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Trauma: Premiere Party Recap

I admit it. I watched Trauma last night, but I mostly tweeted, chatted, and commented with Chris Montera and Jamie Davis on a special episode of the MedicCast Live. I was so busy keeping up with the chat room traffic that I need to watch the episode again so I am prepared for next week. Yes, I am going to watch another episode of Trauma. I am going to give it a chance because I like the concept of a paramedic based drama and San Francisco is an amazing location for a TV show.

Aimee Garcia, Trauma Cast MemberA significant contributor to my optimism for the show’s potential was that cast member Aimee Garcia participated in the chat room during the show – reading messages from EMS professionals around the world – and listening to our commentary. While I had made several invitations to the show for a cast member interview we did not know Aimee was going to participate. After the show Aimee took questions from us about her preparation for the show, interest in getting the portrayal of paramedics correct, and the difficulty of balancing competing needs to produce a television show that will sell.

You can listen to complete post-show special episode of the MedicCast and EMS Garage at Aimee’s participates in the show from 10:30 to 22:30 in the audio feed time line.

Just as interesting was the contributions of San Francisco Fire Department EMS Operations Chief Sebastion Wong. He discussed his early involvement with the show, film locations in San Francisco for the show, and intentional EMS product placements in the premiere episode. I appreciated his insights and enthusiasm for the potential of the show. I just might take him up on his invitation for a visit.

Finally, I want to thank our three sponsors from the live show. We really appreciated the support of SMART-ICE, X-Collar, and High Plains Information Systems. This event was an interesting opportunity to bring together EMS professionals with social media to participate in a live event.

Watch Trauma episode 1 and use the comments area to share what you thought of the premiere. If you participated online with us what did you think of that experience?


By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.