What is fear? These are the opening words of the podcast “The Undifferentiated Sick Infant,” which can be found in the Pediatric Emergency Playbook developed by Tim Horeczko, MD, MSCR, FACEP, the mastermind behind a fantastic new pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) resource.
No stranger to emergency medicine, even prior to medical school, Dr. Horeczko worked his way through school as a clerk and EMT in a local emergency department. This is where his interest in medicine was born, and after achieving his bachelor’s degree at the University of California (UC) at Berkeley, he attended UC Davis for medical school. He did his residency in emergency medicine, fellowship in PEM, and graduate studies at Harbor–UCLA, where he is now faculty.
Launched in September 2015, Pediatric Emergency Playbook is a monthly podcast addressing some of the current controversies in PEM, including use of intranasal medications, the undifferentiated sick child, and status epilepticus. When compared with some other educational tools, the podcast has the advantage of being available on the go. “The beauty of a podcast is that I can be with you in the car or at the gym or out for a run,” said Dr. Horeczko.
Even though it is relatively new to the scene, Pediatric Emergency Playbook has enjoyed numerous successes already. There are listeners in more than 60 countries, and it was named to the Top 10 Podcasts for medicine in iTunes’ “New and Noteworthy” section. Dr. Horeczko’s goal with this endeavor is to help provide physicians caring for sick children with not only the evidence and practice styles but also some experience. “My goal is to demystify pediatric care and add value to our specialty,” he said. “I try to serve the audience by not just talking about the absolutes in medicine, the ‘yesses’ and the ‘nos,’ including the ‘maybes’ and also the ‘whys.’ It’s about getting at the subtleties and the nuances of what we do. Using the three levels of knowledge—the theoretical, the technical, and the practical—we are able to use our experiences to help teach others.”
Dr. Horeczko gets the inspiration for his podcasts from the problems those physicians caring for sick and injured children face and struggle with every day. He uses his format of presenting a vignette, discussing the evidence behind the problem, putting his own experience to use with some treatment options, and fleshing out some of the controversies involved to help listeners work their way through a common clinical problem.