CotEcast (Care of the Elderly podcast) is for clinicians who look after older patients. Entertaining discussion, debate, analysis and interviews related to Geriatric and General Medicine.

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We hope that the issues discussed on CotEcast will reflect not only the opinions of the presenter(s) and guests, but also a wider audience. Each month, we will invite listeners to submit their thoughts on the topic for the next episode. Visit to get started, or contact us on Twitter using the hashtag #CotEcast!

We’d also love to hear your feedback about the podcast, including suggestions for new topics. Happy listening!

Episode List


  • G4J18 Top Tips

    December 1, 2018

    The AEME team catch up over a few drinks post G4J 2018 to discuss a few of the top tips that we will take away from the conference.   Useful links:

  • “What we’ve learnt this week…Episode 6”

    October 24, 2018

      Welcome to the 6th episode in the “What we’ve learnt this week” series. Nick and Emma are in Berlin for the European Geriatric Medicine Society International Congress and share some of the top tips they have picked up from the conference. Heard of “prognostic paralysis”? “Theraputic illusion”? Gamification in medical education? We hadn’t either!   Useful links this ...

  • “What we’ve learnt this week…” Episode 5

    September 26, 2018

      Join Pete, Christina and Emma for the fifth episode in the “What we’ve learnt this week..” series. We’ve got some useful tips on iron supplements, urological conditions in the elderly and renal impairment. Let us know your thoughts @ElderlyMedEd

  • “What we’ve learnt this week…” Episode 4

    September 9, 2018

    Welcome to the fourth episode of “What we’ve learnt this week…” Vicky, Emma and new AEME member Christina discuss confusing C.Diff results, alcohol in the elderly, geriatric trauma and consider the language we use when talking to relatives of patients with dementia.   Useful links this week:

  • “What we have learnt this week….” Episode 3

    August 21, 2018

    Welcome to the third episode of “What we have learnt this week…..”. These are short, 15minute, podcasts where we discuss topics that we have encountered the preceding week; whether it be on the wards, in a journal, at teaching or even on twitter! This week Chris, Emma, Pete and Nick are discussing steroid therapy in pneumonia; ...

  • “What we’ve learnt this week….” Epsiode 2

    August 13, 2018

    Listen to Pete, Emma and Nick talk through their top tips in the 2nd episode of “What we have learnt this week…..”. These are short, 15minute, podcasts where we discuss topics that we have encountered the preceding week; whether it be on the wards, in a journal, at teaching or even on twitter! This week we ...

  • “What we’ve learnt this week….”. Episode 1

    August 5, 2018

    Join Vicky, Pete and Emma in the first of our new series of CotEcasts entitled “What we have learnt this week….”. These are short, 15minute, podcasts where we discuss topics that we have encountered the preceding week; whether it be on the wards, in a journal, at teaching or even on twitter! This week we discuss ...

  • How to make managing your patient’s pain less painful!

    July 5, 2018

    The AEME gang sit down to discuss the recently updated British Geriatric Society guidelines on the assessment of pain in the older patient.     Discussion topics: 1. Do we assess pain in the older patient well? If not, why not?! 2. What are the barriers to eliciting a good pain history? 3. What analgesics should you start and how? 4. Are ...

  • OPMentor CotECast

    March 18, 2018

    The whole AEME team get together to discuss progress with our OPMentor scheme. If you want to find a mentor in your area then check out our website at If you are interested in becoming a mentor sign up at 

  • ‘Med Reg’ Revisited

    February 12, 2018

    Vicky, Pete, Nick and Emma talk about the realities of being the med reg on-call. It’s not as bad as you think! We also discuss different reasons for going out of programme during geriatric training.


  • Geriatrics for Juniors 2017: Post conference CotEcast

    November 6, 2017

    Pete and Nick are joined by AEME founder Mark Garside and consultant geriatrician and TV star Zoe Wyrko. At the end of the conference they reflect on Geriatrics for Juniors 2017 including what they learned from the day.

  • Academic training in Geriatrics

    August 28, 2017

    Pete and Nick are joined by Claire McDonald and Sarah Richardson who are both academic geriatricians. Together, they talk about how to get into academic work and research within geriatrics including academic clinical fellow posts.

  • Polypharmacy for junior doctors

    July 26, 2017

    Pete and Nick are joined by geriatric registrars Emma and Chris. In this COTEcast we are tackling the issues around polypharmacy in the elderly. We discuss why it is a problem and how to manage it. We also offer some tips for junior doctors who are starting new jobs soon on how to approach a ...

  • Technology in Medical Education

    June 5, 2017

    Nick and Mark are joined by Lewis Potter, founder of Together they talk about the pros and cons of technology in medical education as well as the future of technology based learning. Lewis also tells us what has to offer

  • Reflections from the British Geriatrics Society Spring conference

    May 8, 2017

    Pete, Vicky and Nick are live at the British Geriatrics Society Spring Conference and are joined by ACCS acute medicine trainee Lily Shevlin. They discuss what they have learned from the conference, important topics such as DNACPR forms and treatment escalation plans, fears of being the medical registrar and how to attract more junior doctors ...

  • Inpatient management of Patients with Cognitive Impairment

    April 3, 2017

    Nick and his colleagues Emily Lyon & Jude Randall discuss how to improve the care of inpatients with dementia, and how to spot and manage delirium.


  • NOACs vs Warfarin

    September 22, 2016

    Pete, Mark and Nick discuss the pros and cons of warfarin vs NOACs in AF, strategies for choosing the most appropriate anticoagulants, and how to involve patients in shared decision-making.

  • How do we keep patient with PD safe in hospital?

    June 23, 2016

    Mark, James and Vicky discuss common issues that clinical staff encounter when managing inpatients with Parkinson’s Disease, and consider practical strategies to improve care.

  • Culture Club

    May 19, 2016

    Mark, Pete and Vicky debate whether there is still a cultural problem in NHS hospitals with regards to older patients, and discuss ways that individual clinicians could help to make a difference.


  • The FaSS and the Furious

    October 29, 2015

    Vicky and Mark are joined by Consultant Geriatrician and falls specialist James Frith to discuss what goes on in a Falls and Syncope Service, and strategies for assessing, managing and preventing falls in older patients

  • Med Reg Fears Part 3 – Views from the Other Side

    October 7, 2015

    In the final part of AEME’s “Med Reg” trilogy, Mark and Pete are joined by representatives from the lands of surgery, ITU and emergency medicine, to discuss how the med reg role is perceived by other specialties, and how to make the most of your working relationships with your colleagues

  • CotE On-Call

    August 31, 2015

    Mark, Pete and Vicky revisit some top tips for junior doctors working on Elderly Care Wards, with a particular focus on common issues out-of-hours and on-call.

  • Top of the POPS

    June 25, 2015

    Mark and James are joined by Geriatrics Registrars Andrew Deane and Philip Braude to discuss the emerging field of POPS (Proactive care of Older People undergoing Surgery), and what it means for juniors doctors.

  • Stroke Medicine – FAQs for FY Docs

    April 22, 2015

    Pete and Mark are joined by Stroke StR Gemma Smith, and FY1s Eve Braithwaite and James Muggleton to discuss common problems and queries when assessing and treating patients with stroke

  • How to Become a Geriatrician – Tips for Specialty Applications and Interviews

    February 18, 2015

    Pete, Mark and Vicky discuss the application and interview process for Geriatric Medicine training, and share their insights and tips about how to increase your chances of successfully getting appointed to a post.


  • Breaking Bad Bones

    December 7, 2014

    Mark and Pete are joined by Iain Wilkinson (Consultant Geriatrician) and Francis Collin (Geriatrics Specialty Trainee) to discuss orthogeriatrics, the Blue Book, and how to manage patients with fragility fractures

  • The F Word

    November 7, 2014

    Mark and James are joined by Zoe Wyrko (Consultant Geriatrician) and Matt Rudd (Specialty Registrar) to discuss the concept of frailty, and the Failsafe tool.

  • ‘Med Reg’ Fears part 2 – The morning after the night shift before

    October 12, 2014

    Mark and Pete are joined by new Geriatrics registrar Vicky Gibson to discuss early experiences of the ‘med reg’ role, how they prepared for it, and how it compared to their expectations before starting the job.

  • Fear, Loathing, and the ‘Med Reg’

    September 7, 2014

    Pete, Mark, James and Kelly discuss some of the fears surrounding the role of the ‘Med Reg’, and whether it should put junior doctors off applying to medical specialties.

  • Geriatrics and the GMC

    August 24, 2014

    Mark and Pete are joined by Rachel Woodall, GMC Northern Regional Liaison Advisor, to discuss the GMC’s new online learning resource, ‘Better Care for Older People’

  • Old Tricks for New Dogs

    July 15, 2014

    Geriatrics StRs Mark Garside, James Fisher, Pete Brock and Sean Ninan discuss their top tips for newly qualified junior doctors caring for older patients.