Reviewed and revised 6 February 2014
FOAM stands for Free Open Access Meducation – Medical education for anyone, anywhere, anytime.
The term FOAM was coined in June 2012 in a pub in Dublin, over a pint of Guinness during ICEM 2012 [watch the Dublin video]. This page is dedicated to collating the resources that healthcare professionals can access to assist in taking part in the FOAM movement.
- The history of FOAM
- FOAM commentary. What the Journals and the Media say…
- FOAM presentations – conference presentations and podcasts
- Do you believe in FOAM?
- List of FOAM Supporters displaying #FOAMed in twitter profile.
- #FOAMed Social Media.
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.
If you want to know how we practiced medicine 5 years ago, read a textbook.
If you want to know how we practiced medicine 2 years ago, read a journal.
If you want to know how we practice medicine now, go to a (good) conference.
If you want to know how we will practice medicine in the future, listen in the hallways and use FOAM.
We review emergency medicine and critical care (EMCC) FOAM weekly in The LITFL Review. Anyone who reads it and follows the links will agree that EMCC FOAM resources are sophisticated, cutting edge learning resources that enable clinicians and students to update their knowledge and improve their understanding in a fun, motivating and time efficient way. It is all free, and can be accessed by anyone, at anytime, anywhere. We believe that together with asynchronous learning and the flipped classroom, FOAM is the future of medical education and lifelong learning.
In March 2013 the emergency medicine and critical care FOAM movement crystallised in a uniquely physical and online conference called SMACC (Social Media and Critical Care). We hope to see you again in 2014 — either physically or virtually! SMACC GOLD will be held in the Gold Coast (Australia) in March 2014. The first SMACC conference featured a 2 hour panel discussion involving Joe Lex, Scott Weingart, Simon Carley, Oliver Flower, Mike Cadogan and Chris Nickson… and the audience, of course! [Podcast]. Subscribe to the SMACC Podcast on iTunes.
What is FOAM?
- Nickson CP, Cadogan MD. Free Open Access Medical education (FOAM) for the emergency physician. Emerg Med Australas. 2014 Feb;26(1):76-83. doi: 10.1111/1742-6723.12191 [Free Full Text]
- The FOAM network
- History of the #FOAMed Hashtag - FOAM and the future of medical education [EM News PDF]
- FOAM Image Collection
- The #FOAMed revelation by Joel D (@cmedik) and the potential for a #FOAMed platform
- FOAM reaches the UK with Southampton CCP (@sotonCCP)
- Is FOAM just for Emergency Physicians?
Slides, links and audio only version available at ‘Why FOAM? Facts, Fallacies and Foibles‘.
Support and join the FOAM party
- 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…
- 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]
- GoogleFOAM – search engine designed to interrogate all the FOAM resources online, including emergency medicine and critical care (EMCC) blogs (via @RaineDoc)
- FOAM Guidelines – GuidelinesForMe is a crowd-sourced database of links to online clinical guidelines (via @tessardavis)
- FOAMEM RSS – Syndicated feed aggregator across all EMCC blogs (via @EMChatter)
- #FOAMed for GP
- #FOAMed on Scoop.it
- #FOAMed Diagnosis, management and discussion with ZeroMD
- Follow the Hashtag project – FOAMeducation.org and watch the 2013 presentation
- Polish FOAM - Pora Na TeleSORa – Polish community blog and What is #FOAMed?- (MERITUS)
- Turkish FOAM - What is FOAMed?
- Italian FOAM – The FOAM story (EMPills) and FOAM instructions (Malato Critico)
- Dutch FOAM - Netherlands #FOAMed … and the EMDutch blog
- Czech FOAM - Jan Štros from the Czech republic has a FOAMtastic ECG blog
- Mongolian FOAM - FOAMed Mongolia
- USask FOAM – FOAMed Canadian Collaborative
- Spanish FOAM – Spanish language critical care and Emergency Medicine blogs
Lots are people are talking about FOAM and #FOAMed. Here is what some of them are saying:
- KevinMD — The flipped classroom could be the future of medicine
- Medscape — FOAM and the Era of Online Medical Education
- Rob Rogers, from iTeachEM (formerly EMRAP: Educator’s Edition) has this to say about FOAM [FOAM Video]
- iTeachEM — Joe Lex on Learning EM
- MedCrunch Interview with Stesha Doku
- EM Ireland – FOAMed Resources
- Free Emergency Talks — International EM Education Efforts & E-Learning
- ER Mentor — FOAM(e) is good for you!
- ER Mentor Prezi — FOAMed 2.0
- ScienceRoll — Free Open-Access Meducation: Video
- The Short Coat — FOAM Party! (The Future of Medical Education)
- Underneath EM — The FOAM Project and FOAM is bubbling up – bringing FOAM to the medical masses
- EM Armamentarium – First week of FOAM
- Intensive Care Network — Podcast 31: Chris Nickson on Erectile Dysfunction and #FOAMed
- David Anderson — 21st Century Education (video of a lecture with a prehospital focus)
- e-LIME — Trends in Online Learning: #FOAMed
- StEmlyn’s — The #FOAMtastic 2012 top ten from St.Emlyn’s
- Curbside Consult — Disrupting Medical Education by Redefining “Social Media” (by Mike Cadogan)
- KI Docs – The Future direction of FOAM
- Bill Hinckley – Let’s Get #FOAMed!
- Meddle on the concept of FOAM
- Lincoln EM and the #FOAMed Project
Bill Hinckley (president of AMPA – Air Medical Physician Association) on why he thinks everyone should get #FOAMed:
A discussion of FOAM by the team at ACILCI (in Turkish!):
Search for FOAM using this customised Google search tool.
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
LITFL talks about FOAM
Mike Cadogan talks about FOAM at the International Conference of Emergency Medicine 2012 in Dublin here:
Chris Nickson talks about FOAM at the Bedside Critical Care Conference 2012 in the Whitsunday Islands here:
Chris Nickson’s 400 second long guide to handling information overload in an age of FOAM: “Dr INFOlove: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The FOAM” (a PK SMACC-talk):
Do you Believe in FOAM?
Become a FOAM supporter!