Has Medutainment Replaced Education?

At last year’s ANZICS ASM in the Gold Coast I took part in a debate concerning the question ‘Has Medutainment Replaced Education?‘.

With Jeremy Cohen’s encouragement, I got to play the part of ‘Christian’ being thrown to Prof Venkatesh’s lions.

The irony of being defeated by such an ‘edutaining’ presentation is the bit that stings 🙂

Here are the presentations via the ANZICS Youtube channel:


To learn more about ‘medutainment’, please read Simon Carley’s comprehensive St Emlyn’s posts on the subject of Medutainment and Emergency Medicine:

Also, an interesting Pro/Con debate was published in CJEM last year on the social media component of ‘medutainment’:

Cameron P, Carley S, Weingart S, Atkinson P. CJEM Debate Series: #SocialMedia – Social media has created emergency medicine celebrities who now influence practice more than published evidence. CJEM. 2017; 19(06):471-474

I’ll leave it to you to make up your own mind on the value of ‘medutainment’… 😉

Finally, congratulations are in order, as Bala is the first author of the recently published ADRENAL trial. It is a fantastic piece of science that is mandatory reading for all who treat patients with sepsis. Please read the article, watch the video presentations from the Critical Care Reviews 2018 meeting, and check out the critical appraisal of ADRENAL on The Bottom Line.

Chris is an Intensivist and ECMO specialist at the Alfred ICU in Melbourne. He is also the Innovation Lead for the Australian Centre for Health Innovation at Alfred Health, a Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University, and the Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Education Committee. He is a co-founder of the Australia and New Zealand Clinician Educator Network (ANZCEN) and is the Lead for the ANZCEN Clinician Educator Incubator programme. He is on the Board of Directors for the Intensive Care Foundation and is a First Part Examiner for the College of Intensive Care Medicine. He is an internationally recognised Clinician Educator with a passion for helping clinicians learn and for improving the clinical performance of individuals and collectives.

After finishing his medical degree at the University of Auckland, he continued post-graduate training in New Zealand as well as Australia’s Northern Territory, Perth and Melbourne. He has completed fellowship training in both intensive care medicine and emergency medicine, as well as post-graduate training in biochemistry, clinical toxicology, clinical epidemiology, and health professional education.

He is actively involved in in using translational simulation to improve patient care and the design of processes and systems at Alfred Health. He coordinates the Alfred ICU’s education and simulation programmes and runs the unit’s education website, INTENSIVE.  He created the ‘Critically Ill Airway’ course and teaches on numerous courses around the world. He is one of the founders of the FOAM movement (Free Open-Access Medical education) and is co-creator of litfl.com, the RAGE podcast, the Resuscitology course, and the SMACC conference.

His one great achievement is being the father of two amazing children.

On Twitter, he is @precordialthump.

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