Crazy stories and hilarious happenings behind the scenes in a busy downtown emergency department.
A short story that was written when I was a second-year ER resident for The Writer's Digest "Short-Short story competition." It's one of my favorite bits of writing I ever did. Not the typical funny EpineFriends episode, but it hits right in the feels :). Enjoy!
Communication is Key
Communicating effectively is of the utmost importance. Sometimes, we can speak the same language, but not be understood. Other times we riddle splat the tonka for the static wookie chuck duck.
On Being Patients
The EpineFriends expound on times they have been patients. The stories are hilarious and sometimes painful.
Learning from Mistakes and Stoopid Amazing Brenda
We should strive to live healthy lifestyles and be examples for our patients. While trying to get into shape, I bit off much MUCH more than I could chew. Amazing Brenda can do backflips while running marathons, but I learn trying to emulate someone that amazing, it ends terribly.
Rules for the ER
In the ER we have a multitude of unstated laws and rules. Sometimes, with some help from a famous author, we can organize our thoughts into rules that make sense. Okay, Lets be honest, it us, so making complete sense has never been our strong spot.
Logic Not Included
The ER is a place where anything can be seen. Sometimes, however, the last thing to be found is common sense and logic. The EpineFriends explore interesting stories about the lack of logic often seen behind the scenes.
Smart, nerdy medical professionals who are also FUNNY?!
You asked for it and EpineFriends delivers. I recommend enjoying episodes of this podcast on lonely nights in, after half a bottle of wine, while scrolling WebMD and self diagnosing. Only problem is now that I’m an alcoholic with either leukemia or polycythemia-vera, I may be featured in an upcoming episode! Yikes!
Puerile, disorganized, awful sound quality, zero actual educational EM content.
The episodes I listened to were just collections of anecdotes that the next person to start speaking would try to one-up. If I wanted that, I'd talk to older nurses and paramedics. Maybe subsequent episodes actually discuss medicine-related content; I didn't get far enough to find out.
Nobody on the show has a mic/recording setup capable of anything better than AM radio sound quality, and nobody seems to be actually mixing or editing the recordings.
One of the hosts has a voice he uses to indicate that the person he's speaking as is stupid because clearly, anyone who speaks with a lateral lisp is an idiot.
The idea of a multidisciplinary team discussing ER topics is appealing. The execution was just terrible, both from a technical standpoint and in terms of content and personalities.
I was driving while listening and completely missed several exits and got lost due to laughing at this podcast!