CRACKCast comes to CanadiEM

In CRACKCast, Podcast by Brent Thoma1 Comment

Those of you who are following the CanadiEM Podcast and RSS Feed may have noticed some suspicious activity this week. Overnight, every episode of the exceptional CRACKCast Podcast has joined the CanadiEM podcast library along with the stellar Physicians as Humans series. Today, the CanadiEM Editorial Team are proud to officially1 announce that the CRACKCast Boys are bringing their podcast to a new home on CanadiEM!

For anyone unfamiliar with the work of Adam Thomas, Chris Lipp, Tristan Jones, and the rest of their team, it has become the #1 podcast that I recommend to my residents. Why? Well, as described by Stuntz et al, FOAM doesn’t do a spectacular job of covering the breadth of emergency medicine. Despite the efforts of our own writers from BoringEM and many other solid resources (e.g. EMBasic, CoreEM, WikEM, etc), comprehensiveness is a feature that traditional curricula and textbooks has on the world of FOAM.2 CRACKCast has taken a very methodological approach to addressing this.

Billed as a podcast for those who have to satisfy their ADHD studying needs, the CRACK in CRACKCast is for Core Rosen’s and Clinical Knowledge. This is a podcast that truly gets down to the basics by covering each and every chapter of Rosen’s Emergency Medicine – in order. To anyone who has read Rosens in its entirety, that sounds like a Herculian task and I was skeptical that it could be done when I initially heard of it, however, these boys from Victoria BC have committed. In fact, they have already published podcasts covering key pearls from the first 35 (!!) chapters of Rosen’s. This includes all of Section I (Critical Management Principles) and Section II (Cardinal Presentations) and continue to pump out content at a ridiculous rate.

Beyond this, they are also producing flashcards to accompany the content discussed on their podcasts. As a current Program Director and recent Royal College examinee, I can’t help but be impressed by the way that they are covering core EM content in such a comprehensive and multimodal way. I endorse the work that they have been doing and would recommend reading their show notes, following their podcasts, and using their flashcards as you work your way through Rosen’s.

As noted by Dr. Rosen himself in Episode 000 of CRACKCast, simply reading through the textbook is no way to study. Multiple exposures are required and following CRACKCast is a great way to get them.

Please join me in welcoming CRACKCast to the CanadiEM family by giving this post a share, checking out some episodes (iTunes page) and following their podcast on your podcast app, Twitter, and Facebook. New episodes will be posted each Monday with historical show notes migrated as they are completed. If you already follow the CRACKCast feed, it should continue to receive the latest episodes.


Stuntz R, Clontz R. An Evaluation of Emergency Medicine Core Content Covered by Free Open Access Medical Education Resources. Ann Emerg Med. 2016;67(5):649-653.e2.[PubMed]
Nickson C, Cadogan M. Free Open Access Medical education (FOAM) for the emergency physician. Emerg Med Australas. 2014;26(1):76-83.[PubMed]
Dr. Brent Thoma is a medical educator, blogging geek, and trauma/emergency physician who works at the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine. He founded BoringEM and is the CEO of CanadiEM.