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RAPM Focus is a podcast devoted to exploring the provocative and impactful aspects of the research published in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine (RAPM). Authors of articles from the journal are joined by Editor-in-Chief Dr. Brian Sites and other members of the RAPM Editorial Board to discuss and debate the findings that matter most for clinicians, patients, and policy makers.

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Episode 2: Reviving the medical lecture: practical tips for delivering effective lectures (April 28, 2022)

This month’s “RAPM Focus” looks at evidence-based practices to improve the creation and delivery of medical education lectures. Editor-in-Chief Brian Sites, MD, interviews Monica W. Harbell, MD, first author of the paper “Reviving the medical lecture: practical tips for delivering effective lectures,” published in the March 2022 issue. In the paper, Dr. Harbell and coauthor Dr. Patricia S. O’Sullivan outline nine specific tips for effective presentations including the importance of learning objectives, content organization, effective visuals, simple slide design, and others. They also provide tips to keep your audience interested and engaged, particularly in an increasingly virtual world.

Dr. Harbell is an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona and the associate program director for the Mayo Clinic Arizona Anesthesiology residency. She is the chair of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Committee on Patient Safety and Education and a member of the ASA committee on practice parameters.

Episode 1: Factors associated with treatment outcomes for low back pain injections  (March 30, 2022)

In the first episode of RAPM Focus, Editor-in-Chief Brian Sites, MD, interviews Stephen P. Cohen, MD, first author of the paper “Multicenter study evaluating factors associated with treatment outcome for low back pain injections.” This prospective study looked at 346 patients receiving one of three procedures: epidural steroid injection for sciatica, sacroiliac joint injections for axial low back pain, and facet interventions for axial low back pain. The study was designed to evaluate associations among more than two dozen demographic, clinical, and technical factors on treatment outcomes. Results found that patients with lower baseline pain scores, depressive symptomatology, and obesity experienced smaller pain reductions. Smoking and sleep deprivation were also associated with poorer outcomes.

Dr. Cohen is a professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, neurology, physical medicine & rehabilitation and psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Baltimore, MD. He is also chief of pain medicine and director of the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center at Johns Hopkins and director of pain research at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.


*The purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. The content of this podcast does not constitute medical advice, and it is not intended to function as a substitute for a healthcare practitioner’s judgement, patient care, or treatment. The views expressed by contributors are those of the speakers. BMJ does not endorse any views or recommendations discussed or expressed on this podcast. Listeners should also be aware that professionals in the field may have different opinions. By listening to this podcast, listeners agree not to use its content as the basis for their own medical treatment or for the medical treatment of others.
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