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Knowledge is Power

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

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The Coronavirus or Covid19 pandemic that is spreading around the world like wildfire is without question the largest single global medical emergency of our time. Over the next few months this pandemic will test health care system to their maximum . Some health systems will survive while others will collapse under the sheer pressure and weight of patient numbers.


Is twitter still an educationally relevant platform?

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Parachute80sHas twitter become “uncool”? Have we moved on? For me twitter has always been a sanctuary for like minded individuals to share collective knowledge and experience on a global scale. Apart from the occasional lunatic, my timeline is  always alight with new ideas and discussion that I often share with students and colleagues. However, there appears to be a shift in how I’m using the platform to develop my own educational needs recently and I’m a bit unsure if we are using twitter to the same degree as other social media platforms? How are you using twitter. I’m only asking this question as I’m terrified that the fashion that is twitter may  pass me by like the iPhone for the blackberry. (more…)

Halloween Hazards

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Monday, October 30th, 2017

HalloweenIt Halloween and the skeletons are being brought down from the attic and goblins and ghouls are now sat on my doorstep. A strange pagan celebration that as a child I never really participated in. Halloween wasn’t big outside the US, but with the introduction of mass commercialisation of seasonal events, I cant move through the super market without the kids getting me to buy Halloween related merchandise.

In keeping with the feel for this time of year, I did a quick “literature search” on the Hazards of Halloween” from a medical perspective and came up with this evidence based article. Have a a read and be afraid . . very afraid. (more…)

Podcast #28 “Tim Leeuwenburg & Ryan Wubben”

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Capture22One of the greatest pleasures I had at the SMACCDUB2016 conference was to meet and chat to some of my favourite #FOAMed heroes. In this podcast I chat to Tim Leeuwenburg and Ryan Wubben about the impact that the SMACC conference and community has had on them both. This podcast/vLog looks back at some of the great sessions at SMACCDUB and offers some recommendations of who to listen to or follow in the #FOAMed world.  (more…)

Hello my name is

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

helloThere are very few of us that will pass through life and know we have made a sizeable impact during our journey. For some  we have yet to decide what that impact will be. For Kate Granger it was the simple act of reminding us all to be compassionate in our actions. . starting a conversation with any patient, with the words “Hello my name is”. Kate passed away on the 23 July at the age of 35. Kate was quoted with “All Doctors want to leave their mark, and I think I’ve managed to do that. I think through it all I have found a strength I never Knew I had”. While I struggle to find my mark, I will take guidance from this amazing person and remember to do the small things well . . . have compassion. Hello Kate, and thank you.

Podcast #27 “smaccDUB with MJ Slabbert & Doug Lynch”

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Capture Expect a steady  drip drip of great podcast and online material over the next few months as an army of great presenters, speakers and em professional prepare to upload their incredible talks from this years smaccDUB conference. Keep a watchfull eye out for talks from Simon Carley , Scott Weingart and Victoria Brazil to name a few. In anticipation of this great content I’m joined by MJ Slabbert and Doug Lynch to chat about their highlights and top talks at this years SMACC conference. We chat about the impact social media has had on us and how we see it being used in future #FOAMed, our favourite SMACC talk and meeting a few of our heroes.  (more…)

Podcast #26: “Soundbite from smaccDUBmini”

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Monday, June 20th, 2016

Baby-Storm-Trooper-walyouAt this year SMACC in Dublin I caught up with co-founder of the BADem and South African blogger, Kat Evans. Kat had attended the paediatrics session at SMACC and I was eager to hear what key points she thought  would be worth following as topics are released onto the FOAMed world over the next few months and what she thought would be the future developments to watch in the world of paediatrics? (more…)

The pillars that are SMACC

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Monday, June 13th, 2016

img_0307 The houses are gathering again! The call has gone out across the kingdoms for all to return to the Emerald Isle and unite. Passing through the pillars that stand on each side of the port, they stop to take a selfie and announce their arrival  . . .

This might read like a cheap chapter from a budget production of the Game of Thrones, but the passion and dedication of some followers to this show called SMACC DUB, far exceeds that of GoT. As an ardent fan of season three of SMACC, I’m looking forward to meeting the rest of this House. Similar to GoT, there are hundreds of characters that it would be worth getting to know, who contribute to the storyline of #FOAMed. If you are in Dublin this week, then make it your mission to introduce yourself to me.

If you have no idea what Game of Thrones is all about and do not follow the series, then like me, I suggest you follow the hashtag #smaccDUB on social media this week for a far more exciting episode.

Power of the Podcast

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Sunday, June 5th, 2016

raf,220x200,075,f,462445-542506a2a5Is the Podcast dead? This June, I’m taking the HarrisCPD podcasts mobile to ask that exact question! I’m packing my tape-recorder into my travel  bag and heading for Dublin and SMACC DUB 2016. In an attempt to kick start my podcasting career again after a dismal 2015, I have thrown myself into the deep end of podcasting and will be joining fellow pod-casters at  SMACC DUB. I will be at the Media Booth in the learning zone of the Dublin Convention centre and Exhibition hall on all three days of the conference. Have a look at this line up of heavy weight masters of the podcasting FOAMed world!! I’m bound to learn something from them? For more details or (more…)

NIHR Dissemination Centre

This post was written by Matthew Harris , Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Capture69This looks interesting. I found details of the event on the site. Has anybody been to it before and who could give us more detail in the comments below? This off the website: “The themed review includes recent research on the key issues concerning decision-making, clinical interventions and patient priorities in urgent and emergency care outside hospital. Come and hear more about the latest research and what it might mean to those commissioning, planning, using, managing and delivering ambulance services.”