Farzad “Raffi” Refahi HBSc RRT CRE

With the school year beginning and new first-year students starting their journey, we see a jump in our social media account followers and interactions. This is, in part, due to the hard work of our Student Affairs Committee who already had their first meeting by the time this report was written.

We are happy to see that many RT Schools in Ontario participate and interact using their social media accounts.  Here are a few examples:

While on the topic of new beginnings, we are excited to follow a brand new RT podcast called RTAudio, put together by Dave Wall and Greg Donde.

We had an opportunity to connect with Dave and Greg to find out more about their podcast.

Q: Your first episode was a great introduction to who you are and your RT path. Can you give us a summary?
My name is Dave Wall and my co-host is Greg Donde. We are Faculty members at Fanshawe College in the RT program. Greg and I have a passion for what we do both as educators and as RTs. Greg’s background is mixed between critical care, neo/peds transport teams and education. My background is mixed between critical care, anesthesia (I recently obtained my CCAA designation) and education. Greg and I were actually classmates in the Fanshawe RT program and graduated in 2006 and have come full circle to be back teaching in the very program that got us started.

Q2: What’s the story behind starting your podcast?
Greg and I both listen to podcasts and find it to be a great platform to learn on the go. We wanted to fill a void with RTAudio, and give other RT’s, students and health care professionals a place to find relatable information, learn something new and maybe even inspire others to put themselves out there to learn from. Lastly, we very much value feedback and look forward to having any prospective listener contact us so that we can identify topics and content that may be interesting as we go; ultimately this is a way we feel we can use this platform to meet the needs of the audience.

Q3: Who is your target audience?
We originally assumed it would be the students in our program, however after we released the first “intro” episode we started getting feedback from staff therapists from around the country that were interested in this idea. Moving forward I think anyone who is, was or may be considering Respiratory Therapy as a profession may find some interest in RTAudio.

We have enjoyed the first episode and look forward to future releases!

Q4: How can people find, subscribe and listen to your podcast?
So far we are using our social media links through program and alumni pages to spread the word. We have been using a website called Anchor® to build the episode playlist (https://anchor.fm/rtaudio). Through this website we have recently been picked up by Spotify and listeners can tune in there. If the listenership grows, we can continue to investigate other host sites that offer flexibility and usability across multiple devices.

Thank you, Dave and Greg, for answering our questions. To our RTSO Airwaves readers, please take the time to check out their podcast!

Also, if you haven’t already done so, please follow us on your favourite platform!

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