their stories, jokes, therapeutic venting, and scans of the process of Getting Better–including some medical personnel who didn’t realize they were being funny.

Contributors include columnists, comedians, authors, TV writers, and people with unauthorized access to hospital files.

This inexpensive, pocket-sized book is a time-released “get well card” for the ailing and afflicted, an inside chuckle for medical professionals, and a collection of healing fun for those who aren’t under care at the moment.

Contents include:

–Previews of Coming Contractions

–My Hysterical-Ectomy

–Sometimes It Is Brain Surgery

–Waiting for Dr. Godot

–The Missing Vagina Monologues

–The Patients of Job

–The Ma’am-O-Gram

–Hip Op Album

–When Make-A-Wish Goes Bad

–Specialists’ Opinion on ObamaCare

–Confessions of a Candy Striper

A great collection of laughs for anybody associated with Medicine from any perspective, these fine writers and hilarious bloopers will have you in stitches… if you aren’t already.

Amazon pricing is always subject to change. Confirm before making your purchase. 

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.