About Our Team
The EMGuidewire Team is composed of Emergency Medicine Faculty and Residents from the Carolinas Medical Center Emergency Medicine program who share a passion for education and collaboration, striving to produce the best Free Open Access Medical Education (or FOAMed) hitting the airwaves. For the past year, the team has published educational content (EMGuideWire.com) aimed at educating medical professionals; however, from the beginning the group has also had a goal of developing entertaining educational content for patients, parents, and families to help our community navigate the medical systems and to dispel some commonly held medical myths. As members of our local community, the team members have often addressed these issues directly with their friends and neighbors. Through the Next Door Docs Podcast, the goal would be to allow others to benefit from that personalized insight. The group is lead by two nationally known medical educators.
- Everyday, medical providers in the Queen City and surrounding regions interact with thousands of people in our community. Unfortunately, many of these interactions leave our patients and their families confused and uncertain. There is not a singular, simple cause of this confusion. Use of medical jargon, the limited resources, and an overburdened medical system conspire with the challenging conditions, difficult concepts, and tangled emotions to make communication strained and difficult. At times, it even seems that there is no time to ensure we are truly talking with each other. When there is poor communication and questions left unanswered, people naturally turn toward other resources. Unfortunately, these other resources are filled with misinformation, misunderstandings, and mythology.
- The Next Door Doc Podcast will give us the time to speak about common medical concerns, addressing the myths and misunderstandings so we can all communicate with each other more clearly. The overall goal is to empower our community to become their own health care advocates while helping everyone to feel more comfortable navigating the medical system. Like our friendly neighbor who we would go to for advice and help, the Next Door Doc will be there to lend us support when we need it.
- There are many well known myths and misconceptions that affect patients and patients’ families everyday. Some of these the medical providers have propagated. Others, the internet and community held beliefs have supported. The Next Door Doc Podcast will address these in the first several episodes. The show format will allow our community members to discuss medical concerns with our group of local physicians from the EMGuideWire team from Carolinas Emergency Medicine Department. Initial episodes will address some of these well-known concerns: Isn’t a really “high” fever bad? Does normal bloodwork ensure that I am ok? When do I need to go the Emergency Department and when should I go to the Urgent Care? Each episode will address one medical concern brought up by the member of our community. The hosts, Drs. Allen and Fox, will then assist the team in uncovering the complex context of the concerns so that a clear understanding can be reached and a useful approach to the topic can be described. The community participant will then wrap up the segment with take-home points, ensuring we’ve had effective two-way communication. These conversations will not be didactic or pedantic… they will be similar to speaking with our neighbors. While the initial concerns will be based on the ones that we commonly address, the ultimate goal will be to encourage Podcast listeners to submit their own concerns and questions so that they may be addressed in subsequent episodes.