Tech Talk

The amount of information we are expected to learn in medical school, residency, and beyond can be overwhelming – like drinking from a firehose! In this episode, we explore some ways in which physicians can leverage technology to help manage all of this information and facilitate life long learning. Several residents and attendings discuss what works for them, including using apps and online resources, and listening to podcasts. We then talk with Dr. Ryan Ribeira and Dr. Adam Dougherty of SimX about how they are using augmented and virtual reality to revolutionize medical simulation. Next, we talk with with Dr. Dina Wallin, creator of the Leader’s Library, on how she uses Slack to create a learning community of physicians across the globe. Finally, we discuss with education researcher, Dr. Jeff Riddell, about how and why physicians are turning to podcasts for learning and staying up to date, including some of the benefits and potential caveats. 

Do you use technology for lifelong learning? Tell us how you do – or why you don’t! Connect with us on social media at @empulsepodcast, or on our website,

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***Save the date for the 43rd annual UC Davis Emergency Medicine Winter Conference, February 24th-29th at the Ritz Carlton in Lake Tahoe***


Dr. Julia Magaña, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UC Davis

Dr. Sarah Medeiros, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis


Dr. Adam Dougherty, Emergency Medicine Physician at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, CA; Chief Medical Officer at SimX

Dr. Ryan Ribeira, Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University; Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SimX

Dr. Dina Wallin, Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital; Creator of the ALiEM Leader’s Library

Dr. Jeff Riddell, Education Researcher and Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine


SimX VR and AR digital simulation

ALiEM Leader’s Library

A Survey of Emergency Medicine Residents’ Use of Educational Podcasts.

Riddell J, Swaminathan A, Lee M, Mohamed A, Rogers R, Rezaie SR.

West J Emerg Med. 2017 Feb;18(2):229-234. doi: 10.5811/westjem.2016.12.32850. Epub 2017 Jan 30.

Independent and Interwoven: A Qualitative Exploration of Residents’ Experiences with Educational Podcasts.

Riddell J, Robins L, Brown A, Sherbino J, Lin M, Ilgen JS.

Acad Med. 2019 Sep 10. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002984. [Epub ahead of print]


Thank you to the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine for supporting this podcast and to Orlando Magaña at OM Audio Productions for audio production services.

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