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CanadiEM Podcasts: CRACKCast, ClerkCast, CarmsCast, First Year Diaries

CanadiEM aims to improve emergency care in Canada by building an online community of practice for healthcare practitioners and providing them with high quality, freely available educational resources. The CanadiEM Podcast brings you cutting edge clinical topics on the National Rounds Series and delves into the struggles that doctors face on the Physicians as Humans Series.

Aug 23, 2019

Today on First Year Diaries I am joined by Dr. David Carr, a University Health Network emergency physician, renowned medical education speaker, and Toronto Blue Jays physician. In this episode, I asked him to impart his wisdom to new staff physicians like myself and share his approaches to a successful career in medicine. Later in the interview, we also discuss workflow strategies for the ED, common mistakes made by new physicians, and tips on how to maintain wellness/avoid burnout.



  1. 01:57 – 03:05 - Can you please introduce yourself? (name, training, where you work, interests, etc.).


  1. 03:05 – 04:45 – Tell me about your philosophy, and what your career trajectory has been?


  1. 04:55 – 08:07 – How can new physicians get to become an educator like you?


  1. 08:07 – 12:43 – Do you have any tips for new physicians looking to reach their goals, and become a well-respected physician like yourself?


  1. 12:43 – 27:56 – Can you tell us about how you manage department flow efficiently and safely, especially during busy times?
  • 20:41 – 23:56 – Tips to effectively manage flow
  • 23:56 – 27:56 – Tips to effectively manage learners


  1. 27:56 – 32:45 – What are some mistakes that you’ve seen new physicians make? (Either clinical or non-clinical).


  1. 32:45 – 36:38 – What can new staff do to keep their wellness intact and avoid burnout? What are some strategies you use?


  1. 36:36 – 38:28 – Do you have any final comments you would like to share?