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: 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)

Book Reviews for the EMS Reader

Check out these book reviews that might be of interest to the EMS reader:

EMS Book Review: “Paramedic to the Prince” by Patrick (Tom) Notestine on the EduMedic Blog

E Book Review: The Missing Semester Your Financial Choices Have Consequences written by Firefighters for Fire/EMS professionals on the Firegeezer Blog

E Book Review: Running Ahead of the Sun a chronicle of training for a 2011 marathon on my Everyday Runner Tips blog

Find these and other titles in the Medical Author Chat bookstore

Book Review: Ambulance Girl

The EduMedic continues his effort to read and review an EMS related book each month in 2012 with a review of Ambulance Girl: How I Saved Myself by Becoming an EMT.

Podcast: Interview with Linda Willing about On the Line

In this episode of the Medical Author Chat podcast I talk to retired Firefighter and Fire Officer Linda Willing about On the Line: Women Firefighters Tell Their Stories. In our conversation Linda tells us about her career in the fire service and current work as a fire department consultant and trainer. As a co-founder of the organization “Women in the Fire Service” Linda has always had an interest in telling the stories of women firefighters.

On the Line was created from more than 80 interviews that Linda conducted in early 2011. She use her professional network and social networks to recruit women firefighters, many of whom she has never met face to face, to tell their stories. The interviews in On the Line are thematically arranged and tell the stories in the interviewees own words.

At the end of the conversation we talk about Linda’s advice for aspiring writers, how she conducted the interviews, and her hopes for who reads the book. She shares that the book is for anyone with an interest in emergency services, but she especially wants “young women that are considering a career in the fire service” to read On the Line.

Linda is available for speaking events and training. Connect with her at Real World Training.

New Book: The Lighter Side of EMS

Compilation of Steve Berry’s Lighter Side of EMS column from JEMS magazine.

Podcast: Interview with Population 485 author Michael Perry

In this episode of the Medical Author Chat podcast I chat with Michael Perry, author of Population 485, Truck, and Coop. Population 485 is Michael’s outstanding book about being a firefighter and EMT in rural northern Wisconsin. Michael is still active as a medical first responder and fire/EMS has been the most consistent aspect of his life. Michael and I discuss how he came to EMS and his ongoing love affair with rural EMS.

We also discuss how Michael got into writing. Michael explains how Population 485 came to be after successfully publishing essays for Slate.com and Esquire. During the conversation Michael shares things that have worked well for him as a writer, like writing every day and keeping a notebook to write about experiences he has recently had.

We talked at length about writing about his neighbors, like Bob the one-eyed-beagle. He stressed the importance of remembering he was writing about his neighbors and being honest to the people he writes about and loving the place he is from.

Our conversation concluded by talking about how he continues to weave fire and EMS stories into his books. Mike also shared what keeps him successful as a freelance author:

1) Writing every day

2) Having to pay the mortgage and pay his family

3) Being driven to write

You can connect with Michael and stay up to date on his appearances and writing projects at SneezingCow.com.

Books by Michael Perry:

Population 485: meeting your neighbors one siren at a time


Truck: a love story


Coop: a family, a farm, and the pursuit of one good egg