What is the #PartnerProject?

Medics all over the world are posting pictures with their EMS partner. The project is an effort started by Ginger Locke from the Medic Mindset podcast. She’s working to make a collage of medics with their partners for FDNY EMT Monique Williams who lost her partner tragically in a line of duty death in March of 2017.

The inspiration for the project came from a beautiful picture of the two EMS partners, Yadira “Yari” Arroyo and Monique Williams, that circulated after Arroyo’s tragic death.


Yadira “Yari” Arroyo (left) and Monique Williams (right)

Ginger saw the picture and thought how fortunate it was that the photo had been taken. Not every medic has a photo with their partner. EMS partners share a special bond and this connection is understood by medics all over the world. Unfortunately, they are often so busy working, they sometimes forget to stop to snap a picture with their partners. Ginger encourages medics to take a picture, tag it with #PartnerProject, and post to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so it can be discovered and added to the collage. There is no end to the project. By sharing the photos publicly and adding the hashtag, these photos can be discovered by any artist who wishes to commemorate the unique bond that exists between EMS partners.

Please help by sharing this announcement and your pictures. And if you haven’t taken a picture with your EMS partner, make today the day. There is no time like the present.

Media Coverage of the #PartnerProject:




Episode 10: Michael Lauria

Michael Lauria (@ResusPadawan) is the perfect match for the concept of @medicmindset. Within the first minutes, he outlines tools for performing under stress. As a pararescue medic, he speaks from personal experience and as an academic, he knows the science behind his advice. Listen as we discuss the mind of a resuscitationist.

Show notes:

Approaching Aristotle Notes. Educators, read this!

Mike’s YouTube Channel for more videos

Jiu Jitsu Backward Roll…

Auditory Exclusion

Tactical Breathing

Cognitive Reframing

Rich Levitan’s OOPS mnemonic

fMRI during mental rehearsal


Inability to replicate evidence of power posing..

Balancing mental rehearsal and mental fluidity

Anchoring bias

Questions to expand differentials

Cognitive Offloading

Stress Innoculation

Automation of skills

Work-Life balance

Books he recommends:

Streetlights and Shadows by Gary Klein

Peak by Anders Ericsson

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Smart, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg

Michael Lauria on his failures and mental toughness

@ResusPadawan on Twitter

A compilation of his FOAMed material

Episode 6: Words Matter


Show notes:

Colombian Supreme coffee from Costco 

Kerrygold Irish Butter (use the unsalted in the coffee)

Writing sample from Fiona:

A methodical crunching sound drew Carrie to a tiny upstairs bedroom at the back of the house. Patrick was nowhere to be found, but their strike leader was there in a heartbeat, also drawn by the rhythmic noise emanating from the room. Through the half-open doorway, Carrie could see a partially open closet, tattered and dusty baby’s clothes hanging haphazardly off broken hangers, and an overturned rocking horse that was more than a little worse for wear. She pulled her .45 from her belt, training it in the general direction of the noise, and nudged the door the rest of the way open with the toe of her boot. She froze at the strike leader’s groan behind her, and the creature hunched on the floor looked up from its dinner of rats, one tail hanging out of the corner of what had once been sensuous, full lips.

The creature jumped atop Carrie before she had a chance to fire, gnawing contentedly on the unfortunate woman’s neck, arterial spray indicating a quickly fatal bite as the dying woman’s screech was cut short. Within minutes, Carrie was in pieces on the carpet of the bedroom, one arm draped over an upended cradle and a lower leg decorating the windowsill. The creature sat in the middle of the carnage, smacking now-scarlet lips happily, before looking up at her husband standing silently on the threshold. She tilted her head curiously at his presence.
The strike leader moved into the room, gingerly stepping around the most recent bloodstains, and carefully pulled her head back into place from its motion-disrupted position before planting a gentle kiss on the waxen forehead.

“Made…. Mess….” She frowned at the macabre scene around her, sucking blood from her hands finger by finger.
“That’s okay, honey,” her husband reassured her. “We can always tidy things up again. Simple enough to fix.”


Journals await her.

Emergency and Disaster Management at Western Carolina University

How to answer: “What’s the worst thing you’ve ever seen?”

EMS Nation’s episode 11 with Fiona Thomas and Ann Marie Farina (iTunes)

Same Episode (not iTunes) 

Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) 

Tania Glenn

Her coping strategies

“Suicided” versus “committed suicide”

Tracking the number of suicides with Jeff Dill at the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance

STEMI Imposters

A Beautiful Funeral by Jamie McGuire

Parasite by Mira Grant

CDC’s Zombie Response Guide

Hot Zone and Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston

How to jimmy open a window

Medic Mindset Episode 2. Fiona references this medic who sighs on tough calls.

Posterior Wall MI EKG changes

“Listen to your patient. He is telling you the diagnosis.” William Osler, MD

Every Patient Tells a Story by Lisa Sanders, MD

Code Green Campaign on:













Episode 5: The Strong-Silent Type

The guest in this episode is a true “student of the game.” Listen to the FOAMed (Free Open Access Medical Education) resources he uses. He is stoic, thoughtful, and a man of few words. For the listener, that means each concept he chooses to share drips with intrigue. In particular, the discussion of his second failed intubation is a must-hear. I respect him tremendously for bringing that conversation back to the focus of the patient.

Show notes:

Online media he follows:


EMCRIT Podcast

Dr. Smith’s ECG Blog


His 12-lead analysis

Call that would put him in a heightened state

What makes for a good partner

Adjustments he would make to his paramedic school

Boots he wears: Haix

How his stress manifests itself on calls

Michael  Lauria

Square Breathing

“We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.” Archilocus

3 kinds of paramedics

Benefits of awkward pauses

Eating habits

Medical error he made

King Vision Video Laryngoscope


Episode 3: A Medic in Pumped Up Kicks


Video Laryngoscope review by emcrit.org

How to make the tongue more realistic in an intubation mannikin

“Hubbing” the suction catheter during intubation

EKG reciprocal changes seen in posterior MI

VTach criteria

Wellens’ syndrome criteria

Adscope Cardiology Stethoscope

Study suggests video gaming may help with PTSD

His list of blood thinners

NIH Scale

Redback Boots

Blundstone Boots

The camping chair

Websites he uses:


Dr Smith’s ECG Blog

Life in the Fast Lane

Instagram profiles he follows:

Medical Talks

North American Rescue

Apps he uses on calls:

Paramedic Protocol Provider

The Dharma Bums, by Jack Kerouac

Understand Pathophysiology textbook

Tomas Garcia’s EKG Books:

12-Lead ECG: The Art of Interpretation

Arrhythmia Recognition: The Art of Interpretation

Bob Page’s Capnography resources

Baking soda as shampoo?

Code Black Documentary on Netflix Streaming