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Reading with Dr. Maia Dorsett

“The most useful books that I’ve read from the perspective of practicing medicine are non-medical books.”


Pictured: One of Dr. Maia Dorsett’s many bookshelves.

Medic Mindset Podcast

In this episode of Medic Mindset podcast, Host Ginger Locke welcomes Emergency Medicine Physician, EMS Educator, Prodigy EMS Medical Director and data guru, Maia Dorsett, MD, PhD.

In the series, “Reading,” Locke asks EMS visionaries about the books they recommend to new medics, the books they send to their colleagues and the books they keep coming back to, time and time again.

In this episode, Dr. Dorsett and Locke discuss:

  • Creating positive educational environments
  • Dynamics of successful, nurturing cultures
  • What you can do as a leader to create a positive culture
  • Creating psychological safety in the EMS environment

It’s a deep dive for the medics who “feel, reflect and are infinitely curious,” Locke notes.


On Idea collecting: “A lot of the analogies and things that I use and think about the way I teach and practice, etc., come from books that I’ve read.”

On human relationships: “The most useful books that I’ve read from the perspective of practicing medicine are non-medical books.”

On understanding patients: “Really as healthcare clinicians – and EMS is part of that – our goal is to navigate people through decisions in a way that aligns with their values, but if we don’t know what their values are, if we don’t know what’s most important to them, then we’re navigating according to our beacon, or what standard of care beacon there is, not theirs.”


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The Medic Mindset podcast is created and hosted by Ginger Locke, BA, NRP. As an associate professor of EMS Professions at Austin (TX) Community College, she has immersed herself in the art and science of how medics think and perform. In interviews with medics and subject-matter experts, she thoughtfully explores the inner-workings of the minds of medics. Prior to becoming a paramedic, she studied social psychology at the University of Georgia and the University of Leicester, UK. Her professional endeavors revolve around the conviction that the most important and complicated tool in EMS in the brain of the medic.