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The Emergency Medicine Residents' Association (EMRA) is the voice of emergency medicine physicians-in-training and the future of our specialty. EMRA*Cast is created "for Residents, by Residents."


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The Emergency Medicine Residents' Association (EMRA) is the voice of emergency medicine physicians-in-training and the future of our specialty. EMRA*Cast is created "for Residents, by Residents."




“Live to Giver” Mentality with Dr. Anthony Mazzarelli

In this conversation with Dr. Anthony Mazarelli, co-author of “Wonder Drug: 7 Scientifically Proven Ways That Serving Others Is the Best Medicine For Yourself,” EMRACast host Dr. Chris Reilly dives deep into the idea of finding (and protecting) happiness through serving others. Tune in for a whole new approach to a healthy, happy attitude.



Many patients come and go through our trauma bays, but the goal never changes: Stabilize them, figure out what they need, then make that happen. In this episode, EMRA*Cast host Will Smith, MD, and Kyle Weant, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, FCCP, discuss the evidence (or lack thereof) behind some of the most commonly used resuscitation medications.


Why Critical Care

If you've ever thought critical care medicine might be an interesting career path, pull up a chair and join this conversation between EMRA*Cast host Dustin Slagle, MD, and three EMRA crit-care leaders who have reached various milestones in their critical care medicine journey: Jenelle Badulak, MD; Mark Ramzy, DO, EMT-P; and Brian Sumner, MD.


SNAPPS: On-shift Learning (and Teaching) with Dr. Jess Mason

“I think we need better on-shift teaching.” This is a common quote from residents and med students alike in the emergency department. EMRA*Cast host Chris Reilly, MD, MS, talks with EM:RAP Deputy Director and EM educator Jessica Mason, MD, about different ways residents can take learning into their own hands and get the most out of their on-shift education. It’s as easy as a SNAPPS (punny if you listen).


PEM Pearls: Updates in Pediatric Emergency Medicine

The management of several common pediatric emergency medicine complaints have changed in recent years. Are you up to date on the new guidelines? In this episode, host Masood Mohammed (@DocMooseEM) sits down with emergency medicine and pediatric emergency medicine physician Dr. Kristy Schwartz (@SchwartziEMPEM) to break down some need-to-know updates when it comes to taking care of kids.


ToxTalk: The Dangers of Delta-8

Join Brittany Ladson, DO, and host Kyle Duke, MD, for some ToxTalk fun, talking about the differences between and the risks and dangers of tetrahydrocannabinol, Delta-9 THC, and Delta-8 THC. Be sure to check out Dr. Ladson’s article in EM Resident for a deeper dive.


CV Tips & Tricks for the Physician

Creating and maintaining a Curriculum Vitae (CV) can sometimes seem like a daunting task, but EMRA*Cast host Chris Reilly, MD, sits down with CV guru Dr. Saadia Akhtar to try to lessen the confusion and give you high-yield tips and tricks to make your CV stand out.


Silencing Your Inner Critic: Part 2

Imposter syndrome robs you of confidence - and it can imperil your team, especially in a moment of crisis. Learn how to down-regulate yourself and the whole team, with host Will Smith, MD, and physician/coach Rob Orman, MD. (Pro tip: Tune in to Part 1 first to learn how to recognize that inner critic.)


Silencing Your Inner Critic: Part 1

In this 2-part series, physician and coach Rob Orman, MD, explains how to deal with our inner critic so that we can be at our clinical best. He also touches on imposter syndrome and shares tips for dealing with the anxiety that sometimes comes with the territory for emergency physicians. Join host Will Smith, MD, to gain valuable insight from Dr. Orman.


Stop the Stigma, Part 2

The practice of medicine, especially emergency medicine, can be emotionally exhausting, even when things go well. Burnout is on the rise, and seeking help can be hard. Learn how to overcome the obstacles in your journey to well-being with these tips from Al’ai Alvarez and Amanda Deutsch, shared by EMRA*Cast host Lizzii Le.


#StopTheStigmaEM: Part 1

Mental health is a key component of physical health. So why do so many health care workers keep their own mental health exercises in the shadows? Al’ai Alvarez and Amanda Deutsch share insight with EMRA*Cast host Lizzii Le.


Intern Year: Tips for Surviving (and Thriving)

Every year, July 1 marks a new academic year in medicine, when recent medical school graduates begin their journey as freshly minted physicians. This time can be exciting, terrifying, exhilarating, stressful – and everything in between. In this episode, host Dr. Masood Mohammed (@DocMooseEM) chats with Dr. Richard Church, program director of UMass Chan EM Residency (@umassEMresident), and Dr. Cameron Burke, UMass EM PGY3, who share their own intern experiences and provide advice on how to navigate this transition.


Student Loans: Addressing the Elephant in the Room

Early-career financial planning can make all the difference for physicians, but there is no cookie-cutter approach. Smart financial planning focuses on your individual circumstances and goals, and financial guru Tyler Olson of Olson Consulting LLC can help make sense of it all. He and host Chris Reilly, MD, MS, walk through some common questions, pitfalls, and concerns regarding medical school loans in the first of a 2-part episode.


Thom Mayer and the Healthcare Staffing Storm: Leading Through Crisis

In this interview-style podcast, Dr. Chris Reilly sits down with Dr. Thom Mayer, a real-life hero and EM doc, to discuss everything from his recent volunteering time in Ukraine to the NFLPA concussion protocol and the major topic of discussion: the staffing crisis in health care, particularly on the front lines in the emergency department.


Effective Mentorship

Mentorship is a huge part of physician success in medicine. For as hard as we have worked and as much sacrifice as we have made, at some point, we have all had someone (or multiple people) play an integral role in our achievements. How can you be an effective mentee? And what, exactly, makes an effective mentor? EMRA*Cast host Will Smith, MD, speaks with one of the greats, Arlene Chung, MD, MACM.


How and When to Use Ultrasound in Cardiac Arrest

When you are managing a patient in cardiac arrest, do you turn to bedside ultrasound? EMRA*Cast host Dustin Slagle, MD, talks to ultrasound guru Michael Gottlieb, MD, RDMS, about when you should, how it can be useful, and the best way to incorporate POCUS into the plan.



Although the first time ultrasound was used for clinical reasons was in 1956, the incorporation of ultrasound in the Emergency Department is relatively new. In this episode, EMRA*Cast host Dr. Lizzii Le (@LizziiLeMed) get tips from Dr. Avila (@UltrasoundMD @coreultrasound) on the best way to incorporate ultrasound in the ED.


STEMI? I Think You Meant OMI…

ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is a term that all emergency medicine residents learn and commit to memory early on. This term is far from perfect, however, and some physicians think it should be thrown out altogether. In this episode, host Masood Mohammed (@DocMooseEM) chats with Dr. Susy DeMeester (@SusyDemeester) about why ‘STEMI’ misses the mark and what we can do to fix it.


Fireside Chat: EM Match 2023

Is EM still cool? What happened in the 2023 Match? Tune in to EMRA*Cast for a special episode with EMRA President Jess Murphy, MD, and host Chris Reilly, MD, talking about the Match, the aftermath, and our best path forward.


The INTERNview: A Reflection on Intern Year

The transition from the last day of medical school to the first day of intern year may be one of the biggest leaps in medicine. It’s not easy – but you’re not alone. If you just matched and you’re gearing up for intern year, this is for you. Join EMRA*Cast host (and almost-finished-with-intern-year) Kyle Duke, MD, and his guest, Noah Schammel, MD, current EM/IM intern at East Carolina University, to talk about the highs, the lows, and the in-between of intern year.