Ginger Locke is a paramedic and professor of EMS students in the US. She has long been fascinated with the inner-workings of medics' minds. In this podcast, she interviews medics face-to-face, in long, intimate format. She thoughtfully asks her guests to open up about their mindset, routines, mistakes, thought-processes, and lessons hard-learned.
She is on twitter @gingerlockeatx and show notes from each episode can be found at medicmindset.com.
Death Notification Choreography
Dr. Maia Dorsett joins us again! You may remember her from the Thinking: Lift Assist episode. This time she shares what she knows about the process of death notification. It's a passion-topic for her because she knows how important these conversations are for the loved ones of patients who have died... and for us. She frames a death notification as a procedure that can be taught, learned and practiced.
NAEMSP Article Bite #33: Is Death Notification Training associated with decreased burnout among EMS professionals
This YouTube video was made by the Monroe-Livingston EMS Region at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in anticipation of the rise of out-of-hospital death.
Paper outlining The GRIEV_ING algorithm in the Prehospital Emergency Care journal.
Sirens In His Voice
Kevin Hazzard reads 2 chapters from his latest book, American Sirens: The Incredible Story of the Black Men Who Became American’s First Paramedics.
Freedom House EMS is EMS’ origin story. It was almost erased until Kevin Hazzard meticulously researched the story so it can sit in the forefront of our our collective consciousness.
His first book, 1000 Naked Strangers, was recommended by Nyssa Hattaway in this Medic Mindset episode as the one book she’d give to a new paramedic.
5 Days with Hazzard
Kevin Hazzard reflects on a TV show based on a book called "5 Days at Memorial" by Sheri Fink. In this story, the characters are faced with impossible challenges inside a hospital in the days after Hurricane Katrina. There are so many parallels between what they experienced and what out of hospital paramedics are presented every day.
The first time I heard Kevin's voice was in 2016 when he was a guest on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. They were discussing his book "1000 Naked Strangers" where he recounts memories from working for Grady EMS in Atlanta for over a decade. I was struck by this quote during that interview: "There are a lot of situations where it's just not practical to wait for it to be completely safe and you gotta just try to weigh the odds." With that quote, I knew he'd be a guest well-matched for Medic Mindset where we understand the grey in which decisions are made in EMS everyday.
Shownotes at medicmindset.com
Getting to the Black with David Fifer
How do we find our way out of this? Initial education, recruitment and retention in EMS are all in crisis. Paramedic and EMS educator, David Fifer proposes an educational pathway for paramedics in this keynote lecture at the 2022 National Association of EMS Educators' Annual Symposium.
Days before delivering this keynote talk, David was working with a crew to hoist people out of disastrous flooding in Kentucky. He called on those in attendance to offer financial support through this site if possible.
This episode was made possible through the collaboration of some of the best in EMS education: Prodigy EMS, NAEMSE and EKU's David Fifer
Double Date: Kris & Sara
I don't have favorite episodes but if I did, this would be one of them. With my girlfriend Cassi by my side, I caught up with Kris and Sara Kaull at a conference. It's the first ever double-date on Medic Mindset! Cassi & Kris are both paramedics. Sara and I have the perspective of the significant-other to a paramedic. We swap stories and Cassi and Kris offer up ideas about what medics need from their spouses/partners. This episode is really a gift to the family members of medics. Take a listen and if it resonates with you, consider having your loved-ones listen. Maybe it will spark good conversation about what you need when you get home from shift or how best to connect with you while on shift. Kris and Sara were absolute gold. During a busy conference, where they were both speakers, they took the time to hide away with us in our hotel room for recording. The conversation was so special to me because conferences can be full of small talk, but this was different: we put away our phones and had a rich meaningful conversation that I hope you enjoy!
This is a special cross-post with the brand new pediatric podcast from NAEMSP: The Pediatric EMS Podcast created by Drs. Joelle Donofrio-Odmann and Dr. Joseph Finney. Dr. Donofrio-Odmann has been a guest on the show previously in Thinking: Pediatric Respiratory. Other guests in this episode are Drs. Maia Dorsett, Jeff Jarvis and Jeremiah Escajeda
They've created these show notes. While you are there subscribe to their podcast which is sure to be a hit.
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Commuting (and community) gold
I cycle commute to my medic shifts and I listen to Medic Mindset as I ride.
It gives me food for thought while riding but also continually challenges me to be a thoughtful, educated medic and member of this community.
I particularly love the Thinking series-and right after I listened to the Abdominal Pain one, I went to a Abdo pain call! With the discussion so fresh in my mind, I felt refreshed and prepared.
What a gift Ginger gives us. This is not dry education-there is a lot of humour, compassion and understanding in the episodes.
If you want to elevate your medic work and thought process, absolutely give this podcast a listen.
Great for both new and veteran medics
Medic Mindset is one of the 2 podcasts that I listen to the day they come out. I love not only the medical information I learn on the Thinking series episodes but also that glimpse into the minds of other medics on the anonymous guest episodes, to know I’m not alone in how I feel and think. Even after doing this almost 18 years, I love that I still learn new things or get additional skills to add to my mental toolkit. One example is the death notification episode- this is a situation I thought I did well and I learned so many things that I intend to incorporate on those calls going forward. Ginger is a thoughtful interviewer and tries to think of a variety of frames for situations paramedics have encountered and is empathetic with the experiences they have had and with their frame for what happened. I love how she draws those she interviews out and makes them comfortable sharing all kinds of things. I also love how she asks the questions that listeners might be afraid to ask that may show some knowledge gap (like why hyperglycemia patients often have abd pn and N/V). Thank you, Ginger!
If your an EMT or Paramedic, this is for you!
Ginger is an amazing host and interviews guests in a very creative and natural manner.
As the host, she investigates and explores many aspects that make up EMS. Whither it is about better assessments, burnout or how to notify a family that their loved one has passed, Ginger branches out into the topics and connects with other Medics, educators and Medical Directors all creating one inspirational experience after another.
If your involved in Emergency Services or are a provider on an ambulance, this podcast is must subscribe and listen from the very first episode on.