The Six Deadly Sins of EMS Continuing Education Presentations

If you are presenting EMS education at a conference please avoid the six following deadly sins.

Reading power point slides to the audience. No presenter should do this. Ever. If I believed in hell I would hope that there is a special place in the hottest part of it for presenters who do this. EMS is taught to the 10th grade level which means we can all read.

Having slides that suck. See figure one for an example. Few things in this world truly offend in the way a presentation that uses comic sans as a default font does. Additionally the use of WordArt should be kept to a minimum. When a presentation has more than a few slides using Microsoft WordArt there are two possibilities; the slides have not been updated since 2003 or the presenter has the kind of bad taste where they think Olive Garden is a really fancy restaurant (1).

(figure 1) If your slides look like this, you need to read this article.

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Can We Stop The Dark Humor Bullshit?

(Another Caffeine Fueled Rant)

I get it, I do. You want to feel like you belong and you want to be special, you want to fit in and be included. Playing the role of a hardened EMS veteran full of gallows humor makes you feel that way.

But the truly experienced EMS providers out there, we see through your bullshit and your internet posturing and your desperate wanting to belong. Trust me, we have seen things way worse than the crap you post on the internet and we don’t need to post memes about it. we don’t get any enjoyment about posting the “most twisted, sickest, darkest memes.”
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An Open Letter to JEMS

Dear JEMS Magazine,

I used to look forward to reading JEMS in print and on-line but lately you have been publishing some content, that there is no other way to put this, that is pure shit.

I’m not sure if the editorial board simply stopped caring or they are desperate for submissions, or both. You know the quote from Spiderman, the one about great power and responsibility? When you have a readership of 420,000 a month I think it applies here. [1]

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