Air Methods Prehospital EDucation Podcast Ep 21: The Butterfly Effect


Our podcast, AMPED (Air Methods Prehospital EDucation) is back with another episode this month! The podcast, designed for pre-hospital and in-hospital care providers, sheds light on the unique and challenging clinical scenarios faced by our emergency medical crews. It is a first-of-its-kind platform in which air medical and in-hospital clinicians share their stories from the frontlines and learn from one-another’s unique experiences in providing lifesaving care.

On our previous episode, we were joined by Jeffrey Cutright, EMT-P, Dr. Nida Jamal, and Dr. Barry Campbell as they identify the right interventions needed for a patient who goes into pre-term labor while suffering a stroke.

In the movie Jurassic Park, Dr. Ian Malcolm (played by Jeff Goldblum) says this about the butterfly effect as it relates to chaos theory, “A butterfly can flap it’s wings in [Beijing], and in Central Park, you get rain instead of sunshine.” The metaphor is used to describe how seemingly minor events can have grand consequences much further down the line. On this episode of AMPED, an accident on a rural farm, a seemingly banal scheduling happenstance, and a series of decisions borne out of circumstance result in remarkable change for the state of New York, and a policy that affects the ability of first responders to do their jobs. Our team is joined by: Rich Mosher BS, NRP, FP-C, Flight Paramedic – Guthrie Air; Larissa Colton, CFRN, Clinical Base Lead, and Christopher Berry MD.

The podcast is hosted by Joe Hill; Hawnwan “Phil” Moy, MD, Medical Director for ARCH, Air Methods Illinois and Missouri; and John Wilmas, MD, Medical Director for ARCH, Air Methods Illinois and Missouri. Collectively, the three hosts bring decades of experience in emergency medical services and an array of diverse perspectives to the table.

AMPED is available on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and more. To listen to the episode or catch up on past discussions, visit To join the conversation, use the hashtag #AMPEDpod on social media.