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EMS1 Columnist and First Watch Improvement Guide, Mike Taigman, sits down with his wife and author, Sascha Liebowitz, for a candid discussion on EMS work and home life balance.
In this installment of The EMS Burnout Repair Kit series, our presenters tackle:

  • Re-entry tips for connecting with family after a difficult shift
  • The neuroscience of stress management
  • Strategies for making relationships work during challenging times
  • Key phrases to diffuse arguments and make yourself heard

The EMS Burnout Repair Kit series, presented by EMS1 and Zoll, will equip individuals at all levels in EMS with tools for dealing with the primary sources of burnout, helping them emerge as better, happier providers and more complete people.

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Mike Taigman

Mike Taigman uses more than four decades of experience to help EMS leaders and field personnel improve the care/service they provide to patients and their communities. Taigman is the Improvement Guide for FirstWatch, a company which provides near-real time monitoring and analysis of data along with performance improvement coaching for EMS agencies.

He teaches Improvement Science in the Master’s in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership program at the University of California San Francisco and the Emergency Health Services Management Graduate Program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.


Sascha Liebowitz

Sascha Liebowitz is a writer and author of “Living Every Minute of It,” a blog about living each day with patience, tolerance, kindness and love towards oneself and others. A former New York lawyer, she now lives in California focused on family, writing and being of service to others. She holds a BA from Columbia College and a JD from New York University School of Law.

Taigman and Liebowitz co-authored “Super-Charge Your Stress Management in the Age of COVID-19.”

View other episodes in our EMS Burnout Repair Kit series:


Navigating a path to career satisfaction

Ward off burnout and turnover by increasing career resiliency and opportunity


How to create a mental health-friendly environment at your service

Learn how mental health support programs can alleviate stress in the workplace


A whole-body approach to physical health

Healthy habits to nurture provider resiliency, career longevity