Free Open Access Meducation (FOAM) is a term coined by Dr. Mike Cadogan co-founder of the free online medical education portal Life in the Fast Lane. The information on this page is reproduced from a much more in depth description in the FOAM section of Life in the Fast Lane. The goal of the Global Critical Care project is to create consolidate and curate FOAM resources for the benefit of our colleagues practicing critical care in low resource settings. More importantly we hope that this project will provide a platform for colleagues working in in resource limited settings to produce FOAM content which is specific to the unique context in which they work. Making FOAM is as easy as writing an email so please contact us if you would like to contribute.
FOAM is the movement that has spontaneously emerged from the exploding collection of constantly evolving, collaborative and interactive open access medical education resources being distributed on the web with one objective — to make the world a better place. FOAM is independent of platform or media — it includes blogs, podcasts, tweets, Google hangouts, online videos, text documents, photographs, facebook groups, and a whole lot more.
Why would anyone want to make FOAM?
Consider these three questions:
Q1. Have you ever spent untold hours preparing a talk that was attended by 8 people — of which a few were cognitively incapacitated by a recent night shift and the rest by post-prandial stupor? (That’s right the lowest level of expertise is not unconscious incompetence, it’s plain old unconscious!)
Q2. Did you go into medicine to help others?
Q3. Do you want a quick, easy way to establish an international reputation as an effective clinical educator?
Many of us interested in clinical education would say ‘hell yes!’ to all of these questions. That’s why it makes perfect sense for us to record videos of our presentations, turn the research we’ve done and experiences we’ve had into a blogposts, and record our discussions as podcasts. Then share them with all the world.’
The above is an excerpt from the iTeachEM post titled Individual Interactive Instruction
- As a supporter and advocate of #FOAMed you can demonstrate your allegiance to your followers by including the #FOAMed hashtag in your profile
- Let us know by adding your details to the #FOAMed supporter form
- Find and Follow the #FOAMed advocates on Twitter
- Follow the #FOAMed conversation on Twitter
- Follow the #FOAMed conversation on Google Plus
- Follow the #FOAMed Analytics with Symplur
- For EM/ ICU and other critical care folk, the #FOAMcc hashtag is now also being used on Twitter.
- They even get it in New Zealand!
What the Journals and Media say…
- Integration of Social Media in Emergency Medicine Residency Curriculum. Scott KR, Hsu CH, Johnson NJ, Mamtani M, Conlon LW, DeRoos FJ. Ann Emerg Med. 2014 Jun 21.
- Five Strategies to Effectively Use Online Resources in Emergency Medicine. Thoma B, Joshi N, Trueger S, Chan TM, Lin, M. Ann Emerg Med. 2014 Jun 21
- Free Open Access Meducation: hype of de toekomst? – The Post Online Feb 2014
- Free Open Access Meducation (FOAM): the rise of emergency medicine and critical care blogs and podcasts (2002–2013). Emerg Med J doi:10.1136/emermed-2013-203502 (PDF)
- Free Open Access Medical education (FOAM) for the emergency physician. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 26: 76–83. doi: 10.1111/1742-6723.12191 ( PDF )
- Using Social Media To Increase Awareness Of Medical Specialties Among Physicians – Forbes Nov 2013
- FOAM and the Era of Online Medical Education. American Academy of Emergency Medicine. October 01, 2013. [PDF]
- FOAM: the Internet, social media and medical education EMJ Supplement October 2013 [PDF]
- Social Media and Physician Learning – Annals of Emergency Medicine – November 2013
- Doctors Use Social For Continuous Medical Education Information Week September 2013 [PDF]
- FOAMed appeal is simple: Get more, pay nothing Faust, J. ACEP News Feb 2013 [PDF]
- The impact of social media on a major international emergency medicine conference Emerg Med J 19 February 2013 doi:10.1136/emermed-2012-202039 [Full Text]
- Don’t Call It Social Media: FOAM and the Future of Medical Education. Emergency Medicine News Feb 2013 doi: 10.1097/01.EEM.0000427050.81739.a1 [Full Text]