About Us

Changing the way we learn ECGs

ECGninja was created to redefine how we learn ECGs. Currently, many of us use a mix of textbooks, podcasts, Youtube videos, and that old doctor who won’t stop talking about the J point, to learn ECG interpretation. Unsurprisingly, the result is a subpar foundation with significant knowledge gaps (except for the J point). ECGninja was designed to combat this universal problem and enhance memory retention along the way – you will be tested frequently and be integrating concepts from the very start of your journey. It is the only resource that will foster your growth from a naive baby ninja to a confident master sensei!

The inspiration for ECGninja comes from a remote island in Japan called Tokunoshima. A few years ago, I accepted a job to teach the local children English. This was quite a daunting task because no one on Tokunoshima spoke English, and I certainly did not speak Japanese! When I began learning Japanese, I was inundated with resources. Some were good for grammar, some were good for kanji, but none of them were good for teaching me Japanese from start to finish! As I continued to brute force my way through these resources, I continued to struggle to mix and match textbooks that were at my level of learning. Wouldn’t it be great if there was an all-in-one resource?

This same problem exists for ECG interpretation. There is no worse feeling in the world than going through an entire ECG textbook/youtube series and having a few months go by, and then being asked to interpret a complex rhythm strip. You used to know this stuff! Is that ST-elevation or benign early repolarization? What is my differential for a wide QRS again? What do I look at aVR for? And why do I still struggle to interpret ECGs despite reviewing these key concepts over and over!?!

It’s simple. If you do not integrate concepts by practicing on real ECGs, then you are destined to forget the finer details. And if you forget the finer details, then you will miss the subtle and atypical findings. And if you miss the subtle and atypical findings, then you could miss the chance to save someone’s life. This is why we need to be experts at ECG interpretation, because many of us are only given a few seconds at a time to judge whether an ECG is life-threatening or benign. I am confident that the knowledge gained from completing this course will bolster your ability to make these crucial decisions.

Perhaps most importantly, this course is designed to be fun! Your journey to the mountain top begins as a baby ninja (a cute one, too). Throughout your journey, you will grow alongside your sassy sensei and defeat difficult ECG-themed foes while learning the nuances of ECG interpretation. Many learners visit the site for the concise explanations, large question bank, and creative mnemonics, but they all stay for the story! So quit resting, the mountain isn’t going to climb itself! 

Q and A:

Well, when you play a videogame, can you skip the first boss? If you already know the basics of ECG reading, then the intro and first few lessons should be really quick! Also, I think most people are not as good at ECG reading as they think (even the basics), and making sure they have the basics down completely before moving on is important for later lessons.

Yes! Once you have completed the bundle branch block chapter, the quiz will unlock in the quiz vault (AKA ‘The Dojo’). You can redo the quizzes you want to practice in that section.

Along with covering how to systematically identify all arrhythmias, ischemia and electrolyte abnormalities, we also cover Brugada/ARVD/U waves/LVH and RVH criteria/atrial hypertrophy/LAFB vs. LPFB vs. bifascicular blocks/effects of digoxin/STE vs. BER/SVTa vs. Vtach/Wellens/DeWinter’s T waves, and the list goes on!

That’s exactly why you should listen to me. If I can learn to read ECGs at a staff level, then you can too!

There is 1 intro lesson and 10 main lessons of varying length.

There are 25 quiz sections in total, comprising over 350 real ECGs, which test a variety of concepts.

You’ll have to finish the course to see!