About and Disclaimers

EM Basic is made for medical students and emergency medicine interns to review the basics of emergency medicine.  Each podcast starts exactly how a patient interaction in the ED starts- with a chief complaint.  From there, we’ll go over the important points of the patient’s history and physical exam, the workup, and the basic treatment and disposition of each chief complaint that you will encounter in the ED all in 30 minute easy to digest audio podcasts.

You can subscribe to the podcast through iTunes.  If you aren’t using iTunes, you can also download all of the episodes via zip files on the Podcast Archive Page.

About me

My name is Steve Carroll and I graduated from the Emergency Medicine Residency at San Antonio Military Medical Center (formerly Brooke Army Medical Center) in 2012.  I grew up in Downingtown, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Philadelphia) where I was an EMT-B for 10 years before starting residency.  I went to Notre Dame (GO IRISH!) followed by medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  In my free time I enjoy crossfit, SCUBA diving, and playing with Nellie and Allie, a Rottweiler mix and a Lab mix whom my wife and I adopted from an animal shelter.

PODCAST and BLOG disclaimer: While I make every effort to broadcast correct information, I am still learning.  I will double check all my facts but realize that medicine is a constantly changing science and art.  One doctor may have a different way of doing things from another.  I am simply presenting my views on how to workup common ED complaints that will be as evidence based as possible. I welcome any comments, suggestions, or correction of errors.  I take no money from drug or device companies.  By listening to this podcast or reading this blog, you agree not to use this podcast or blog as medical advice to treat any medical condition in either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating.  Use of this website does not constitute a physician-patient relationship.  Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.

ADDITIONAL LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This blog or podcast should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever, including but not limited to establishing “standard of care” in a legal sense or as a basis for expert witness testimony.  No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the podcast or blog.

General DISCLAIMER: This blog and podcast are my own opinions and do not represent the views or opinions of the Department of Defense, the US Army, the SAUSHEC EM residency, or the Fort Hood post command.

Privacy notice: This website, blog, and podcast are all HIPPA compliant.  While you may give your email address to subscribe to the website posts or to post information on the website/blog, I will never share your email address or contact information with any third parties without your explicit permission.

Advertising and funding policy:  At the present time, the EM Basic blog, website, and podcast does not accept any advertising money.  If this changes, this will be spelled out directly via a post to the blog/website and the podcast. If ads appear on this website they are from the hosting website. I derive no compensation from them and they do not have any editorial control over the content of the EM Basic Blog or podcast. I fund this website out of my own pocket with the exception of any income that may be derived from outside educational projects produced by EM Basic LLC. These outside projects will not be from drug or device companies and will exert no control over the content of the EM Basic blog or podcast whatsoever.

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Dedication: This blog and podcast is dedicated to those whom have mentored and taught me throughout the years- especially when I first started out.  You know who you are and for that, I thank you.

11 Comments on “About and Disclaimers”

  1. Loana Tanielu says:

    Thank you so much Steve for your podcasts, they are awesome. So informative and really helpful in my day to day practice as an emergency medicine resident in New Zealand. Keep up the great work!

    • EM Basic says:


      Thanks for commenting and thanks for listening! It’s always great to hear that the podcast is having an impact around the world- it’s why I do it.

      Stay tuned in the next few weeks for a big episode on pulmonary embolism- hard to believe it took more than 2 years to get to this big topic.


  2. Bobby H says:


    Thank you so much for this podcast. As a third year medical student just starting clerkship in Canada I find your approaches very helpful.

    Kind regard,


    • EM Basic says:


      Thanks for listening and thanks for commenting. I’m glad you find the podcast useful- that’s why I do it.

      Feel free to drop a line with any topics you would like to see and good luck with your clerkships


      • Bobby H says:

        Hi Steve,

        Thanks for your reply. Here are a couple ideas you can take into consideration.
        1) Pediatric (older than 3 months) emergencies
        2) DIfferent investigations and labs, how to order them and what they mean (this is more for medical students I guess). I’m talking about the most common ones for common presenting problems here.


  3. David says:

    Thanks for the outstanding podcast, Steve. I’m a student paramedic, not a medical student, but you have an outstanding way of producing accessible, informative content. I can’t thank you enough for the work you put into this.

    • EM Basic says:


      Thanks so much for listening and thanks for commenting. I am glad that you find the podcasts useful- that’s why I do them. As a former prehospital person, that’s also great to hear that it’s helping you with your education. Good luck with your training and feel free to drop me a line any time


  4. Janice says:


    I am a veterinarian with many years in the military, currently in civilian veterinary emergency practice. A veterinary colleague and I were recently on a long road trip at night through a snow storm and listened to your podcasts all night long along the I 95 corridor. Aside from keeping us alert and awake on the long road, we thoroughly enjoyed your podcasts and were excited to learn about best practices and lessons learned from our counterparts in human medicine. We especially enjoyed your material on team approaches to trauma management. Regardless of the species, your common sense guidelines are applicable to our team. Thanks again! JB

    • EM Basic says:


      Thanks for listening and thanks for commenting. You are definitely the first vet who has commented on the podcast- I am glad that they are able to help even across species! The team dynamics and communication part of the resuscitation podcast can certainly work in about any stressful environment. While I don’t agree that healthcare should be like the airlines in regards to overall safety (they are so dissimilar as to be laughable), we certainly can learn lessons from pilots in regards to how to react, respond, and communicate in times of crisis.

      Thanks again for listening and thanks for commenting


  5. Casey Turner says:

    I love your podcasts. I just discovered them this week. I am about to finish my third year of medical school at VCOM and these are invaluable to be in my pursuit of a career in EM.
    ~Casey Turner

    • EM Basic says:


      Thanks for listening and thanks for commenting. I’m glad that you find the podcast useful- I think 3rd year of medical school before EM rotations is the prime time to listen to them to help you prepare for rotations.

      Look out for an episode on asymptomatic hypertension in about a week and a half- will definitely be a valuable topic to listen to because you are bound to see it during your EM rotations.

      Thanks again and good luck on your rotations.


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