5 Can’t-Miss EMS Podcasts

Podcasts are a great way to gain information and insight on a variety of topics.  With the intimidating number of podcasts on the topic of EMS and leadership available, it can take a bit of time to find the one that’s right for you.  I have been a fan of podcasts for several years now, and while some of my favorites have dropped off over the years, I am certain there are many new favorites out there waiting to be discovered.

If you’re not yet listening to podcasts, I encourage you to start exploring – here is a quick list of some of my current favorites in EMS and leadership to get you started. (* We’ve included links are iTunes, but these podcasts can be found on just about any podcast service.)

  1. Prehospital Emergency Care Podcast
    This is a newer podcast, and quickly landed on my subscribed list for the obvious reason; it is the official podcast for the NAEMSP. The first few episodes were recorded during the most recent NAEMSP annual meeting, in the most recent the hosts spend time interviewing authors of studies published in the PEC journal, discussing results questioning when, and how, changes should be implemented based on those results.  I’ve been able to make the NAEMSP conference a few times, and it is truly enjoyable.  This podcast is a nice way to keep up on the research and recommendations coming from the NAEMSP.
  2. EMJ Podcast
    This podcast discusses the research published in the Emergency Medicine Journal (EMJ) and is a great listen, in my opinion. The hosts are easy to listen to and the way they discuss the research and potential application is thought provoking, particularly given the international perspective.
  3. CPR Podcast
    This podcast is a little bit of everything in EMS. While most of the episodes seem to have a clinical education spin, others delve into some standard practice, leadership, and provider health and safety topics as well.  The conversations are well planned without seeming overly rehearsed which ads a measure of sincerity to the commentary.
  4. Dear HBR
    This is a newer podcast and is produced by the Harvard Business Review.  While not directly related to EMS, there is value for EMS listeners.  Individuals write to the show and ask questions – many of which are about how to handle conflicts or difficult situations in the workplace – and the hosts discuss the question at hand and the advice they might give the individual based on personal experience and available research.  There is so much we can learn through the experience of others, and this is a good way to compare our own experience with the experience of others, and perhaps walk away with some good advice.
  5. EM Weekly
    This focus of this podcast is emergency management (EM), but the discussion topics span everything from tactical planning to leadership and future possibilities. The host and guests mix in a bit of the history of EM throughout the episodes which helps provide perspective and understanding of the evolution of emergency management over time, and ideas for the future.

Editor’s Note

Samantha Hilker, author of this article, is the host of the excellent EMS in Wisconsin podcast created by the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin. Don’t miss it!

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Samantha Hilker

Samantha Hilker is the founder of Hilker Project & Strategy Management, LLC. She is a lover of books and favors a facilitative leadership style. Samantha believes the future of EMS, and humanity, resides in our ability to build relationships, work together and play nice in the proverbial sandbox. She is a licensed Critical Care Paramedic in the state of Wisconsin, and her passion for patient care is still a driver for her personally and professionally. Samantha held positions as a paramedic, supervisor, staff development manager and project manager. She has successfully led and managed organizational change, process improvement and public engagement efforts. After finishing her master's degree in organizational leadership, Samantha started her own company with a goal of helping more EMS and healthcare organizations strengthen their leadership teams, effectively share their stories and better engage the communities they serve.

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