#FOAMed has gone global
Despite numerous negative comments that FOAM is platitudinous and ‘chest-beating’ I think it is making the difference it intended to make. It is drawing together like-minded healthcare professionals globally to collaborate efforts to amalgamate medical education altruists…
As such a roadmap is being developed to assist in producing a structure to the community efforts. As a starting point we have a means of sharing information by using the #FOAMed on Google Plus, Twitter and Symplur and we can follow and support #FOAMed supporters on Twitter.
Reviewing the lists it is apparent that the community is a global one.
- Katarzyna Hampton pointed out that the concept was difficult to trasnlate into other languages and so set about organising native language writers to develop their own blogs with #FOAM assistance. Katarzyna was instrumental in setting up the first Polish FOAM blog
- Carlo D’Apuzzo has commented through numerous forums that the Italian translation for medical terms in Italian is not very useful
- Bertalan Meskó through Webicina has already been addressing the issue of translation for a number of years and doing a great job of providing high level medical search for blogs and resources in over 20 different languages
- EMChatter has created a multilingual RSS feed page FOAMEM for emergency medicine and critical care which will help to find all global EM blogs