RAGE smaccGOLD Edition

As promised in SMACCGOLD IS ALL THE RAGE here is the smaccGOLD edition of the RAGE podcast.

This podcast represents the first time all the RAGE podcasters have been together in person. In addition to the RAGE team we had a bunch of friends helping us out:

RAGE at smaccGOLD
Photo via @markhwilson

From left to right:

Unfortunately, missing from the photo is my great friend and SMACC co-conspirator Oli Flower (@oliflower). Also, the third founder of SMACC, the ‘SMACC Big Cheese’ Roger Harris (@RogerRDHarris)  wasn’t included because we’d just have to bleep  out everything he’d say anyway… Sorry Rog!

The audio quality is a tad marginal in places, but that’s what you get with an impromptu recording of 10 slightly manic people in a room with one mic. All the same, we hope it is an engaging audio experience and gives a good insight into the SMACC experience and what to look out for as the talks are released online. Thanks to Haney for helping me get this audio into the best shape possible.

This is ’17 minutes’, the amazing video by Tamara Hills and family mentioned in the podcast (nearly 7,000 views and counting):

Look out for all the talks being released on the SMACC podcast and the affiliated FOAM websites in the coming months. Follow the @smaccteam on Twitter for updates.

For other accounts of smaccGOLD (based on a list originally made by Alan Batt), check out:

Thanks again for listening to the RAGE!

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  1. Medical student here, I wanted to say that I love the RAGE podcast and that SMACC sounds like best thing ever. What I especially enjoy about the RAGE podcast is that you consult experts across multiple fields and bring together the best of what everyone has to offer. Excellent podcasts like yours get me excited about reading research and help me drudge through seemingly endless amounts of memorization. I look up to your team as role models for how physicians should be.

    That being said I was disappointed when the issue of women at SMACC (and the larger issue of women in academic medicine) was brushed aside. Women enter medical school in just about the same rate as men however they are consistently underrepresented in academia. This topic has been thoroughly researched and the data are clear. Only 22% of division/section chiefs and 14% of department chairs across the US are women. Some fields are better than others, women publish just as much as men in emergency medicine, but most fields show significant disparity. I applaud you for acknowledging this issue and making adjustments from last year. To scoff at the idea that we don’t have a problem with women in academic medicine because the year is 2014 is no different than saying cricoid pressure during endotracheal intubation needs no further evaluation because the technique is 53 years old.

    Cochran A, Freischlag J, Numann P. Women, Surgery, and Leadership: Where We Have Been, Where We Are, Where We Are Going.JAMA Surg. 2013;148(4):312-313. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2013.1706.

    Banu E. Tinjum, Leila Getto, Juliah Tiedemann, Maaya Marri, Michelle Brodowy, Melissa Bollinger, Robert E. O’Connor, Michael J. Breyer, Female Authorship in Emergency Medicine Parallels Women Practicing Academic Emergency Medicine, The Journal of Emergency Medicine, Volume 41, Issue 6, December 2011, Pages 723-727, ISSN 0736-4679, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jemermed.2010.04.014.

    Jolliff, Lauren, Jennifer Leadley, Elizabeth Coakley, and Rae A. Sloane. Women in the US Academic Medicine and Science: Statistics and Benchmarking Report 2011-2012. Rep. AAMC, 2012. Web. 21 Apr. 2014.

    • Thanks for the comment Abraham.
      We certainly didn’t mean to ‘scoff at the idea that we don’t have a problem with women in academic medicine’ and apologise if that is how the discussion came across. The fact that it came up highlights that we think it is an issue, and is something that the SMACC organisers are perceptive of. I think the comments made were really intended to highlight how ridiculous it is in this modern age that it is still an issue. I am sorry if we missed the mark.
      Thanks for highlighting the problem with gender imbalance in academic medicine. We hope to feature as many ‘Fantastic Females of FOAM’ as possible on stage at SMACC Chicago, as well as in the audience.
      All the best

  2. Hi Abraham, thanks for your comment. I apologise if I came across as being dismissive about gender issues in medicine, academia or the SMACC conference, that was not my intention.

    What I was trying to confer was that equality of the sexes is not an issue or question any longer, and to progress we must move on from this and just achieve equal representation.

    Under-representation, disadvantage in terms of pay and treatment and acknowledgement of achievement is however still a major issue and something we took very seriously when creating the program for smaccGOLD.

    We feel the high proportion of strong and eloquent female speakers at SMACC is a more positive and inspiring message than other ways we could have handled frustrating inequalities elsewhere.